Kirby (SSB4)

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Kirby
in Super Smash Bros. 4
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Universe Kirby
Other Smash Bros. appearances in SSB
in Melee
in Brawl
Availability Starter
Final Smash Ultra Sword
Tier F (41)
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Kirby (カービィ, Kirby) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. He was confirmed on June 11th, 2013 during the E3 2013 Nintendo Direct. He was also among the first wave of amiibo figures that are compatible with SSB4. Kirby is again voiced by Makiko Ōmoto, who provided new voice clips that changed Kirby's inflections somewhat compared to the previous games in the series.

Kirby ranks 41st out of 58 on the tier list, placing him in the F tier. This is a vast downturn for Kirby, as he was a mid-tier character in Brawl where he ranked 20th out of 38. Kirby possesses a great combo game, courtesy of his up tilt and his up aerial's excellent juggling potentials, as well as good frame data throughout most of his moveset. Despite his size, Kirby also has great KO potential due to his powerful up throw and guaranteed KO set-ups off of his down aerial on floatier characters. His crouch is also very useful, allowing him to avoid many moves from a variety of characters, along with a number of grabs from taller characters.

However, Kirby retains many of his flaws from Brawl, the most notable of which is his poor survivability as a result of his floatiness and extremely light weight. When this is coupled with his predictable recovery, Kirby is left prone to either getting KO'd off of the blast zones early or being edgeguarded early. His mobility is also poor, leaving him prone to being zoned out by many characters, though his crouch can help alleviate some pressure against projectiles that are not affected by gravity. Lastly, Kirby's range has also been nerfed, due to his feet becoming smaller. Because of these flaws, Kirby is seen by some as a below average character in SSB4, although his tournament representation is average and he has even achieved a few results at top-level tournaments courtesy of MikeKirby and K.I.D. Goggles.

Attributes[edit]

As in previous installments, Kirby is a small lightweight, being tied for the fifth lightest character in the game. This is also reflected in his mobility, which is poor; he has a slow walking speed, average dashing speed, the fourth slowest falling speed, the third lowest gravity, the fourth lowest air speed, below average traction and average air acceleration. Despite having the second lowest jumps, he can jump a total of six times, making up for that flaw.

Kirby's greatest strength is the versatility of his moveset. Almost all of Kirby's moves are characterized by speed, and those that are not have very high power instead. Neutral attack and forward tilt are fast and have decent range, allowing Kirby to quickly fend off opponents. Up tilt is notorious for its combo capabilities, being very quick and having the ability to consistently combo into itself or an aerial attack. Down tilt is very fast, with its very low power being compensated by the Sakurai angle, allowing it to trip opponents even at percents as high as 270%. His smash attacks have good range and high power while not being particularly slow, making them excellent at ending an opponent's stock. His aerial game is also powerful and all of his aerials have less than 18 frames of landing lag. Neutral aerial lasts for a long amount of time, and its very low landing lag grants Kirby a lot of protection and allows him to take full advantage of buffering. Forward aerial is powerful, chains fluidly and can allow additional follow-ups at low percents. Up aerial has vertical knockback, low landing lag and has a good amount of autocanceling frames, allowing many potential follow-ups. Back aerial has decent range, lasts for a decent amount of time and is Kirby's fastest and strongest aerial, making it a very good all-purpose aerial attack. Lastly, down aerial, has slow start-up, but drags opponents downward before meteor smashing them, making it a deceptively powerful edgeguarding tool. In addition, it is an effective combo starter with guaranteed follow-ups on grounded opponents.

Kirby's grab game is also useful. His grabs are either fast or have good range, making up for the lack of the other. Despite dealing little damage, his pummel is very fast, allowing Kirby to rack up damage quickly. His forward throw, notorious in Brawl for its highly damaging combo options at 0%, has been improved even further, now possessing follow-ups even at medium percents, including down aerial to re-grab. Back throw can be followed up by a back aerial at 0% on certain characters, tech-chase fast-fallers and KO at high percents. Up throw is his strongest throw and is able to KO almost all characters at 170%, or even earlier if it lands on a platform. Lastly, down throw is reliable for damage racking when no other throw can yield better results.

Kirby's special moveset has some interesting options. Inhale allows him to either copy the neutral special move of any character he Inhales, or spit them out as a weight-dependent projectile. The latter can be used to Kirbycide or put the opponent below the stage, almost eliminating their chances of recovering. The former, depending on what character he Inhales, can give Kirby a move that provides some assistance (Falcon Punch and Homing Attack) or massive benefits (Monado Arts and Needle Storm). Hammer is extremely powerful, especially when fully charged. Its low speed, however, makes it very difficult to use outside of edgeguarding or after a shield break. Final Cutter is Kirby's primary move for recovery and is decent at that, granting good vertical and horizontal distance, as well as decent protection on the way up and on the way down. It also releases a shockwave upon landing, making it difficult to punish if not at point-blank range. Lastly, Stone causes Kirby to plummet straight down and ignore damage by any move that deals less than 30%. It is also very strong and can be canceled at any time, making it useful for playing mindgames.

