- This article is about the star-like objects that spawn while fighting Bosses and Mid-Bosses throughout the Kirby series, and should not be confused with Ability Stars or Assist Stars.
|See the stars that keep popping up? You can use B to inhale them, then spit 'em back out with B again!
If you don't have a Copy Ability handy, try to spit those stars back at the enemy. That'll show 'em!
— Elfilin, regarding Dropped Stars, in Kirby and the Forgotten Land
A Dropped Star (referred to internally as a Drop Star[from internal data], and often referred to as simply a star) is an object that appears in several games in the Kirby series. It resembles a small Warp Star, or a stationary Star Bullet, and serves as the primary means for Kirby to attack a Boss or Mid-Boss without the help of a Copy Ability.
Appearances and Function
Dropped Stars were first seen in Kirby's Dream Land, and have since reappeared in every main series Kirby title. They appear whenever a Boss or Mid-Boss performs an attack that makes hard contact with a surface - usually a floor - or may appear after a strong energy-based attack is executed. The most famous example of this is when King Dedede uses his Super Dedede Jump attack, which causes a Dropped Star to appear on each side of him when he lands.
Once they've appeared, Dropped Stars only last a few seconds at most before disappearing. Kirby has that time to inhale them, and spit them back out as Star Bullets to do damage to his opponent (swallowing them often does nothing). They are especially potent if Kirby inhales multiple stars at once before spitting them back out.
Starting with Kirby: Triple Deluxe, some bosses drop smaller Dropped Stars, referred to as Mini Dropped Stars[from internal data] which disappear faster than their normal counterparts, but otherwise serve the same function.
Dropped Stars may also appear in midair, where they will either stay afloat, or immediately fall to the ground, depending on the Boss being fought. In most titles, Dropped Stars do not do damage to Kirby if he touches them, nor do they hinder him in any way.
In Kirby Star Allies, there are special variants of Dropped Stars which are formed when The Three Mage-Sisters, Hyness, and Void Termina perform certain attacks. With the exception of Void Termina, the elements of these Dropped Stars match the element of the attack being used. These stars grant various copy abilities when swallowed.
The following colors grant the following abilities:
- Indigo - Water
- Blue - Ice
- Orange - Beam
- Green - Plasma (Mix in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror)
- Red - Fire
- Purple - ESP
- Brown - Stone
- Black - Bomb
- Cyan - Wing
In Kirby Fighters 2, Dropped Stars are again produced by bosses when they attack. Due to always being equipped with a Copy Ability for any given run of Story Mode, Kirby must rely on his Gobble move to spit them at bosses, meaning he has to be closer to them than he needed to be in other games to use them. Similarly, fighters who use the equally-purposed Grab move can interact with Dropped Stars for the first time in the series, such as Bandana Waddle Dee, Magolor, and Meta Knight. Wrestler Kirby is also capable of grabbing Dropped Stars with his moveset, treating them like other fighters. With that, they can be used to deal massive damage to bosses, more than just spitting them out.
Super Smash Bros. series
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl onwards, King Dedede can make two Dropped Stars appear whenever he lands his Super Dedede Jump recovery move. Unlike in the Kirby series, these stars cannot be used against Dedede (unless somehow they are reflected), and will deal minor damage and knockback to any enemy fighter who touches them.
Yoshi can cause stars similar to Dropped Stars to appear when he does his Yoshi Bomb attack, with much the same effect as King Dedede's Dropped Stars, despite Yoshi not being a Kirby series character.
Bonkers producing a Dropped Star with his hammer swing in Kirby Super Star
A Dropped Star in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Kirby standing near some Dropped Stars produced by the impact of spears from Spear Waddle Dees in Kirby's Blowout Blast
- In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Dropped Stars generated by Dark Mind's (second form) downward beam attack grants Kirby the Fire ability. Meanwhile, the stars dropped by Dark Meta Knight give Kirby the Sword ability.
Names in other languages
- "Dropped Stars: If a boss drops a star, Gobble/Grab it and Throw it back at them!" –Kirby Fighters 2 (loading screen tip)
- Taken from internal name "DropStar", from Kirby Star Allies and the Demo of Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
- Taken from internal name "DropStarMini", from Kirby Star Allies.
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land Perfect Support Guide, p. 021