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A positively refreshing ability with many applications! Harness the waves and surf along the ground. Enjoy a powered-up version of the Water Gun and carry heavy stones with ease! And make sure you find out what happens if you freeze a fountain...
— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies

Water is one of Kirby's Copy Abilities. It first appeared in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, but it also appeared in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and in Kirby Star Allies, making it the second anime-exclusive ability to cross into the games, the first being Kabuki.

General Information

Water's first appearance is in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, along with Top, Iron and Baton. All four appear in the episode Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II, and were all created by fans in a contest in Japan to decide on new ideas for Kirby to defeat the enemies.

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Water (or a very similar ability) was originally going to appear in Kirby GCN, its first appearance in a video game. It would have looked similar to the design in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! with shiny blue skin, except with a different crown housing what appears to be flowing water. Only one of its attacks was shown: Kirby blows bubbles that spread around a fairly short distance, similar to the later-revealed Bubble. However, the game was never released.

Water wasn't introduced to the games until Kirby's Return to Dream Land. It was first revealed in the game's teaser in Nintendo's quarterly investor report video, then later in the game's E3 2011 trailer where Water Kirby is seen battling a boss. Water Kirby's appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land lacks the translucency and blue tone from the anime, but his cap otherwise looks like the unreleased one from Kirby GCN with a larger size and more detail. He also cannot simply inhale seawater to get it like he did in the anime.

Water returns in Kirby Star Allies; it remains relatively the same, although water is more photo-realistic. It is also an element that can be combined with other Copy Abilities to create Friend Abilities.


Move Controls Description Element Damage
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby Star Allies
Wave Attack Button 1 Kirby shoots a pulse of water. It follows the terrain surface regardless of whether it goes uphill or not until it moves off-screen. The water moves at the same speed as Kirby's Surf. Splash 12 12
Surf Double ←/→ A special dash move. Kirby surfs on a wave. This move allows Kirby to travel over the surface of a body of water or a fiery platform. Splash 16 (when Kirby turns around) 4 (normal hit), 16 (when Kirby turns around)
Wave Surf Surf + Button 1 Raises Kirby's surf wave and deals damage for several seconds. Kirby is invulnerable during the attack. Splash 32 32
Geyser ↑ + Button 1 Projects a column of water straight up, but Kirby cannot move while doing so. Pressing button 1 repeatedly maintains the column. If executed in mid-air, Kirby carries on moving in his original direction. Splash 16 per hit 4 (start), 16 (during), 8 (end)
Fountain Hover (midair) ↓ + Button 1 Kirby hovers by spitting water towards the ground. Hovers as long as Button 1 is depressed. After the hover starts, directional keys control Kirby's movement and hover distance. Splash 8 per hit 8 per hit
Water Crown ↓ + Button 1 Splashes water at Kirby's feet, dealing damage to anything close to him. Has short range. Splash 16, 14 (rapid subsequent uses) 16
Rainbow Rain Hold ↓ then ↑ + Button 1 Kirby crouches, then projects a sphere of water around him and ends with a rainbow flourish. Has longer range than Water Crown. This move has difficult execution timing - the player needs to press ↑ before Button 1 or Kirby performs Water Crown instead, and Button 1 must follow suit a split second after ↑ or Kirby stands up and does nothing. Splash 6 (1st hit), 5 (2nd & 3rd hit), 21 (4th hit); max. damage = 37 6 (initial hits), 24 (finish)
Enhanced Water Gun (underwater) Button 1 Passively enhances Kirby's underwater-only Water Gun attack. Doubles its range and damage area. Splash 20 20

Friend Abilities

Friend Ability Mix Description Element
Zap Splasher Plasma
When Kirby/Plugg/Waddle Doo/NESP uses any plasma attacks on Kirby/Driblee, they'll form a water pillar that shoots exploding electric bolts in a wide range. Zap, Splash
Thundersplash Plasma When Kirby/Driblee uses any water attacks on Kirby/Plugg, they'll form a plasma barrier that shoots electric-infused puddles of water in a wide range. Zap, Splash
Splash Curling Stone After using Stone Change, Kirby/Driblee can use their water attacks to make it a curling stone that does water damage to opponents in the way. Splash

Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

Water Kirby in the anime

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Water Kirby was a fanmade ability submitted in a contest in Japan to feature in the anime.

Water Kirby's body changes to a translucent blue gel, with a golden tiara containing a cresting wave on his head. Naturally, Water Kirby attacks by spitting geysers of water to blast the enemy away.

Transformation Sequence

In the transformation sequence, Kirby spins around in a water tornado. His skin then turns translucent blue, and he gains a golden crown.

Flavor Text

GameFlavor text
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Look out -- you're a water wizard! Ride the waves and cool down hot flames! Your Water Gun is supercharged too!
Kirby Star Allies
A positively refreshing ability with many applications! Harness the waves and surf along the ground. Enjoy a powered-up version of the Water Gun and carry heavy stones with ease! And make sure you find out what happens if you freeze a fountain...

Related Quotes

Ride a wave and control water!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll

In Other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
Japanese ウォーター Translates to Water.
English Water
Traditional Chinese 清水 Translates to Clear Water.
Russian Вода Translates to Water.
German Wasser Translates to Water.
Dutch Water Same as English.
French Eau Translates to Water.
Italian Acqua Translates to Water.
Spanish Agua Translates to Water.


  • This is the second ability that had debuted in the anime to appear in the games. The first is Kabuki in Kirby Mass Attack’s Kirby Quest sub-game.
  • If Kirby has the Cleaning ability while holding the Animal Friend Pitch, he can use Pitch to throw a blob of water at foes.
  • Excluding Super Abilities, Water is the only ability introduced in Kirby's Return to Dream Land that does not reappear in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
  • Though it doesn't appear in Kirby: Planet Robobot, the Poison ability seems to be based on the Water ability, in terms of its appearance and some of its attacks. Water was most likely excluded from the game for its destructive nature when contacted with electricity, and hence, would be a very powerful ability in a world of machinery.



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