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Balloon Kirby.png
Artwork of Balloon Kirby from Kirby: Canvas Curse.
First game Kirby: Canvas Curse (2005)
Latest game Kirby: Triple Deluxe (2014, as a keychain)
Obtained from Bloon
Power(s) Inflate like a balloon and float in the air
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This article is about the Copy Ability. For the item in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, see Balloon (item).

Balloon is a Copy Ability that debuted in Kirby: Canvas Curse. It allows Kirby to inflate and float like a balloon, and attack enemies by popping after expanding a lot. Despite this potential offensive use, the ability is primarily meant to enhance Kirby's movement capabilities, momentarily freeing him from the Rainbow Lines he is normally dependent on. With the right amount of momentum, Balloon Kirby is capable of traversing great distances very quickly, though his inflated size makes him a much bigger target than usual, so care is needed when making use of the ability to keep Kirby safe.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

Balloon debuts in Kirby: Canvas Curse, obtained by defeating the enemy Bloon. With it, Kirby can float for a short time when touched with the DS stylus, growing in the process as well. He will soon drop down again, at which point he can be tapped again, growing bigger and moving up again. If he touches any surface in this state, he will bounce away from it. When tapped enough times, he will eventually explode, although he can be blown up again in the same cycle.

In the Rainbow Run mode, the Balloon ability is one of four abilities with its own pair of courses, the others being Stone, Missile, and Wheel.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Balloon Kirby makes a small cameo appearance in this game as one of the collectible Keychains that can be found throughout it.


Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
Kirby Canvas Curse box art.png Kirby: Canvas Curse Inflate! Pop to stun enemies!


  • Balloon is the first Copy Ability to be introduced in a spin-off game.



Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Balloon

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バルーン
Dutch Ballon Balloon
French Ballon Balloon
German Ballon Balloon
Italian Pallone Balloon
Korean 벌룬
From "벌룬 커비"(Balloon Kirby) Keychain.
Russian Шарик
Spanish Globo Balloon