Yo-Yo

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Yo-yo Art Allies.png
Artwork for Yo-Yo Kirby from Kirby Star Allies.
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Debut Game Kirby Super Star
Last Game Kirby Star Allies
Other Game(s) Kirby Super Star Ultra
Obtained from Gim
Power(s) Perform attacks and tricks involving a yo-yo.
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Yo-yo.png Yo-Yo (also called Yo-yo) 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 Essence Deluxes. With the yo-yo equipped, Kirby can create Gim as a Helper. In 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.

Uses

Yo-yo moveset in Kirby Super Star (Ultra)  
Skill Button Execution Description Skill Button Execution Description
Yo-yo
B
Kirby throws a yo-yo that goes up then down when on the return. Break Spin
Dash + B
Kirby break dances forward.
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 break dances while falling. Hammer Drop
(any direction) + B near foe
Kirby grabs an enemy and slams them down behind them.
Gazer Spiral
↓, ↑ + B
Kirby uses his yo-yo to rise up launching two stars in front and behind him at his apex.

Kirby Star Allies

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

Yo-Yo returns as an ability (for the first time in 3-D) in this title, once again provided by Gim, who acts as its representative Friend. Yo-Yo also gains a number of new moves, and can be infused with elements like Bluster, Sizzle or Splash.

Yo-Yo moveset in Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Description Skill Button Execution Description
Yo-Yo Throw
B
Kirby throws a yo-yo that goes forward, then returns. Break Spin
Dash + B
Kirby spins on his hands while flying forward with his feet out.
Yo-Yo Up
↑ + B
Kirby throws a yo-yo that travels in an arc over his head, then returns from behind. Jump Spin
Dash + B in midair
Kirby performs an aerial Break Spin while falling.
Yo-Yo Orbit
↓ + press and release B
Kirby throws a yo-yo which spins around him at ground level. 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.
Walk the Dog
↓ + press and hold B
Kirby throws his yo-yo forward and keeps it there until B is released. Gazer Spiral
↓↑ + B
Kirby spirals up into the air while the yo-yo stays grounded, which finishes with a flurry of stars up top.
Dog Walker
Walk the Dog + ↔
Kirby can move back and forth while keeping the yo-yo out front.

Trivia

  • Kirby's backwards cap is more than likely a reference to the Earthbound RPG (known as Mother 2 in Japan). 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 Super Star is a recolor of the Wheel and Paint ability hats.
  • Oddly enough, this ability could be obtained by inhaling one of Combo Cannon's cannonballs. This was changed in Kirby Super Star Ultra, where instead Kirby received Bomb ability from them.
  • Break Spin is one of the attacks Kirby can use in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. 4. It replaces the Burning ability, which was used in Super Smash Bros. Melee as Kirby's dash attack. Kirby does not use the yo-yo for this move, however.

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Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Yoyó Yo-yo
French Yoyo Yo-yo
Dutch Jojo Yo-yo
German Jo-jo Yo-yo
Italian Yoyò Yo-yo
Russian Йо-йо
Yo-yo
Yo-yo
Chinese 溜溜球
liū liū qiú
Yo-yo