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Choose from a cast of Kirby's most iconic copy abilities—including the brand-new Wrestler ability—and duke it out to be the last Kirby standing. Familiar friends and foes like Bandana Waddle Dee and King Dedede also make an appearance as playable characters in the Kirby Fighters 2 game, available exclusively for the Nintendo Switch™ system.
— Summary • Play Nintendo Official Website
"This combat-based fighting game lets you choose a Copy Ability, then enter battles with up to four players! You can fight dear friends or unknown rivals all over the world. There's even a story mode where you'll face off against King Dedede and Meta Knight!"
— Past Adventures • Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Kirby Fighters 2 is a battle-action Kirby game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. It was released worldwide on September 23, 2020. A sequel to Kirby Fighters Deluxe, a stand-alone upgrade of the Kirby: Triple Deluxe sub-game Kirby FightersKirby Fighters 2 features more Copy Abilities, stages and playable characters alongside a new Story Mode and online multiplayer.


Kirby Fighters 2 is a fighting game where Kirbys with Copy Abilities, as well as Buddy characters, battle. The game contains a multitude of items, along with on-stage hazards and bosses in some stages.

The player can choose from eighteen different Copy Abilities in this game, along with five other characters; these include the same twelve abilities that were featured in Kirby Fighters Deluxe. These must be unlocked by raising the player's Fighters Rank. Additional stages, Story Items, and Rare Hats can also be unlocked by raising the Fighters Rank.

If the player has data from Kirby Star Allies on the system, a Francisca style Rare Beam Hat, a Flamberge style Rare Sword Hat, and a Zan Partizanne style Rare Staff Hat will be unlocked. If the player has data from Super Kirby Clash on the system, a rare Hero Sword Hat will be unlocked.


Battle Mode

Battle Mode is the main mode of the game, during which up to four fighters (or three CPUs) can choose from unlocked characters and Copy Abilities and battle on a stage. Players may compete in a team battle or a free-for-all.

Online Mode

Online Mode allows players to go online and play in a team battle.

Local Play Mode

Local Play Mode allows players to use multiple local Nintendo Switch systems to battle.

Story Mode: The Destined Rivals

Enemies await in the tower. Climb it with a buddy as you select items and power up along the way!
— Story Mode • Kirby Fighters 2

Kirby Fighters 2 contains a Story Mode that can be played with up to two players. After choosing a Copy Ability/character, the players must fight through a certain number of floors in each Chapter to reach the Summit, where a boss is fought. In between each floor, players may choose one unlocked Story Item in the Item Room to assist them.

Single-Handed Mode

Compete for time in nine solo battles! Select a difficulty and the challenge begins!
— Single-Handed Mode • Kirby Fighters 2

In Single-Handed Mode, a player must choose a Copy Ability/character and compete in a series of Rounds against increasingly difficult opponents without stopping. The mode has four difficulties; Easy, Normal, Hard, and Very Hard (which is only unlocked after the the other three difficulties are beaten).


Training allows players to experiment with fighting techniques against two CPUs in the Training stage.


By default, the only playable characters are Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee.


Enemies/stage hazards


Copy Abilities and Buddies

By default, the only playable Copy Abilities are Sword, Bomb, and Staff. The only buddy unlocked by default is Bandana Waddle Dee. All unlockable Copy Abilities are unlocked by reaching certain Fighters Ranks; Gooey and Magolor are unlocked by reaching certain Fighters Ranks. Meta Knight and King Dedede are unlocked by progressing though the game's story mode.

Ability/Buddy Unlock Criteria
Fighters Rank 1
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Bandana Waddle Dee
Fighters Rank 2
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Fighters Rank 3
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Fighters Rank 6
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Fighters Rank 10
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Fighters Rank 11
Hammer KF2.png
Fighters Rank 13
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Fighters Rank 16
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Fighters Rank 21
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Fighters Rank 24
Fighters Rank 27
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Fighters Rank 28
Water Kirby KRTDL.png
Fighters Rank 30
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Fighters Rank 31
Fighters Rank 33
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Fighters Rank 37
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Fighters Rank 39
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Meta Knight
The Destined Rivals
Chapter 4 Completed
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King Dedede
The Destined Rivals
Final Chapter Completed


Battle Mode

All stages playable in Battle Mode

10 stages are introduced in Kirby Fighters 2. Almost all stages are unlocked by getting a high enough Fighters Rank, and all stages have secret songs, most of which can be unlocked at certain higher Fighters Ranks.

