|If you swallow a foe who has a special ability...
Kirby will copy its special ability!
This is Kirby's special move. It's called his Copy Ability.
— Narrator's dialogue from the Beginner's Room in Kirby Super Star Ultra
Copy Ability is a catch-all term referring to Kirby's trademark ability to inherit and utilize the special powers and/or skills of the entities he swallows using his inhale. First introduced in Kirby's Adventure, this ability grants the pink puffball a potentially massive array of different methods of attack and means of traversing the lands he finds himself in. Starting with games like Kirby Super Star, acquiring a Copy Ability also bestows a unique hat, outfit, or other distinguishing feature upon Kirby, which serves as a quick-glance way to determine what kind of power Kirby has obtained.
When Kirby obtains a Copy Ability, he (usually) loses his ability to inhale, instead now relying on the ability's unique attacks to battle his foes. Acquiring an ability often causes Kirby to pose ecstatically and causes a distinctive chipper sound to play. Kirby's HUD name and icon are also typically replaced with those signifying the ability in question. When Kirby has an ability, he is often referred specifically with that ability as part of his name (e.g. "Fire Kirby", "Sword Kirby", "Plasma Kirby", etc.). However, these abilities are seldom permanent, as Kirby can easily lose them, either by discarding them willingly, taking damage, or simply using them too many times in some instances. When an ability is lost in the former two methods, it will bounce away as an Ability Star, which can be re-absorbed with another inhale.
In main-series Kirby games, Copy Abilities tend to play a central role in gameplay, as many enemies are designed with weaknesses to specific abilities, and many puzzles require certain abilities or combinations thereof to solve. Several of these games also offer more elaborate mechanics involving these abilities, whether that be by using them to call helpers, combining them with other entities or with each-other to create powerful combo attacks, or imposing game rules restricting the use of certain ability functions. Copy Abilities also tend to play a role in the spin-off games, where it is often the case that Kirby has permanent access to one as a form of character selection, or the ability is heavily modified to cater to the specific type of gameplay.
- 1 Lists of Copy Abilities
- 2 Copy Ability Utility
- 3 Non-Series Copy Abilities
- 4 Names in other languages
- 5 Trivia
Lists of Copy Abilities
The following tables list every Copy Ability featured in games in the Kirby series.
Standard Copy Abilities
This table does not include abilities from the Dark Matter Trilogy. See the table below for those.
|Standard Copy Abilities in the Kirby series|
|Kirby's Block Ball||Kirby
|Kirby & The
*These also include the remakes Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and Kirby Super Star Ultra
**While a form of this ability appears in this game, it is not a Copy Ability. It may, for example, be a separate playable character or an item.
***Added post-release via DLC or unlockable through another game.
Fusion Copy Abilities
|Super Abilities from Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
|Copy Abilities||Appearance||Normal Counterpart||Obtained From|
|Flare Beam||Beam||Super Waddle Doo|
|Grand Hammer||Hammer||Super Bonkers|
|Monster Flame||Fire||Super Hot Head|
|Snow Bowl||Ice||Super Chilly|
|Ultra Sword||Sword||Super Blade Knight|
Robobot Armor Modes
|Robobot Armor Modes|
Team Kirby Clash (Deluxe) and Super Kirby Clash Roles
|Roles in Team Kirby Clash (Deluxe) and Super Kirby Clash|
Copy Ability Utility
While each ability is unique in its own right, there are multiple abilities which can be used for the same sort of task in-game. A few abilities are multi-purpose, able to clear many different types of hazards. Aside from dealing damage to enemies, the following table will show various obstacles and which abilities can be used to clear them in the main series:
|Can break Metal Blocks||Can pound Stakes||Can break Ice Blocks and light Fuses||Can cool down Fire Blocks||Can cut String Platforms||Can clear away foliage||Can strike objects through walls||Can electrify Wires||Can light up dark places||Can be used underwater||Can grab enemies and/or objects|
*Can only light Fuses prior to Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Cannot break Ice Blocks or light Fuses from Kirby's Return to Dream Land onward.
