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Just look at this planet. Clean air, fresh water... There is a wealth of natural resources to be found here. But all of you who live in this world take that wealth for granted.
— Susie • Kirby: Planet Robobot

Popstar's sun - Kirby: Squeak Squad

Planet Popstar[1] (sometimes referred to with the title World of Miracles[2]), or simply Popstar[3] (also spelled PopStar[4] or Pop Star[5]) is the home planet of Kirby and the main setting of the Kirby games and anime.

General Information

Planet Popstar is a distant planet shaped like a yellow five-pointed star, typically crossed by two white planetary rings, that is home to a majority of the main characters in the Kirby series. According to the Kirby's Adventure instruction manual, the planet is so far away from Earth that it would be invisible to Earth's population.[6] Said to be located in Gamble Galaxy in Kirby: Squeak Squad, Popstar is considered by some to be a "backwater planet" in the lore of the Kirby series. This is most notably referenced in the reactions of invaders to Kirby's presence on Popstar (such as that of Susie in Kirby: Planet Robobot), as they often question why such a powerful being lives on this remote planet.

Despite its coloration from space, Popstar's atmosphere is remarkably Earth-like from the surface, with blue oceans and land masses similar to Earth's, as well as a wide range of climates supporting a bountiful array of life. It is possible that a gas in the planet's atmosphere reflects (or gives off) a yellow hue to make it appear the way it does from space.

Popstar's areas seem to be divided up into a series of small, star-shaped islands (shown most clearly in a story illustration in Kirby's Super Star Stacker), though this depiction varies from game to game. The most notable area on Popstar is Dream Land, a kingdom ruled by King Dedede that serves as the home of Kirby, though how much of the planet this territory takes up is unclear. The Mirror World entrance floats somewhere in the skies above Dream Land. Another country called Floralia is shown to be floating in Popstar's atmosphere in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and is inhabited by the People of the Sky. Many other locations on and above Popstar are shown throughout the main series titles, but the specific geography of locations on the planet has remained vague, never appearing to remain completely consistent.

Popstar is known to have at least one moon which orbits around the planet, and it is possible that it orbits a sun. It also may or may not be orbited by a separate 'sun', as the plot of the Kirby Super Star sub-game Milky Way Wishes begins with the problem of the sun and the moon fighting with each other. A variety of planets are often shown to be neighboring Popstar in various titles (see below).


Kirby's Dream Land

Dream Land on Popstar is thrown into chaos when the greedy King Dedede steals all the food from its inhabitants. Kirby eventually confronts him in his castle and defeats him, returning all the stolen food as well. Areas of Popstar featured in the game include:

Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

The inhabitants of Popstar awake from restless sleep to discover that they cannot dream. Kirby goes to the Fountain of Dreams, the source of all of Popstar's dreams, to investigate. Upon arriving, Kirby is shocked to find the Star Rod, the source of power for the fountain, is shattered by King Dedede. Because of this, Kirby sets off on yet another quest to save Dream Land and retrieve the broken pieces of the Star Rod, which Dedede has scattered across the planet. Finally, after defeating all of his strongest soldiers for the rod pieces, Kirby defeated the king himself and returned the Star Rod to its rightful place. However in a surprising turn of events it is revealed that King Dedede was actually protecting Popstar from a creature called Nightmare, who was infesting the fountain in hopes of spreading malice and dread throughout everyone's dreams. With quick thinking and action, King Dedede gave Kirby the Star Rod and spat him out at the fleeing Nightmare, who Kirby engaged and fought upon the moon, ultimately destroying the evil dream demon and ending his plans for Popstar. Thus the planet regained its dreams and a peaceful well earned slumber for all.

