The Shadow Star is a rideable machine in Kirby Air Ride. It's dark styling is one of its more recognizable features, as is it's relatively high offensive capabilities. It is one of the vehicles most emblematic of the game, next to the Warp Star and Winged Star, as it is easily unlocked, and featured to a comparatively great extent in official artwork, and other media.
This machine's main body is of average size, and appears as a dark burgundy-purple arrowhead with a metallic-marble texture. Protruding out of the base are two wings, bearing the same hue and texture. The entire machine is stylized to look somewhat like bat wings, with the rear of the machine bearing three spines, similar to those found at the tips of said wings. The machine's edges appear particularly razor-sharp, compared with the more rounded tips of most other vehicles. Notably, there are no apparent propulsions or engines on this machine. However, two trails of a dark violet cloudy gas expel from the two outermost spines on the machine's rear while it has momentum. Whereas many vehicles glow while charging, the Shadow Star is instead surrounded in a dark aura, which grows darker with higher levels of charge. However, it does not gain this aura while charging in the midst of a glide.
The Shadow Star's strongest attribute is its high offense, which becomes most apparent when crashing or rapid spinning into other players' vehicles. However, most of its other statistics are near average. Its turning and charge capabilities are slightly better than those of the standard Warpstar. However, it has relatively weak defense, and only moderate HP. On top of that, it has an unaided top speed of only 19-20 km/h, the third-lowest in the game.
Overall, it's relatively balanced, but on the lower tier of machines sited for racing, due to its abysmal top speed, and no significant means to make up for it. It is, however, often one of the top contenders in the Destruction Derby Stadiums of City Trial due to its offensive prowess.
How to Unlock
In City Trial, the Shadow Star can occasionally be found randomly throughout the city and be mounted like most other air ride machines. It is always available in Free Run as well.
Instruction Booklet Description
|This machine has equally high levels of offense and acceleration. You can do serious damage to your rivals by hurling yourself at them!|
— Kirby Air Ride North American instruction booklet, page 33
- The Shadow Star has appeared in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! near the end of the series, rode by one of the Air Rider enemies.
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