Ice

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Ice
IceKTDX.png
Artwork of Ice Kirby from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
Details
First game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Kirby and the Forgotten Land (2022)
Other game(s) Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby Super Star
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Battle Royale
Kirby Star Allies
Type(s) Unlimited use
Blizzard
Obtained from Bukiset, Chilly, Emp, Frigis, Goriath (projectiles), Mr. Frosty, Pengy, Propeller (Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards), Snowl, Strike Box (projectile), Wappa, Yuki, Marx's ice bomb, Marx Soul's ice bomb, Ice Dragon's icicles and snowflakes, Ice Doomer's orbs, Dark Mind's blue stars,amiibo (Planet Robobot): Rosalina
Power(s) Breathes ice to freeze enemies and objects.
Helper Chilly
Similar to Freeze (merged into Ice's moveset in later installments); Bubble, Fire, Spider
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Ice is a Copy Ability which allows Kirby to freeze enemies and is primarily obtained by swallowing certain ice-type enemies, such as a Pengy and Chilly. Using this ability, Kirby gains a crown of ice and the ability to freeze foes and cool down fiery obstacles with a stream of frost breath from his mouth. Later games starting with Kirby Super Star would give Ice Kirby an expanded moveset, such as skating along the ground, spinning while breathing ice through the air, or encasing himself in ice as a form of defense.

The ability is not to be confused with Freeze, a similar ability whose moves have been incorporated into the Ice ability in many of the latter's appearances (in a similar manner in which Burning and Fire are frequently combined).

Characteristics[edit]

Using Ice, Kirby can cool down fiery obstacles from a safe distance.

Ice is among the oldest copy abilities in Kirby's arsenal, and serves as a natural counterpart to Fire, appearing in a similar number of games to that ability and having its own on and off again partner in the form of the Freeze ability. In its simplest form, the Ice ability allows Kirby to breathe a cone of ice at his opponents to freeze them solid. While Ice's breath attack cannot be controlled as finely as Fire's, the secondary effect is that Kirby can kick enemies he freezes to make them slide forward, potentially defeating other enemies they collide with. Using this ice breath also allows Kirby to cool down fiery hazards like magma blocks, or in Kirby: Squeak Squad, freeze the surface of water.

Ice's move-set would expand in a number of ways starting with Kirby Super Star, but it would not drift too far from its fundamental character. One notable visual update has Ice Kirby skating along the ground when dashing as opposed to using his regular run. In addition, he gains the ability to use the defensive aura attack characteristic of the Freeze ability, swallow foes and then spit them back out as ice balls, and even encase himself in ice for defense. In Kirby Battle Royale, Ice Kirby even gains the ability to conjure pillars of ice to block his opponents' way. Ice can also be combined easily with other powers and allies, as seen with his Animal Friend pairings, the Power Combos in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, and granting the Blizzard Power Effect to friends in Kirby Star Allies.

Though once granting the Freeze ability instead, Chilly is the most common representative and helper for the Ice ability. Other sources of the ability include Pengy, Mr. Frosty, and more obscure enemies like Emp and Frigis.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

KA Ice artwork.png
Artwork from Kirby's Adventure.

Ice was available, along with Freeze, as a Copy Ability in Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land making it one of the debut abilities. In that game, Ice consisted solely of using freezing breath to turn enemies into ice cubes, then touching them to kick them across the stage to harm anything in their way.

In Kirby's Adventure, Kirby merely changed his color to a light blue when obtaining this ability, as Copy Hats had not been introduced at this time.

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Land 2, Ice is once again a simple move which does not change Kirby's appearance. If Kirby is alone, using Ice functions identically to the way it did in Kirby's Adventure, but if partnered up with one of his animal friends, the move can change its pattern depending on which friend is with him. With Rick, the move functions like an ice shield, protecting on all sides. With Coo, Kirby can breathe ice in a 180 degree area beneath him. With Kine, the move is similar in function to Rick's, but it can be used while moving, and it causes him to freeze over if held for too long.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby can obtain the ice ability from enemies, or through Enemy Symbols or Copy Essences Deluxe. With the Ice ability equipped, Kirby may create Chilly as a helper. Kirby's visual appearance changes by turning him a light blue color and he wears a hat full of crystals.