Areas of Popstar featured in game include:

Kirby's Dream Land 2

Popstar gained the unfortunate attention of a malevolent entity known as Dark Matter, that possessed King Dedede and took control of the kingdom of Dream Land as well as possessing many of its inhabitants with the eventual intent of conquering the entire planet. However, Kirby took matters into his own hands and collected the Rainbow Islands' fabled Rainbow Drops, to create a mighty sword to combat the evil monster. Eventually the two meet in battle and Dark Matter is defeated despite its best efforts, returning peace to Planet Popstar once again.

Areas of Popstar featured in game include:

Rainbow Islands

Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra

Popstar in Kirby Super Star.

Popstar in Kirby Super Star Ultra.

Every game except for Milky Way Wishes and some portions of Revenge of Meta Knight and Meta Knightmare Ultra take place in Popstar. In Milky Way Wishes, the map of planets include Popstar, at the leftmost corner. Also, in Megaton Punch, if Kirby does a powerful punch that goes up to 201 mt., there will be a small animation which shows a fissure cracking Popstar in half.

Areas of Popstar featured in game include:

Grape Gardens is mentioned, but not a playable area in this game.

Kirby's Dream Land 3

Dark Matter infests the entire planet.

Popstar's Rings (Ado's drawing)

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Popstar came under fierce attack by Dark Matter by a planet-sized black mass colliding and spreading across the surface of the entire planet. Its dark influence reached many of the once-happy natives of the planet. With the planet's safety once again threatened, Kirby and his friends set out on a world spanning quest to save it. In the end, Kirby once again battled and defeated an again-possessed Dedede. Afterwards, Kirby used a magical rod formed from the collected happiness of many allies along the way to reach the inside of the diminished cloud and confront the resurrected Dark Matter and the true enemy, Zero. Kirby challenged them to a final climactic battle and managed to destroy the cloud, dispelling the dark threat yet again and returning Planet Popstar to happiness.

Areas of Popstar featured in game include:

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Pop Star is the first planet of the game, being where Kirby meets Ribbon, and where the rest of his friends join him in the adventure. It is mostly grassy and filled with sunshine. It has 3 levels and a boss.

Stage 1

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The very first stage of the game is a simple path through a grassy plain with a resemblance to Green Greens. It is sunny and has a cheerful vibe to it. It has 2 areas and one mid-boss room. The hut that holds the first mini-boss room belongs to King Dedede, which he uses to store tools for playing in the river. [7]

At the end of the path is a wooden pen where a friendly Waddle Dee finds a crystal shard, but also ends up getting possessed by Dark Rimuru, in which it becomes Waddle Doo#Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. After defeating it, Waddle Dee is freed and decides to help Kirby and Ribbon on their quest by helping him get past certain obstacles.

Crystal Shards
  1. Between two Sir Kibbles. It is in the air in plain sight.
  2. In the pond, there is a black block that can be destroyed with the Bomb ability. Break it to get the shard.
  3. It appears after defeating Waddle Doo.

Stage 2

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This stage is in the middle of a peaceful forest that appears to be in the middle of Autumn. The area is apparently near an abyss that has a mountainous landform on the other side. There are 4 areas and 1 mid-boss room.

After the mid-boss, a young girl named Adeleine is painting the scenery when a crystal shard falls next to her. She is then suddenly possessed by Dark Rimura and fights Kirby using her painting skills. When she is freed, she joins Kirby and his friends and offers aid by painting special items for them to use.

Crystal Shards
  1. In the area with the abyss, Waddle Dee helps Kirby get to the other side with a lift. There is a vertical line of stars near the end. The shard is located below them.
  2. It appears after defeating the 1st mid-boss, Big Bouncy.
  3. It appears after defeating Adeleine.

Stage 3

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Kirby starts off in front of Castle Dedede. Most of the level is inside the castle, but in some parts Kirby explores the exterior of it. There are 8 areas.

At the very top of the castle, Kirby confronts King Dedede, who refuses to give a shard to Kirby and becomes a puppet for Dark Rimuro. After being freed, King Dedede hesitatingly decides to offer his strength to the heroes on their journey.

