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Artwork of the Artist ability from Kirby: Star Allies.
Debut 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 paint from the brush.
Helper Vividria
Comparable to Paint (Painbrush)
Ice-Spark (Still Life)
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Artist is a Copy Ability that debuted in Kirby Star Allies. It 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. Artist has two distinct Friend Abilities - in Still Life and Rock Painter.

Artist is obtained from Vividria, 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. Vividria cannot use 'Painbrush'.


Artist's Moveset in Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Description
Brush Slash
Kirby swings his brush forward, splattering enemies ahead with paint.
Brush Splash
Dash + B
Kirby lunges as he sweeps with his brush, splattering in a large area.
↓ + B
Kirby takes out a canvas and crudely renders either Bandana Waddle Dee, King Dedede, or Meta Knight.
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 while Paint Dedede can pound stakes.
↓↑ + 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 is much less effective as a weapon.
Creative Destruction
Press B after Sculpture
Kirby swings three times with his sculpture (except for the pot which breaks in one swing), causing it to smash into bits on the final swing.
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.


  • This ability draws heavy inspiration from the character Ado/Adeleine, whose main power is the ability to paint things that came to life.
  • One of the things Artist Kirby can paint is a refrigerator that spits out Food. This is a direct reference to the Ice-Spark Power Combo from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
  • The internal file name for the Susie sculpture made by the Sculpture move is 'Goddess'.
  • The 'Painbrush' move is directly based off of the Paint copy ability from Kirby Super Star (Ultra), even mimicking its limited-use nature.
  • The paint from the brush swipes are capable of putting out fires and destroying Electro Saws and Zan Partizanne's lightning drums, but cannot provide the Splash element.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Artista Artist
French Artiste Artist
Chinese 艺术家 (chs)
藝術家 (cht)
yì shù jiā