However, Kirby has noticeable flaws. As mentioned, Kirby has poor mobility, giving him significant trouble approaching and pressuring opponents. It also gives him trouble against fast characters (such as Sonic) or those with disjointed hitboxes (like Marth). In addition, despite being very long, his recovery is extremely slow, making aggressive edgeguarding and gimp-oriented moves (such as F.L.U.D.D. or meteor smashes) detrimental to him. Kirby's range is also mediocre at best, and his strongest moves happen to be his slowest, making it difficult for him to KO opponents outside of edgeguarding or without a set-up. His most prominent weakness, however, is his endurance. Being light and floaty, Kirby cannot survive strong hits at high percents. He is also very vulnerable to juggling, due to the aforementioned slow falling speed and slow air speed. The introduction of rage further compounds these issues, as Kirby will get sent flying even earlier, and will usually not last long enough to take advantage of it.

Kirby benefits significantly from his custom moves. Jumping Inhale is slower and lacks the vacuum, but moves Kirby forward, often putting opponents at very bad positions. With Ice Breath, he cannot copy abilities from opponents but he can freeze opponents for a time and is great for edgeguarding, as most recoveries will run straight into Kirby's breath, freezing them. Hammer Bash is almost identical to Hammer in Brawl, being much faster and, due its vertical knockback, almost as powerful, at the cost of the default's immense strength. Giant Hammer is slower than regular Hammer Flip but it is the most powerful custom move in the game without equipment and grants armor. Wave Cutter does not allow Kirby to hit when rising, but the move is overall faster, the descending hitbox is more powerful and the shockwave has more range and can pressure shields. Upper Cutter immediately cancels at the apex, removing the descending hitbox and the shockwave, but is faster, stronger and grants much more height and momentum, making it much better for recovering, as well as granting Kirby a reliable out of shield option. Grounding Stone is much weaker and has more start-up, but it buries grounded opponents and has much less ending lag, allowing for follow-ups, safer mindgames, and acts as a potential anti-juggling tool. Meteor Stone takes longer to end, but it meteor smashes the opponent and can even be used as a suicide move.

Overall, Kirby, like Luigi, tends to run hot-and-cold. He can inflict an impressive amount of damage if he gets close to his opponent, but doing so is difficult in the first place. As such, Kirby functions well with a bait and punish playstyle, although being unprepared for an opponent's approach can be hazardous due to his mediocre survivability. Kirby has seen average tournament representation and has achieved some degree of success, with professionals such as Poyo and Triple R consistently placing very well at or winning regional tournaments, while MikeKirby and K.I.D. Goggles have attained a handful of notable results at top-level tournaments.

Changes from Brawl[edit]

Kirby has been nerfed in the transition from Brawl to SSB4. He has retained most of the issues he had in Brawl, but he also suffers from new issues, such as having his range worsened in SSB4 due to his feet becoming smaller and size relative to the cast becoming smaller, and his standing and dash grabs' ranges getting decreased. However, some of his less reliable moves from Brawl, particularly Inhale and his down aerial, have been buffed and now possess much more utility. The changes to hitstun canceling also help Kirby much more than harm him, as they enable him to chain combos together much better. His improved combo game is further supplemented by his newly buffed forward throw, which lets him rack up damage very easily. His approach was also slightly improved due to his dashing speed becoming significantly faster.

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change Due to the generally brighter aesthetic used in SSB4, Kirby's overall coloration is now brighter. His skin appears to have much more diffuse shading, with reduced difference in brightness between the lit and shaded sides of his body, while his feet are now slightly smaller to match his design as of Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
  • Change Kirby is more expressive. He now sports a stern look when performing a number of moves, similarly to how he does in Return to Dream Land, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, and Kirby: Triple Deluxe. His facial expressions when being attacked are also more exaggerated, such as his screen KOs depicting him as Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DShaving teary eyes, his mouth closed and the right side of his face pressed against the screen or Super Smash Bros. for Wii Uhave wincing eyes, his mouth open and his whole face pressed against the screen. Both are based on his expression when an attack slams him against the screen in Triple Deluxe.

