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Copy Ability
Kirby Super Star Ultra artwork
Name (JP) ヨーヨー (Yōyō)
In Games
KSSU logo
AppearanceBackwards purple baseball cap
Other PowersExpert yo-yo skills
Ability IconYo-yo icon
Regular enemiesGim
BossesMain Cannon No. 2 (from cannonballs) (
This isn't just any yo-yo! Swing up and down, or break-spin! Try 'em all to look cool!
— Yo-yo's Flavor Text • Kirby Super Star Ultra

Yo-yo is a Copy Ability that Kirby can obtain in Kirby Super Star and its remake. Kirby must inhale and swallow Gim to obtain it.

General Information

When Kirby becomes a yo-yo trick-master he wears a backwards light blue cap (differentiating from the Wheel ability's red cap) and wields a typical red and white yo-yo as his weapon.

Move Set

Kirby combines break-dance moves with yo-yo tricks as means of attack with this ability. His basic attack involves throwing his yo-yo as a projectile in any direction. This isn't all he can do with it, as he can also grab his enemies with his yo-yo and drop them to deal huge damage, or use his yo-yo to do a showy spin jump. In a pinch, he can retreat or move forwards with a Break Spin.

Move Controls Description Element Damage
Yo-yo Throw B Kirby throws his yo-yo out which damages any enemy who comes into contact. None 16
Break Spin/Jump Spin Dash + B Kirby spins on his head while dashing forward. If done in the air, Kirby has more momentum and does slightly more damage. None 10 (grounded), 12 (aerial)
Up throw attack/Yo-yo Up Up + B Kirby throws his yo-yo in a small arch upwards, damaging any enemy who comes into contact with it. None 18
Down throw attack/Yo-yo Down Down + B Kirby throws his yo-yo in a small arch downwards, damaging any enemy who comes into contact with it. None 18
Hammer Drop Forward/Up/Down + B (Near enemy) Kirby grabs enemies or mid-bosses (the latter only when defeated), and drops them hard enough to destroy them. None 60
Gazer Spiral Down + (Up + B together) Kirby spins around in the air, using his yo-yo as a weapon, and damages any enemies that come in contact with him. After the move, he is left vulnerable. At the highest point of his attack, the two stars that spin with him go opposite directions, and have the range to hit both Twin Woods if used in the center. None 26 (going up, stars); 6 (going down)

In the Super Smash Bros. series

The Break Spin is used as Kirby's dash attack in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, replacing his Burning-inspired attack from Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Flavor texts

GameFlavor text
Use the awesome Yo-Yo to defeat your enemies in style!
KSSU logo
This isn't just any yo-yo! Swing up and down, or break-spin! Try 'em all to look cool!


  • The yo-yo, the ability cap, and the background of the ability picture are all direct references to EarthBound. The background depicts EarthBound's menu screen, and the yo-yo and ability cap come from Ness, who wears a remarkably similar cap and often uses a yo-yo as a weapon. This can be seen as HAL referencing one of its own games because EarthBound was also developed by HAL.
    • When Kirby inhales Ness in the Super Smash Bros. games, he wears Ness' sideways hat backwards, as if it was the Yo-yo hat. Both characters are also voiced by Makiko Ohmoto.
    • This is one of two abilities that reference EarthBound; the other being the ESP ability in Kirby: Planet Robobot.
  • Yo-yo Kirby's hat is the same as those of Paint and Wheel Kirby's hats, but in a different color (Paint's is gray, Wheel's is red).
  • Yo-yo is one of the five abilities in Kirby Super Star (Ultra) that don't appear in the anime, the other four being Suplex, Beam, Copy, and Plasma.



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