- This article is about the Air Ride Machine in Kirby Air Ride. For the final level in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, see Dark Star. For the final boss in Kirby: Squeak Squad, see Dark Nebula.
|“||One hit punishes all! Fly on evil wings!”|
|— Shadow Star's Flavor Text • Kirby Air Ride|
The Shadow Star is quite different from the other Air Ride Machines, having a different engine sound and shadowy "exhaust". Its gliding capability is almost as good as the Winged Star's, being the third best in the game (tied with the Hydra's). Its above average attack power makes it ideal for Kirby Melee matches, but its light weight and poor HP makes it easy to destroy and knock around. It has particularly excellent acceleration (the second best in the game, tied with the Wheelie Scooter and Meta Knight).
One of the Shadow Star's defining characteristics is its drafting. Tailing another vehicle allows its speed to increase quickly towards 50 mph and pass it. This is similar to how shadows indefinitely keep up with the object that created them, and can surpass said object if the light is shining on it at the right angle.
In City Trial, much like the Wagon Star, the computer AI seems to prefer the Shadow Star over other machines, and will never replace it once they get it. If a computer player spots the Shadow Star, they will always go for it, and use it to great effect in races and Destruction Derby. If the AI is on the Shadow Star, they will not give it up for a Wagon Star.
The Shadow Star makes an appearance in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. It is driven by the Top Air Rider. Kirby inhales the enemy's top, causing him to transform into Top Kirby. The hero then proceeds to destroy the Shadow Star by using his weapon to cut it apart, which also sends the Top Air Rider to his doom.
- Like Kirby's Cupid Copy Ability (Angel in Japan), its name was changed in localizations to avoid religious connotations.