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Cleaning Allies.png
Artwork of Cleaning Kirby from Kirby Star Allies
First game Kirby's Dream Land 3
Latest game Kirby Star Allies
Other game(s) Kirby: Triple Deluxe (cameo)
Type(s) Unlimited use
Obtained from Broom Hatter, Bukiset, Haboki, Keke
Power(s) Attacks using cleaning utensils; provides Bluster and Splash augments.
Helper Broom Hatter
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Cleaning, also known as Clean or Broom,[1] is one of eight Copy Abilities that Kirby can acquire from his enemies in Kirby's Dream Land 3. It also appears as an ability in Kirby Star Allies. The ability can be obtained from broom-related enemies, and its attacks are also usually asociated with cleaning or broom-related activities.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

Artwork of Clean Kirby from Kirby's Dream Land 3.
Clean + ChuChu artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3.

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.


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: Triple Deluxe[edit]

While the ability isn't present in the game itself, it does appear as two of the collectible Keychains, one being Kirby using the ability alone, while the other is the combination with ChuChu.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

An image from the 25th Anniversary Twitter Feed showing the various Animal Friend cameos in the Cleaning Abilities, and comparing them to the Dream Land 3 counterparts.

Clean returns in this title after a 21-year absence from the series, now called Cleaning. When Kirby gains the Cleaning ability, he is given a broom and a white bandanna with green stars on it. The ability 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. Cleaning also gives the Bluster element with its standard sweeps along with 'Clean ChuChu', while the Splash element is provided through the 'Clean Nago' and 'Clean Pitch' moves. Broom Hatter represents the ability as its Friend.

Cleaning moveset for Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage
(Star Bullet=52)
Press and release B
Kirby sweeps in place. 16
Sweep and Move
↔ while pressing B
Kirby sweeps while moving horizontally.
  • Moving in the opposite direction to which the player is facing will cause Kirby to move slower instead of turning to face the other way.
Broom Flick
Press and hold B, and then release
Kirby releases one final stronger attack with farther range than a normal sweep. 40
Clean Pitch
↑ + press and release B
Kirby uses Pitch as a bucket, letting him chuck a large blob of water at enemies. 24
Charged Clean Pitch
Press and hold ↑ + B, and then release
Kirby charges the attack for extra range. 24
Clean Nago
Dash + B
Nago dashes forward while the Y button is held, polishing the floor with Kirby and sweeping it clean of enemies. 16
Clean ChuChu
Dash + B in midair
ChuChu and Kirby ride on a flying broom. 32 (20 for the broom's glitter)

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Kirby: Right Back at Ya! artwork
First episode A Novel Approach
Last episode A Trashy Tale
Obtained from Inhaling a broom
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In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, the Clean ability, under the name Cleaning[2]. Unlike in Kirby's Dream Land 3, 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.

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.

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.


Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
Star Allies Cover.jpg Kirby Star Allies Fly about the sky on your broom and sweep up a breeze to blow fallen leaves and enemies away. You can even put out flames with a bucketful of water! And perhaps old friends will pop up to help you scrub?



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クリーン
Traditional Chinese 清潔
qīng jié
Simplified Chinese 清洁
qīng jié
Dutch Schoonmaak Cleaning
French Ménage Cleaning
German Reinigen Cleaning
Italian Scopa Broom
Korean 클린
Russian Уборка
Spanish Limpiador (Star Allies)


  1. Kirby's Dream Land 3 instruction booklet. Pages 16-17.
  2. "He is now Cleaning Kirby!"Meta Knight (Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Episode 38(J)/44(E): A Novel Approach [17:38])
  3. Kirby Star Allies: The Original Soundtrack - official website (JP)