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").
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 is the only Kirby main series game that has 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 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 and the Rainbow Curse
- Wii U manual bio: "Kirby will become invincible for a limited time."
Kirby Fighters 2
- In-game tip: "Eat this to become invincible and take no damage!"
- Kirby's Dream Land 2 is the only Kirby main series game where the Invincible Candy is absent.
- In some official art of the Kirby series, e.g. from the "Pupupu Train" event, Invincible Candies are depicted as just common food 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.
- In the Super Smash Bros. series, only the Super Star appears as an item in gameplay, possibly due to their identical effects.
- 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.
- Invincible Candy does not speed up its user or grant the ability to hurt on contact in the Kirby Fighters games.
Names in other languages
- Kirby: Planet Robobot digital manual
- Kirby: Triple Deluxe digital manual
- Kirby's Dream Collection manual (page 8)
- Kirby Super Star Ultra manual (page 21)
- Kirby & The Amazing Mirror manual (page 27)
- Kirby: Squeak Squad manual (page 23)
- Kirby Air Ride manual (page 24)
- Kirby Dream Land manual (page 13)