Kirby's Return to Dream Land artwork
Super Smash Bros. series (special move)
|In the anime||#J02/#E02 - #J08/#E08 - #J47/#E42 - #J80/#E80|
|Appearance||Original: Wears a samurai helmet similar to Ninja's but of different color. In Kirby Super Star, Kirby gains brown skin with orange feet; in the anime, stone-grey skin with dark crimson feet.|
Current: Hat is similar to Ice's but has rocks instead of crystals, a horn on each side held by blue rings, and five decorative blocks on the front.
|Other Powers||Pounds Stakes, destroys Metal Blocks, rolls down hills, becomes invincible|
|Regular enemies||Rocky, Gansan, Cairn, Pompey, Hack, Transformer, Golem, Bukiset, Giant Rocky|
|Mid-bosses||Blocky, Moundo, Master Hand's stars from ground pound|
|Bosses||Master Hand's stars from ground pound, Crazy Hand's stars from ground pound, Clanky Woods' boulders|
|Helper||Rocky, Golem (Kirby GCN'')|
|“||Turn into a stone and become invincible!”|
|— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll|
Stone is almost entirely a defensive ability - unless Kirby happens to use it above a foe's head. However, in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Stone gets a move called Stone Uppercut, which gives another way to use the power for offense. Stone is an easy way to beat bosses with minimal damage by simply dropping over the boss's head and staying in stone form until the boss moves away. It can also avoid devastating full-screen attacks, like Marx's black hole. The hat looks somewhat like a samurai helmet with a red plume on the top and a guard on the back, with a star on the forehead piece.
The Stone hat originally had the same design as the Ninja hat with different colors, but Kirby wears a different one as of Kirby's Return to Dream Land. It has a rocky appearance similar to Ice's. A similar brown hat was also intended for the unreleased Kirby GCN.
|Stone Change||B/1/tap with stylus||Kirby turns into a stone or other heavy object. He becomes invincible and, if in the air, falls with great speed. He deals damage whenever he passively moves in stone form.||Earth|
|Change Back||B/1/tap with stylus in stone form||Kirby bursts out of stone form with a small explosion.||N/A||None|
|Turbo Stone||Dash + 1/B||Kirby transforms into stone form while dashing, spinning around for a while before stopping.||Earth|
|Heavy Smash||Down + 1/B (Midair)||Kirby spins around in midair, then smashes on the ground, creating a shockwave. The statue that Kirby turns into is bigger than Stone Change.||Earth|
|Stone Uppercut||Up + 1/B||Kirby forms a stone fist and attacks diagonally upwards.||Earth|
|Mighty Uppercut||Up + Hold B||Kirby charges up Stone Uppercut before attacking.|
|Move||Damage 19960321||Damage 20111024||Damage 20161006|
|Turbo Stone||32||32||38 (1st hit), 2 (subsequent hits)|
|Heavy Smash||N/A||50 (falling hit only)|
4 (1st spinning hit/unlinked 1st shockwave hit), 3 (repeat spinning hits/unlinked 2nd shockwave hit/linked shockwave hit comboed)
43 (linked falling hit)
|47 (falling hit only)|
2 (spinning hits), 33 (falling hit)
|Rick||B||Rick becomes a giant boulder. His partner will then stand on top and roll him around. Rick is invincible, but Kirby is not.||Earth|
|Coo||B||Kirby becomes a stone in Coo's talons and the duo smash all beneath them. You can fly upwards.||Earth|
|Kine||B||Kine is ultimately the same as Kirby's lone stone ability.||Earth|
|Nago||B||Nago slams a Rock Kirby into the ground, pulverizing anything in the duo's path.||Earth|
|ChuChu||B||ChuChu swings her stone partner around and smacks nearby enemies. She can move while doing this, albeit slowly.||Earth|
|Pitch||B||Pitch becomes a rock while Kirby leaps into the sky and slams him down.||Earth|
Robobot Armor Mode
|Rock Crusher||Release B||The Robobot Armor punches powerfully forward.||None|
|Rock Rusher||B repeatedly||The Robobot Armor unleashes a five-punch combo attack consisting of two punches forward, two uppercuts and one final smash down.||None|
|Earth Shaker||↓ + B||Kirby puts the armor's fists together and smashes downward.||Earth|
|Rock Blocker||Press and hold B||The Robobot Armor's fists are held up in a defensive position.||None|
Super Smash Bros. series
In the Super Smash Bros series, Stone is Kirby's down special attack. He can only turn into his distinct rock form in Super Smash Bros., but in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, the ability acts more like its Kirby Super Star variant, turning Kirby into a variety of heavy objects. These include his normal Stone form, a 100t Weight, a garbage block from Panel de Pon (in the floral style associated with the character Lip), a spiked ball, and a Thwomp from the Super Mario series.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Kirby can change his stone using custom moves. He can now also use Grounding Stone or Meteor Stone. Grounding Stone allows Kirby to bury opponents that he lands on, but it takes longer for him to transform. Meteor Stone gives a meteor effect to opponents hit by the attack, but it takes longer to transform out of.