Name Inspired by Features Unlock criteria Secret song unlock criteria Image
Green Gardens Stage 1 of World of Peace - Dream Land from Kirby Star Allies Three platforms Unlocked by default Fighters Rank 19 KF2 Green Gardens.jpeg
Springy Hand Land Stage 3 of Lollipop Land in Kirby: Triple Deluxe Two platforms at the sides, six Springy Hands that can slam Kirbys onto the screen Unlocked by default Fighters Rank 31 KF2 Springy Hand Land.jpeg
Dried-up Sea Stage 2 of Gigabyte Grounds in Kirby: Planet Robobot Two high platforms on each side and one low platform in the center; three fans on each side Unlocked by default Fighters Rank 84 KF2 Dried-up Sea.jpeg
Coo's Forest Stage 5 of Grass Land in Kirby's Dream Land 3 Three pairs of platforms; Coo, Rick, and Kine come through doors and attack: Coo shoots three Cutter feathers, Rick shoots a stream of fire, and Kine flops around Fighters Rank 25 Fighters Rank 76 KF2 Coo's Forest.jpeg
Gourmet Go Go Stage 2 of Dedede's Drum Dash and Pumpkin Grand, stage 1 of Gourmet Race Four platforms; King Dedede (appearing as he does in Kirby Super Star Ultra) will run along the screen after a Waddle Dee pops a popper, Waddle Dees will throw food, bombs and Gordos from the sides and top of the stage Fighters Rank 3 Fighters Rank 58 KF2 Gourmet Go Go.jpeg
Butter Building Rotating tower segments of Butter Building in Kirby's Adventure Two levels, tower rotates, Starmen jumping, Bronto Burts flying, Laser Balls shooting 1-4 lasers, UFO Kirby dropping food, and, very rarely, Bombers. All enemies can be defeated, even the UFO Kirby Fighters Rank 35 Fighters Rank 74 KF2 Butter Building.jpeg
Waddle Dee Train Tracks Stage 1 of Old Odyssey in Kirby: Triple Deluxe Two platforms of varying heights to the sides, Waddle Dee Train rams into Kirbys from the background or from the sides Fighters Rank 23 Fighters Rank 92 KF2 Waddle Dee Train Tracks.jpeg
Factory Tour Stage 4 of Shiver Star in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Three Squeaky Hammer Machines slam the ground, sometimes in pairs, occasionally all three Fighters Rank 37 Fighters Rank 67 KF2 Factory Tour.jpeg
Haldera Volcano Stage 1 of Dangerous Dinner in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Three islands, platform above middle island, lava pillars between islands and one above the middle island Fighters Rank 7 Fighters Rank 89 KF2 Haldera Volcano.jpeg
Castle Lololo Wider version of Lololo & Lalala's arena in Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra Three levels, Lololo & Lalala push their boxes, Blue Boxes, and Gordos across the screen Fighters Rank 14 Fighters Rank 96 KF2 Castle Lololo.jpeg
Bubbly Clouds Kracko's arena in Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra Two platforms, Kracko appears and uses classic attacks: star beam, rain storm, and lightning Fighters Rank 5 Fighters Rank 44 KF2 Bubbly Clouds.jpeg
Dedede Arena King Dedede's arena in Kirby Super Star Ultra Right and left sides of arena are raised, platform above the main fighting area, Dedede drops from the ceiling and can throw Waddle Dees, Gordos, Apples, and Oil Drums. He can also jump across the stage Fighters Rank 29 Fighters Rank 97 KF2 Dedede Arena.jpeg
Dyna Blade's Nest Dyna Blade's Nest stage in Kirby Super Star Ultra Dyna Blade appears and uses classic attacks: dropping onto the ground, shooting fire, stretching her neck, grabbing characters with her talons, and charging from the background Fighters Rank 42 Fighters Rank 79 KF2 Dyna Blade's Nest.jpeg
Gigavolt Gigavolt's arena in Kirby: Planet Robobot Features its eponymous boss character which cannot be defeated Fighters Rank 40 Fighters Rank 97 KF2 Gigavolt.jpeg
Fortress of Shadows Jambastion Entrance Gatehouse Road stage of Fortress of Shadows - Jambastion in Kirby Star Allies Features four floating platforms, two large upper platforms and two small lower platforms; The Three Mage-Sisters appear, each with two attacks Fighters Rank 49 Fighters Rank 60 KF2 Jambastion Entrance.jpeg
The Empyrean Fifth level of Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash Flat battleground Fighters Rank 72 Fighters Rank 93 KF2 The Empyrean.jpeg
Fountain of Dreams Fountain of Dreams from Kirby Super Star/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Flat battleground Fighters Rank 81 Fighters Rank 100 KF2 Fountain of Dreams.jpeg
Stage of Destined Rivals Location of fight against King Dedede & Meta Knight in Chapter 4 of Story Mode: The Destined Rivals Flat battleground Complete Chapter 4 of Story Mode: The Destined Rivals Complete Chapter 4 of Story Mode: The Destined Rivals KF2 Stage of Destined Rivals.jpeg
Stage of the Partners Who Shook the Heavens Location of fight against King Dedede & Meta Knight in the Final Chapter of Story Mode: The Destined Rivals Flat battleground Complete Final Chapter of Story Mode: The Destined Rivals Complete Final Chapter of Story Mode: The Destined Rivals KF2 Stage of the Partners.jpeg
Training Tutorial area in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Flat battleground Unlocked by default Fighters Rank 98 KF2 Training.jpeg