Attributes[edit]

  • Change Kirby is smaller. This makes his hurtbox slightly smaller, but hinders his range, especially due to his feet being slightly smaller.
  • Buff Kirby's smaller size, when combined with the general change in size between smaller and larger characters, significantly improves his crouch's defensive potential.
  • Change Kirby is heavier (78 → 79).
  • Nerf Kirby walks slower (0.95 → 0.93).
  • Buff Kirby dashes faster (1.371 → 1.57), going from being tied with Ike for the tenth slowest in Brawl to average in SSB4.
  • Nerf Kirby's air speed is slower (0.85 → 0.8).
  • Change Kirby falls faster (1.2 → 1.23).
  • Buff Kirby's fast falling speed is faster (1.9 → 1.968), making him less susceptible to vertical juggling.
  • Change Kirby's gravity is higher (0.061 → 0.06405). This allows him to reach his falling speed faster, but hinders his endurance and makes him more susceptible to combos.
  • Nerf Midair jumps are lower.
  • Buff Rolls have decreased ending lag (IASA 31 → 30).
  • Nerf Rolls grant less intangibility frames (frames 4-19 → 4-17).
  • Nerf Sidestep grants less intangibility frames (frames 2-20 → 2-17) and has increased ending lag (IASA 25 → 26).
  • Change Sidestep's animation has changed. It is now based on Kirby's sidestep animation in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
  • Buff Air dodge has decreased start-up (frame 4 → 3) and ending lag (IASA 49 → 32).
  • Nerf Air dodge's duration is 1 frame shorter (25 frames → 24).
  • Buff Soft landing is 1 frame faster (3 frames → 2).

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Nerf Neutral infinite now deals consistent damage (2%/1% → 1%). Neutral attack's second hit has increased base knockback (8 → 15) and its first and second hits have smaller hitboxes (3.3u → 3u). These changes make it slightly harder to connect with the neutral infinite at high percents.
  • Change Neutral attack's first hit has an altered angle (361° → 55°).
  • Buff Neutral infinite now has a finisher, the Smash Punch from the Fighter ability.
  • Nerf Dash attack's loop hits deal less damage (2%/3% → 1%), resulting in it dealing 5% less damage overall (14% → 9%). Its last hit also has a smaller hitbox (8u → 3u).
  • Buff Dash attack's last hit has increased knockback (90/70 (base)/40 (set)/70/100 (growth) → 100 (base)/70 (growth)).
  • Change Dash attack's last hit has increased hitlag (1x → 2x). This makes it safer on shield, but easier to DI.
  • Nerf Forward tilt has a smaller hitbox (5.4u → 3.3u).
  • Nerf Up tilt deals less damage (7%/5% → 5%/4%) and has a smaller hitbox (5.5u (clean)/4.5u (late) → 4u).
  • Buff Up tilt has increased knockback growth (102 → 116 (clean)/110 (late)), improving its set-up potential. It also now renders Kirby's foot intangible.
  • Change Clean up tilt has an altered angle (92° → 100°).
  • Buff Down tilt now deals consistent damage (5%/6% → 6%).
  • Nerf Down tilt has a smaller hitbox (4.5u → 3.7u).
  • Buff Forward smash has decreased ending lag.
  • Nerf Late forward smash deals less damage (13% → 12%/11%/10%). Forward smash also has increased start-up lag (frame 12 → 13) and smaller hitboxes (6u → 4.2u (clean)/3.5u (late)).
  • Change Clean and late forward smash have altered angles (45° (up)/38° (non-angled)/31° (down) → 361° (clean), 82° (up)/73° (non-angled)/60° (down) → 60° (late)) They also have altered knockback on all angles (38 (base)/100/98/96 (growth) → 30 (base)/102 (growth) (clean), 25 (base)/96/94 (growth) → 90 (base)/69 (growth) (late)).
  • Buff Up smash has increased knockback (34/30 (base)/100 (growth) → 32/30 (base)/104/99 (growth) (early), 50 (growth) → 52 (late)), and decreased ending lag, improving its KO potential. It also renders Kirby's feet intangible.
  • Nerf The middle hit of up smash has less knockback growth (100 → 98).
  • Nerf Late down smash deals 4% less damage (14% → 10%). Down smash also now launches opponents vertically instead of semi-spiking them, removing its edge-guarding potential.
  • Buff Down smash has altered knockback (30 (base)/100 (growth) → 25/110) and decreased ending lag, slightly improving its KO potential. Its lingering hit also lasts 1 frame longer and renders Kirby's feet intangible for 10 frames.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Nerf Neutral, up, down, and late back aerials deal less damage (12%/10%/8%/6% → 10%/8%/6%/4% (neutral), 10% → 9% (up), 12% → 9% (down), 9% → 8% (back)), with only neutral and down aerials having their knockback compensated.
  • Nerf Neutral, back, up, and down aerials have increased landing lag (9 frames → 10 (neutral), 9 frames → 17 (back), 9 frames → 12 (up), 15 frames → 17 (down)).
  • Buff Neutral aerial has increased knockback (10 (base)/80 (growth) → 30/90).
  • Nerf Neutral aerial's beginning autocancel frames end earlier (frames 1-8 → 1-4).
  • Change Neutral aerial's angle has been altered (361° → 46°).
  • Buff Forward aerial's first and second hits' angles have been altered (45° → 45°/80° (hit 1), 80° → 366° (hit 2). This enables them to connect together better with the last hit. Forward aerial's last hit has increased knockback growth (138 → 148), improving its spacing and edgeguarding potential. Forward aerial also has decreased ending (50 frames → 48) and landing lag (15 frames → 13).
  • Nerf Forward aerial's first and second hits have smaller hitboxes (5u → 4.3u (hit 1), 5u → 4.5u (hit 2), 6.5u → 4.9u (last)). It also autocancels later (40 frames → 41) and no longer autocancels from a short hop. Altogether, these changes hinder its approach potential.
  • Change Forward aerial's last hit has more hitlag (1x → 1.2x). This makes it safer on shield, but easier to DI.
  • Buff Clean back aerial deals 1% more damage (12% → 13%). Late back aerial has increased knockback growth (110 → 112), slightly improving its KO potential.}
  • Nerf Back aerial has smaller hitboxes (7u → 4u (clean), 6u → 3.4u (late)) and its autocancel frames end earlier (frames 1-4, 28> → 1-2, 32). Clean back aerial also has decreased knockback growth (105 → 104), slightly hindering its KO potential.
  • Buff Up aerial has increased knockback growth (98 → 100), slightly improving its juggling potential.
  • Nerf Up aerial has a smaller hitbox (5.5u → 4.5u).
  • Buff Down aerial's hits connect together better. Its landing hitbox also has decreased set knockback (60 → 40) and its angle has been altered (30° → 60°). Altogether, these changes improve its set-up potential. Its meteor smash hitbox also has increased knockback growth (107 → 110) and a larger hitbox (6u → 6.2u).

