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KPR ESP artwork.png
Artwork of ESP Kirby from Kirby: Planet Robobot.
First game Kirby: Planet Robobot (2016)
Latest game Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022, reference)
Other game(s) Kirby Star Allies
Type(s) Unlimited use
Obtained from NESP, Telepathos;
amiibo (Planet Robobot only): Lucas, Mewtwo, Ness, Shulk
Power(s) Attacks with psychic power.
Helper NESP
Similar to Robobot Armor ESP Mode;
Beam, Spark, Plasma
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This psychokinetic ability allows you to turn invisible and produce shocking electric fields, just like a certain boy with PSI. This field of science is still largely unexplored.
— Pause flavor text of ESP in Kirby: Planet Robobot

ESP is a Copy Ability that debuted in Kirby: Planet Robobot. When acquiring this ability, Kirby gains a blue baseball cap with red visor and tilted off to the side, which looks similar to the cap of Ness from EarthBound. Kirby also emits constant blue energy from his hands.

ESP Kirby is able to teleport short distances to avoid damage, can control a freely-steering ball of energy around the player's field of view, and counter attacks with a large psychic flash. These psychic attacks can also conduct electricity to solve related puzzles.


ESP moveset in Kirby: Planet Robobot & Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Image Button Execution Description Damage
(Star Bullet=52)
KPR Psychokinesis clip.png
Press and release B
Kirby creates a small blast of psychokinetic energy around himself. 16 (release)
PK Shift
KPR PK Shift clip.png
Hold B + Control Pad, Circle Pad or Control Stick
Kirby makes a moderately sized ball of psychokinetic energy that can be controlled can hit a maximum of 3 times before dissipating. Kirby floats while using this move. 16 (PK Shift moves)
24 (PK Electroshift moves)
PK Electroshift
KPR PK Electroshift clip.png
Hold B for a long time before moving Control Pad, Circle Pad or Control Stick
More powerful version of PK Shift. 32 (release)
KPR Vanish clip.png
Dash + hold B
Kirby disappears for a short time to evade damage and go to a new location. 24
KPR Reappear clip.png
Vanish, then release B
Kirby reappears a small distance from where he disappeared damaging nearby enemies. 24
PK Evade
KPR PK Evade clip.png
L/R right before getting hit
Kirby vanishes and reappears making a small explosion. 18
PK Insight
KPR PK Insight clip.png
L/R when getting hit
Kirby vanishes then reappears making a large destructive wave of psychokinetic energy decimating nearby enemies. 80

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, ESP is obtained by swallowing the common enemy NESP, or the Mid-Boss Telepathos. The following Super Smash Bros. series amiibo figures can also provide this ability when scanned into the game:

The Robobot Armor can also obtain this ability and become the ESP Mode.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

ESP Kirby clearing out a barricade from afar in Kirby Star Allies.
Disappear with mind powers, just like magic, and revel in the effects when you use ↑ to tap into your powers! Also, use PK Insight to guard yourself, and release a psychokinetic charge with PK Electroshift! It's an ESPecially good time!
— Pause flavor text of ESP in Kirby Star Allies

In Kirby Star Allies, ESP remains the same moveset and NESP becomes Kirby's Friend Helper.

This ability now provides the Zap Power Effect and can be used in conjunction with certain Friend Abilities, its signature one being Geokinesis (with Stone).

The ESP ability has a glitch in this game where using Vanish and Reappear may enable Kirby/NESP to skip some Room Guarder rooms (normally all the common enemies in a Room Guarder room must be defeated to proceed). This is useful for NESP to save time in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, ESP Kirby appears on a Character Treat, using his artwork from Kirby: Planet Robobot. ESP is not an ability in the game proper.


  • The pause flavor text of ESP in Kirby: Planet Robobot refers to Ness from EarthBound. Scanning his amiibo also gives Kirby the ESP ability.
  • ESP is one of the few Copy Abilities with a guard counter attack (PK Evade and Insight). The others include Ninja (Hide Guard) and Staff (Staff Counter).
  • Among the three newly introduced Copy Abilities in Kirby: Planet Robobot (Doctor, ESP and Poison), ESP is the only one that appeared in the next main Kirby series game, Kirby Star Allies, and also the only one to get a Robobot Armor mode.
  • One of the early UI designs for Kirby Fighters 2 has the ESP ability appear along other Copy Abilities from this game, implying it was considered to be playable at one point.[1]



Official Kirby Portal video showcasing ESP

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エスパー
Chinese 超能力
chāo néng lì
Dutch Psycho
French PSY -
German Psycho Psychic
Italian Sensitivo Sensory
Korean 에스퍼
Polish ESP[2] -
Brazilian Portuguese Psíquico Psychic
Russian ESP
Spanish Psicopoder Psychic power