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In Kirby's Adventure and Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, the only grab attacks were from powers that specialize in grabbing. In Kirby: Squeak Squad, several other powers featured grabbing. In Kirby Super Star, many powers had grab attacks.
A grab attack is an attack that Kirby can only perform with an enemy. For instance, Kirby can use Beam whether there is an enemy or not, but Kirby must be grabbing an enemy in order to perform a backbreaker with Suplex.
Grab attacks cannot be performed on bosses. Grabs cannot be performed on mid-bosses until the mid-boss has been defeated, and is lying on the ground. However, mid-bosses cannot be grabbed at all in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and Kirby: Planet Robobot.
Depending on the game, grab attacks are either very powerful (Kirby Super Star) or instant KOs (Kirby's Adventure, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, and Kirby: Squeak Squad). In addition, throwing a grabbed enemy or object into another enemy deals a large amount of damage.
Powers that specialize in grabbing generally will grab an enemy by pressing the attack button, and then a press with a button will perform the grab attack. These powers can also grab and use Star Blocks and stars created by bosses and mid-bosses as weapons. Powers that don't specialize in grabbing generally grab and perform the move all at once. This is often done by → and the attack button, near an enemy. If Kirby isn't near an enemy, a different attack will be performed instead.
Copy Abilities with grabs
Abilities in bold specialize in grabbing.