Copy Essence

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Copy Essence
An assortment of Cutter Pedestals from various Kirby titles.
Use Kirby receives the ability shown on the pedestal.
Game(s) Kirby Super Star, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Star Allies
Comparable to Copy Essence Deluxe
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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 Star Allies.

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 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 Endurancees.

Game appearances[edit]

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

In the Milky Way Wishes game of Kirby Super Star and its remake, 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.

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 and the Amazing Mirror, Copy Essences appear in the doors in the hub world before entering levels.

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot, completing every stage will allow Kirby to access a special room from the stage select map that contains pedestals for every Copy Ability in each title. The only exception is UFO in Planet Robobot, which requires Kirby to collect all 100 Code Cubes, thus causing a UFO enemy to appear in the room in question.

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.


Kirby Super Star[edit]

  • Wii U Virtual Console manual bio: "Gains a Copy Ability."

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
Spanish Esencia de copia Copy Essence


  • In Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, the stationary enemies found in Museums fulfill a similar purpose to Copy Pedestals, enabling Kirby to acquire an ability without the need of overcoming a dangerous opponent to obtain it.
  • Occasionally, Sleep Essences are seen as obstacles in various stages, with the point being that Kirby should try to avoid them, lest he be put to sleep.
  • Prior to Version 4.0.0 of Kirby Star Allies, if a Dream Friend touched a Copy Essence, they would be forced to transform into the respective Friend Helper. In Version 4.0.0, nothing will happen in this scenario.


  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 manual, pg. 7)
  2. "Enemy Symbol - Whenever you touch an enemy symbol, you will copy that enemy's ability." (Kirby Super Star manual, pg. 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 manual, pg. 13)