Top 20 Kirby Copy Powers

Updated on September 21, 2019
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Kirby's Copy Abilities

Lovable platforming mascot Kirby is best known for his copycat prowess, able to gain the abilities of any enemy or object he inhales. These powers provide a variety of attacks and benefits, and mastering them is crucial to conquering Kirby's adventures.

Although their exact mechanics can change from game to game, most powers remain fairly consistent and specialize at particular attacks. By now, Kirby has siphoned over 100—which reign supreme? These are the 20 best copied abilities throughout Kirby history!

Mirror Kirby
Mirror Kirby

20. Mirror Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby Super Star

Ironically, Mirror Kirby doesn't appear in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, but it's a well-balanced power that occasionally resurfaces. Mirror lets Kirby slash with a mirror sword, split himself into two, and create a wall that reflects projectiles, offering one his best defenses yet.

Stone Kirby
Stone Kirby

19. Stone Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby’s Adventure

Famous for its inclusion in Super Smash Bros., Stone turns Kirby into an invincible (but often immobile) rock. Not only can this wait out attacks, it deals hefty damage if used mid-air to squish foes. Plus, mixing two stone powers in Crystal Shards yields an even-better "Giant Stone" variant that can slowly move.

With limited offense yet exceptional defense, Stone is a valued ability, but it's not entirely invincible, with some recent boss attacks able to break through it.

Tornado Kirby
Tornado Kirby

18. Tornado Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby’s Adventure

Activating Tornado turns Kirby into an invincible gust of wind that moves chaotically around the field, scoring severe damage against anyone hit. This quickly racksup hits against large bosses, but its difficult control means you'll sometimes suffer damage yourself when the effect ends.

Ninja Kirby
Ninja Kirby

17. Ninja Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby Super Star

Arguably Kirby's fastest ability, Ninja lets you rapidly shoot kunai projectiles. They're each pretty weak, but it's hard to beat a fast and long-range attack, especially when added to Ninja's melee katana and ability to cling to walls.

Leaf Kirby
Leaf Kirby

16. Leaf Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby’s Return to Dream Land

One of Kirby's most recent transformations, Leaf gives a bit of everything, offering leaf projectiles that can curve upwards or downwards and a vertical "leaf column" useful for hitting airborne foes. Better yet, Leaf Kirby can indefinitely use Leaf Guard to hide and dodge almost all attacks, offering a Stone-like barrier in a much nimbler form.

Magic Kirby
Magic Kirby

15. Magic Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

Depending on which game you play, this rare power shifts between a randomized single-use ability and an ongoing one that shoots multiple projectiles at once. With its initial single-use function, Magic procures a random but awesome effect, possibly rendering Kirby invincible or summoning Meta Knight to attack all enemies.

Another roulette option is the 1UP, which turns all enemies and defeated mid-bosses into 1UP items. Useful in the main game, this notably provides the only way to obtain extra lives in Mirror's Boss Endurance mode.

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Crash KirbyCook KirbyFestival Kirby
Crash Kirby
Crash Kirby
Cook Kirby
Cook Kirby
Festival Kirby
Festival Kirby

14. Crash/Cook/Festival Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby’s Adventure/Kirby Super Star/Kirby Star Allies

All three of these abilities provide one-use but powerful effects. Crash annihilates all enemies on screen, Cook damages them and turns them into health-restoring food, and Festival transforms foes into Point Stars (which give a 1UP when you collect 100). All useful traits, just remember you only get one shot with each.

Microphone Kirby
Microphone Kirby

13. Microphone Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby’s Adventure

Sometimes abbreviated as "Mike Kirby", this power either damages all on-screen enemies or those caught within its sound wave radius. Either way, you get not one but three shots, offering three times as many activations as other limited-use powers, and the damage often grows stronger with each blast.

Doctor Kirby
Doctor Kirby

12. Doctor Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby: Planet Robobot

Just like Mario, Kirby totally earned a PhD. But questionable certifications aside, Doctor's actually a fierce threat that can throw ranged pills that bounce for extra trajectory. More than that, Doctor Kirby can concoct a potion that randomly burns, freezes, zaps, or snoozes foes. But it may also heal himself, offering one of few powers with continuous healing (at least when you luck out).

Kirby using Final Cutter
Kirby using Final Cutter

11. Smash Bros. Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

Sometimes shortened to "Smash", this trait grants Kirby access to many of his special moves from the Super Smash Bros. fighting games. Kirby simultaneously gets a rapid-punch jab, the vertical-horizontal Final Cutter attack, Stone, and Hammer.