These stages cannot be chosen via the stage select screen, but serve as battlefields for certain bosses.

Name Notes Image
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Battle Items

Story Items

Story Items are items only obtainable in Story Mode. The player can choose one Story Item in the Item Room after clearing a floor. By default, there are three items to choose from in each Item Room.

Category Name Image
Auto-Guard Auto-Guard I KF2 Auto-Guard I.jpg
Auto-Guard II KF2 Auto-Guard II.jpg
Badge Bandana Waddle Dee Badge KF2 Bandana Waddle Dee Badge.jpg
Gooey Badge KF2 Gooey Badge.jpg
Magolor Badge KF2 Magolor Badge.jpg
Boss Badge KF2 Boss Badge.jpg
Buddy Skill Up Buddy Skill Up KF2 Buddy Skill Up.jpg
Charm Anti-Explosion Charm KF2 Anti-Explosion Charm.jpg
Anti-Gordo Charm KF2 Anti-Gordo Charm.jpg
Anti-Hazard Charm KF2 Anti-Hazard Charm.jpg
Anti-Mike Charm KF2 Anti-Mike Charm.jpg
Cursed Ring Cursed Anti-Ghost Ring KF2 Cursed Anti-Ghost Ring.jpg
Cursed Attack Ring KF2 Cursed Attack Ring.jpg
Cursed Auto-Heal Ring KF2 Cursed Auto-Heal Ring.jpg
Item Selection Bonus Item Selection Bonus KF2 Item Selection Plus.jpg
Recovery Cherry KF2 Cherry Story Item.jpg
Energy Drink KF2 Pep Brew Story Item.jpg
Maxim Tomato KF2 Maxim Tomato Story Item.jpg
Score Statue Bronze Score Statue KF2 Bronze Score Statue.jpg
Silver Score Statue KF2 Silver Score Statue.jpg
Gold Score Statue KF2 Gold Score Statue.jpg
Sticker Auto-Heal Sticker KF2 Auto-Heal Sticker.jpg
Crackler Sticker KF2 Crackler Sticker.jpg
Explosives Sticker KF2 Explosives Sticker.jpg
Extension Sticker KF2 Extension Sticker.jpg
Ice Container Breaking Sticker KF2 Ice Container Breaking Sticker.jpg
Mint Leaf Sticker KF2 Mint Leaf Sticker.jpg
Quick-Cheer Sticker KF2 Quick-Cheer Sticker.jpg
Score-Bonus Sticker KF2 Score-Bonus Sticker.jpg
Zap Weapon Sticker KF2 Zap Weapon Sticker.jpg
Stone Attack Stone Lv. 1 KF2 Attack Stone Lv 1.jpg
Attack Stone Lv. 2 KF2 Attack Stone Lv 2.jpg
Attack Stone Lv. 3 KF2 Attack Stone Lv 3.jpg
Attack Stone Lv. 4 KF2 Attack Stone Lv 4.jpg
Cursed Attack Stone Lv. 5 KF2 Cursed Attack Stone Lv 5.jpg
Ghost Stone Lv. 1 KF2 Ghost Stone Lv 1.jpg
Ghost Stone Lv. 2 KF2 Ghost Stone Lv 2.jpg
Ghost Stone Lv. 3 KF2 Ghost Stone Lv 3.jpg
Ghost Stone Lv. 4 KF2 Ghost Stone Lv 4.jpg
Cursed Ghost Stone Lv. 5 KF2 Cursed Ghost Stone Lv 5.jpg
Health Stone Lv. 1 KF2 Health Stone Lv 1.jpg
Health Stone Lv. 2 KF2 Health Stone Lv 2.jpg
Health Stone Lv. 3 KF2 Health Stone Lv 3.jpg
Health Stone Lv. 4 KF2 Health Stone Lv 4.jpg
Cursed Health Stone Lv. 5 KF2 Cursed Health Stone Lv 5.jpg
Quick-Charge Stone Lv. 1 KF2 Quick-Charge Stone Lv 1.jpg
Quick-Charge Stone Lv. 2 KF2 Quick-Charge Stone Lv 2.jpg
Quick-Charge Stone Lv. 3 KF2 Quick-Charge Stone Lv 3.jpg
Quick-Charge Stone Lv. 4 KF2 Quick-Charge Stone Lv 4.jpg
Cursed Quick-Charge Stone Lv. 5 KF2 Cursed Quick-Charge Stone Lv 5.jpg
Recovery Stone Lv. 1 KF2 Recovery Stone Lv 1.jpg
Recovery Stone Lv. 2 KF2 Recovery Stone Lv 2.jpg
Recovery Stone Lv. 3 KF2 Recovery Stone Lv 3.jpg
Recovery Stone Lv. 4 KF2 Recovery Stone Lv 4.jpg
Cursed Recovery Stone Lv. 5 KF2 Cursed Recovery Stone Lv 5.jpg


