|The lost Energy Spheres have created dimensional rifts. The Grand Doomer has emerged from one such rift!
— VS Grand Doomer EX description from Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Various star-shaped rifts called "dimensional rifts" appear throughout the Kirby series, starting with Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Usually, these dimensional rifts connect to an eerie, alternate dimension known as Another Dimension, and they can be summoned by various means. In the games that they appear in, they typically play a role to some varying degree, allowing Kirby and allies access to interdimensional segments and summoning enemies or bosses to challenge them.
This article does not account for similar-looking portals which do not appear to have any confirmed link to Another Dimension. Because of this, they are listed under this section instead.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Dimensional rifts make their first appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and also appear in the remake. In gameplay, these rifts are typically opened up by using a Super Ability to destroy a very large object near the end of the current stage. By simply touching a dimensional rift, Kirby will be automatically warped through it into an interdimensional segment set within Another Dimension, losing his current Super Ability or Copy Ability in the process.
Eventually, after defeating a Sphere Doomer and collecting its Energy Spheres, another dimensional rift will open at the end of the interdimensional stretch which will take Kirby back to the stage he was in, and the rift will close up afterwards. These rifts are colored blue in Story Mode, but gain a more reddish purple hue in Extra Mode. It is explained in Grand Doomer EX's flavor text that dimensional rifts are created by Energy Spheres, including an unseen one created by a Part Sphere containing the Lor Starcutter's mast that draws forth Grand Doomer.
Dimensional rifts also appear throughout cutscenes, with much rounder ones being created by the Lor Starcutter to travel to Planet Popstar and Halcandra. During his betrayal of Kirby and friends, Magolor under the effects of the Master Crown also creates a dimensional rift to escape into Another Dimension while everyone also pursues through the same rift with Landia's help. They are also utilized by Magolor and his second form in various attacks, like summoning Para Doomers and ramming into Kirby while warping around the stage. A dimensional rift leading to Planet Popstar is also present throughout Magolor's boss battle, which draws near as the battle comes to a close.
In The True Arena, dimensional rifts also appear to transport Kirby into the last five (six in Deluxe) battles. Carryable items like the Maxim Tomato box cannot be carried into this rift, as they are knocked away from the holder even if the necessary height is achieved with a Step-'n-Jump. These rifts do not remove Kirby's current ability.
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Super Ability-granting enemies are now summoned through smaller dimensional rifts instead of just appearing on screen. In Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler, dimensional rifts are used as means of accessing various stages in the mode, entered in a similar fashion to doors. Boss stages are represented by a sharper and larger rift, and bonus stages are represented with a similar rift modeled after a door with a round frame. Enemy ambushes at the end of most stages make use of smaller rifts to summon them into the stage. Lastly, all stages (with the exception of Ethereal Altar) also end with a bright-colored dimensional rift, and are still entered by touching them like in Story Mode.
The Crowned Doomer and the Master Crown bosses also make use of dimensional rifts for some of their attacks. At the end of this mode, Magolor jumps into a big dimensional rift which eventually leads him into the Dream Kingdom.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
In the Meta Knightmare Returns side mode in Kirby: Planet Robobot, Star Dream uses a dimensional rift to summon Galacta Knight. Eventually, after he is defeated by Meta Knight, Galacta Knight is resealed back into the crystal, and is sent back into another rift, concluding the adventure.
Galacta Knight has a very unique case of opening up an irregular-shaped rift to Another Dimension, by using the "Time-Border Great Slash Flash" attack. It creates a slash-shaped portal that blasts an interdimensional laser beam diagonally. Through this rift, one can rarely see the Lor Starcutter flying through.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Dimensional rifts are used as part of the entrance animations for Greater Doomer and Parallel Susie in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe. These rifts appear much larger in scale to account for the size of these bosses, but otherwise they act the same. When Parallel Susie is defeated, she is also banished into another dimensional rift.
Kirby Star Allies
In Kirby Star Allies, the dimensional rifts in Heroes in Another Dimension connect to four different dimensions set within Another Dimension, however they are shown with a more particulate, void-like appearance. They mostly act the same as in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Additionally, dimensional rifts are replicated in Guest Star Magolor Best Friends Forever in the form of doors, which lead to unique grayscale segments replicating the interdimensional stretches from their game of origin.
Super Kirby Clash
In Super Kirby Clash, Parallel Nightmare makes use of star-shaped rifts to summon King D-Mind and Aeon Hero in their respective battles. Notably, these share a similar appearance to the ones that appear in Heroes in Another Dimension and Guest Star ???? from Kirby Star Allies, while still described as "dimensional rifts". Greater Doomer and Parallel Susie are still summoned via Kirby's Return to Dream Land-styled dimensional rifts, which are now given a more detailed, jagged-like appearance while retaining its shape. Pres. Parallel Susie is also summoned through such a rift as well.
