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Copy Ability
Leaf Kirby
Kirby's Return to Dream Land artwork
Name (JP) リーフ (Rīfu)
In Games
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AppearanceA blue band with a crown of leaves on it and an emerald on the crest
Other PowersCuts rope
Ability IconKTD Leaf icon
Regular enemiesBulby, Leafan
Be a leaf on the wind with this sharp ability. Spin up a torrent of dancing leaves to slice and dice, or activate your Guard and-- Hey, where'd you go?!
— Flavor Text • Kirby: Planet Robobot

Leaf is one of Kirby's Copy Abilities. It was introduced in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

General Information

The Leaf ability grants Kirby the power to to create and control leaves. He can perform many far-reaching attacks, as well as a special guard that renders him impervious to all attacks, much like Tac's hiding guard in Kirby Super Star.

Move Set


Move Controls Description Notes Element
Leaf Attack Button 1 Kirby tosses a few leaves which swirl upwards at about 30 degrees in a broad spiral.
This move only throws two leaves, but can now be used in succession.
Leaf Swirl Hold button 1 Kirby spins in a twirl and can move about on the ground like Tornado with leaves spinning about him. The attack lasts as long as the button is held. This leads up to the Leaf Scatter attack. N/A None
Leaf Scatter Leaf Swirl, then release button 1 The leaves spinning around Kirby now fan out in a wide radius, ending the Leaf Swirl. Kirby is invincible when the move is initiated. N/A None
Leaf Dance Dash + hold button 1 Kirby dashes with a vortex of leaves surrounding him. This move is very similar to Tornado's basic attack, but it ends after a few seconds. N/A None
Leaf Hide Button A Kirby performs a special guard move by hiding in a green pile of leaves. This lasts as long as the button is held. N/A None
Leaf Uppercut ↑ + button 1 Kirby conjures up a column of large leaves in front of him. It has a very quick starting animation and reaches quite high vertically, making it useful on aerial enemies. N/A None
Leaf Rain (midair) ↓ + button 1 Kirby throws five leaves downward and forward while in midair. This move can be executed in succession, and is useful for covering landing areas with enemies or dealing consistent damage to grounded bosses.
Kirby now throws three leaves instead of five in a much narrower arc.

Damage Values

Move Damage (20111024
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Damage (20161006
Leaf Attack 8 (1st hit), 7 (2nd, 3rd hits) 5
Leaf Swirl 12 (1st hit), 10 (repeat hits) 11 (1st hit), 5 (repeat hits)
Leaf Scatter 30 31
Leaf Dance 28 per hit (2 hits) 23 (1st hit), 5 (intermediate hits), 31 (final hit)
Leaf Hide 12 (release) 11 (release)
Leaf Uppercut 24 23
Leaf Rain 28 27

Flavor Texts

GameFlavor text
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It's time to dance! The Leaf Dance creates a gorgeous swirl of razor-edged leaves. Press A to Guard, and...huh?! You're gone!
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Be a leaf on the wind with this sharp ability. Spin up a torrent of dancing leaves to slice and dice, or activate your Guard and-- Hey, where'd you go?!


  • Leaf is one of three abilities with a voluntary form that makes you invulnerable to nearly all forms of damage. The other two are Archer, with its crouch, and Stone, while encased in the rock.



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