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KTD Hypernova.png
Artwork of Hypernova Kirby from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
First game Kirby: Triple Deluxe (2014)
Latest game Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022, reference)
Other game(s) Kirby: Planet Robobot (sticker)
Usage type Unlimited use until stage ends
Obtained from Miracle Fruit
Power(s) Inhaling and/or pulling gigantic objects.
Similar to Super Abilities
Robobot Armor
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Eating a Miracle Fruit imbues Kirby with this special ability. After an explosion of energy, Kirby's stomach becomes a veritable black hole, allowing him to inhale giant objects!
— Kirby: Triple Deluxe American English pause caption

Hypernova is a special ability that is granted to Kirby whenever he touches a Miracle Fruit in Kirby: Triple Deluxe which turns his stomach into a "veritable black hole", allowing him to inhale and move much larger foes and objects than he could previously. This ability appears regularly throughout stages in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and is used to solve specialized puzzles as well as battle Mid-Bosses catered specifically to the 'inhale and spit' dynamic of the ability, such as the Mowlee Bros., the Gigant Chicks, and the Winged Eggers. When Kirby has the Hypernova ability, he glows a rainbow color (though with large amounts of yellow on his body) and a special musical theme plays over the regular stage theme.

Hypernova is not a regular Copy Ability, but it is a Special Ability which is similar to an item effect (such as Invincible Candy or Mint Leaf) and the Super Abilities from Kirby's Return to Dream Land, since the ability is acquired from an item and "overrides" Kirby's current Copy Ability. Unlike the Super Abilities, however, Kirby's Copy Ability before activating Hypernova will be returned to him at the end of the stage when Hypernova wears off. Additionally, Hypernova cannot be taken out of the stage it appears in by pausing and exiting from the menu. Since its debut in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Hypernova has not appeared as an ability in any other Kirby game, though it has been referenced here and there.

Overview and details[edit]

Kirby using Hypernova's "Inhale and Move" power to solve an environmental puzzle in Royal Road - Stage 3.
You can obtain the Hypernova ability by eating a Miracle Fruit. This enables Kirby to inhale massive objects that he couldn’t inhale normally. It is a very useful ability, as it allows Kirby to inhale large stones or missiles and spit them at enemies, as well as move big obstacles to uncover Sun Stones. You should definitely give this new ability a try!
— Satoshi Ishida, Miiverse post on 06/02/2014 9:09 AM

Hypernova is an exceedingly simple ability to use, as it is essentially just a powered-up version of Kirby's regular inhale ability. The entirety of Hypernova's moveset can be lain out as follows:

Hypernova moveset  
Skill Button Execution
Hypernova Inhale
Inhale and Move
←/→ while holding B

Hypernova enables Kirby to inhale large objects he otherwise couldn't, but the key difference it has from Kirby's normal moveset is Inhale and Move, which allows Kirby to use his inhale while walking forward or backward (an ability he normally does not have in this game). This move allows him to pull on large objects via suction, allowing him to solve puzzles that require objects to be moved around. Walking backwards while inhaling is also necessary to activate certain devices such as the ball and chain in Fine Fields - Stage 1, or defeat certain enemies, such as the Land Barbar.

The Hypernova Inhale can also be used to power certain devices, such as the fan-operated drills in Endless Explosions - Stage 4. Hypernova Kirby cannot jump while using Inhale and Move, nor can he turn around. Additionally, when attempting to inhale something, the object in question needs to be more-or-less on the same elevation as Kirby, or it will not be affected.

Hypernova Kirby with a large block in his mouth, ready to spit back at the Mowlee Bro who threw it.

Oftentimes, when Kirby uses his Hypernova Inhale, he will swallow whatever he inhales automatically. However, if the object cannot be swallowed up entirely, it will stick to Kirby's lips instead. When this happens, the player can press the B button to make Kirby spit that object back, which is often used to battle foes such as the Mowlee Bros., the cannon tower, or the Waddle Dee Steel Fortress. When Kirby has something stuck to his lips, he cannot move, and his jump is reduced to a very short hop (though he can still turn in place).

Against more traditional Mid-Bosses and even bosses like Flowery Woods, Kirby will inhale them immediately, as demonstrated in Royal Road - Stage 5. Notably, unlike Kirby's regular inhale, enemies and objects that are drawn in using Hypernova Inhale will fly inward using a smooth circling vortex pattern, a detail that is specifically pointed out on Miiverse by the game's developers.[1]

As briefly mentioned above, Hypernova is not a proper Copy Ability, though it does share elements with them, such as a HUD icon, pause description, and distinct look for Kirby. When Kirby picks up Hypernova, it will "override" any previous Copy Ability he had. From then on, Hypernova cannot be discarded, except when Kirby completes the stage or the stage is otherwise exited (via a pause/exit from the menu or a Game Over). When Hypernova is removed, Kirby will be given back the ability he had prior to obtaining it (unless he was defeated while using Hypernova, in which case he will have no ability).

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Kirby swallowing Flowered Sectonia's laser using Hypernova during the final battle.

