Shake the water off it to attack with a splash or enjoy a floaty flight through the sky. Open it with ↑ to protect you and your friends from deluges and waterfalls. Is there anything chummier than sharing an umbrella?”
Parasol is a deceptively simple, harmless looking Copy Ability that allows Kirby to use a red and white-striped (except in Kirby's Dream Course, where it is green and white), star-tipped parasol as a weapon. It can slow his fall from high places, and protect his head from most attacks or falling objects. Kirby can also swing the parasol in front of him to attack enemies, and in some games, can hold it out indefinitely. However, Parasol's attacks are rather weak compared to those of other abilities, making it difficult to use offensively.
While Parasol began as a defensive ability, it has actually received multiple offensive upgrades throughout the Kirby games. In Kirby Super Star, Parasol gained a powerful throw; in Kirby: Squeak Squad, the Ability Scroll for Parasol made Kirby able to fire a short-ranged beam of star-like projectiles from the tip of the parasol when held. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, many of Parasol's moves gained invincibility frames, and it also gained an extremely fast, grounded, multi-hit attack. This ironically made it one of the most damaging abilities against grounded enemies in that game, though the damage of this move was heavily toned down in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot.
Parasol is one of the few abilities that may presently be used in water. Ironically, though, in Kirby's Dream Land 3, it was the only ability that could not be used underwater, where Kirby would put away his Parasol and attack by instead blowing bubbles, as if he had no ability. Kirby's Dream Land 3 was also the only game in which Parasol did not slow Kirby's fall by itself, effectively making the ability only useful for defeating enemies on land.
Parasol is one of the few abilities to never have Kirby wearing a hat, other than many of the final abilities like Star Rod. Parasol's handle comes in four color variations: pink, blue, white, and green. It is also one of the few abilities that may be used in the water, along with Sword, Hammer, UFO, Master, Spear, Water, and Bell.
In Kirby: Planet Robobot, if one taps in the Kirby series Waddle Deeamiibo, then Kirby will obtain an exclusive costume for Parasol, turning his body redish orange, while turning his feet orange, and putting on a blue bandana resembling Bandana Waddle Dee.
In Kirby Star Allies, Parasol can be used to imbue the water element, in order to become Friend Abilities. In addition, it can be used solo to create the Chumbrella, a larger parasol which can protect from falling obstacles.
B or Y / 1
Kirby swings his Parasol in front of him, damaging enemies. If the player holds B or Y, Kirby will hold the Parasol in front of him.
After obtaining the Ability Scroll, holding it will cause tiny stars to emerge from the parasol.
From Kirby's Return to Dream Land on, this move shoots out little drops of water, which can cool down fire.
Pressing down during Parasol Drift will cause Kirby to fall as if he did not have the ability.
Hold B / 1
Kirby holds and twirls his parasol out in front of him, continuously hitting and blocking anything in front of him. Kirby's parasol also passively damages enemies and blocks projectiles that touch it.
From Kirby's Return to Dream Land on, Kirby can turn around while using this move to shield in the opposite direction.
↓ + B / 1 (Midair)
Kirby dives diagonally down, smashing through enemies below him. This move also works underwater.
This attack debuted in Kirby Super Star, and has been present in all Kirby platformers since Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
→/↑/↓ near an enemy
Kirby will grab the enemy or defeated mid-boss, bounce it on his Parasol, and toss it up, forward or backward, depending on if the player tapped forward on the controls or not.
This attack debuted in Kirby Super Star, and has been present in all Kirby platformers since Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Starting from Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby can additionally throw foes backwards.
Dash + B / 1
Kirby dashes forward at a high speed while twirling the parasol in front of him. Depending on the game, this move may or may not give Kirby invincibility frames. This move also works underwater.
This attack debuted in Kirby Super Star, and has been present in all Kirby platformers since Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Starting from Kirby's Return to Dream Land, this attack renders Kirby invincible throughout the entire duration of the attack.
↓ + B / 1 (Grounded)
Kirby twirls the parasol underneath him, gaining invincibility from attacks and repeatedly
While performing this move, Kirby can drift left or right slightly.
This move now hits 4 times instead of 5.
