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Sword Kirby artwork from Kirby Fighters Deluxe.
First game Kirby's Adventure
Latest game Super Kirby Clash (as Sword Hero)
Other game(s) Kirby Super Star
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Air Ride
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
New Challenge Stages
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe (as Sword Hero)
Kirby Battle Royale
Kirby Star Allies
Type(s) Unlimited Use
Obtained from Sword Knight, Blade Knight, Heavy Knight, Sodory, Gigant Edge, Meta Knight (before battle), Galacta Knight's Crescent Shot
Power(s) Cuts enemies, Ropes and grass with a sword.
Comparable to Ultra Sword (Super Ability);
Robobot Armor Sword Mode;
Cutter, Ninja, Spear, Beetle, Spark-Cutter, Fire-Cutter, Wire (ravel ability).
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This article is about the ability. For the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! character, see Sword Knight.

Sword is a Copy Ability which grants Kirby a blade to wield against his foes. First appearing in Kirby's Adventure, this is one of Kirby's oldest and most essential abilities, and has since become one of the most ubiquitous and recognizable Copy Abilities in the series - often being among the first (if not the very first) seen. When utilizing it, Kirby adopts a green hat with a yellow brim and a pompom at its tip, which grants him a look similar to that of Link from the Legend of Zelda series. The most common way to obtain the Sword ability is by inhaling Sword Knight, Blade Knight, or, in some games, Heavy Knight. Sword is also notable for being one of the abilities that can be used underwater, making it very versatile. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, there is a super version of this ability called Ultra Sword.

A recurring character, the sword-wielding Meta Knight, is prone to challenge Kirby to duels throughout the series. Prior to these battles, Meta Knight commonly throws Kirby a sword, which he can use to get the Sword ability as well. In most cases, Meta Knight refuses to battle Kirby if he is not equipped with this ability.

Game Appearances[edit]

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

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The Sword ability was first introduced in Kirby's Adventure, where Kirby could copy the abilities of his foes for the first time. When sporting this ability, Kirby's sprite doesn't change, but he can be seen holding a sword. The sword can be swung by pressing the B Button, allowing Kirby to use two different attacks. If Kirby uses the sword while standing on the ground, he swings the blade in front of him, while he performs a cutting somersault when in mid-air or underwater. The Sword ability is also essential for the boss battle against Meta Knight in Orange Ocean.

Sword reappears in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, where it retains the same functions as in the original game. Due to the graphic update, Kirby also adopts his green cap when getting this ability.

Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

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Sword reappears as one of Kirby's regular copy abilities in Kirby Super Star and its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra. Since this game introduced the concept of Kirby wearing different hats after copying an opponent, this game is the first to show him with the signature green cap. Aside from the updated sprite, Kirby also has access to a whole pool of new sword techniques, which can be used to defeat foes more efficiently. When carrying a Sword, Kirby can also summon a Blade Knight and use him as a Helper in battle.

Additionally, in Meta Knightmare Ultra, Meta Knight can summon a Blade Knight (and sometimes, a Sword Knight) as his Helper.

Sword move-set in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Sword Beam
B with full health
B after Chop
Multisword Attack
Dash + B
Sword Spin
Dash + B in air
Chop and Thrust
B in air
Down Thrust
(down) + B in air

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

Sword appears as an ability in this spin-off racing title. When acquired from Sword Knight, Kirby gains his familiar green hat and a sword with which he uses to swipe automatically at any enemies or opponents in his path. The ability lasts for only a short time before disappearing. Kirby uses the Sword ability in the opening cut-scene to defeat two Sword Knights in cinematic fashion before facing off against Meta Knight.

Meta Knight essentially has permanent access to the Sword Ability in this game.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror[edit]

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Pause subscreen image for Sword in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.

The Sword ability returns in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror in its usual function. Its move-set in this game is similar to Kirby's Adventure and Kirby's Nightmare in Dream Land. Additionally, Kirby can now chain his sword slashes together, which makes him able to attack very rapidly. Kirby is now also able to use Final Cutter against enemies, a technique which is usually exclusive to the Cutter ability. A more powerful version of the Sword ability is also featured in this game, called Master. Kirby obtains this special ability in the final boss battle, after picking up Meta Knight's sword.

Curiously, Kirby is depicted with the Sword ability on the box art of Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.

Sword Move-set in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad  
Skill Button Execution
Overhead Slash
Multisword Attack
B after Overhead Slash
Sword Spin
B in midair
Final Cutter
↑ + B on the ground

Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

Sword makes another appearance in the game Kirby: Squeak Squad, using the same move-set as Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. After obtaining the appropriate Ability Scroll, Kirby can infuse his sword with ice, fire, or lightning by combining its bubble with the appropriate elemental ability. While this does not change the move-set, it adds additional power to Kirby's sword swipes, and allows him to affect enemies and the environment in a similar manner to the element it is infused with. Notably, none of these elements can be used underwater, causing Kirby's sword to revert to normal while submerged.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

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Official artwork of Sword Kirby in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Sword makes another appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, with its usual functions and abilities. In addition, an super form of this ability has appeared, called the Ultra Sword, found in some stages, obtained when Kirby swallows a Super Blade Knight.

