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A great way to cool down hot-headed enemies and then send them flying as a block of ice with a kick! You can also turn on a dime with skate dash or freeze your friends' weapons! You can even give a stone a slippery path for a bit of curling!
— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies

Ice is one of Kirby's Copy Abilities. It is a very basic ability that displays freezing properties and parallels the Fire ability in moves. It debuted in Kirby's Adventure.

General Information

Ice's main function is to unleash a wintery breath of ice, turning any enemy it touches into an ice cube. After that, Kirby is able to kick the frozen enemy forward into other enemies or obstacles. If the icy block isn't kicked shortly after it materializes, it automatically explodes. Rather than running, Kirby calmly ice-skates through the level, making it easier for him to kick his frostbitten foes along.

The Ice ability has two extensions, both of which are derived from properties of said ability. These are the Freeze and the Ice Skating abilities.

Ice appears as a Mode for Robobot Armor in Kirby: Planet Robobot.

Move Set

Move Controls Description Notes Element
Ice Breath B/Y Kirby fires an icy blast from his mouth. The blast freezes enemies and mid-bosses (when defeated) on contact, encasing them in an ice cube that can be kicked around.
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This attack was previously known as Freezer breath.
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Kirby breathes the ice in a circle around him. Similar to Freeze, but does not cover areas above or below him.
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The blast can be angled once the Ability Scroll is found. It can also be used to freeze water or momentarily harden hot lava.
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Ice Storm Dash + B/Y/1 or B/Y/1 repeatedly Kirby huddles down and encases himself in a freezing aura. This has the same properties as Freeze.
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This attack was previously known as Freezer blizzard.
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Ice Sprinkle B/Y/1 (Midair) Kirby spins in midair and simultaneously breathes ice in the air, freezing airborne enemies & defeated mid-bosses.
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This attack was previously known as Freezer sprinkle.
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Super Ice Sprinkle Dash + B/Y/1 (Midair) Kirby spins many times in midair while breathing ice.
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This attack hits 4 times.
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This attack hits 2 times.
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The attack's animation has changed from a crystalline snowstorm to a swirling ice cloud. 
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Ice Suction / Ice Ejection ↑/forward + B/Y/1 (Near Enemy) Kirby sucks up a nearby enemy, and then, by pressing either B or Y or 1, Kirby will spit the enemy back out, frozen solid.
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This attack was previously known as Freezer suction/Freezer ejection.
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Ice Kick Run into Block Kirby kicks a frozen enemy in a forward direction. N/A None
Ice Ball Dash + ↓ + 1/B Kirby turns into a ball which rolls forward and explodes after a while.
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This attack debuted in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
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Ice Block R / A Kirby hides in an ice cube.
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This guard now blocks chip damage from bosses.
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Ice Scatter Release A The ice cube that Kirby is hiding in explodes, dealing splash damage to nearby enemies.
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This property of Ice's guard debuted in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
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Damage Values

Move Damage[1] 19960321
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Damage 20111024
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Damage[2] 20161006
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Ice Breath 10 (1st hit), 9 - 10 (repeat hits) 18 (1st hit near), 15 (1st hit far, repeat hits near), 13 (repeat hits far) 18 (1st hit near), 15 (1st hit far), 8 (repeat hits)
Ice Storm 20 (all hits) 20 (1st hit), 17 (repeat hits) 20 (1st hit), 8 (repeat hits)
Ice Sprinkle 18 22 24 (early hit), 18 (late hit)
Super Ice Sprinkle 14 per hit 26 per hit 28 (early hit), 22 (late hit)
Ice Suction / Ice Ejection 70 62 62
Ice Kick Untested 48 (kicked), 40 (stationary) 58 (stationary), 62 (kicked)
Ice Ball N/A 38 28
Ice Scatter N/A 16 16

