- This article is about the transformation from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. For The Yarn Transformation from Kirby's Epic Yarn, see Rocket.
|“||Kirby Rocket will zoom through the air and change course when he touches a rainbow rope.||”|
— Kirby and the Rainbow Curse electronic manual, page 14
The Kirby Rocket is a transformation that Kirby can undergo in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. It transforms him into a cylindrical rocket with a white body and red thrusters. In this form, Kirby flies freely through the air and automatically defeats most enemies he crashes into. He can be guided using the Rainbow Rope, and controls similarly to the Missile Copy Ability in Kirby: Canvas Curse. The Kirby Rocket is used in the stages Kirby Rocket's Big Blastoff, Back to the Battleship, and The Final Battle. Kirby Rocket also appears in several stages in Challenge Mode.
|“||Kirby takes this form when he takes to the skies. He can only fly in a straight line, so you need to guide his course with a rainbow rope. He can even zap enemies with the shock wave radiating from his head!||”|
— Kirby Rocket Figurine description from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
While in rocket form, Kirby will fly straight in any direction, unaffected by gravity, though he will need to be guided using the Rainbow Rope. Kirby Rocket will automatically bounce off of walls in a similar manner to a Star Dash, and will defeat most enemies that Kirby runs directly into, though he can still take damage from projectiles and enemies like Gordo. Using a Star Dash allows him to speed up significantly and plow through metal blocks unabated.
Unlike the other Kirby transformations, any Waddle Dees present do not join Kirby directly. Instead, they can help give the Kirby Rocket a boost when the players controlling them mash directional inputs.
- During the transformation, Kirby is first repainted to resemble Coo, referencing the fact that the Kirby Rocket, like Coo, specializes in traversing the air.
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