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Hey, what's that up there? In the sky, falling fast! Oh! It looks like... Yes, it is!
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Kirby Battle Royale

The Warp Star (sometimes spelled Warpstar, called shooting stars[1] in Kirby's Pinball Land) is a glowing, yellow, star-shaped vehicle based off of a shooting star. It serves as Kirby's primary mode of transportation in the series, allowing him to travel quickly between areas.

Warp Stars fly their riders quickly through the sky, and can be steered by thought alone, often expelling stardust behind them as they go and making a whirring noise. Kirby is a very accomplished flyer of Warp Stars; however, he isn't very good at landing them and has a tendency to violently crash land, sending him flying and destroying his Warp Star in the process.

In most games, grabbing a Warp Star automatically takes Kirby to the next section of a level; though sometimes they are optional and take Kirby to secret areas, or simply provide a faster (and safer) way to travel between areas. In other games, however, opportunities arise for the flight of Warp Stars to be controlled more directly in various ways.

Games

Warp Stars can be found floating in many games' levels. Once Kirby touches one, he will automatically fly it to another area. While riding a Warp Star is sometimes optional, it is usually advisable to catch a ride on one.

Kirby's Dream Land

The Warp Star appears once in each stage in the game (including Mt. Dedede, where Kirby boards it in the stage intro to get into Dedede's castle). Boarding it results in a short cutscene of Kirby flying it to the next part of the level.

Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

Warp Stars appear in some of the game's stages. Warp Stars also appear in Warp Star Stations, which allow Kirby to quickly transport from Level to Level, provided the Warp Star Station is unlocked in both areas. Kirby also uses the Warp Star in his pursuit of Nightmare.

The Warp Star is also used in the Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land-exclusive Kirby's Air Grind sub-game.

Kirby's Pinball Land

Three Warp Stars initially appear in the Warp Screen, with each one taking Kirby to a different Pinball Land. Warp Star also appear in the Pinball Lands themselves, serving different purposes depending on Kirby's location. Warp Stars in the Bottom Stages send Kirby back to the Warp Screen. Warp Stars in the Middle Stages send Kirby to the Bonus Game corresponding to the specific Pinball Land; once the Bonus Game is finished, Kirby takes another Warp Star, which sends him to the Top Stage. Warp Stars in the Top Stages send Kirby to the Boss Stage corresponding to the specific Pinball Land; if the boss is defeated and Kirby obtains his key, Kirby takes a Warp Star that sends him back to the Warp Screen. The Warp Star that sends Kirby to the Pinball Land of the boss that was defeated is now replaced with a ball that has the letters E-X-T-R-A flashing on it. Kirby can no longer return to that Pinball Land until King Dedede is defeated. Once the bosses of all three Pinball Lands are defeated, and the flashing balls are collected, a Warp Star will appear, taking Kirby to King Dedede.

Kirby's Dream Course

The Warp Star allows Kirby to travel from course to course and hole to hole.

Kirby's Avalanche

Kirby rides his Warp Star as part of the game's intro.

Kirby's Dream Land 2

The Warp Star allows Kirby to travel between each of the Rainbow Islands.

Kirby's Block Ball

The Warp Star allows Kirby to travel to the individual levels and to each of the Bonus Games. Warp Stars can be found hidden in each of the levels. Finding one and touching it allows Kirby to go to the Bonus Game zone. A Warp Star also appears in the Target Shooting Area after Kirby hits the enemy enough times, taking Kirby to the Boss Area upon touching it.

Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra

Warp Stars appear in various levels in the game, allowing Kirby to change locations as need be. All but four Warp Stars in the game are mandatory to ride; the Warp Stars located in the Garden Area and on Halfmoon are completely optional, only being used for convenience. The Warp Star allows Kirby to travel between each of the stars in Milky Way Wishes.

Kirby's Star Stacker and Kirby's Super Star Stacker

Kirby flies away on the Warp Star when a round is cleared.

Kirby's Dream Land 3

The Warp Star allows Kirby to travel between each of the levels.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

If the player obtains all of the Crystal Shards and defeats Miracle Matter, the Darkness Calls cutscene plays, during which Kirby calls his Warp Star in order to fly to Dark Star.

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble

The Warp Star allows Kirby to travel between each of the levels.

Kirby Air Ride

Great for cruising and gliding. No real flaws.
— Flavor Text • Kirby Air Ride

The Warp Star appears as an Air Ride Machine in Kirby Air Ride. It is initially the only machine available to Kirby in Air Ride mode. It has the most balanced stats out of all machines in the game and has no quirks, making it user-friendly and a viable choice for the beginning and average player. When skillfully controlled, the Warp Star becomes a fierce competitor since it can utilize almost every trick present in each Air Ride course.

