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Copy Ability InfoBox
Artwork from Kirby Super Star.
Debut Game Kirby's Adventure
Last Game Kirby: Planet Robobot
Other Game(s) Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby Super Star, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Type(s) Temporary effect
Obtained from Noddy, red Dygclops
Power(s) Kirby falls asleep.
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Sleep is a Copy Ability that first appeared in Kirby's Adventure. It is usually acquired from Noddy. When Kirby receives this ability, he dons a night-cap, blinks his eyes and falls asleep in the very spot he stands, then wakes up in a few seconds. In Nightmare in Dream Land appears in the Game Over screen, either waking up, or continuing to sleep depending on whether the player chooses to continue, or quit. It also makes a similar appearance in Kirby: Squeak Squad and Kirby's Return to Dream Land.


In the debut game, Kirby's Adventure, Kirby did not change appearance when obtaining this ability. He merely fell asleep. Starting with Kirby Super Star, Kirby would obtain a spotted green cap, which he would take off once he woke up again.

From Kirby Air Ride onward, the color of the hat was changed to purple with pink spots, presumably to help distinguish it from the Sword hat.

Regardless, in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, the green sleeping cap makes a reappearance in the intro cutscene, when Kirby is sleeping in his house.

Sleep Skills

As Kirby is immobile during the sleep ability, there are no skills obtained when receiving it in most games.[1]. In Squeak Squad however, if Kirby gets the Ability Scroll for it, it will heal his damage a little bit during his slumber. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby may prematurely wake up from sleep if the player shakes the Wii Remote or rapidly pushes the D-pad in different directions. This also works in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, though only by mashing the control stick or D-pad. The bubble coming out of his nose will grow until it pops, waking him up.

There are also Sleep Copy Pedestals that exist in Kirby Super Star, Kirby Super Star Ultra, and Kirby's Return to Dream Land, sometimes as a joke ability to restrict the typical choice of two copy abilities before a boss battles, or as an obstacle, forcing Kirby to make difficult maneuvers to try to prevent touching the Copy Pedestals, as touching one will cause Kirby to sleep and make no progress.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy description

"You don't get to see sleeping heroes very often. They're so busy rescuing princesses or saving the world, they just don't have time for a little nap. Not so with Kirby! The moment he inhales the snooze-prone enemy Noddy, he pops on his sleeping cap and dozes right off. Ah, Kirby, what dreams might you be having today?"


  • Sleep is (and still remains) the only ability that is objectively a hindrance rather than a help (excepting its healing properties in Squeak Squad).
  • Interestingly enough, in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U, one of Jigglypuff's alternate costumes has it wearing Kirby's green Sleep cap. This is likely a reference to its iconic move, Rest, which has a similar effect to the ability the hat references, though with one notable exception...



  1. "You can't do anything until Kirby wakes up. Good night..." —Sleep Power summary (Super Star Ultra)