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KNiDL Ball Kirby artwork.png
Artwork of Ball Kirby from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
First game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (2002)
Usage type Unlimited uses
Obtained from Bubbles
Obtained by projectiles from Paint Roller
Power(s) Rolling around and bouncing
Similar to Balloon, Hi-Jump
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This article is about Ball, an Ability from Kirby's Adventure and its remake, and should not be confused with Kirby Ball.

Ball is a Copy Ability appearing rarely in the Kirby series. By using it, Kirby can transform into a ball-like form, enabling him to bounce and roll, harming enemies he bounds into.


Ball can be a tricky ability to use, as the timing for damaging enemies with it can be rather strict at times. Pressing the B button transforms Kirby into ball form. From here, he can roll around or bounce when the player holds the A button. Successive bounces while the button is held can gain considerable height, and Kirby is able to harm enemies when he is sparkling while bouncing. Pressing B again reverts Kirby to normal.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

Kirby making use of the Ball ability in Kirby's Adventure.
KA Ball icon.png

The ability made its first appearance in Kirby's Adventure and returns in its remake, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. It can be acquired by either inhaling Bubbles or the various baseballs painted by Paint Roller during the boss battle against him. It can also be found in the Grape Garden Museum. Although Kirby's appearance does not change while in possession of the ability in Kirby's Adventure, he sports a rubber band-like visor when not in ball form in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Ball Kirby appears as a trophy, and is one of the three trophies to depict a copy ability from the games. Its description treats it as the same thing as the Kirby Ball form.

Similar appearances[edit]

Main article: Kirby Ball

In several games, such as Kirby's Pinball Land, Kirby's Block Ball, and Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby is depicted without limbs in ball form. However, these appearances should not be confused with the Ball ability proper, as Kirby Ball is taken to be default Kirby in these games.


Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KA Box.jpg Kirby's Adventure Kirby can roll into a smooth ball! If you hold the A Button, he will jump higher!
KNiDL box artwork.jpg Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Change form and Hold[sic] the A Button! BOUNCE! BOING! BONK!

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[edit]

Image Description Found in
Ball Kirby Melee trophy.png When Kirby swallows a ball enemy, he turns into a ball and can bounce off of floors and walls. It's tough to control, but well worth it for the strong attack power it gives Kirby. After his debut in Kirby's Adventure, Ball Kirby has popped up in several more Kirby games, such as Kirby's Pinball Land and Kirby's Block Ball. Kirby's Adventure - 5/93


Artwork and models[edit]



Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Ball

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボール
Dutch Bal Ball
French Balle Ball
German Ball Ball
Italian Palla Ball
Russian Мяч[1]
Spanish Pelota Ball