|“||Be sure to light a candle when it gets dark - it makes it easier to spot enemies when they attack you!”|
|— Official European Kirby's Return to Dream Land website|
As its name suggests, it is a wax candle on top of a candle holder. When it is close to expiring, the candle becomes noticeably shorter.
The Candle's most common purpose is to illuminate dark rooms, similar to the Light Copy Ability and Lamps in other games. Before it expires, it melts Ice Blocks if thrown. Characters holding it cannot float or fly and will drop it if they are injured. The Candle becomes extinguished and useless if it becomes submerged in water at any point. Once Kirby is out of the dark area it is supplied for, the Candle appears melted to a stub with its wick extinguished.
- The Candle is the only Carry item in Kirby's Return to Dream Land that does not appear in the Item Challenge.