Crystal Shards
  1. In a small room entered after leaving the top of the bridge section. Kirby will need the Cutter + Cutter Power Combo to break it.
  2. In the big room with a water fountain and a spiral staircase, it is right above the entrance.
  3. It is obtained after defeating King Dedede.

Boss: Whispy Woods

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In this stage, Kirby fights Whispy Woods in the center of the arena and his 3 Whispy Woods Jrs. The arena goes in a 360° area. The fight features two phases: One where the Jrs. fight, the other where Whispy Woods fights.

Crystal Shards
  1. Obtained by defeating Whispy.


After finding enough crystal shards, Ribbon uses them to create a portal to Rock Star. Kirby and the others follow her into the portal to the next world.

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble

Popstar in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble.

Popstar in Extra Mode.

King Dedede steals the stars from the sky and sets up bumpers and obstacles all across Popstar. Kirby traverses seven levels across Popstar. The eighth is technically off of the planet's surface, taking place on another nearby star.

Kirby: Canvas Curse

Popstar comes under the attack of a mysterious art sorceress named Drawcia, who begins changing all of Popstar into her own personal paintings. Even Kirby is struck by her magic and is turned into a ball. However, using the magic he gained from her paintbrush, Kirby fights his way through the transformed landscapes of Dream Land and confronts Drawcia in her own world. Despite her best efforts to protect her "perfect world," Kirby ultimately defeats her and Popstar returns to normal.

Areas of Popstar featured in game include:

Kirby: Squeak Squad

Popstar in Kirby: Squeak Squad

Kirby is about to enjoy his cake when it is stolen! Kirby gives chase to the culprits, a band of thieves known as The Squeaks, all across the landscapes of Dream Land to get it back. When he finally manages to corner their leader Daroach with what he thinks is a treasure chest containing his cake, Daroach opens it only to be possessed by the creature trapped inside; a demon named Dark Nebula. Kirby pursues the possessed Daroach into space where the shadow monster schemes dark days for Popstar. Before he can do anything, however, he is confronted and beaten by Kirby in a duel, saving the day yet again.

Areas of Popstar featured in game include:

View from Gamble Galaxy in Kirby: Squeak Squad

Kirby Mass Attack

Popstar in a cutscene -- Kirby Mass Attack.

Kirby is exploring the Popopo Islands on Popstar when Necrodeus and his Skull Gang come. They have the intention of drowning Popstar's light in darkness. After Necrodeus splits the hero into ten, all the Kirbys must travel around the four Popopo Islands. Once they beat the four bosses of those islands, a fifth island by the name of Necro Nebula emerges from space. Once Kirby goes there and defeats Necrodeus, the threat to the planet is eliminated. Kirby travels back home shortly afterward.

The sub-game Strato Patrol EOS features the Kirbys flying across Popstar and then into space, defeating enemies and bosses all the while.

The Popopo Islands.

Popstar's Popopo Islands include:

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

When Magolor's spaceship, the Lor Starcutter, crashes on Planet Popstar, it loses several important pieces: the oars, the left and right wings, the emblem, the mast, and many Energy Spheres. Kirby, Meta Knight, Bandana Waddle Dee, and King Dedede venture across the five corners of the planet to collect them. The locations they visit are:

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Planet Popstar is overrun by the Dreamstalk.

In this game, a kingdom known as Floralia exists above Popstar. A beanstalk called the Dreamstalk lifts Kirby's home and King Dedede's castle off of Popstar's surface, and soon after, the Dreamstalk's vines threaten to completely cover Popstar. Luckily, Kirby prevents this by defeating Queen Sectonia, who caused the Dreamstalk to grow out of control.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Planet Popstar in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Planet Popstar with its colors stolen

The first cutscene of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse takes place on Planet Popstar, while the rest of the game is set in Seventopia.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Planet Popstar is once again attacked by foreign invaders. In this game, the Haltmann Works Company attacks the planet, and successfully takes control of it, mechanizing it. The company's main base (the Access Ark) drills five different bases across the planet. Kirby later travels throughout the planet to destroy the legs of the base one at a time. After destroying all five legs, Star Dream, vowing to destroy all forms of life, rides into space with the Access Ark. After Star Dream's defeat, Popstar is restored back to normal. Areas in Popstar featured in game during its mechanization include:

Planet Popstar about to be drilled into by the Access Ark.

