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 one of Kirby's Copy Abilities. Its first in-game appearance was in Kirby's Dream Land 3, but it also appeared in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! and in Kirby Star Allies. It was also planned to appear in Kirby GCN, but Kirby GCN was later cancelled during development.

General Information

The Cleaning ability debuted as Clean in Kirby's Dream Land 3. The ability has little in the way of offensive potential, doing little damage and having an extremely short range. However, the Clean ability is needed to acquire many of the game's Heart Stars and can be very useful when paired with an Animal Friend. The ability focuses on different methods of cleaning, and its attacks with common household cleaning products. In Kirby's Dream Land 3, on his own, Kirby is only able to attack with a broom, but when used with an Animal Friend, he uses things like feather dusters, plungers, and other objects associated with cleaning. This ability also makes it the first time that the recurring enemy Broom Hatter gives an ability.

Cleaning makes a return in Kirby Star Allies, where it now has a wider array of attacks. This includes horizontal sweeps, vertical sweeps and some moves based on the attacks performed by the Animal Friends in Kirby's Dream Land 3, such as a dash attack involving Nago's attack with Kirby in the sweep ability. Broom Hatter once again provides the ability, as well as acting as the Helper for the ability.

Prior to its appearance in Kirby Star Allies, only in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! anime did Kirby get a hat to go along with it, as it was the ability's first appearance outside of Kirby's Dream Land 3. However, Cleaning was set to appear in the cancelled Kirby GCN and would've featured a similar appearance, except with what appears to be a gray rim on the hat and an all-gray broom. The main source of the ability, as well as the ability's helper, would have been Broom Hatter.


Move Controls Description Element Damage
Sweep Y / B Kirby pushes a cloud of dust (or gust of wind in Kirby Star Allies) with a broom that damages the enemy. It can also be used to clean up dust (or leaves in Kirby Star Allies), sometimes revealing secrets and Heart Stars. Bluster 16
Sweep and Move
←/→ while holding B/Y Kirby walks while sweeping, which makes a gust of wind in front of him. Bluster 16
Broom Flick
Hold B/Y then release Kirby pushes a wider gust of wind in front of himself. Bluster 40
Clean Pitch
↑ + B/Y Pitch will appear and turns into a bucket, from which Kirby splashes a pile of water at a slight arc. Splash 24
Charged Clean Pitch
Hold ↑ + B/Y then release Pitch will close his eyes when fully charged, then turn into a bucket from which Kirby splashes a huge pile of water in a slight arc. Splash 36
Clean Nago
Dash + B/Y Kirby becomes a cloth, and Nago will appear to push him forwards. Splash 16
Clean ChuChu
Dash + B/Y in midair ChuChu will appear above Kirby on a broom and fly around with it, surrounded by a gust of wind which protects them. The bristles also make star bubbles. Bluster 32 (Broom), 20 (Glitter)

Animal Friends

Move Controls Description Element Image
Rick Y Rick dusts in front of him with a tiny duster. It is very similar to Cleaning Kirby's primary move. None KDL3 Clean Rick sprite
Coo Y Coo becomes a feather duster wielded by Kirby. The duo fall to the ground. None KDL3 Clean Coo sprite
Kine Y A plunger comes out of Kine's mouth and grabs enemies before throwing them. Acts similarly to Kirby's Inhale. This move can not actually clean away dirt. None KDL3 Clean Kine sprite
Nago Y Kirby turns into a cloth which Nago pushes along the ground. This move is similar to Wheel. None KDL3 Clean Nago sprite
ChuChu Y ChuChu and Kirby fly around on a broom without the need to inhale air. The only part of the broom that deals damage are the bristles. None KDL3 Clean ChuChu sprite
Pitch Y Pitch turns into a bucket of water, which Kirby dumps. The water travels in a slight arc before exploding into smaller blobs. The water can make some flowers grow. Just before Kirby dumps out the water, the player can influence the arc the water travels in with the Directional Pad. By holding Up, the water will slowly travel slightly upwards in a much smaller arc. By holding the direction Kirby is facing, the water will travel farther ahead. Splash KDL3 Clean Pitch sprite

Friend Abilities

Friend Ability Mix Description Element Damage
Friend Vacuum Anyone Kirby/Broom Hatter takes a vacuum cleaner and all nearby enemies get sucked into it. Friends can also jump on it, making them unable to move. None N/A
Friend Super-Vac Anyone Kirby/Broom Hatter will pop all of the friends out of the vacuum cleaner and they'll bounce around the screen, damaging every enemy it hits. None 42
Rising Sizzler Fire When Kirby/Broom Hatter uses any wind attacks on Kirby/Burning Leo, flames will rise forward in a wide area. Sizzle
Thundersplash Plasma When Kirby/Broom Hatter uses any water attacks on Kirby/Plugg, they'll form a plasma barrier that shoots electric-infused puddles of water in a wide range. Zap, Splash
Splash Curling Stone After using Stone Change, Kirby/Broom Hatter can use their water attacks to make it a curling stone that does water damage to opponents in the way. Splash
Clean Curling Stone After using Stone Change, Kirby/Broom Hatter can use any attack associated with Bluster to make it a curling stone that does bluster damage to any opponents in the way. Bluster

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
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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 undergo a name change, the first being Burning and the second being Smash Bros.
  • Cleaning holds the record for longest break 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 help him 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 elemental imbuements besides the Dream Friends.





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