Unlike other games in the Kirby series with story modes that explain the existence of several multi-colored members of Kirby's species, such as Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, the multiple Kirbys (and duplicates of other characters such as Magolor and Gooey) seen in Kirby Fighters 2 go unexplained, a trademark of presumably non-canon spinoffs like Kirby Air Ride. Since the existence of most such duplicates is not supported in the mainline Kirby games, it can be assumed that their appearance in Kirby Fighters 2 is non-canon. However, as these duplicates are largely unimportant to the described events in Story Mode: The Destined Rivals, it can be assessed that said described events, such as King Dedede and Meta Knight teaming up as well as the existence of the Mask of Dark Bonds, could be considered canon.


The demo for Kirby Fighters 2 was released to the Nintendo eShop in all regions on October 21, 2020.[3] It includes Local Play Mode, Online Mode, and the first chapter of Story Mode: The Destined Rivals. The player has access to all abilities, characters, stages, and items afforded by Fighter Rank 1. They can accumulate up to 100 Fighters Points but cannot level up. The Rewards List, Training, and Options are also available.

Differences from Kirby Fighters Deluxe

  • Certain color palettes, such as Red, White, Purple and Shadow, are absent.
  • The Combo Cannon item is replaced with the Buddy Star Blaster.
  • Kracko no longer appears in a boss battle; rather, he now serves as a hazard in the Bubbly Cloud stage.
  • The Flower Land stage has been replaced by Green Gardens.
  • Shadow Kirby is no longer playable, instead, he appears as a boss battle.


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Related Quotes

Kirby vs. Kirby vs. Kirby vs. Kirby

Choose from a cast of Kirby's most iconic copy abilities-including the brand-new Wrestler ability-and duke it out to be the last Kirby standing. Familiar friends and foes like Bandana Waddle Dee and King Dedede also make an appearance as playable characters.

Prove your pink puffball prowess and scale the tower in Story Mode

Meta Knight and King Dedede having seemingly teamed up to challenge Kirby to a buddy gauntlet! Fight alongside a buddy (player or computer controlled) to scale the tower, choosing helpful items between each round that will power you up for the rest of your ascent.

Friends can join the fray locally or online.

Up to four players can battle on the same system*, with local wireless, or online**! Choose a free-for-all or team battle and customize the rules to your liking.

