|This article is about the collectible item in games such as Kirby: Canvas Curse and Kirby Mass Attack. For the medal used to obtain Ghost in Kirby: Squeak Squad, see Ghost Medal. For the Japan-exclusive arcade game, see Kirby of the Stars: Magical Tower of Medal Land.|
|“||Use medals at the Medal Swap. Medals hide everywhere. Swap them for prizes!”|
|— Description • Kirby: Canvas Curse|
Medals are special items that can be collected and can also be used to unlock new items in-game that can't be unlocked otherwise. In many cases, they are awarded to the player after a stage or sub-game is completed based on the score the player has achieved.
Medals first appear in Kirby's Dream Course, where they are earned based on the player's performance in each course, specifically the amount of shots to get through all eight holes. The player can unlock new features by getting certain types of medals on all courses.
- Bronze: Unlock Extra Course for 2Play Game.
- Silver: Unlock Extra Courses for 1Play Game.
- Gold: Unlock Map Select for Normal Course.
- Silver EX: Unlock Dance Select.
- Gold EX: Unlock Sound Test and Map Select for Extra Course.
Medals are scattered around all the levels in the game. There are nine in each level and three per stage, with the exception of The World of Drawcia, which has two medals in its one stage. Once Kirby has collected enough medals, they can then be exchanged for various items in Medal Swap, like a new course, a Health boost, a new line color or certain music for the Sound Player. In Rainbow Run, eighteen can be obtained in each level, six in each stage: three for Time Trial and Line Trial. The World of Drawcia is not included in Rainbow Run due to the fact that it only has one stage, and is replaced by the special course. The special course boasts 48 medals, six for each of its eight stages (which have to be bought with medals). Sub-games, on their hardest difficulty, can also give a medal, but these are very hard to obtain. There are a total of 250 medals to be collected.
The medals make another appearance in Kirby Mass Attack, having the same purpose as they did in Kirby: Canvas Curse. They can be found in all stages (except for boss stages), with each stage having either three or five medals that can be found. Items are now unlocked automatically in the Extras, which can be accessed in any level on the upper left part of the touch screen. Based on how many medals the player has, different unlockables can be unlocked such as sub-games and the common Sound Player.
Medals come in a normal yellow-brown color, while there are some that are bright rainbow colors. These are known as rainbow medals, which are said to contain incredible energy. Rainbow medals are important to collect, as they are necessary to unlock the island of Necro Nebula. If the Kirbys miss a medal in a stage, they can visit Daroach's Airship to get a hint from Daroach about its location.
Because Kirby obtains physical medals in stages, the player is awarded stars for reaching exit doors; as such, they serve as rewards rather than collectible items. He/she earns a gold star by completing the stage without taking damage, a silver star by completing the stage without letting any Kirbys be KO'd, and a bronze star by completing the stage without losing a Kirby completely. If the player loses a Kirby, uses a Shortcut Door, or fails the stage, the player is awarded nothing. Various Checklist tasks require the player to achieve gold or silver stars.
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, medals are awarded after Kirby completes a Challenge stage. He can earn a bronze, silver, gold, or platinum medal depending on his score.
Medals reappear in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. They are awarded after a stage is completed based on the number of stars Kirby collected. The possible medal types are bronze, silver, and gold. Kirby can unlock Challenges by collecting a certain number of gold medals. When he collects them all, he unlocks the Drawcia figurine.
Medals are obtained like in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, though Challenge stages do not return. King Dedede can win his own medals in Kirby: Triple Deluxe’s Dedede's Drum Dash sub-game (as well as the downloadable Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe).
Kirby can win medals in Kirby: Planet Robobot’s Team Kirby Clash sub-game, as well as the downloadable Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and [Super Kirby Clash. If the player earns a platinum medal on all quests in the Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, he/she receives the message: "Platinum on All Quests!" In Super Kirby Clash, the time for earning a platinum medal is specified, unlike the latter games.
