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Star Block

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Star Block
KPR Star Block artwork.png
Artwork of a Star Block from Kirby: Planet Robobot
Details
Type Device
Function Use as breakable terrain in stages, use as ammunition.
Found Generally in gameplay
Game(s) (click to navigate)
Similar to Block
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A Star Block,[1] 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.

Game appearances[edit]

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  
Game Appears as Notes
Kirby series
Kirby's Dream Land Device
Kirby's Adventure 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.

Notable appearances[edit]

Star Blocks are often seen packed in tight formations that can be more quickly cleared with certain abilities, as is the case here in this image from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Profiles[edit]

Kirby Super Star[edit]

  • Wii U Virtual Console manual bio: "You can inhale it or attack to destroy it."

Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

  • Instruction manual bio (page 21): "Attack or swallow these to get them out of your way"

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.

Gallery[edit]

Main article: Star Block/gallery

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 星ブロック
Hoshi Burokku
Star Block
Dutch Sterrenblok Star block
French Bloc étoile Star block
German Sternenblock Star block
Korean 스타 블록
Seuta Beullok
Star Block
Latin American Spanish Bloque estrella Star block


References

  1. "Star Block. Attack or swallow these to get them out of your way"Kirby Super Star Ultra instruction manual (page 20)