Roles are Special Abilities present in the Team Kirby Clash series games that can be used by members of Team Kirby. They are medieval and RPG-like versions of some regular Copy Abilities, both in designs and mechanics. Each role has their own separate stats for Health, Attack and Recovery (Team Meteor is also a stat, but it's the same value for all roles); moreover, all roles can use the Revival Spell move.
List of roles
There are a total of four different roles, as follows:
|Name and icon
|A front-line role based on Sword. Can protect his friends with a dome-like Hero Shield. Has high Health and Attack, but low Recovery.
|A powerhouse role based on Hammer. Very slow on his feet and especially in the air, but can dish out huge damage. Has the highest Health and Attack out of all roles, but the lowest Recovery.
|A supporting role based on Doctor. Has the power to heal his allies and himself. Can cast the Revival Spell without losing health in the process. Has the highest Recovery out of the roles, and also high Health, but low Attack.
|A supporting role based on Beam. Has the power to temporarily stop time if he hits the Boss enough with the Time Beam attack. Has the lowest Health and Attack of all roles, and average Recovery.
In the Kirby novel series
In the Kirby novel series, roles appear in Kirby Clash Team Unite! and Kirby: Super Team Kirby's Big Battle!. In both of these volumes, Kirby is sent to the Dream Kingdom, where he is unable to inhale and thus use his Copy Ability. Instead, he and the other three Kirbys from Team Kirby can obtain roles by simply equipping gear. Unlike using copy abilities, equipping gear does not cause Kirby and his team to automatically become stronger; instead, they have to train to properly fulfill their roles.
- On a development report on the Japanese website for Kirby: Planet Robobot, it was revealed that at first six roles were planned for Team Kirby Clash: one was named 狩人 (Huntsman or Hunter) and the other named 盗賊 (Bandit or Thief). The four ones present in the game were chosen for balancing reasons, presumably to make each one have a specific role in the team. Huntsman appears to have been based on Archer, while Bandit is not as clear, but could be based on Cutter or Ninja.
- On a Kirby JP Twitter post of a password for Super Kirby Clash, it was implied that, at some point in development, Waddle Dees were considered as playable characters for the game as well, which would had allowed them to be able to also use roles.
Miiverse illustration commemorating the release of Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Kirby JP Twitter promotional art for the release of Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Kirby novel series
Cover of Kirby Clash Team Unite!
Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Roles
Names in other languages