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This article is about friendly versions of enemies that Kirby can summon or recruit. For the animal helpers debuting in Kirby's Dream Land 2, see Animal Friend. For other helpful characters, see Category:Allies.
Artwork of Kirby calling a Waddle Doo as a Helper from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Quote1.png This character is called a helper. He'll be a big help to Kirby. Quote2.png
— Tutorial from The Beginner's Show, in Kirby Super Star

Helpers (also called Allies and Friends) are friendly counterparts of enemies that assist Kirby in Kirby Super Star, Kirby Super Star Ultra and Kirby Star Allies.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

When Kirby possesses a Copy Ability, he may create a helper, but loses the ability in the process. However, in want of a Copy Ability, Kirby can use the Normal Beam to transform the helper into an item yielding the ability that was used in its creation, allowing Kirby to regain it. If Kirby attempts to call forth a Helper when there is already one in existence, he instead tosses his ability away in item form, allowing the current Helper to transform into a new one when it touches the item.

Helpers follow the player around and attack any enemies which they encounter. They are usually able to use the same attacks as Kirby can when he possesses their ability, and are capable of jumping in midair or teleporting in order to keep up with him. Although usually controlled by an AI, Helpers can alternatively be controlled by a second player.

Kirby's current Helper possesses its own, separate health bar. The health bar can be refilled by having the Helper pick up food or touching it shortly after Kirby himself does so. When a Helper's health runs out, it flashes and begins to explode. During this period, touching any enemy that yields an ability transforms the Helper into a new one that possesses the respective Copy Ability, instantly restoring all its health and keeping it from exploding. Alternatively, tossing a different Copy Ability at a Helper to transform it also heals it completely.

Helpers can be stolen by a Tac just like Copy Abilities. If it does, the player's helper disappears.

List of Helpers[edit]

Helpers in Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Name Icon Appearance Copy Ability
Kirby Super Star Kirby Super Star Ultra
Bio Spark KSS Bio Spark Icon.png KSS Bio Spark Sprite.png SpriteBiospark.png Ninja
Birdon KSS Birdon Icon.png KSS Birdon Sprite 1.png BirdonSpriteSSU.png Wing
Blade Knight KSS Blade Knight Icon.png KSS Blade Knight Sprite.png SpriteBladeKnight.png Sword
Bonkers KSS Bonkers Icon.png KSS Bonkers Sprite.png SpriteBonkers.png Hammer
Bugzzy KSS Bugzzy Icon.png KSS Bugzzy Sprite.png SpriteBugzzy.png Suplex
Burning Leo KSS Burnin Leo Icon.png KSS Burning Leo Sprite.png SpriteBurningLeo.png Fire
Capsule J /
Capsule J2
KSS Capsule J Icon.png KSS Capsule J Sprite.png SpriteCapsuleJ2.png Jet
Chilly KSS Chilly Icon.png KSS Chilly Sprite.png SpriteChilly.png Ice
Gim KSS Gim Icon.png KSS Gim Sprite.png SpriteGim.png Yo-yo
Knuckle Joe KSS Knuckle Joe Icon.png KSS Knuckle Joe Sprite 2.png SpriteKnuckleJoe.png Fighter
Parasol W. Dee KSS Parasol Waddle Dee Icon.png KSS Parasol Waddle Dee Sprite.png SpriteParasolWDee.png Parasol
Plasma Wisp KSS Plasma Wisp Icon.png KSS Plasma Wisp Sprite.png Plasma Wisp (helper) KSSU sprite.png Plasma
Poppy Bros. Jr. KSS Poppy Bros. Jr. Icon.png KSS Poppy Bros Jr Sprite 2.png Poppy Helper Ultra.png Bomb
Rocky KSS Rocky Icon.png KSS Rocky Sprite.png SpriteRocky.png Stone
Simirror KSS Simirror Icon.png KSS Simirror Sprite.png SpriteSimirror.png Mirror
Sir Kibble KSS Sir Kibble Icon.png KSS Sir Kibble Sprite.png SpriteSirKibble.png Cutter
Tac KSS Tac Icon.png KSS Tac Sprite.png SpriteTac.png Copy
Waddle Doo KSS Waddle Doo Icon.png KSS Waddle Doo Sprite.png SpriteWDoo.png Beam
Wheelie KSS Wheelie Icon.png KSS Wheelie Sprite.png SpriteWheelie.png Wheel
Starship Helper KSS Starship Helper Icon.png KSS Starship Helper Sprite.png SSU Starship Helper Sprite.png Starship

