- This article is about U.F.O. as a Copy Ability. For other uses, see U.F.O. (disambiguation).
|Wow! I'm so lucky I copied a UFO! I can do four different moves. It all depends on how long you hold B!|
— Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land pause caption
The U.F.O. ability usually has an attack which changes depending on how long the attack was charged.
- An uncharged attack fires a beam whip energy chain, similar to the Beam ability.
- A short charge will fire a small laser beam that can bounce off slopes, similar to the Laser ability.
- A medium charged attack will fire a Star Bullet (Kirby's Adventure) / Heat Beam (Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land onward).
- A fully charged attack will fire a Blaster Bullet (Kirby's Adventure) / Piercing Heat Beam that can pierce through enemies (Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land onward).
The U.F.O. ability can move through water and will not convert into a regular Kirby with goggles like with other abilities. U.F.O. Kirby cannot drop through Fall-through Platforms or use Ladders except in Kirby: Planet Robobot.
Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
|Hold down the B button to charge, and then let go! You can attack four different ways!|
— Pause description from Kirby's Adventure
The U.F.O ability first appeared in Kirby's Adventure. It can be obtained by swallowing the UFO who appears only once in certain areas, usually hidden rooms. When Kirby has this ability, he transforms into a flying saucer and can fly freely around in the air without being affected by gravity. It fires Star Bullets / Blaster Bullets with medium/max charge in this game. The U.F.O. Blaster Bullets can destroy Metal Blocks but cannot travel through walls. Kirby will lose the U.F.O ability once he returns to the stage hub. However, this can be circumvented using certain glitches.
In the remake Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, the U.F.O. ability fires Heat Beams / Piercing Heat Beams instead with medium/max charge, which has been settled in later games. Despite the changes in attacks, they do the same damage in the remake. The glitch allowing the player to keep the U.F.O ability is also removed in the remake.
|U.F.O.'s move-set in Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land|
|Button Execution||Attack||Description||Damage||Special Property||Notes|
|B||Beam||U.F.O. Kirby does the Beam Whip attack.||4||The original Beam ability does 3 damage in Adventure and 4 in the remake.|
|Hold B (low hold)||Laser||U.F.O. Kirby fires a laser beam.||3||Bounces off slopes; can light Cannon Fuses.||The original Laser ability also does 3 damage in both games.|
|Hold B (medium hold)||Star Bullet / Heat Beam||U.F.O. Kirby fires a Star Bullet / Heat Beam.||10||The original Star Bullet also does 10 damage in both games.|
|Hold B (long hold)||Blaster Bullet / Piercing Heat Beam||U.F.O. Kirby fires a Blaster Bullet / Piercing Heat Beam.||18||Can pierce through enemies; can destroy Metal Blocks.||The original Blaster Bullet does 25 damage in both games.|
Kirby's Dream Course
The U.F.O ability reappears in Kirby's Dream Course. It is gained by defeating the UFO enemy. When used, Kirby can move left and right while constantly moving forward. Kirby cannot use the U.F.O ability after hitting a bumper.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
|U.F.O.'s moveset in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror|
|B||Beam||U.F.O. Kirby does the Beam Whip attack.||4||Electric|
|Hold B (low hold)||Laser||U.F.O. Kirby fires a laser beam.||4||Fire||Bounces off slopes; can light Cannon Fuses.|
|Hold B (medium hold)||Heat Beam||U.F.O. Kirby fires a Heat Beam.||10||Fire||Can light Cannon Fuses.|
|Hold B (long hold)||Piercing Heat Beam||U.F.O. Kirby fires a Piercing Heat Beam.||18||Fire+Pound||Can pierce through enemies and walls; can destroy Metal Blocks; can light Cannon Fuses.|
Kirby: Squeak Squad
The U.F.O ability reappears in Kirby: Squeak Squad, where it again uses the same assets from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. The ability can know be used when leaving a stage. However, the ability's other attacks become considerably weaker and the Heat Beams lose the fire element in this title.
