|“||The friends have followed the dark hearts and at long last arrive at a mysterious altar...”|
|— Following the dark hearts... • Kirby Star Allies loading screen|
The Jamba Heart is a mysterious, powerful object introduced in Kirby Star Allies. It is not obtainable by the players as an item, but it has a central role in the game's plot.
Normally, the Jamba Heart is a large, heart-shaped dark purple crystal, with its structure pierced by several pink Heart Spears. It was split into dark purple Jamba Heart shards that resembled small versions of the complete heart. They were joined by pink shards of the Heart Spears.
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Long after these events, Hyness and his religion somehow obtained the Jamba Heart, as it contained Void Termina, the god of the religion. Hyness proceeded to attempt to resurrect Void Termina by breaking the seal. However, he did not completely understand how to break the seal, and as a result, he accidentally shattered it and sent numerous fragments of the of it and the Heart Spears all over the galaxy, including Planet Popstar. The Jamba Shards are the reason most of the bosses act hostile towards Kirby and Co., and they also provide their hosts with the ability to power up after being damaged enough.
Kirby was hit by a pink shard, which was not dispersed by the Jamba Heart, but rather the Heart Spears which were containing it in its seal. This awoke him from his afternoon nap. The shard granted him the ability to create Friend Hearts, which was unknown to him at the time. Kirby then noticed that a large, dark cloud had formed above Castle Dedede and a bunch of Waddle Dees carrying food to there, and headed there to investigate, while making Friends using his newfound power. While Kirby managed to purge Dream Land's inhabitants from the influence of the Jamba Shards, he never got the opportunity to collect a shard, as they usually flew away from him and his friends. Kirby chased the Shards all over Popstar and finding others afflicted by the Jamba Shards. These Shards were able to flee as well. Just after Meta Knight was defeated, the fortress of Jambastion appeared in Popstar, which led Kirby to a final set of Jamba Shards, which were scattered throughout the galaxy.
After finding them, Kirby and his friends were able to dispel the barrier protecting Jambandra Base, which was apparently the source of all the trouble they had. At the climax of the game, it is revealed by Hyness that a being known as Void Termina was sealed in the Jamba Heart all along, and that the Jamba Shards were being assembled back into the Jamba Heart, which had the power to free this "Dark Lord" from imprisonment. When Kirby defeats Void Termina for the third time, he utilizes the power of the pink heart to summon apparitions of all the Friends he's made during his journey. Together, they finally destroy Void Termina, completing the Story Mode.
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"Jamba" is derived from Jama (邪魔), which can mean "hindrance" or a "disturbance." This references its behavior throughout the game, causing bosses to become corrupted when in possession of it. "Heart" simply refers to its shape.
- Some of the corruption of bosses that are infected with the Jamba Heart matches some of the physical appearance and abilities of Void Termina and his core variants.
- Whispy Woods' enlargement (although his variants can do this without the corruption of the Heart) and raining a massive amount of apples matches Void Termina's huge size and his ability of raining lightning spears.
- King Dedede's muscular body, large arms and short legs matches those of Void Termina.
- Meta Knight's splitting ability matches Void Soul's/Void's ability of splitting into four orbs (or the core of Void Termina's ability of sending smaller versions of itself).