This crackling attack unleashes a ton of energy. Shoot a Cycle Beam or fire a Beam Blast from midair! And if you need to electrify your friends' weapons in a flash, use the rapid fire Wave Beam!
— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies

Beam is perhaps the most well known Copy Ability that Kirby has at his disposal. It is a very basic ability that Kirby has in almost every game, debuting in Kirby's Adventure.

General Information

The most basic (and the most common) move used by the Beam ability is the Beam Whip, in which Kirby creates a small chain of light and electrifies any enemy in his path. Because of its relatively slow movement and its weak offensive power, it may not be the best ability for close-combat. However, what it lacks in power, it makes up for in its long-ranged qualities. In most cases, the Beam ability is the first ability that Kirby comes across in his adventures.

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, there is a super version of the Beam ability called Flare Beam.

Beam is a Mode for Robobot Armor in Kirby: Planet Robobot.

In Team Kirby Clash, Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, and Super Kirby Clash, Beam (renamed Beam Mage) returns as one of the four roles to choose from. In this mode, the Wave Beam has been replaced by the Time Beam, which can be charged up to 3 levels. Every time an enemy is hit by the Time Beam, a gauge will appear over them, filling proportionate to the charge of the projectile. Once the gauge is full, time freezes completely, allowing Kirby and his team to land a few extra hits on the boss before the clock resumes.


Move Controls Description Element Damage
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Beam Whip B/Y/1
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Stylus tap
A line of energy appears and goes from about a 45 degree angle above Kirby to the same angle below him. This move comes with every single appearance of the Beam ability in the Kirby games.
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Obtaining the Ability Scroll makes this attack become stronger and larger.
Zap 8 8 12
Wave Beam Hold B/Y/1, release
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Kirby fires an energy blast straight forward. This blast will blow through enemies and wipe out all enemies in its path. It can hit a boss twice, depending on the boss's width (e.g. Fatty Whale).
Zap 30 32 35
Capture Beam ↑/↓/Forward + B/Y/1 (Near enemy) Counts as grab. After getting an enemy or defeated mid-bosses in his grasp, he can press B/1 to shoot them off with a flurry of energy. Does not work on bosses. Kirby is also invincible while holding the enemy, so the player can hold the enemy indefinitely to avoid damage as long as they wish. None
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60 (thrown object) 16 (held object), 60 (thrown object) 16 (held object), 60 (thrown object)
Cycle Beam B/Y/1 while dashing
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Kirby creates a spiral of blue energy orbs in front of him.
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Kirby instead creates a focused, rotating blast similar in appearance to the regular Beam Whip, which can deal more damage, but has drastically less range.
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18 per hit (2 hits max) 18 per hit (3 hits max) 14 (near), 18 (middle), 21 (far)
Beam Blast Dash, Jump, B/Y/1 While in the air, Kirby shoots many small energy bolts diagonally, in front of him and downward. This move can be used indefinitely before touching the ground, and it also makes gives Kirby a little more air time. Zap 16 (all hits) 16 (1st hit), 14 (2nd, 3rd hits) 21 (Wand), 18 (Beam Projectile)
Revolution Beam
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1 repetitively in midair Kirby suspends himself in midair while rotating his beam rod around himself, producing a line of energy that circles him for as long as the input is repeated. Zap N/A 20 per hit N/A

Robobot Armor Mode

Move Controls Description Element
Zig Zap Press and release B The Robobot Armor releases a ball of energy that bounces on the ground about 8 times before dissipating. Zap
Big Zap Press and hold B, and then release The Robobot Armor releases a larger, faster ball of energy. Zap
Zip Zap ↓ + B in midair The Robobot Armor releases a ball of energy downward that bounces higher when it hits the ground. Zap

In the Super Smash Bros. series

Beam Kirby appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a common trophy depicting his Kirby Super Star design, but with his hat's usual colors reversed. Beam Kirby also appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Flavor Texts