**Only from Kirby's Return to Dream Land onward.
***Only in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad.
****Only in Kirby Super Star and related games.
*****Only in Kirby: Planet Robobot
******Only in Kirby: Squeak Squad after obtaining the appropriate Ability Scroll
Non-Series Copy Abilities
These Copy Abilities are from games and other media that Kirby has appeared in, but which may not be considered as an actual Kirby game.
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Super Smash Bros. series
|Copied Special Moves in the Super Smash Bros. series|
|Ability||Appearance||First Appearance||Latest Appearance||Obtained from||Description|
|Fireball||Super Smash Bros.||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Mario||this Ability enables Kirby to shoot Fireballs from his hands that bounce along the ground|
|Giant Punch||Super Smash Bros.||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Donkey Kong||Kirby charges up a punch and can release it at any time|
|Boomerang||Super Smash Bros.||Super Smash Bros.||Link||Kirby throws a boomerang that can be angled|
|Charge Shot||Super Smash Bros.||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Samus||Kirby charges an energy ball with his hands, and can release it at any time|
|Egg Lay||Super Smash Bros.||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Yoshi||Kirby eats the opponent and lays them encased in an egg, trapping them for a while|
|Blaster||Super Smash Bros.||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Fox||Kirby shoots a laser gun that fires rapidly but deals no recoil|
|Thunder Jolt||Super Smash Bros.||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Pikachu||Kirby shoots electricity out in front of him that jumps across the stage and can follow walls|
|Green Fireball||Super Smash Bros.||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Luigi||Kirby shoots a green fireball from his hands which travels without falling|
|Falcon Punch||Super Smash Bros.||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Captain Falcon||Kirby unleashes a massive punch which is covered by a burning aura shaped like a falcon, but is slow to start|
|PK Fire||Super Smash Bros.||Super Smash Bros.||Ness||Kirby shoots a bolt in front of him that erupts into a pillar of fire if it hits an opponent|
|Pound||Super Smash Bros.||Super Smash Bros.||Jigglypuff||Kirby does a punch-slap that has deceptive range and halts his momentum in the air|
|Fire Breath||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Bowser||Kirby can breathe fire, but the range decreases if used too long|
|Megavitamin||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Dr. Mario||Kirby tosses a megavitamin which bounces along the ground a couple times|
|Falco Blaster||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Falco||Kirby fires lasers from a pistol that deal light knockback to opponents|
|Warlock Punch||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Ganondorf||Kirby unleashes a punch surrounded by dark magic that deals huge damage but is really slow|
|Ice Shot||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Ice Climbers||Kirby shoots a tiny iceberg out in front of him that slides across the stage|
|Shield Breaker||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Marth||Kirby is able to break through enemy shields by charging his copy of the Falchion in a straight lunge|
|Shadow Ball||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Mewtwo||Kirby charges a ball of energy and can release it at any time, causing big recoil if used in the air|
|Chef||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Mr. Game & Watch||Kirby pulls out a frying pan and throws two-dimensional food from it at opponents|
|Toad||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Peach||Kirby pulls out Toad to defend him, who shoots spores at any point-blank attackers|
|Thunder Jolt||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Pichu||Kirby shoots an arc of electricity that bounces along the ground, though also hurting himself a little when doing it|
|Flare Blade||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Roy||Kirby charges magical flames onto his copy of the Sword of Seals to create a huge blast, however if he charges it for too long he can hurt himself|
|Needle Storm||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Sheik||Kirby throws needles at his opponents to interrupt them|
|Fire Bow||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Young Link||Kirby uses the Hero's Bow to shoot flaming arrows at his opponents|
|Nayru's Love||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Zelda||Kirby summons a crystal energy shield around him for a couple seconds, dealing damage point-blank and reflecting projectiles|
|Rollout||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Jigglypuff||Kirby curls into a ball and rolls forward at high speeds, reckless use can cause him to fly off the stage and self-destruct|
|Bow/Hero's Bow||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Link||Kirby pulls out a Traveler's Bow and fires an arrow at his opponents, in Ultimate, he can pick up arrows he's fired and shoot them again or toss them|
|PK Flash||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Ness||Kirby can charge up a huge flare of energy and release it on his foes|
