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Copy Ability
Kirby's Return to Dream Land artwork
Name (JP) ビーム (Bīmu)
In Games
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Trophy)
AppearanceJester's hat with two branches and white rim. One orange with small white stars and one solid red. Both branches have white pompoms on the end. Kirby wields a golden wand with small, blue, spherical crystals in its circular rim, and a large, blue, spherical crystal on its top.
PropertiesElectricity ()
Other PowersReach behind walls
Ability Icon KRtDL Beam icon
Regular enemiesWaddle Doo, Gemra, Laser Ball ()
Mid-bossesKing Doo
BossesMetal General's saucers
HelperWaddle Doo
Unleash a sizzling beam of energy! Use the Capture Beam when near an enemy, or use the Beam Blast in midair, and then finish off your foe with a Wave Beam!
— Beam's Flavor Text • Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Beam is perhaps the most well known ability that Kirby has at his disposal. It is a very basic ability that Kirby has in almost every game, debuting in Kirby's Adventure. It is the favorite ability of Kirby's creator, Masahiro Sakurai.

General Information

The most basic (and the most common) move used by the Beam ability is the Beam Whip, in which Kirby creates a small chain of light and electrifies any enemy in his path. Because of its relatively slow movement and its weak offensive power, it may not be the best ability for close-combat. However, what it lacks in power, it makes up for in its long ranged qualities. In most cases, the Beam ability is the first ability that Kirby comes across in his adventures.

Move Set

Move Controls Description Element Damage 19960321 Damage 20111024
Beam Whip B/1
Stylus tap
A line of energy appears and goes from about a 45 degree angle above Kirby to the same angle below him. This move comes with every single appearance of the Beam ability in the Kirby games.Obtaining the Beam Scroll makes this attack become stronger and larger. Electricity 8 8
Wave Beam Hold B/1, release Kirby fires an energy blast straight forward. This blast will blow through enemies and wipe out all enemies in its path. It can hit a boss twice, depending on the boss's width (example: Fatty Whale). Electricity 30 32
Capture Beam ↑/↓/Forward + B/1 (Near enemy) Counts as grab. After getting an enemy or defeated mid-bosses in his grasp, he can press B/1 to shoot them off with a flurry of energy. Does not work on bosses. Kirby is also invincible while holding the enemy, so the player can hold the enemy indefinitely to avoid damage as long as they wish. None 60 (thrown object) 16 (held object), 60 (thrown object)
Cycle Beam B/1 while dashing Kirby creates a spirals of blue energy orbs in front of him. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby instead creates a focused, rotating blast similar in appearance to the regular Beam Whip, which can deal more damage, but has drastically less range. None 18 per hit (2 hits max.) 18 per hit (3 hits max.)
Beam Blast Dash, Jump, B/1 While in the air, Kirby shoots many small energy bolts diagonally, in front of him and downward. This move can be used indefinitely before touching the ground, and it also makes gives Kirby a little more air time. Electricity 16 (all hits) 16 (1st hit), 14 (2nd, 3rd hits)

Super Smash Bros. Series

Beam Kirby appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a common trophy depicting his Kirby Super Star design, but with his hat's usual colors reversed.

Flavor Texts

GameFlavor text
Kirby fires a beam like that used by some enemies! This is an easy weapon to use!
Use the Beam attack against enemies! Fire the Beam by pressing Y. This is a very handy and useful ability.

This Beam's like a whip! Whaa-pssssshh! Beam it!
Whip the beam! Hold to hover!
This beam's like a whip! Whaa-pssssshh! Beam it! Beam it! Beam it!
Flail this beam like a whip. It has many useful attacks. Try to store up a super shot!
Lash foes with a whiplike beam! Hit and Cycle! Grab and Capture! Spin in midair for a Revolution! Charge up and BAM! Wave Beam!
Unleash a sizzling beam of energy! Use the Capture Beam when near an enemy, or use the Beam Blast in midair, and then finish off your foe with a Wave Beam!


  • In the official artwork for both Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, stars are present on both sides of his hat.
    • This also happens with the Mirror ability. The Mirror ability's hat is also very similar to Beam's, the only difference being its colors.
  • Although the Beam ability didn't appear in Kirby's Dream Land 2 or Kirby's Dream Land 3, when Spark Kirby rides Rick, he is able to use an ability that behaves exactly the same as Beam.
  • It is common for the handheld games to repeat quotes, such as in Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, although Kirby: Squeak Squad added two "Beam it!"s to the quote.
  • While most games show Kirby using the beam with his hand, Kirby Super Star, its remake, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and Kirby: Triple Deluxe show Kirby using a rod.
    • These four games are the only ones where Beam Kirby has more than one attack.
  • In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, there is a super version of the Beam ability called Flare Beam.
  • In Kirby: Canvas Curse, when the player activates the move by tapping Kirby, he will stop (even in mid-air) and the beam will keep spinning around him until the player lifts the stylus. This attack concept was later reused as Revolution Beam in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
  • Beam is the very first ability Kirby is able to obtain in Kirby's Adventuremaking it the very first Copy Ability made available to Kirby ever.
  • Because of its electric properties, Beam can cause balls of electricity to appear on the surface of water and some metallic platforms in Kirby: Squeak Squad.
  • Despite being the favorite ability of Kirby's creator, Beam is not seen in the anime.



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