Charge ahead invincibly!
— Burning's Flavor text • Kirby: Canvas Curse

General Information

Burning (or FireBall in Kirby's Adventure.) is one of Kirby's copy abilities, first appearing in Kirby's Adventure. It is often merged with the Fire ability mainly because of its simplistic form of attack. In Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Dream Land 3, and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, the actual Fire ability is absent, although Burning appears to be its replacement. When the Burning ability is used in conjunction with an Animal Friend (with the exception of Kine) underwater, its range and power are greatly reduced.

Kirby gets this ability when he inhales an enemy that constantly radiates heat around itself, the most common being Flamer. When the ability is used, Kirby is wrapped in a coat of flames and then charges forward at super speed, burning any enemy he goes through. It is able to light fuses, and in all games (except for Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra), it can break through Metal Blocks.

Because of its absence as its own ability in Kirby Super Star, Burning didn't receive its hat until Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, alongside Hammer, Spark, Hi-Jump, and others. Burning Kirby wears a bejeweled tiara, and he's constantly holding flames in his hands.

In the English versions of Kirby's Adventure and Kirby's Dream Course, this ability is called Fireball. In the English manual for Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, it was known as Burn.

Move Set

Move Controls Description Element
Burning Attack B/ Tap with Stylus Kirby is set on fire and lunges forward with such great force that he can break rainbow lines drawn by the Power Paintbrush. Kirby is completely invincible while burning through anything.
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Burning can be used underwater.

Animal Friends

Move Controls Description Element
Rick Y Rick shoots fireballs out of his mouth. Fire Rick torche
Coo Y Coo dives forward while on fire at an angle. This move acts much like the normal move. Fire Coo torche
Kine Y Kine shoots a large fire ball from his mouth. This is the only Burning move not to be affected by water. Fire Kine torche
Gooey Y Gooey lunges forward while surrounded by blue fire. Fire
Nago Y Nago launches a pillar of fire out of Kirby. It stays relatively close to the ground for the entirety of the attack. Fire
Chuchu Y Chuchu uses a short range attack, and if the player holds B, she inflates like a hot air balloon, hitting aerial enemies. Fire
Pitch Y Pitch launches forward in a ball of fire. At the end of the swoop he comes back to his partner. Fire

Super Smash Bros. Series

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Burning appears as Kirby's dash attack turning him into a fireball as he plows though his foes. This attack was replaced with Yo-Yo's Break Spin attack in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Flavor Texts

GameFlavor text
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Kirby can turn into a flying fireball! Jump and attack in a flash of fire!
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Flaming tackle time! Who's gonna stop me?
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Charge ahead invincibly!


  • Since Kirby's Adventure, Burning appears in every platformer Kirby game (with the exception of Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby Mass Attack, both of which did not feature copy abilities), even when it is an additional attack in Fire ability's moveset; it is Fire Kirby's dash attack in most games.


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