Staff

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Staff
Staff.png
Artwork of Staff Kirby from Kirby Star Allies.
Details
First game Kirby Star Allies
Latest game Kirby Fighters 2
Type(s) Unlimited use
Weapon (can obtain elemental powers)
Obtained from Jammerjab
Power(s) Attacks with an extendable pole.
Helper Jammerjab
Comparable to Spear
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This article is about the Copy Ability that debuted in Kirby Star Allies, and should not be confused with Baton.

Staff is a Copy Ability which gives Kirby a long stylized pole which can extend when performing certain attacks, giving Kirby a long reach. He can also use the staff like a gymnast's pole, performing attacks that send him into the air upon execution. Staff can also hit enemies and other objects through walls, as well as be used underwater. Staff is one of the few Copy Abilities with a counterattack move.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Staff debuted in Kirby Star Allies. Like other weapon abilities, Staff can be imbued with various elemental powers to increase power and get additional effects.

  • Blizzard Staff can create icicles during attack; Spinning Staff drops four ice blocks.
  • Bluster Staff can jump higher with Pole Vault; Spinning Staff keeps ascending instead of staying in the air.
  • Sizzle Staff can create flames during attack; Spinning Staff drops four fireballs.
  • Splash Staff can create splashes during attack; Spinning Staff summons a raincloud.
  • Zap Staff can create lightning bolts during attack; Spinning Staff leaves an electric ball.

In Kirby Star Allies, the Jammerjab enemy provides the Staff ability and can be recruited as a Friend.

Moveset[edit]

Staff moveset in Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage
(Star Bullet=52)
Elemental Damage
(x1.25)
Jab
B
Kirby jabs forward with his staff. 18 22
Back Jab
After pressing B, press ← + B
Kirby jabs back with his staff. 18 22
Up Jab
↑ + B
Kirby jabs up with his staff. 12 (down)
18 (up; does another 8 if close)
15 (down)
22 (up; does another 10 if close)
L-R Jab
↓ + B
Kirby jabs both sides with his staff. 18 22
Raging Staff
B repeatedly
Kirby swings his staff repeatedly.
  • Kirby is invincible during the final swing.
8×3
20 (final swing)
10×3
25 (final swing)
Pole Vault
↓ + B in midair
Kirby uses his staff as a pole vault. Can hold B to jump higher.
  • Pole Vault has the highest DPS for Staff on the ground.
20 (up to 3 hits if close) 25 (up to 3 hits if close)
Unrelenting Staff
Press B repeatedly during Pole Vault
Kirby jabs rapidly with his staff diagonally down.
  • Kirby is invincible during the final jab.
20→5→2 (3rd hit onward)
24 (final jab)
25→6→2 (3rd hit onward)
30 (final jab)
Long Jab
Dash + press and release B
Kirby extends his staff to jab forward.
  • Kirby is invincible during Long Jab.
24 30
Super Long Jab
Dash + hold B, release
Kirby extends his staff to jab forward further.
  • Kirby is invincible during Super Long Jab.
30 37
Spinning Staff
↓↑ + B
Kirby throws his spinning staff up.
  • Kirby has a few startup invincibility frames.
16→4→1 (3rd hit onward) 20→5→1 (3rd hit onward)
Staff Counter
L/R right before getting hit
Kirby counter-attacks by spinning his staff.
  • Kirby is invincible during Staff Counter.
40 50
Wet Jab
B underwater
Underwater version of Jab. 18 N/A
Wet Up Jab
↑ + B underwater
Underwater version of Up Jab. 18 N/A
Wet Down Jab
↓ + B underwater
Kirby jabs down with his staff underwater. 18 N/A

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

Staff returns in Kirby Fighters 2 as one of the selectable abilities for Kirby. Along with Sword and Bomb, it is one of the starter abilities, meaning it does not need to be unlocked. Its move-set is the same as in Kirby Star Allies, though the underwater attacks have been removed (due to there being no water in the game).

Moveset[edit]

Staff move-set in Kirby Fighters 2  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage (unmodified)
Jab
B
Kirby performs a quick horizontal thrust with his staff at decent range. 10
Back Jab
After pressing B, use ← + B
Kirby performs a long horizontal thrust behind himself after a regular Jab. 12
Up Jab
↑ + B
Kirby performs a quick vertical thrust with his staff, hitting high above him. This attack can also hit grounded targets nearby. 14 (if both hits connect)
L-R Jab
↓ + B
Kirby extends his staff out horizontally in both directions. 13
Raging Staff
B repeatedly
Kirby swings his staff three times horizontally, then finishes with a long overhead swipe. 20 (if all hits connect)
30 (including the initial Jab)
Pole Vault
↓ + B in midair
Kirby throws his staff down and uses it to pole vault along the ground. Holding B upon landing allows Kirby to launch himself with the staff. 3 (if hit with tip of staff)
2 (if hit with shaft)
Unrelenting Staff
Press B repeatedly during Pole Vault
After launching using Pole Vault, Kirby repeatedly strikes diagonally downward with his staff, finishing with a big thrust that sends foes flying. 30 (if all hits connect)
Long Jab
Dash + press and release B
Kirby thrusts with his staff with extra long distance. 16
Super Long Jab
Dash + hold B, then release
Kirby charges up, then releases a very long thrust which knocks opponents away. 26
Spinning Staff
↓↑ + B
Kirby tosses his staff upward as it spins, carrying opponents with it. 34 (if all hits connect)
Staff Counter
↓ + L/R
Kirby makes a special pose. If an enemy hits him during this pose, Kirby will take no damage and instead counterattack by swiping with his staff. 23

Trivia[edit]

  • The design of the Staff ability is based on Sun Wukong, the Monkey King protagonist from the Chinese novel Journey to the West. Sun Wukong wields an extendable staff and wears a circlet design similar to that of Staff Kirby.
    • Kirby Star Allies is the first game in the Kirby series with Chinese localization, so it is possible that the Staff ability was designed for that.
    • The Chinese name of the Staff ability reflects the Journey to the West reference.
  • The pause flavor text describes the Staff ability as "the product of a strange land". In the Japanese version, this line says "まかふしぎだよ い国のウェポン!" (What a makafushigi/mystical foreign weapon!). This could be a reference to "Makafushigi Adventure!", the opening theme song of the Dragon Ball anime. The Dragon Ball series is also inspired by Journey to the West.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スティック
Sutikku
Stick
Chinese 如意棒
rú yì bàng
Ruyi Bang, the Chinese name of Sun Wukong's staff
Dutch Staf Staff
French Bâton Staff
German Stab Staff
Italian Bastone Staff
Korean 스틱
Seutik
Stick
Spanish Bastón Staff