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Yo-yo Art Allies.png
Artwork for Yo-yo Kirby from Kirby: Star Allies.
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 could also pass through walls and floors, therefore it is sometimes used to activate switches to solve 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. Kirby's visual appearance only changes by the addition of a backwards ballcap.


Yo-yo moveset in Kirby Super Star (Ultra)
Skill Button Execution Description Skill Button Execution Description
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
(up) + B
The yo-yo goes in a U-turn upwards. Yo-yo Down
(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
Down, up + 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 is set to return as a Copy Ability in this title, appearing in 3-D for the first time. The hat has been updated somewhat, becoming a more saturated purple in the back. Additionally, Kirby now sports a band-aid on his right cheek as part of the costume, likely as a small touch of child-like charm.

It is unknown as to how much the ability has changed since its Super Star incarnation, but it seems to keep the basic move-set intact.

So far, the official name of only one elemental fusion is known - Yo-yo + Plasma = Zap Yo-Yo - which also boosts attack power.


  • 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.


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