Ice moveset for Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Skate
Dash
Ice Breath
B
Ice Sprinkle
B in air
Super Ice Sprinkle
Dash + B in air
Ice Storm
Dash + Hold B/BBB
Ice Suction
(any direction) + B near foe
Ice Ejection
Ice Suction + B
Ice Kick
Tap frozen foe

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Ice is once again a simple move which does not change Kirby's appearance beyond a color change when he is using it. If Kirby is alone, using Ice functions identically to the way it did in Kirby's Adventure, but if partnered up with one of his animal friends, the move can change its pattern depending on which friend is with him.

Ice variations in Kirby's Dream Land 3  
Attack Friend Attack Friend
Breathe ice in front of Kirby.
None
Sprinkle ice overhead in defense.
Rick
Freeze and fall to the floor, like Stone.
Kine
Shoot three ice spikes in a spread shot in front of Coo.
Coo
Hover by breathing ice below Kirby.
Nago
Spit snowballs in varying arcs ahead of Kirby.
Chuchu
Breathe ice further in front of Pitch.
Pitch

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

Ice appears in this game, much the same way it did in Kirby's Dream Land 3, in that Kirby does not actually change appearance or color unless he is using the ability. Unlike in previous installments however, Kirby spins in place while using the move, making it similar to Freeze. In addition, he can also move slowly while using it, adding to its versatility.

Using the Power Combo system, Kirby can combine Ice with other abilities to varying effect. Combining Ice with Ice creates Ice-Ice, which rolls Kirby up into a big snowball in the same vain as would be seen later in the Snow Bowl Super Ability.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror[edit]

Ice appears in this title, this time without its Freeze counterpart. It is relatively unchanged from its appearance in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, and can be obtained from Pengy and Mr. Flosty.

Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

Ice appears again in this title, following its appearance in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. An Ability Scroll can be obtained which allows Kirby to angle his cone of frost while breathing it. He can also use a bubbled ice essence to infuse the Bomb or Sword abilities with ice powers if he has the scrolls for those abilities as well.

Exclusively in this title, Kirby gains the ability to freeze the surface of water using his ice breath.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

The Ice ability also appears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and is obtained through swallowing ice related enemies or touching Copy Essences. In addition to using the Ice ability to defeat enemies, Kirby may also use Ice to neutralize fiery blocks in order to break or walk on them. Aesthetically, Kirby's appearance changes only with an addition of a ice crown. In addition, a super form of this ability exists by defeating a Super Chilly, yielding the Snow Bowl ability.

Ice moveset for Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Skill Button Execution Description Skill Button Execution Description
Ice Skate
Dash
In a similar fashion to how Ice-Ice Kirby skates across the ground, Kirby also gains increased speed compared to his normal dash. Ice Suction
↑ or forward next to foe, + 1
Kirby consumes an enemy to use as a projectile, but is unable to move.
Ice Breath
1
Like the Fire ability, Kirby breathes out ice to freeze enemies. Ice Ejection
Ice Suction + 1
Kirby spits out an ice block ahead of him which, unlike his normal stars, go up and down slopes and hit multiple enemies.
Ice Sprinkle
1 in midair
Kirby pirouettes in the air while using Ice Breath to hit airborne enemies. Ice Kick
Tap frozen foe
Kirby in this form (and all his other forms and other characters) will kick the frozen enemy across the screen.
Super Ice Sprinkle
Dash + 1 in midair
Like normal Ice Sprinkle Kirby twirls while using Ice Breath albeit faster Ice Block
A
Kirby outright freezes himself to avoid damage. Unlike his normal guard, he takes no damage from getting hit.
Ice Storm
Dash + Hold 1 or press three times, then hold
Kirby creates a field of ice to freeze enemies Ice Scatter
release A during Ice block
Kirby breaks out of his Ice block dealing minor damage to enemies
Ice Ball
Dash, then ↓ + 1
Kirby encases himself in ice to bowl over his enemies a short distance.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe & Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Ice returns as an ability in these games, generally unchanged. However in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, the move Ice Ball is oddly missing. Additionally, it is compatible with the Robobot Armor, forming the potent Ice Mode.

