|“||Former allies and rivals return as friends. Embark on the adventure of your dreams with characters from the Kirby series!”|
|— A new adventure with Dream Friends! • Kirby Star Allies|
Dream Friends are special friends (and even a few foes, like Marx and Dark Meta Knight) from past Kirby titles. They can only be recruited by using the Dream Rod, which can be found in a Dream Palace; when the Dream Rod is used, a roulette will appear, and whichever Dream Friend the roulette is stopped on is the one Kirby will recruit. If the player is unhappy with the Dream Friend retrieved, the player can cancel adding them to the team, and the Dream Rod will respawn. Once recruited, Dream Friends act identically to normal friends recruited via Friend Hearts, albeit with unique movesets and are not directly affected by Copy Ability Items or Copy Essences. Some Dream Friends are locked, so the player must play through the game in order to unlock them. Bandana Waddle Dee, Rick & Kine & Coo, Marx, and Gooey are available right from the start and don’t need to be unlocked. King Dedede, Adeleine & Ribbon, Dark Meta Knight, and Daroach are unlocked after clearing Clash at Castle Dedede, in which King Dedede can immediately be befriended by throwing a Friend Heart at him after his boss fight. Meta Knight, Magolor, Taranza, and Susie are unlocked after clearing Sacred Square, in which Meta Knight can immediately be befriended by throwing a Friend Heart at him after his boss fight. The Three Mage-Sisters are unlocked after completing Heroes in Another Dimension with at least 100 Friend Hearts collected.
New Dream Friends, beyond the initial three of King Dedede, Meta Knight and Bandana Waddle Dee, have been added as time progresses, through free game updates:
- The 2.0.0 update was on March 28, 2018, which added Rick & Kine & Coo, Marx, and Gooey. Playing through Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! with these characters reveals slightly altered stage designs and new music. Murals for the Dream Friends were also added in various stages.
- The 3.0.0 update was on July 27, 2018, which added Daroach, Dark Meta Knight, and Adeleine & Ribbon. A save feature was added in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! so that a player could swap to a different friend while only having partial progress with another.
- The 4.0.0 update was on November 30, 2018, which added Magolor, Taranza, Susie, and The Three Mage-Sisters. A new mode called Heroes in Another Dimension was present in this update, in which the player travels through Another Dimension as Kirby and all of the Dream Friends. Additionally, the three original Dream Friends received minor changes to their moveset. Bandana Waddle Dee was given the "Ground Thrust" attack, where he charges at enemies with his spear pointed at them, King Dedede was given his "Super Dedede Jump" move, and Meta Knight was given the "Galactic Counter" attack.
|Available at Launch||Bandana Waddle Dee||King Dedede||Meta Knight|
|Rick & Kine & Coo||Marx||Gooey|
|Adeleine & Ribbon||Dark Meta Knight||Daroach|
|The Three Mage-Sisters|
|Element||King Dedede||Meta Knight||Bandana Waddle Dee||Marx||Dark Meta Knight||Susie|
|Blizzard||Blizzard Hammer||Blizzard Sword||Blizzard Spear||Blizzard Marx||Blizzard Sword||Blizzard Susie|
|Bluster||Bluster Hammer||Bluster Sword||Bluster Spear||Bluster Marx||Bluster Sword||Bluster Susie|
|Sizzle||Sizzle Hammer||Sizzle Sword||Sizzle Spear||Sizzle Marx||Sizzle Sword||Sizzle Susie|
|Splash||Splash Hammer||Splash Sword||Splash Spear||Splash Marx||Splash Sword||Splash Susie|
|Zap||Zap Hammer||Zap Sword||Zap Spear||Zap Marx||Zap Sword||Zap Susie|
|Team-Up Attack||Mix (Ability 1)||Mix (Ability 2)|
|Magoloran Launch||Magolor||Anyone (up to 3)|
|“||Once you’ve completed a world, the Dream Palace opens, allowing you to add classic characters like Meta Knight, King Dedede, and more to your team.”|
|— Official Kirby Star Allies website|
|“||You can call on Dream Friends at the Dream Palace in Story Mode. Make your dream team!”|
|— Find them at the Dream Palace • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||You can now call on Dream Friend King Dedede! Head to a Dream Palace!”|
|— Dream Friend King Dedede • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||You can now call on Dream Friend Meta Knight! Head to a Dream Palace!”|
|— Dream Friend Meta Knight • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||There are now 6 Dream Friends! Use them all as allies!”|
|— More Dream Friends! • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||There are now 12 Dream Friends! Wow! You can use them all as allies!”|
|— More Dream Friends! • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||Your Friend Hearts have brought a miracle. The Three Mage-Sisters are now Dream Friends!”|
|— The Three Mage-Sisters! • Kirby Star Allies|
- Kirby and the Dream Friends each have a different transition image after passing through a door. Helpers use Kirby's star image.
