Copy Essence

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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
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: Planet Robobot.

Each Essence resembles a golden pedestal with a figurine of a certain enemy standing on top (except in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, the essence instead displays the emblem for that copy ability rather than the enemy represented by it). When Kirby touches such a pedestal, he is instantly awarded the Copy Ability typically yielded by the adversary shown atop the pedestal. 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.

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: 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 U.F.O. 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'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.


  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)