Hypernova first appeared as an ability in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and has not appeared in that capacity in any subsequent Kirby game. Kirby first gains this ability when he encounters the Miracle Fruit in Fine Fields - Stage 1, and from there, Hypernova is a regular fixture in a handful of stages, with many puzzles, environmental hazards, and mid-bosses built around its use and function. However, Hypernova is not used in any proper boss fights until the very end of Story Mode, when Kirby is gifted a Miracle Fruit by King Dedede and Taranza in order to finish off Flowered Sectonia. Using the ability, Kirby parries all of Flowered Sectonia's projectiles and defeats her eye stalks, and then inhales her giant laser attack, finishing her off by spitting this laser back at her.

Upon reaching 100% completion, Hypernova Kirby will also appear on the game's title screen.


In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Hypernova can be acquired in the following stages:

Stages with Hypernova in Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Fine Fields Yes No Yes No N/A No N/A N/A
Lollipop Land No Yes No No N/A No N/A N/A
Old Odyssey Yes No No No Yes N/A No N/A
Wild World No No Yes No No N/A No N/A
Endless Explosions No Yes No Yes No N/A No N/A
Royal Road No No Yes No Yes N/A No Yes

Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe[edit]

At the end of the Secret Stages in Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe, Hypernova Kirby's face is in the background of the goal drum instead of normal Kirby's.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, a sticker resembling the HUD icon for Hypernova can be collected. It is not a rare sticker, so it can be found anywhere.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, a Character Treat depicting Hypernova Kirby can be collected.

In the Kirby novel series[edit]

Kirby pulls the Woodkeeper back with his Hypernova inhale, as seen in Kirby and the Big Panic in Gloomy Woods!

In the Kirby novel series, the Hypernova ability appears in Kirby and the Big Panic in Gloomy Woods!, where Kirby uses it to stop the Woodkeeper from stealing the Stardust Crystal.

In Kirby and the Big Panic in Gloomy Woods!, Kirby, King Dedede, and Meta Knight make their way to the Woodkeeper's hut because he had stolen the Stardust Crystal. Just as they arrive, the ground begins shaking below them, and the small house is suddenly released from the ground as the chimney transforms into a large propeller, allowing it to fly as a vehicle. Kirby attempts to inhale the now-transformed house, but it is no use. Kirby thinks he is too weak just because he is hungry, and finds a nearby Miracle Fruit. As soon as Kirby inhales it in one gulp, his body starts glowing with a rainbow-colored light, and he senses unusual energy flowing within him. With his focus back on the "Woodkeeper" flying away, Kirby unleashes his mighty Hypernova Inhale, which causes the helicopter house to come crashing down into Kirby's mouth. After Kirby successfully inhales it all, he realizes that he also inhaled the treasure, which makes King Dedede lose his temper. Dedede grabs Kirby and squishes him until everything is spit back out, returning Kirby back to his usual pink self.

It is notable that earlier in the story, King Dedede finds a Miracle Fruit and bites into it, but nothing happens to him. This suggests that only Kirby is capable of getting the Hypernova ability.

Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KTD Boxart NA.jpg Kirby: Triple Deluxe American English:

Eating a Miracle Fruit imbues Kirby with this special ability. After an explosion of energy, Kirby's stomach becomes a veritable black hole, allowing him to inhale giant objects!

British English:
Eating Miracle Fruit from the Dreamstalk imbues Kirby with this special ability. After an energy explosion, Kirby's stomach becomes a veritable black hole, allowing him to inhale giant objects!


  • Hypernova's name contradicts its use. A hypernova is a type of supernova explosion (when a star explodes), but the use of the ability is akin more to a black hole, or an implosion. However, a star that goes hypernova is massive enough to turn into a black hole, so this could be where the name comes from.
  • On the official Kirby: Triple Deluxe website, there is a "Hypernova Yourself" feature. This takes an image and expands the mouth area, and adds a rainbow tint, to make the object of the photo appear to be using the Hypernova inhale.
  • In most games since Kirby: Triple Deluxe, King Dedede's inhale attack (including his other forms) has a significantly increased range, and has been named ビッグバンすいこみ (the Japanese name of Hypernova Inhale) in Japanese.



Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Hypernova

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビッグバン
Biggu Ban
Big Bang
Chinese 超新星[2]
Dà Bàozhà
Big Bang
Dutch Hypernova[2] -
French Méganova Meganova
German Meganova -
Italian Ipernova Hypernova
Korean 하이퍼노바
Polish Hypernova[4] -
Portuguese Hipernova Hypernova
Spanish Hipernova Hypernova


  1. "Those who've played the game will know that when you use Hypernova Inhale on a large number of objects, such as the Star Blocks in the attached screenshot, they'll all be sucked up in one swift, smooth spiral. That may not seem remarkable, but if you use the normal Inhale ability on a large number of objects, they'll clatter and move jerkily - there's nothing smooth about it at all. It's that change from the clunky Inhale to the super-smooth Hypernova Inhale that makes Hypernova so much fun to use! It wasn't easy to program, though, I can tell you." --Satoshi Ishida quoting the programming director for Kirby: Triple Deluxe on Miiverse, posted on 09/08/2014, 9:25 AM
  2. 2.0 2.1 Other Games section in Super Kirby Clash and Kirby Fighters 2, and Past Adventures section in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Kirby's Dream Buffet and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
  3. Kirby's Dream Buffet
  4. Nintendo Polska - Nintendo Selects: Kirby: Triple Deluxe