|“||Cruise! Stop! Cruise! Stop!”|
|— Swerve Star's Flavor Text • Kirby Air Ride|
Kirby Air Ride artwork
|HP||140 / 613|
|Availability||Air Ride (must be unlocked), City Trial|
|Course Unlocked at||Sky Sands|
|How to Unlock||Time Attack: Finish 2 laps in under 02:05:00|
The Swerve Star (Ruins Star in Japan) is an Air Ride Machine that appears in Kirby Air Ride. As its Japanese name implies, its design resembles the archetype for ruins, specifically those in Egypt. It appears to be made out of brass or golden metallic bricks with an energy source inside. It is known for having to charge in order to turn.
The Swerve Star has excellent top speed, acceleration, braking, and charging speed speed, poor handling and gliding capabilities. The Swerve Star essentially cannot turn and move on the ground at the same time. Upon charging its boost, the machine stops immediately, and can then turn very quickly. Thanks to its high charging speed and acceleration, it usually exits 90-degree bends and hairpins at full speed upon exiting the charge even when the boost gauge has barely been filled. Because of its all-or-nothing behavior, when turns are timed properly with accompanying charges, the Swerve Star is extremely responsive, and can be controlled with great precision, allowing it to perform very well on all courses.
Although it has very poor gliding, it can turn rather well in the short time it spends in the air.
The Swerve Star is one of the two air ride machines that can do the VS. King Dedede stadium event very easily (the other is the Shadow Star, but requires more work). Utilizing the Needle Copy Ability, a player can finish the stadium event in 10 seconds or less.