Like in Kirby's own games, he's still invulnerable to attacks (except grapples and throws) regardless of what he turns into. The ability can be used to attack foes from above, which is the most frequently used form of this attack. The Stone also slides down slopes, so care needs to be taken when using the move near slopes. Also in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the attack can be broken, as anything damaging enough to do at least 30% damage, despite inflicting no damage, can force him out of stone form with full knockback.
With the ability to instantly halt Kirby's movement on the ground or in the air, Stone is an extremely useful Copy Ability in Kirby's Dream Course. If the player activates it with good timing, it can be used to set up an ideal shot from any spot, rescue Kirby from rolling off the course or into a hazard, or even to drop straight down into a hole from above (which makes a unique "clunk" sound). However, it is typically not kept for long, since defeating an enemy with a different Copy Ability will always immediately replace it. Unlike with Needle, Kirby will not hang onto inclines in Stone form; rather, he will slowly slide down them without any sideways movement. A few holes are designed around this behavior.
Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
In the anime, Kirby keeps the traditional Stone hat from Kirby Super Star, but his skin turns stone-gray instead of brown. Surprisingly, the ability works more like the one from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, specifically the Double Stone mix, allowing Kirby to turn into a giant, pink stone statue of himself which can walk and jump, albeit very slowly.
Stone Kirby relies on his sheer bulk to crush enemies. In the transformation sequence, Kirby's skin changes to gray. A flash of light forms his hat and he puts it on.
|Stone transformation English version|
|Stone transformation Japanese version|
|Kirby's body turns into a solid rock! In this form, he cannot be hurt by enemy attacks!|
|Transform Kirby into various stone figures and smash the enemies.|
|No one can hurt me! Look out below!|
|Turn into an invincible stone block and crush your foes. Roll down slopes to pulverize everyone you hit!|
|Get petrified! Roll invincibly!|
|Pound! Pound! CRUSH! Change into many heavy forms. When on a slope, you'll sliiiiide.|
|Crush things to bits! Transform into who knows what! Uppercut with a fist of rock! Slide down slopes and make rapid progress!|
|Kirby rocks with the Stone ability! Slide down slopes and squash your enemies in seconds flat! With so many possible transformations, who knows what he'll turn into next!|
|“||Release your rage with rocky punches! Earth-shaking Rock Crusher!”|
|— In-game description for the Stone Mode of Robobot Armor • Kirby: Planet Robobot|
- In certain games, Stone can take on a variety of transformations, many of which are uncommon.
- In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby can become a golden statue of Mario and a bronze statue of Samus (which pays homage to Metroid II: Return of Samus's box art).
- In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, he can transform into the legendary Dragoon; Marx on his ball; a Star Block; a carved image of Wham Bam Rock in his Kirby Super Star Ultra design; a golden 8-bit statue of Kirby from Kirby's Adventure; a golden statue of Meta Knight and Galacta Knight; a golden statue of the Star Rod, Magical Paintbrush, and Triple Star; and one statue of Rick, Coo, and Kine as opposed to individual statues of the three.
- In the New Challenge Stages mode of Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition, most of the Stone forms appear in Smash's moveset, with a few new transformations: there is now a golden 8-bit King Dedede swinging his hammer (once again from Kirby's Adventure), the 8-bit Kirby now has a "20th" mark above him, and there is a golden Magolor.
