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Copy Essence

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Copy Essence
Cutter Copy Pedestals sprite.png
An assortment of Cutter Copy Essences from various Kirby titles
Type Device
Function Gives Kirby the ability shown on the pedestal
Found Hovering in midair, typically in unlockable rooms
Game(s) Kirby Super Star, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Star Allies, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Similar to Copy Essence Deluxe
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This article is about the items on pedestals containing Copy Abilities found in all main series Kirby games, and should not be confused with Ability Items.
Touching an item known as a Copy Essence allows you to take on the Copy Ability shown on it.
— Kirby's Return to Dream Land Instruction manual bio (page 7)

Copy Essences,[1] also known as Enemy Symbols in Kirby Super Star,[2] and Copy Pedestals in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror,[3] are items first introduced in Kirby Super Star, reappearing in its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra. They have since reappeared - with an identical purpose - in every main series Kirby title, up to and including Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (excepting Kirby: Squeak Squad, which instead features bubbles containing abilities).

Each Copy Essence resembles a golden pedestal with a figurine of a certain enemy standing on top or the symbol of a Copy Ability in some games in the series. When Kirby touches such a pedestal, he is instantly awarded the Copy Ability appropriate to the enemy/icon displayed. For example, if Kirby touches a Copy Essence with a figurine of a Blade Knight, Kirby will get the Sword ability. If Kirby already possesses an ability, his current power will be replaced in Kirby Super Star and its remake, as well as in main-series games since Kirby's Return to Dream Land, whereas in other games, nothing will happen until he drops his Copy Ability.[3] Every Copy Essence can be used an unlimited amount of times. Apart from being found sporadically throughout games, they usually appear in unlockable rooms containing most of the game's abilities, as well as featuring prominently in The Arena and similar Boss Endurance modes.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

In the Old Tower area in The Great Cave Offensive, Copy Essences for the Sleep ability are used as obstacles guarding a Treasure.

Copy Essences debut in Kirby Super Star, and also appear in Kirby Super Star Ultra. In their debut appearance, they showcase a figurine of the enemy associated with the ability on its pedestal. Touching one automatically confers the represented ability to Kirby, and will also automatically change a Helper to the different corresponding character.

In the Dyna Blade game, stages featuring collections of Copy Essences can be unlocked by hitting the Big Switches in Mallow Castle and in Candy Mountain.

In the Milky Way Wishes sub-game, a special variety of Copy Essence known as Copy Essence Deluxe appears; this item permanently enables Kirby to assume the Copy Ability shown by it at any time and disappears upon being collected.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror[edit]

In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, two Copy Pedestals appear in each Hub room (small rooms which interlink areas) and three in each room leading up to a Boss fight. The only Copy Abilities that do not appear in a Copy Pedestal are single use ones, Mini and UFO, which must be obtained by swallowing UFO enemies in certain areas or by a Mix. All Copy Essences can be accessed in a Copy Ability Room in Central Circle that requires hitting all the Big Switches to unlock.

The Master sword's pedestal (which appears in the Central Circle after beating the game) essentially acts as the Copy Essence for the Master Copy Ability.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

Starting with Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Copy Essences do not resemble the enemies they are obtained from anymore. Instead, they contain a likeness of the Ability Star for the ability in question, displaying the ability's symbol on its face. Kirby can gain access to 20 of these from within the Lor Starcutter once he has collected enough Energy Spheres to unlock every room.

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, 25 Copy Abilities are now accessible from the Lor Starcutter, with the additional five being the new and limited-use abilities (minus Sleep). Additionally, the Mix Copy Essence returns from Kirby: Planet Robobot, which cycles through every possible ability except for Sleep. Like in Kirby Star Allies and Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Mid-Bosses now drop their respective Copy Essences when defeated.

A Random Copy Essence can also be obtained from Merry Magoland which cycles through Copy Abilities in the same order as a Mix roulette, at a slower pace.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Kirby near four Copy Essences in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. From left to right: Circus, Bell, Beetle, Archer.

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Copy Essences appear unchanged from their Kirby's Return to Dream Land appearance. Beating the game once allows Kirby to access the Copy Ability Room, filled with Copy Essences of every Copy Ability.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Copy Essences once again remain unchanged in Kirby: Planet Robobot. The only Copy Ability that does not appear in a Copy Essence is UFO, which requires the player to attain 100% completion (which makes UFO appear in the Ability Testing Room) or scan a Kirby amiibo.

