Maxim Tomato

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Maxim Tomato
KF2 Maxim Tomato icon.png
Artwork of a Maxim Tomato from Kirby Fighters 2
Use Recovering all stamina
Game(s) All main series titles, many spin-offs
Comparable to Food
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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.

Maxim Tomatoes, also known as Tomatoes[1] and originally named Bag of Magic Food[2], are recurring items in the Kirby series, although rather uncommonly found in individual games. The Maxim Tomato is a tomato-like food that restores Kirby's health meter entirely or, in Kirby Mass Attack, a full Fruit Gauge. 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".

According to several sources, Maxim Tomatoes are Kirby's favorite food.

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

In the Kirby Fighters games, Maxim Tomatoes restore 120 HP in standard battles. They also appear as distinct story items in Story Mode: The Destined Rivals, where they restore 80% health to Kirby and his buddy.

In the Story Mode of Kirby Fighters 2, a Maxim Tomato is used in the second battle against King Dedede & Meta Knight to restore their health, the first time a Boss has done so. Since the Tomato is split in half, the insides are seen for the first time; the inner veins are shaped like a star.

Game appearances[edit]

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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.


Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

  • 3DS Virtual Console manual bio: "Completely restores your life meter."

Kirby Super Star[edit]

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

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

  • North American instruction booklet bio (page 27): "Restores Damage[sic] to 100%."

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

  • Instruction manual bio (page 17): "Get this to replenish all of Kirby's vitality."

Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

  • Instruction manual bio (page 23): "This restores Kirby’s life gauge to full."

Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

  • Instruction manual bio (page 21): "Recovers all health."

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

  • North American manual bio (page 15): "Fills your gauge to 100."
  • European manual bio (page 15): "Adds 100 points to your fruit gauge."

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

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

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Maxim Tomato Maxim Tomato Melee Trophy.png GB Kirby's Dream Land 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 afterward. In the Kirby series, these juicy, health-restoring items were a favorite of the pink hero.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Maxim Tomato Maxim Tomato Brawl Trophy.png GB Kirby's Dream Land

SNES Kirby Super Star / Kirby's Fun Pak

A juicy tomato that heals 50 percentage points of the damage you've accumulated. When one of these appears in combat, rest assured there will be a race to see who can reach it first. It's a race of desperation between players who want to heal their damage and those who want to stop them from doing so. In the Kirby series, Maxim Tomatoes healed all damage.

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

Name Image (Wii U) Image (3DS) Game Description
Maxim Tomato SSBWU Maxim Tomato Trophy.png MaximTomatoTrophy3DS.png GB Kirby's Dream Land

SNES Kirby Super Star

American English: 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.

British English: A big, juicy tomato with the letter M on it. In the Kirby series, it's Kirby's favourite treat, and it heals damage completely. Sadly, in this game, it only takes 50 off your damage, but it's still a hot item among badly hurt players...and players who just want to stop others from getting it!


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マキシムトマト
Maxim Tomato
Chinese M番茄[3]
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. Kirby's Dream Land 2 manual (page 21)
  2. Kirby's Dream Land manual (page 14)
  3. 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.