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Artwork from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Debut Game Kirby Super Star
Last Game Kirby Star Allies
Other Game(s) Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby: Battle Royale
Type(s) Unlimited use
Obtained from Bio Spark, Moonja, Spinni (projectiles)
Power(s) Wall Climbing, Throws, Attacks with Ninja weaponry
Helper Bio Spark
Comparable to Sword, Cutter;
Suplex, Throw, Backdrop, Fighter (throws);
Smash, Beetle (Air Drop)
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Ninja is an ability primarily obtained by absorbing a ninja type enemy, such as Bio Spark. It allows Kirby to perform one of several ninja-type attacks and moves.

Game appearances

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra

In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby can obtain the Ninja ability from Bio Spark. With the ninja ability equipped, Kirby can then call Bio Spark as a Helper. With the ability equipped, Kirby's visual appearance changes by him turning a darker shade, and wearing a hat similar to that of the Stone ability.

Ninja moveset in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Knife Throw
NinjaKnives SuperStarUltra.png
Quad Shock
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Hold B
Dash Attack
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Dash + B
Ninja Kick
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(down) + B in air
Air Drop
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(any direction) + B near foe
Hide Guard
Take damage + B
Wall Cling
NinjaWallCling SuperstarUltra.png
Push on wall in air
Wall Jump
NinjaWallJump SuperstarUltra.png
Wall Cling + A/Y

Kirby: Squeak Squad

Ninja is obtainable from Bio Spark and Spinni's shurikens in this game. The moveset is a little different, in that Kirby does not have a counter move, but can charge energy and release it in a big wave if he has the Ability Scroll for Ninja. He is also able to walk on the surface of water.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Ninja returns as an ability in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, acquirable only by swallowing a Moonja. Many new techniques are available in this iteration.

Ninja Moveset in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Skill Button Execution Description Skill Button Execution Description
Knife Throw
Tap 1
Kirby throws a small yet fast kunai. Shock
Hold 1
Kirby does a short range slash with a katana.
Stealth Slash
Dash + 1
Kirby dashes through enemies with a katana any enemies in Kirby's way is struck with a multi-hit slash. Ninja Kick
Down + 1 in midair
Much like Fighter's "Sky Kick", attack Kirby rapidly drops while doing a single kick.
Smoke Screen
Down + 1
Kirby throws a smoke bomb on the ground damaging enemies around him. Blossom Storm
Up, then Down + 1
Kirby holds a bunch of cherry blossoms over his head and slams them into the ground.
Quad Shock
Hold 1 next to foe
Continuing "Shock" - Kirby does a underhand slash making a short range energy wave. Air Drop
Up or Right next to foe + 1 (if facing right)
Kirby does a flying suplex after grabbing a foe, sending them flying on impact.
Wall Cling
Hold Left or Right against wall in midair
Kirby grabs on to a wall. Wall Strike
1 during Wall Cling
Kirby throws a kunai away from the wall.
Wall Jump
2 during Wall Cling
Hide Guard
1 right after being attacked
Kirby vanishes leaving a log in his place.
Smoke Counter
1 right after being attacked while guarding
Kirby counters by attacking while reappearing. Stealth Water Gun
1 on surface of water
Kirby blasts enemies from above with a short range spray of water.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Ninja returns as an ability in this game, unchanged from its appearance in Return to Dream Land. It is still obtained from Moonja. It is also one of the abilities available in Kirby Fighters.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Ninja returned, along with Moonja, in this game. It is still unchanged from its previous appearance in Triple Deluxe.

Kirby: Battle Royale

Ninja is one of the abilities on offer in this action-multiplayer title. In this title, Ninja Kirby is able to create a decoy of himself, which will explode on contact with a foe, and he can also create a huge fiery explosion using a stealth bomb.

Unlike other abilities, Ninja has a total of three charge-up moves.

Ninja Moveset in Kirby: Battle Royale  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Hold/release B
Flurry Swipe
Knife Throw
Stealth Slash
Wind-Up Trick
Hold/release Y
Ninja Kick
B during jump
Ninja Jump
Jump while holding B/Y

Kirby: Star Allies

Ninja returns in this title, though this time it is once more provided by Bio Spark, who also represents the ability as a Friend. Ninja can be augmented by elements such as Blizzard, Bluster, and Zap.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy description

"Making his debut in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, the Moonja enemy looks about as ninja as you can get. If you copy its ability, Kirby can become a master of the ninja arts! With a variety of useful skills like Knife Throw and Blossom Storm, you might want to remain a ninja forever!"



  • In Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Ninja Kirby's 'Ninja Kick' can be cancelled by hovering. By doing the loop of Ninja Kick-Hover-Air Bullet, Kirby can save his horizontal momentum from Ninja Kick and move very fast in the air, his action of continuously spitting Air Bullets somehow resembling the effect from the Mint Leaf. This game mechanic of saving momentum, while useful on TAS speedruns on those games, has been removed since Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ニンジャ
Chinese 忍者
rén zhě
  • 忍者 is also how it's written in kanji.