A bottomless pit (also referred to as just a pit) is an off-screen area that will cause Kirby or other playable characters to lose a life if crossed. These areas feature in every main series Kirby title, and are usually marked by a black or gray border. A bottomless pit can only exist beneath the bottom of the screen, and if no other indications of its danger are present, the player can recognize a bottomless pit if the camera doesn't keep scrolling down as Kirby approaches it.
There are a few exceptions, where a seemingly bottomless pit actually leads to a new area, but these are rare, and usually have some sort of indicator, like a water current.
When enemies or other items fall into a bottomless pit, they are removed from the game, though they can usually still respawn if Kirby leaves and comes back, as per usual. This method is often used to dispose of otherwise invulnerable enemies like Shotzo, which can fall into a bottomless pit if its supporting block is removed.
In some spin-off games, such as Kirby's Epic Yarn, falling into a bottomless pit does not result in losing a life, but instead, Kirby is pulled out with some other punishment (such as losing points or beads). In Kirby Air Ride, falling into a pit will either slow Kirby down or cause his vehicle to respawn with minimal HP. In Kirby's Blowout Blast, falling into a bottomless pit will cause Kirby to lose points, and just a little bit of his stamina, then reappear on the stage.
In Kirby's Epic Yarn
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In Kirby's Epic Yarn, bottomless pits are marked by a featureless area that is inaccessible during normal gameplay. Using glitches, however, it is possible to reach this area without being pulled out immediately by Angie. This is referred to as going out of bounds. To do this, Kirby and Prince Fluff have to work together and repeatedly capture each-other with the Yarn Whip in perfect synchronicity to gain height until they can jump out the top of the stage. Curiously, instead of being blank, this area is textured with a star-studded quilt look that cannot be found anywhere else in the game, despite the fact that the player is not meant to be able to see it at all. Should Kirby and Fluff go out of bounds, they can potentially fall forever, which will require the player to pause and exit the stage or reset the game to escape.