Medals serve as a sort of achievement list, and give the player Battle Coins. They appears as stars, colored bronze, silver, or gold depending on the difficulty of the task, on a ribbon.
|Medal Number||Medal Type||Medal Criteria||Medal Description||Battle Coins|
|No.1||Bronze||Try battling.||Battled for first time!||500|
|No.2||Bronze||Unlock anything that's locked in the Collection Lists.||Unlocked something locked in the Collection Lists!||500|
|No.3||Bronze||Use the training room.||Used the training room for the first time!||500|
|No.4||Bronze||Read the battle explanations.||Read all battle explanations!||500|
|No.5||Bronze||Learn more about previous games on the Options Menu.||Checked a previous game in the Nintendo eShop!||500|
|No.6||Bronze||Try fighting with a different look.||Changed headgear and battled!||500|
|No.7||Bronze||Use a Boost Orb.||Used a Boost Orb for the first time!||500|
|No.8||Bronze||Use various Boost Orbs.||Used all 18 types of Boost Orb!||1800|
|No.9||Bronze||Try Single Player.||First Victory in Single Player!||500|
|No.10||Bronze||Get a lot of Battle Bonuses in Single Player.||Got at least three Battle Bonuses in Single Player!||800|
|No.11||Bronze||Use various abilities when fighting in Single Player.||Used all 16 different abilities when fighting in Single Player!||1800|
|No.12||Silver||Battle in various stages in Single Player.||Battled in all 25 stages in Single Player!||1800|
|No.13||Gold||Win "all 10" series in single-player mode vs. all CPU Lv. 5 foes.||Won "all 10" series in single-player mode vs. all CPU Lv. 5 foes.||5000|
|No.14||Bronze||Progress through Dedede's Cake Royale.||Won a battle in Dedede's Cake Royale for the first time!||500|
|No.15||Bronze||Try to progress through Dedede's Cake Royale.||Advanced to Bronze League in Dedede's Cake Royale!||800|
|No.16||Silver||Progress through Dedede's Cake Royale.||Advanced to Silver League in Dedede's Cake Royale!||1600|
|No.17||Silver||Progress through Dedede's Cake Royale.||Advanced to Gold League in Dedede's Cake Royale!||1600|
|No.18||Silver||Progress through Dedede's Cake Royale.||Advanced to Platinum League in Dedede's Cake Royale!||1800|
|No.19||Gold||Progress through Dedede's Cake Royale.||Cleared Dedede's Cake Royale!||4000|
|No.20||Gold||Make it all the way through Dedede's Cake Royale.||Completed all League Battles in Dedede's Cake Royale!||5000|
|No.21||Silver||(Not in Multiplayer) Throw rivals 10 times in Battle Arena.||Threw rivals 10 times in Battle Arena.||1300|
|No.22||Silver||(Not in Multiplayer) KO all 3 rivals simultaneously during Battle Arena.||KO'd all 3 rivals simultaneously in Battle Arena.||1300|
|No.23||Silver||(Not in Multiplayer) Carry 20 or more apples at a time in Apple Scramble.||Carried at least 20 apples at once in Apple Scramble.||1300|
|No.24||Silver||(Not in Multiplayer) Beat your opponent by at least 50 points in Apple Scramble.||Beat your opponent by at least 50 points in Apple Scramble!||1300|
|No.25||Silver||(Not in Multiplayer) Hit opponents with the puck at least 10 times during battle in Slam Hockey.||Hit opponents with the puck at least 10 times in Slam Hockey!||1300|
|No.26||Silver||(Not in Multiplayer) Avoid getting hit by the puck in Slam Hockey.||Didn't get hit by the puck in Slam Hockey even once!||1300|
|No.27||Gold||(Not in Multiplayer) Ride a machine for at least 50 seconds during Attack Riders.||Rode a machine for at least 50 seconds during Attack Riders!||2500|
|No.28||Gold||(Not in Multiplayer) Win in Attack Riders with at least 300 chips.||Won in Attack Riders with at least 300 chips!||2000|
|No.29||Silver||Knock loose at least 20 fuel blocks during Rocket Rumble.||Knocked loose at least 20 fuel blocks during Rocket Rumble!||1300|
|No.30||Gold||Be the only one to launch in Rocket Rumble.||You were the only one to launch in Rocket Rumble!||2500|
|No.31||Silver||(Not in Multiplayer) Avoid the ghosts in Coin Clash.||Didn't once turn into a ghost in Coin Clash!||1300|
|No.32||Silver||Steal at least 150 coins in Coin Clash.||Stole at least 150 coins in Coin Clash!||1300|
|No.33||Silver||(Not in Multiplayer) Carry at least 20 pieces of ore at once in Ore Express.||Carried at least 20 pieces of ore at once in Ore Express!||1300|