- In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby can transform into a statue of Bandana Waddle Dee, Meta Knight, and King Dedede; a dark-green bronze statue of Ultra Sword Kirby brandishing his weapon; a pearl statue of four Kirbys from Kirby Mass Attack; a silver statue of the Lor Starcutter; a golden statue of Drawcia and Dark Nebula; a golden statue of Marx and Magolor; and a golden 8-bit statue of Kirby (Kirby's Adventure) holding the Star Rod.
- The Egg Statue—a golden block depicting the HAL Laboratory logo—is the rarest transformation thus far in the series. It appears in Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and Kirby: Planet Robobot.
- In Kirby: Planet Robobot, there is a rare statue of a golden Ultra Sword Kirby brandishing the rare bluefin tuna, as well as another rare golden Mario statue, this time the exact appearance of the Gold Mario statue that is featured on the title screen of New Super Mario Bros. 2 once one million coins have been collected.
- Also in Kirby: Planet Robobot, there is a rare golden statue of Tom Nook, who is one of the many characters in the Animal Crossing games.
- The statue of Marx and Magolor is made of stone instead of gold in Kirby: Planet Robobot.
- There is also a rare golden Master Hand statue in Kirby: Planet Robobot that can only be obtained through the Smash Bros. ability.
- There's also a golden statue of Queen Sectonia and Taranza.
- There's also a stone statue of King Dedede and Masked Dedede, a reference to Kirby Super Star Ultra and Kirby: Triple Deluxe, where both versions of King Dedede are present.
- There's also a stone statue of ChuChu the octopus, an Animal Friend from Kirby's Dream Land 3.
- Stone is one of the few abilities to have a multi-form attack; the others being Ultra Sword, Archer, and Circus.
- The volcano that Stone Kirby can transform into is actually Mt. Fuji, a famous Japanese mountain.
- From Kirby's Return to Dream Land onward, this stone form features a building in front of Mt. Fuji. This is a reference to HAL Laboratory, whose headquarters in located in Central Tokyo, Japan. Mt. Fuji is located south-west of Tokyo.
- In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, this ability still turned Kirby brown, even in multiplayer. This was removed in later games to prevent confusion, eliminating Kirby's color-changing feature.
- Oddly, in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, the icon was a Waddle Dee sitting on Transformed Stone Kirby. In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, it was Stone Kirby landing on a Waddle Dee. It was probably changed because the function of the ability went from a plain block to the round stone of most games.
- This also makes it the only ability in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land to get a different icon in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.
- In the credits of Revenge of the King and the original Kirby Super Star's Milky Way Wishes credits, the Mario statue is seen just before the credits finish. A real, 'flesh' Mario is seen at the end of Kirby Super Star's credits, however.
- In Kirby Super Star Ultra, if Kirby happens to morph into his Macho Statue form and he's on a slope, the statue will appear to actually be posing. When sliding, this form automatically changes to include different poses (two in Kirby Super Star) depending on how steep the hill is.
- In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Kirby's down 1 move is the stone transform. Some of the original transformations make a reappearance in this form.
- Until Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Stone Kirby's hat was the same as Ninja Kirby's hat, just a different color. This was likely intended to evoke many other pop-cultural depictions of ninja that are able to instantly substitute themselves with common objects, such as rocks or logs, to conceal themselves and avoid attacks. (An example of this trope from a Nintendo game is Greninja's Substitute special attack in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.) The ability's appearance may have been changed out of concern that this connection was confusing or unclear to non-Japanese audiences, and/or to give the Stone ability a thematically wider variety of attacks.
- The Thwomp that Kirby can transform into in Super Smash Bros. Melee is based off of Thwomp's design from Super Mario 64. The Stone's design was not updated for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, despite the fact that Thwomp's design had drastically changed several years before the game's release. The Stone's design was later updated in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U to reflect Thwomp's appearance in New Super Mario Bros. U.
- Stone is one of three abilities that has a voluntary form that makes the player invulnerable from nearly all damage; the other two are Leaf, with its guard, and Archer, with its crouch.