Meta Knight's move-set as a playable have several similarities to the Sword ability.

Sword Move-set in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Overhead Slash
Down Thrust
↓ + 1 in midair
Sword Beam
1 with full health
Upward Slash
↑ + 1
Multisword Attack
1 after Overhead Slash
Sword Dive
↓ + 1 During Upward Slash
Drill Stab
Dash + 1
Spin Slash
Hold 1, release
Sword Spin
Dash + 1 in midair
Underwater Spin
1 underwater
Chop and Thrust
1 in midair

Kirby's Dream Collection[edit]

Sword is one of the abilities that can be used in the sub-game New Challenge Stages. It has the exact same function and look as it does in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Sword makes a reappearance in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Like most of the returning copy abilities, it is mostly unchanged since its appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Starting here, Kirby gains an attack called 'Sky Energy Strike', which causes his sword to gain a projectile when raised in the air. This is a direct reference to the Skyward Strike from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Sword returns in this installment, and can be combined with the Robobot Armor for new functionality. In addition, Kirby can obtain this ability if the player scans various amiibo of swordfighters (most notably Link). There is also a special Meta Knight variant of the ability that Kirby can use if the series Meta Knight amiibo is scanned in.

In addition, Sword regains a move called 'Hat Thrust' which causes Kirby to thrust his sword downward as he gently falls to the ground. This was last seen in Kirby Super Star Ultra.

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

Artwork of the Sword ability from Battle Royale.

Sword is one of the abilities available in this title, and is the one most prominently featured. With the Sword ability, Kirby can move smoothly through the battlefield and hit opponent Kirbys all around him with his Spin Slash. The Drill Stab move can also be performed both on the ground and in the air, though it doesn't travel as far in the air.

There are a number of different costumes for the Sword ability as well. Scanning the Kirby series Kirby amiibo grants a costume that represents the Ultra Sword ability.

Sword Move-set in Kirby Battle Royale  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Horizontal Slash
Sword Spin
B during jump
Successive Slash
Spin Slash
Hold/release B
Drill Stab

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

E3 2017 screenshot of Kirby gaining the Sizzle Sword fusion.

Sword returns in this title, functioning much as it did in previous main series games. Here, like with the other abilities, Kirby can combine Sword with other powers to enchant it, which can include Sizzle, Blizzard and Zap fusions.

Sword Move-set in Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Overhead Slash
Down Thrust
↓ + B in midair
Sword Beam
B with full health
Underwater Spin
B underwater
Multisword Attack
B after Overhead Slash
Upward Slash
↑ + B
Drill Stab
Dash + B
Sword Dive
↓ + B while rising during Upward Slash
Sword Spin
Dash + B in midair
Spin Slash
Press and hold B, and then release
Chop and Thrust
B in midair
Twister Slash
Press and hold B, and then release + ↑
Hat Thrust
Chop and Thrust, and then ↓ + B in midair

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Sword Kirby makes an appearance as a collectible trophy.

Wii U trophy description[edit]

"That green cap sure does make Kirby look heroic, doesn't it? Maybe wearing it just inspires Kirby, but while he's wearing it, he gets all kinds of neat moves, like Spin Slash, Multisword Attack, and Sword Dive. He's even able to pull off these moves in the air, on the ground, or underwater!"

Other abilities which resemble Sword[edit]

In addition to Sword proper, there are a number of other abilities and items in the series which resemble the Sword ability, but are not exactly the same. These are as follows:

Appearance in Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Sword Kirby in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.

Sword makes an appearance in the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, being one of the first abilities to appear. When Kirby has this ability, he is able to fight like a master swordsman, using lightning-quick attacks to chop up monsters that oppose him. His signature technique when using the Sword ability is the powerful Sword Beam, which is capable of cutting clean through solid objects. Although not quite the same ability, Kirby can also wield the Galaxia.

Sword appears in the following episodes:


  • The Sword ability is a clear reference to Link from the Legend of Zelda series.
    • The cap Kirby wears looks similar to the one Link wears.
    • Kirby's Sword Beam and Spin Slash attacks are similar to Link's Sword Beam and Spin Attack maneuvers. In the case of the former, both the Kirby and Zelda forms of the attack can only be used when the user is at full health.




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ソード
Chinese 利剑 (chs)
利劍 (cht)
lì jiàn
literally 'Sharp Sword'
French Épée Sword
Korean 스워드
Spanish Espada Sword, Blade