Copy Ability
Kirby: Right Back at Ya! artwork
Name (JP) クリーン (Kurīn)
In Games
KDL3 logo
Kirby GCN (cancelled)
In the anime#J38/#E44 - #J81/#E81
AppearanceGames: Cream coloured kerchief with green stars. Anime: Yellow kerchief with green stars. The broom handle is purple rather than a shade of brown.
Other PowersKirby can also sit on the broom and fly quickly through the air in the anime.
Ability IconCleaniconKDL3
Regular enemiesBroom Hatter, Keke, Bukiset
HelperBroom Hatter
Attack foes with a broom!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll

Cleaning, also known as Clean or Broom, is one of Kirby's Copy Abilities. Its first in-game appearance was in Kirby's Dream Land 3, but it also appeared in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, and in Kirby Star Allies. It was also going to appear in Kirby GCN, but Kirby GCN was later cancelled during development.

General Information

Cleaning debuted as Clean in Kirby's Dream Land 3. The ability has little in the way of offensive potential, doing little damage and having an extremely short range. However, the Clean ability is needed to aquire many of the game's Heart Stars and can be very useful when paired with an Animal Friend. The ability focuses on different methods of cleaning, and its attacks with common household cleaning products. In Kirby's Dream Land 3, on his own, Kirby is only able to attack with a broom, but when used with an Animal Friend, he uses things like feather dusters, plungers, and other objects associated with cleaning. This ability also makes it the first time that the recurring enemy Broom Hatter gives an ability.

Only in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! anime does Kirby get a hat to go along with it, but Clean was set to appear in the canceled Kirby GCN and features a similar appearance, except with what appears to be a grey rim on the hat and an all-grey broom. The main source of the ability, as well as the ability's helper, would have been Broom Hatter.

In the trailer for Kirby: Star Allies, Clean, now renamed Cleaning, is shown to have a wider array of attacks. This includes horizontal sweeps, vertical sweeps and a dash attack involving Nago's attack with Kirby in the sweep ability. Kirby gets a hat in this game similar to that in the anime, but light turquoise with lime stars instead. The broom also changed back to a brown coloration.

Move Set

Move Controls Description Element
Sweep Y Kirby pushes a cloud of dust with a broom that damages the enemy. It can also be used to clean up things, sometimes revealing secrets and Heart Stars. None

Animal Friends

Move Controls Description Element Image
Rick Y Rick dusts in front of him with a tiny duster. It is very similar to Cleaning Kirby's primary move. None KDL3 Clean Rick sprite
Coo Y Coo becomes a feather duster wielded by Kirby. The duo fall to the ground. None KDL3 Clean Coo sprite
Kine Y A plunger comes out of Kine's mouth and grabs enemies before throwing them. Acts similarly to Kirby's inhale. This move can not actually clean away dirt. None KDL3 Clean Kine sprite
Nago Y Kirby turns into a cloth which Nago pushes along the ground. This move is similar to Wheel. None KDL3 Clean Nago sprite
ChuChu Y ChuChu and Kirby fly around on a broom without the need to inhale air. The only part of the broom that deals damage are the bristles. None KDL3 Clean ChuChu sprite
Pitch Y Pitch turns into a bucket of water, which Kirby dumps. The water travels in a slight arc before exploding into smaller blobs. The water can make some flowers grow. Just before Kirby dumps out the water, the player can influence the arc the water travels in with the Directional Pad. By holding Up, the water will slowly travel slightly upwards in a much smaller arc. By holding the direction Kirby is facing, the water will travel farther ahead. None KDL3 Clean Pitch sprite

Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

Cleaning is greatly improved upon and updated for its debut in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Kirby gains a yellow kerchief with green stars over his head, with a purple and yellow broom. The sparkles that shoot from it when swung can hurt enemies or cause any garbage and grime to magically disappear. Kirby can also sit on the broom and fly quickly through the air. In the transformation sequence, the broom hits Kirby until he catches it, swings around and forms his kerchief.

Transformation Sequence

Clean transformation English version
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Clean transformation Japanese version
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  • Cleaning is the second Copy Ability in the Kirby series to undergo a name change; the first is Burning.
  • Cleaning holds the record for longest amount of a time an ability has taken to return in a subsequent Kirby game, with 21 years between Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby: Star Allies.




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