Kirby Star Allies

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Star Allies Cover.jpg
North American Box Art.
Developer(s) HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s) March 16, 2018 (most regions)
South Korea April 26, 2018
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
Game Chronology
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Kirby Star Allies (Japanese: 星のカービィ スターアライズ Hoshi no Kābii: Sutā Araizu "Kirby of the Stars: Star Allies") is a main-series game for the Nintendo Switch. It was released on March 16, 2018 in Japan, North America, Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan; on April 26, 2018 in South Korea.

A downloadable demo was released in the Nintendo eShop on March 1, 2018 in Europe and March 4, 2018 in North America.


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Far away, on a distant terminus in outer space, a strange robed figure approaches a giant black crystal heart encased in a glass ball. The wizard-like being then raises an incantation, which causes the heart to shatter, shooting pieces of it all over the galaxy. Many of these pieces fly all the way to Popstar, where they begin raining down on the normally peaceful planet. Meta Knight and King Dedede separately encounter the hearts as they land, and Dedede in particular becomes entranced by them. Meanwhile, Kirby is sleeping beside a hollow hillside, when a separate heart-shaped ray hits his head. This causes him to stir, only to discover that Dedede's Waddle Dees are running toward Castle Dedede with as much food as they can carry, leaving Kirby to presume that Dedede is stealing all the food from Dream Land again. Kirby rushes off toward the castle to put a stop to this. Along the way, Kirby discovers a strange new power within himself that allows him to charm enemies and make them into his friends. With the help of his new allies, Kirby battles his way to Dedede's castle and confronts the king, who up to that point was busy gorging himself on rotten fruit. Dedede immediately attacks, transforming into an overly muscular version of himself in the process. Despite this, Kirby manages to beat him, causing one of the dark hearts to pop out of the King as he reverts to normal. The heart then flies away on its own, prompting Kirby to give chase.

Kirby runs all over Popstar in pursuit of the heart, ultimately bumping into Meta Knight - who is also possessed - who forces a fight. After defeating the masked swordsman and freeing him of his possession, a giant alien fortress embeds itself into Popstar. Kirby and his allies board the hostile base, battling their way to the top. Along the way, they encounter three mage generals; the sisters Francisca, Flamberge, and the head general Zan Partizanne. As Kirby fights them, they make it known that they are in pursuit of the hearts which fell onto Popstar, intent on using them to revive their dark god. When Kirby defeats them, they initiate the fortress's self destruct sequence, in hopes that Kirby will be trapped in the rubble. Instead, Kirby and his allies escape and fly off into outer space. They visit several alien worlds in pursuit of the hearts. In the process, they are forced to fight the generals again, along with other formidable opponents. Eventually, Kirby and his allies make it to the home base of the generals, a space station called Jambandra. They eventually reach the terminus where the same wizard from the intro is attempting to repair the crystal heart by recombining the pieces. Zan Partizanne tries to stop Kirby from interfering, but is defeated.

Upon the defeat of his finest general, the wizard (whose name is revealed as Hyness) turns and faces Kirby himself. After kicking his own general out of the way, Hyness proceeds to deliver a crazed rant at Kirby, blaming his kind for the woes that fell upon him, and reasserting his desire to awaken his dark god. He battles Kirby, but shortly into the fight, his cloak gets knocked off, revealing his true face. From there, he uses the inanimate bodies of the three generals as projectiles to fight Kirby with, his mad power proving difficult to overcome. Kirby ultimately beats Hyness, but this only forces the cornered officiant to resort to drastic measures. He sacrifices the three generals, and then himself by plunging all of them into the heart, mending it completely and causing it to awaken. The dark god forms into a terrible masked giant (named Void Termina), but Kirby uses a special power with his allies in the form of the Star Allies Sparkler to battle it with. The fight is long and hard, but in the process, Kirby and his allies make their way into Void Termina's body and free Hyness and the generals from its grasp. After sustaining massive damage, Void Termina assumes its true form, and the allies battle it one more time. Kirby finishes it off by engaging in a prolonged laser tug-o-war with the dark god, and finishes by summoning all of his allies to attack the beast at once, destroying it utterly. Kirby and his allies escape as Void Termina's death causes the world they were fighting on to shatter. Kirby is knocked out by the debris, but wakes up in outer space along with the allies he had just fought with. Together, they ride a Warp Star back to Popstar, having vanquished yet another great evil from the universe.






