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Balloon (item)

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KTnT Balloon.png
In-game sprite of a Balloon
Use Allows Kirby to fly and shoot out Air Bullets
Obtained Various points in stages.
Game(s) Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
Comparable to Mint Leaf
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This article is about the item in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble. For the Copy Ability, see Balloon.
Lets Kirby fly through the air for 15 seconds. Press the A Button while flying for a powerful Air Blast that will blow through enemies.
— Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble Instruction Booklet (North American print), page 19.

Balloon[1] is an item resembling a red balloon with a "G" on it which appears Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble. When touching these, Kirby gains the ability to Hover through the air and fire Air Bullets at enemies when the A button is pressed, but only for 15 seconds at a time before having to come back down. While hovering, the player has full control over Kirby, and can steer him in any given direction, though he always faces upward. Collecting another balloon during a flight resets the timer to 15 seconds, rather than adding 15.

Flavor text[edit]

  • "A short balloon trip in the sky! You can fly for only 15 seconds, so stop when you see an island." --In-game hint regarding Balloons from Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble


  • Kirby has a unique dance when collecting a Red Star while under the effect of a Balloon. Instead of hopping (which he cannot do in this state), he does a quick barrel roll.



  1. Name taken from Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble Instruction Booklet (North American print), page 19