A Star Dash is a move that Kirby can perform in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. It causes him to briefly grow in size, then propel forward at great speed, crashing through enemies and metal blocks in the way. The dash lasts for a few seconds, and can be steered using the Rainbow Rope. Star Dashes can be used to defeat certain enemies that are resistant to a regular Touch Dash, including Cotta Knight and Bronto Knight.
Using a Star Dash allows Kirby to deal even more damage to most bosses in the game, unlike with a Touch Dash. However, there are circumstances where the boss may protect itself with a metallic layer or shield, such as the rematch with Whispy Woods in Blue Sky Palace and both battles against Hooplagoon (as one of his shields is made of metal). Such cases require the usage of a Star Dash instead to damage the boss on those spots, as regular Touch Dashes do not work.
Waddle Dees are capable of performing a variation of the Star Dash as well during multiplayer. This visually powers up their spears when attacking, allowing the Waddle Dees to break metal blocks and pierce through enemies that may otherwise require use of this move to defeat.
To perform this move, 100 Point Stars must first be collected. Additionally, using a Kirby amiibo (including its corresponding Super Smash Bros. series counterpart) allows Kirby to perform infinite Star Dashes in a given stage, once per day.
The Star Dash takes on a few different variations when used under different Kirby transformations. Some of these variations can also be used by the Waddle Dees for as long as they are present with Kirby while in stages that utilize such. They are as follows:
|Star Dash variations with transformations in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
|Kirby Tank undergoes secondary transformations, giving it more cannons which can fire powerful shots capable of piercing through metal blocks. It is activated when holding the stylus at any given point on the touch screen of the Wii U GamePad.
|Kirby Submarine launches a big torpedo, known as the "Star Torpedo". This Star Torpedo is able to defeat several enemies and puncture through metal blocks without exploding immediately. Naturally, it can be directed using Rainbow Ropes, and can even bounce off walls and linger for about 10 seconds before exploding.
|Kirby Rocket's Star Dash is largely similar to its original counterpart, giving him a big speed boost that plows through enemies and metal blocks.
Kirby using the Star Dash in level 1-1, The Adventure Begins
Using a Star Dash as Kirby Tank allows for a secondary transformation into the more powerful "Mega Kirby Tank".
A variant of the Star Dash known as the "Star Torpedo" can be used while in the Kirby Submarine transformation.
A Star Dash used under similar circumstances while in the Kirby Rocket transformation.
Kirby charges forward at a metallic Whispy Woods with a Star Dash.
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