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A Star Block, called Star Box in Kirby's Dream Land, and Inhale Block in Kirby Super Star's manual, 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.
Star Blocks appear in a majority of Kirby games, including all of the main-series titles. The following table goes over every game that Star Blocks appear in, with more notable game appearances in the sections below:
|Star Block video game appearances|
|Kirby's Dream Land||Device|
|Kirby's Block Ball||Device||Known as "Score Block" in this game. "Star Block" refers to a different type of block.|
|Kirby's Dream Land 2||Device|
|Kirby Super Star||Device|
|Kirby's Star Stacker for Game Boy||Device|
|Kirby's Dream Land 3||Device|
|Kirby's Star Stacker for Super Famicom||Device|
|Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards||Device|
|Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land||Device||Reprises its function from Kirby's Adventure.|
|Kirby & The Amazing Mirror||Device|
|Kirby: Canvas Curse||Device|
|Kirby: Squeak Squad||Device|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Device||Reprises its function from Kirby Super Star.|
|Kirby's Epic Yarn||Device||Appears as a special form of Cloth block.|
|Kirby Mass Attack||Device|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Device|
|Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition||Device||Appears in New Challenge Stages as well as in the Classic Titles.|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Device|
|Kirby and the Rainbow Curse||Device|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Device|
|Kirby's Blowout Blast||Device|
|Kirby Star Allies||Device|
|Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn||Device||Reprises its role from Kirby's Epic Yarn.|
|Kirby and the Forgotten Land||Device||Also has its own figure.|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe||Device||Reprises its function from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.|
|Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee||Device||Appears on the Green Greens stage.|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Device||Appears on the Green Greens stage.|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Device||Appears on the Green Greens stage.|
Star Blocks look and behave roughly the same way in nearly every game they appear in. In the following games, however, Star Blocks have peculiar properties:
Kirby's Block Ball
In Kirby's Block Ball, Star Blocks are referred to formally as "Score Blocks", and can be hit multiple times before they disappear, with each subsequent hit yielding more points than the last. It is possible for these blocks to start out invisible until they are hit the first time.
There is another variety of block in this game that is referred to as a Star Block, but this does not resemble a traditional Star Block, instead being much narrower and darker with rounded edges. These are collected in the Target Shooting rounds and then cover the spikes during boss fights.
Kirby's Star Stacker
In both the Game Boy and Super Famicom versions of Kirby's Star Stacker, Star Blocks are the main elements of each puzzle round that need to be cleared (or "stacked") in order to earn points and progress through the game. This is done by lining up Animal Friends between the blocks to make them disappear, or by using Bomb Blocks. Star Blocks can appear in new rows from the bottom or be deposited from the top depending on various circumstances.
Kirby: Canvas Curse
In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Star Blocks can be destroyed by tapping them with the Nintendo DS stylus, in addition to more normal methods. Principally, they come in two distinct sizes in this game, with the larger ones taking up a 2x2 area as compared to the standard ones.
Kirby Mass Attack
In Kirby Mass Attack, larger Star Blocks take several hits to destroy, and visibly crack as they are damaged.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Kirby's Return to Dream Land marked the first time in the series that multiple Star Blocks could be inhaled at once, using the Super Inhale technique. This aspect of Star Blocks would carry over into future games in the series that feature both inhaling and Star Blocks.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Star Blocks can appear in extra wide varieties which block off hallways and take several hits to destroy, visibly cracking as they are damaged. Star Blocks in this game are distinct from the softer Clay Blocks in the fact that Kirby cannot simply power through them without using a Star Dash or other special technique.
Kirby's Blowout Blast
In Kirby's Blowout Blast, larger Star Blocks can individually provide Kirby with a Blaster Bullet when inhaled. Additionally, when Kirby has a full belly, he will automatically break through Star Blocks that he touches.
Kirby Super Star
- Wii U Virtual Console manual bio: "You can inhale it or attack to destroy it."
Kirby Super Star Ultra
- Instruction manual bio (page 21): "Attack or swallow these to get them out of your way"
- Star Blocks are typically the main building block for the formations of letters seen in HAL Rooms in various games where that Easter egg is present.
- Main article: Star Block/gallery
A Star Block in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Artwork of Balloon Kirby from Kirby: Canvas Curse that also features Star Blocks
Stone sculpture from Kirby's Return to Dream Land
A Star Block in Kirby: Planet Robobot
A Star Block in Kirby Star Allies
Model from Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Artwork from Kirby no Copy-toru!, featuring Kirby sliding onto two Star Blocks, breaking one in the process.
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter featuring characters eating Star Block cakes
Names in other languages
|French||Bloc étoile||Star block|
- ↑ "Star Block. Attack or swallow these to get them out of your way" –Kirby Super Star Ultra instruction manual (page 20)