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 Drop 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.
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 and Kirby Star Allies. The trajectory of the star can be influenced by some environmental hazards or by hitting enemies at a certain angle, though this is a rare occurrence. Star bullets are also useful for clearing away blockades and hitting switches at a distance.
Starting from Kirby's Adventure, Kirby can swallow 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 貫通星型弾 ("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 Kirby: Squeak Squad onward, inhaling 3 or more objects makes the bullet even bigger and stronger, which is officially referred to as ビッグ貫通星型弾 ("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, but is absent in Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
The following table lists the damage value of the Star Bullet and its variations in some Kirby games. Notably, Kirby Super Star, 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. The Star Bullet's power is increased in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, possibly to match the Powered Up ability stats, and the amount of inhaled objects required to reach the maximum damage output is much lower. However, its overall damage system is largely similar to the aforementioned titles.
|Star Bullet damage in the Kirby series|
|Game||Star Bullet||Star Bullet (dash)||Blaster Bullet||Blaster Bullet (dash)|
|40||2 objects: 50
3+ objects: 60
|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
|80||2 objects: 120
3 objects: 190
4+ objects: 300
A few exceptions include:
- Some legendary items can fire Star Bullets too, such as the Star Rod and the Triple Star Cane.
- UFO in Kirby's Adventure fires a Star Bullet at medium charge and a Blaster Bullet at max charge. Starting in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, it instead fires a Heat Beam and a Piercing Heat Beam, which are fundamentally similar and do the same amount of damage as their counterparts (though they have become weaker since Kirby: Squeak Squad).
- In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, Wheelie Rider can fire Star Shots in 2-player gameplay only. They are smaller in size and closer in range, but can be fired in 8 cardinal directions.
- In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Star Bullets have the color of the Copy Ability yielded by the swallowed object, instead of the traditional yellow. Additionally, if Kirby inhales an enemy and then immediately spits it back out, he will spit that enemy as a projectile instead of a star like in the other games.
- In Kirby Air Ride, Star Bullets have slight homing properties.
- In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Blaster Bullets formed by 3 or more stars can also pass through walls and destroy Metal Blocks.
- In Kirby's Return to Dream Land and continuing up to Kirby Star Allies, Blaster Bullets travel more slowly and can become much larger and stronger than before, reaching their maximum size and power at 12 inhaled objects.
- In Kirby: Planet Robobot, a special variation of the move called the Planet Buster is used by Robobot Armor's Halberd Mode.
- In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Kirby once again spits out the enemies and objects he inhales unchanged in appearance, rather than always spitting out stars. This is even true if he inhales multiple things at once, which come out "orbiting" each-other until they hit something. In addition, projectiles Kirby spits can ricochet off walls, and will automatically seek enemies close to their flight path, with an auto target range of 40 degrees in Spring Breeze Mode and 20 degrees in Wild Mode. Aside from that, the power cap was decreased to four objects, but its max power is now even higher than it was before.
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.
- 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.
- Kirby can be seen firing a Star Bullet at King Dedede and Escargoon in the second Japanese opening sequence of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
- 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 (Manpuku Kirby, "full-stomach Kirby") in Japanese and "Full Belly Kirby" or "super-stuffed Kirby" in English.
- Blaster Bullets do increased damage in Heroes in Another Dimension and The Ultimate Choice's Soul Melter EX of Kirby Star Allies.
Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land
Firing a Star Bullet in Kirby's Adventure
Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 2
Artwork from Kirby Super Star
Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3
Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3 (with Nago)
Artwork from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Spitting an enemy back at Acro in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Artwork from Kirby: Squeak Squad
Artwork from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby chases after a big Star Bullet he spat earlier in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Kirby spits one out in Kirby: Planet Robobot
Firing a Blaster Bullet at some enemies in Kirby's Blowout Blast
Firing a Star Bullet in Kirby Star Allies
Model of a Star Bullet from Super Smash Bros.
Model of a Star Bullet from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Kirby no Copy-toru! artwork
Names in other languages
|French||Tir étoile||Star shot|
|Star Bullet (literally Star Ball)|
|Piercing Star Bullet|
|French||Tir puissant||Powerful shot|
|Portuguese||Projétil potente||Powerful projectile|
|Spanish||Bala Penetrante||Penetrating Bullet|
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land research spreadsheet by firubii
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