Aeon Hero can also perform the "Time-Border Great Slash Flash" attack from Kirby: Planet Robobot, which once again summons a slash-shaped dimensional rift to blast a laser diagonally. Through this rift, the Jamba Heart can rarely be seen floating about.
There are similar portals used throughout the series since Kirby's Return to Dream Land that have a similar or different shape but are either not confirmed to transport to Another Dimension, or just directly transport to and from completely different dimensions. This section does not account for tangible objects that also act as interdimensional gateways, such as the Black Mirror.
- The Warp Holes in Kirby: Triple Deluxe allow Kirby to be transported through boss rematches in Royal Road, while also acting as shortcuts throughout Floralia in the case of Taranza in Story Mode, and King Dedede in Dededetour!. They act similarly to dimensional rifts in gameplay, as they can be touched by Kirby or King Dedede to transport them to another section.
- Warp Holes also appear with a computer screen-like appearance in Kirby: Planet Robobot, however they transport Kirby to a virtual dimension.
- Star Dream uses heart-shaped, bright-colored rifts to summon various attacks, when fought as the final boss in Kirby: Planet Robobot. These same rifts are also used to summon Dark Matter Clone and Sectonia Clone in Meta Knightmare Returns.
- In the Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! side mode in Kirby Star Allies, Hyness appears to be summoning a dark portal, which draws forth Galacta Knight after the fake credits sequence rolls. Where this portal leads to is unknown.
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land features similar-looking star-shaped dimensional rifts that lead to the new world, its various Treasure Roads, and even the isolated isles of Forgo Dreams, however they are more ragged and sharp in appearance. These rifts are summoned by Fecto Elfilis and Elfilin. However, the portals' relation to Another Dimension remains unknown, with the space of the massive vortex in the intro cutscene being the closest facsimile.
- After Magolor Soul is defeated in The True Arena in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, he is sucked into a swirling star-shaped portal that resembles the one Magolor got sucked into at the start of Magolor Epilogue. Where it leads to is currently unknown.
- A unique stage transition animation is used if Kirby enters a dimensional rift in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and its remake. In the former, everything around the rift turns white and swirls around, while in the latter, a purple swirl-shaped transition with stars is used.
Kirby opens up a dimensional rift in Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Magolor making use of dimensional rifts to assist in ramming Kirby
Results screen from Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler, which shows the dimensional rift used to exit the stage.
The Master Crown using a giant dimensional rift to bring in a big Gem Apple bomb
Credits picture from Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler, showing Magolor landing through the portal into the Dream Kingdom
Names in other languages
Ikūkan no ana
|Another Dimension Hole
|Another Dimension Hole
- "Team Kirby had cornered Parallel Nightmare, but the villain used a dimensional rift to call the ancient hero called "the most powerful in the galaxy." –Excerpt from the true ending narration text (Super Kirby Clash)
- "And the fact that Kirby is unable to catch up with Taranza throughout the adventure is surely because Taranza is also taking advantage of these magical Warp Holes." –Shinya Kumazaki, quoted by Satoshi Ishida (Archived Miiverse post regarding Royal Road)
- "Mais alors que nos héros étaient parvenus à acculer Cauchemar parallèle, le vil sorcier réussit à ouvrir une faille dimensionnelle et à s'en servir pour invoquer le héros ancestral, réputé être le plus puissant guerrier de la galaxie." –European French ending narration (Super Kirby Clash)
- "Waaah! Le sfere di energia stanno aprendo nuovi squarci dimensionali!" –Grand Doomer EX Italian special page (Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe)
- "세계에 흩어진 수많은 스피어의 에너지에 의해 여기저기 이공간 구멍이 생겨 버렸고... 그중 하나에서 그랜드 로퍼가 나타났어요!" –VS Grand Doomer EX Korean Special Page (Kirby's Return to Dream Land)
- "Ah não! As esferas de energia criaram vários vórtices dimensionais!" –Grand Doomer EX Portuguese special page (Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe)
- "¡Vaya, las esferas de energía crearon varios vórtices dimensionales!" –Grand Doomer EX Latin American Spanish special page (Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe)
- "¡Hala, las esferas de energía han creado varios vórtices dimensionales!" –Grand Doomer EX Castilian Spanish special page (Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe)
- "Arrinconaron al Mago Pesadilla paralelo, pero el villano aprovechó una grieta dimensional e invocó al héroe ancestral, el guerrero más poderoso de la galaxia." –Latin American Spanish ending narration (Super Kirby Clash)