|This article is about the Copy Ability. For the item in Kirby's Block Ball, see Crash (item).|
|“||Take out all foes at once with a massive explosion!”|
|— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll|
A single-use Copy Ability and arguably the strongest one of all, Crash is able to hit everywhere on the screen. In Kirby's Adventure, Kirby would freeze everything on the screen in place before flying across the screen erratically at a rapid pace, doing massive damage to all enemies. In subsequent games, Kirby would simply summon a massive energy surge around him to the achieve the same effect, burning every enemy on-screen.
|Move||Controls||Description||Element||Damage (Super Star)||Damage (Return to Dream Land)|
|Crash Fireball||B/1||A large energy surge engulfs the screen, destroying most regular enemies and severely damaging bosses.||Fire||160||99|
|Hold 1 and shake the remote or Hold 1 and press control pad buttons rapidly||Kirby releases an enormous blast of energy. It's a more powerful version of the Crash Fireball.||None||N/A||120|
|Crash Rush||Anyone||All friends will bounce around the screen, doing extra damage during a Crash Fireball or a Supernova.|
Crash Kirby appears in two episodes of the anime. Up until this point in the franchise, it was the one of the only times that Kirby dons a hat for the ability (as Kirby usually just flashes when he has this ability like most other one-use abilities, although this was changed much later as of Kirby's Return to Dream Land). Instead of creating an explosion directly from his body Kirby pulls a white-hot orb of energy out of his mouth, then raises it over his head. The ensuing explosion is unique in that Kirby can choose who it harms so his friends don't get hurt - unlike the Mike ability.
In the transformation sequence, bands of light spin around him before forming the hat that slowly falls onto his head. The hat is a complicated piece with a golden bridge up front with a green gemstone in the center within a starburst decal. A material striped off-white and navy is weaved behind the golden base. It is pulled up and tied off to a nub on the top by a gold band as the rest hangs down in the back. Kirby's pink skin turns darker and his rosy cheeks are changed to an amber shade.
|Crash Transformation English version|
|Crash transformation Japanese version|
In Other Languages
The meaning of the name of the Crash ability varies throughout different languages. In Japanese, it is クラッシュ (Kurasshu), meaning Crash, as it does in English. Its German name is Inferno, though it was also called Kugelblitz, Ball Lightning, in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. The Spanish name is Catapum, corresponding to the English onomatopoeia Ka-boom; its French name is Foudre, Lightning; and its Italian name is Bomba, Bomb (Italian has a separate name for the Bomb ability). Finally, the Chinese name is 爆裂 (Bàoliè), meaning Burst.
- In Kirby Super Star, Kirby has a white space in his open mouth as he prepares for the blast, giving him the appearance that he is gritting his teeth despite not having any. This was removed in Kirby Super Star Ultra.
- In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby does an "X" move with his hands before creating the explosion.
- In the anime, it was once mentioned that King Dedede has a fear of the Crash ability.
- In Kirby Super Star Ultra, lightning flies from Kirby, and he does a few flips when using the Crash ability.
- In Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II, as Kirby transforms into Crash Kirby a second time, Meta Knight accidentally explains which ability he is getting, even though Meta Knight usually explains this afterwards. This was added in the dub because the episode first aired in North America before Crash Kirby was formally introduced in Fossil Fools - Part II.
- In Kirby's Adventure, when Kirby uses the Crash ability, he bounces across the screen at numerous random directions at super-fast speeds, all the while a strobe effect is shown to represent explosions. This scene was never shown in any other game, presumably to prevent epileptic seizures.
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land is the first game to give Crash a hat. However, this hat looks nothing like the hat seen in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land is the first game to give Crash a Copy Essence and offer it in The Arena (and The True Arena).