- Rick & Kine & Coo are playable as one character, not individually as in past games.
- Rick transforms into Coo while floating, and into Kine while swimming.
- Adeleine & Ribbon are the first female Dream Friends and the only playable duo.
- Susie is first solo female Dream Friend.
- The Three Mage-Sisters are the second trio of Dream Friends and the first all-female trio.
- Gooey, Rick, Kine, Coo, and Ribbon are the only Dream Friends who have not fought Kirby at any point in the series.
- King Dedede, Marx, and Magolor are the only Dream Friends that were final bosses from previous games.
- Marx and Susie are the only Dream Friend who can receive elemental Friend Abilities which are named after themselves.
- Adeleine & Ribbon, Daroach, and Taranza are the only Dream Friends who can summon other characters to attack.
- Taranza, Susie, and the Three Mage-Sisters are the only Dream Friends who were servants of main villains.
- Unlike Helpers, a Dream Friend will use their original color palette regardless of their player slot. However, if a duplicate of the same Dream Friend is obtained afterwards, the second instance of that Dream Friend will follow the usual yellow/blue/green color scheme depending on which player slot they are in.
- While many Dream Friend attacks are mostly original, others are similar to those of existing Copy Abilities:
- Bandana Waddle Dee's moveset is directly based on Spear from Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and is the only character to have said ability in the game.
- King Dedede's moveset is directly based on Hammer as in previous games, with the additions of his Head Slide and his Super Dedede Jump (as of version 4.0.0) from his boss fights.
- Meta Knight's moveset is based on Sword and Wing, as in previous games.
- Rick & Kine & Coo use their moves from Kirby's Dream Land 2: Rick uses Burning and Stone, Coo uses Cutter and Parasol (and flies in a similar fashion to Wing), and Kine uses Ice. If a friend piggybacks on Rick while he is using Stone, they will run in place on top of him as he rolls, just like Kirby and Gooey did in the original games.
- Marx's ball attacks are similar to Bomb's Bomb Throw, Bomb Bowl, and Bomb Drop.
- Gooey's tongue attacks are based on those of Whip, and he also uses Burning, Stone, and Parasol, all of which were available for him to copy in Kirby's Dream Land 3.
- Adeleine & Ribbon's moveset is primarily based on Artist, and she also utilizes Ribbon's Crystal Gun to attack.
- Dark Meta Knight is based on Sword and Wing just like his normal counterpart, and also incorporates elements of Mirror.
- Daroach uses the Triple Star in one attack, and his claw-based moves resemble those of Animal. His Summon Doc and Smack-in-the-Box moves also resemble UFO's Star Guard and Magic's Clown Spring in execution.
- Magolor utilizes the Ultra Sword in one of his moves.
- Taranza borrows several moves from Spider, including String Shot, Web Sling, and Pod Slam.
- Susie has a move that is based on Jet's Jet Dash, including variants on Jet Cracker, Super Jet Jump, and Rocket Dive, and her laser gun attacks resemble the Laser ability.
- The Three Mage-Sisters are the only Dream Friends to not have any moves resembling any Copy Ability, as all of their moves are instead based on their boss fights.
- As of update 2.0.0, murals of all available Dream Friends, depicting artwork of them from a previous game, are hidden throughout the game's levels:
- King Dedede's mural is located in Clash at Castle Dedede's first room, hidden in the ceiling above the staircase.
- Meta Knight's mural is located in Gabbel Moon in the bonus room with a Key Dee, accessed by traveling up the path the Key Dee runs down.
- Bandana Waddle Dee's mural is located in Sector B during the Friend Train segment in the fourth room after making the first two jumps.
- Rick & Kine & Coo's murals are located in Inside Islands in the area with the Room Guarder: Kine's is located in the bottom left after entering the water, Rick's is located in the left of the area with the Waddle Dee resting on a palm tree, and Coo's is found in the top left after emerging from the water at the end of the room.
- Marx's mural is located in Extra Planet β in the last room by pulling the ceiling switch above the goal and flying up into the hole.
- Gooey's mural is located in Eastern Wall in the room with Two Faces, in the pit left behind by the second elevator block. A Cappy is also present on this mural.
- Adeleine & Ribbon's murals are located in Extra Eclair: Ribbon's mural is located in the roof of the room with the sphere of Waddle Dees, and Adeleine's is located in the roof of the room where the player faces Bonkers and Vividria.
- Dark Meta Knight's mural is located in Sacred Square in the final room before the boss battle against Meta Knight, by pressing all of the switches and then returning to the bottom area with the Reset Platform. Shadow Kirby is also present on this mural.
