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Copy Ability InfoBox
Artwork of ESP Kirby from Kirby: Planet Robobot
Debut Game Kirby: Planet Robobot
Last Game 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
Comparable to Robobot Armor ESP Mode;
Beam, Spark, Plasma
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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.

Game Apperances

Kirby: Planet Robobot

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.

Main article: ESP (Robobot Armor)

Kirby Star Allies

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

This ability now provides Zap augment 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 that 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!.


ESP moveset in Kirby: Planet Robobot & Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage
Press and release B
Kirby creates a small blast of psychokinetic energy around himself. 160
PK Shift
Hold B + D-pad
Kirby makes a moderately sized ball of psychokinetic energy that can be controlled can hit a maximum of 3 times before dissipating and Kirby floats while using it. 160
PK Electroshift
Hold B for a long time before moving D-pad
More powerful version of PK Shift. 240
320 (release)
Dash + hold B
Kirby disappears for a short time to evade damage and go to a new location. 240
Vanish, then release B
Kirby reappears a small distance from where he disappeared damaging nearby enemies. 240
PK Evade
L/R right before getting hit
Kirby vanishes and reappears making a small explosion. 180
PK Insight
L/R when getting hit
Kirby vanishes then reappears making a large destructive wave of psychokinetic energy decimating nearby enemies. 800
Reference: A Star Bullet deals 520 damage.


  • The pause flavor text of ESP in Kirby: Planet Robobot refers to Ness from EarthBound. Scanning his amiibo also gives Kirby the ESP ability.
    • In the Super Smash Bros. series, both Kirby and Ness are voiced by Makiko Ohmoto.
  • The moves PK Evade and Insight are a possible reference to Shulk's Vision ability.
  • ESP is one of the few Copy Abilities with a guard counter attack (PK Invade 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 continues to appear in the next main Kirby series game, Kirby Star Allies.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エスパー
Chinese 超能力
chāo néng lì
Dutch Psycho Psychic
French Psy Psy
German Psycho Psychic
Italian Sensitivo Sensory
Russian ESP
Spanish Psicopoder Psychic power