Cleaning, also known as Clean or Broom, 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 associated with cleaning or broom-related activities.
In its most basic form, Cleaning is somewhat unremarkable, only involving Kirby sweeping the ground with a broomstick, throwing up dust that can harm enemies at very close range. Its true potential comes when paired with an Animal Friend, giving Kirby a number of much more potent techniques, including dashing forward with Nago, sweeping in a much larger area with Coo, and even flying with ChuChu. In Kirby Star Allies, Cleaning is upgraded significantly, giving Kirby much more effective broom sweeps and also allowing him to call on many of his animal combinations at will. The Cleaning ability is also infused with the Bluster and Splash Power Effects, able to impart these on allies' weapons. In Kirby: Right Back at Ya! and Kirby Star Allies, Kirby wears a yellow or white bandana with green stars on it when he has this ability.
|Cleaning Kirby's video game appearances|
|Kirby's Dream Land 3||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Broom Hatter, broom Bukiset, Keke, and Haboki.|
Can be paired with an Animal Friend.
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Reference||Appears as a randomly-obtained keychain.|
|Kirby Star Allies||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Broom Hatter.|
Can be used to make a Broom Hatter ally.
Can impart "Bluster" and "Splash" Power Effects on weapons, and is also used for Friend Super-Vac and Clean Curling.
|Kirby's Dream Buffet||Reference||Cleaning Kirby appears on a Character Treat.|
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:
|ChuChu||While the Y button is held, ChuChu and Kirby ride on a flying broom, the bottom end of which can harm enemies.|
|Coo||Kirby stops and uses Coo as a living feather duster, defeating enemies in front of him.|
|Kine||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||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||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||Rick cleans the area directly in front of him with a blue feather duster, harming opponents.|
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
While the ability is not 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
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 Kirby's 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|
Press and release B
|Kirby sweeps in place.||16|
|Sweep and Move||
↔ while pressing B
|Kirby sweeps while moving horizontally.
Press and hold B, and then release
|Kirby releases one final stronger attack with farther range than a normal sweep.||40|
↑ + 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 and more damage.||36|
Dash + B
|Nago dashes forward while the button is held, polishing the floor with Kirby and sweeping it clean of enemies.||16|
Dash + B in midair
|ChuChu and Kirby ride on a flying broom.||32 (20 for the broom's glitter)|
Kirby's Dream Buffet
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
|“||He is now Cleaning Kirby!||”|
— Meta Knight, in A Novel Approach
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, the Clean ability appears, under the name Cleaning. 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 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 finally demonstrates the ability's 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.
|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?|
- Clean Nago's cry in Kirby Star Allies is sampled from Shinya Kumazaki's deceased pet cat, Tom, whose voice was also used for Star Dream.
Artwork of Cleaning and Curling from Kirby Star Allies
Ability Star from Kirby Star Allies
Tip image of Cleaning Kirby sweeping away leaves in Kirby Star Allies
Pixel Clean Kirby Character Treat from Kirby's Dream Buffet
Banner from the Kirby Personality Quiz
Plushies of Cleaning and Artist Kirby from "Kirby Copy Ability Selection" merchandise line
Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Cleaning
Names in other languages
Schoonmaker (Kirby's Dream Buffet Character Treat)
|Brazilian Portuguese||Limpeza (Kirby: Right Back at Ya!)
Faxina (Kirby's Dream Buffet Character Treat)
|Spanish||Limpiador (Kirby Star Allies)
- Kirby's Dream Land 3 instruction booklet. Pages 16-17 (Wayback Machine snapshot of scan)
- Kirby Star Allies: The Original Soundtrack - official website (JP) (Wayback Machine snapshot)
- Digital manual for Kirby's Dream Land 3 on Wii U Virtual Console
- 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll (archive.today snapshot)
- Nintendo Polska - Kirby Star Allies (archive.today snapshot)