|“||Sweep your problems away with a broom!”|
|— Description • Kirby Star Allies official website|
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.
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 acquire 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.
Cleaning makes a return in Kirby Star Allies, where it now has a wider array of attacks. This includes horizontal sweeps, vertical sweeps and some moves based on the attacks performed by the Animal Friends in Kirby's Dream Land 3, such as a dash attack involving Nago's attack with Kirby in the sweep ability. Broom Hatter will once again provide the ability, as well as act as the Helper for the ability.
Prior to its appearance in Kirby: Star Allies, only in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! anime did Kirby get a hat to go along with it, as it was the ability's first appearance outside of Kirby's Dream Land 3. However, Cleaning was set to appear in the canceled Kirby GCN and would've featured 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.
|Sweep||Y / B||Kirby pushes a cloud of dust (or gust of wind in Star Allies) with a broom that damages the enemy. It can also be used to clean up things (or leaves in Star Allies), sometimes revealing secrets and Heart Stars.||None|
|Sweep and Move||Left or Right while holding B||Kirby walks while sweeping, which makes a gust of wind in front of him.|
|Broom Flick||Hold B then release||Kirby pushes a wider gust of wind in front of himself.|
|Clean Pitch||Up + B||Pitch will appear and turns into a bucket, from which Kirby splashes a pile of water from it in a slight arc.|
|Charged Clean Pitch||Hold Up + B then release||Pitch will close his eyes when fully charged, then turns into a bucket from which Kirby splashes a huge pile of water from it in a slight arc.|
|Clean Nago||Dash + B||Kirby becomes a cloth and Nago will appear to push him forwards.|
|Clean ChuChu||Dash + B in midair||ChuChu will appear above Kirby on a broom and fly around with it, surrounded by a gust of wind which protects them. The bristles also make star bubbles.|
|Rick||Y||Rick dusts in front of him with a tiny duster. It is very similar to Cleaning Kirby's primary move.||None|
|Coo||Y||Coo becomes a feather duster wielded by Kirby. The duo fall to the ground.||None|
|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|
|Nago||Y||Kirby turns into a cloth which Nago pushes along the ground. This move is similar to Wheel.||None|
|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|
|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.||Water|
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.
|Clean transformation English version|
|Clean transformation Japanese version|
|“||Attack foes with a broom!”|
|— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll|
- Cleaning is the third Copy Ability in the Kirby series to undergo a name change; the first is Burning and the second is Smash Bros.
- Cleaning holds the record for longest break between two appearances for an ability in a Kirby game, with 21 years between Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby Star Allies.
- Like in the anime, Kirby can fly by riding on the broom in the games, the only difference is that is only possible with ChuChu.
- In Kirby Star Allies, since the sweeping moves are wind-based and the Clean Pitch move is water-based, it is the only ability in the game that can grant two different elemental imbuements.
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