|Peanut Popgun||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Diddy Kong||Kirby fires peanuts from a wooden gun, though charging it too long causes the gun to explode in Kirby's face|
|Eruption||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Ike||Kirby strikes the ground with a copy of the sword Ragnell, creating fire where it lands that can hit above Kirby as well, it damages him if charged too long|
|Inhale||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||King Dedede||Kirby sucks in his opponents and spits them out; more powerful than his regular Inhale, but cannot copy with it|
|Aura Sphere||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Lucario||Kirby charges up an aura sphere which can damage opponents while charging and when released|
|PK Freeze||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Lucas||Kirby fires a spark of ice at opponents that detonates at will, it is able to freeze them for a few seconds if it bursts on them|
|Mach Tornado||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Meta Knight||Kirby spins around causing a tornado that can catch enemies; in Ultimate, it travels a long distance and only hits once|
|Pikmin Pluck/Pikmin Throw||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Captain Olimar||Kirby plucks and throws Pikmin, who immediately die after being utilized (rather sad)|
|Palutena's Bow||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Pit||Kirby pulls out Palutena's Bow and can fire arrows of light which can be guided after release|
|Water Gun||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Pokémon Trainer (Squirtle)||Kirby shoots a large amount of water out at opponents, pushing them away|
|Bullet Seed||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Pokémon Trainer (Ivysaur)||Kirby Shoots seeds out at his opponents|
|Flamethrower||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Pokémon Trainer (Charizard (Brawl and Ultimate only)), Charizard||Kirby breathes a narrow cone of fire which causes enemies to flinch, though it grows shorter over time|
|Robo Beam||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||R.O.B.||Kirby can fire lasers from his eyes at varying levels of charge, which are capable of bouncing off of floors and ceilings|
|Hand Grenade||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Snake||Kirby can throw grenades|
|Homing Attack||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Sonic||Kirby jumps up in the air, curls up into a ball and flies as fast as he can at opponents|
|Chomp||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Wario||Kirby bites his opponents, holding them in place and chomping to deal damage; in Ultimate, each bite also heals Kirby a little bit|
|Wolf Blaster||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Wolf||Kirby fires powerful laser shots from a blaster|
|Paralyzer||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Zero Suit Samus||Kirby uses a paralyzer pistol to stun his opponents|
|Toon Hero's Bow||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Toon Link||Kirby uses the Hero's Bow to fire slow, but far-traveling arrows|
|Water Shuriken||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Greninja||Kirby throws shurikens made of water at opponents, at full charge they can carry opponents away|
|Straight Lunge||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Little Mac||Kirby charges up a punch, when he unleashes it the punch carries him across the stage, dealing massive damage if charged long enough, but also leaving him vulnerable; in Ultimate, Kirby can reverse his direction before the lunge and also cancel it by shielding|
|Shield Breaker||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Lucina||Kirby thrusts with the Parallel Falchion, breaking shields at full charge|
|Metal Blade||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Mega Man||Kirby throws saw blades at his opponents, he can throw them in any direction|
|Charge Blast||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Mii Gunner||Kirby charges up and releases a ball of energy|
|Gale Strike||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Mii Swordfighter||Kirby conjures a tornado using a sword which travels forward and carries opponents away|
|Shot Put||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Mii Brawler||Kirby throws a heavy metal ball ahead of himself|
|Bonus Fruit||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Pac-Man||Kirby cycles through the Bonus Fruit from Pac-Man to throw at opponents, with different damage outputs and trajectories|
|Autoreticle||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Palutena||Kirby can lock onto opponents and fires laser blasts at them, which fire toward the enemy's last position|
|Thunder||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Robin||Kirby shoots magical lightning out of his hands, with four different levels of power; Kirby loses this ability if used too much|
|Luma Shot||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Rosalina||Kirby conjures and launches a Luma at opponents, which immediately vanishes after it hits|
|Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Villager||Kirby can take any projectile attack thrown at him and hold onto it and throw it back at opponents later|