Each of the playable abilities and characters has a distinct play style and set of moves. Abilities like Cutter and Archer excel at ranged attacks, while Wrestler and Fighter like to get up close and personal! Other characters like Gooey or Bandana Waddle Dee bring a variety of moves from the past Kirby games. Experiment with them all to find and master your favorite.

Earn Fighters Points as you play to level up your Fighters Rank to unlock abilities, characters, stages, and more. You'll even unlock Rare Hats that change the look of certain copy abilities—Cutter Kirby rocking a mohawk is a sight to see.

When you aren't battling with friends or scaling the tower in Story Mode, Single-Handed mode is a one-player trial of 9 back-to-back battles! It's great for practicing your skills or gaining some Fighters Points.

Players with save data for the Kirby Star Allies game can get Rare Hats of the Three Mage Sisters, and players with save data for the Super Kirby Clash game can get a Rare Hat for Sword Kirby.
— Kirby Fighters 2 • Nintendo eShop
Congratulations on clearing Story Mode for the first time! Getting 100% clear isn't so far out of your grasp! Keep improving your skills by increasing your Fighters Rank and trying any uncleared modes!
— Announcement • Kirby Fighters 2
The mysterious effect of this stage causes nothing but Action Stars to appear! Falling food and sudden naps... Cross your fingers and hope for the best!
— Action Star Stage • Kirby Fighters 2
The mysterious effect of this room increases the enemy's attack power! Keep your Guard up and fight!
— Brutal-Foe Stage • Kirby Fighters 2
The mysterious effect of this stage doubles the damage done by hazards! It's a risky battleground, but if you can lure enemies into the hazards, it might pay off!
— Deadly Hazard Stage • Kirby Fighters 2
The mysterious effect of this stage causes nothing but Bombers and Timed Dynamite to appear! Careful not to get caught up in an explosion!
— Explosive Stage • Kirby Fighters 2


  • Kirby Fighters 2 was leaked on Nintendo's Play Nintendo microsite on September 22, 2020. The Game Finder application briefly listed it among games for Nintendo Switch, with its icon, description, and MSRP. The discovery was spread on Twitter before Nintendo removed the listing.[4][5] Likewise, its demo was discovered in a datamine and leaked on September 24, 2020. This was nearly a month before the demo's release.[6]

Members of the development team wearing masks.

  • Kirby Fighters 2 is the first Kirby game to be developed and released during the COVID-19 pandemic. The development team could not communicate with each other in person due to their remote work environment. They had previously worked together on Super Kirby Clash, so they were familiar enough that no communication issues or major problems arose.[7]
  • Kirby Fighters 2 is the first expanded sub-game to introduce an original Copy Ability, and is the second spin-off in the series to do so overall, with the first being Balloon in Kirby: Canvas Curse.
  • This is the second game where Meta Knight is both one of the main antagonists and final bosses.
  • Kirby Fighters 2’s training theme is a remix of the training theme from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
    • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards’ training area also appears as a stage in the game.
  • Unlike the previous Kirby games on the Nintendo Switch, Kirby Star Allies and Super Kirby Clash, instead of running at 30fps, Kirby Fighters 2 runs at 60fps, thus making this the first Kirby game on the Nintendo Switch to run at 60fps.

Concept designs of the Copy Ability select screen.

  • In released concept designs of the Copy Ability select screen for Kirby Fighters 2, one can see the icon for the Fire ability in the top right design, and artwork for the ESP ability in the bottom right design. This may suggest that both Fire and ESP were planned to appear in the game at one point, but were ultimately scrapped.
    • Additionally, the bottom right design uses artwork of White Kirby and Red Kirby, despite them not appearing in the game. This may also suggest that selectable alternate palettes were planned and scrapped as well, although they may be serving as placeholders instead.
  • Kirby Fighters 2 is the first Kirby game since 2005's Kirby: Canvas Curse to feature only one Stone transformation. As one of Gooey's attacks, it hearkens back to Stone's only form in Kirby's Dream Land 3.
  • All of the KO animations are recycled from Kirby Star Allies. As a result, when Magolor is KO'd, he falls to the ground and strikes the same position he took when the Lor Starcutter crashed in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
  • Kirby Fighters 2 is the first Kirby game since Kirby and the Rainbow Curse to have no amiibo functionality.
  • The ending to this game, where King Dedede walks sadly down a path, is likely a reference to the final scene in Revenge of the King.



Promotional art


Concept Artwork