Copy Ability

Copy Ability is a catch-all term referring to Kirby's trademark ability to inherit and utilize the special powers and/or skills of the entities he swallows using his inhale. First introduced in Kirby's Adventure, this ability grants the pink puffball a potentially massive array of different methods of attack and means of traversing the lands he finds himself in. Starting with games like Kirby Super Star, acquiring a Copy Ability also bestows a unique hat, outfit, or other distinguishing feature upon Kirby, which serves as a quick-glance way to determine what kind of power he has obtained.

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The Fire ability, one of the most well-known Copy Abilities and often the first one seen in games it appears in.
This familiar sound effect plays when Kirby obtains a Copy Ability (Kirby's Return to Dream Land version).
If you swallow a foe who has a special ability...
Kirby will copy its special ability!
This is Kirby's special move. It's called his Copy Ability.

— Narrator's dialogue from the Beginner's Room in Kirby Super Star Ultra

When Kirby obtains a Copy Ability, he (usually) loses his ability to inhale, instead now relying on the ability's unique attacks to battle his foes. Acquiring an ability often causes Kirby to pose ecstatically or demonstrate the new ability and causes a distinctive chipper sound to play. Kirby's HUD name and icon are also typically replaced with those signifying the ability in question. When Kirby has an ability, he is often referred specifically with that ability as part of his name (e.g. "Fire Kirby", "Sword Kirby", "Plasma Kirby", etc.). However, these abilities are seldom permanent, as Kirby can easily lose them, either by discarding them willingly, taking damage, or simply using them too many times in some instances. When an ability is lost in the former two methods, it will bounce away as an Ability Star, which can be re-absorbed with another inhale.

In main-series Kirby games, Copy Abilities tend to play a central role in gameplay, as many enemies are designed with weaknesses to specific abilities, and many stage devices require certain abilities or combinations thereof to deal with. Several of these games also offer more elaborate mechanics involving these abilities, whether that be by using them to call helpers, combining them with other entities or with each other to create powerful combo attacks, or imposing game rules restricting the use of certain ability functions. Copy Abilities also tend to play a role in the spin-off games, where it is often the case that Kirby has permanent access to one as a form of character selection, or the ability is heavily modified to cater to the specific type of gameplay.

Lists of Copy AbilitiesEdit

The following tables list every Copy Ability featured in games in the Kirby series.

Standard Copy AbilitiesEdit

Standard Copy Abilities are those which Kirby can get simply by inhaling and swallowing the appropriate enemy. So far, there are 67 Copy Abilities in the Kirby series of video games, with 28 being the most abilities that have appeared in a single game (Kirby Star Allies):

