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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.

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 Super Star Bio Spark Icon.png SpriteBiosparkKSS.png SpriteBiospark.png Ninja
Birdon Super Star Birdon Icon.png BirdonSpriteKSS.png BirdonSpriteSSU.png Wing
Blade Knight Super Star Blade Knight Icon.png SpriteBladeKnightKSS.png SpriteBladeKnight.png Sword
Bonkers Super Star Bonkers Icon.png SpriteBonkersKSS.png SpriteBonkers.png Hammer
Bugzzy Super Star Bugzzy Icon.png SpriteBugzzyKSS.png SpriteBugzzy.png Suplex
Burning Leo Super Star Burnin' Leo Icon.png SpriteBurningLeoKSS.png SpriteBurningLeo.png Fire
Capsule J /
Capsule J2
Super Star Capsule J Icon.png SpriteCapsuleJ.png SpriteCapsuleJ2.png Jet
Chilly Super Star Chilly Icon.png SpriteChillyKSS.png SpriteChilly.png Ice
Gim Super Star Gim Icon.png SpriteGimKSS.png SpriteGim.png Yo-yo
Knuckle Joe Super Star Knuckle Joe Icon.png SpriteKnuckleJoeKSS.png SpriteKnuckleJoe.png Fighter
Parasol W. Dee Super Star Parasol Waddle Dee Icon.png SpriteParasolWDeeKSS.png SpriteParasolWDee.png Parasol
Plasma Wisp Super Star Plasma Wisp Icon.png SpritePlasmaWispKSS.png Plasma Wisp (helper) KSSU sprite.png Plasma
Poppy Bros. Jr. Super Star Poppy Bros. Jr. Icon.png SpritePoppyBrosJr.png Poppy Helper Ultra.png Bomb
Rocky Super Star Rocky Icon.png SpriteRockyKSS.png SpriteRocky.png Stone
Simirror Super Star Simirror Icon.png SpriteSimirrorKSS.png SpriteSimirror.png Mirror
Sir Kibble Super Star Sir Kibble Icon.png SpriteSirKibbleKSS.png SpriteSirKibble.png Cutter
Tac Super Star Tac Icon.png SpriteTacKSS.png SpriteTac.png Copy
Waddle Doo Super Star Waddle Doo Icon.png SpriteWdDooKSS.png SpriteWDoo.png Beam
Wheelie Super Star Wheelie Icon.png SpriteWheelieKSS.png SpriteWheelie.png Wheel
Starship Helper Super Star Starship Helper Icon.png Super Star 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 Beetley Allies.png Beetle Xmark.png Gim Gim Pause Allies.png Yo-Yo Xmark.png
Bio Spark Bio Spark Pause Allies.png Ninja Xmark.png Jammerjab Jammerjab.png Staff Xmark.png
Birdon Birdon Pause Allies.png Wing Xmark.png Knuckle Joe Knuckle Joe Allies.png Fighter Xmark.png
Blade Knight Blade Knight Pause Allies.png Sword Xmark.png NESP NESP.png ESP Xmark.png
Bonkers Bonkers Pause Allies.png Hammer Yescheck.png Parasol Waddle Dee Parasol Waddle Dee Pause Allies.png Parasol Xmark.png
Broom Hatter Broom Hatter Pause Allies.png Cleaning Xmark.png Plugg Plugg Pause Allies.png Plasma Xmark.png
Bugzzy Bugzzy Allies.png Suplex Yescheck.png Poppy Bros. Jr. Poppy Pause Allies.png Bomb Xmark.png
Burning Leo Burning Leo Pause Allies.png Fire Xmark.png Rocky Rocky Allies.png Stone Xmark.png
Chef Kawasaki Kawasaki Allies.png Cook Yescheck.png Sir Kibble Sir Kibble Pause Allies.png Cutter Xmark.png
Chilly Chilly Pause Allies.png Ice Xmark.png Vividria Vividria Pause Allies.png Artist Yescheck.png
Como Como Allies.png Spider Xmark.png Waddle Doo Waddle Doo Allies.png Beam Xmark.png
Driblee Driblee Pause Allies.png Water Xmark.png Wester Wester.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 Ayuden Helper
Language Name Meaning
English Friend
Dutch Vriend Friend
French Ami Friend
German Freund Friend
Italian Amico Friend
Korean 프렌즈
Spanish Amigo Friend