Parasol is a copy ability that has appeared in numerous Kirby games, first seen in Kirby's Adventure. Parasol is a deceptively simple, harmless looking ability that allows Kirby to use a red and white-striped, star-tipped parasol as a weapon. It can slow his fall from high places, and protect his head from most attacks. However, most of its attacks are comparatively weak to other abilities, making it difficult to use at times. Parasol is one of the few abilities to never have Kirby wearing a hat, other than many of the final abilities like Star Rod.
It is one of the few abilities that may be used in water. Its handle comes in four color variations: pink, blue, white, and green.
In some artworks the tips of the parasol have dots. The shape of the parasol tips are like triangles. The parasol that Kirby uses currently has a star on top, whilst in earlier games it didn't have it. The parasol's pattern has always been red and white, except in Kirby's Dream Course, where it is green and white.
Kirby swings his Parasol in front of him, damaging enemies. If the player holds B or Y, Kirby will hold the Parasol in front of him. After obtaining the Ability Scroll, holding it will cause tiny stars to emerge from the parasol that are surprisingly powerful. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, this move shoots out little drops of water, which can cool down fire.
10 - 16 (depending on proximity)
16 (Parasol), 12 (water drops), 18 (Parasol tip)
None (See below)
Kirby's descent is slowed down when he falls. By falling without doing anything, this feature activates.
None, or hold B / 1
This is more of a feature than an attack; any enemy that touches Kirby's parasol will take a small amount of damage. Kirby will also block any projectiles from above, front, or back (depending on where the parasol is.)
6 (from above), 8 (from front/back)
8 (1st hit), 7 (repeat hits)
↓ + B / 1(Midair)
Kirby dives diagonally down, smashing through enemies below him.
28 (Parasol), 14 (Parasol tip)
→/↑/↓ near an enemy (prior to toss, do nothing to throw up, and tap forward to throw forwards)
Kirby will grab the enemy & mid-bosses (if defeated), bounce it off his Parasol, and toss it up or forward, depending if the player tapped forward on the controls.
60 (held object, thrown object)
52 (held object, thrown object)
Dash + B / 1
Kirby dashes forward with the parasol. In Kirby Super Star, this move does not give Kirby invincibility frames; however, in Return to Dream Land, it does.
8 - 10 (depending on proximity)
10 (1st hit early), 8 (1st hit late), 7 (2nd, 3rd, 4th hits); max. damage = 31
↓ + B / 1
Kirby twirls the parasol underneath him, gaining invincibility from attacks and dealing massive damage to any enemy that touches him.
Note: In certain games like Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby may not be holding the Parasol over his head when he enters a new room and will therefore be unable to use the Drift and Shield abilities until Kirby attacks with it, then he will hold it over his head.
Pitch is hit like a golf ball by his partner. When he reaches the end of his path, he flies back to his partner. Damage will be dealt to any enemies Pitch runs into. Unfortunately, Pitch's partner is left vulnerable while he is gone.
Parasol Kirby in the anime is most like the version from Kirby Super Star, with several of the same attacks- namely Parasol Swing and Parasol Shield, in addition to Parasol Grab and Throw, which he uses on King Dedede. In the transformation sequence, Kirby lands atop his parasol. It spins, making Kirby dizzy, and he gets off. Kirby takes the Parasol floating down.
In Cappy New Year, the ability's first appearance, Kirby did not use it in battle, but instead only to slow his fall from high up in the air.
The ability later appeared in episode 25, Escargoon Rules, where Kirby inhaled a Drifter and used the ability to foil Dedede's scheme.
In Kirby Super Star and its remake's ability icons, the handle's color variation is yellow. In the Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land ability icon, the stroke and the handle are both wooden.
The yellow handle was used even earlier in Kirby's Dream Land 2's Super Game Boy border, where Kirby is holding the parasol. The parasol here, strangely, has blue stripes instead of red ones.
Oddly enough, the Parasol ability gains the trait of cooling down lava like Water or Ice in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. This is because the parasol shoots out tiny drops of water when Kirby uses the Parasol Swing attack.
This may be referencing the Animal Crossing games, because in those games if the player character twirls his/her parasol while it is raining, small drops of water will shoot out.