Different models of Warp Star, the Flight Warp Star and Compact Star, are available in City Trial, but the former can only be used in Free Ride mode.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

Warp Stars appear in certain locations, taking the player to later Areas in the game. Using a Warp Star is required in order to reach Candy Constellation. Kirby also uses the Warp Star in Goal Games. By pressing the L button, Kirby can use his Cell Phone to call a Warp Star to take him back to Central Circle or to call other Kirbys to his location. Kirby also rides the Warp Star, and is able to fire star-shaped projectiles, when fighting Dark Mind's final form.

Kirby: Canvas Curse

The Warp Star makes an appearance as one of the objects drawn by Paint Roller in the Paint Panic sub-game.

Kirby: Squeak Squad

Warp Stars appear in various stages in the game, allowing Kirby to change locations as need be.

Kirby Mass Attack

The Warp Star allows Kirby to travel between each of the Popopo Islands. However, until the player collects all of the Rainbow Medals and unlocks Necro Nebula, the player's Kirbys are reduced to 1 upon flying to a different island, as all but one fall off during the ride.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Warp Stars appear in some of the game's stages. A Warp Star also appears in each Level Map, taking the player to the World Map, which allows Kirby to travel between each of the planet's levels and the Lor Starcutter.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot

In addition to normal Warp Stars, which occasionally appear in some of the game's stages, 3D Warp Stars frequently appear, allowing the player to change planes. Like doors, the star in the middle serves to communicate to the player whether it is a one-way trip or if it can be used to go back and forth between planes.

Like in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, a Warp Star also appears in each Level Map in Kirby: Planet Robobot, taking the player to the World Map, which allows Kirby to travel between each of the game's levels. A Warp Star is also used to access the Ability Testing Area.

Warp Stars also appear in the Kirby 3D Rumble sub-game, taking Kirby to the next stage in a level.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

The Warp Star appears in the game's credits.

Kirby's Blowout Blast

Warp Stars appear in the Plaza, taking Kirby to the corresponding level. Blue Warp Stars take Kirby to EX versions of the levels, and a unique Purple Warp Star takes Kirby to the Secret Path.

Kirby Battle Royale

The Warp Star is used by Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee in the game's intro sequence.

Kirby Star Allies

The Warp Star is used to navigate across the World of Miracles - Planet Popstar and Far-Flung - Starlight Heroes Level Maps. 3D Warp Stars are also present on the Fortress of Shadows - Jambastion Level Map.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

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The Warp Star is the source of Kirby's power. He needs only to see it to get his power, but he is unable to guard it for himself. It can only be kept safe by one who truly loves and cares for him.
— Meta Knight • A Dark and Stormy Knight

Kirby rides Warp Star in the anime

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, there is only one Warp Star. According to Meta Knight it is the source of Kirby's power, however, because of his age and inexperience, Kirby cannot summon it himself. Tiff, because of her connection to Kirby, becomes the Warp Star's keeper and summons it on his behalf. When not in use the Warp Star shrinks down to the size of a small medallion.

Kirby initially keeps the Warp Star in a small box inside of his starship, after Kirby's starship is shot down by King Dedede Tiff hides the Warp Star inside the wise statue, Kabu. In the later stages of the anime's run, Nightmare Enterprises manages to badly damage the Warp Star and Kabu reveals that he was initially built as a safehouse for use by the Star Warriors and is capable of making repairs to the Warp Star.

They eventually find the Warp Star's hiding place in Kabu, which Nightmare's Destroya promptly attacks, but Kirby is able to defend Kabu using the Crash ability. In its final appearance, Tiff summoned the Warp Star in Kirby's dreams to help fight Nightmare, but instead of riding it, Kirby inhaled it, giving him the Star Rod ability.

In the Super Smash Bros. series

The Warp Star in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Kirby's stage intro is flying in on his Warp Star and crashing into the stage like a shooting star.

Starting with Super Smash Bros. Melee, Warp Stars are also items that fighters can use. When grabbed, its rider flies off the top of the screen, then comes crashing down soon after, causing an explosion. The explosion does damage and sends opponents flying. The Warp Star's impact location can be controlled slightly to track players who try to avoid it, and in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the player can also delay the Warp Star's landing to trick opponents.