GameFlavor text
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Kirby fires a beam like that used by some enemies! This is an easy weapon to use!
Use the Beam attack against enemies! Fire the Beam by pressing Y. This is a very handy and useful ability.
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This Beam's like a whip! Whaa-pssssshh! Beam it!
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Whip the beam! Hold to hover!
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This beam's like a whip! Whaa-pssssshh! Beam it! Beam it! Beam it!
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Flail this beam like a whip. It has many useful attacks. Try to store up a super shot!
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Lash foes with a whiplike beam! Hit and Cycle! Grab and Capture! Spin in midair for a Revolution! Charge up and BAM! Wave Beam!
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Unleash a sizzling beam of energy! Use the Capture Beam when near an enemy, or use the Beam Blast in midair, and then finish off your foe with a Wave Beam!
This ability gives you control of electricity itself. It looks like a simple ability, but science cannot yet explain how it works.
This crackling attack unleashes a ton of energy. Shoot a Cycle Beam or fire a Beam Blast from midair! And if you need to electrify your friends' weapons in a flash, use the rapid fire Wave Beam!

Related Quotes

Kirby in a jester cap...and a supercute Kirby at that. Beam Kirby features a Beam ability, acquired by inhaling Waddle Doo, that allows him to shoot a whiplike beam at his enemies. With a wide attack range, this ability is extremely easy to use, especially for taking out enemies in bunches. In Kirby Super Star, this beam can also be charged and fired.
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Run down evil with boundless energy! The mysterious Zig Zap!
— In-game description for the Beam Mode of Robobot Armor • Kirby: Planet Robobot
Waddle Doo can fire from his eye. Does that make you green with envy? Then inhale him and copy that ability! You'll then be able to shoot beams from a wand, and the attack can even be charged up for greater effectiveness. You can also use a beam to push switches or to grab and toss your foes.
— Trophy Description • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Shoot energy from a powerful rod!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll

In Other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
Japanese ビーム Officially romanized as Beam.
English Beam
Traditional Chinese 光束 Translates to Beam.
Korean Translates to Beam.
Russian Луч Translates to Beam.
German Beam Same as English.
French Rayon Translates to Beam.
Italian Raggio Translates to Beam.
Spanish Rayo Translates to Beam.


  • In the official artwork for both Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, stars are present on both sides of Beam Kirby's hat.
    • This is also true of the Mirror ability. In these games, Mirror Kirby's hat is a recolored version of Beam Kirby's hat.
    • Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra are also the only games that have artwork with the hat colors on the wrong sides.
  • Although the Beam ability didn't appear in Kirby's Dream Land 2 or Kirby's Dream Land 3, when Spark Kirby rides Rick, he is able to use an ability that behaves exactly like Beam.
  • It is common for handheld Kirby titles to repeat flavor text, evidenced by the fact that Beam has the same flavor text in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. Kirby: Squeak Squad also retained this quote, but added two more "Beam it!"s to the end.
  • While most games show Kirby firing a beam from his hand, Kirby Super Star, its remake, and Kirby's Return to Dream Land onwards show Kirby using a magical wand to fire his beam.
    • These games are the only ones where Beam Kirby has more than one attack.
  • In Kirby: Canvas Curse, when the player activates the move by tapping Kirby, he will stop (even in mid-air) and the beam will keep spinning around him until the player lifts the stylus. This attack concept was later reused as Revolution Beam in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
  • Beam is the very first ability Kirby is able to obtain in Kirby's Adventuremaking it the very first Copy Ability made available to Kirby ever.
  • Because of its electric properties, Beam can cause balls of electricity to appear on the surface of water and some metallic platforms in Kirby: Squeak Squad.
  • In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Beam's alternate costume is Marx's hat.
  • Revolution Beam still exists in the code of Kirby: Planet Robobot. However, the move cannot be performed through means other than hacking. This is also true of Triple Hammer and Spinning Fire Breath.
BBB Beam

Qbby dresses in Kirby's Beam Ability Hat.

  • In BOXBOXBOY!, the comic Kirby's Closet depicts Qbby trying on Kirby's Beam Ability Hat. The comic ends with him turning around to find Kirby watching him.




Sprites and Models

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External Links


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