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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 a Copy Ability in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby's Adventure.

Games

Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

Beam focuses on creating a whip of electricity that Kirby swings in front of him to deal damage. Beam is obtained from the Waddle Doo enemy.

Techniques

Move Controls Description
Beam Whip B Kirby swings an electric whip in front of him. It's weak and has short range, but it can hit through surfaces and covers a decent amount of area in front of Kirby, hitting enemies and objects that are slightly above or below him.

Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra

Beam now gives Kirby a yellow and red jester hat and makes Kirby yellow. Beam now has multiple moves, and also uses a staff instead of Kirby's hand. In addition to being obtained from Waddle Doo, who is its Helper, Beam can also be obtained from Laser Ball (which had given the Laser Copy Ability prior to this game).

Techniques

Move Controls Description Element Damage
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Beam whip Beam Whip Y B Kirby swings an electric whip in front of him, which hits through terrain. It can hit foes multiple times. Zap 5 per hit (2 hits max) 8 per hit (2 hits max)
Cycle beam Cycle Beam Dash + Y Dash + B Kirby creates a spiral of blue energy orbs in front of him. None 14 per hit (2 hits max) 14 (1st hit near), 18 (1st hit far, 2nd hit, 3rd hit)
Beam machine gun Beam Blast Dash + Y (in the air) Dash + B in the air While in the air, Kirby shoots many small energy bolts diagonally, in front of him and downward. This move gives Kirby an upward boost, and can be used up to three times from a single jump on level ground. Zap 20 (staff), 5 (bullets) 20 (staff), 16 (bullets)
Capture beam Capture Beam → + Y (near enemy) ↑/→/↓ + B near foe Kirby grabs an enemy, then can release it with a blast of electricity. Kirby is invincible while holding an enemy, and can hold indefinitely; he can also turn around. None 60 (thrown object)
Wave beam Wave Beam Hold Y Hold B long + Release Kirby fires an energy blast straight forward, and is pushed back a bit due to recoil. This blast penetrates enemies, but not terrain. It can hit some bosses twice if they're large enough. This move can be used in the air from a jump. Zap 26 30

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad

As with Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, which preceded it, Beam is limited to just the Beam Whip; however, it now hits multiple times. Beam's Thunder element is also more prevalent in these games. In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, it is able to directly damage Mega Titan, who can only otherwise be damaged by being knocked into the arena's electric walls. Beam is obtained from Waddle Doo.

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Beam can electrify the surfaces of water and metal. If the player mixes two Ability bubbles and shakes them until there are green bubbles, there is a chance that the resulting Ability bubble will be Beam. Upon obtaining the Beam Ability Scroll, located in the second Treasure Chest in Stage 5 of Nature Notch, Beam now has a more powerful Beam Whip; it does more damage, but the sparks it sends on conductive surfaces remain unchanged. Beam is obtained from Waddle Doo.

Beam no longer makes Kirby yellow, likely due to the potential confusion in multiplayer and the Spray Paint function that allows the player to change the color of Kirby.

Techniques

Move Controls Image Description Element
Beam Whip B Beam Technique 1 Kirby swings an electric whip in front of him. It starts about 45° above the horizon and ends 45° below the horizon, it can hit up to four times, and passes through terrain. Zap
Hyper Beam
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B Beam Technique 2 After obtaining the Ability Scroll, Kirby can swing a more powerful Beam Whip. Zap

Kirby: Canvas Curse

Beam Whip now spins a full 360° around Kirby instead of covering just the area in front of him. The player can also hold the stylus on Kirby to keep him in place while the Beam Whip continuously spins around him. Upon letting go, the Beam Whip will continue for one more revolution before ending.

As Kirby: Canvas Curse only allows Copy Abilities to be used within the stages they are found, Beam can only be used in certain locations. Beam can be found in the following areas:

Waddle Doo Ball acts as a permanent version of the Beam ability, and has five vitality.

