Crash is an ability primarily obtained by absorbing a warhead enemy, Bomber. It allows Kirby to perform a destructive attack, Crash Fireball, which wipes the screen clear of enemies. When a Bomber is seen, Kirby must be quick enough to inhale it, so as to obtain the crash ability. If not, then the Bomber would walk off a cliff and explode, dealing damage to Kirby. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby: Triple Deluxe, the ability is obtained primarily from a floating round bomb creature called a Searches, which will try to detonate in a large explosion if Kirby or his friends get too close.
The Crash ability does not produce a Helper due to two key reasons:
- The enemies associated with Crash explode either by impact with Kirby or the ground or detonate in the pink puffball's proximity.
- Crash (like Mike) is limited use, so a Helper with it would provide issues for a second player who wants to play for more than a brief moment.
(1 in Kirby's Return to Dream Land)
|Kirby releases a huge explosion whose visual effects depend on the game, defeating all standard enemies on screen and dealing large damage to most bosses and mid-bosses.||Crash is lost after this move is used.|
Hold B + mash directions , and then release B
(substitute B with 1 in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, shaking controller can be used in place of mash directions in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby Star Allies)
|Kirby charges up and then releases an even bigger explosion, defeating all standard enemies on screen and dealing larger damage to most bosses and mid-bosses.||Crash is lost after this move is used. |
This move is only available in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and subsequent games.
Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Crash first appears in Kirby's Adventure. It reappears and functions identically in its remake. It can be acquired from the regular enemy Bomber and from the defeated Poppy Bros. Sr. Using Crash instantly defeats all enemies and Mid-Bosses on-screen, but only does some damage to bosses.
Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra
Crash reappears in Kirby Super Star and its remake, functioning identically to its appearance in Kirby's Adventure, though gaining a new animation. Like the other limited-use ability, Mike, it does not gain a hat.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Canvas Curse
In this game, Crash is distinguished by a black ring which orbits Kirby upon gaining the ability. It is used by tapping the touch screen and functions similarly to its appearance in the main games, and can be used to press Switches.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Crash is redesigned in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Firstly, it gains its modern hat: a crown with a glass dome that contains a nuclear reaction inside. It also gains the ability to make the explosion even more powerful (albeit only effective on bosses/mini-bosses) by charging it up beforehand. This can be done when the player holds down the B (or 1) button while mashing the +Control Pad (or shaking the Wii Remote).
Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot
The ability functions largely identically in the two 3DS games as in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, having no major changes between installments other than the removal of motion controls.
Kirby Star Allies
Crash reappears in Kirby Star Allies, and has a new Friend Ability performed by using the ability with friends out: Crash Rush. Additionally, the charge time for the powered-up version of the move is increased, likely to accommodate for Crash Rush.
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
|It is a Kirby mode we have never seen before! This is Crash Kirby!|
— Meta Knight, in Fossil Fools - Part II
Crash Kirby makes three appearances in the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, appearing in the episodes Fossil Fools - Part II, Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II, and Cappy Town Down. It retains its essential function in the video games, giving Kirby a single-use explosive attack that destroys all of his enemies in one fell swoop. In Fossil Fools - Part II, Kirby uses this ability to destroy Doctor Moro and his Chimera Dinosaurs. In Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II, Kirby uses the ability to destroy a Destroya. This is done again in Cappy Town Down, though it is done too late to save Cappy Town.
The anime series was the first to give Crash Kirby a hat, and it has a distinctive look from the current design used in the video games. The hat resembles a samurai helmet and is largely black with sharp white accents and a crown-like golden piece on top. Additionally, during the transformation sequence, Kirby is showered in a series of light rings which resemble the traditional symbol of an atom, alluding to the nuclear nature of this ability.
|Kirby's Adventure||This power will defeat all enemies on the screen, but you can use it only once!|
|Kirby Super Star||Blow all the enemies away with one HUGE explosion. It's a one time chance, so use it wisely.|
|Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
|Warning! Use only as a last resort!|
|Kirby: Canvas Curse||Explode and beat all foes!|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||KO all foes with a big BOOM! But be careful! This ultimate weapon has only 1 charge.|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Shake the Wii Remote to build up energy for a powered-up explosion! You only get one shot with this ultimate weapon!|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Send the enemy flying with a giant explosion! Mash the +Control Pad to build up power, and then vaporize your surroundings. This ultimate ability is a one-time use, so make it count!|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||DANGER! Use caution when handling this ability. It can be used only once, so make it count!|
|Kirby Star Allies||WARNING! DANGER! This is the ultimate weapon! One attack and you'll be blown away. Pull your friends into a Crash Rush! Waggle the control stick to charge it up for extra DANGER! Now everyone's REALLY frantic!|
- Kirby noticeably gains visible teeth while performing the Crash attack in Kirby Super Star. This is not the case in any other game, including its remake.
Crash Kirby attacking a Poppy Bros. Sr. in Kirby Super Star Ultra
Names in other languages
Kugelblitz (Kirby's Return to Dream Land onward)