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Artwork of Staff Kirby from Kirby Star Allies.
First game Kirby Star Allies
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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Staff is a Copy Ability that debuted in Kirby Star Allies.


The Staff ability 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.

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.


Staff moveset in Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage
(Star Bullet=52)
Elemental Damage
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.
20 (final swing)
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

Staff is one of the few Copy Abilities with a counterattack move.



  • 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.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スティック
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
Spanish Bastón Staff