Techniques

Move Controls Description Element
Beam Whip Tap with the stylus Kirby swings an electric whip around him. Zap
Revolution Beam Hold with the stylus Kirby stops moving and continuously spins the beam whip around him. When used in midair, Kirby remains still and does not fall. Zap

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

As with Kirby Super Star Ultra, which preceded it, Beam now has many moves at its disposal, the most it has had in all of its appearances. It also received the ability to swing the Beam Whip 360° from Kirby: Canvas Curse. Beam can be obtained from Waddle Doo, Gemra, the King Doo mid-boss, and Metal General's Metal Bits.

Techniques

Move Controls Description Element Damage
Beam Whip 1 Kirby swings an electric whip in front of him. It starts around 90° above the horizon and ends a little below the horizon. Zap 8
Cycle Beam Dash + 1 Kirby creates a focused, rotating blast. Kirby gets invincibility during the beginning of the move. Zap 18 per hit (3 hits max)
Beam Blast Dash + 1 in midair While in the air, Kirby shoots many small energy bolts diagonally, in front of him and downward. This move gives Kirby an upward boost, and can be used up to five times from a single jump on level ground. Zap 16 (1st hit), 14 (2nd, 3rd hits)
Revolution Beam 1 repeatedly 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 20 per hit
Wave Beam Hold 1, release Kirby fires an energy blast straight forward, and is pushed back a bit due to recoil. This blast penetrates enemies, but not terrain. Zap 32
Capture Beam ↑, →, or ↓ next to foe + 1 (if facing right) Kirby grabs an enemy, then can release it with a blast of electricity. Kirby is invincible while holding an enemy, and can hold indefinitely; he can also turn around. However, if an enemy or boss touches Kirby, he will release his grabbed object and do less damage than the throw. Zap 16 (held object), 60 (thrown object)

Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, and Kirby: Planet Robobot

Beam is mostly unchanged from its appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. However, it lacks Revolution Beam. Beam can obtained from Waddle Doo and Masked Dedede's Revenge's and Shadow Dedede's Shining Axe shots.

In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Beam's Rare Outfit gives it Marx's hat.

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Beam can be used by Robobot Armor and its electricity can also be used to power wires to solve certain puzzles. Beam is also the base for the Beam Mage role in Team Kirby Clash. Beam can be obtained from Waddle Doo, King Doo, Security Force's Metal Bits, Holo Defense API's Holo-Kracko Waddle Doo spawns, Dedede Clone 2.0's Shining Hammer shots, and the R.O.B. amiibo.

Techniques

Beam Kirby

In Kirby Fighters and Kirby Fighters Deluxe, any invincibility granted by a move is removed, except when fighting bosses, i.e. Kracko, Team DDD.

Move Controls Description Element Damage
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Beam Whip B Press and release B Kirby swings an electric whip in front of him. It starts around 90° above the horizon and ends a little below the horizon. Zap 8 (1st hit), 6 (repeat hits)
Cycle Beam Dash + B Kirby creates a focused, rotating blast. Kirby is invincible during this move. Zap 14 (near), 18 (middle), 22 (far), 10 (repeat hits)
Beam Blast Dash + B in midair While in the air, Kirby shoots many small energy bolts diagonally, in front of him and downward. This move gives Kirby an upward boost, and can be used up to three times from a single jump on level ground. Zap 18 (1st hit), 4 (repeat hits)
Wave Beam Press and hold B, and then release Kirby fires an energy blast straight forward, and is pushed back a bit due to recoil. This blast penetrates enemies, but not terrain. Zap 35
Capture Beam Either of ↑/→ + B near an enemy Either ↑/→ + B near an enemy Either of ↑/→ + B near an enemy Kirby grabs an enemy, then can release it with a blast of electricity. Kirby is invincible while holding an enemy, and can hold indefinitely; he can also turn around. However, if an enemy or boss touches Kirby, he will release his grabbed object and do less damage than the throw. Zap 16 (held object), 60 (thrown object)
Beam Mode
Move Controls Description Element
Zig Zap Press and release B The Robobot Armor releases a ball of energy that bounces on the ground eight 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; it bounces four times before dissipating. Zap

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash

Beam serves as the base for the Beam Mage role. Its charge attack now has the ability to stop time momentarily, but it lacks the Capture Beam move.