You're basically mixing the powers of Fighter, Sword, Stone, and Hammer into one versatile package that lets you tackle just about any situation.

Grand Hammer Kirby
Grand Hammer Kirby

10. Grand Hammer Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby’s Return to Dream Land

One of Kirby's five super abilities, Grand Hammer admittedly has poor range, simply smashing anything below Kirby. However, it's a strong attack and one of just three that freezes the screen when used, making it impossible for enemies to dodge once you're in position.

Flare Beam Kirby
Flare Beam Kirby

9. Flare Beam Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby’s Return to Dream Land

Another of Kirby's super abilities, Flare Beam creates a large ball of energy that Kirby can directly control. This moves the orb to whatever range you need, but it doesn't freeze time, leaving Kirby somewhat vulnerable if you're not careful.

Refrigerator Kirby
Refrigerator Kirby

8. Refrigerator Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Mixing Ice with Spark yields this surprisingly potent power. Refrigerator Kirby can't move when he attacks, and the food that he shoots out isn't particularly long-ranged or fast. However, not only can it damage foes, any leftovers will also heal Kirby.

And there's no limit to how much you can fire, granting a power with mediocre offense and mobility but unlimited healing.

Hypernova Kirby
Hypernova Kirby

7. Hypernova Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Another recent addition, Kirby massively upgrades his inhalation powers after eating a Miracle Fruit, temporarily letting him unleash enormous gusts. Compared to his regular suction, Hypernova has increased range, power, and Kirby can move (but not jump) while using it. Plus, when the power ends, Kirby regains whatever ability he had beforehand, making it a risk-free endeavor.

UFO Kirby
UFO Kirby

6. UFO Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby’s Adventure

Copying a rare UFO grants this fierce power. UFO Kirby can emit Beam Kirby's short-range but wide-radius attack, an he can also fire Laser Kirby's small yet long-range projectile. Toss in permanent levitation and the uncommon ability to retain your arsenal underwater and you've got one of Kirby's most versatile weapons.

Master Kirby
Master Kirby

5. Master Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

You'll obtain the Master power during Mirror's final boss battle, but once beaten, you can take the ability with you elsewhere. Wielding Meta Knight's signature blade, Master effectively offers a drastically-upgraded Sword Kirby, providing multiple melee strikes with various angles plus a ranged sword beam.

Triple Star Kirby
Triple Star Kirby

4. Triple Star Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby: Squeak Squad

Used in Squeak Squad's story mode, you can take this power anywhere after collecting all pieces of the Secret Map. Triple Star provides three rotating stars that shield Kirby and deal devastating damage. Kirby can also fire one for a ranged move, and unlike regular abilities, the Triple Star cane bounces around forever when lost (not even spikes or lava destroy it), making it easily reclaimed.

Snow Bowl Kirby
Snow Bowl Kirby

3. Snow Bowl Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby’s Return to Dream Land

Another of Kirby's five super powers, Snow Bowl turns Kirby into a large and invincible snowball that rolls forward and damages anything Kirby touches. Not only does this help traverse lava, it's a safe way to score damage, even if it ironically lacks the time-freeze of super powers like...

Monster Flame Kirby
Monster Flame Kirby

2. Monster Flame Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby’s Return to Dream Land

Essentially an upgraded Fire Kirby, Monster Flame pauses the screen while Kirby shoots a devastating fire-dragon projectile that bursts across the screen. By default, it fires in a straight horizontal line, but Kirby can slightly angle the blast (although the time-freeze makes it pretty easy to hit foes anyway). Great for damage and obstacle destruction alike, Monster Flame is only rivaled by...

Ultra Sword Kirby
Ultra Sword Kirby

1. Ultra Sword Kirby

First Appearance: Kirby’s Return to Dream Land

Ultra Sword unleashes a slash that doesn't quite reach across the whole screen, but compensates by time-freezing and sweeping over a wide range. It's strong enough to defeat mid-bosses with a single chop, and its destructive might is further shown in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where the move replaced Kirby's previous Final Smash (which was based on Cook Kirby).

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More of Kirby's Transformations

Today we examined Kirby's most canon powers, but we've also encountered some cool non-canon abilities, like his various Smash Bros. transformations. Additionally, Kirby occasionally gains powerful weapons like the Star Rod and Rainbow Sword (which were excluded for their limited availability).

With Kirby games still going strong, we'll undoubtedly encounter more enticing powers in his future adventures. But for now, as we await Nintendo's next Kirby title, vote for your favorite transformation and I'll see you at our next gaming countdown!

© 2019 Jeremy Gill

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