Kirbycolors This article is about the ability appearing in Kirby Star Allies. For the similar ability appearing in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, see Paint.
Set out on a voyage of training with a colorful paintbrush on your side! Materialize yummies to share with your friends. It's like magic! Art has the power to save the world!
— Flavor text • Kirby Star Allies

Artist is a Copy Ability in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby Star Allies.

General Information

Artist grants Kirby a paintbrush weapon. Roughly half of the ability's moves are short-ranged, dealing in brush swings. Artist's other moves, however, have great range and attack power; Painter creates images that move forward and attack while Sculpture and Creative Destruction have Kirby carve and swing around stone sculptures. These moves have significant startup lag, so careful timing and judgment is required to get the most out of them.

Artist's Brush Slash and Brush Splash moves can paint blank signs to materialize items such as stars and Picture Pieces, and can also extinguish fire blocks. However, these attacks cannot add the Splash element to an ally's weapon.


Move Controls Description Damage[1]
Brush Slash B Kirby swings his paintbrush forward, unleashing a torrent of paint. 24 (Brush)
16 (Paint)
Brush Splash Dash + B Kirby rushes forward and swings his paintbrush, unleashing a wave of paint. 24 (Brush)
16 (Paint)
Painter Down + B Kirby produces an easel and paints a character. This character jumps off the canvas and moves forward for several seconds, occasionally attacking. Images of King Dedede, Meta Knight, Bandana Waddle Dee, and Full Belly Kirby[2] from Kirby's Blowout Blast can be produced; the former three attack with hammer swings, sword swipes, and spear jabs, respectively. 16 (Easel)
36 (King Dedede)
32 (Bandana Waddle Dee, Meta Knight, Full Belly Kirby)
Sculpture Down, then Up + B Kirby produces a large slab of rock and carves it into a sculpture. The size of the stone is random. Kirby then holds his carving above his head and loses the ability to move, only able to rotate. 8
Creative Destruction Press B after Sculpture Kirby swings his sculpture twice and then smashes it against the ground. This destroys the sculpture. 50 (Swing)
18 (Urn)
Painbrush (Kirby only) Hold Down + Y Kirby holds his brush in front of himself. After it grows several times, he swings it wildly, covering the screen with paint. This drops the ability. 60
70 (Final Hit)

Friend Abilities

Friend Ability Mix Description Damage
Rock Painter Stone When Kirby/Rocky uses Stone Change, Kirby/Vividria can paint the stone with various colors by using Brush Slash or Brush Splash, which will transform it into a giant painted Kirby statue that will rise on air and drop, and also slide on slopes. 40 (transformation), 120 (drop), 50 (ink)
Still Life None Kirby/Vividria produces an easel and paints a refrigerator. It releases food items corresponding to the number of friends (one if they're alone). This move cannot be used again until it recharges. 4 (Easel)


Cameo Origin Attack Games Image
King Dedede
KDL logo
KSA Cameo 4
Bandana Waddle Dee
KSA Cameo 2
Meta Knight
KA logo
KSA Cameo 3
Kirby (After 3.0.0 update)
BlowoutBlast Logo
PaintingKirby KSA
KDL logo
KSA Cameo 5
KTD logo
KSA Cameo 6
KSA Cameo 7
K64 logo2
Still Life
KSA Cameo 1

Related Quotes

Unleash the power of paint on your foes.
— Description • Kirby Star Allies official website
Paint pictures on blank signs to get items!
— Loading screen description • Kirby Star Allies

In Other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
Japanese アーティスト Translates to Artist.
English Artist
Traditional Chinese 藝術家 Translates to Artist.
Simplified Chinese 艺术家 Translates to Artist.
German Künstler Translates to Artist.
French Artiste Translates to Artist.
Italian Artista Translates to Artist.
Spanish Artista Translates to Artist.


  • Artist's concept and design may be inspired by Adeleine, an artist character from Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. This is especially noticeable with the red beret that both she and Artist Kirby wear.
  • The statue of Susie that can be produced using Sculpture is a parody of both the Venus de Milo and various Greek-style statues and fountains of the astrological symbol Aquarius, the water carrier; the statue is internally referred to as Goddess.
  • This ability can be seen as an upgrade to the Paint ability from Kirby Super Star. Instead of being one-use, Kirby creates paintings and swings his brush as a weapon, as well as creating sculptures.
    • Additionally, the Painbrush move, where Kirby covers the screen in paint and discards the ability, works similarly to Paint's main function.



Concept Artwork



  1. Twitter post
  2. Kirby’s Blowout Blast – Nintendo 3DS Launch Trailer
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