The Invincible Candy, formerly known as Candy, is a special item found in most games of the Kirby series. It is a rare item that resembles a glowing lollipop with a star. While the Invincible Candy is a lollipop, it is not technically food, as it does not recover any health.
In Kirby Super Star, the invincible effect can also be obtained from the Ability Mix roulette when it stops on the "Super" icon. In various multiplayer games starting with Kirby Super Star, its effect can be shared with Kirby's allies for a short time by Face-to-Face.
An Invincible Candy makes Kirby, his helper(s), or other playable character(s) temporarily invincible when eaten, enabling them to harm enemies and bosses without taking damage, as well as moving through hazards like spikes unharmed. However, the invincibility wears off after a few seconds, and it does not protect Kirby from falling into a bottomless pit or being crushed.
On the ability icon in the English version games, this invincible effect is called Hyper in Kirby's Adventure and Super in Kirby Super Star. In Japanese, this effect is called 無敵 (Muteki, "Invincible").
Invincible Candy does not speed up its user or grant the ability to hurt on contact in the Kirby Fighters games, presumably for competitive balance reasons.
Notably, a special effect happens when acquiring some Invincible Candy while riding the Friend Star in Kirby Star Allies. The pause screen lists this effect as a move called "Shooting Star", and it allows the Friend Star to plow through enemies, metal blocks, and fragile walls by simply moving into them.
Invincible Candy appears as an item in the following Kirby games:
- Kirby's Dream Land
- Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
- Kirby's Pinball Land (only worth points here)
- Kirby's Block Ball (only worth points here)
- Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
- Kirby's Dream Land 3
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (has a different theme in this game)
- Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
- Kirby Air Ride (does not have a theme in this game)
- Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
- Kirby: Squeak Squad
- Kirby Mass Attack (has a different theme in this game)
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land
- Kirby: Triple Deluxe
- Kirby Fighters Deluxe
- Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
- Kirby: Planet Robobot
- Kirby Star Allies
- Kirby Fighters 2
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land
- Kirby's Dream Buffet (only given to those in last place, causes a "screen KO" on opponents in Battle Royale mode)
Invincible Candy is also depicted in other ways in the following games:
- Kirby: Canvas Curse - appears as a drawing in Paint Panic.
- Kirby: Triple Deluxe - appears as a keychain, using its sprite from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
- Kirby's Dream Buffet - appears on a Character Treat, using its artwork from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
- Main article: Invincible Candy (themes)
While Kirby is under the effect of an Invincible Candy, a special musical theme plays, which can be heard in nearly every game that includes the Candy. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and Kirby Mass Attack are the only games to have a different Invincible Candy theme than the recurring one. When the Invincible Candy is consumed in Kirby Air Ride, no special theme is played at all.
Kirby's Dream Land
- Instruction booklet bio (page 13): "When I grab this lollipop, I can flatten as many enemies as I like without getting hurt. Unfortunately this lasts only a short while and if I fall down a cliff, I won't come out alive!"
Kirby Super Star
- Wii U Virtual Console manual bio: "Kirby becomes invincible for a short time."
Kirby Air Ride
- North American instruction booklet, page 24: "Makes you invincible for a limited time."
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
- Instruction manual bio (page 27): "This special candy makes Kirby invincible, but only for a little while."
Kirby Super Star Ultra
- Instruction manual bio (page 21): "Makes Kirby invincible for a short time."
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
- Wii U manual bio: "Kirby will become invincible for a limited time."
Kirby: Planet Robobot
- Instruction manual bio (page 16): "Makes you invincible for a short period of time."
Kirby Fighters 2
- In-game tip: "Eat this to become invincible and take no damage!"
- In promotional art for the Kirby series, e.g. from the "Pupupu Train" event or the Kirby JP Twitter, Invincible Candies are depicted as ordinary lollipops that are sold in stores.
- The effect of the Invincible Candy is similar to that of the Super Star from the Mario series. In recent Mario games, the Super Star can speed up its user, too.
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse are the only games where the Invincible Candy's effect does not transfer between rooms.
- While not technically related, Big-Rig Mouth is treated as a variant of the Invincible effect, with the song "A Full-Speed Farewell from the New World" incorporating the Invincible Candy theme and even using the term 無敵 ("invincible") in its Japanese name (無敵にGOODBYE NEW WORLD！).
Figure of an Invincible Candy from Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Character Treat from Kirby's Dream Buffet
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter featuring characters eating Star Block cakes, with an Invincible Candy in Kirby's cake
Kirby and friends dropping candies from a hot air balloon for Kirby's 25th Anniversary, featuring an Invincible Candy
Names in other languages
|Canadian French||Super bonbon||Super candy|
|European French||Super sucette||Super lollipop|
|Italian||Bonbon invincibile||Invincible candy|
|Portuguese||Pirulito de invencibilidade||Invincibility lollipop|
|Latin American Spanish||Paleta
Paleta de invencibilidad
|European Spanish||Piruleta de invencibilidad||Invincibility lollipop|
- Kirby: Planet Robobot digital instruction manual
Kirby: Triple Deluxe digital instruction manual
Kirby's Dream Collection instruction manual (page 8)
- Kirby Super Star Ultra instruction manual (page 21)
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror instruction manual (page 27)
Kirby: Squeak Squad instruction manual (page 23)
Kirby Air Ride instruction manual (page 24)
Kirby Dream Land instruction manual (page 13)