Ability Appearance First game Latest game Other games Total appearances Primary provider(s) Description Notes
Animal Kirby: Squeak Squad Kirby: Squeak Squad 1 Gaw Gaw Kirby gains the ability to dig through soft ground and attack with sharp claws.
Archer Kirby: Triple Deluxe Kirby Fighters 2 Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot 4 Spynum Kirby gains a bow and arrow, and can fire with pinpoint accuracy.
Artist Kirby Star Allies Kirby Fighters 2 2 Vividria Kirby gains a paintbrush and can attack using artistic implements and living paintings. He can also paint food for his friends. Artist has an attack that, when used, causes Kirby to lose this ability. Not to be confused with Paint.
Backdrop Kirby's Adventure Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land 2 Bugzzy Kirby gains the ability to grab opponents and slam them to the ground in various ways. This ability is a simpler version of Suplex. In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, it uses the Fighter headband.
Ball Kirby's Adventure Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land 2 Bubbles Kirby gains the ability to bounce around at high velocity, defeating foes he crashes into. Does not count Kirby's ball-like appearance in Kirby's Pinball Land, Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby's Block Ball, or Kirby: Canvas Curse.
Balloon Kirby: Canvas Curse Kirby: Canvas Curse 1 Bloon Kirby inflates like a balloon, and is able to float gently through the air.
Beam Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby Super Star, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby Fighters 2 14 Waddle Doo Kirby gains the power to shoot energy attacks in a whip or as orbs. Also appears as Beam Mage in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash. (not counted toward total)
Beetle Kirby: Triple Deluxe Kirby Fighters 2 Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Kirby Battle Royale, Kirby Star Allies 5 Beetley Kirby gains a beetle horn and wings, and can fight enemies with powerful horn lunges and swipes.
Bell Kirby: Triple Deluxe Kirby Fighters 2 Kirby Fighters Deluxe 3 Ringle Kirby gains two bells which he can use to whack enemies and create sound-based attacks.
Bomb Kirby Super Star Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Battle Royale, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby Fighters 2, Kirby and the Forgotten Land 15 Poppy Bros. Jr. Kirby gains the ability to toss bombs at his opponents. The hat for Bomb Kirby changed to its modern incarnation in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Prior to that, the hat was a blue cap similar to the Sword hat.
Bubble Kirby: Squeak Squad Kirby: Squeak Squad 1 Bubble Head Kirby gains a bubble wand which blows a cone of magic bubbles that capture enemies and turn them into usable objects.
Burning Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Dream Buffet Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Block Ball, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Canvas Curse 10 Flamer Kirby combusts into a fireball and flies forward for a short period, defeating foes he hits. Also referred to as Fireball, Flame, and Burn.
Not to be confused with Fire.
Circus Kirby: Triple Deluxe Kirby: Planet Robobot 2 Clown Acrobot Kirby gains access to a bunch of moves reminiscent of clowns and circus performances.
Cleaning Kirby's Dream Land 3 Kirby Star Allies 2 Broom Hatter Kirby uses a broom to sweep enemies and clutter away. He gains a number of other powers when paired with his Animal Friends. Also referred to as Clean and Broom.
Cook Kirby Super Star Kirby Star Allies Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby Super Star Ultra 4 Chef Kawasaki Kirby pulls out a large soup pot and cooks his enemies, turning them into food. This is a single-use ability. Also referred to as Chef. This ability is used as Kirby's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Copy Kirby Super Star Kirby Super Star Ultra 2 Tac Kirby is able to "scan" an enemy and copy its essence to gain a new ability. The ability is replaced by whichever new ability is acquired.
Crash Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby Super Star, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby and the Forgotten Land 12 Bomber, Searches Kirby charges up and releases a massive explosion that defeats all enemies on screen and deals large damage to bosses. This is a single-use ability.
Cupid Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Kirby: Squeak Squad 2 Cupie Kirby hovers around on angelic wings and can fire arrows at short distance.
Cutter Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby Super Star, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Battle Royale, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby Fighters 2
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
18 Sir Kibble Kirby gains the ability to toss razor-sharp boomerangs at his foes. This and Parasol are the most prevalent Copy Abilities in the series as of Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.
Doctor Kirby: Planet Robobot Kirby Battle Royale 2 Chemitory Kirby can use several attacks based on doctor implements and medicine. Also appears as Doctor Healmore in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash. (not counted toward total)
Drill Kirby and the Forgotten Land Kirby's Dream Buffet 2 Digguh Kirby gains the ability to tunnel through the ground and attack foes with his drill helmet.
ESP Kirby: Planet Robobot Kirby Star Allies 2 NESP Kirby can attack his foes using psychokinetic energy and teleport at will. ESP Kirby's hat is a deliberate reference to Ness from Earthbound.
Festival Kirby Star Allies Kirby Star Allies 1 Don Puffle Kirby initiates a dance which turns all nearby enemies into food and Point Stars. This is a single-use ability.
