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Star Rod

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Star Rod
SSBU Star Rod.png
Item model of Star Rod from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Use Fight against Nightmare.
Game(s) Kirby's Adventure
Kirby Super Star
Kirby's Star Stacker (Game Boy)
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby's Return to Dream Land (Stone transformation)
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Comparable to Triple Star, Love-Love Stick, Ribbon's Crystal
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When Kirby defeats Dedede's friend at the end of each level, he can clear that level by picking up the piece of the Star Rod. He must gather all seven pieces of the Star Rod in order to return peace to Dream Land.
— Description of the Star Rod in the Kirby's Adventure Instruction Booklet

The Star Rod is the power source to the Fountain of Dreams. Its first and main appearance is in Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. It is the first Last Battle Ability of the Kirby series. It is a white rod encircled by magenta stripes with a glowing star on the tip. The Star Rod fires smaller stars to attack. According to the manual for Kirby's Adventure, the star on the tip of the Star Rod is said to be a star fragment that landed in Dream Land in the distant past.


In Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby uses the Star Rod as the Last Battle Ability against Nightmare, both in his "Power Orb" and "Wizard" forms. In each of these fights, the primary move that Kirby can perform with the Star Rod involves him swinging it to fire a Star Bullet forward, which deals damage on impact. When Kirby is on the ground fighting Nightmare Wizard, he can also attack by performing a spinning jump from the ground with the Star Rod out to hit more directly, though this does not do as much damage as the Star Bullets. Unlike other abilities in Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby keeps the Star Rod even if he is hit or defeated (granted he has any extra lives left), only parting with it in the epilogue once Nightmare is defeated.

The Star Rod does not appear as an ability in any other Kirby game, but it does appear as an item in the Super Smash Bros. games (details in section below).

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

Nightmare appearing on the Fountain of Dreams after Kirby returns the Star Rod

In the backstory for Kirby's Adventure and its remake, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, the Star Rod was stolen by King Dedede, who broke it into seven pieces. He kept one piece for himself and gave the remaining pieces to each one of the six bosses. Kirby goes on an adventure to recover the pieces and repair the broken Star Rod.

After going through seven levels and defeating six bosses, Kirby faces King Dedede at the Fountain of Dreams. Once Kirby defeats Dedede, he puts the Star Rod back onto the Fountain. He realizes that King Dedede had good intent and that he was trying to hide the Star Rod from the Nightmare.

When they are discovered by the Nightmare, King Dedede inhales both Kirby and the Star Rod and sends him off to fight Nightmare. During the battle, Kirby must use the Star Rod as a weapon against Nightmare. The Star Rod can shoot out smaller stars to attack Nightmare, who eventually gets defeated.

Kirby's Pinball Land[edit]

As in Kirby's Adventure, Star Rod pieces are collected after defeating the bosses of the main levels of Kirby's Pinball Land. Here, however, they are little more than cosmetic, as the Star Rod itself is not reassembled at any point.

Kirby's Block Ball[edit]

Kirby can be seen holding the Star Rod in the cutscene shown if the player passes the Border Line in a level. The Star Rod is also seen being held by Kirby on the file select screen upon achieving 100% completion.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

The Star Rod on the Fountain of Dreams in Milky Way Wishes of Kirby Super Star

At the end of each level in Milky Way Wishes, as well as in the opening cut-scene, the Star Rod can be seen in the background on the Fountain of Dreams.

Kirby's Star Stacker (Game Boy)[edit]

Kirby can be seen holding the Star Rod in an alternate version of the title screen that is unlocked upon achieving 100% completion.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

The Star Rod, alongside the Magical Paintbrush and the Triple Star.

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, the Star Rod reappears as a Stone transformation, alongside the Magical Paintbrush and the Triple Star.