A Mix Copy Essence that cycles very fast through different Copy Abilities can be found in Access Ark - Stage 7 EX, The Arena and The True Arena. It cycles through every Copy Ability besides Sleep, Smash Bros., and UFO. In the boss endurance modes, this special Copy Essence appears in both the main hub where players select their ability, and between subsequent fights. The exceptions to this are before the fights against C.O.G.S. and Star Dream, which use the Jet Mode and Halberd Mode respectively.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Four Copy Essences from the Ability Planet in Kirby Star Allies. From left to right: Yo-Yo, Ninja, Sword, Whip.

In Kirby Star Allies, Copy Essences once again resemble the enemies/allies who provide them. Kirby can toss a friend heart directly at one to immediately gain the appropriate ally.

Main article: Reset Platform

Stages that contain boss fights at the end of them have big platforms with four empty Copy Essences, called Reset Platforms, present before the battle. If the player holds Y on these platforms, Kirby's current Copy Ability and all of his Friends will be removed then transferred to each of the four Copy Essence pedestals.

Main article: Ability Planet

After completing the game once, Kirby can access all of the Copy Essences with each ability in the Ability Planet. The only Copy Abilities that are not represented in a Copy Essence are the limited-use abilities like Crash, Mike and Festival, which are replaced by their respective enemies in the stage. Likewise, Kirby cannot get rid of these abilities using a Reset Platform.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

A Copy Essence for Bomb from Kirby and the Forgotten Land.

In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Copy Essences can appear before boss and mid-boss encounters. Here, they resemble their corresponding Ability Items, but on golden podiums. Notably, if Kirby touches one while using a Mouthful Mode transformation, he will gain the ability without any transformation animation. In most cases, Mid-Bosses now leave behind the Copy Essence corresponding to their Copy Ability after being defeated.

In the Kirby novel series[edit]

Kirby and Waddle Dee observe the newfound Copy Essences in Kirby Meets the Squeak Squad!

In the Kirby novel series, Copy Essences appear in Kirby Meets the Squeak Squad!. They are found in a room deep in the temple that Kirby and Waddle Dee discover. The room is full of a variety of different Copy Essences. Only Kirby can use them; nothing happens when Waddle Dee touches one.

After dodging many traps in the temple, Kirby and Waddle Dee reach the Copy Essence room. Kirby is very happy to see such a convenient stash of these for him to use. He goes for the one that gives him the Fire ability before going deeper into the temple with Waddle Dee. Later in the story, Kirby, Waddle Dee, and King Dedede reach the room again when they return to the temple to give back the egg they were trusted with. They prepare to have a lunch break in the room, but their lunch is cut short when the Squeaks enter the room to take the egg. Kirby chooses the Fire essence again to fight back.

Copy Essences return in Kirby: Meta Knight and the Galaxy's Greatest Warrior where Kirby, King Dedede, Waddle Dee, and the Meta-Knights purchase a bag full of Copy Essences from a shady merchant. Kirby uses several throughout the novel, such as Wing, Cupid, and Fire. However, a baby Sphere Doomer takes a liking to the assortment of Copy Essences and eventually carries it away into a dimensional rift.


Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KSA Boxart NA.jpg Kirby Star Allies If you hit a Copy Essence with a Friend Heart, you'll get a friend from it!

Kirby Super Star Wii U Virtual Console manual bio[edit]

  • Gains a Copy Ability.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Instruction manual bio (page 7)[edit]

  • Touching an item known as a Copy Essence allows you to take on the Copy Ability shown on it.

Kirby: Planet Robobot Instruction manual bio (page 16)[edit]

  • Grants you the ability displayed on the Copy Essence.



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コピーのもと
Kopī no Moto
Copy Essence
Traditional Chinese 複製之源
fù zhì zhī yuán
Copy Essence
Simplified Chinese 复制之源
fù zhì zhī yuán
Dutch Kopieerextract Copy Essence
French Essence pouvoir Copy Essence
German Spezial-Power-Spender Special Power Donor
Italian Essenze di copia Copy Essence
Korean 카피 에센스
Kapi Esenseu
Copy Essence
Portuguese Essência de cópia Copy essence
Spanish Esencia de copia Copy Essence


  1. "Copy Essence - Touching an item known as a Copy Essence allows you to take on the Copy Ability shown on it."Kirby's Return to Dream Land instruction manual (page 7)
  2. "Enemy Symbol - Whenever you touch an enemy symbol, you will copy that enemy's ability."Kirby Super Star instruction manual (page 33)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Copy Pedestal - From time to time, you'll see special pedestals that give you a Copy Ability when you touch them. If you already have a copied ability, nothing will happen."Kirby & The Amazing Mirror instruction manual (page 13)