The Warp Star appears twice in the Subspace Emissary, both times summoned by Kirby to escape the explosion of a Subspace Bomb. The first time, he summons it to escape the Midair Stadium with either Peach or Zelda in tow, only to be knocked off of it by the pursuing Battleship Halberd, causing Kirby and Peach/Zelda to land on its deck. Later on, after Kirby joins Mario, Pit, Yoshi, and Link, he uses the Warp Star once again to aid Link and Pit in escaping another Subspace Bomb.

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In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, the Warp Star makes its Kirby Super Star Ultra sound effects as it takes off.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Warp Star returns as an item, serving the same function it has in previous Super Smash Bros. games. In the World of Light mode's opening cinematic, Kirby rides the Warp Star to escape Galeem's beams of destructive light.

The Warp Star is the symbol used to represent characters from the Kirby franchise.

Related Quotes

The people of Dream Land use these magical warp stars to travel to nearby places. If you see one, jump on board for a quick trip but make sure to hold on tight!
— Kirby's Arsenal • Kirby's Dream Land Instruction Booklet
This object does not grant Kirby any special rewards, but it will transport him to a new part of the stage. The warp star also appears in the warp stage (see page 12).
— Power Packed Items! • Kirby's Adventure Instruction Booklet
Transports Kirby and his friends between levels.
— Items • Kirby's Dream Land 2 Instruction Booklet
The Warp Star originated as Kirby's ride: it helped the ponderous puffball get around at high speed. Hop on the Warp Star in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and your character will rapidly launch up and off the screen. You'll return in a flash, causing an explosion as you hit the ground. Try holding a direction to alter your landing!
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Melee
It was like it was made for the Warp Star. It had to stay with Kabu.
— Tiff, about the Warp Star's pedestal inside Kabu • Air-Ride-in-Style - Part I
This machine has a good balance of basic capabilities.
— Air Ride Machines • Kirby Air Ride Instruction Booklet
All you have to do with a Warp Star is grab it and hang on. Warp Stars will automatically zip Kirby away to the next section of the current stage.
— Using Gimmicks • Kirby: Squeak Squad Instruction Booklet
A warp-speed item. In the Kirby series, Warp Stars are used to move between stages. In Smash Bros., they're ultrafast attack items that zoom up and down to devastate anyone they hit. You can shift your landing spot by moving the Control Stick left or right during your descent. Choose your target and hang on! Don't overshoot the mark and plummet off the stage, though.
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Brawl
A magical transportation device that Kirby has used in the past to get around. Jumping on the Warp Star will send the character high into the sky and then crashing back down to the battlefield. Anyone caught in the path or landing spot will be sent flying, and the rider can aim a bit to the left or right in the air.
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
While ascending, you can adjust the speed that you'll later descend. Press the attack button or tilt the control stick down to go faster. Press the shield button or tilt the control stick up to go slower.
— Tips • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In Other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
Japanese ワープスター Translates to Warp Star.
English Warp Star
German Warp Stern
Kirby's Adventure

Warp-Stern
Translates to Warp Star.
French Étoile Warp Translates to Warp Star.
Italian Stella Warp Translates to Warp Star.
Spanish Estrella Remolque Translates to Trailer Star.

Trivia

  • In the anime, Kirby's Warp Star holds the Star Rod ability, the ultimate reflection of Kirby's power; however, in the games they cannot be inhaled.

Star Baki

  • In the Nintendo DS game Drawn to Life, Star Bakis appear in the Moon Grove stage. These are common Baki enemies that ride stars in the same fashion Kirby rides his Warp Star. This may have been intended as a reference.
  • In most of the side scrolling games, Kirby flies the Warp Star vertically, with its side facing the player, whereas in its 3D appearances, the anime, and some cutscenes, he rides it horizontally, sitting on its side like a surfboard.
    • The opening for Kirby Super Star is the first game to show Kirby riding a Warp Star horizontally.
  • Kirby has shown multiple different ways of summoning the Warp Star to him:
    1. In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Tiff is the keeper of Kirby's Warp Star. She calls upon it whenever Kirby needs it.
    2. In the intro to Milky Way Wishes, Kirby uses some of the Star Rod's power to create a Warp Star so he can travel through space.
    3. In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Kirby reveals that he has a cell phone that can be used to call the Warp Star and in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror the same cell phone that calls the other Kirbys can summon a Warp Star back to the world hub.
  • In the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World of Light opening, when Kirby escapes Galeem's light beams, the Warp Star and its rider vanish in a ring of star shapes after flying straight forward for an extended period of time. The ring effect is the same one that appears in various cutscenes throughout the Kirby series. The previous assumption among players was that this effect was merely an exaggerated visual indication of the Warp Star flying out of view; Super Smash Bros. Ultimate suggests that it is actually Kirby warping to another location.

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