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KSSU Copy artwork.png
Artwork of Copy Kirby from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
First game Kirby Super Star (1996)
Latest game Kirby Super Star Ultra (2008)
Obtained from Tac
Power(s) Copy enemies' power
Helper Tac
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This article is about the Copy Ability called "Copy" in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra. For Copy Abilities in general, see Copy Ability.

Copy is a limited-use Copy Ability obtained by swallowing Tac, which appears exclusively in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra. It allows Kirby to scan an enemy in order to obtain their powers, which can work even on enemies that cannot be inhaled normally. Common enemies scanned are slightly damaged, but the move also works on Mid-Bosses, dealing them moderate damage instead. When used on enemies that don't provide any Copy Abilities, the move damages them, but it does not work on invulnerable enemies such as Gordo or Shotzo. Using the move on a Tac damages it as if it was an enemy that doesn't provide any Copy Ability, instead of copying some ability out of it.

Kirby can also obtain the Copy ability through Copy Essences Deluxe. With the Copy ability equipped, Kirby can create Tac as a helper. Kirby's visual appearance does not change but rather than inhaling foes, Kirby puts on goggles to scan their powers.


Since Kirby can normally simply inhale foes to copy them, the Copy ability is usually redundant. It has a handful of advantages, however, over inhaling:

  • Some enemies, such as Scarfy, cannot be inhaled but can be copied.
  • In Milky Way Wishes, Kirby cannot copy enemies by inhaling them, but he can with the Copy ability. This eliminates the main hardship in Milky Way Wishes, which is why its Copy Essence Deluxe is located in a hidden place.
  • When used on a Mid-Boss who isn't defeated, Kirby will gain a random ability, similar to Mix.
  • When used on a Boss or on a normal enemy that doesn't provide Copy Abilities (including Tac), the scan deals damage.


Milky Way Wishes Icon from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Copy skills
Skill Button Execution
Analyze Beam
*Copies a foe's ability

Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KSS Box NA.jpg Kirby Super Star Copy enemies' abilities without fighting! The helper will also be able to copy abilities!
KSS Ultra box art.png Kirby Super Star Ultra Use a strange light to analyze and then copy foes' abilities. Might you learn weird ones?


  • The effect of the Copy ability's scan may have inspired the Scan Specs used by the Robobot Armor, which uses similar visuals to highlight an enemy to copy. The Halberd Mode also uses a similar cursor for Capture Inhale.



Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Copy

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コピー
French Copieur Copycat
German Kopie Copy
Italian Copia Copy
Korean 카피
Russian Подражание[1]
Spanish Copiar Copy