Clean

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KDL3Clean.png
Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3
Details
Debut Game Kirby's Dream Land 3
Last Game Kirby: Star Allies
Type(s) Unlimited uses
Obtained from Broom Hatter, Bukiset, Haboki, Keke
Power(s) Cleaning-based attacks
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Clean, also known as Cleaning or Broom,[1] is one of eight Copy Abilities that Kirby can acquire from his enemies in Kirby's Dream Land 3. It is also set to return under the name Cleaning in the upcoming Switch title.

Game Appearances

Kirby's Dream Land 3

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Clean + ChuChu artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3.
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Sprites of Kirby (left) and Gooey cleaning.

When Kirby or Gooey possesses the Clean ability in Kirby's Dream Land 3, they may use a broom to clean the area in front of them when the Y button is pressed. Apart from being able to hurt adversaries with the cleaning instrument itself, performing this action causes white dust clouds to be raised in front of Kirby or Gooey, which act as harmful projectiles towards opponents. As such, they can be reflected back by a Dogon.

The Clean ability or one of its combinations is required to obtain three separate Heart Stars in the game: Clean + Pitch for Kamuribana's star in the first stage of Ripple Field, the base ability or any combination for Oba-chan's star in the second stage of Sand Canyon and Clean + Coo for Hibanamodoki's star in the first Cloudy Park stage.

Combinations

Like other Copy Abilities, the basic Clean ability can be enhanced by uniting with an Animal Friend, the resulting power depending on the Friend that Kirby teams up with. The following combinations are possible:

Friend Appearance Description
ChuChu KDL3 BroomChuchu.PNG While the Y button is held, ChuChu and Kirby ride on a flying broom, the bottom end of which can harm enemies.
Coo KDL3 BroomCoo.PNG Kirby stops and uses Coo as a living feather duster, defeating enemies in front of him.
Kine KDL3 BroomKine.PNG While the Y button is held, a plunger protrudes from Kine's mouth. All enemies touched by the plunger will stick to it; these can be pushed into other enemies to harm them or launched as projectiles by letting go of the button.
Nago KDL3 BroomNago.PNG Nago dashes forward while the Y button is held, polishing the floor with Kirby and sweeping it clean of enemies. Nago cannot jump or turn around while using this power.
Pitch KDL3 BroomPitch.PNG Pitch briefly transforms into a bucket, letting Kirby chuck a large blob of water at enemies. Holding "up" while doing so causes him to throw it at a higher angle.
Rick KDL3 BroomRick.png Rick cleans the area directly in front of him with a blue feather duster, harming opponents.

Kirby: Star Allies

Clean returns in this title, now called Cleaning. It gains a number of combo attacks, much like other abilities in the game, with several causing the Animal Friends from Dream Land 3 to cameo in the process.

Nago appears in one of the Cleaning Ability's attacks in Kirby: Star Allies.

Anime

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Kirby: Right Back at Ya! artwork.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, the Clean ability, under the name Cleaning,[2] is seen in two episodes. Unlike in the games, Kirby's appearance changes when he obtains the power in the anime, causing him to don a yellow bandanna with green stars.

In a similar manner to the Kirby's Dream Land 3 base ability, Cleaning enables Kirby to use a broom to attack; unlike in the game, however, it possesses a blue handle, looks more modern overall and is able to generate colorful stars instead of dust clouds when swung.

Episode 44: A Novel Approach

The end of the Cleaning transformation sequence.

The ability first appears in the episode A Novel Approach. Here, Kirby acquires it by absorbing one of the brooms sent at him and his friends by Broom King, a Monster that resembles Haboki.

After obtaining it, Kirby uses the ability to brush numerous besoms aside, proceeds to use it as a blunt melee weapon against Broom King itself and eventually sweeps a large cloud of dust back at his adversary with it.

Similarly to the Clean + ChuChu combination, Kirby subsequently climbs onto the cleaning instrument and uses it to fly, pursuing Broom King through the air and defeating it with a final sway of his broom. Although he does not use the ability anymore afterwards, Kirby keeps his Cleaning attire and broom until the end of the episode.

Episode 81: A Trashy Tale

Cleaning reappears in A Trashy Tale, where Kirby acquires it from a besom thrown to him by Meta Knight. In this episode, Kirby makes use of the ability to knock the various forms of waste sent at him by Trash Basher out of the way, as well as eventually finish off the trash can monster itself when it has run out of refuse.

After disposing of Trash Basher, Kirby first demonstrates the abilities literal cleaning powers, using the colorful, sparkling energy generated by his broom to do away with all the garbage that has accumulated in Chief Bookem's house and all over Cappy Town throughout the episode.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クリーン
Kurīn
Clean


References

  1. Kirby's Dream Land 3 manual, pg. 17
  2. "He is now Cleaning Kirby!"Meta Knight (Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Episode 38(J)/44(E): A Novel Approach [17:38])