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Helpers return in Kirby Star Allies (which are known as Friends). Instead of giving up Kirby's Copy Ability like in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby uses a special item known as a Friend Heart to make friends and up to three can be recruited at any time. As Friends, they will be color coded by player order, and use the same headgear that Kirby does. In addition, they can combine their powers together and with Kirby to perform a Friend Ability, and can be controlled by up to 3 extra players. While CPU friends are following Kirby, he can jump onto their backs and control them directly if need be.

It is possible for Kirby to inhale his friends and use them as projectiles, or swallow them to gain their ability.

Friends who are KO'd will lie on the ground until revived, unless they fall to a hazard or are underwater, in which case they will be removed from the stage shortly thereafter (or instantaneously if crushed). To revive a friend, the player can press and hold X (or the Up button when holding the Joy-Con sideways). After a few seconds, the friend gets revived by whichever character the player was using at that time with half their stamina.

If a friend is left KO'd when going through a doorway, that friend will be revived in the next area, though with minimal Stamina. This can be used in certain situations to save a friend that has been felled by a hazard or while underwater to save them before they are removed. KO'd allies will also be revived with minimal Stamina if sent flying by certain Boss moves, such as Whispy Woods' jump mid-fight.

List of Friends[edit]

Standard Friends in Kirby Star Allies  
Name Appearance Ability Mid-Boss? Name Appearance Ability Mid-Boss?
Beetley KSA Beetley Pause Screen Artwork.png Beetle Xmark.png Gim KSA Gim Pause Screen Artwork.png Yo-Yo Xmark.png
Bio Spark KSA Bio Spark Pause Screen Artwork.png Ninja Xmark.png Jammerjab KSA Jammerjab Pause Screen Artwork.png Staff Xmark.png
Birdon KSA Birdon Pause Screen Artwork.png Wing Xmark.png Knuckle Joe KSA Knuckle Joe Pause Screen Artwork.png Fighter Xmark.png
Blade Knight KSA Blade Knight Pause Screen Artwork.png Sword Xmark.png NESP KSA NESP Pause Screen Artwork.png ESP Xmark.png
Bonkers KSA Bonkers Pause Screen Artwork.png Hammer Yescheck.png Parasol Waddle Dee KSA Parasol Waddle Dee Pause Screen Artwork.png Parasol Xmark.png
Broom Hatter KSA Broom Hatter Pause Screen Artwork.png Cleaning Xmark.png Plugg KSA Plugg Pause Screen Artwork.png Plasma Xmark.png
Bugzzy KSA Bugzzy Pause Screen Artwork.png Suplex Yescheck.png Poppy Bros. Jr. KSA Poppy Bros Jr Pause Screen Artwork.png Bomb Xmark.png
Burning Leo KSA Burning Leo Pause Screen Artwork.png Fire Xmark.png Rocky KSA Rocky Pause Screen Artwork.png Stone Xmark.png
Chef Kawasaki KSA Chef Kawasaki Pause Screen Artwork.png Cook Yescheck.png Sir Kibble KSA Sir Kibble Pause Screen Artwork.png Cutter Xmark.png
Chilly KSA Chilly Pause Screen Artwork.png Ice Xmark.png Vividria KSA Vividria Pause Screen Artwork.png Artist Yescheck.png
Como KSA Como Pause Screen Artwork.png Spider Xmark.png Waddle Doo KSA Waddle Doo Pause Screen Artwork.png Beam Xmark.png
Driblee KSA Driblee Pause Screen Artwork.png Water Xmark.png Wester KSA Wester Pause Screen Artwork.png Whip Xmark.png

See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
English Helper
Dutch Bondgenoot Ally
French Acolyte Sidekick
German Helfer Helper
Italian Aiutante Helper
Korean 얼라이즈
Russian Помощник
Spanish Ayudante Helper

Language Name Meaning
English Friend
Dutch Vriend Friend
French Ami Friend
German Freund Friend
Italian Amico Friend
Korean 프렌즈
Spanish Amigo Friend