Kirby Star Allies is an action platformer, styled after previous games in the main series, greatly resembling Kirby's Return to Dream Land in its art style, but in HD. The central premise of the game revolves around Kirby's ability to toss hearts at enemies to befriend them and turn into allies in the vain of the Helpers from Kirby Super Star (Ultra). Collecting certain friends will allow Kirby to solve various puzzles, and perform combo attacks called Friend Abilities. These attacks include combining Copy Abilities, as well as performing special moves with the friends. Once Friends are acquired, they can either be controlled by the CPU, or controlled by additional players. In the stages, Kirby and his friends can collect Picture Pieces. These serve as optional collectable items which are used to complete Celebration Pictures.

The main Story Mode has Kirby and his friends traversing four main areas (with a fifth being a final boss level) and visiting stages in each area, unlocking them by clearing them in succession. Optional extra stages can also be unlocked by finding and pressing Big Switches in certain stages. These switches also unlock the Dream Palaces in each level, where Kirby can recruit the special Dream Friends if he so wishes.


Levels & Stages

Levels in Kirby Star Allies Story Mode  
Level Nr. Name Stages Boss(es) Notes
Level 1 World of Peace - Dream Land 6 A false credits sequence plays after this level is completed for the first time.
Level 2 World of Miracles - Planet Popstar 7 Meta Knight The first letter of each stage name (excluding the Dream Palace), when visited in order, spell out the word 'FRIENDS'.
Level 3 Fortress of Shadows - Jambastion 9
Level 4 Far-Flung Starlight Heroes 18 The first six planets can be played in any order. The Ability Planet and Extra Planet δ are unlocked after the game is completed.
Level 5 Kirby Star Allies 1 ???? Accessed by completing The Divine Terminus stage in Level 4.
Each level (except Level 5) also has an unlockable Dream Palace.

Heroes in Another Dimension, Dimensions and bosses  
Dimension Bosses Hearts
Heroes in Another Dimension - Dimension I Parallel Woods 30
Heroes in Another Dimension - Dimension II Parallel Twin Kracko and Parallel Big Kracko 30
Heroes in Another Dimension - Dimension III Parallel Meta Knight 30
Heroes in Another Dimension - Dimension IV Parallel Dedede 30
Heroes in Another Dimension - Final Dimension Corrupt Hyness and The Three Mage-Sisters 0 (result of all Hearts that the player has collected)
Total Hearts:120

100% Completion Requirements

The following are the percentage gains toward 100% Completion for each task in Kirby Star Allies:

Story Mode  
Task Requirement Percentage
  • Watch the opening movie
  • 1%
Level 1: World of Peace - Dream Land
  • 5%
  • 1%
Level 2: World of Miracles - Planet Popstar
  • 5%
  • 1%
  • 1%
Level 3: Fortress of Shadows - Jambastion
  • 6%
  • 1%
  • 1%
  • 1%
Level 4: Far-Flung Starlight Heroes
  • 14%
  • 1%
  • 1%
  • 1%
  • 1%
Level 5: Kirby Star Allies
  • 12%
Activate Big Switches
  • 0.4% per switch (13 in total)
  • 0.8% when all Big Switches are pushed
  • 6%
Collect Rare Picture Pieces
  • 0.4% per piece (40 in total)
  • 16%
Total: 75%
The Ultimate Choice  
Task Percentage
Clear any difficulty between 1-5 1%
Clear any difficulty between 6-7 1%
Clear Secret difficulty 2%
Total: 4%
Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!  
Task Percentage
Clear Level 1 2%
Clear Level 2 2%
Clear Level 3 2%
Clear Level 4 2%
Clear Level 5 7%
Total: 15%
Chop Champs  
Task Requirement Percentage
Chop Amateur Completion is required to unlock Chop Chief and Chop Champion None
Chop Chief None None
Chop Champion Ranked 3rd or higher 3%
Total: 3%
Star Slam Heroes  
Task Requirement Percentage
Town Crisis Completion is required to unlock Country Crisis and World Crisis None
Country Crisis None None
World Crisis Ranked 3rd or higher 3%
Total: 3%

