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Spark
KRtDLD Spark.png
Artwork of Spark Kirby from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.
Details
First game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
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
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Usage type Unlimited uses
Obtained from Bobin, Bukiset, Master Green, Sparky, Spark-i, Plugg, Turbite, Elec, Zoos, Dubior, Haltworker, Pata, Transformer, Antler,
amiibo (Kirby: Planet Robobot): Pikachu, Robin, Mii Fighters
Obtained by projectiles from Miracle Matter, Dubior, Telepathos, Paint Roller, Sphere Doomer (Spark), Metal General, Dark Mind, Wiz, Susie, Security Force, Electricky Dooter
Power(s) Performing electric-type attacks.
Similar to Plasma, Freeze, Needle
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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 common Copy Ability in the Kirby series that debuted in Kirby's Adventure. This ability allows Kirby to attack with electricity; he can obtain it by inhaling foes such as Sparky or Dubior, or by inhaling certain electric attacks. When Kirby gains the Spark ability, he typically dons a gold tiara with a large circular blue gem at the crest, topped by frizzy blue electric waves.

Spark's utility is normally defensive; its main attack, much like Freeze or Needle, is to station Kirby in one place and shield him with a harmful electric barrier. Starting with Kirby: Squeak Squad, however, Spark started to gain attributes similar to Plasma (another electricity-based ability), allowing Kirby to build up an electric charge and release energy projectiles which can pass through walls and other solid objects.

Spark was given even more of Plasma's moveset in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, in addition to new attacks. This essentially combined the two abilities into one, akin to Burning and Fire, or Ice and Freeze. Unlike those abilities, however, Plasma and Spark have never appeared in the same game; furthermore, Plasma returned with a few of its own distinct moves in Kirby Star Allies, rather than being fully supplanted by Spark. Nonetheless, Plasma has appeared far less, making Spark the primary electric ability in the series.

Game appearances[edit]

Spark Kirby's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby's Adventure Copy Ability Obtainable from Sparky.
Kirby's Dream Course Copy Ability Obtainable from Sparky and Transformer.
Single-use ability in this game.
Kirby's Dream Land 2 Copy Ability Obtainable from Sparky and Master Green.
Can be paired with Animal Friends.
Kirby's Block Ball Copy Ability Obtainable from Sparky and an Ability Changer.
Kirby's Dream Land 3 Copy Ability Obtainable from Sparky, Bobin, and yellow-staff Bukiset.
Can be paired with Animal Friends.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Copy Ability Obtainable from Sparky, Plugg, Spark-i, Turbite, Zoos, and some boss attacks.
Can be combined with itself or other abilities to make Power Combos.
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Copy Ability Obtainable from Sparky.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Copy Ability Obtainable from Sparky.
Kirby: Canvas Curse Copy Ability Obtainable from Sparky.
Kirby: Squeak Squad Copy Ability Obtainable from Sparky.
Can be upgraded using an Ability Scroll.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Copy Ability Obtainable from Sparky, Elec, Dubior, and some boss & mid-boss attacks.
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Playable character Used in the Spark Challenge, and selectable for Magolor Race 1, Magolor Race 3, and Magolor Race EX in New Challenge Stages.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Copy Ability Obtainable from Sparky, green Antler, and one of Queen Sectonia's attacks.
Kirby: Planet Robobot Copy Ability Obtainable from Sparky, Elec, Haltworker, Dubior, and many boss attacks.
Has an equivalent mode for the Robobot Armor.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Copy Ability Obtainable from Sparky, Elec, Dubior, and some boss & mid-boss attacks.

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

Kirby using the Spark ability to defeat enemies in Kirby's Adventure.

KA Spark Kirby sprite.png The Spark ability first appeared in Kirby's Adventure, where Kirby can shoot sparks of electricity out of his body in a defensive move similar to Needle. It is provided by Sparky.

