Water is a Copy Ability which debuted in the anime, making its first game appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, that can be obtained by swallowing water-related enemies. Water Kirby can surf on a form of water he creates, thus being able to easily traverse through lava. He can also neutralize lava blocks (though not lava itself) using the ability, making it a requirement to access some areas and Energy Spheres. Kirby can also spit water downwards and hover, destroying enemies along the way, as well as shoot water upwards. In addition, Water Kirby has a more powerful underwater attack, blowing out three water pulses rather than one.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Water debuted as a game ability in this title. Kirby can get this ability chiefly by swallowing Water Galbo, Pluid or Water Galboros, though a few other sources exist as well. The main strength of Water is allowing Kirby to surf quickly over his foes, traverse fiery areas more safely, and gain an enhanced Water Gun underwater.
One of the Challenge Stages revolves around the Water Ability.
|Water Moveset for Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
|Wave Attack||Kirby spits a blob of water that travels along the ground and damages the first object it hits.|
|Surf||While dashing, Water Kirby has bad acceleration, but a slightly higher top speed and the ability to dash over water and across lava. Striking an enemy deals minor damage and causes Kirby to rebound backwards.|
|Wave Surf||Creates a large wave, giving Kirby a boost of speed and plowing over anything in the way. Like Surf, travels over water and lava.|
|Geyser||Kirby fires a blast of water straight up. Good vertical range (can hit any flying boss in their neutral position) but no horizontal range whatsoever.|
|Fountain Hover||Kirby blows a thin jet of water downwards, lifting himself into the air a constant distance off the ground. The move continues while the button is held. Kirby can move sideways during the move and also adjust his elevation by holding Up or Down.|
|Water Crown||A small blast of water at Kirby's feet.|
|Rainbow Rain||Kirby spreads his arms and produces a round blast of water that forms a rainbow above him. The move hits twice - once for the water blast and again for the rainbow itself.|
|Enhanced Water Gun||Kirby fires three water pulses with about double the range of his regular Water Gun.|
Kirby Star Allies
After being absent from both Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot, Water returns in this title. The main enemy who provides this ability is Driblee, who also represents the Friend for that ability. It can be used in a number of Friend Abilities including Splash Curling and Icicle Lance. It also provides the Splash element to many other abilities.
(does not include Friend Abilities)
|Water Moveset for Kirby Star Allies|
|Wave Attack||Kirby or Driblee spits a blob of water that travels along the ground and damages the first object it hits.|
|Surf||While dashing, Water Kirby or Driblee has bad acceleration, but a slightly higher top speed and the ability to dash over water and across lava. Striking an enemy deals minor damage and causes Kirby to rebound backwards.|
|Geyser||Kirby or Driblee fires a blast of water straight up. Good vertical range (can hit any flying boss in their neutral position) but no horizontal range whatsoever.|
|Fountain Hover||Kirby or Driblee blows a thin jet of water downwards, lifting himself into the air a constant distance off the ground. The move continues while the button is held. Kirby can move sideways during the move and also adjust his elevation by holding Up or Down.|
|Wave Surf||Creates a large wave, giving Kirby or Driblee a boost of speed and plowing over anything in the way. Like Surf, travels over water and lava.|
|Rainbow Rain||Kirby or Driblee spreads his arms and produces a round blast of water that forms a rainbow above him. The move hits twice - once for the water blast and again for the rainbow itself.|
|Water Crown||A small blast of water at Kirby or Driblee's feet.|
|Enhanced Water Gun||Kirby or Driblee fires a large penetrating water bullet with about double the range of his regular Water Gun.|
Kirby Fighters 2
Water returns in Kirby Fighters 2 as a selectable ability for Kirby. It is unlocked after attaining Fighters Rank 30. Its move-set is largely the same as in Kirby Star Allies, though the abilities involving bodies of water have been removed (due to there being no water in the game).
|Water move-set in Kirby Fighters 2|
|Skill||Button Execution||Description||Damage (unmodified)|
|Wave Attack||Kirby spits out a glob of water that rushes across the ground and falls off of platforms.||12|
|Surf||Kirby moves quickly by riding a wave of water across the ground. As he does so, he can push foes out of the way.||3 per hit|
|Geyser||Kirby shoots a wide stream of water out of his hat straight upward, dragging opponents along with it. Pressing B repeatedly causes Kirby to maintain and lengthen the attack.||18 (initial hit) |
44 (if all hits connect)
|Fountain Hover||Kirby shoots a stream of water from his mouth straight downward which allows him to hover in the air while attacking enemies below. Over time, his hover gradually decreases in height until he is at a maximum of 2 Kirbies high.||13 (initial hit) |
5 (subsequent hits)
|Wave Surf||Kirby rides a wave of water and crashes into his enemies, dragging them along.||18 (if all hits connect)|
|Rainbow Rain||Kirby throws out a shower of water that creates a rainbow, damaging all foes around him.||26 (if all hits connect)|
|Water Crown||Kirby throws a quick splash of water at his feet, damaging nearby foes.||14|
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
|It is Water Kirby!|
— Meta Knight, in Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II
Water actually first appeared as a Copy Ability in the anime series. It makes a single appearance in the episode Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II as the result of a Copy Ability design contest held in Japan (being submitted by Takahiro Tonoe from Aichi prefecture) though it is only used in a dream sequence, making its canonicity questionable. Kirby gains this ability by inhaling large amounts of water from the ocean.
Water Kirby in the anime bears a somewhat different design to his later appearance in the games. He has a sightly different crown and his body is blue and translucent. Despite this, the ability functions largely the same as it would later, as Kirby uses spouts of water from his mouth to attack. Notably, the ability allows him to use the Water Gun outside of water in this instance.
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Look out--you're a water wizard! Ride the waves and cool down hot flames! Your Water Gun is supercharged too!|
|Kirby Star Allies||A positively refreshing ability with many applications! Harness the waves and surf along the ground. Enjoy a powered-up version of the Water Gun and carry heavy stones with ease! And make sure you find out what happens if you freeze a fountain...|
- Water was intended to appear in the cancelled GameCube game, which would have marked its first game appearance. Its design in the game resembled the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! one a lot more than the later Kirby's Return to Dream Land design.
Ability Star from Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Names in other languages
|literally 'Pure/Clean Water'|