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Buff Standing and pivot grabs have decreased ending lag.
  • Buff Dash grab has decreased start-up lag (frame 10 → 8).
  • Nerf Standing and dash grabs have decreased ranges.
  • Buff Pummel deals 0.55% more damage (1% → 1.55%) and is faster, now being the third fastest pummel in the game. These changes significantly improve its damage racking potential.
  • Nerf Forward throw deals 3% less damage (8% → 5%).
  • Buff Forward throw has increased knockback growth (100 → 125) and its angle has been altered (65° → 75°). When coupled with the changes to hitstun canceling, it has significantly improved combo potential.
  • Buff Back throw has altered knockback (80 (base)/50 (growth) → 30/120), improving its KO potential at high percents. It also has decreased ending lag, improving its mix-up and follow-up potentials at low percents and granting it tech-chasing potential on certain characters.
  • Change Back throw's angle has been altered (120° → 130°).
  • Buff Up throw has increased knockback (70 (base)/70 (growth) → 75/74), improving its KO potential.
  • Change Up throw's angle has been altered (85° → 78°).
  • Nerf Down throw deals 1.8% less damage (12% → 10.2%), more knockback (40 (base)/140 (growth) → 60/180) and has an altered angled (90° → 63°). Altogether, these changes hinder its follow-up potential and remove its utility outside of damage racking and hitting nearby opponents.

Special moves[edit]

  • Buff Inhale has decreased start-up and ending lag. Additionally, Inhaling non-explosive items now heals 1%.
  • Nerf The removal of grab armor hinders Inhale's utility, as trades will now result in Kirby getting hit instead of Inhaling the opponent.
  • Nerf Kirbycide now KOs Kirby first, meaning he will lose instead of winning or tying if he performs it when he and his opponent are on their last stocks. This also releases the opponent and allows them to potentially recover back to the stage. However, there are certain characters that, when Kirbycided from a certain angle, will be KO'd as well and thus lead to a sudden death.
  • Change Inhale's damage outputs have been reversed (6% (swallow)/10% (spit) → 10%/6%).
  • Buff Hammer Flip is now chargeable and Kirby can move around while charging it. Fully charged Hammer Flip also grants armor during part of the swing and deals significantly more shield damage, to the point that it can nearly break full shields.
  • Nerf Uncharged grounded Hammer Flip deals 4% less damage (23% → 19%). Uncharged grounded and aerial Hammer Flip also have decreased knockback, hindering their KO potentials to the point that they now KO 44% later and 45%-52% later, respectively.
  • Change Uncharged aerial Hammer Flip now deals consistent damage (17%/13%/15%/10% → 15%).
  • Nerf Fully charged Hammer Flip deals recoil damage when held, similarly to King Dedede's Jet Hammer. It also no longer has transcendent priority.
  • Nerf Aerial Hammer Flip has increased start-up lag regardless of its charge. It also no longer halts Kirby's momentum, hindering its safety.
  • Nerf Final Cutter's shockwave's range has decreased by half.
  • Nerf Kirby now receives half the amount of damage if he gets hit by strong attacks and attacks that deal more damage when using Stone.
  • Change Stone's visual aesthetics have changed. The Thwomp now uses its design from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, rather than Super Mario 64.
  • Buff Kirby has a new Final Smash, Ultra Sword. Compared to Cook Kirby, it is purely offensive, rather than being both offensive and supplemental. It deals 6% more damage (34% → 40%) and significantly more knockback, making it much better for KOing. Unlike Cook Kirby, Ultra Sword does not provide restorative items, although this trait was flawed due to the items being consumable by characters other than Kirby or not even being generated if items were disabled via Item Switch.