In certain games, like Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby may not be holding the Parasol over his head when he enters a new room, gets hurt or enters water, and will therefore be unable to use the Drift and Shield abilities until he attacks with it, after which he will hold it over his head.
Rick balances the parasol on his nose and his partner rolls around on top of it. This attack is not very useful offensively, but it will block projectiles from the top, as well as break any Star Blocks above the duo.
Kine sticks a Parasol out of his mouth protecting his front, and damaging any rammed enemies. In the sequel, Kine sticks the parasol upwards, slowing his fall. Kine is free to move around while this move is being used.
Pitch is hit like a golf ball by his partner. When he reaches the end of his path, he flies back to his partner. Damage will be dealt to any enemies Pitch runs into. However, Pitch's partner is left vulnerable while he is gone.
Kirby/Parasol Waddle Dee's parasol expands and turns pink with hearts, allowing them to cover themselves and their friends from attacks from above. Any enemies who touch the parasol will be damaged by it.
Like Stone, Parasol is a very useful ability in that it will instantly halt Kirby's mid-air trajectory, allowing him to drop directly onto an enemy or into a hole without needing to precisely calculate a shot. However, it is less reliable than Stone, as Kirby will slowly drift forward on his parasol after activation, rather than dropping straight down. He can be guided to a limited extent by holding left or right on the D-pad, which will rotate him counterclockwise or clockwise respectively. If used on the ground, it has a braking effect similar to Needle, though less pronounced.
Parasol Kirby in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! is most like the version from Kirby Super Star, with several of the same attack—namely Parasol Swing and Parasol Shield, in addition to Parasol Grab and Throw, which he uses on King Dedede.
Cappy New Year marked the ability's first appearance. Kirby acquired it by inhaling Sasuke. In this episode, Kirby did not use Parasol in battle, but instead used it only to slow his fall from high up in the air.
Parasol later appeared in episode 25, Escargoon Rules, where Kirby acquired it by inhaling a Drifter. Kirby used the ability to foil Dedede's evil scheme.
In the transformation sequence, Kirby lands atop his parasol. It spins, making Kirby dizzy, and he gets off. Kirby then takes the Parasol, which floats down to him.
Open your parasol and take a nice walk! Do you think this might have other uses, too?
Protect Kirby from enemies above! Splash, drill, or toss your enemies to the sky! A lot of possibilities with the Parasol.
The sun shines on this Parasol of mine. Where I walk, enemies balk, and I float gently down...
Guard against falling objects! Twirl to attack or just drift. Or do a parasol throw!
Block falling objects. Fill your parasol with wind, and go for a stroll through the sky. The best comes last! That's right: Circus Throw!
Guard against falling objects, or take a floaty stroll through the air. You can also spray water to attack enemies or put out fires. For your grand finale, use a Circus Throw!
Guard against falling objects, or take a floaty stroll through the air. Jab with the parasol or use it to do a Parasol Drill! For your grand finale, why not finish with a Circus Throw?
Guard against falling objects or take a floaty stroll through the air. You can also spray water to attack enemies or put out fires.
Defend and attack when the time is right! It may look cute, but it's an expert ability.
Shake the water off it to attack with a splash or enjoy a floaty flight through the sky. Open it with ↑ to protect you and your friends from deluges and waterfalls. Is there anything chummier than sharing an umbrella?
Like several other Copy Abilities that returned in Kirby: Squeak Squad, Parasol gained a new idle animation: Kirby will sway in place and tap his foot.
Parasol is one of the only reoccurring Copy Abilities that does not give Kirby a hat.
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby keeps his Parasol on his back when he is carrying an object, climbing a ladder, or riding a Warp Star. It is not known how he does this, as no carrying strap or holster is seen. This also occurs with Sword, Spear, Beam, Bell, and Hammer.
Using Parasol, a glitch can be performed on Halfmoon that causes Kirby to walk on air.
In Kracko Land, a large Kirby will occasionally hold up a Parasol to stay dry from the Nimbus's rain shower. If Kirby happens to land on it, the larger Kirby will perform a Circus Throw to launch Kirby upwards. This was made three years before Kirby Super Star’s release.