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KPR Susie artwork.png This article is about the copy ability. For the similar ability from the anime, see Iron. For the Top Ride course of the same name in Kirby Air Ride, see Metal (Top Ride course)

Turn into a hunk of metal. Merely touching foes will hurt them!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll

Metal is a Copy Ability in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby: Squeak Squad.


Kirby: Squeak Squad

Metal can deal damage by just walking into enemies. Metal is invincible to almost all forms of damage, meaning simple contact is safe to damage enemies. Metal is also immune to the effects of wind and currents, and can pound stakes by performing a Hip Attack. However, Metal has various drawbacks. Metal can still be damaged by bosses and mid-bosses by contact damage, and cannot damage bosses or mid-bosses by contact damage, as it can with normal enemies; it can only damage bosses and mid-bosses by using its new techniques, which are typically unwieldy for dealing with them. While immune to currents, its mobility is hampered due to its weight, making walking and running slow, sliding travel only 2 tiles instead of 4, jumping only 1 tile in height instead of 4, making hovering slower to ascend and faster to descend, and making swimming upward notably tedious by always holding up and a horizontal direction to ascend. Upon obtaining the Metal Ability Scroll, located in the first Treasure Chest in Stage 3 of Jam Jungle, Metal can transform into a smooth ball, making it much more mobile for going down slopes. Metal can be obtained from the Metalun enemy or the Big Metalun mid-boss.


KTD Moonja artwork.png This section contains content derived from Japanese
Move names are derived from the Japanese official strategy book.

Move Controls Image Description
Hip Attack ↓ + B in the air Metal Technique 1.png Kirby simply ground pounds into the ground. This is Metal Kirby's main means of damaging bosses.
Ballification B Metal Technique 2.png Kirby transforms into a sphere, allowing him to quickly roll down slopes and roll into enemies like Stone.

Flavor Texts

GameFlavor text
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Be careful. You can't get hurt, but don't get mad if you break stuff. It's not perfect, OK?

Related Quotes

Metal Kirby's heavy and oh-so slow, but he's virtually indestructible, too.
— Some Copy Abilities • Kirby: Squeak Squad Instruction Booklet

In Other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
Japanese メタル Translates to Metal.
English Metal
German Metall Translates to Metal.
French Métal Translates to Metal.
Italian Metallo Translates to Metal.
Spanish Metal Same as English.


Metal Kirby Concept.jpg
  • The fan-made Iron ability that debuted in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II was a combination of two fan-made abilities: Metal Kirby and Tutan Kirby.
  • In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Metal is one of two Copy Abilities that ignore the Spray Paint function (the other being Ghost).
  • A Boost Orb called "Metal" appears in Kirby Battle Royale. When activated, it makes the player invincible, but heavier and with less mobility, alike to that of the Copy Ability. However, its effects are temporary, only lasting for 10 seconds.
  • In Super Smash Bros series, When Kirby picks up a Metal Block (an Item from Super Mario series), Kirby becomes Metal increasing weight & decreasing Speed & Jumps, which is similar to the metal ability.