Spark

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Spark
KTD Spark artwork.png
Artwork of Spark Kirby from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
Details
First game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Kirby: Planet Robobot (2016)
Other game(s) Kirby's Dream Course
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby's Block Ball
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Type(s) Unlimited uses
Obtained from Bobin, Bukiset, Master Green, Spark-i, Sparky, Elec, Dubior, Haltworker, Telepathos (projectiles), Paint Roller's cloud, Spark Doomer's orbs, Dark Mind's violet stars, amiibo (Planet Robobot): Pikachu, Robin, Mii Fighters
Power(s) Performing electric-type attacks.
Similar to Plasma, Freeze
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This article is about the electric Copy Ability present in most Kirby games, and should not be confused with Plasma.

Spark is a recurring Copy Ability in the Kirby series that debuted in Kirby's Adventure and has since been established as one of Kirby's most iconic and common abilities, alongside powers like Fire and Ice, particularly due to being among the few abilities to appear in Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. It has similar properties to Plasma, another electricity-based power.

Spark is normally of the defensive type, like Freeze or Needle, which means Kirby will station himself in one position while executing the power as it surrounds his body and destroys enemies that make contact with the barrier. Starting with Kirby: Squeak Squad, however, Spark started to gain attributes that made it more similar to Plasma, by allowing Kirby to charge up and release energy projectiles. This was further established in Kirby's Return to Dream Land when Spark was given additional powers, which led to the general assumption that Spark and Plasma were being fused into the singular Spark, similar to how Fire and Burning and Ice and Freeze were combined. However, this assumption was overturned when Plasma returned in Kirby Star Allies, this time being reworked to incorporate elements from Spark. It is now unclear which ability will dominate going forward, as both are now very similar, with only a few visual and move-set differences.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

The Spark ability first appeared in Kirby's Adventure, Kirby can shoot sparks of electricity out of his body in a defensive move similar to Needle.

In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby gains a hat that resembles that of Plasma.

Kirby's Dream Course[edit]

Spark returns in Kirby's Dream Course. It can be used to defeat Whispy Woods and Kracko, and it is the only way to defeat them. Unlike the other abilities, Spark does not provide any movement changes. The ability is obtained from Sparky.

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

Spark reappears in Kirby's Dream Land 2. Kirby acquires this ability from Master Green and Sparky. By itself, this ability performs similar to the one in Kirby's Adventure.

When on an Animal Friend, however, Kirby can perform variations of the ability, as detailed in the following table:

Animal Friend Appearance Description
Coo
KDL2 Coo Spark sprite.png
Kirby shoots out a single lightning bolt below him.
Kine
KDL2 Kine Spark sprite.png
A light bulb appears from Kine's mouth, which can harm foes and illuminate dark areas, revealing hidden doors. Letting go of the B button launches it forward, exploding when it collides with something or the button is pressed again.
Rick
KDL2 Rick Spark sprite.png
Enables Rick to use a whip of electricity, like the Beam ability seen in other games.

Throughout Kirby's Dream Land 2, there are specific blocks which can be broken only with the Spark ability. They resemble dark circuit boards.

Kirby's Block Ball[edit]

The ball sparks for a period of time, running through the blocks it strikes.
— Kirby's Block Ball North American instruction booklet

In Kirby's Block Ball, Spark is one of the four abilities that Kirby can utilize, obtaining it by colliding with Sparky. When using this ability, Kirby flares up with electricity, causing him to break most blocks he passes through while the electric field is active. Unlike the other abilities, Spark does not affect Kirby's trajectory.

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

Spark makes another appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 3. It functions similarly to its previous appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 2. New Animal Friends, though, create more Spark-related abilities with Kirby or Gooey, as follows:

Animal Friend Appearance Description
ChuChu KDL3 Chuchu Spark sprite.png ChuChu shoots a laser from her tentacle which flies straight forward and can defeat enemies, similar to the Laser ability. Unlike said ability, however, the laser will rebound off of flat walls if charged.
Coo
KDL3 Coo Spark sprite.png
Kirby shoots out a single lightning bolt below him.
Kine
KDL3 Kine Spark sprite.png
A light bulb appears from Kine's mouth, which can harm foes and illuminate dark areas, revealing hidden doors. Letting go of the B button launches it forward, exploding when it collides with something or the button is pressed again.
Nago KDL3 Nago Spark sprite.png Nago rubs Kirby as long as the Y button is held, creating static electricity around him. Every enemy he touches while charged up is destroyed, but neutralizes some electricity. The longer Kirby is rubbed, the more foes he can defeat before returning to normal, up to a maximum of eight.
Pitch
KDL3 Pitch Spark sprite.png
Kirby uses a remote control to make Pitch fly through the air freely, moving through walls and taking out adversaries. Pitch is controlled with the directional pad and returns to Kirby when the Y button is pressed. While controlling Pitch, Kirby cannot move. If he takes damage, Pitch returns to him automatically.
Rick
KDL3 Rick Spark sprite.png
Enables Rick to use a whip of electricity, like the Beam ability seen in other games.

Throughout Kirby's Dream Land 3, there are specific blocks which can be broken only with the Spark ability. They are marked with the Spark icon on them.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

Spark is one of the base abilities that appears in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. There are a fair number of enemies that provide it this time around, including Sparky, Plugg, and Zoos. On its own, the ability functions like normal, with Kirby generating a small spark barrier around himself. When combined with another ability or itself to make Power Combos, Spark creates a wide variety of different moves with varying functions, from a refrigerator that produces food to an electric quarterstaff.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Spark appears as an ability, unchanged from its appearance in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. It is once again provided by Sparky.

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, there is a special mechanic unique to this game in Cushy Cloud - Stage 5, where Spark Kirby can use his spark attack to power clouds, causing them to move while holding the barrier up. In addition, after collecting the Spark Ability Scroll, Kirby gains the ability to charge up and release Plasma waves, marking the first time the abilities were merged to a degree.

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Spark's main function was changed. Instead of simply covering a small area around him, a smaller area is covered, and a line of electricity appears, hurting any enemy above Kirby. If Kirby keeps using Spark while in mid-air, he will hover.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

The ability reappears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, where, in addition to generating the familiar barrier of electricity, it enables Kirby to fire lightning upwards or downwards. It has been combined with the attributes of Plasma, letting the player "charge" the ability by rotating the directional pad or shaking the Wii Remote and discharge it in form of a projectile.

Spark Moveset in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Skill Button Execution Description Skill Button Execution Description
Spark Attack
1
Kirby emanates a field of electricity that while it protects him from incoming attacks renders him immobile Spark Wave
long Charge Power + 1
Kirby fires his full shield ahead of him for high damage
Charge Power
Shake Wii Remote or mash + Control Pad
Kirby charges energy forming an electrical barrier that grows up to three stages the longer he charges Spark Barrier
created by Charge Power
The field unlike Spark Attack can be utilized while moving but diminishes over time
Spark Arrow
short Charge Power + 1
Kirby fires a small bolt of electricity that deals minor damage to one enemy Thunderbolt
↑ + 1
Kirby fires an upwards attack that can pierce walls
Spark Laser
medium Charge Power + 1
Kirby fires a long beam of energy that can hit multiple enemies Lightning Strike
↓ + 1 in mid-air
Like Thunderbolt but downwards

Spark Attack cannot be performed while there is any amount of Charge Power.

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

Spark appears in the New Challenge Stages Sub-Game, looking and behaving exactly as it did in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. There is a challenge stage in Happiness Hall dedicated to the ability, and it can be used in some of the races against Magolor.

Kirby Triple Deluxe[edit]

Spark returns in this game, functioning almost identically to the way it did in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, this time lacking the Thunderbolt and Lightning Strike moves. It can be obtained from Sparky, as well as Queen Sectonia's Green Antlers and Floral Spark Bullet.

Spark Moveset in Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Skill Button Execution Description Skill Button Execution Description
Spark Attack
B
Kirby emanates a field of electricity that while it protects him from incoming attacks renders him immobile Spark Laser
medium Charge Power + B
Kirby fires a long beam of energy that can hit multiple enemies
Charge Power
mash + Control Pad or Circle Pad
Kirby charges energy forming an electrical barrier that grows up to three stages the longer he charges Spark Wave
long Charge Power + B
Kirby fires his full shield ahead of him for high damage
Spark Arrow
short Charge Power + B
Kirby fires a small bolt of electricity that deals minor damage to one enemy Spark Barrier
created by Charge Power
The field unlike Spark Attack can be utilized while moving but diminishes over time

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

The Spark ability appears in Kirby: Planet Robobot, where its electrical properties come in handy when powering wires and circuits. In this game, there are many attacks and defenses which Kirby can use when he takes this form, as he regains the moves he lost in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. It is also compatible with the Robobot Armor, giving the mechanical suit an extremely powerful plasma cannon.