Copy Abilities

Copy Abilities in Kirby Star Allies  
Ability Icon Provider(s) Power Effect(s)/Friend Abilities Notes
New Abilities
Artist KSA Artist Icon.png Vividria Still Life, Rock Painter Acts as both an unlimited use ability, and can be exhausted by using the 'Painbrush' move.
Festival KSA Festival Icon.png Festival, Yggy Woods' golden cherries. Festival Dance Limited-use ability, similar to Crash. Has no Friend associated with it.
Spider KSA Spider Icon.png Como Friend Bounce Encases enemies in webs, acting similar to Ice.
Staff KSA Staff Icon.png Jammerjab Can receive a Power Effect Can strike through walls, similar to Spear.
Returning Abilities
Beam KSA Beam Icon.png Waddle Doo, orange Recoil Stars Zap Splasher, provides Zap
Beetle KSA Beetle Icon.png Beetley Friend Throw
Bomb KSA Bomb Icon.png Poppy Bros. Jr., black Recoil Stars Can receive a Power Effect
Cleaning KSA Cleaning Icon.png Broom Hatter Friend Super-Vac, Curling, Rising Sizzler, can provide Splash and Bluster Heavily re-worked from its Kirby's Dream Land 3 appearance. Given a hat.
Cook KSA Cook Icon.png Chef Kawasaki Cook Potluck & Supper Party Limited-use ability, except when used by Chef Kawasaki.
Crash KSA Crash Icon.png Bomber Crash Rush Limited-use ability. Has no Friend associated with it.
Cutter KSA Cutter Icon.png Sir Kibble Can receive a Power Effect
ESP KSA ESP Icon.png NESP, purple Recoil Stars Geokinesis, Zap Splasher, can provide Zap
Fighter KSA Fighter Icon.png Knuckle Joe Friend Throw
Fire KSA Fire Icon.png Burning Leo, Sizzle Guard, red Recoil Stars, Whispy Woods' (and related) fire apples Rising Sizzler, can provide Sizzle
Hammer KSA Hammer Icon.png Bonkers Can receive a Power Effect Hammer Flip's function has been changed.
Ice KSA Ice Icon.png Chilly, Mr. Frosty, Blizzard Guard, blue Recoil Stars Icicle Lance, Curling, can provide Blizzard
Mike KSA Mike Icon.png Walky Fatal Chorus Limited-use ability. Has no Friend associated with it.
Ninja KSA Ninja Icon.png Bio Spark Can receive a Power Effect
Parasol KSA Parasol Icon.png Parasol Waddle Dee Chumbrella, Curling, can provide Splash
Plasma KSA Plasma Icon.png Plugg, green Recoil Stars Zap Splasher, Thundersplash, can provide Zap Reworked and given a Spark barrier.
Sleep KSA Sleep Icon.png Noddy Friend Wake-Up Call Limited-duration ability. Has no Friend associated with it.
Stone KSA Stone Icon.png Rocky, brown Recoil Stars Curling, Geokinesis, Rock Painter
Suplex KSA Suplex Icon.png Bugzzy Friend Throw Hat appearance has changed somewhat.
Sword KSA Sword Icon.png Blade Knight Can receive a Power Effect
Water KSA Water Icon.png Driblee, Floaty the Cell Core, indigo Recoil Stars Curling, Zap Splasher, Thundersplash, Icicle Lance, can provide Splash
Whip KSA Whip Icon.png Wester Can receive a Power Effect
Wing KSA Wing Icon.png Birdon, cyan Recoil Stars Rising Sizzler, Curling, can provide Bluster
Yo-Yo KSA Yo-Yo Icon.png Gim Can receive a Power Effect Hat appearance has changed slightly.

Friend Abilities

In addition to standard Copy Abilities, Kirby and his Friends can combine their powers together to create combinations. This can be done in a number of different ways, as illustrated in the sections below.

Power Effects

Main article: Power Effect

Elemental enhancements can be applied to neutral-type Copy Abilities (typically those that resemble weapons). To do this, the weapon holder must raise their weapon, then the element wielder must use an elemental attack on the ally's weapon to imbue it. There are five power effects in total, as follows:

  • Blizzard - provided by ice-based attacks
  • Bluster - provided by wind-based attacks
  • Sizzle - provided by fire-based attacks
  • Splash - provided by water-based attacks
  • Zap - provided by electric-based attacks

Friend Combo Attacks

In addition to the above, there are special one-time moves which the Star Allies can perform by combining specific abilities together, or by simply having the allies involved. These abilities are as follows:

Friend Actions

Finally, there are five special formations which can only be used by finding a Friend Platform at various points in stages. These require four allies of any type to activate, and are as follows:


New Enemies

*Names are conjecture based on internal game data.

Returning Enemies

A Jammerjab with a line of Jambelievers.


Standard friends can be recruited by tossing Friend Hearts at them in the stages where they appear. There are also special friends (referred to as Dream Friends) who can be obtained by visiting a Dream Palace. Dream Friends are special characters with their own unique move-sets.