Techniques

Move Controls Description Element
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Beam Whip Press and release B B Kirby swings an electric whip in front of him. It starts around 90° above the horizon and ends a little below the horizon. Zap
Time Beam Press and hold B, and then release Kirby fires an energy blast straight forward, and is pushed back a bit due to recoil. This blast, if it connects with the boss, will fill up a meter represented by a clock. At charge level 1, it fills by 5%. At charge level 2, it fills by 10%. At charge level 3, it fills by 30%. In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash, Time Beam's time stop effect is 50% more effective on aerial bosses, but it decays after each successful time stop and charge level 3 was reduced to 25%. None
Cycle Beam Dash + B Kirby creates a focused, rotating blast. Kirby is invincible during this move. Zap
Beam Blast Dash + B in midair While in the air, Kirby shoots many small energy bolts diagonally, in front of him and downward. This move gives Kirby an upward boost, and can be used up to three times from a single jump on level ground. Zap

Kirby Star Allies

Beam can now use its Zap element to enhance other Copy Abilities. It can also once again electrify the surface of water and power wires, in addition to powering lights. In addition to being obtained from Waddle Doo, who is its Friend Helper, Beam can also be obtained from Zan Partizanne's attacks that create orange stars and Void Termina's/Void Soul's/Void's attacks that create orange stars.

Techniques

Move Controls Description Element Damage
Type A Type B
Beam Whip Press and release B Press and release Y Kirby swings an electric whip in front of him. It starts around 90° above the horizon and ends a little below the horizon. Zap 12 per hit
Cycle Beam Dash + B Dash + Y Kirby creates a focused, rotating blast. Kirby is invincible during this move, and he has reduced friction, allowing him to slide around. Zap 14 (near), 18 (middle), 21 (far)
Beam Blast Dash + B in midair Dash + Y in midair While in the air, Kirby shoots many small energy bolts diagonally, in front of him and downward. This move gives Kirby an upward boost, and can be used up to seven times from a single jump on level ground. Zap 21 (staff), 18 (bullets)
Wave Beam Press and hold B, and then release Press and hold Y, and then release Kirby fires an energy blast straight forward, and is pushed back a bit due to recoil. This blast penetrates enemies, but not terrain. This move can be used in the air from a jump, but it is more difficult to perform than in Kirby Super Star/Ultra. Zap 35 (Wave Beam), 18 (explosion)
Capture Beam Either ↑/→ + B near an enemy Either ↑/→ + Y near an enemy Kirby grabs an enemy, then can release it with a blast of electricity. Kirby is invincible while holding an enemy, and can hold indefinitely; he can also turn around. However, if an enemy or boss touches Kirby, he will release his grabbed object and do less damage than the throw. Zap 16 (held object), 60 (thrown object)

Damage

Move
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Beam Whip 5 per hit (2 hits max) 8 per hit (2 hits max) 8 8 (1st hit), 6 (repeat hits) 12 per hit
Cycle Beam 14 per hit (2 hits max) 14 (1st hit near), 18 (1st hit far, 2nd and 3rd hits) 18 per hit (3 hits max) 14 (near), 18 (middle), 22 (far), 10 (repeat hits) 14 (near), 18 (middle), 21 (far)
Beam Blast 20 (staff), 5 (bullets) 20 (staff), 16 (bullets) 16 (1st hit), 14 (2nd and 3rd hits) 18 (1st hit), 4 (repeat hits) 21 (staff), 18 (bullets)
Revolution Beam N/A N/A 20 per hit N/A N/A
Wave Beam 26 30 32 35 35 (Wave Beam), 18 (explosion)
Capture Beam 60 (thrown object) 16 (held object), 60 (thrown object)

In the Super Smash Bros. series

Beam Kirby appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Despite being based on its Kirby's Return to Dream Land appearance, the trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U still has Kirby colored yellow instead of pink.

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!
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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!
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This ability gives you control of electricity itself. It looks like a simple ability, but science cannot yet explain how it works.
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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!
— Beam Mode • 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.

Trivia

  • In Kirby Super Star, it erroneously states that the input for Beam machine gun is Dash + B (in the air), when in reality, it is the Y Button that needs to be pressed, not B (which is the jump button).
  • 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, the Spark Rick move is near identical to 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.
  • 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 Spinning Fire Breath and Triple Hammer.
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.

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