Maxim Tomato

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This article is about a healing item found in most Kirby games, and should not be confused with the Metamato from Kirby's (Extra) Epic Yarn.

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Maxim Tomato
Artwork of a Maxim Tomato
Use Recovering all Vitality
Game(s) All main series titles
Comparable to Food
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Maxim Tomatoes (called the Bag of Magic food in the English manual for Kirby's Dream Land) are commonly seen items in the Kirby series, although rather uncommonly found in individual games. The Maxim Tomato is a tomato-like food that grants Kirby a complete health meter refill[1][2][3] or, in the case of Kirby Mass Attack, a full Fruit Gauge.[4] This item is usually found in easily missed hiding places, areas that are difficult to traverse to, or areas that can only be reached with certain Copy Abilities; much more so in difficult levels. Often end level challenges will reward Kirby with a Maxim Tomato.

The term maxim is obviously a shortened form of maximum, even though there are other uses of the word, such as a synonym for the word axiom, both of which are loosely defined as "statements which are obviously true".[5]

According to several sources, Maxim Tomatoes are Kirby's favorite food, which explains why it restores all of his Stamina.

Game appearances[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Maxim Tomato is a recovery item, healing fifty points of damage. It is the second best recovery item, surpassed by the Heart Container.


The Metamato appears in Kirby's (Extra) Epic Yarn as a fake Maxim Tomato. It was used by Yin-Yarn to transform Kirby into a yarn outline.


Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

  • Wii U manual bio: "Restores a character to full health."

Kirby Super Star[edit]

  • Wii U Virtual Console manual bio: "Fully recovers health."

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[edit]

"Maxim Tomatoes cure 50 percentage points of your accumulated damage. Once you eat one, after a brief moment, your damage meter slowly drains the appropriate amount, regardless of whether or not you pick up another item right afterwards. In the Kirby series, these juicy, health-restoring items were a favorite of the pink hero."

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS / Wii U trophy[edit]

"A tomato marked with a large, black M. This is Kirby's favorite snack, and in the past it has fully restored Kirby's health. The ones that show up in Smash Bros. aren't from the same crop, though, and only heal 50 points of damage. That'll still help you in a fight—unless an enemy eats it first."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マキシムトマト
Maxim Tomato
Chinese M番茄[6]
M fān qié
M Tomato
Dutch Maxim-tomaat Maxim Tomato
French Maxi-tomate Maxim Tomato
German Maxi-Tomate Maxim Tomato
Italian Pomodoro Maxim Maxim Tomato
Korean 맥시멈 토마토
maegsimeom tomato
Maxim Tomato
Russian Максим-томат
Maxim Tomato
Spanish Maxi Tomate Maxim Tomato


  1. "Recovers all health." (Kirby Super Star Ultra manual, pg. 20)
  2. "Get this to replenish all of Kirby's vitality." (Kirby Canvas Curse manual, pg. 17)
  3. "This restores Kirby's life gauge to full capacity." (Kirby: Squeak Squad manual, pg. 23)
  4. "Fills your gauge to 100." (Kirby Mass Attack manual, pg. 15)
  5. Maxim at Wiktionary
  6. From Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Not mentioned in Kirby Star Allies. Was translated as 大番茄 (dà fān qié, "Big Tomato") in the iQue version of Super Smash Bros.