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Artwork of Artist Kirby from Kirby Star Allies
First game Kirby Star Allies
Type(s) Unlimited use
(unless Painbrush is used)
Obtained from Vividria
Power(s) Attacks using a paintbrush and canvas; puts out fire and destroys Electro Saws with sprayed paint.
Helper Vividria
Comparable to Paint (Painbrush)
Ice-Spark (Still Life)
Adeleine & Ribbon
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This article is about the Copy Ability from Kirby Star Allies, and should not be confused with Paint, a copy ability from Kirby Super Star and it's remake.

Artist is a Copy Ability that debuted in Kirby Star Allies. The Artist ability gives Kirby a magical paintbrush which can be used to splatter enemies in paint, and paint entities that can attack autonomously. Kirby also gains the ability to sculpt stone statues which he can then use to bash enemies with. When Kirby gains the Artist ability, he is given a large wooden paintbrush smothered in rainbow-colored paint. He also gains a red hat which resembles a beret and has a paint-covered star inset near the front, and a splash of green paint on the side. As a final touch, Kirby's right cheek is splashed with light blue paint.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Artist debuts in Kirby Star Allies. It is obtained from Vividria the mid-boss, who also can use this ability when recruited as a Friend. It gives both Kirby and the Vividria Friend a red painter cap adorned with a star and splattered with paint. The ability is unlimited use unless the Painbrush technique is used, which causes Kirby to lose the ability. However, Vividria cannot use Painbrush in any mode.

Sprayed paint from Artist attacks can put out fire and destroy Electro Saws and Zan Partizanne's lightning drums, but cannot provide the Splash element to allies. When Artist Kirby, Vividria or Adeleine & Ribbon become the rider of Friend Star or Star Allies Sparkler, they fire bullets with no element.


Artist moveset in Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage
(Star Bullet=52)
Brush Slash
Kirby swings his brush forward, splattering enemies ahead with paint. Brush: 24
Paint: 16
Brush Splash
Dash + B
Kirby lunges as he sweeps with his brush, splattering in a large area.
  • Kirby is invincible during this attack.
Brush: 32
Paint: 20
↓ + B
Kirby takes out a canvas and crudely renders either Bandana Waddle Dee, King Dedede, Meta Knight or super-stuffed Kirby.
The painting then springs to life, jumps off the canvas, and steps forward, attacking enemies ahead before disappearing.
  • Paint Bandana Waddle Dee/Meta Knight can cut ropes and grass.
  • Paint Dedede can pound stakes.
Canvas: 16
The painting moves/disappears: 24
King Dedede attacks: 36
Meta Knight/Bandana Waddle Dee attacks: 32
Super-stuffed Kirby moves: 36
↓↑ + B
Kirby gets out a pillar of marble and sculpts it into either a statue of Kabu, the Dreamstalk, or Susie in a classical style.
Kirby may also sculpt a pot, which breaks instantly.
During sculpture: 8
Finish: 2
Pot: 18
Creative Destruction
Press B after Sculpture
Kirby swings three times with his sculpture, causing it to smash into bits on the final swing. 30+40+50
Press and hold ↓ + Y
Kirby can charge his paintbrush up to three levels of power.
Once released, he splatters the entire area in paint, dealing huge damage. Once the move finishes, Kirby loses the Artist ability.
  • Artist Kirby cannot use Painbrush in The Ultimate Choice.
  • If the player plays as Normal Kirby and obtains the Artist ability from the Vividria mid-boss during the Ultimate Choice, he can use Painbrush.

Friend Abilities[edit]

Artist has two signature Friend Abilities:

Version differences[edit]

Kirby Star Allies Version 3.0.0 has added a new painting for the Painter attack of Artist Kirby and Vividria - the super-stuffed Kirby from Kirby's Blowout Blast[1], which Adeleine & Ribbon cannot draw.


Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
Star Allies Cover.jpg Kirby Star Allies Set out on a voyage of training with a colorful paintbrush on your side! Materialize yummies to share with your friends. It's like magic! Art has the power to change the world!


  • The refrigerator of Still Life that spits out Food is a direct reference to the Ice-Spark Power Combo from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
  • The internal file name for the Susie statue made by the Sculpture attack is 'Goddess'.
  • The Painbrush attack is directly based off of the Paint ability from Kirby Super Star (Ultra), even mimicking its limited-use nature.
  • This ability very likely draws inspiration from the characters Ado and Adeleine, whose main power is the ability to paint things that came to life. In turn, Adeleine is playable as a Dream Friend in the same the ability debuted with similar moves.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アーティスト
Traditional Chinese 藝術家
yì shù jiā
Simplified Chinese 艺术家
yì shù jiā
Dutch Kunstenaar Artist
French Artiste Artist
German Künstler Artist
Italian Artista Artist
Korean 아티스트
Spanish Artista Artist