Kirby Star Allies

Chase the dark hearts across the world of miracles! Hold ↑ to wield mighty Friend Abilities as Kirby and pals continue their journey of companionship across the vast seas and rolling hills.
— Level Select • Kirby Star Allies

World of Miracles - Planet Popstar is the second level in Kirby Star Allies, following Dream Land and preceding Jambastion.

Planet Popstar as seen in Kirby Star Allies.


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Rare Picture Pieces

Stage Celebration Picture Guide
Friendly Field The First Rival Appears after the Friend Circle sequence.
Reef Resort The First Rival In the room with Chef Kawasaki, use Cook's Cook Pot to clear all of the enemies. The Rare Picture Piece is located in the water.
Inside Islands A Delicious Picnic In the vertical room, use Spider's Friend Bounce Friend Ability to bounce through a few Gordos. Pull the switch on the ceiling.
Echo's Edge The Great Labyrinth Battle Bring the Key Dee to the locked door in the second Friend Bridge sequence.
Nature's Navel A Delicious Picnic Upon reaching the end gate, go left and up to find a ladder.
Duplex Dream A Delicious Picnic Use Fire or a move with Sizzle to melt the Ice Blocks, revealing a round-trip door. After entering the round-trip door, use Sizzle Whip to melt the top ice block and grab the Key.
Sacred Square The Great Labyrinth Battle While on the Friend Star, use Fire to melt the ice blocks.

Big Switches

Stage Guide Extra Stage
Friendly Field In the room with the Bluster Cutter puzzles, at the top of the room, turn left and use Cutter Boomerang to blow away the Leaves, revealing a round-trip door and a couple of Red Point Stars. Dream Palace
Reef Resort Go to the room with the drain pipes. Have two characters with Parasol perform Chumbrella to block the water flow and have a character with Fire light the fuse to the dynamite; alternatively, one can use Ice or moves with the Blizzard element to freeze the water instead of using two parasol wielders. The explosion from the dynamite will reveal a round-trip door. Inside Islands
Nature's Navel Go to the room with the Chilly. Use Bluster Ninja to cut the flaming chain; alternatively, one can use Cutter with Splash or Blizzard to cut the flaming chain instead of just Ninja or just Bluster. This reveals a round-trip door to the left. After entering the round-trip door, climb down the right ladder and cut the flaming chain. Duplex Dream

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

A giant dimensional rift opens up in Planet Popstar that ends up pulling a good amount of its residents in, including Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee. The inhabitants end up landing into a mysterious forgotten world, which becomes the main setting of the game.

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After Kirby defeats Leongar, Fecto Forgo possesses Leongar to reveal that it opened the rifts on Planet Popstar in an attempt to gather a work force - Waddle Dees - to restore its energy and help the Beast Pack find Fecto Forgo's other half - Elfilin. When Kirby frees Elfilin from Fecto Elfilis, Fecto Elfilis opens a massive dimensional rift that attempts to pull Planet Popstar onto the new world. After destroying Fecto Elfilis's body with Big-Rig Mouth, Kirby and Elfilin wind up back at Planet Popstar. To save the planet, Elfilin closes the dimensional rift with the remaining power he has.

During the credits, Elfilin returns to Planet Popstar with the help of Clawroline. If Kirby talks to Elfilin after 100% completion, Elfilin can sometimes state that he always has enough energy to travel to Planet Popstar.

End of spoilers

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

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Popstar and its surrounding system in the anime series.

