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If you press the B Button while Kirby is puffed up, he will shoot an air pellet. He can attack some enemies with these air pellets. Shooting an air pellet causes Kirby to exhale, and he will fall from the sky. However, if you press Up on the +Control Pad, Kirby will take another gulp of air and start flying again.
★Air Pellets won't hurt some enemies!
— Air Pellets • Kirby's Adventure Instruction Booklet

Air Gun (also called Air Pellet,[1][2] Air Bullet or Exhale) is a technique in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby's Dream Land. It can only be performed while flying with a mouthful of air and lets Kirby spit the air out as an attack.

General Information

The Air Gun move can be used by any member of the Kirby species or by King Dedede. The character using this technique will first need to fly, inflating themselves, and then exhale, puffing out a ball of air that will damage most regular enemies and some large enemies. It can also be used to destroy Star Blocks. In Kirby's Adventure, the Air Gun move can destroy Ability Stars. However, the attack does not usually deal much damage, and does not affect mid-bosses or bosses. If Kirby attempts to walk into a room while holding air, he will automatically spit it out before entering. The move cannot be performed in games where Kirby cannot fly, normally in spinoff titles such as Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby's Epic Yarn, and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.

The Mint Leaf and Balloon items allow Kirby to puff many balls of air out in rapid succession.

Some enemies can also perform the Air Gun technique, such as the Gigant Chicks and Whispy Woods.

Related Quotes

If you press the B Button while I'm in the air, I can puff out an Air Pellet that can be used to attack an enemy.
— Going After an Enemy with Air Pellets • Kirby's Dream Land Instruction Booklet
Except for the boss at the end of stage three, a normal air pellet won't work against King Dedede's Bosses. You'll need to puff out an enemy or an object to defeat these guys.
— Air Pellets are Useless Against King Dedede's Big Bosses • Kirby's Dream Land Instruction Booklet

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References

  1. Kirby's Dream Land instruction booklet
  2. Kirby's Adventure instruction booklet