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.
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 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
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)|
|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
A few exceptions include:
- Some legendary items can fire Star Bullets too, such as the Star Rod and the Triple Star Cane.
- 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.
- 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.
- In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Blaster Bullets travel more slowly than usual.
- In Kirby: Planet Robobot, a special variation of the move called the Planet Buster is used by Robobot Armor's Halberd Mode.
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.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards artwork
- 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 (Manpuku Kirby, "full-stomach Kirby") in Japanese and "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.
Names in other languages
|Star Bullet (literally Star Ball)|
|Piercing Star Bullet|