Recoil Star

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A Recoil Star appears to the right of Mr. Frosty as he crashes to the floor in Kirby: Star Allies.

A Recoil Star (often just referred to as a Star) is an object that appears in several games in the Kirby series. It resembles a small Warp Star, or a stationary Star Bullet, and serves as the primary means for Kirby to attack a Boss or Mid-Boss without the help of a Copy Ability.

Appearances and Function

Recoil stars were first seen in Kirby's Dream Land, and have since reappeared in every main series Kirby title. They appear whenever a Boss or Mid-Boss performs an attack that makes hard contact with a surface - usually a floor - or may appear after a strong energy-based attack is executed. The most famous example of this is when King Dedede uses his Super Dedede Jump attack, which causes a recoil star to appear on each side of him when he lands.

Once they've appeared, recoil stars only last a few seconds at most before disappearing. Kirby has that time to Inhale them, and spit them back out as Star Bullets to do damage to his opponent (swallowing them often does nothing). Recoil stars can come in several sizes, with the larger ones dealing more damage. They are especially potent if Kirby inhales multiple stars at once before spitting them back out.

Recoil stars may also appear in mid-air, where they will either stay afloat, or immediately fall to the ground, depending on the Boss being fought. In most titles, recoil stars do not do damage to Kirby if he touches them, nor do they hinder him in any way.

In Kirby Star Allies, there are special variants of Recoil Stars which are formed when the Mage Generals, Hyness, and Void Temina perform certain attacks. With the exception of Void Termina, the elements of these Recoil Stars match the element of the attack being used. These stars grant various copy abilities when swallowed.

The following colors grant the following abilities:

Super Smash Bros. series

In Brawl and onwards, King Dedede can make two recoil stars appear whenever he lands his Super Dedede Jump recovery move. Unlike in the Kirby series, these stars cannot be used against Dedede (unless somehow they are reflected), and will deal minor damage and knockback to any enemy fighter who touches them.

Yoshi can also cause these stars to appear when he does his Yoshi Bomb attack, with much the same effect, despite not being a Kirby series character.


  • In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Recoil Stars generated by Dark Mind's (second form) downward beam attack grants Kirby the Fire ability. Meanwhile, the stars dropped by Dark Meta Knight give Kirby the Sword ability.