Update history[edit]

Kirby has been noticeably buffed via game updates, addressing many flaws that he had in the initial release. Update 1.0.6 saw his KO potential improved, with his up and down smash attacks dealing more knockback and the latter being more effective if his down aerial is used to combo into it. Hammer Flip had its ending lag decreased, thus making it slightly less punishable as well. Update 1.1.0 brought about further buffs: Inhale's start-up lag was decreased, neutral attack's second hit now connects into his neutral infinite better and his neutral infinite's finisher comes out quicker, while his forward throw became effective for punishes and had its combo potential improved, which is very useful for Kirby due to his previous lack of a throw that he could combo into. He also benefits from the new shield mechanics brought about by updates 1.1.0 and 1.1.1, as they let him break shields easier thanks to his down aerial's multiple hits and Stone's high damage output and hitlag. Update 1.1.3 brought about even further buffs: Kirby now dashes faster, all of his smash attacks, his forward and back aerials and all variations of Hammer Flip became slightly stronger, while his up throw became much stronger to the point of becoming a viable KOing option. Update 1.1.4 brought out another minor buff, as hard tripping now grants him five frames of invincibility. Lastly, update 1.1.5, buffed all of his smash attacks and all variations of Hammer Flip by slightly increasing their knockback. As a result, he is effectively much better than he was during SSB4's initial release.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 1.0.4

  • Change Copy abilities whose base character's neutral special was altered by the patch have been altered in the same way.
  • Change Many behaviors, such as Stone and its custom variants and Final Cutter, have been adjusted.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 1.0.5

  • Bug fix Fixed a glitch where Kirby could hover after using Silver Bow.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.0.6

  • Buff Down throw deals 3.6% more damage: 6.6% → 10.2%.
  • Nerf Sourspotted upward angled forward smash deals 1% less damage: 13% → 12%.
  • Nerf Upward angled forward smash KOs 11% later.
  • Buff Up smash KOs 7% earlier.
  • Buff Down smash KOs 4% earlier.
  • Buff Inhale can be canceled earlier.
  • Change Inhale's animation slightly changed. Fiery effects emit from Kirby after he Inhales explosive items.
  • Buff Hammer Flip's ending lag decreased.
  • Buff Kirby moves faster on the ground while charging Hammer Flip.
  • Change Final Cutter has improved visual effects.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.0

  • Nerf Forward throw deals 2% less damage: 7% → 5%.
  • Buff Forward throw's angle altered: 65° → 75° and its ending lag decreased by 3 frames, improving its combo potential.
  • Buff Forward throw KOs 24% earlier.
  • Buff Inhale's start-up and ending lag decreased by 4 and 5 frames, respectively.
  • Buff Neutral attack has been improved. Its second hit connects together better with the neutral infinite and the neutral infinite's finisher comes out faster.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.1

  • Buff Ice Breath's hitboxes moved forward, increasing its range.
  • Buff Ice Breath's farthest hitbox's size increased: 7u → 7.5u.
  • Change Ice Breath's angle altered: 40° → 30°.
  • Buff Aerial Hammer Bash's weight-based knockback increased: 20 → 50.
  • Nerf Hammer Bash's sourspot hitbox now takes priority over the sweetspot, effectively making the sweetspot smaller.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.3

  • Buff Kirby dash speed: 1.50 → 1.57.
  • Buff Forward smash clean hit knockback growth: 99 → 100.
  • Buff Forward smash late hit knockback growth: 66 → 67.
  • Buff Up smash clean hit knockback growth: 102 → 103.
  • Buff Up smash mid hit knockback growth: 96 → 97.
  • Buff Up smash late hit knockback growth: 50 → 51.
  • Buff Down smash knockback growth: 108 → 109.
  • Buff Forward aerial knockback growth: 145 → 148.
  • Change Forward aerial hitlag modifier increased: 1.0x → 1.2x, making it safer on shield but easier to DI on the final hit.
  • Buff Back aerial clean hit knockback growth: 102 → 104.
  • Buff Back aerial late hit knockback growth: 110 → 112.
  • Buff Up throw knockback growth: 63 → 74.
  • Buff Various knockback growth, hitbox size, and duration increases for Hammer Flip and all of its variants.
  • Change Kirby is slightly heavier: 77 → 79.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.4

  • Buff Hard tripping now grants 5 frames of invincibility.
  • Bug fix Fixed the glowing eyes glitch.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.5

  • Buff Forward smash knockback growth: 100 → 102 (clean), 67 → 69 (late).
  • Buff Up smash knockback growth: 103/103/97 → 104/104/99 (early), 97 → 98, 51 → 52 (late).
  • Buff Down smash knockback growth: 109 → 110 (early).
  • Buff All variations of Hammer Flip knockback growth: 76 → 78.