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

Kirby's Dream Course[edit]

KDCSparkKirby.png Spark returns in Kirby's Dream Course, where it can be obtained from Sparky, or Transformer (in the 2-player mode only). With it, Kirby surrounds himself with electricity until he stops moving, which 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.

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

KDL2 Kirby Spark sprite.png 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, similar to the Light ability. 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]

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, combining Spark with Nago results in an attack where Nago rubs Kirby to give him static, then can roll him into enemies to defeat them with shocks.

KDL3 Spark Kirby sprite.png Spark makes another appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 3; being provided by Sparky, Bobin, and the yellow staff-wielding Bukiset. 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 in Kine's mouth while the Y button is held, which can harm foes and briefly illuminate dark areas, revealing hidden doors and symbols. The bulb breaks after a few seconds, keeping it from giving light; letting go of the button and then activating the ability again fixes it.
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.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

Kirby using Spark in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.

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[edit]

KNiDL Spark sprite.png 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.

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Spark's main function was changed. Instead of only covering an area around him, a smaller area is covered, while firing a pillar of lightning above Kirby. If Kirby keeps using Spark while in midair, he will hover in place.

Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

Spark reappears in Kirby: Squeak Squad, bearing the same look as Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. However, there is a new mechanic, lifted from Plasma: Kirby can store energy by mashing the + Control Pad. Performing a Spark Attack with a barrier built up will cause the attack to become bigger. In addition, after collecting the Spark Ability Scroll, Kirby can charge up more energy to create a bigger barrier that acts as a passive attack; this can be released through an even bigger Spark Attack, or a Spark Bullet if left or right are held while he attacks. In this game, Spark's attacks have an electric property and, much like other electric attacks, can create shockwaves on the surface of water and activate the thunderclouds in Cushy Cloud - Stage 5. After collecting the appropriate Ability Scrolls, it can be combined with Sword or Bomb in the Copy Palette to create Thunder Sword or Thunder Bomb.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

Kirby using the Spark ability in a pre-release version of Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

The ability reappears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and its remake, Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, where, in addition to generating the familiar barrier of electricity, it enables Kirby to fire lightning upwards or downwards. Following from Kirby: Squeak Squad, even more elements of Plasma are merged into Spark in this game, with increasingly stronger barriers and attacks generated by rotating the directional pad or shaking the controller. New providers of Spark include Elec and the Mid-Boss Dubior, as well as some of Metal General's attacks.

Spark Moveset in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Skill Button Execution (KRtDL) Button Execution (KRtDLD) Description Skill Button Execution (KRtDL) Button Execution (KRtDLD) Description
Spark Attack
1
B/Y
Kirby emanates a field of electricity that while it protects him from incoming attacks renders him immobile. Spark Wave
Long Charge Power + 1
Full charge + B/Y
Kirby fires his full shield ahead of him for high damage.
Charge Power
Shake Wii Remote or mash + Control Pad
Shake controller, mash + Control Pad, or move L-stick rapidly
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
Small charge + B/Y
Kirby fires a small bolt of electricity that deals minor damage to one enemy. Thunderbolt
↑ + 1
↑ + B/Y
Kirby fires an upwards attack that can pierce walls.
Spark Laser
Medium Charge Power + 1
Medium charge + B/Y
Kirby fires a long beam of energy that can hit multiple enemies. Lightning Strike
↓ + 1 in midair
↓ + B/Y in midair
Like Thunderbolt but downwards. This attack is similar to Coo's Spark attack in Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Kirby's Dream Land 3.

Spark Attack, Thunderbolt, and Lightning Strike 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 all of the Magolor Races except Magolor Race 2.

