KPR Susie artwork.png This article is about the ability. For other uses, see Bubble (disambiguation).

Take care of foes with a spray of bubbles!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll

Bubble is a Copy Ability in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby: Squeak Squad.

Games

Kirby: Squeak Squad

Bubble focuses on transforming enemies into bubble items that Kirby can store in his Copy Palette and use later. Enemies that give Copy Abilities will transform into Ability bubbles corresponding to their ability. Enemies that do not give Copy Abilities (or can't even be inhaled) turn into Star bubbles; this is the only way to obtain these without Roulette bubbles. Gold Waddle Dees will drop their Treasure Chests if transformed into a bubble item. Bubble can be obtained from the Bubble Head enemy or the Buboo mid-boss.

As Kirby: Squeak Squad’s main gimmick was using bubble items and the Copy Palette, which has not returned since (although Assist Stars are similar in concept to food bubbles), Bubble has not made an appearance in any other game; however, there has been no formal statement that Bubble will not appear again. Bubble was even considered for Kirby Battle Royale as a Copy Ability that could be voted into the game.

Techniques

Move Controls Image Description Damage
Bubble Attack[1] B Bubble Technique 1.png Kirby creates a stream of bubbles from his wand, which turns regular enemies into bubbles when their health is fully depleted. 20
Target Bubble B + ↑/↓ Bubble Technique 2.png Kirby aims his bubble wand up or down. 20
Big Bubble[1] → + B Bubble Technique 3.png Kirby winds up, then fires a single large bubble that flies forward then curves up. While Kirby charges up this bubble, the direction of the bubble can be influenced by pressing up or down. This bubble instantly turns any regular enemy into a bubble. 40

Flavor Texts

GameFlavor text
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Mysterious bubbles can capture so much.

Related Quotes

Bubble Kirby's got the power to turn enemies into soap bubbles.
— Some Copy Abilities • Kirby: Squeak Squad Instruction Booklet

In Other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
Japanese バブル Translates to Bubble.
English Bubble
German Blase Translates to Bubble.
French Bulle Translates to Bubble.
Italian Bolla Translates to Bubble.
Spanish Pompas Translates to Bubbles.

Trivia

Artist's drawing of Sharbon and their depiction of the theoretical Bubble Kirby.

  • Bubble was originally conceptualized as a Copy Ability the character Sharbon would give if Kirby inhaled him. This ultimately did not occur, however.
    • In this instance, Bubble Kirby's appearance has Kirby covered in soap bubbles.
  • The developers had a difficult time deciding what Bubble's ability hat should be, as bubbles are flexible and do not have a defined shape. The team eventually settled on the current design: a shower cap, specifically one used by Japanese children to prevent soap from running into their eyes. This design was met with some resistance, as some team members pointed out that Kirby does not have hair (though other members would make the counterpoint that Kirby's eyes would still need protection against soap foam). Additionally, the developers did not know if the shower caps were still used by children in 2006; the team looked in shop windows to see if the caps were still being sold.[2]
  • In the E3 footage for the unreleased Kirby GCN, a Copy Ability (most likely Water) was shown. It demonstrated only one attack: Kirby blows bubbles that spread around a fair distance, very similar to the Bubble ability's main attack. The Bubble ability debuted in Kirby: Squeak Squad one year after Kirby GCN’s trailer was shown; Bubble may have drawn inspiration from Water.

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Sprites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Official Japanese strategy book
  2. Kirby: Squeak Squad interview
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