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KSA Artist Artwork.png
Artwork of Artist Kirby from Kirby Star Allies
First game Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Latest game Kirby Fighters 2 (2020)
Usage type 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
Similar 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 its remake.
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!
— Flavor text of Artist in Kirby Star Allies

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.

The primary provider of the Artist ability is the mid-boss Vividria, who uses a similar array of attacks. Artist can be seen as a more developed version of the Paint ability from Kirby Super Star combined with the painting abilities of past bosses such as Paint Roller and Adeleine. However, Artist Kirby does not appear to be as skilled as Adeleine when it comes to painting living creatures, as hers are significantly more powerful.

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 Full Belly 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 King Dedede/Full Belly Kirby can pound stakes.
Canvas: 16
The painting moves/disappears: 24
King Dedede attacks: 36
Meta Knight/Bandana Waddle Dee attacks: 32
Full Belly 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.
First and second swing: 60
Final swing: 70

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 - Full Belly Kirby from Kirby's Blowout Blast, which Adeleine & Ribbon cannot draw.

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

Artist returns as a playable ability in Kirby Fighters 2, unlockable after attaining Fighters Rank 21. Its moveset has been altered somewhat, removing some techniques and replacing them with new ones. Notably, the Painbrush technique cannot be used here. In addition, some changes were made to existing moves in order to make them better suited for fighting other players, such as being able to change the direction and angle that paintings jump out in when using Painter. For more precise competitive-oriented information on the Artist ability in Kirby Fighters 2, see Mizuumi Wiki's page.


Artist moveset in Kirby Fighters 2  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage (unmodified)
Brush Slash
Kirby swipes with his paintbrush in a wide arc in front of him. 18 (if both hits connect)
Rising Brush Slash
↑ + B
Kirby swipes with his paintbrush in a wide arc above him. 20 (if both hits connect)
Brush Splash
Dash + B
Kirby lunges forward while swiping with his paintbrush in a wide arc in front of him. 24 (if all hits connect)
↓ + B
Kirby pulls out a canvas and paints something which then comes to life and jumps off the canvas to attack Kirby's opponents.
The behavior of this move depends on what gets painted, which is random.
When Kirby initiates this move, he can determine which way the painting goes by holding that direction.
Bandana Waddle Dee painting
6 (initial contact)
2 (subsequent hits)

Full Belly Kirby painting
16 (initial contact)
4 (subsequent hits) Notably, this painting cannot be destroyed by any attacks or stage hazards, and it must be destroyed after a few seconds.

King Dedede painting
6 (initial contact)
2 (subsequent contact)
20 (first hammer swing)
14 (second hammer swing)

Meta Knight painting
6 (initial contact)
2 (subsequent contact)
9 (sword swing)

↓↑ + B
Kirby pulls out a block of marble and sculpts a random object, then holds it above his head.
Enemies nearby will be damaged by the marble block.
If Kirby ends up sculpting a pot, he will drop it automatically after completing it, which can also damage foes.
14 (if all hits connect)
18 (pot crashing)
Masterpiece Movement
Move ←/→ after Sculpture
Kirby shuffles slowly left or right while holding the sculpture.
He cannot perform any other actions until using Creative Destruction.
Creative Destruction
Press B after Sculpture
Kirby makes three large swipes with his sculpture, breaking it on the third hit.
The range of this attack depends on the sculpture being used.
41 (if all hits connect)

Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KSA Boxart NA.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!




Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Artist

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
Thai Artist