Moveset[edit]

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   2% Two quick punches followed by the Vulcan Jab from the Fighter ability. The finisher is the Smash Punch from the Fighter ability. Like most neutral attacks, it is an effective landing or out of shield option thanks to hitting on frame 3.
3%
1% (loop), 2% (last)
Forward tilt   8% (base), 7% (tip) A spinning roundhouse kick. Can be angled and is quick, as it hits on frame 5.
8% (base), 7% (tip)
8% (base), 7% (tip)
Up tilt   5% (clean), 4% (late) A scorpion kick. Although its damage output is low, it is useful due to its ability to combo into itself for long strings at low percents, especially on fast-fallers, its disjointed range and having intangibility so long as its hitbox remains active. It is also quick, as it hits on frame 4.
Down tilt   6% A crouching shin kick. It hits on frame 4, which makes it fairly spammable. When coupled with its tripping potential, it can be a useful set-up option.
Dash attack   1% (hits 1-5), 4% (hit 6) The Break Spin from the Yo-yo ability. It is difficult to SDI out of the move and the last hit deals high knockback. Hits on frame 12.
Forward smash   16% (clean), 12% (late) A thrust kick. It deals impressive knockback, as it can KO uncharged from center-stage at 107% (no angle), 99% (up angle), 116% (down angle) when clean. It can also be angled and slightly moves Kirby forward. Hits on frame 13.
15% (clean), 11% (late)
14% (clean), 10% (late)
Up smash   15%/14% (clean), 14%/12% (mid), 12%/11% (late) A backflip kick. Deals impressive knockback, as it KOs uncharged at 101% when clean. Kirby's foot is also intangible as long as the hitbox remains active. Hits from frames 14-19.
Down smash   14% (clean), 10% (late) A spinning split kick. It launches opponents upward and while it is Kirby's weakest smash attack, it deals respectable knockback and KOs uncharged at 112% when clean. Kirby's feet are also intangible during start-up and the clean hitbox of the attack. Hits from frames 10-22.
Neutral aerial   10% (clean), 8% (mid), 6% (mid-late), 4% (late) The Twinkle Star from the Smash ability. A decent anti-pressure and out of shield option due to its very low landing lag, as well as a good combo starter at low percents. Hits on frame 10.
Forward aerial   4% (hit 1), 3% (hit 2), 5% (hit 3) The Spin Kick from the Fighter ability. The first two hits deal low knockback, which makes it connect reliably with the third hit. Its low landing lag also allows the first or second hit to be used as a set-up into other moves. Can connect into itself for a pseudo-Wall of Pain in certain instances. Hits on frame 10.
Back aerial   13% (clean), 8% (late) A double footed back kick. Functions as a sex kick, has very low start-up lag and good range due to its slightly disjointed hitbox. One of Kirby's most useful aerial attacks, as it is very good at edge-guarding and can perform a Wall of Pain. KOs at 131% when clean. Hits from frames 6-14.
Up aerial   9% The Moon Somersault Kick from the Fighter ability. Mainly used for juggling or continuing a combo due to its low landing lag. Hits from frames 10-15.
Down aerial   1% (hits 1-5), 2% (hit 6), 2% (landing) A diagonal corkscrew dropkick. An effective combo starter on grounded opponents and, due to the last hit being a weak meteor smash, it is a dangerous edge-guarding option, especially since its low ending lag makes it relatively safe to use off-stage. It can even lead into a footstool jump on fast-fallers and heavyweights. Hits on frame 18, and the start-up frames can be auto-canceled on landing, giving Kirby a very large window to safely land while tumbling.
Grab   The Foe Grab from the Fighter ability. Kirby's throws are based on attacks used by the Suplex and Ninja abilities.
Pummel   1.55% The punch version of the Arm Throw from the Fighter ability. It is the third fastest pummel in the game and one of the best pummels overall.
Forward throw   5% The Pile Driver from the Suplex ability. One of the best forward throws in the game due to its combo potential. It can lead into highly damaging combos, such as into a down aerial into another grab, depending on the opponent's DI.
Back throw   8% The Big Suplex from the Suplex ability. Can lead into back aerial at low percents on certain characters. Its decent knockback also enables it to KO most heavyweights around 170% while near the edge.
Up throw   10% The Air Drop from the Ninja ability. Because Kirby jumps up to perform it, he can land onto platforms above him after descending. This is his strongest throw as of update 1.1.3, as it KOs Bowser at 165%, depending on DI.
Down throw   0.8% (hits 1-9), 1% (hit 10), 2% (throw) The Fury Stomp from the Suplex ability. In addition to damaging the thrown opponent, it can damage nearby opponents. Good for racking up damage and is Kirby's most damaging throw.
Floor attack (front)   7% Gets up and performs a spin kick.
Floor attack (back)   7% Gets up, then kicks on one side, then the other.
Floor attack (trip)   5% The Break Spin from the Yo-yo ability.