Fighter Kirby Super Star Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages), Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Battle Royale, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby Fighters 2 13 Knuckle Joe Kirby gains access to a large array of martial arts-based moves.
Fire Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby Super Star, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby and the Forgotten Land 13 Hot Head, Burning Leo Kirby gains the ability to breathe fire and perform other fiery attacks. Not to be confused with Burning.
Freeze Kirby's Adventure Kirby: Canvas Curse Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby Air Ride 5 Chilly Kirby can conjure a frigid aura around himself to freeze enemies solid. Not to be confused with Ice.
Ghost Kirby: Squeak Squad Kirby: Squeak Squad 1 Tedhaun Kirby can possess common enemies and control them to a degree. Ghost Kirby has appeared in other games, but not as a copy ability.
Hammer Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby Super Star, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Battle Royale, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby Fighters 2, Kirby and the Forgotten Land 15 Bonkers Kirby can whack his opponents using a powerful wooden mallet. Also appears as Hammer Lord in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash. (not counted toward total)
Hi-Jump Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Buffet 7 Starman Kirby can make huge leaps to soar into the air and defeat enemies.
Ice Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby Super Star, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Battle Royale, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby and the Forgotten Land 16 Chilly, Pengy Kirby can breathe a cone of ice to freeze his enemies and perform other icy attacks. Not to be confused with Freeze.
Jet Kirby's Dream Buffet Kirby's Dream Buffet 1 Jiggly Jelly Copy Food Kirby turns into amorphous gelatin and can phase through breakable objects as well as many enemy attacks.
Jet Kirby Super Star Kirby: Planet Robobot Kirby Super Star Ultra 3 Capsule J series of enemies Kirby gains the ability to fly and tackle opponents at high speeds using a jet engine.
Laser Kirby's Adventure Kirby: Squeak Squad Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror 4 Laser Ball Kirby can fire lasers which ricochet off slopes.
Leaf Kirby's Return to Dream Land Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot 4 Leafan Kirby can attack using flurries of razor-sharp leaves.
Light Kirby's Adventure Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land 2 Cool Spook Kirby can use this ability to light up dark places. This is a single-use ability and cannot be used to battle enemies. This is one of the few abilities that never received a hat or other appearance alteration.
Magic Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Kirby: Squeak Squad 2 Boxy Kirby can attack using magician's implements. He can also trigger a powerful roulette which uses up the ability when activated.
Mecha Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe 1 Unknown at this time. Kirby gains a pair of robotic jet boosters, gloves, and a visor, and can attack his foes using powerful electric and explosive attacks. This is the first ability to be introduced in a remake of a previous game.
Metal Kirby: Squeak Squad Kirby: Squeak Squad 1 Metalun Kirby transforms into solid metal, becoming almost invincible, but moving much more slowly than usual.
Mike Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby Super Star, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Star Allies 10 Walky Kirby can shout into a microphone to defeat enemies. He can use this ability only three times before losing it.
Mini Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Kirby & The Amazing Mirror 1 Minny Kirby becomes tiny, able to fit through small spaces, but is unable to fight.
Mirror Kirby Super Star Kirby Battle Royale (DLC) Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby: Planet Robobot 4 Simirror Kirby can attack using mirror images of himself and can reflect projectiles. Mirror gained a new look in Kirby: Planet Robobot, with the older hat resembling the Beam hat.
Missile Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Kirby: Canvas Curse 2 Bang-Bang Kirby can transform into a fast-flying missile which can travel in any direction and explode when hitting an object.
Needle Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Block Ball, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Kirby's Dream Buffet 14 Needlous Kirby can shoot out spikes from his body which defeat enemies that get too close.
Ninja Kirby Super Star Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Battle Royale, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby Fighters 2 11 Bio Spark, Moonja Kirby gains access to a large number of ninja skills and weapons. The hat for this ability changed to its modern look in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Previously, it was a red cap with a blue ponytail attached.
Paint Kirby Super Star Kirby Super Star Ultra 2 Chameleo Arm Kirby can splatter paint during some boss fights to deal small damage and cause an additional effect based on the boss. This is a single-use ability. This ability can be seen as a primitive version of Artist.
Parasol Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby Super Star, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages), Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Battle Royale, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby Fighters 2 18 Parasol Waddle Dee Kirby can attack his enemies with a parasol and float gently downward in the air. This and Cutter are the most prevalent Copy Abilities in the series as of Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.