Ice moveset for Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot  
Skill Image Button Execution Description
Ice Skate
KPR Ice Skate clip.png
Dash
In a similar fashion to how Ice-Ice Kirby skates across the ground, Kirby also gains increased speed compared to his normal dash.
Ice Breath
KPR Ice Breath clip.png
B
Like the Fire ability, Kirby breathes out ice to freeze enemies.
Ice Sprinkle
KPR Ice Sprinkle clip.png
B in midair
Kirby pirouettes in the air while using Ice Breath to hit airborne enemies.
Super Ice Sprinkle
KPR Super Ice Sprinkle clip.png
Dash + B in midair
Like normal Ice Sprinkle Kirby twirls while using Ice Breath albeit faster
Ice Storm
KPR Ice Storm clip.png
Dash + Hold B, or press B repeatedly
Kirby creates a field of ice to freeze enemies
Ice Ball
KPR Ice Ball clip.png
↓ + B while dashing
Kirby encases himself in ice to bowl over his enemies a short distance.
*Not present in Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Ice Suction
KPR Ice Suction clip.png
Either ↑→ + B while near an enemy
Kirby consumes an enemy to use as a projectile, but is unable to move.
Ice Ejection
KPR Ice Ejection clip.png
Ice Suction + B
Kirby spits out an ice block ahead of him which, unlike his normal stars, go up and down slopes and hit multiple enemies.
Ice Kick
KPR Ice Kick clip.png
While touching ice
Kirby in this form (and all his other forms and other characters) will kick the frozen enemy across the screen.
Ice Block
KPR Ice Block clip.png
L/R
Kirby outright freezes himself to avoid damage. Unlike his normal guard, he takes no damage from getting hit.
Ice Scatter
KPR Ice Scatter clip.png
While using Ice Block, release L/R
Kirby breaks out of his Ice block dealing minor damage to enemies

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

Ice-skating is pretty cool, isn't it?! I just love those spinny jumps! It's fun seeing frozen foes slide to their doom when you throw them!
— Knuckle Joe's comment in Kirby Battle Royale

Ice is one of the abilities available in Kirby Battle Royale, being the last one unlocked in Dedede's Cake Royale. It is distinguished in that repeated hits to foes will freeze them solid. When picking up and tossing a frozen foe, they will slide, and take additional damage when they hit a wall or other opponent. The Ice Wall ability also allows Kirby to create a barrier which lasts a few seconds.

Ice moveset in Kirby Battle Royale  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Ice Breath
B
Ice Wall
Hold/release B
Ice Sprinkle
B during jump
Ice Ball
Y

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Ice returns in Kirby Star Allies along with Chilly who provides it. In addition to providing the Blizzard effect to many abilities, Ice can also be used to perform certain Friend Attacks like Icicle Lance and Ice Curling.

Ice moveset for Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Ice Skate
Dash
Ice Suction
Either ↑/↔ + B near an enemy
Ice Breath
B
Ice Ejection
Ice Suction + B
Ice Sprinkle
B in midair
Ice Kick
Touch a frozen enemy
Super Ice Sprinkle
Dash + B in midair
Ice Block
L/R
Ice Storm
Dash + Hold B, or press B repeatedly
Ice Scatter
While using Ice Block, release L/R
Ice Ball
↓ + B while dashing

Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

Ice Kirby battling a Corori in Kirby and the Forgotten Land.

Ice Kirby returns in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. He retains his Ice Breath and ability to kick frozen enemies to slide along the ground.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Ice
Anime Ice Kirby Art.png
Details
First episode Kirby of the Stars Pilot
Last episode Combat Kirby
Other episode(s) Dedede's Snow Job
Labor Daze
Tourist Trap
The Chill Factor
Obtained from Any amount of ice
Power(s) Blowing icy breath
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Hey Kirby! Why don't you stop that monster by givin' it the cold shoulder?!
— Chef Kawasaki, in Combat Kirby

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Ice Kirby makes a fair number of appearances, including in the Japanese-only pilot episode. This ability is very similar to the one in the games, allowing Kirby to breathe a cone of ice at his enemies to freeze them solid. Notably, this ability is often either not enough on its own to defeat a foe, or has to be used in a creative way to defeat them. One example is the Ice Dragon in the episode Dedede's Snow Job, as Ice Kirby's ice breath is ineffective against the creature when used from outside, but is much more effective when used from inside the Ice Dragon's body. Another is the Ice Dragon Robot in Labor Daze, as Kirby ends up defeating it not by attacking it directly, but instead by using his ice breath on the factory's boiler to cause it to crack and burst open, engulfing the robot in flames.

