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Water
KRtDLD Water.png
Artwork of Water Kirby from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.
Details
First game Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Latest game Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other game(s) Kirby Star Allies
Kirby Fighters 2
Usage type Unlimited uses
Obtained from Water Galbo, Pluid, Driblee, Floaty the Cell Core, Water Galboros
Obtained by projectiles from Fatty Puffer, Hydriath, Crowned Doomer, Floaty the Cell Core
Power(s) Attacks and moves associated with water.
Similar to Poison
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This article is about the Copy Ability. For the environmental feature, see Water (environment). For the course in Top Ride, see Water (course).

Water is a Copy Ability which makes its first game appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, 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 Water Gun, blowing out three water pulses rather than one.

Game appearances[edit]

Water Kirby's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Copy Ability Obtainable from Water Galbo, Pluid, Water Galboros, and Fatty Puffer's water attacks.
Has a Challenge Stage devoted to it.
Kirby Star Allies Copy Ability Obtainable from Driblee and Floaty the Cell Core, as well as some boss attacks.
Can be used to create a Driblee ally.
Can provide the "Splash" Power Effect, and be used in Curling, Thundersplash, Zap Splasher, and Icicle Lance.
Kirby Fighters 2 Playable character Can be unlocked for all game modes upon reaching Fighters Rank 30.
Has two unlockable costumes.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Copy Ability Functions the same way as in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

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

Although previously appearing in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! and the canceled Kirby for Nintendo GameCube, Water properly debuted as an ability in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and also appears in its remake, Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe. 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.

Moveset[edit]

Water Moveset for Kirby's Return to Dream Land & Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Skill Button Execution (KRtDL) Button Execution (KRtDLD) Description
Wave Attack
1
B/Y
Kirby spits a blob of water that travels along the ground and damages the first object it hits.
Surf
Dash
Dash
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
Dash + 1
Dash + B/Y
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
↑ + 1
↑ + B/Y
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
↓ + 1 in midair
↓ + B/Y in midair
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
↓ + 1
↓ + B/Y
Kirby creates a small splash of water, damaging nearby foes.
Rainbow Rain
Hold ↓ then ↑ + 1
↓, then ↑ + B/Y
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. Can be used in midair only in the original Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Enhanced Water Gun
1 underwater
B/Y while underwater
Kirby fires three water pulses with about double the range of his regular Water Gun.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Water is used in conjunction with Ice to form the Icicle Lance attack.

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 ability as its Friend. 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. Starting from this game onward, Kirby can now cause his Geyser to rise higher by mashing the B button.

Moveset[edit]

(does not include Friend Abilities)

Water Moveset for Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Description
Wave Attack
B
Kirby or Driblee spits a blob of water that travels along the ground and damages the first object it hits.
Surf
Dash
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
↑ + B
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
↓ + B in midair
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
Dash + B
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
↓, and then ↑ + B
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
↓ + B
Kirby or Driblee creates a small splash of water, damaging nearby foes.
Enhanced Water Gun
B underwater
Kirby or Driblee fires a large penetrating water bullet with about double the range of Kirby's regular Water Gun.

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

Water returns in Kirby Fighters 2 as a selectable ability for Kirby. It is unlocked after attaining Fighters Rank 30. Its moveset is largely the same as in Kirby Star Allies, albeit with the omission of the "Enhanced Water Gun" move due to the lack of bodies of water in all of the game's Battle Stages.

For more precise competitive-oriented information on the Water ability in Kirby Fighters 2, see Mizuumi Wiki's page.

Moveset[edit]

Water moveset in Kirby Fighters 2  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage (unmodified)
Wave Attack
B
Kirby spits out a glob of water that rushes across the ground and falls off of platforms. 12
Surf
Dash
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
↑ + B
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
↓ + B in midair
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 Kirbys high. 13 (initial hit)
5 (subsequent hits)
Wave Surf
Dash + B
Kirby rides a wave of water and crashes into his enemies, dragging them along. 18 (if all hits connect)
Rainbow Rain
↓, then ↑ + B
Kirby throws out a shower of water that creates a rainbow, damaging all foes around him. 26 (if all hits connect)
Water Crown
↓ + B
Kirby creates a small splash of water, damaging nearby foes. 14

Other appearances[edit]

Water was intended to appear in the canceled Kirby for Nintendo 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.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Water
KRBAY WaterKirby artwork.png
Official artwork of Water Kirby from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
Details
First episode Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II (2003)
Obtained from Water (from the river)
Power(s) Lets Kirby attack using water
Comparable to Fire
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It is Water Kirby!
— Meta Knight, in Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II

Water actually first appeared as a Copy Ability in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. It makes a single appearance in the episode Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II as the result of it being one of the winners in the Japan-only Kirby of the Stars: New Ability Contest (being submitted by Takahiro Tonoe from Aichi prefecture). However, 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 slightly different crown and his body has a blue, translucent, water-like texture. 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.

Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KRtDL Boxart L.jpg 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!
KSA Boxart NA.jpg 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...
KRtDLD Boxart NA.jpg Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Look out—you're a water wizard! Ride the waves to wipe out the flames in your way! Oh, and your Water Gun is supercharged too!

Trivia[edit]

  • According to Keita Tanifuji, one of Kirby's Return to Dream Land programmers, Water was the first ability made for said game. It is also his favorite ability.[1]

Gallery[edit]

Videos[edit]

Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Water

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ウォーター
Wōtā
Water
Chinese 清水
qīng shuǐ
Literally 'Pure/Clean Water'
Dutch Water Water
French Eau Water
German Wasser Water
Italian Acqua Water
Korean 워터
Woteo
Water
Polish Water[2]
Woda[3]
-
Water
Brazilian Portuguese Água Water
Russian Вода[4]
Voda
Water
Spanish Agua Water

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