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Copy Ability
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Kirby: Canvas Curse artwork
Balloon
Name (JP) バルーン (Barūn)
In Games
KCC logo
AppearanceLarge, limbless, and slightly more red.
PropertiesN/A
Other PowersN/A
Ability IconBalloon icon
Regular enemiesBloon
Mid-bossesNone
BossesNone
HelperNone
Inflate! Pop to stun enemies!
— Balloon's Flavor Text • Kirby: Canvas Curse

Balloon is a copy ability that has only appeared in Kirby: Canvas Curse to date.

General Information

When Kirby uses the ability, he inflates himself, much like a balloon. If the player taps the screen with the stylus, Kirby will fill up with air and become an inflated balloon. As a balloon, his body turns red and he can float leisurely through the air. But like all balloons, he is extremely fragile, and if tapped by the stylus enough times, he will pop and shrink back down in a tremendous explosion, which can also defeat nearby enemies.

In earlier games, namely Kirby's Dream Land and Spring Breeze, Kirby had similar properties (though he still has arms) when he imbibes the power of the Sparkling Stars. But in these earlier appearances, Kirby doesn't return back to normal size in an explosion, but instead by simply releasing the Sparkling Stars.

A similar ability that appeared in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards was the Exploding Gordo combo ability.

Aside from the Sparkling Stars and copy abilities, in most of the main games, Kirby himself also has the natural ability to inflate himself and fly about in the air, although he is able to control where he flies; and deflates by spitting out a puff of air.

Move Set

Move Controls Description Element
Inflate Tap with stylus Kirby inflates to tremendous proportions and floats around freely. None
Pop 4 taps with stylus Kirby explodes and stuns enemies. None

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