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Zzz... Just a...few more...minutes... ...Please...I mean...just lemme sleep... Zzz...If you wake me up... ...just ask...a
— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies

Sleep is one of Kirby's Copy Abilities, first introduced in Kirby's Adventure. In most of its appearances, it is relatively useless, sometimes used as an obstacle.

General Information

When Kirby inhales a lethargic Noddy, he instantly falls asleep and can't do anything until he wakes up. This nap takes approximately 5 seconds, depending on the game. Since the player is unable to willingly drop the ability, Sleep has no Helper, like the other limited-use abilities such as Mike and Crash. Sleep's Copy Essence is also occasionally used as a hazard in some games due to the nature of the ability.

Sleep isn't always completely useless, however. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, it gained the power to deal minor damage with a popped sleep bubble when Kirby wakes up. In Kirby Air Ride, the victim ailed with the ability is able to pass it on to another racer by crashing into them, leaving them with the debilitating ability instead. Also, if the player obtains the Sleep Ability Scroll in Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby will slowly regain health as he sleeps, up to just under 25% with all 8 Vitality pieces collected, so a Sleep bubble heals more health than common food outside of combat, but Kirby is still defenseless while using it. It is possible to sleep on the world map, which can be done by exiting the stage while sleeping or tapping a Sleep ability bubble on the map. It's also possible to exit the stage while sleeping, thus falling asleep again on the world map, and subsequently regenerating health again. With this method, Kirby can regain almost 50% of his max HP.

Sleep appeared with a full moveset for the first time in Kirby Battle Royale. It was added as a free DLC ability on February 1, 2018 after winning the second 25th Anniversary Poll. In this game, Sleep Kirby always carries a pillow, and his attacks are partially inspired by pillow fighting. His animations suggest that he is sleepwalking the entire time while fighting. While Kirby still falls asleep if left idle, the player can instantly break out of it at any time; the sleeping state also causes Kirby to slowly regain health like in Kirby: Squeak Squad. Sleep's moveset in Kirby Battle Royale is defined by pillow strikes that are quick and hard-hitting, but have limited range. It also features a much more powerful and effective variant of the Early Wake sleep bubble attack.

In most games, Sleep Kirby appears at the game over screen (without the hat prior to Kirby Super Star). If the player chooses to continue, Sleep Kirby will be woken up (a different method depending on the game), then Kirby will run off-screen (or towards the screen in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot) and the game continues from the beginning of the level. If the player chooses to quit, however, the hand will charge up and punch away Kirby in Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby will inhale the hand and continue sleeping in Kirby's Adventure, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and Kirby: Planet Robobot, the hand tries to wake Kirby up by poking him and crushing him with a star but he still sleeps in Kirby's Dream Course, the hand puts Kirby on the moon, gives him a blanket, then leaves in Kirby Super Star and the hand puts Kirby on Planet Popstar, gives him a blanket, then leaves in Kirby Super Star Ultra. In Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, and Kirby Star Allies, Kirby just continues sleeping if the player continues to quit.

Sleep returns in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. where, like in Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby is healed as he sleeps. Additionally, there is a small window where Kirby is able to slowly "sleep-walk" before falling asleep. Its Evolved Ability counterpart called Deep Sleep, which allows him to summon a bed to sleep in for a prolonged period, increasing the amount of health recovered as a result. If Kirby sleeps uninterrupted for the full duration, he will receive a random boost in health, speed or attack. Kirby can manually fall asleep early if he has Deep Sleep. The regular Sleep Hat appears when Kirby takes a nap in his house in Waddle Dee Town.


Move Controls Description Damage
Doze None Kirby falls asleep for about five seconds, leaving him completely defenseless. When he wakes up this power disappears.
Only in Kirby Air Ride
Can affect other racers by colliding into them.
Only in Kirby: Squeak Squad
Slowly regenerates health. This effect requires the Ability Scroll.
Only in Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Only in Kirby Triple Deluxe
Only in Kirby Planet Robobot

Early Wake
Shake Wii Remote/Mash Control Pad Makes Kirby's sleep bubble grow larger and larger and eventually pop, waking him up earlier than it would have taken otherwise. The bubble can also defeat weak enemies when it pops. 24

Friend Abilities

Friend Ability Mix Description
Friend Wake-Up Call Anyone When a character is near Kirby and pops the bubble with their attack, Kirby will wake up immediately.

Kirby Battle Royale Moveset

Move Controls Description Damage (Robo Bonkers)
Pillow Attack B Kirby swings his pillow in front of him. 45
Pillow Uppercut B + B Kirby swings his pillow upwards. 80
Pillow Takedown B + B + B Kirby slams his pillow into the ground. 170
Spinning Pillow Dive B during jump Kirby spins around in the air with his pillow held out, until he slams it down on the ground. 65 per hit
Burst Bubble Hold/release B Kirby builds up a large snot bubble that travels slowly across a long distance, popping upon impact. 340
Nighty Nightcap Y Kirby pulls out a green nightcap and drops it on an opponent's head, putting them to sleep and leaving them vulnerable to attack.. 30
Sweet Dreams Don't move for a while Kirby falls asleep and dreams of eating cake. Gradually restores health, and the player can end it at any time by moving or attacking. Normally, Kirby will rest his head on top of the pillow, but if performed after Pillow Takedown or Spinning Pillow Dive, Kirby will leave his pillow outstretched in front of him. 0


Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Move Controls Description
Sleepwalk Control Stick Kirby slowly stumbles in a chosen direction, giving him a chance to reach relative safety before falling asleep.
Sleep Mash buttons to wake up faster Kirby falls asleep for about five seconds, leaving him defenseless but healing himself slightly.
Deep Sleep
Go to Sleep B Kirby summons a bed to sleep in for a prolonged period, regenerating his health to his maximum and providing Kirby with the benefits of a random Stock Item if he is not interrupted. The benefits gained from this ability cannot be stacked, however Kirby can use this ability to recharge the remaining duration of the benefits, up to 200 seconds if it's less than this number.