Standard Friends

Dream Friends

These friends were added in a free update on March 28th, 2018:

These friends were added in a free update on July 27th, 2018:

These friends were added in a free update on November 30th, 2018:


Artwork of Vividria.


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Artwork of The Three Mage-Sisters.

Story Mode

Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!

Heroes in Another Dimension

The Ultimate Choice


Kirby Star Allies is compatible with amiibo. Scanning in a Kirby series amiibo (or a Qbby amiibo) during main gameplay will grant Kirby with a number of items, including Food and some Picture Pieces. Scanning in any other amiibo figurine will also grant items, but not as many.

amiibo Item list in Kirby Star Allies  
amiibo Items
Meta Knight
King Dedede
Waddle Dee
other amiibo

Voice Credits

Kirby Star Allies has more credited voices than any prior game in the series. They are as follows:


Main article: Skit (Kirby Star Allies)

There are a series of short animations (called skits in the Nintendo Switch News Channel article) featuring Kirby, Friend Helpers and Dream Friends, which are performed in the title, file select and mode select menus.


Main article: Kirby Star Allies: The Original Soundtrack

A six-CD set of the original soundtrack was released on February 14th, 2019 in Japan only.

Update History

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Version 1.1.1

[Released 03/16/18][1]

  • Selecting Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), or Korean in the Nintendo Switch language settings will now cause text to display properly in those languages.
  • Issues have been fixed to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.

Version 2.0.0

[Released 03/27/18][1]

Version 3.0.0

[Released 07/27/18][1]

Version 4.0.0

[Released 11/30/18][1]


  • The original codename for Kirby Star Allies is 'Eclair'.
  • Friends are able to bear different color schemes depending on their player number, like Sir Kibble in green armor. In addition, the Friends wear Kirby-style hats appropriate to their ability once they've been recruited.
  • The Cleaning ability returns in this title, after a 21 year long absence.
  • This game marked the return of Two Face as a common enemy, who hadn't been seen since Kirby's Dream Land.
  • This is the first game in the Kirby series to have an official release with Chinese text.
    • However, many common enemies yielding no Copy Ability don't have official Chinese names in this title yet.
  • With the inclusion of Dream Friends, this marks the first time that Marx, Dark Meta Knight, Daroach, Magolor, Taranza and Susie are playable in the series.
  • Unlike in previous Kirby games, the first letters of this game's five levels won't spell out something, however the first letters of every stage in World of Miracles: Planet Popstar does form a word. When the stages are followed in clockwise order and the Dream Palace is excluded, the first letters spell out the word "FRIENDS".
    • In the Spanish version, it spells out "AMISTAD" (friendship).
    • In the French version, it spells out "COPAINS" (friends).
    • In the Dutch version, it spells out "STERREN" (stars).
    • In the German version, it spells out "FSIENDR". It doesn't mean anything, but note that it would spell "FRIENDS" if the S and R were swapped around.
    • In the Italian version, it spell out "AMICONI" (buddies).
    • In the Chinese version, it spells out "卡比与新星同盟 (simplified) / 卡比與新星同盟 (traditional)" (Kirby and Star Allies).
  • The Warp Star doesn't appear inside any stage of Kirby Star Allies. Rather, it appears on the world maps for Kirby to take rides between stages.
  • In Kirby Star Allies, the current lifes and Point Stars of Kirby in Story Mode are automatically saved even if the game is closed, similar to Kirby's Dream Land 2.
    • If Kirby's life counter is maxed (999 lives left), the life icon becomes crowned.
  • On occasion, these cameo characters/objects/places appear on the world map's background. (Requires clearing Story Mode.)
  • In Japanese, アライズ is a pun on allies and arise.


Main article: Kirby Star Allies/gallery

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 星のカービィ スターアライズ
Hoshi no Kābii: Sutā Araizu
Kirby of the Stars: Star Allies
Chinese 星之卡比 新星同盟
xīng zhī kǎ bǐ: xīn xīng tóng méng
Kirby of the Stars: Star Allies
Dutch Kirby Star Allies Kirby Star Allies
French Kirby Star Allies Kirby Star Allies
German Kirby Star Allies Kirby Star Allies
Italian Kirby Star Allies Kirby Star Allies
Korean 별의 커비 스타 얼라이즈
Kirby of the Stars: Star Allies
Spanish Kirby Star Allies Kirby Star Allies

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