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Yo-yo Art Allies.png
Artwork for Yo-Yo Kirby from Kirby Star Allies.
First game Kirby Super Star
Latest 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 (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 Essences Deluxe. 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.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star (Ultra)[edit]

Yo-Yo KSSU Icon.png 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.


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
↑ + 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[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 a number of new moves, such as Walk the Dog, and can be infused with Power Effects such as Bluster, Sizzle or Splash.


Yo-Yo moveset in Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage
(Star Bullet=52)
Elemental Damage
Yo-Yo Throw
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 spins on his hands while flying forward with his feet out. 20 25
Jump Spin
Dash + B in midair
Kirby performs an aerial Break Spin 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


Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KSS Box NA.jpeg 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.


  • Kirby's backwards cap is more than likely a reference to Earthbound (known as Mother 2 in Japanese). 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 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. Kirby does not use the yo-yo for this move, however.


Names in other languages[edit]

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