In the Super Smash Bros. series

  • The pose Kirby has while sleeping is the same one he does when using this ability.
  • Jigglypuff's green costume in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has Kirby's Sleep hat.
  • Sleep Kirby also appears as a collectible trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
  • One of Kirby's idle poses in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate involves him falling asleep for a brief second, then waking himself up.

Flavor texts

GameFlavor text
Kirby's Adventure
...Please... ...Let me sleep... ...A little more... ...Please...
Kirby Super Star
Just take a little break and let Kirby sleep!
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

Kirby: Squeak Squad
I need my beauty rest.
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Just a li'l while longer... ...Please. Let me sleep...
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Just...five more...minutes. Please...just let me sleep. If you must...wake me... Just...shake me... Zzz...zzz...zzz...
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Just...three more minutes, Mom. I'm just so...yawwwwn...sleepy. If you gotta...wake me up... Just...mash the...+Control Pad. Zzzzzz... Zzzzzzz...
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Sleep is definitely important, but it can be dangerous if you drop off in the wrong place! Luckily, you can wake up quickly by button mashing.
Kirby Battle Royale
Doze off to fight back! This sleepy-time ability will surprise your rivals!
Kirby Star Allies
Zzz... Just a...few more...minutes... ...Please...I mean...just lemme sleep... Zzz...If you wake me up... ...just ask...a
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Zzz... Just one more minute, please... Zzz... Oh, c'mon... I'm too sleepy... Zzz... Just let me recover some health with a bit of rest... Zzz... Zzz... Zzzzz…

Related Quotes

Kirby after he copies the ability to sleep peacefully. Kirby takes on this form when he inhales Noddy or other such enemies. Kirby cannot move at all while sleeping, so extra care should be taken not to use this ability when enemies are near. Kirby, in his slumber, tends to drool, and in his panicked awakening, isn't it cute how he forgets to wipe off the drool?
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Brawl
You don't get to see sleeping heroes very often. They're so busy rescuing princesses or saving the world, they just don't have time for a little nap. Not so with Kirby! The moment he inhales the snooze-prone enemy Noddy, he pops on his sleeping cap and dozes right off. Ah, Kirby, what dreams might you be having today?
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll
Throw your rivals off guard with your drowsy demeanor. Let your instincts do the fighting for you while you sleep.
— Official Kirby Battle Royale Website

In Other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
Japanese スリープ Officially romanized as Sleep.
English Sleep
Korean 슬립 Translates to Sleep.
German Müde!
Kirby's Adventure

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Translates to Tired!
Kirby's Adventure

Translates to Sleep.
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
French Sommeil Translates to Sleep.
Italian Sonno Translates to Sleep.
Spanish Sueño Translates to Dream.


  • Sleep was technically the first ability to get a hat. The hat can be seen in the Kirby's Adventure intro from the first picture. It is Kirby's sleeping cap when he wakes up from his bad night's sleep.
  • Sleep is available in Grape Garden's Museum, although the ability is quite useless and indeed cannot even be taken out of the Museum.
  • Sleep is one of the very few Copy Abilities that can be obtained via inhaling in Milky Way Wishes. Although a copy pedestal for Sleep is seen in other sub-games, in Kirby Super Star and it's remake, it is not used as a Copy Essence Deluxe here.
  • In Kirby Air Ride, the Sleep ability is quite similar to the Dizzy Virus from Mario Kart Arcade GP.
  • Sleep Kirby is a picture drawn by Paint Roller in the Paint Panic sub-game in Kirby: Canvas Curse.
  • In Kirby Air Ride, and Kirby's Return to Dream Land onwards, Kirby's sleep hat appears purple with yellow polka dots instead of the traditional green and white polka dot hat.
  • What are thought to be prerelease screenshots of Kirby Air Ride show the Sleep ability with a cap depicted as green instead of the purple seen in the final game. The exact source of these images are unknown. [citation needed]
  • In the "Staff Credits" cutscene in Kirby Super Star Ultra and the intro of Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby's Sleep hat has yellow stars instead of white dots.
  • In the 25th Anniversary Poll that ran on the Official Kirby Website, Sleep was unveiled on November 7, 2017 to have been the third place winner.[1] However, Sleep won the second poll, making it the second ability to be added to Kirby Battle Royale.
  • Kirby Battle Royale is, thus far, the only Kirby game where Sleep is optimized to be a truly usable Copy Ability.
  • Like Mirror, Sleep lacks any alternate headgear in Kirby Battle Royale. Since both abilities were added to the game through patches later on, this could be a result of the DLC content being developed with more limited resources.
  • Sleep is able to heal in only Kirby: Squeak Squad and Kirby Battle Royale. It is also one of two abilities able to regain health in Kirby Battle Royale; the other is Doctor.
  • On most game over screens, Kirby can be sleeping.
  • Unlike most of the flavor texts of other Copy Abilities, Sleep's flavor texts are almost always narrated by Kirby himself.
  • In artwork from Kirby's Adventure, Sleep Kirby is shown to be flattened rather than slumped like in-game.




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