- Daroach and the Squeaks' murals are located in Planet Earthfall: the Squeaks' mural is located in the ceiling above the exit door in the first room containing a multitude of treasure chests, and Daroach's is in the ceiling of the secret area containing the big switch.
- Magolor's mural is located in Sector C in the room with the conveyor belt with spikes, attached to the ninth terrain block that the spikes are on. The Lor Starcutter is also present on this mural.
- Taranza's mural is located in Grott Moon in the area with two bombs next to each other after the passage blocked off by Ice Blocks, in the hole left by the second bomb. Queen Sectonia is also present on this mural.
- Susie's mural is located in Echo's Edge in the room with the upwards wind currents, to the left of where the platform with the frozen stake falls after it has been pounded. President Haltmann is also present on this mural.
- The Three Mage-Sisters' mural is located in Jambandra Base's HAL Room. After destroying all of the Star Block letters and causing the ground-block letters to appear, their mural will show up in the ceiling of the room's entrance.
- When playing as a Dream Friend that was added by an update in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!, the layouts of Green Gardens, Gatehouse Road (for Wave 1) or Sector A (for Wave 2), and Jambandra Base will be altered to match levels from that character's original game:
- As Rick & Kine & Coo, Green Gardens is Stage 1 of Kirby's Dream Land 2’s Grass Land, Gatehouse Road is Stage 1 of Red Canyon, and Jambandra Base is Stages 1 and 7 of Dark Castle.
- As Marx, Green Gardens is Green Greens, Gatehouse Road is Peanut Plains, and Jambandra Base is Halfmoon.
- As Gooey, Green Gardens is Stage 1 of Kirby's Dream Land 3’s Grass Land, Gatehouse Road is Stage 1 of Sand Canyon, and Jambandra Base is Stages 5 and 6 of Iceberg.
- As Adeleine & Ribbon, Green Gardens is Stage 1 of Pop Star, Sector A is Stage 2 of Rock Star, and Jambandra Base is Stage 4 of Shiver Star.
- As Dark Meta Knight, Green Gardens is Rainbow Route, Donut Dome is Moonlight Mansion, Sector A is Carrot Castle, and Jambandra Base is Candy Constellation.
- As Daroach, Green Gardens is Stage 1 of Prism Plains, Sector A is Stage 1 of Vocal Volcano, and Jambandra Base is Stages 1 through 4 of Gamble Galaxy.
- As Magolor, Green Gardens is Stage 1 of Cookie Country, Gatehouse Road is Stage 2 of Nutty Noon and Stage 4 of Raisin Ruins, and Jambandra Base is Stages 2 and 3 of Dangerous Dinner.
- As Taranza, Green Gardens is Stages 1, 3, and 4 of Fine Fields, Gatehouse Road is Stage 1 of Endless Explosions, and Jambandra Base is Stages 1 and 5 of Royal Road.
- As Susie, Green Gardens is Stages 1 and 2 of Patched Plains, Sector A is Stage 3 of Resolution Road and Stage 3 of Access Ark, and Jambandra Base is Stage 5 of Access Ark.
- As of update 2.0.0 onward, each Dream Friend has a special jingle that plays when they are recruited or reach a checkpoint in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! that is a remix of a song associated with that character:
- King Dedede: An excerpt from Masked Dedede's theme.
- Meta Knight: The ending theme of Revenge of Meta Knight.
- Bandana Waddle Dee: The title theme of Kirby's Dream Land. The remix is particularly reminiscent of the Wii Channel theme from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
- Rick & Kine & Coo: Rick's theme from Kirby's Dream Land 2.
- Marx: The beginning of his boss theme.
- Gooey: The Ripple Field map theme from Kirby's Dream Land 3.
- Adeleine & Ribbon: Pop Star's level music from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
- Dark Meta Knight: The beginning of his boss theme.
- Daroach: The opening of "Here Come the Squeaks!"
- Magolor: The Lor Starcutter interior theme.
- Taranza: A rearrangement of his theme from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
- Susie: The beginning of "The Noble Haltmann."
- The Three Mage-Sisters: The beginning of the Song of Supplication.
- With the exception of Bandana Waddle Dee, the order in which the Dream Friends were released mirrors the release order of the games each debuted in.
- Waves 2 and 3 were datamined by Twitter user Reserved on April 29, 2018, revealing the playable characters months before their official announcements.
- According to an interview, the developers of Kirby Star Allies had originally wanted Drawcia, Elline, Shadow Kirby, Galacta Knight, and other characters to make appearances as Dream Friends in the game. However, they decided to stick with the rules of one character per game and that they would only be from the “core” games of the series, and thus, they left them out.