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Fly about the sky on your broom and sweep up a breeze to blow fallen leaves and enemies away. You can even put out flames with a bucketful of water! And perhaps old friends will pop up to help you scrub?
— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies

Cleaning, also known as Clean or Broom, is a Copy Ability in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby's Dream Land 3.


Kirby's Dream Land 3

Cleaning focuses on various appliances that aid in cleanliness, most notably the broom. Cleaning can be combined with one of the Animal Friends to give it a different move. It is also the only Copy Ability that can destroy the Cleaning Ability Blocks. Gooey, who behaves near identically to Kirby, can also obtain Cleaning. Cleaning can be obtained from the Broom Hatter (which had given no Copy Ability prior to this game), Keke (broom or enemy), and Cleaning Bukiset enemies, and the Haboki mid-boss.


Animal Friend Controls Description Element Image
None Y Kirby dusts in front of him with a broom. None
Rick Y Rick dusts in front of him with a tiny duster. It has more vertical range than Kirby's, but it does not hit directly below Rick. None KDL3 Clean Rick sprite.png
Coo Y Coo becomes a feather duster wielded by Kirby. It does not hit anything at ground level. None KDL3 Clean Coo sprite.png
Kine Y A plunger comes out of Kine's mouth that can grab enemies. Once an enemy is grabbed, it can be used as a shield against projectiles, can defeat enemies on contact, or can be thrown, all three of which will expend the enemy. This move acts similarly to Kirby's Inhale. This move can not clean away dust. None KDL3 Clean Kine sprite.png
Nago Y Kirby turns into a cloth which Nago pushes along the ground. This move is similar to Wheel. None KDL3 Clean Nago sprite.png
ChuChu Y ChuChu and Kirby fly around on a broom. Only the broom's bristles do damage. None KDL3 Clean ChuChu sprite.png
Pitch Y Pitch turns into a bucket of water, which Kirby dumps. The water travels in an arc before splashing. By pressing up during the throw, the water will travel higher, but now as far. Splash KDL3 Clean Pitch sprite.png

Kirby Star Allies

Cleaning returns, now with multiple moves and wearing a white bandana decorated with green stars. Some of its moves include Animal Friends from Kirby's Dream Land 3, referencing the Copy Ability's debut game. Cleaning can now use its Bluster and Splash elements to enhance other Copy Abilities; it is the only Copy Ability in the game to feature multiple elements in its base form. It has two main Friend Abilities, Friend Vacuum and Friend Super-Vac; Friend Vacuum allows Kirby to suck up nearby enemies and Friends with a vacuum cleaner, Friend Super-Vac allows Kirby to shoot out any sucked up Friends, similarly to Friend Throw. Cleaning is obtained from Broom Hatter, who is its Friend Helper.


Move Controls Description Element Damage
Type A Type B
Sweep Press and release B Press and release Y Kirby pushes a cloud of dust with his broom that pushes enemies. Bluster 16
Sweep and Move ←/→ while pressing B ←/→ while pressing Y Kirby can walk while sweeping but cannot turn around. Bluster 16
Broom Flick Press and hold B, and then release Press and hold Y, and then release Kirby quickly flicks the broom upward, sending a larger cloud of dust forwards. Kirby is invincible during this move. Bluster 40
Clean Pitch ↑ + press and release B ↑ + press and release Y Kirby pulls Pitch out and transforms him into a bucket of water, from which Kirby splashes a ball of water at an upward arc. Splash 24
Charged Clean Pitch Press and hold ↑ + B, and then release Press and hold ↑ + Y, and then release Pitch will close his eyes when fully charged, then turn into a bucket from which Kirby splashes a larger ball of water in an upward arc. Splash 36
Clean Nago Dash + B Dash + Y Kirby transforms into a cloth, and Nago appears to slide him across the ground. Kirby is invincible during this move. Despite not having Bluster, this move can get rid of leaves Splash 16
Clean ChuChu Dash + B in midair Dash + Y in midair ChuChu appears above Kirby, who rides on the broom to fly around with it, surrounded by a gust of wind which protects them. The bristles also make star sprinkles. This move has a limited amount of time that it can fly for; upon reaching this limit, Kirby and ChuChu will slowly fall down. Bluster (front) 32 (broom), 20 (glitter)
Friend Vacuum Vacuum jumping friends with ↑ Kirby pulls out a vacuum that can suck up foes and Friends. Kirby can vacuum up to three Friends. None N/A
Friend Super-Vac B after using Friend Vacuum Y after using Friend Vacuum Kirby blows away the vacuumed Friends. Additional Friends are thrown at steeper angles. None 42

Kirby GCN

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Cleaning was slated to appear in Kirby GCN, retaining its appearance from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Its Helper would be Broom Hatter. While not much was shown of it, Cleaning has an attack that greatly resembles Broom Flick.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

Cleaning Kirby in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

Cleaning is greatly updated for its debut in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! Kirby gains a yellow kerchief with green stars over his head, with a purple and yellow broom. The sparkles that shoot from it when swung can hurt enemies or cause any garbage and grime to magically disappear. Kirby can also sit on the broom and fly quickly through the air.

Transformation Sequence

In the transformation sequence, the broom hits Kirby until he catches it, swings around and forms his kerchief.

Related Quotes

Attack foes with a broom!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll
Sweep your problems away with a broom!
— Description • Kirby Star Allies official website
Use the Cleaning ability to sweep up piles of leaves.
— Loading screen • Kirby Star Allies

In Other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
Japanese クリーン Translates to Clean.
English Clean
Kirby's Dream Land 3

Kirby's Dream Land 3

Kirby Star Allies
Traditional Chinese 清潔 Translates to Clean.
Simplified Chinese 清洁 Translates to Clean.
German Putzfimmel Translates to Cleaning Mania.
French Ménage Translates to Housework.
Italian Pulitore Translates to Cleaner.
Spanish Limpiador Translates to Cleaner.


  • Cleaning is the third Copy Ability in the Kirby series to change its name, the first being Burning and the second being Smash Bros.
  • Cleaning has the longest absence between two appearances for a Copy Ability in a Kirby game, with 21 years between Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby Star Allies.
  • While Kirby can fly on his own with the broom in the anime, in the games, he requires ChuChu to do so.
  • In Kirby Star Allies, since the sweeping moves and Clean ChuChu are wind-based and the Clean Nago and Pitch moves are water-based, it is the only ability in the game that can grant two different elements.





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