Edge attack   7% Performs a flipping kick while climbing up. It has surprisingly good range compared to many other characters' edge attacks.
Neutral special Default Inhale 10% (swallow), 6% (spit) Inhales the opponent, which has a grab hitbox and can be held indefinitely. Kirby can walk around slowly or short hop once a character has been Inhaled (although it can be button mashed out of) and can either spit them out as a star to deal damage or copy their neutral special attack. Some characters will give him an slight variation of their neutral special move due to mechanics that would not work properly when copied over, such as with Olimar's Pikmin Pluck.
Custom 1 Ice Breath 2.4% (nearest), 1.2% (near), 2.4% (far), 6% (farthest) The attack of the same name from the Ice ability. Hits multiple times and can briefly freeze the opponent. As Kirby must exhale to perform this move, he cannot Inhale anything.
Custom 2 Jumping Inhale 8% (swallow), 5% (spit) Jumps forward before Inhaling the opponent. If Kirby spits them, the star will not deal damage to passersby. When used to Kirbycide, it causes a Sudden Death.
Side special Default Hammer Flip 19% (grounded uncharged), 15% (aerial uncharged), 35% (grounded fully charged), 27% (aerial fully charged) The attack of the same name from the Hammer ability. It is chargeable and, when fully charged, Kirby's hammer will ignite and gradually damage him. He can also slowly walk and jump while charging it, while it a fully charged Hammer Flip grants armor during part of the swing. When it is used in midair, Kirby will swing his hammer twice. When uncharged, it KOs at 127% while grounded and 162% in the air. When fully charged, it KOs at 37% when grounded and 71% when in midair.
Custom 1 Hammer Bash 21% (grounded head), 18% (grounded handle), 4% (aerial hit 1), 17% (aerial hit 2 head), 15% (aerial hit 2 handle) Does not charge, making it function almost exactly like it did in Brawl or when grounded in Melee. Using this move in midair causes Kirby to slightly ascend, which makes it possible to reach the top of Palutena's Temple from the bottom platform after copying Shulk's Monado Arts and activating Jump.
Custom 2 Giant Hammer 22% (grounded uncharged), 20% (aerial uncharged), 40% (grounded fully charged), 32% (aerial fully charged) A massive hammer that is much slower, but much stronger than the normal one, as it can KO middleweights at 10% when fully charged. Kirby also gains super armor while charging the hammer.
Up special Default Final Cutter 5% (ascent), 2% (descent), 5% (landing), 6% (shockwave) The attack of the same name from the Cutter ability. It can meteor smash any opponents he comes into contact with upon descending. The sword also emits a shockwave upon hitting a solid surface, which is Kirby's only projectile aside from spitting out an Inhaled opponent. A good vertical recovery move and has decent horizontal distance when angled. However, it is extremely predictable due to its high start-up. Kirby cannot sweetspot the edge until he starts to descend, and if the platform beneath him disappears or if he is pushed off while he is still in the landing animation, he will be rendered helpless.
Custom 1 Wave Cutter 15% (blade), 10% (projectile), 5% (Kirby) Deals more damage overall and the shockwave sends rocks flying outward, but it only deals damage when Kirby lands on the ground.
Custom 2 Upper Cutter 10% The ascending slash is stronger and the move in general grants Kirby greater vertical recovery, but it cannot hit anything upon descending, rendering him helpless with most of his momentum.
Down special Default Stone 18% (impact), 14% (shockwave) The Stone Change (while Kirby is on the ground) and the Stone Smash (while Kirby is in the air) from the Stone ability. Stone Smash has is rather strong, as it KOs at 108% and deals considerable shield damage, whereas Stone Change is slightly weaker. It can also be canceled in midair by pressing the special button, which can be used for mindgames. Kirby also cannot be damaged while he is transformed, although the form has a set amount of durability and he can be grabbed while transformed.
Custom 1 Grounding Stone 10% (impact on grounded opponents), 12% (impact on aerial opponents), 6% (shockwave) Takes longer to transform, but takes less time transforming back, and grounded opponents are buried on contact.
Custom 2 Meteor Stone 12% (clean), 10% (mid), 8% (late) Takes longer to transform back, but any aerial opponents hit will be meteor smashed.
Final Smash Ultra Sword 3% (stun), 5% (hit 1), 2% (hits 2-9), 16% (hit 10) The Ultra Sword Super Ability. Kirby takes out a gigantic sword and repeatedly slashes the opponent. If the move connects, he will rapidly move around them while slashing at them multiple times with a giant sword before finishing with a powerful slash from an even larger sword.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Rides on a Warp Star and crashes it onto the stage.
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Taunts[edit]