Kirby Triple Deluxe[edit]

Spark Kirby using Spark Wave on Pyribbit in Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Spark returns in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, functioning almost identically to the way it did in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, though 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 Damage (Star Bullet = 52) Description
Spark Attack
KPR Spark Attack clip.png
B
12 (5 for subsequent hits) 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
N/A 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
8 Kirby fires a small bolt of electricity that deals minor damage to one enemy.
Spark Laser
KPR Spark Laser clip.png
Medium charge + B
16 Kirby fires a long beam of energy that can hit multiple enemies.
Spark Wave
KPR Spark Wave clip.png
Full charge + B
40 (16 for backward blast) Kirby fires his full shield ahead of him for high damage.
A small electric field also generates behind him which can hit enemies as well.
Spark Barrier
KPR Spark Barrier clip.png
Created by Charge Power
8 (6 for subsequent hits) The barrier, unlike Spark Attack, can be utilized while moving, but diminishes over time.
Thunderbolt
KPR Thunderbolt clip.png
↑ + B
14 (6 for subsequent hits) 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
16 (7 for subsequent hits) 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
KRBaY Spark Kirby artwork.png
Artwork 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 (like defective sensors), 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 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. Spark Kirby also looks identical to how he does in his artwork from that game, suggesting that it was possibly the animators' only reference. 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. He also turns green when using the hat, which was at the time a distinct feature of the Plasma ability.

In the Kirby novel series[edit]

Kirby gives Spinni and Doc a good shock in Kirby Meets the Squeak Squad!

In the Kirby novel series, the Spark ability appears in Kirby Meets the Squeak Squad!, where Kirby obtains it from Sparky. With this Copy Ability, Kirby can generate an electrical barrier around him that can numb anyone that gets hit by it.

In Kirby Meets the Squeak Squad!, the Squeaks sneak into Castle Dedede in the middle of the night, and steal the egg that Kirby is tasked with protecting. Kirby chases after them outside, and Daroach commands Spinni and Doc to fight Kirby while he escapes with the egg. Sparky comes in to complain about all the noise, and the group notices that they are right in front of his house. Kirby is delighted to see Sparky, and inhales him to get the Spark ability. Kirby then uses this to shock Spinni and Doc, instantly defeating them. Spinni is knocked out, and Doc's machine malfunctions and flies away. With those two out of the way, Kirby chases after Daroach. When Kirby catches up, he quickly shocks Daroach and takes back the egg. When Kirby makes his way back to the castle, he drops his Spark ability to free Sparky, who is angry at Kirby, and returns to his house.

Profiles[edit]

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 KSqS.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!
KTD 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!
KRtDLD Boxart NA.jpg Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Electricity in your hands! Wiggle +Control Pad to create a Spark Barrier! Zap foes from above with a sudden Lightning Strike!

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."

Trivia[edit]

  • Although the Thunderbolt and Lightning Strike moves were removed from the ability's moveset in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, data for both of them still exists within the game, with both moves being fully usable through hacking. These moves would later return in Kirby: Planet Robobot, functioning mostly as expected.
    • On top of that, the game also contains data for Light-Speed Dash, a move that wouldn't be introduced until Kirby Star Allies, there being part of the Plasma ability's moveset.[1]
  • The Spark-Nago combination from Kirby's Dream Land 3 is one of very few instances where an elemental Copy Ability can be used underwater, since the static electricity generated does not vanish once hitting the water.

Gallery[edit]

Main article: Spark/gallery

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スパーク
Supāku
Spark
Traditional Chinese 電火花
diàn huǒ huā
Electric Spark
Simplified Chinese 电火花
diàn huǒ huā
Dutch Elektro
Vonk (Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe onward)
Electro
Spark
French Étincelle Spark
German Elektro Electro
Italian Elettro Electro
Korean 스파크
Seupakeu
Spark
Brazilian Portuguese Faísca[2]
Fagulha[3]
Spark
Russian Искра
Iskra
Spark
Spanish Chispazo Spark

References

  1. The Cutting Room Floor article detailing the unused moves of Spark within the data of Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
  2. Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Dedede's Raw Deal
  3. Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Cooking Up Trouble