Plasma Kirby Super Star Kirby Star Allies Kirby Air Ride, Kirby Super Star Ultra 4 Plasma Wisp, Plugg Kirby can charge up waves of static electricity and fire them at opponents. Not to be confused with Spark.
Poison Kirby: Planet Robobot Kirby: Planet Robobot 1 Venog Kirby attacks his foes with deadly toxins.
Ranger Kirby and the Forgotten Land Kirby and the Forgotten Land 1 Bernard Kirby gains a small blunderbuss which he can use to fire stars at his foes.
Sleep Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby Super Star, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Battle Royale (DLC), Kirby Star Allies, Kirby and the Forgotten Land 14 Noddy Kirby falls asleep, causing the player to lose control of him for a moment. Sleep gains a proper fighting move-set in Kirby Battle Royale. In earlier games, Kirby's sleep cap was green.
Smash Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Kirby: Planet Robobot Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages) 3 Master Hand Kirby gains access to several of his moves from the Super Smash Bros. series. Also referred to as Smash.
Spark Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Block Ball, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages), Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot 15 Sparky Kirby can create an electric field around himself, defeating enemies who get too close. Not to be confused with Plasma.
Spear Kirby's Return to Dream Land Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Battle Royale 4 Lanzer Kirby gains a spear which he can use to battle enemies at range with. Spear appears with Bandana Waddle Dee in Kirby Star Allies, Kirby Fighters 2 and Kirby and the Forgotten Land, but not as a copy ability.
Spider Kirby Star Allies Kirby Star Allies 1 Como Kirby can throw webs to trap his opponents.
Staff Kirby Star Allies Kirby Fighters 2 2 Jammerjab Kirby gains an extendable red quarterstaff which he can use to battle enemies at a distance.
Stone Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby Super Star, Kirby's Block Ball, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby's Dream Buffet 17 Rocky Kirby transforms into a stone and falls to the ground, becoming impervious to most forms of damage. He cannot move on his own while in stone form, but can slide down slopes. The modern hat first appeared in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. In older titles, the Stone hat resembles the classic Ninja hat somewhat.
Suplex Kirby Super Star Kirby Star Allies Kirby Super Star Ultra 3 Bugzzy Kirby attacks his opponents with various wrestling moves. This ability is an upgraded version of Backdrop. Older hats share the same blue headband with Throw.
Sword Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby Super Star, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages), Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Battle Royale, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby Fighters 2, Kirby and the Forgotten Land 17 Blade Knight Kirby gains a sword to battle his opponents with. Also appears as Sword Hero in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash (not counted toward total). Sword Kirby's hat is a deliberate reference to Link from The Legend of Zelda.
Throw Kirby's Adventure Kirby: Squeak Squad Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror 4 Phan Phan Kirby can grab opponents at a distance with his inhale, then toss them hard in a straight line. Throw Kirby's blue headband is identical to the early Suplex headband.
Tornado Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby Battle Royale, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Kirby's Dream Buffet 12 Twister Kirby can spin rapidly through the air in a small tornado and defeat enemies he hits.
UFO Kirby's Adventure Kirby: Planet Robobot Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Squeak Squad 6 UFO Kirby transforms into a flying saucer and can attack using various beam-like weapons. In earlier titles, Kirby would lose this ability after leaving the stage he is in.
Water Kirby's Return to Dream Land Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby Star Allies, Kirby Fighters 2 4 Driblee, Water Galbo Kirby can attack his opponents using water globs, waves, and sprays.
Wheel Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Dream Buffet Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby Super Star, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot 12 Wheelie Kirby transforms into a wheel and can roll very quickly along the ground, defeating enemies he runs over.
Whip Kirby's Return to Dream Land Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages), Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Battle Royale, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby Fighters 2 9 Wester, Whippy Kirby gains a whip which he can use to attack enemies and grab items at a distance.
Wing Kirby Super Star Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Kirby Air Ride, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages), Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Star Allies 8 Birdon Kirby gains a set of wings which he can use to fly quickly, attack with feathers, and divebomb opponents.
Wrestler Kirby Fighters 2 Kirby Fighters 2 1 N/A Kirby gains access to several powerful grappling and fighting techniques. This ability is an upgraded version of Backdrop and Suplex.
Yo-Yo Kirby Super Star Kirby Fighters 2 Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby Star Allies 4 Gim Kirby gains a yo-yo which he can attack enemies with using stylish moves.