|Sun Salutation||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Wii Fit Trainer||Kirby absorbs energy from the sun as a ball, he can then launch it at opponents at any time, if it is fully charged when shot Kirby is slightly healed|
|Monado Arts||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Shulk||Kirby wields the Monado Blade, allowing him to switch between 5 different styles of fighting, known as the Monado Arts (Kirby doesn't actually swing the blade)|
|Clown Cannon||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Bowser Jr.||the Clown Car's cannon extends from Kirby's mouth and fires cannonballs|
|Silver Bow||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Dark Pit||Kirby pulls out the Silver Bow and fires black arrows at opponents, which can be slightly guided after firing|
|Trick Shot||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Duck Hunt||Kirby kicks a can out on the stage, then an unseen Zapper wielder shoots it, to varying effects|
|Hadoken||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Ryu||Kirby fires a blast of energy from his fists, which travels slowly across the screen; the nature of the blast depends on how the player inputs the attack|
|Blade Beam||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Cloud||Kirby takes out a (smaller) copy of the Buster Sword and uses it to shoot a straight horizontal Final Cutter-like beam that travels a fair distance and can hit one target; the beam is slightly weaker if used in midair (Kirby cannot use the Limit Break version)|
|Dragon Fang Shot||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Corrin||Kirby's hand becomes a gaping dragon jaw which shoots out a ball of paralyzing water, which can travel a fair distance and be charged for greater effect; the dragon fang hand can also be used to bite nearby opponents|
|Bullet Climax||Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Bayonetta||Kirby pulls out two copies of the Love is Blue handguns and fires them from either his hands or feet in an upward diagonal motion; the bullets can rack up a fair amount of damage and interrupt foes|
|Splattershot||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Inkling||Kirby uses a Splattershot gun to fire ink at his opponents, the color of which will depend on what the other Inkling(s) are using; Kirby loses this ability once he runs out of ink|
|Toad||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Daisy||Kirby pulls out a blue-spotted Toad to guard himself with, which shoots spores at would-be attackers|
|Plasma Breath||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Ridley||Kirby can launch a variable number of fireballs from his mouth which bounce along the ground, but will take heavy damage if he is hit in the face while charging the move|
|Axe||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Simon Belmont||Kirby tosses a hefty axe in an arc in front of him|
|Axe||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Richter Belmont||Kirby tosses a hefty axe in an arc in front of him|
|Flare Blade||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Chrom||Kirby pulls out the Exalted Falchion and charges wind-energy through the blade to deal a massive explosion, though it hurts Kirby if overcharged|
|Charge Shot||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Dark Samus||Kirby charges a dark ball of energy which he can release at any time|
|Blunderbuss||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||King K. Rool||Kirby pulls out a blunderbuss and shoots a cannonball from it; he can then use the blunderbuss again to suck in nearby objects or fighters and shoot them back out in any direction|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Isabelle||Kirby can grab any projectile and store it, then throw it back later|
|Hadoken||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Ken||Kirby shoots a ball of energy from his hands, with the nature of the attack depending on how the player inputs the attack|
|Darkest Lariat||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Incineroar||Kirby spins around like a cyclone, hitting opponents nearby and doing massive damage to shields|
|Ptooie||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Piranha Plant||Kirby spits a spike ball out of his mouth and blows on it to keep it afloat as long as the special button is held; if the player inputs left or right, Kirby will launch the spike ball in that direction|
|Gun||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Joker||Kirby pulls out a handgun and can fire one bullet at a time. He can also perform dodging maneuvers while shooting.|
|Frizz/Frizzle/Kafrizz||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Dragon Quest Hero||Kirby can charge and release a ball of fire at three different sizes, with each one costing a proportionally larger amount of MP. MP can be recharged slowly over time or by attacking with other moves.|
|Egg Firing/Breegull Blaster||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Banjo & Kazooie||Kirby utilizes a rubber replica of Kazooie who shoots eggs from her throat. If the button is held, Kirby will pull the fake Kazooie out of his backpack and hold her like a rifle.|
|???||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Terry Bogard|
Names in other languages
fù zhì néng lì
|Italian||Abilità di copia||Copy ability|
|Spanish||Habilidad de copia
- So far, the copy ability which has appeared the most in the series is Parasol, with 16 total appearances.