In the anime, the characters specifically call Popstar a star, and it is shown to have what looks like other planets orbiting it - or multiple moons, or possibly its own sun and more than one moon.

Dream Land is also the main location of the series, and still ruled by King Dedede. However, it's on a peninsula and seems to be much smaller.

Surrounding areas

Popstar's Solar System is complex and has had its surrounding planets mapped out, but not any of the surrounding galaxies. These areas could be the same galaxy Popstar is in or separate galaxy altogether.

Surrounding planets, stars, and land masses


Planet Popstar's name appears to be a variation of the word "pop star," a famous performer of pop music.


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Planet Popstar's overworld theme in Kirby: Planet Robobot
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Planet Popstar's overworld theme in Kirby's Return to Dream Land
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Pop Star is Kirby's home planet and the main setting for most of the Kirby games. It serves as the first level of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards with its own self-titled track, although this track also plays on the first stages of Neo Star and Ripple Star as well.

Related Quotes

The first of the worlds you visit, Popstar is home to Kirby and all of his friends.
— Description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Official Strategy Guide (Prima)
Your home, Popstar, is the brightest star in space. It was only a matter of time before Necrodeus decided to smother its light.
— Daroach • Kirby Mass Attack
A big, star-shaped planet that's home to Dream Land.
— Official Kirby Star Allies website


  • Oddly, Popstar's rings change after Kirby's Dream Land 3. At the starting "intro" to the game, the rings were colored blue, and there were only two. However, at the "Good Ending" of the game, the rings are shown to be colored red, blue, and green, and there were three rings. The rings stayed like this for some time, but have since reverted to their original color and ring amount.
    • More recently, however, the rings have been colored white with teal pulses going through them periodically.
    • Some games show Popstar's rings as rainbows, such as in Kirby Battle Royale’s Rocket Rumble.
  • In the instruction manual for Kirby's Dream Land 3, Popstar is said to be located at the "edge" of a vast universe.
  • The music for Planet Popstar in Kirby's Return to Dream Land is a remix of Gazing into the Blue; the map music from Kirby: Squeak Squad.
  • The first letter for the stages in Popstar in Kirby Star Allies spelled F-R-I-E-N-D-S, likely due to the friendship mechanic in the game.
    • In the Spanish version, it spells out "A-M-I-S-T-A-D" (friendship).
    • In the French version, it spells out "C-O-P-A-I-N-S" (friends).
    • In the Dutch version, it spells out "S-T-E-R-R-E-N" (stars).
    • In the German version, it spells out "F-S-I-E-N-D-R". It doesn't mean anything, but note that it would spell "F-R-I-E-N-D-S" if the S and R were swapped around.
    • In the Italian version, it spells out "A-M-I-C-O-N-I" (buddies).
    • In the Chinese version, it spells out "卡比与新星同盟 (simplified) / 卡比與新星同盟 (traditional)" (Kirby and Star Allies).
  • Popstar has rings, which is odd considering that in real life normally only gas giants (Planets consisting of hydrogen and helium) have rings.
  • In Kirby Star Allies in the 3.0.0 update, the Dragoon can sometimes be seen flying around Planet Popstar.
  • In Kirby Star Allies, when playing the Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! sub-game as Adeleine & Ribbon, some stage layout in Level 1 is changed to reflect Stages 1 and 2 of Pop Star from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
  • The cutscene transition in Adventure Mode for Super Smash Bros. Melee from the escape portion depicts Pop Star as existing in close proximity to Zebes from the Metroid franchise, thus implying that, non-canonically, Pop Star exists in the FS-176 star system.
  • In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, when Fecto Elfilis attempts to have Planet Popstar crash into the forgotten planet, chunks of Planet Popstar are being drawn to and crashing into the forgotten planet's surface. Since Planet Popstar is experiencing the effects of the Roche limit, with no visual tells of the forgotten planet's destruction, it implies that Planet Popstar is somewhat smaller than the forgotten planet.

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