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— NESP • Kirby Star Allies

NESP is an enemy in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby: Planet Robobot. He yields the ESP ability when inhaled.

Physical Appearance

NESP is a floating, wizard-like enemy wearing a black cloak with golden edges, topped by a black hood emblazoned with a golden ocular design and tipped with a golden ball. Below the hood, his white, spherical head always sports a small grin. Like Magolor, his detached, white hands float in midair.


Kirby: Planet Robobot

NESP first appears in Stage 1 of Resolution Road, and appears in many stages thereafter. He floats in midair, and attacks Kirby at regular intervals when he is in his range by sending forth a small, purple ball of psychic energy. In addition, NESP may sometimes project a spherical shield of energy around himself. This shield will hurt Kirby if he touches it. He is also able to teleport himself short distances multiple times in rapid succession. NESPs cause lightning damage with their attacks.

NESP can teleport between planes and attack Kirby from the background.

Kirby Star Allies

NESP reappears in Kirby Star Allies. He again provides the ESP ability, and can be controlled by the CPU or another player though the friend system. While a helper, NESP wears Kirby's ESP cap underneath his hood, with the brim pointing forward instead of backwards. NESPs can provide the Zap enhancement with their powers.


NESP's name is likely a portmanteau of "Ness" and "ESP." Ness is a protagonist from the EarthBound video game series, also developed by HAL Laboratory. Ness, like NESP, can use psychic powers.

His Japanese name, ネスパー (Nesupā), is likely a portmanteau of "Ness" and "Esper," the latter of which refers to a person who practices the development of psychic ability.

His Dutch name in Kirby Star Allies, Esper, is taken from his internal filename in Kirby: Planet Robobot.

Names in other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
Japanese ネスパー --
English NESP --
Traditional Chinese 咒術師 --
Simplified Chinese 咒术师 --
Korean 네스퍼 --
German Psychon --
Dutch Esper --
French Psychoc --
Italian Sensicattivo --
Spanish Nespy --

Related Quotes

Though not quite yet an adult, he brims with the power of a new generation! He predicts there’s something out in the darkness and sets off to find it…with teleportation!
— Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! description • Kirby Star Allies
A floating, hooded enemy who looks like a wizard. He can unleash powerful bolts of energy, and use his telekinesis to lift rocks or teleport himself.
— Choose your buddy • Play Nintendo