Animal Friends

Character Controls Description Element
Rick B Kirby and Rick become a large two part snowman and create a blizzard that acts exactly like the Freeze ability. In Kirby's Dream Land 3, it works similarly to when it appeared in Kirby's Dream Land 2, but it instead snows down snow from the top of the snowman. Blizzard KDL3 Ice Rick sprite KDL2 Ice Rick sprite
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Coo B Kirby breathes ice like normal but he can aim it in any direction. The duo lose altitude when the move is used. In the sequel, Coo just launches three angled icicles. Blizzard KDL3 Ice Coo sprite KDL2 Ice Coo sprite
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Kine B Kine surrounds himself in a blizzard like the ability Freeze, but he keeps moving. If the button is held down too long Kine freezes himself and can easily be attacked. In the sequel Kine freezes himself right away and acts like stone, dropping fast and becoming invincible. Blizzard
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; None
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KDL3 Ice Kine sprite KDL2 Ice Kine sprite
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Nago B Nago aims Kirby downward as they jet out a burst of cold breath and launch through the air. Blizzard KDL3 Ice Nago sprite
ChuChu B ChuChu lobs multiple snowballs at different angles. Blizzard KDL3 Ice ChuChu sprite
Pitch B Pitch is cranked up and releases an icy blast of breath that can be aimed. Blizzard KDL3 Ice Pitch sprite

Kirby Battle Royale Moveset

Every player has an invisible freeze gauge when Ice is being used. When this gauge fills, the player will be frozen in a block of ice.

Move Controls Description Damage (Robo Bonkers)
Ice Breath B Kirby exhales frigid air. Landing this attack fills the freeze gauge by 1/2. 100
Ice Sprinkle B during jump Kirby spins while exhaling icy breath. Landing this attack fills the freeze gauge by 1/3. 70
Ice Wall Hold/release B Kirby creates a wall of three (one in 2D Battle Modes) ice stalagmites. Freezes opponents inside of the stalagmites when performing the move, but simply act as a wall afterward, which can be attacked in order to destroy. 450
Ice Ball Y Kirby surrounds himself in a ball of ice and quickly rolls forward. Landing this attack fills the freeze gauge by 1/5, regardless of how many hits connect with the opponent. 45x4

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Robobot Armor Mode

Move Controls Description Element
Snowstorm B The Robobot Armor releases an icy blast from one of its arm fans. Blizzard
Change Angle Snowstorm + D-Pad The Snowstorm move may be aimed either upwards or downwards. Blizzard
Speedskater Dash + B The Robobot Armor moves forward smoothly forward on the ground while spinning and blowing cold air. Blizzard
Blizzard Lance B repeatedly The Robobot Armor charges an attack that releases three ice shards which stick to surfaces for a few seconds before disappearing. None

In the Super Smash Bros. series

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Ice Kirby appears as a trophy. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Kirby uses Ice Breath as his second Standard Special Custom Move. Kirby stands in place and exhales ice from his mouth. Opponents who touch it will be frozen.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

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Ice Kirby in the anime

Ice Kirby appears in the anime. In Kirby Right Back at Ya!, he uses a slightly different hat design from the games with a six-pointed blue gem and small visor at the front. His skin turns blue, as it does in Kirby Super Star. He can breathe icy wind at his enemy to freeze him or her, and naturally it's not very useful against an ice-based foe, like Ice Dragon, unless it's an "inside" job, but can use the Freezer Suction/Ejection and Ice Kick on non-ice foes.

Transformation Sequence

In the transformation sequence, a chill wind makes Kirby shiver and turn blue before his crown of ice crystals appears and Kirby wears a visor crown.