Profiles[edit]

Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KA Box.jpg Kirby's Adventure Pause caption
Kirby can freeze enemies with his cold breath! He can then throw them into others!
Demo reel
Freeze an enemy and then toss him!
KSS Box NA.jpg Kirby Super Star Turn Kirby into the ice man and turn the enemies into frozen blocks of ice. Don't slip!
KNiDL box artwork.jpg
KatAM cover art.jpg
USCover KSS.jpg
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land & Kirby & The Amazing Mirror & Kirby: Squeak Squad First I'll freeze 'em, then I'll kick 'em along! Brrrr!
KSS Ultra box art.png Kirby Super Star Ultra Freeze foes with icy breath! Kick ice cubes into others! When you dash you skate!
KRtDL Boxart L.jpg Kirby's Return to Dream Land Frozen foe? Give it a kick! Glide gracefully across the land with an Ice Skate, and even cool down those hot, hot flames!
TD Boxart NA.jpg Kirby: Triple Deluxe Freeze enemies with Ice Breath, and then send them packing with an Ice Kick! You can also glide gracefully along the ground with Ice Skate.
KPR Box.png Kirby: Planet Robobot Freeze enemies with Ice Breath! You can also glide gracefully along the ground with Ice Skate.
KBR box art.jpg Kirby Battle Royale Slide on the ground and blow icy breath! Excellent for freezing your foes in place.
Star Allies Cover.jpg Kirby Star Allies A great way to cool down hot-headed enemies and then send them flying as a block of ice with a kick! You can also turn on a dime with skate dash or freeze your friends' weapons! You can even give a stone a slippery path for a bit of curling!

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[edit]

Ice Kirby Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl  
Name Image Appears In Description
Ice Kirby Ice Kirby - Brawl Trophy.png NES Kirby's Adventure
SNES Kirby: Super Star (American English), Kirby's Fun Pak (British English)
Kirby when he copies an enemy with chilly abilities. Ice Kirby can blow an icy wind from his mouth and freeze enemies solid. These frozen enemies can then be knocked into other enemies as an additional means of attack. These blocks are not only effective against enemies but can also be used on terrain such as magma or water.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy[edit]

Ice Kirby Trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U  
Name Image Appears In American English Description British English Description
Ice Kirby IceKirbyTrophyWiiU.png NES Kirby's Adventure (5/1993)
SNES Kirby Super Star (American English), Kirby's Fun Pak (British English) (8/1996)
The perfect ability to copy in the summer--Kirby gains freezing breath when he copies the Ice ability. Enemies frozen by his arctic blasts can be launched at other foes too. Perfect for a tough fight or when you need some ice for your iced coffee. Kirby isn't busy saving Dream Land or anything... When Kirby has the Ice ability, he can blast enemies with glacial gales to freeze them. He can then kick them into other enemies to take them all out at once! It's the perfect ability for a tough fight...or for when you need some ice to keep a glass of fruit juice nicely chilled. Not everything has to be about saving Dream Land, you know!

Kirby: Squeak Squad manual[edit]

  • "Ice Kirby can freeze enemies in their tracks with his icy breath. He can send frozen enemies sliding into other enemies, too."

Kirby Super Star Ultra manual[edit]

  • "Expel icy breath to freeze your enemies."

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Videos[edit]

Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Ice

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アイス
Aisu
Ice
Traditional Chinese 冰凍
bīng dòng
Ice
Simplified Chinese 冰冻
bīng dòng
Dutch Ijs Ice
French Glace Ice
German Eis Ice
Italian Ghiaccio Ice
Korean 아이스
Aiseu
Ice
Portuguese Gelo[1][2] Ice
Spanish Hielo Ice
Polish Ice[3] -


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