|No.34||Gold||(Not in Multiplayer) Load at least 80 points of ore during battle in Ore Express.||Loaded at least 80 points of ore during battle in Ore Express!||2500|
|No.35||Silver||(Not in Multiplayer) Inflict big damage with a missile in Robo Bonkers.||Launched two Golden Missile strikes during Robo Bonkers!||1300|
|No.36||Silver||(Not in Multiplayer) Throw rivals in cannons 10 times during a Robo Bonkers battle.||Threw rivals in cannons 10 times during Robo Bonkers!||1300|
|No.37||Silver||(Not in Multiplayer) Carry six apples at once in Crazy Theater.||Carried six apples at once in Crazy Theater!||1300|
|No.38||Gold||(Not in Multiplayer) Try to KO all three rivals in Crazy Theater.||KO'd all three rivals in Crazy Theater.||2500|
|No.39||Silver||(Not in Multiplayer) Get a hat trick in Flagball.||Scored at least three points yourself in Flagball!||1300|
|No.40||Silver||(Not in Multiplayer) Don't let the opposing team score a single point in Flagball.||The opposing team did not score a single point in Flagball!||1300|
|No.41||Gold||Win 20 times in battle using the Sword ability. ( X / 20 )||Won 20 times in battle using the Sword ability.||3500|
|No.42||Gold||Win 20 times in battle using the Bomb ability. ( X / 20 )||Won 20 times in battle using the Bomb ability!||3500|
|No.43||Gold||Win 20 times in battle using the Beetle ability. ( X / 20 )||Won 20 times in battle using the Beetle ability!||3500|
|No.44||Gold||Win 20 times in battle using the Spear ability. ( X / 20 )||Won 20 times in battle using the Spear ability!||3500|
|No.45||Gold||Win 20 times in battle using the Cutter ability. ( X / 20 )||Won 20 times in battle using the Cutter ability!||3500|
|No.46||Gold||Win 20 times in battle using the Fighter ability. ( X / 20 )||Won 20 times in battle using the Fighter ability!||3500|
|No.47||Gold||Win 20 times in battle using the Ninja ability. ( X / 20 )||Won 20 times in battle using the Ninja ability!||3500|
|No.48||Gold||Win 20 times in battle using the Whip ability. ( X / 20 )||Won 20 times in battle using the Whip ability!||3500|
|No.49||Gold||Win 20 times in battle using the Parasol ability. ( X / 20 )||Won 20 times in battle using the Parasol ability!||3500|
|No.50||Gold||Win 20 times in battle using the Hammer ability. ( X / 20 )||Won 20 times in battle using the Hammer ability!||3500|
|No.51||Gold||Win 20 times in battle using the Doctor ability. ( X / 20 )||Won 20 times in battle using the Doctor ability!||3500|
|No.52||Gold||Win 20 times in battle using the Tornado ability. ( X / 20 )||Won 20 times in battle using the Tornado ability!||3500|
|No.53||Gold||Win 20 times in battle using the Ice ability. ( X / 20 )||Won 20 times in battle using the Ice ability!||3500|
|No.54||Gold||Win 20 times in battle using a certain special ability. ( X / 20 )||Won 20 times in battle using Waddle Dee!||4500|
|No.55||Gold||Win 20 times in battle using a certain special ability. ( X / 20 )||Won 20 times in battle using Meta Knight!||4500|
|No.56||Gold||Win 20 times in battle using a certain special ability. ( X / 20 )||Won 20 times in battle using King Dedede!||4500|
|No.57||Gold||Win 400 battles. ( X / 400 )||Won 400 battles!||4000|
|No.58||Gold||Unlock lots of things in the Collection.||Unlocked all the headgear in the Collection!||4000|
|No.59||Gold||Unlock as much as possible in the Collection.||Unlocked sounds in the Collection.||4000|
|No.60||Gold||Collect as many medals as possible!||Got all medals!||0|
The earliest version of the game had the "Not in Multiplayer" notice mislabeled as "Not in Battle Mode."
- An early screenshot of Kirby: Canvas Curse suggests that medals were intended to be gold rather than bronze.
|“||Get medals in both the main game and Rainbow Run.”|
|— Items • Kirby: Canvas Curse Instruction Booklet|
|“||Legend has it that rainbows hold mysterious power. But maybe it's more than just a legend...”|
|— Daroach • Kirby Mass Attack|
|“||I've caught wind of special medals that shine like a rainbow. Those medals must be full of rainbow power, I'd guess. No doubt something special will happen if you collect enough rainbow medals.”|
|— Daroach • Kirby Mass Attack|
|“||You got all the Gold Medals! Congratulations, friend! You get a special figurine!”|
|— Announcement • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse|
|“||You collected all medals! Congratulations!”|
|— Medal Received • Kirby Battle Royale|