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.
Kirby Super Star (Ultra)
|Yo-Yo moveset in Kirby Super Star (Ultra)|
|Skill||Button Execution||Description||Skill||Button Execution||Description|
|Yo-yo||Kirby throws a yo-yo that goes up then down when on the return.||Break Spin||Kirby break dances forward.|
|Yo-yo Up||The yo-yo goes in a U-turn upwards.||Yo-yo Down||The yo-yo goes in a U-turn downwards.|
|Jump Spin||Kirby break dances while falling.||Hammer Drop||Kirby grabs an enemy and slams them down behind them.|
|Gazer Spiral||Kirby uses his yo-yo to rise up, launching two stars in front and behind him at his apex.|
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|
|Yo-Yo Throw||Kirby throws a yo-yo that goes forward, then returns.||16||20|
|Yo-Yo Up||Kirby throws a yo-yo that travels in an arc over his head, then returns from behind.||18||20|
|Yo-Yo Orbit||Kirby throws a yo-yo which spins around him at ground level.||18||22|
|Walk the Dog||Kirby throws his yo-yo forward and keeps it there until B is released.||16||20|
|Dog Walker||Kirby can move back and forth while keeping the yo-yo out front.||16||20|
|Break Spin||Kirby spins on his hands while flying forward with his feet out.||20||25|
|Jump Spin||Kirby performs an aerial Break Spin while falling.||20||25|
|Hammer Drop||Kirby grabs a foe with his yo-yo, then slams the foe into the ground with an arc.||16+45||20+56|
|Gazer Spiral||Kirby spirals up into the air while the yo-yo stays grounded, which finishes with a flurry of stars up top.||16||20|
|Kirby Super Star||Use the awesome Yo-Yo to defeat your enemies in style!|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||This isn't any yo-yo! Swing up and down, or break-spin! Try 'em all to look cool!|
|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.
Artwork from Kirby Star Allies, where the Yo-Yo ability is combined with the Sizzle element
Ability Star from Kirby Star Allies
Names in other languages
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