Combination and enhanced Copy AbilitiesEdit

In addition to standard abilities, some titles allow Kirby to fuse or enhance his abilities in various ways, whether that be by pairing abilities with certain allies or objects, combining two attacks together, or directly upgrading abilities. The following is a brief overview of each category of combination and/or enhanced abilities, with details on the respective main articles:

Combination/enhanced Copy Ability categories  
Type Game(s) Description Examples Notes
Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Dream Land 3 Kirby can pair with one of six different animal buddies to alter the effect of his Copy Ability attacks. Each animal/ability combination is unique, and often resembles other Copy Abilities or attacks not otherwise present in the games alone. Each combination only offers one type of attack, however. Rick, Kine, Coo, Nago, ChuChu, Pitch Animal friends are also capable of absorbing copy abilities for Kirby from enemies while he is riding them.
Kirby Super Star & Kirby Super Star Ultra When Kirby has a Wheelie Helper on his team, he can hop onto the Wheelie to form this combination ability, similar to a Piggyback in more recent games. Using this power allows Kirby to ride much faster than he could with the Wheel ability on its own. This ability is accessible anywhere where Wheelie can be obtained, but is specifically used for the escape sequence at the end of Revenge of Meta Knight. Kirby is able to keep his current Copy Ability when mounting Wheelie, though he cannot use it until getting off again.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Exclusively in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby is able to combine two Ability Stars together to form a Power Combo. This creates an all-new ability that combines elements from the two base abilities into a single attack. Some of the combinations are more powerful than others, and some create quite odd results. Curling, Stone-Stone, Spark-Cutter, Ice-Spark, etc. Some of these abilities would return, at least in form, in Kirby Star Allies.
Kirby: Squeak Squad In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby can find scrolls which grant new moves or properties to his existing Copy Abilities, making them more effective. Firing three arrows with Cupid, recovering HP with Sleep, turning into a ball with Metal, etc.
Kirby: Squeak Squad In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby can gain the ability to fuse certain abilities together once he obtains the appropriate Ability Scrolls. He can do this by combining two compatible Copy Essences together in the Copy Palette. Fire Sword, Ice Sword, Thunder Sword, Ice Bomb, Thunder Bomb Only a small handful of abilities could be combined in this manner.
Kirby: Planet Robobot In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby gains access to the Robobot Armor, a powerful robotic suit which Kirby pilots to dispose of large threats on his adventure. The Robobot Armor is compatible with certain Copy Abilities, and can absorb them from enemies to gain new attacks and functions. Unlike Kirby, however, only some abilities are compatible. Fire Mode, Sword Mode, Spark Mode, Jet Mode, etc. Much like Wheelie Rider, Kirby's currently equipped ability does not affect the Robobot Armor, and Kirby does not lose his ability when using it.
Kirby Star Allies In Kirby Star Allies, Kirby and his allies can combine their attacks together to create new combination moves. There are two distinct forms this can take; Power Effects and Friend Attacks. The former adds a permanent elemental boost to a weapon, and the latter acts as a one-time special move that will need to be repeated to use again. Sizzle, Bluster, Icicle Lance, Still Life, Geokinesis, Fatal Chorus, etc. Power Effects are similar to the fusion abilities in Kirby: Squeak Squad, and Friend Attacks are similar to the Power Combos in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Kirby can find Blueprints and take them to Waddle Dee's Weapons Shop to have his Copy Abilities "evolved", making them more powerful and giving them new properties (as well as giving them a new look). These various forms can be swapped between, and also individually powered-up. Chakram Cutter, Dragon Fire, Noble Ranger, Deep Sleep, etc.

Special abilities and Last Battle AbilitiesEdit

The following are special attacks and forms which are not obtained from inhaling enemies, but are still sometimes treated like Copy Abilities. These abilities are often used in the final boss fight(s) (see Last Battle Ability) or at special points in stages.

