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Name (JP) 大砲たいほう (Taihō)
- Meaning Cannon
In Games
Kirby's Adventure
Kirby's Toy Box
Kirby Super Star
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Kirby Mass Attack
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
PropertiesLaunches player, destroys Metal Blocks and Durable Blocks.
This is Donkey Kong Country-esque barrel ridin'.
— Kit Ellis • Kirby Star Allies New Levels & Boss Fight Co-op Gameplay - Nintendo Minute

Cannons are objects that appear in various Kirby games. Kirby can jump into them and be shot out to another location. Not to be confused with enemies such as Shotzo, these cannons are part of the environment and resemble big-bored medieval cannons, so large, in fact, that they vaguely resembles a cauldron.

Most cannons require the associated fuse to be lit by Kirby himself, before racing the spark running along the fuse to the cannon, jumping into it, and being blasted off to a side screen or secret area on the stage. Any Copy Ability with the Sizzle element will do the trick lighting the fuse - Laser, Master, and Triple Star work as well.

In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, the A.I. driving the Helpers or the second player controlling them can light the fuses for Kirby instead. Some of the fuses in these two titles, instead of ending blindly, are attached to an Ignition Switch, when destroyed or depressed in any method, lights the fuse.

Another common variant are the Floating Cannon, which do not require lighting fuses to be fired. These generally come in two colors: green and yellow. Yellow ones fire automatically while green ones require the player's input to fire. Some of these cannons rotate, and work like Zebon from the previous games. Some of the cannons in Kirby: Triple Deluxe turn or slide horizontally when the player tilts his/her Nintendo 3DS system.

The Super Cannon is a variant that appears in Kirby: Canvas Curse. They appear like the other mentioned cannons, but have a purple button on them; touching this with the stylus will launch Kirby alike to the other cannons.

A tiny cannon in Kirby: Canvas Curse

A tiny cannon is a smaller, less powerful variant of the usual cannon. When Kirby touches one, he immediately launches out of it. He loses momentum quickly and cannot break Metal Blocks when firing from the cannon. Tiny cannons appear in Kirby: Canvas Curse and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.

Abilities Kirby can use to light fuses

In the Super Smash Bros. series

Cannons appear in The Great Cave Offensive, a stage that appears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Cannons act the same way as they do in Kirby Super Star and its remake, rotating in eight directions when a player jumps inside one. As with all cannons in the Smash Bros. series, being fired from a cannon deals damage to other fighters.

Related Quotes

Light the fuse of a cannon with fire or another ability, then climb inside and get ready to blast off.
— Using Gimmicks • Kirby: Squeak Squad Instruction Booklet
Don't worry about Kirby when he's shot out of a cannon. He has to do it in order to break blocks or hit a wall, and he's perfectly fine afterward. But for the rest of you, no crawling into cannons, OK?
— Figurine description • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse


Although not a Copy Ability, Kirby's Copy Ability icon usually changes to a cannon icon when he is inside of one, much like when he is riding a mine cart. In Kirby's Adventure, the cannon's icon is used accordingly, but only in the French and the European versions.[1] This was fixed in the 3D Classics version, though it still shows up in the Mix roulette in all regions.



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