Beads are items which can be collected in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn. They serve a similar function to Point Stars in that they are the main collectable item in any given stage in the game. Beads can be found floating in the air, hidden behind objects, or from certain enemies and bosses when damaged/defeated. Each type of bead is worth a different number of points, which are needed to earn Medals in the game, along with certain extra Area Patches. Each stage has a specific bead score threshold for its medals and/or patches which Kirby needs to meet by collecting enough beads. If Kirby is hit or falls into a hazard such as a void, he will lose beads, and may or may not be able to collect them up again afterward depending on circumstances.
Typically, to gain beads from common enemies, Kirby will need to toss something into them. Additional beads will drop if more enemies/objects (such as Bow Waddle Dee's bow) are defeated with a single strike. Enemies which continually spawn will not yield beads regardless of how they are defeated, presumably to prevent potentially infinite bead scores. Certain enemies, such as Ooki, will drop beads without having been defeated first.
The following beads are worth the following amount of bead points. Note that the color of the bead is irrelevant to its value; only its size/shape is important:
- Tiny beads - 1 point
- Small beads - 5 points
- Large beads - 10 points
- Star beads - 100 points
Additionally, Kirby will gain additional bead points every time he collects 50 individual beads equal to the number he has collected since last getting hit (or starting the stage).
At the end of a stage, Kirby can play the Goal Game to potentially earn more beads, equal to the number of stars on the panel highlighted times 100. On the results screen, additional beads are also awarded equal to the bead streak (largest amount of beads collected between getting hit) and 100 beads are awarded for each treasure collected.
Special variants of beads exist in these Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn-exclusive Sub-Games. Regular beads in these stages are referred to as Fuse Beads and differ from regular beads in that they have holes in the middle. Fuse beads come in eight different colors, those being red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, white, and black. These colors are tracked separately, as specific types are needed to fill the Fuse Bead Mats earned from completing the stages. There are also special beads called Luminas which are worth 50 fuse beads when collected, and also tracked separately.
Once a stage is cleared, the bead score which Kirby earned will be added to his total, which can be seen while traversing the stage select areas and Quilty Square. Kirby can spend points to buy Furniture and Fabric from the shops once they open up in the previously mentioned region. In order to buy everything, Kirby will need to revisit several stages.
- Beads which are dropped from enemies will eventually disappear if not picked up.
- This is also true of beads dropped by Kirby and Fluff.