Ability Appearance Game(s) Description Notes
Star Rod Kirby's Adventure, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land This powerful weapon shoots Star Bullets at will. It is found at the Fountain of Dreams and is used to defeat Nightmare. There are two different uses of this ability. One has Kirby shooting stars in midair, and the other has him firing from the ground and using spin attacks.
Rainbow Sword Kirby's Dream Land 2 This weapon appears after collecting every Rainbow Drop and is used to battle Dark Matter. It can deflect projectiles, but has no ranged attack of its own.
Starship Kirby Super Star, Kirby Super Star Ultra This special flying ship is used by Kirby to battle Galactic Nova in Milky Way Wishes and Kabula in Revenge of the King. It allows him to move freely through the air and fire a continuous volley of stars. It is formed by using magical wishing stars in Milky Way Wishes and by the Sparkling Stars in Revenge of the King. Also referred to as the Star Chariot. This ability comes with its own Helper if two players are playing.
Love-Love Stick Kirby's Dream Land 3 This weapon is formed when Kirby collects all of the Heart Stars. It is very similar in function to the Star Rod, and is used to battle Dark Matter and Zero.
Ribbon's Crystal Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Kirby and Ribbon team up to utilize this ability. They can shoot crystal projectiles at to defeat it. This ability would later appear as one of Adeleine & Ribbon's normal attacks in Kirby Star Allies.
Master Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Kirby makes use of Meta Knight's golden sword to unleash more powerful attacks and solve most puzzles in the Mirror World. He is given this sword to defeat Dark Mind. This ability is not required to defeat the final boss, and can be lost like any normal ability.
Triple Star Kirby: Squeak Squad Kirby is given this weapon by Daroach after purging Dark Nebula from his body. It has the power to throw stars in many different directions, and can solve many puzzles. This ability is not required to defeat the final boss, and can be lost like any normal ability. This ability would later appear as one of Daroach's normal attacks in Kirby Star Allies.
Metamortex Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Throughout the regular stages of Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn are special swirling vortexes which transform Kirby and Prince Fluff into special forms with unique abilities. One in particular, the Tankbot, is used to battle Yin-Yarn at the end of the game. Other forms include the Digger, Dolphin, Fire Engine, Off-Roader, Rocket, Saucer, Spin Boarder, Star Shooter, and Train.
Super Ability Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe These are five super-powerful variants of standard Copy Abilities which can be absorbed from special variants of enemies and used to clear away large obstacles and defeat certain bosses. These abilities are the Ultra Sword, Monster Flame, Flare Beam, Snow Bowl, and Grand Hammer. The Ultra Sword in particular would go on to become Kirby's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Landia Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Near the end of the game, in Another Dimension, Kirby and his friends mount Landia and ride him through the course in pursuit of Magolor and the Lor Starcutter. They do battle at the end of the stage. Landia controls much like the Starship, but has a number of additional moves.
Hypernova Kirby: Triple Deluxe After eating a Miracle Fruit, Kirby's Inhale becomes massively more powerful, able to suck in giant objects and spit them back out again. This ability is used to defeat Flowered Sectonia at the end of the game.
Kirby clay forms Kirby and the Rainbow Curse At specific points in stages, Elline can transform Kirby into one of three different forms to tackle various obstacles. These forms include the Kirby Tank, Kirby Submarine, and Kirby Rocket. This last form is used to battle Dark Crafter at the end of the game.
Halberd Mode Kirby: Planet Robobot To face off against Star Dream, Kirby fuses the Robobot Armor with the Halberd to create this final weapon. It uses the Combo Cannon for its regular attack and can dodge using the Sail Wing. Its special attack is a massive Planet Buster which functions similarly to Star Bullets.
Friend Actions Kirby Star Allies In addition to regular Friend Abilities, there are a total of five special Friend Actions which are used at intermittent points in stages to cross certain obstacles. These are the Friend Circle, Friend Bridge, Friend Star, Friend Train, and Star Allies Sparkler. This last one is used to battle Void Termina at the end of the game.
Mouthful Mode Kirby and the Forgotten Land Mouthful Mode is a mysterious new ability that Kirby gains when he arrives in the New World. This ability allows him to inhale objects that are much larger than himself and use their properties to his advantage: for example, inhaling a car allows him to drive at high speed and ram into things, while inhaling a cone allows him to crash down from above with a pointed tip. This ability functions separately from Copy Abilities and can only be used in pre-determined locations in each stage.


OtherEdit

The following are miscellaneous abilities which do not fit into the other categories:

  • Mix - This occurs whenever Kirby swallows two or more enemies which provide abilities, and grants him a new ability from a roulette.
  • Yarn Transformation - Aside from the Metamortex transformations, Yarn Kirby has access to a number of smaller transformations which act as part of his move-set.
  • Ravel Abilities - These are six special powers in Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn which function almost identically to Copy Abilities in the main series.
  • Four heroic roles based on existing Copy Abilities are used in the Clash series of games. These are:
  • Copy Food - Kirby obtains abilities in Kirby's Dream Buffet through Copy Food given from Food Boxes. When used, in addition to gaining an ability for a limited time, Kirby takes the form of a food representing the ability.
  • Block - This Copy Ability was planned for inclusion in Kirby: Squeak Squad, but was cut out of the final game. It looks similar to the Triple Star ability.

