Yo-Yo

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Yo-Yo
Yo-yo Art Allies.png
Artwork for Yo-Yo Kirby from Kirby Star Allies.
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First game Kirby Super Star (1996)
Latest game Kirby Fighters 2 (2020)
Other game(s) Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Star Allies
Obtained from Gim, Combo Cannon's cannonballs (Kirby Super Star only)
Power(s) Perform attacks and tricks involving a yo-yo.
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Yo-Yo (also called Yo-yo and Yoyo in Kirby Super Star) is an ability that can be obtained by inhaling Gim. It debuted in Kirby Super Star and likewise, it was also a part of its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra. The ability allows Kirby to ultilize a bright red yo-yo to smack around enemies from a safe distance, comparable to the Beam or Whip ability. The yo-yo can also pass through walls and floors, making it useful for activating switches or solving puzzles.

Kirby can also obtain the Yo-Yo ability through Copy Essences Deluxe. With the yo-yo equipped, Kirby can create Gim as a Helper. In Kirby Super Star, Kirby is outfitted with a backwards ball cap when he acquires this ability. In Star Allies, this outfit also comes with a band-aid on Kirby's right cheek.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Yo-Yo makes its first appearance in Kirby Super Star, and naturally returns in its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra. It is provided by Gim, who also serves as the helper representing the ability.

Moveset[edit]

Yo-Yo's moveset in Kirby Super Star & Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Skill Button Execution Description Skill Button Execution Description
Yo-yo
B
Kirby throws a yo-yo forwards that goes down, then up and around. Break Spin
Dash + B
Kirby turns upside-down and dashes forwards in a breakdance fashion.
Yo-yo Up
↑ + B
The yo-yo goes in a U-turn upwards. Yo-yo Down
↓ + B
The yo-yo goes in a U-turn downwards.
Jump Spin
Dash + B in air
Kirby spins upside-down while falling. Hammer Drop
(any direction) + B near foe
Kirby grabs an enemy and slams the enemy down behind himself.
Gazer Spiral
↓, ↑ + B
Kirby spirals up into the air while the yo-yo stays grounded, launching two stars in front and behind him at the apex.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Kirby with the Yo-Yo ability in Kirby Star Allies.

Yo-Yo returns as an ability and makes its first 3D appearance in this title. Once again it is provided by Gim, who acts as its representative Friend. Yo-Yo also gains some new moves and can be infused with Power Effects such as Bluster, Sizzle or Splash.

Moveset[edit]

Yo-Yo moveset in Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage
(Star Bullet=52)
Elemental Damage
(x1.25)
Yo-Yo Throw
B
Kirby throws a yo-yo that goes forward, then returns. 16 20
Yo-Yo Up
↑ + B
Kirby throws a yo-yo that travels in an arc over his head, then returns from behind. 18 20
Yo-Yo Orbit
↓ + press and release B
Kirby throws a yo-yo which spins around him at ground level. 18 22
Walk the Dog
↓ + press and hold B
Kirby throws his yo-yo forward and keeps it there until B is released. 16 20
Dog Walker
Walk the Dog + ↔
Kirby can move back and forth while keeping the yo-yo out front. 16 20
Break Spin
Dash + B
Kirby turns upside-down and dashes forwards in a breakdance fashion. 20 25
Jump Spin
Dash + B in midair
Kirby spins upside-down while falling. 20 25
Hammer Drop
Either of ↑/forward + B or (any direction)/B near an enemy
Kirby grabs a foe with his yo-yo, then slams the foe into the ground with an arc. 16+45 20+56
Gazer Spiral
↓↑ + B
Kirby spirals up into the air while the yo-yo stays grounded, which finishes with a flurry of stars up top. 16 20

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

Yo-Yo returns in Kirby Fighters 2 as a selectable ability for Kirby. It is unlocked upon attaining Fighters Rank 6. Its move-set is largely the same as it is in Kirby Star Allies.

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

Moveset[edit]

Yo-Yo move-set in Kirby Fighters 2  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage (unmodified)
Yo-Yo Throw
B
Kirby tosses his yo-yo ahead of him, covering good range. 14
Yo-Yo Up
↑ + B
Kirby throws his yo-yo ahead, then swings it over his head and behind himself before returning it. 13 (ahead)
8 (behind)
Yo-Yo Orbit
↓ + press and release B
Kirby throws his yo-yo out then spins it laterally around him, hitting foes on both sides. 10 (ahead)
15 (behind)
5 (subsequent hits)
Walk the Dog
↓ + press and hold B
Kirby throws his yo-yo out and leaves it spinning on the floor in front of him. 10 (initial hit)
4 (subsequent hits)
Dog Walker
Walk the Dog + ←/→
Kirby can move back and forth while performing Walk the Dog keeping the distance between him and the yo-yo the same unless he runs into a wall. 10 (initial hit)
4 (subsequent hits)
Break Spin
Dash + B
Kirby turns upside-down and dashes forward in a breakdance fashion. 26 (if all hits connect)
Jump Spin
Dash + B in midair
Kirby spins upside-down while falling. 26 (if all hits connect)
Hammer Drop
Either ↑/→ + B or ↑/B near an enemy
Kirby grabs his opponent using his yo-yo, and can toss them either forward or backward with a direction input. If he does nothing, the foe will be released after 5 seconds or less unharmed. 17 (forward throw)
14 (back throw)
20 (if hitting another foe with the grabbed foe)
Gazer Spiral
↓↑ + B
Kirby spirals up into the air while the yo-yo stays grounded, which finishes with a flurry of stars up top. 26 (if all hits connect)

Profiles[edit]

Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KSS Box NA.jpg Kirby Super Star Use the awesome Yo-Yo to defeat your enemies in style!
KSS Ultra box art.png Kirby Super Star Ultra This isn't any yo-yo! Swing up and down, or break-spin! Try 'em all to look cool!
Star Allies Cover.jpg Kirby Star Allies There it is, the mischievous yo-yo! Yo-Yo Up, Yo-Yo Orbit, Break Spin, Walk the Dog--it's all child's play! Add an attribute to make it even more powerful. With a variety of moves at your disposal, looking cool has never been easier.

Trivia[edit]

  • Kirby's backwards cap is more than likely a reference to Earthbound. In the game, the yo-yo is a weapon several characters can equip, and the main character, Ness, wears a similar backwards cap. HAL had also done some work on Earthbound as well. This reference would carry forward in proper fashion with the ESP ability.
  • Kirby's Yo-yo hat in Kirby Super Star is a recolor of the Wheel and Paint ability hats.
  • Oddly enough, this ability could be obtained by inhaling one of the Combo Cannon's cannonballs. This was changed in Kirby Super Star Ultra, where instead Kirby receives the Bomb ability from them.
  • Break Spin is Kirby's dash attack in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. It also appears as Kirby's floor attack upon being tripped in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Kirby does not use the yo-yo for this move in both instances, however.

Gallery[edit]

Videos[edit]

Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Yo-Yo

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヨーヨー
Yōyō
Yo-Yo
Chinese 溜溜球
liū liū qiú
Yo-Yo
Dutch Jojo Yo-Yo
French Yoyo Yo-Yo
German Jo-Jo Yo-Yo
Italian Yoyò Yo-Yo
Korean 요요
Yoyo
Yo-Yo
Russian Йо-йо
Yo-yo
Yo-Yo
Latin American Spanish Yoyo Yo-Yo
European Spanish Yoyó Yo-Yo