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KRTDL Crash.png
Artwork of Crash Kirby from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
First game Kirby's Adventure
Latest game Kirby Star Allies
Other game(s) Kirby Super Star
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Type(s) Single use
Obtained from Anglep (when scanned with Copy), Bomber, Searches, Scarfy (when scanned with Copy), Poppy Bros. Sr.'s bomb (after defeat; Kirby's Adventure, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land), Paint Roller's bomb, Metal General's giant missiles, Dark Mind's bomb
Power(s) Performs a destructive attack that clears all enemies off the screen; ignites the cannon fuse.
Comparable to Mike, Cook, Paint, Magic
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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.

Game appearances[edit]

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Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

Crash first appears in Kirby's Adventure. It reappears and functions identically in its remake.

Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Crash reappears in Kirby Super Star and its remake, functioning identically to its appearance in Kirby's Adventure. Like the other limited-use ability, Mike, it does not gain a hat.

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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![edit]

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Screenshot of Crash Kirby from Fossil Fools - Part II
First episode Fossil Fools - Part II
Last episode Cappy Town Down
Other episode(s) Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II
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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.


Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
Kirby's Adventure Box.jpg Kirby's Adventure This power will defeat all enemies on the screen, but you can use it only once!
KSS Box NA.jpeg Kirby Super Star Blow all the enemies away with one HUGE explosion. It's a one time chance, so use it wisely.
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Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Warning! Use only as a last resort!
Kirby Canvas Curse box art.png Kirby: Canvas Curse Explode and beat all foes!
KSS Ultra box art.png Kirby Super Star Ultra KO all foes with a big BOOM! But be careful! This ultimate weapon has only 1 charge.
KRtDL Boxart L.jpg 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!
TD Boxart NA.jpg 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 box art.png Kirby: Planet Robobot DANGER! Use caution when handling this ability. It can be used only once, so make it count!
Star Allies Cover.jpg 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!


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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クラッシュ
Chinese 爆裂
bào liè
Dutch Kaboem Ka-boom
French Foudre Lightning
German Inferno

Kugelblitz (Kirby's Return to Dream Land onward)



Italian Bomba Bomb
Korean 크래시
Russian Крах
Spanish Catapum Ka-boom