  • Up taunt: Shuffles to one side, then shuffles to the opposite side before spinning and then holding his arm up. It is almost identical to one of his victory dances in the Kirby series.
  • Side taunt: Spins repeatedly, then stops to balance on one leg and extend one arm and say "Eeu!" It is almost identical to the "preview" animation shown when he is chosen in Super Smash Bros.
  • Down taunt: Leans inward to face the screen and wave his arms while saying "Hi!"
Up taunt Side taunt Down taunt
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Idle poses[edit]

  • Hops to look off-screen, then hops back into his default position.
  • Briefly nods off, then shakes his head and wakes up.
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Crowd cheer[edit]

English Japanese
Cheer
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Description Kir-by! Kir-by!
Pitch Group chant Female

Victory poses[edit]

A flourished remix of the short, recurring theme that debuted in Kirby's Dream Land and which plays when Kirby completes a stage or defeats a boss.
  • Spins to turn his back to the screen and then briefly wiggles, does a front flip to face the screen, and then holds his arm up.
  • Skids to the right, spins and then holds his arm up.
  • Brings his arms down twice, does a cartwheel, and then holds his arm up.
    • All of Kirby's victory poses are variations of the victory dances he performs upon completing a level or defeating a boss.
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In competitive play[edit]

Official Custom Moveset Project[edit]

Character Custom sets available
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Notable Players[edit]

Active[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Kirby
ntsc Round little Kirby lives on the peaceful Planet Popstar, in Dream Land. He can inhale things with his big mouth, either copying their abilities or spitting them out again. In Smash Bros., Kirby can inhale opponents and copy their standard specials. He gets launched easily but recovers well.
pal A roly-poly little fella from Dream Land on Planet Popstar. He can inhale pretty much anyone or anything with that big gob of his, then spit them out or copy their abilities. He can copy opponents' standard specials in this game, too! His light weight means he gets launched easily, but with a series of mid-air jumps, recovering's not too tricky.
Game Boy: Kirby's Dream Land (08/1992)
SNES: Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
Kirby (Alt.)
ntsc Holding the special button and left or right will charge up Kirby's Hammer Flip attack. Charging too long hurts Kirby! The hammer strikes twice in the air, but landing the single blow on the ground is more powerful. Kirby's up special Final Cutter slices up and down, firing a shock wave upon landing.
pal Charge up Kirby's Hammer side special to unleash Hammer Flip, a move with serious launch power. Charge it too much, though, and you'll get hurt! The move hits twice in mid-air, but does more damage on the ground. Final Cutter slices up and down before sending out an energy wave. Move Kirby mid-jump to change where he lands.
Game Boy: Kirby's Dream Land (08/1992)
SNES: Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
Ultra Sword
ntsc For Kirby's Final Smash, he swings a sword that's waaay bigger than he is. If the first swing hits, he'll keep going with a combo of lightning-fast slices, dealing tons of damage. For the last swing, the sword grows even larger and launches any victims. Make sure that first swing hits, though, or nothing else will happen!
pal For Kirby's Final Smash, he swings around a sword that's waaay bigger than he is. If the first swing hits, he'll keep going with a combo of lightning-fast slices, dealing tons of damage. For the last swing, the sword grows even larger and launches its target. It's great, so make sure that first swing hits, or none of the rest will happen!

In Event Matches[edit]

Solo Events[edit]

Co-op Events[edit]

Alternate costumes[edit]

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Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Kirby cannot copy custom special moves, though his side custom affects his Olimar Copy Ability, as the attack changes to match the variant of Pikmin Throw.
  • The ability to charge Kirby's Hammer was intended for Super Smash Bros. Brawl as shown through unused animations found via hacking.
  • Kirby has unused voice clips for all of Palutena's neutral specials, suggesting that at one point in development he was planned to be able to copy Palutena's customs, or that Palutena's default neutral special move was undecided.
  • Super Smash Bros. 4 is the first game in the series where Kirby's dash attack has not changed, as he retains his dash attack from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • At a total of 77, Kirby has the most sound clips of any character, with his amount of clips being rivaled only by the Announcer.
  • Kirby's alternate trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS shows his gray alternate costume as having blue eyes instead of gray eyes.
  • Kirby's blue palette swap depicts him as having a red mouth on the character selection screen and during his normal expressions, but appears blue while Inhaling.
  • Kirby's Screen KO resembles his Screen KO in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. His pose in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS more closely resembles his in that game, but his facial expression on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U more closely resembles his face in that game.
  • A glitch existed where if Kirby copies either Mr. Game & Watch, Donkey Kong, Falco, or Wii Fit Trainer, breaks the Smash Ball, and performs a down taunt while in standby, his eyes will no longer glow. Interestingly, when Kirby copies the ability again after using the Final Smash or self-destructing (excluding Mr. Game & Watch), his eyes will be glowing. This was fixed in update 1.1.4.
  • During development of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Kirby did not show any facial features or emotions.
  • One of Kirby's official artwork poses in Kirby: Planet Robobot is almost identical to his official artwork pose from Super Smash Bros. 4, with the only differences being his Robobot Armor helmet and a closed mouth smile.
  • When Kirby uses any of his side specials off-screen and is shown in a magnifying hoop, Kirby's normal motion will be seen, but the hammer will not.

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