A Star Block is a yellow-orange square block with a bordered white star insignia inset which is commonly found in most Kirby games as part of the environment, whether it be used as a barricade, to build platforms, or just tucked away in the corner of an area. Star Blocks are typically about Kirby's size (though some are larger) and can be easily inhaled by the pink puffball and used to spit out Star Bullets. They can also be destroyed in a single hit by any attack, including Air Bullets, Slide attacks, Water Gun shots, or Headbutts. In some games, such as Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, they can also be destroyed (albeit sometimes inadvertently) using a Dive Attack. In many cases, Star Blocks will reveal other items or even hidden Doors when broken.
Star Blocks are typically involved in puzzles or other environmental challenges which utilize their various properties. Sometimes they are simply meant to be used as ammunition against enemies or to hit switches and other objects, while other times they serve as a fragile set of platforms that Kirby may want to keep intact so he or another character can traverse a chasm with a Key or other item. In rarer cases, Star Block formations may be tied more esoterically to other triggers, such as in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, where Kirby has to selectively break certain blocks in a formation to make one of the Crystal Shards appear. Due to their ubiquitous nature, some enemies (like Blockin) will disguise themselves as Star Blocks in order to get the jump on Kirby.
Kirby races by a set of Star Blocks in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
A Super Inhale Block from Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby Super Star
- Wii U Virtual Console manual bio: "You can inhale it or attack to destroy it."
- "Star Block. Attack or swallow these to get them out of your way" (Kirby Super Star Ultra manual, pg. 20)