Freeze is a Copy Ability in the Kirby series that has similar properties to Ice. Freeze is a barrier technique ability, which means Kirby surrounds himself in the ability's element while using it and cannot move while doing so. In all games it appears in, Freeze is primarily obtained from swallowing Chilly, as well as the Mid-Boss Mr. Frosty; if Freeze does not appear in a game, these opponents yield the Ice ability instead. When Kirby has Freeze in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and Kirby Air Ride, he wears a blue parka, nearly identical to the one he gains when copying the Ice Climbers in the Super Smash Bros. games.
In Kirby Super Star and its remake, as well as Kirby's Return to Dream Land and subsequent titles, Freeze is not an ability, but a move integrated into the Ice copy ability that acts exactly the same, known as Ice Storm.
|Freeze Kirby's video game appearances|
|Kirby's Adventure||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Chilly and Mr. Frosty.|
|Kirby's Dream Course||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Chilly and Transformer.|
|Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Chilly and Mr. Frosty.|
|Kirby Air Ride||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Chilly.|
Freeze is limited-use in this game.
|Kirby: Canvas Curse||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Chilly.|
|Kirby Battle Royale||Headgear||Appears as an alternate costume for Ice Kirby.|
Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Freeze makes its debut appearance along with Ice in Kirby's Adventure. It can be obtained from Chilly or Mr. Frosty. Like Ice, Freeze Kirby can freeze enemies into solid blocks of ice and kick them around into other enemies.
In Kirby's Adventure, the Freeze ability makes Kirby's color change into a light blue when he gets this ability, just like Ice. In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, the Freeze ability gains its own hat, resembling a parka hood. Kirby also loses his blue coloring with the introduction of the hat.
Kirby's Dream Course
In Kirby's Dream Course, Freeze is used to freeze water into ice so Kirby can move across it more easily. The ice turns back into water when the turn is over. The ability also reduces Kirby's traction while rolling on the ground, allowing him to slide further. This ability is only obtained from Chilly.
Kirby Air Ride
|“||Freeze allows you to freeze rivals and enemies by pressing A. Frozen enemies will explode and frozen rivals will be immobilized!||”|
— Kirby Air Ride North American instruction booklet, page 40
Freeze returns in Kirby Air Ride, making its only 3-D appearance in this title. When Kirby collects this ability, he gains the power to conjure a freezing aura around himself whenever he is charging a boost. This aura will damage any foes around him, though its usefulness can be hampered with certain Air Ride Machines.
Kirby: Canvas Curse
In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby can get the Freeze ability from a Chilly. When Kirby is tapped with this ability, he slides across the ground and creates an icy aura which freezes enemies. The resulting ice block can then be knocked away and defeat enemies that end up in its path. The icy aura can also destroy certain blocks.
Kirby Battle Royale
|“||This hood is extra-warm, even in the coldest weather.||”|
— Freeze Hood description from Kirby Battle Royale
In Kirby Battle Royale, there is an unlockable type of headgear for Ice Kirby based on the Freeze ability. It is called the Freeze Hood, and it costs 1500 Battle Coins. Freeze was not eligible in the two Copy Ability polls for the game's update, and this is possibly the reason why.
|Kirby's Adventure||Kirby can create a shield to freeze enemies! He can then knock away the frozen blocks!|
|Kirby's Dream Course||Kirby can skate! When you freeze the water, you can skate on the ice.|
|Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land||Stop! Come no closer! I'll chill you to the bone!|
|Kirby: Canvas Curse||Slide along and KO foes!|
Kirby's Dream Course manual
- "This lets you freeze the surface of the water, allowing Kirby to slide over it."
- Although the ability does not appear in Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Kirby's Dream Land 3, combining the Ice ability with Rick in these games results in a power that behaves nearly identically to Freeze.
- Freeze is one of various abilities in the Kirby series that have been fused into a different ability in certain games; others are Burning, which is now part of the Fire ability, and Plasma, which was merged into Spark in Kirby's Return to Dream Land (though it put in a standalone appearance in Kirby Star Allies).
- Freeze's hat appears as an alternate piece of headgear for the Ice ability in Kirby Battle Royale. As a result, Freeze was not available to vote for in the game's Copy Ability polls.
1993 Kirby's Adventure plush set by Takara, featuring Freeze Kirby
Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Freeze
Names in other languages
- Kirby: Triple Deluxe Keychain