Star Bullet

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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

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Artwork of Kirby spitting a Star Bullet.

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.

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.

Dash Damage Boost

Kirby Super Star introduced a game mechanic that a Star Bullet can deal more damage if Kirby launches it while dashing. This is featured in modern main series games (Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot and Kirby Star Allies) but not neccesarily in other games such as Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad.

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) Reference Boss
Kirby's Adventure
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
10
(The Star Rod bullet does the same damage.)
N/A 25 (except for Dream Land 2)
20 (Dream Land 2)
N/A King Dedede: 100 HP (except for Dream Land 2), 120 HP (Dream Land 2)
Whispy Woods: 60 HP (all of these games)
King Golem: 60 HP
Wiz: 80 HP
Kirby Super Star
Kirby Super Star Ultra
52 60 60 70 King Dedede: 143 HP (Spring Breeze), 220 HP (The Arena)
Masked Dedede: 440 HP
Kirby's Dream Land 3 32
(The Love-Love Stick bullet does the same damage.)
N/A 64
32 (Vs. Pon & Con only)
N/A Whispy Woods: 256 HP
Pon & Con: 160 HP each
King Dedede: 512 HP (256 HP each phase)
Kirby: Squeak Squad 40
(The Triple Star bullet does 20 damage instead.)
N/A 2 objects: 50
3+ objects: 60
N/A King Dedede: 200 HP
Daroach / Dark Daroach: 400 HP
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
520 600 2 objects: 600
3 objects: 650
4 objects: 690
5 objects: 730
6 objects: 770
7 objects: 810
8 objects: 850
9 objects: 890
10 objects: 930
11 objects: 970
12+ objects: 1000
2 objects: 650
3 objects: 700
4 objects: 740
5 objects: 780
6 objects: 820
7 objects: 860
8 objects: 900
9 objects: 940
10 objects: 980
11 objects: 1020
12+ objects: 1050
The damage system in these games is the same as Kirby Super Star if the value is divided by 10.

Metal General: 6000 HP (Main), 4560 (The Arena)

Notable 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 Kirby's Return to Dream Land where Blaster Bullets travel more slowly than usual, and Kirby: Planet Robobot where a special variation of the move called the Planet Buster is used by Robobot Armor Halberd Mode to battle Star Dream.

Some legendary items can fire Star Bullets too, such as the Star Rod and the Triple Star Cane.

Super Smash Bros. series

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.

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