Kirby Fighters Deluxe & Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

In Kirby Fighters Deluxe and Kirby Fighters 2, the Star Rod makes a cameo appearance in the Fountain of Dreams stage, appearing in the background. Additionally, during the battle with Team DDD in Kirby Fighters Deluxe, when King Dedede energizes himself with the Fountain of Dreams, he gains a new hammer called "Star Rod Hammer Dedede Custom" which he uses to battle Kirby. This hammer resembles a cross between the Star Rod and Dedede's standard hammer, having a blocky, golden, star-emblazoned mallet with a swirling white-and-pink handle.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies, the Star Rod can be seen in the Celebration Picture, "A Dream Above The Clouds". It is found to the left of Rick.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, artwork depicting Kirby with the Star Rod from Kirby's Adventure is used for one of the Character Treats.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In all installments of the Super Smash Bros. series, the Star Rod appears as an item which fighters can use in battle. Here, it can be used either to hit the opponent directly, or to shoot stars at the opponent by using a side tilt or side smash. In contrast to the item's infinite power in the Kirby games, the Star Rod only has enough power in it to fire 16 stars. After all 16 stars are used, the item can still be used to strike opponents, but can no longer fire stars. Also, in Melee , when the item is used by Captain Falcon, the Star Rod releases five stars at once, and if used by Sheik, it fires two.

Additionally, representations of the Star Rod appear in collectable material throughout the series, as follows:

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Star Rod
Anime Star Rod Kirby.png
Screenshot of Star Rod Kirby from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
First episode Fright to the Finish
Power(s) Defeating eNeMeE
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How did Kirby discover the secret?! That pitiful little Star Warrior has found my only weakness! I am helpless against the power of the Star Rod!
— eNeMeE, in Fright to the Finish

The Star Rod makes an appearance as the final Copy Ability that Kirby uses in the main anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, appearing in the episode Fright to the Finish. Kirby obtains this ability by inhaling his Warp Star when it is tossed to him by Tiff while in a dream that eNeMeE is haunting. Using this ability, Kirby is able to conjure a wave of star-shaped projectiles that envelop eNeMeE and destroy him; the ability described by eNeMeE himself as his only weakness.


Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KA Box.jpg Kirby's Adventure Make the final effort! Shoot the star to defeat the final enemy!
KNiDL box artwork.jpg Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land This suddenly appeared at the Fountain of Dreams. Use it in your final battle against the Nightmares!

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Star Rod StarRodMelee.png Kirby's Adventure (5/93) This magic wand holds 16 star shots and sends foes flying at a low angle when thrown. It's most powerful when Captain Falcon or Sheik performs a Smash Attack while holding it. In Kirby's Adventure, the Star Rod is the secret power behind the Fountain of Dreams. King Dedede steals the Star Rod in order to seal away the nasty Cloaked Nightmare.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Star Rod StarRodBrawl.png NES Kirby's Adventure
SNES Kirby Super Star
A magic wand. Perform a standard attack with it, and it's a battering weapon. Perform a strong or smash attack, and it fires a barrage of star shots. Throw it at a foe, and that opponent will get sent flying sideways. In the Kirby series, the Star Rod is the power source of the Fountain of Dreams. King Dedede once stole it to imprison the Cloaked Nightmare.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy[edit]

Name Image (3DS) Image (Wii U) Appears In Description
Star Rod
NES Kirby's Adventure (05/1993)
GBA Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (12/2002)
American English – Swung normally, this item will deal a regular physical attack. But if you charge up the blow, it becomes a magic wand that launches stars! The Star Rod is the source of power for the Fountain of Dreams in Kirby's Adventure. Using the rod, Kirby was able to defeat Nightmare.
British English – Attack normally and you may as well just be swinging any old stick around, but if you deliver a hefty blow with it, this magic wand will launch a shooting star! The Star Rod powers the Fountain of Dreams, and Kirby once used it to defeat the evil Nightmare when he appeared from the fountain in Kirby's Adventure.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit[edit]

Name Image Game Rank Bonus
Star Rod KNiDL Star Rod Kirby artwork.png Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land ★3 Ace First-Strike Advantage


  • In Paper Mario and Mario Party 8, two different Star Rods exist. They do not appear to be precisely the same object as the Kirby one, though they bear a similar design and in some cases have similar powers.
  • When used in a normal stage using a cheating device such as Gameshark, the Star Bullets it shoots will be glitched and cannot destroy Star Blocks.





Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スターロッド
Star Rod
Chinese Star Rod
Dutch Sterrenstafje Star rod
French Bâton étoile Star rod
German Sternenzepter Star rod
Italian Scettro Stella Star Rod
Korean 스타로드
Star Rod
Brazilian Portuguese Estrela Vara (Kirby: Right Back at Ya!)
Varinha estrela (Kirby's Dream Buffet Character Treat)
Star Rod
European Portuguese Varinha Estelar[1] Star Rod
Russian Звездный жезл
Zvezdnyy zhezl
Star rod
Spanish Varita estelar Star rod