The U.F.O. Ability Scroll gives the ability a new attack called Star Guard, which automatically creates a rotating electric orb around U.F.O. Kirby.
|U.F.O.'s moveset in Kirby Squeak Squad|
|B||Beam||U.F.O. Kirby does the Beam Whip attack.||10||Electric|
|Hold B (low hold)||Laser||U.F.O. Kirby fires a laser beam.||20||Fire||Bounces off slopes; can light Cannon Fuses.|
|Hold B (medium hold)||Heat Beam||U.F.O. Kirby fires a Heat Beam.||30||None||Can pierce through walls.|
|Hold B (long hold)||Piercing Heat Beam||U.F.O. Kirby fires a Piercing Heat Beam.||40||None||Can pierce through enemies and walls; can destroy Metal Blocks.|
|Automatically activated (with Ability Scroll)||Star Guard||An electric orb rotates around U.F.O. Kirby.||10||Electric|
Kirby: Planet Robobot
|Unidentified flying object detected! You are very lucky to have managed to copy this ability!|
— Kirby: Planet Robobot pause caption
The U.F.O ability reappears in Kirby: Planet Robobot, where it is an extremely rare ability as the UFO enemy does not appear in the main stages. The ability is obtainable only by either scanning Kirby's amiibo (for Kirby: Planet Robobot) into the game, or by completing the game 100% to unlock the UFO enemy's appearance in the Copy Ability Testing Area. To obtain this ability in The Arena and The True Arena, amiibo must be used.
Here, U.F.O. Kirby is a strong as it was in earlier games and has a larger move-set. Like in Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby can keep this ability when he leaves a stage. The ability also allows Kirby to drop through platforms, unlike in previous games.
When in a cut-scene, traversing the world map or using a Warp Star, Kirby assumes his normal form, and wears a special hat that resembles the U.F.O. top.
|U.F.O.'s moveset in Kirby: Planet Robobot|
|B||Chain Beam||U.F.O. Kirby does the Beam Whip attack like the Beam ability.||16→8×4||Electric|
|Hold B (low hold)||Smart Beam||U.F.O. Kirby fires a laser beam similar to the Laser ability.||16||None||Bounces off slopes.|
|Hold B (medium hold)||Heat Beam||U.F.O. Kirby fires a Heat Beam.||24||Electric+Fire||Can light Cannon Fuses.|
|Hold B (long hold)||Piercing Heat Beam||U.F.O. Kirby fires a Piercing Heat Beam.||36||Electric+Fire||Can pierce through enemies and walls; can light Cannon Fuses.|
|Hold B (longer hold)||Heat Cannon||U.F.O. Kirby fires spread Piercing Heat Beams: 3 in the front and 1 in the back.||68 (front center)
42 (front diagonal)
3→1 (charging, 2nd hit onward)
|Electric+Fire||Can pierce through enemies and walls (front center only); can light Cannon Fuses.|
|B repeatedly||Star Guard||An electric orb rotates around U.F.O. Kirby.||16→4 (2nd hit onward)||Electric|
|Dash + B||Unidentified Flight||U.F.O. Kirby zig-zags through the air, damaging anything he touches.||18→8×2||None||Kirby is invincible during this attack.|
|A||Mystery Catch||U.F.O. Kirby uses a tractor beam to suck up enemies from below, like an Inhale. Enemies vanish after they are sucked up.||N/A||None||Can suck up downed Mid-Bosses; no effect on Bosses.|
- U.F.O. Kirby (dot sprite from Kirby's Adventure) appears as a Keychain in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
- U.F.O. Kirby (dot sprite from Kirby's Adventure) appears as a stage hazard of Butter Building in Kirby Fighters Deluxe.
- U.F.O. Kirby appears in the Celebration Picture: "The Great Labyrinth Battle" in Kirby Star Allies.
- In Kirby: Squeak Squad, it is possible for Kirby to spit out bubbles and Star Bullets while using a Copy Ability. In the case of U.F.O, his upper portion inflates when he is preparing to spit, and he inverts and starts to lose altitude, unable to move until he spits out his item. This is the only time when he cannot move while preparing to spit.
- The Mystery Catch attack in Kirby: Planet Robobot resembles that of Saucer the Metamortex Transformation from Kirby's Epic Yarn.
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