The Warp Star (ワープスター, wāpu sutā) is an item appearing in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl that, when picked up, sends a player flying off into the sky and crashing back down into the stage with an explosion that deals high knockback and 22%. It is possible to control the landing location by pressing left and right on the Control Stick. Because of this, it's possible to miss the stage and self-destruct. If a character is hit hard when the Warp Star is first grabbed, the item can be "dropped" before it can be used. The Warp Star can then be grabbed and used normally. A shield will not protect against the star's impact, except for Yoshi's shield, so the only way to avoid damage is to not get struck. Since Warp Stars crash into the stage from above, they can be used to "leap" to a higher part of the stage. Therefore, stages with many platforms can limit its effectiveness (and, in the case of scrolling stages with high off-screen platforms such as Rainbow Cruise or Rumble Falls, can even cause an SD). The Warp Star's ability to travel left and right before landing seems to have been diminished from Melee to Brawl. In Melee, it could travel farther left or right, which often results in self-destructs for jaded Brawl players. A factor that is often forgotten is that the player is invincible while "on" the Warp Star.
The Warp Star has a very large role in the Kirby series. It has appeared in nearly every single Kirby game to date. In every one, it has served as Kirby's mode of transportation. When he touches the Warp Star, Kirby flies it high off the screen, then "crashes" back down in another location. In various games Kirby is able to summon it with a cell phone. It is stated in the Anime and implied in Kirby and the Amazing Mirror that a Warp Star is the trademark of a hero.
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.
- Kirby's Dream Land, 08/92
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.
- Kirby's Dream Land (1992)
- Kirby's Adventure (1993)
- In Brawl, if one pauses the battle at the right moment as they go off-screen, they can see most of the stage to the point of seeing it beyond the stage's boundaries.
Falco riding a Warp Star in Melee.
The explosion caused by the Warp Star in Brawl.