Copy Ability utilitiesEdit

While each ability is unique in its own right, there are multiple abilities which can be used for the same sort of task in-game. A few abilities are multi-purpose, able to clear many different types of hazards or puzzles. The following table shows various obstacles and which Copy Abilities can be used to clear them in the main series:

Can break metal blocks Can pound Stakes Can break Ice Blocks and light Fuses Can cool down Fire Blocks Can cut Ropes Can clear away foliage Can strike objects through walls Can electrify Wires Can light up dark places Can be used underwater Can grab enemies and/or objects

[A] Only in Kirby: Squeak Squad after obtaining the appropriate Ability Scroll.
[B] Only in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
[C] Can only light Fuses prior to Kirby's Return to Dream Land and cannot break Ice Blocks onward.
[D] Only from Kirby's Return to Dream Land onward.
[E] Only in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad.
[F] Only in Kirby Super Star, its remake and Kirby's Return to Dream Land onward.
[G] Only in Kirby: Planet Robobot.
[H] Only in Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
[I] Cannot light Fuses in Kirby's Adventure or its remake.

This chart does not account for more specific scenarios, Power Combo fusions, Friend Abilities or any other non-standard Copy Ability.

Non-Series Copy AbilitiesEdit

These Copy Abilities are from games and other media that Kirby has appeared in, but which may not be considered as an actual Kirby game.

Kirby: Right Back at Ya!Edit

Anime-exclusive Copy Abilities
Ability Image Episode Description
Baton Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II Kirby synchronizes the opponent with a baton, causing any action with the baton (such as throwing it) to also be performed on the opponent.
Iron Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II Kirby transforms into a giant iron statue of himself.
Top Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II Kirby gains a top that can cut through metal.
Kabuki Kirby 3D Allows Kirby to transform into a human using the techniques of kabuki theatre.

Water also appeared in the anime prior to appearing in the games.

Super Smash Bros. seriesEdit

Main article: Copy Ability/Super Smash Bros.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Kirby is able to copy the neutral special move of any other character and use it against them (with only some moves differing in function based on circumstance). There are a total of 91 unique abilities that Kirby can utilize in the series when he copies an opponent, though only a maximum of 89 can be used in a single game (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate being that game). Like in the Kirby series, Kirby gains a costume based on the character inhaled. Kirby can discard abilities by taunting.

TriviaEdit

  • As of Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, the abilities with the most appearances are Parasol and Cutter, with 18 each.
    • However, if Sword Hero is counted as a Sword appearance, then it has the most, at 19.
  • Of the abilities that have shown up more than once in the series, the ability that has waited the longest between formal appearances is Burning, which had a 17 year gap between its appearances in Kirby: Canvas Curse and Kirby's Dream Buffet.

GalleryEdit

Main article: Copy Ability/gallery

Names in other languagesEdit

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コピー能力
Kopī Nōryoku
Copy Ability
Traditional Chinese 複製能力
fù zhì néng lì
Copy Ability
Simplified Chinese 复制能力
fù zhì néng lì
Dutch Kopieervaardigheid Copy ability
French Pouvoir Ability
German Spezial-Power[1][2][3]
Kopierfähigkeit[4][1][2]
Spezial-Fähigkeit[2]
Spezialfähigkeit[2]
Special-Power
Copy ability
Special-Ability
Special ability
Italian Abilità di copia Copy ability
Korean 카피 능력
Kapi Neungnyeok
Copy Ability
Polish Zdolność[5]
Zdolność kopiowania[6]
Copy Ability[7]
Ability
Copy Ability
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Portuguese Habilidade de cópia[8]

Habilidade[8]

Copy ability
Ability
Russian Способность
Способностей копирования[9]
Sposobnost'
Sposobnostey kopirovaniya
Ability
Copy Abilities
Spanish Habilidad de copia
Habilidad copiada
Copy ability
Copied skill


References