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Star Bullet

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Kirby launches a Star Bullet.
(Artwork from Kirby Super Star)

A Star Bullet (otherwise known as a Spit Star, Spitting Star, Exhaled Star or just Star in shorthand) is a glowing star-shaped projectile that Kirby can spit out after inhaling an enemy or object (notably the Recoil Star left by bosses). It is his primary method of attacking at range, and deals a considerable amount of damage to anything vulnerable to it.

Overview

To launch a star bullet, Kirby must first inhale something. Instead of swallowing, the player must then press the same button used to inhale to make Kirby spit the object back out as a star. It will travel at significant speed in a straight direction until it hits something, upon which it will shatter, pass through, or be deflected, based on the power of the star, and the nature of the thing it hits.

Star bullets are capable of dealing a considerable amount of damage, more so in many cases than most Copy Ability attacks, but naturally, using them requires Kirby to inhale something first. Anything that can be inhaled can be used as a star projectile, even Kirby's friends in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. The trajectory of the star can be influenced by some environmental hazards, though this is a rare occurrence. Star bullets are also useful for clearing away blockades and hitting switches at a distance.

Blaster Bullet

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Kirby launches a Blaster Bullet.
(Artwork from Kirby's Blowout Blast)

Starting from Kirby's Adventure, Kirby can swallowing multiple objects at once to create a more powerful star that can pass through enemies as it hits them. This is referred to officially as 貫通かんつう星型弾ほしがただん ("Piercing Star Bullet") in Japanese or a Blaster Bullet in English as described in Kirby's Blowout Blast.

Prior to Kirby Squeak Squad, the Blaster Bullet remains the same if Kirby inhales more than 2 objects. From Squeak Squad onward, inhaling 3 or more objects makes the bullet even bigger and stronger, which is officially referred to as ビッグ貫通かんつう星型弾ほしがただん ("Big Piercing Star Bullet") in Japanese.

Dash Damage Boost

Kirby Super Star introduced a game mechanic that a Star Bullet can do more damage if Kirby launches it while dashing. This has been featured in main series games since Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Damage Value

The following lists the damage value of the Star Bullet and its variations in some Kirby games.

Star Bullet damage in the Kirby series  
Game Star Bullet Star Bullet (dash) Blaster Bullet Blaster Bullet (dash)
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10 Xmark.png 20 Xmark.png
52 60 60 70
32 Xmark.png 64 Xmark.png
1 Xmark.png 2 Xmark.png
40 Xmark.png 2 objects: 50
3+ objects: 60
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52 60 2 objects: 60
3 objects: 65
4 objects: 69
5 objects: 73
6 objects: 77
7 objects: 81
8 objects: 85
9 objects: 89
10 objects: 93
11 objects: 97
12+ objects: 100
2 objects: 65
3 objects: 70
4 objects: 74
5 objects: 78
6 objects: 82
7 objects: 86
8 objects: 90
9 objects: 94
10 objects: 98
11 objects: 102
12+ objects: 105

Notably, Kirby Super Star (Ultra), Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot and Kirby Star Allies have the same damage system.

Game appearances

Kirby series

Star Bullets were first introduced in Kirby's Dream Land, where they were Kirby's only method of defeating most bosses. Since then, they have remained mostly unchanged throughout the Kirby series.

A few exceptions include:

Super Smash Bros. series

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In the Super Smash Bros. series, Kirby and King Dedede can inhale and shoot their opponents (or sometimes their teammates) out as star bullets, though they behave differently. They travel more slowly, always pass through enemies they hit, and the person transformed can revert back by button-mashing, or revert back normally after traveling some distance. The power of the star depends on the weight of the opponent spat out, meaning that an opponent like Jigglypuff would make for a weak star, while a fighter like Bowser would make for a very strong star.

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Trivia

  • In some old games, if the Star Bullet is launched underwater, it will get affected by gravity and fall down instead, including UFO's Star Bullets in Kirby's Adventure. For example, if a Blaster Bullet is launched underwater in Kirby's Adventure, it will fire in a parabolic manner.
  • The state in which Kirby can launch Blaster Bullets in Kirby's Blowout Blast is officially referred to as まんぷくカービィ[1][2] (Manpuku Kirby, "full-stomach Kirby") in Japanese and "super-stuffed Kirby"[3] in English.
    • This form of Kirby makes a cameo appearance as one of the Painter attacks from the Artist ability in Kirby Star Allies.
  • Blaster Bullets do increased damage in Heroes in Another Dimension and The Ultimate Choice's Soul Melter EX of Kirby Star Allies.

Names in other languages

Star Bullet

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 星型弾
Hoshigatadan
Star Bullet

Blaster Bullet

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 貫通星型弾
Kantsū Hoshigatadan
Piercing Star Bullet

References