Flavor Texts

GameFlavor text
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Kirby can freeze enemies with his cold breath! He can then throw them into others!
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Turn Kirby into the ice man and turn the enemies into frozen blocks of ice. Don't slip!
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First, I'll freeze 'em, then I'll kick 'em along! Brrrr!
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Freeze foes with icy breath! Kick ice cubes into others! When you dash, you skate!
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Frozen foe? Give it a kick! Glide gracefully across the land with an Ice Skate, and even cool down those hot, hot flames!
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Freeze enemies with Ice Breath, and then send them packing with an Ice Kick! You can also glide gracefully along the ground with Ice Skate.
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Freeze enemies with Ice Breath. You can also glide gracefully along the ground with Ice Skate.
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Slide on the ground and blow icy breath! Excellent for freezing your foes in place.
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A great way to cool down hot-headed enemies and then send them flying as a block of ice with a kick! You can also turn on a dime with skate dash or freeze your friends' weapons! You can even give a stone a slippery path for a bit of curling!

Related Quotes

Freeze an enemy and then toss him!
— Intro description • Kirby's Adventure
Kirby when he copies an enemy with chilly abilities. Ice Kirby can blow an icy wind from his mouth and freeze enemies solid. These frozen enemies can then be knocked into other enemies as an additional means of attack. These blocks are not only effective against enemies but can also be used on terrain such as magma or water.
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Brawl
The perfect ability to copy in the summer—Kirby gains freezing breath when he copies the Ice ability. Enemies frozen by his arctic blasts can be launch at other foes too. Perfect for a tough fight or when you need some ice for your iced coffee. Kirby isn't busy saving Dream Land or anything...
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
An ice-cold crusher! Evil shivers at the mere sight of... Snowstorm!
— In-game description for the Ice Mode of Robobot Armor • Kirby: Planet Robobot
Freeze enemies with frosty breath!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll
Ice-skating is pretty cool, isn't it?! I just love those spinny jumps! It's fun seeing frozen foes slide to their doom when you throw them!
— Knuckle Joe • Kirby Battle Royale
Glide along with Ice Skate, then freeze enemies with Ice Breath.
— Official Kirby Battle Royale Website

In Other Languages

The meaning of the Ice ability is mostly constant throughout other languages. Its Japanese name is アイス (Aisu), meaning Ice. Similarly, its German name, Eis, means Ice, along with its Spanish name, Hielo, its French name, Glace, and its Italian name, Ghiaccio. Its Chinese name, however, is slightly different; it is 冰冻 (Bīngdòng), meaning Freeze. This Chinese word can mean Freeze, but Chinese also has its own, distinct name for the Freeze ability. Finally, its Russian name, Лёд (Lod), also means Ice.

Trivia

  • In Kirby's Adventure, Kirby will turn pale white and blue to signify this change. In later games without ability caps, he only changes color as he performs his special move.
  • In the French version of Kirby's Adventure, the icons for Ice and Freeze are swapped.
  • Despite Ice being the more extensive Copy Ability between Freeze and itself, Freeze made an appearance in the Kirby series before Ice.
  • Along with Sword and Tornado, Ice is the fourth most commonly used Copy Ability in the anime (Kirby: Right Back at Ya!) , with five appearances.
  • In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, this ability still turned Kirby blue, even in multiplayer. This was removed in later games to prevent confusion, eliminating Kirby's color-changing feature. The artwork for Kirby & The Amazing Mirror was altered appropriately from this game.
  • As of Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby won't slip on ice if he has this ability.
  • Kirby & The Amazing Mirror is the first game to have Kirby stay pink instead of turning blue upon receiving Ice.
  • Ice Kirby's headband on his trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl includes the six-pointed star or flake from the anime, which was not added to the games until Kirby's Return to Dream Land when the hat was given a slight redesign.
  • Curiously, in Kirby Super Star Ultra, the round gem is blue instead of orange. Also, in Kirby's sprite for Kirby Super Star, Ice Kirby's crown shares the same look as Fire Kirby and Plasma Kirby, though with a different color scheme.
  • In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby's Ice Breath is able to freeze water into small ice cubes, allowing him to walk on it. The ice can be broken by his normal attacks or other Copy Abilities. Also, if Kirby hits water or enemies in Quick Fall mode, his crown will freeze them.

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Other Ability Icons

References

  1. [The Ultimate Pokémon Center]
  2. Kirby: PR Ability Damage List