Color Changes

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Four commonly seen colors of Kirby.

Color Changes refers to the different colors, color schemes and palettes that can be applied to Kirby and other characters, enemies, or objects. Most commonly, it refers to alternate colors that the player can choose for Kirby to be. While Kirby is most well recognized in his native pink, he has been seen in a great many different shades and hues throughout the Kirby series, especially in multiplayer games and Sub-Games.

Color Changes by title

The following will go over other colors of Kirby (and others where applicable) in each game in the Kirby series. Games that do not offer color changes will not be listed:

Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

Before the introduction of Copy Ability hats, several abilities distinguished themselves in Kirby by changing his color. Many abilities, such as Needle, Wheel and Stone change Kirby to a more orange hue, while Ice and Freeze change him to a light blue.

In Nightmare in Dream Land, red, yellow and green Kirbys can be seen in the Sub-Games. These could be controlled by other players.

In both versions, enemies and Mid-Bosses can also come in several different colors. Waddle Dees for instance, could be orange, blue, green, yellow, red, purple, or even monochrome.

Kirby's Dream Course

Kirby and Keeby.

In this title, a yellow Kirby (officially known as Keeby) is controlled by the second player. This is the first instance in the series of multiple Kirbys in a game, distinguished by color.

Kirby Super Star (Ultra)

Although Copy Ability hats were introduced in this title, additional color changes to Kirby were still present on many abilities. Examples include yellow for the Beam ability, green for the Plasma ability, blue for the Ice ability, and purple for the Ninja ability, among others.

Enemies, Mid-Bosses, and even Bosses could also come in different shades and hues. A prime example of this is the Boss Chameleo Arm, whose color is random each time Kirby encounters it. Kirby can also use the Paint ability to change Chameleo Arm's color mid-fight.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, the green, red and yellow Kirbys can be seen and played as again in the Sub-Games.

Kirby's Dream Land 3

Like in Kirby's Adventure, some abilities, like the Ice ability, will change Kirby's color when equipped.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

In the Sub-Games, picking multiple Kirbys will cause the others to be assigned a different color. These could be pink, yellow, blue, or red.

Kirby Air Ride

In this title, the player has the option of choosing between several different colors for Kirby, some of which need to be unlocked by completing objectives in the Checklist. Different colors can also be chosen for Meta Knight and King Dedede. They are as follows:

Default

Unlockable

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

A poster showcasing four different colors of Kirby.

Although they were first seen in Nightmare in Dream Land, the red, green and yellow Kirbys feature prominently in this title, and are given a role in the main story mode. These can be controlled by the CPU, or by other players. In addition to these, a fifth Kirby can be found in the game, with a very dark grey hue.

In addition, the player has the option to change Kirby's color using Spray Paint.

Kirby: Squeak Squad

Like in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, the player has the option of changing Kirby's color using Spray Paint, though this time there are some new colors to choose from, and the colors will also apply to Kirby's abilities in various ways, as well as the Copy Palette.

The red, green and yellow Kirbys also appear again in the Sub-Games.

Kirby Mass Attack

In this title, the color of a Mini-Kirby indicates their state of health. Pink indicates full health, blue indicates low health, and white indicates no health.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Artwork depicting four differently colored Kirbys.

In addition to Meta Knight, King Dedede and Bandana Waddle Dee, secondary players can choose between a yellow, blue or green Kirby to accompany the standard pink Kirby, both in the main game and in Sub-Games.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Logo for Kirby Fighters Deluxe, depicting Kirbys of many different hues.

In the Sub-Game Kirby Fighters (and in the expanded spin-off Kirby Fighters Deluxe), the player has a choice between many different colors for Kirby. These include the following:

  • Pink
  • Yellow
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Red
  • White
  • Indigo

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Artwork of four Kirbys of different colors fighting a Kibble Blade in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe.

Using amiibo, Kirby can be given a number of different colors in addition to Copy Abilities. As an example, the King Dedede amiibo gives Kirby the Hammer ability, and also turns him yellow.

In the Sub-Game Team Kirby Clash (and in the expanded spin-off Team Kirby Clash Deluxe), four Kirbys make up a team of role-playing heroes. They come in pink, yellow, blue and green.

Kirby: Battle Royale

A still from the opening movie showcasing several different colors of Kirby.

In Dedede's Cake Royale, a device called the Kirby Printer exists, capable of creating clones of Kirby, though all of these clones come in shades other than pink.

In multiplayer modes, the player has the option of changing Kirby's color, as well as the colors of other characters. Options include the following:

  • Pink
  • Yellow
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Orange
  • Gray

Kirby Star Allies

The standard yellow, blue, and green Kirbys can be seen in the Sub-Games.

Super Smash Bros. Series

Each game in the Super Smash Bros. series has provided alternate choices for color for Kirby and other playable fighters. Different choices are available in each title:

Super Smash Bros. (64)

Kirby Palette (SSB).png

(Note that the green Kirby was only available during Team Battles.)

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Kirby Palette (SSBM).png

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Kirby

Kirby Palette (SSBB).png

King Dedede

King Dedede Palette (SSBB).png

Meta Knight

Meta Knight Palette (SSBB).png

Super Smash Bros. 4

Kirby

Kirby Palette (SSB4).png

King Dedede

King Dedede Palette (SSB4).png

Meta Knight

Meta Knight Palette (SSB4).png

Trivia

  • Although Kirby has always been pink in Japan, there was a little bit of confusion abroad at first, resulting in Kirby being portrayed as white in international releases of Kirby's Dream Land.
  • While several colors of Kirby are consistent throughout the series, the color of the cheek blushes can change on the other palettes. Some games change the cheek blush to match the color, while others keep the blush a dark pink on all colors.