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Artwork of Kirby performing a Slide attack from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
This article is about one of Kirby's main moves. For the e-Reader title on Game Boy Advance, see Kirby Slide.
Press ↓ + A to perform a Slide attack. You can do this even when you have no ability equipped!
— in-game tip from Kirby Star Allies

A Slide (otherwise known as Slide attack) is an attack that Kirby and most other playable characters can perform in most main-series Kirby games. This attack can be used regardless of what Copy Ability Kirby may or may not have (with a few exceptions), and involves him sliding forward along the ground with a low profile and his feet out in front. Any regular enemy or block can be attacked using a slide, though it is ineffective against Bosses and Mid-Bosses (with a few exceptions).


Kirby using the Slide attack in Kirby Star Allies.
To slide...Push ↓ and B together. You can attack while sliding.
— Tutorial from The Beginner's Show, in Kirby Super Star

To perform the attack, the player must press the jump button while Kirby is crouching. This causes Kirby to slide a considerable distance forward (depending on the terrain) with his feet out front. If he hits an enemy that is not invulnerable to it, he will deal damage to that enemy and bounce off. This can be done anywhere out of the water, and requires no Copy Ability to use. In addition to its offensive capability, Kirby can use a Slide to dodge an attack, or just move quickly forward.

Slide can be used in some titles to break barricades of Star Blocks or cracked stone blocks that lie under Kirby's feet, making it a quicker method of destroying such blocks than attempting to Inhale them. Sliding works on most standard enemies, but has no effect generally on bosses or mid-bosses. In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad, some Copy Abilities affect how Kirby slides, with Sword and Master having Kirby lunge forward with his sword, Bomb having Kirby hold a bomb in front of him if he is holding one before sliding, and Fighter allowing Kirby to damage Mid-Bosses in the former game.

Starting with Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby and his friends can also perform this move while holding an item, making it their only attack option whilst doing so.

In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, when Kirby slides near an enemy or other such target, the slide may automatically be directed towards the target. This effect is more pronounced in Spring-Breeze Mode. Additionally, this game is the first to allow Kirby to jump before the slide concludes. Doing this just before the pause at the end of the slide allows Kirby to travel slightly faster than his regular run, making it useful for speedrunning.

Rolling Ram Attack[edit]

Kirby rolling down a hill.

In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad, sliding down a steep slope (45 degrees or more) causes Kirby to start rolling down the hill, which damages any enemy he encounters.[1]

Game appearances[edit]

The Slide can be performed in the following games:



KPR Kirby Slide clip.png
From Kirby: Planet Robobot



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スライディング
French Glisser Slide
Portuguese Deslizar Slide


  1. "If you slide on a really steep hill, Kirby will start to roll down the hill. While rolling, if Kirby encounters an enemy, he will execute a damaging Rolling Ram Attack!"Kirby & The Amazing Mirror instruction manual
  2. A commentated tool-assisted speedrun of Kirby Squeak Squad