Spark Moveset in Kirby: Planet Robobot  
Skill Image Button Execution Description
Spark Attack
KPR Spark Attack clip.png
B
Kirby emanates a field of electricity that while it protects him from incoming attacks renders him immobile
Charge Power
KPR Charge Power clip.png
+ Control Pad/Circle Pad in various directions
Kirby charges energy forming an electrical barrier that grows up to three stages the longer he charges
Spark Arrow
KPR Spark Arrow clip.png
Small charge + B
Kirby fires a small bolt of electricity that deals minor damage to one enemy
Spark Laser
KPR Spark Laser clip.png
Medium charge + B
Kirby fires a long beam of energy that can hit multiple enemies
Spark Wave
KPR Spark Wave clip.png
Full charge + B
Kirby fires his full shield ahead of him for high damage
Spark Barrier
KPR Spark Barrier clip.png
Created by Charge Power
The field unlike Spark Attack can be utilized while moving but diminishes over time
Thunderbolt
KPR Thunderbolt clip.png
↑ + B
Kirby fires an upwards attack that can pierce walls. The range is more limited than in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Lightning Strike
KPR Lightning Strike clip.png
↓ + B in midair
Like Thunderbolt but downwards. The range is more limited than in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Spark
Anime Spark Kirby.png
Screenshot of Spark Kirby from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Details
First episode Kirby of the Stars Pilot
Last episode Tooned Out
Other episode(s) Dedede's Raw Deal, Cooking Up Trouble
Obtained from Inhaling sparks of electricity, usually coming from robot monsters
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He is now...Spark Kirby!
— Meta Knight, in Dedede's Raw Deal

The Spark Copy Ability makes four distinct appearances in the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Though it first appears in the Kirby of the Stars Pilot, its first appearance in the proper series is in Dedede's Raw Deal. Using this ability, Kirby changes color to green and is able to generate powerful fields of static electricity, and can also fire balls of lightning at his opponents.

Spark Kirby's hat resembles the one he was given in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, though it changes the design of the tiara and changes the energy coming out of the hat to make it more triangular, and the design of this variant of the hat carries forward to the later games in the Kirby series. The anime version of Spark also references the similar Plasma ability during Kirby's transformation sequence, as he starts with a head of teal fire resembling the Plasma hat before gaining the proper Spark hat.

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Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KA Box.jpg Kirby's Adventure Pause caption
Kirby can create fireworks-like sparks from his body! This is a great defense!
Demo reel
This electrical attack paralyzes!
KDC Cover.jpg Kirby's Dream Course Using Spark, Kirby can beat Kracko and Whispy.
KNiDL box artwork.jpg
KatAM cover art.jpg
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land &
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
BZZT! BRRRRZZZT! BRRRZZPPP! ZZZT!
Kirby Canvas Curse box art.png Kirby: Canvas Curse Shoot sparks! Hold to hover!
USCover KSS.jpg Kirby: Squeak Squad CHARGE!
KRtDL Boxart L.jpg Kirby's Return to Dream Land Electricity in your hands! Shake the Wii Remote to create a Spark Barrier! Zap foes from above with a Lightning Strike!
TD Boxart NA.jpg Kirby: Triple Deluxe Mash on the +Control Pad, charge up your power, and create an energy barrier! With the Spark ability, you can even fire plasma shots through the terrain!
KPR Box.png Kirby: Planet Robobot Mash on the +Control Pad, charge up your power, and create an energy barrier! With the Spark ability, you can even fire plasma shots!

Kirby's Dream Course manual[edit]

  • "With Spark, Kirby can destroy Whispy and Kracko."

Kirby's Block Ball manual[edit]

  • "The ball sparks for a period of time, running through the blocks it strikes."

Kirby: Squeak Squad manual[edit]

  • "Spark Kirby's a regular dynamo as he zaps opponents with bolts of electricity. He can also ride on a cloud full of lightning to spread his electric attacks over larger areas."

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Videos[edit]

Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Spark

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スパーク
Supāku
Spark
Dutch Elektro Electro
French Étincelle Spark
German Elektro Electro
Italian Elettro Electro
Russian Искра
Iskra
Spark
Spanish Chispazo Spark