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Press X to throw Hearts and make all kinds of friends! Change up your team for variety, and press ↑ to call upon the power of friendship and gain Friend Abilities whenever you need to!
— Using Kirby • Kirby Star Allies

Normal refers to Kirby's state when he does not have a Copy Ability.

General Information

While in this state, Kirby can employ his classic inhale, and then either use his Star Spit or swallow an enemy to try to obtain an ability. His Star Spit is fairly powerful; against bosses and mid-bosses, he has to rely on using the move to use their attacks against them. This requires Kirby to wait for an opening instead of being able to attack almost anytime. In certain Boss Endurance events, Kirby is locked to his Normal state.

Normal lacks a Helper, as it is not a true Copy Ability; however, it does have some equivalents. Differently colored Kirbys serve as characters with identical abilities to Kirby himself. Gooey acts very similar to Normal, but uses his tongue to grab instead of inhaling, meaning he can grab foes and objects underwater, but cannot utilize stronger star spit. Tac, the Helper for Copy, performs similarly to Normal, but outstretches his hand to attack and steal abilities, which replenish his health upon transforming, as well as being able to perform an invincible Guard.

Moveset

Move Controls Description Notes
Jump/Hover A Kirby jumps up into the air if standing on the ground, or inflates himself like a balloon to hover if in the air. The height of Kirby's jump changes depending on the game, and can sometimes be altered based on how long the button is held. In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and in the Super Smash Bros. series, hover has a limit to its use.
Inhale/Spit B Kirby inhales in front of him to try to suck in nearby objects; holding the button for a while allows him to Super Inhale. If Kirby has something in his mouth already, he can spit it out as a star projectile. In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, if Kirby only has one object in his mouth that isn't an Ability Star, he will spit out the physical object instead of a star; the result is the same, however.
Swallow/Copy ↓ after inhaling a foe or object Kirby swallows the foe or object he had in his mouth. If the foe has a copyable ability, Kirby will obtain the corresponding ability. If Kirby swallows two or more enemies, he will activate Mix, a roulette allowing Kirby to choose from one of many abilities.
Slide ↓ + A Kirby slides along the ground with his foot outstretched, hitting any foes or objects in the way. Some games allow Slide to hit objects below Kirby as well as in front of him. Some games have Kirby slide past foes or objects that are hit, while others have him rebound away.
Dash Quickly →/→→ Kirby starts moving faster than usual, allowing him to pass over gaps in the ground that are a block wide.
Quick Fall ↓↓ in midair Kirby's descent increases, allowing him to hit enemies below him with his head. This can also prevent Kirby from bouncing upon hitting the ground at tall heights. This move made its debut in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and has been in every main series title since.
Throw Friend Heart X Kirby pulls out a Friend Heart and holds it over his head while the button is held. Upon releasing the button, Kirby will throw it to the nearest friendable foe or at an arc if no friendable foes are nearby.
Unfriend/Drop Copy Ability Press and hold Y/- Kirby creates two beams next to him that turn any nearby Friends into Ability Items. If Kirby has a Copy Ability, he can drop it after holding down the Y button or after pressing the - button.
Guard L/R Kirby takes on a defensive stance, taking less damage than usual from incoming attacks. This move made its debut in Kirby Super Star and has been in every main series title since Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Dodge L/R + ControlPadIcon.png Kirby performs a twirl and moves in the direction input (or stays in place in pressing up or down), avoiding damage. This move made its debut in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and has been in every main series title since.
Air Dodge L/R in midair Kirby twirls in the air, stalling his descent and avoiding damage. This move made its debut in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and has been in every main series title since.

Robobot Armor Mode

Move Controls Description
Jump/Double Jump A The Robobot Armor jumps up into the air; landing on enemies damages them. During a Double Jump, the Robobot Armor can use its jets to stay airborne for a brief period.
Robobot Boost →→ The Robobot Armor uses its jets to rush forward.
Scan Specs B near enemy with ability The Robobot Armor produces a scan ray from its mouth, allowing it to copy enemy abilities.
Reset Specs X The Robobot Armor drops its Copy Ability.
Robobot Punch B The Robobot Armor punches forward with its right arm. Pressing again will allow for a second punch with the left arm.
Robobot Slam B repeatedly The Robobot Armor slams both fists down in front of it.
Hunker Down L/R The Robobot Armor contracts its arms and legs, making it resemble a ball. It takes no damage from incoming attacks, but may roll a bit when hit.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Move Controls Description
Jump/Hover A Kirby jumps up into the air if standing on the ground, or inflates himself like a balloon to hover if in the air.
Inhale/Spit B Kirby inhales in front of him to try to suck in nearby objects; holding the button for a while allows him to Super Inhale. If Kirby has something in his mouth already, he can spit it out as the physical object projectile.
Swallow/Copy L/R after inhaling a foe or object Kirby swallows the foe or object he had in his mouth. If the foe has a copyable ability, Kirby will obtain the corresponding ability.
Use Stock items Press and hold X Kirby can consume a stocked takeaway food from Waddle Dee Café or temporary boost item from Waddle Dee's Item Shop in a similar manner to the Assist Star.
Slide L/R + A Kirby slides along the ground with his foot outstretched, hitting any foes or objects in the way.
Dash Tilt ControlPadIcon.png Kirby starts moving faster than usual, allowing him to pass over gaps in the ground that are a block wide. If the player tilt ControlPadIcon.png slightly, he will walk instead.
Drop Copy Ability Press and hold Y/- Kirby drop a Copy Ability after holding down the Y button or after pressing the - button.
Crouch Guard L/R Kirby takes on a defensive stance, taking less damage than usual from incoming attacks.
Dodge L/R + ControlPadIcon.png Kirby performs a handstand bounce and moves in the direction input (or stays in place in pressing left, right, up, or down), avoiding damage. Kirby can also dodge while swimming in water.

Flavor Texts

GameFlavor text
Kirby's Adventure
Crouch down when Kirby has an enemy in his mouth to copy the enemy's special ability!
Kirby Super Star
Inhale an enemy by pushing Y and swallow it by pushing A. If that enemy has an ability, you can use it! Press A again to create a helper!
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Swallow your enemies and duck to copy their moves! Experiment by swallowing different kinds of enemies!
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Swallow enemies and squat to copy their abilities! If you try hard, you can swallow large enemies, too!
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Touch-Dash! Ride rainbows!
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Swallow enemies and squat to copy their abilities! You can hold up to 5 bubbles and chests total.
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Inhale foes and spit to KO them! Or swallow to copy their abilities and adventure with a Helper!
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
No Copy Ability? Then try a Super Inhale! Slide to evade! Press A to Guard! You can defeat any foe with a little skill.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
You can Inhale and Spit if you don't have a Copy Ability, and you can press L or R to perform an Air Dodge! Press Y or touch the Assist Star if you find yourself in a pinch.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby is the round, pink life-form from Planet Popstar who possessed infinite power and can inhale enemies to copy their abilities.
Kirby Star Allies
Press X to throw Hearts and make all kinds of friends! Change up your team for variety, and press ↑ to call upon the power of friendship and gain Friend Abilities whenever you need to!

Related Quotes

This mysterious mech produces different powers depending on its pilot. Kirby's Copy Ability power has transformed it into a shape-shifting copy robot!
— Robobot Armor

In Other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
Japanese ノーマル Officially romanized as Normal.
English Normal
German Normal Same as English.
French Normal Same as English.
Italian Normale Translates to Normal.
Spanish Normal Same as English.

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