The best food copy abilities in Kirby’s Dream Buffet

Kirby’s Dream Buffet is a celebration of the pink puffball’s 30th anniversary, so it’s only natural that some of his most iconic copy abilities will make an appearance. Redesigned around the food theme of the game, food copy abilities are crucial to winning races and battling opponents in Battle Royale.

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We’ve ranked every food copy ability in the game based on its overall usefulness. Use each in the right situations to catch as many strawberries as possible and increase your score – just make sure to watch out for your opponents, who will try to use their own attacks against you!


8 Drill

The drill is one of the best copy abilities in Kirby And The Forgotten Land, but in Dream Buffet it is too difficult to use it effectively. When activated, Kirby dig underground, where he is able to move freely without worrying about enemy attacks until the ability expires. You can also go back earlier by pressing the Copy Ability button again.

Drill damages any enemy or opponent Kirby hits while he digs or pops out of the ground, but delaying each one makes it hard to get results without a lot of luck. You also can’t pick strawberriesunderground, making Drill the only food copy ability that can actually stop you from increasing your score. Drill is best used as soon as possible when acquired so you have room for a new power as soon as you hit another item box.

seven Rock

While Stone could be a devastating part of Kirby’s arsenal in Super Smash Bros., its slowness in Dream Buffet leaves something to be desired. However, if you can use it while your opponents are fighting for strawberries, you can potentially knock them all out at once!

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Stone sends a large, circular shockwave across the stage. Players anticipating this can simply jump over the attack, but if you’re right on top of them when attacking, their timing will need to be perfect – otherwise they’ll be sent flying.

If you’re playing on a multi-level stage, like the image above, Stone’s shockwave only affects the level it comes from. Smart players can avoid the attack by being above or below!

6 Needle

If your current Battle Royale includes Needle, stay as far away from your opponents as possible. This causes all opponents near Kirby to be knocked off the board, and when it does appear, it happens so often!

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The Needle is dangerous as a close-range threat, but you usually have to hunt opponents to use it. It does, however, have a secondary power that you can use to catch unsuspecting enemies! After using the needle, hold down the copy ability button. Kirby will begin to spin, preparing a spiny charge in the direction you press the analog stick when you release the button!

5 Burning

By munching on a fiery chili, Kirby can bring the heat to the Racetrack and Battle Royale Arena. Burning gives you extra speed and propels opponents into the stratospheremaking it a very versatile food copy ability.

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Many players don’t know this unless they’ve paid attention to the Tasty Tidbits at the bottom of the Home Table screen; if you press the Copy Ability button while Kirby is in fireball form, he will get an extra burst of speed! Try timing your button press just before the end of the fireball to get the most out of your spicy treat.

4 Wheel

The wheel is one of the few food copy abilities there is more useful during a race than a Battle Royale. This Kirby classic lets you zoom at incredible speeds, plowing through any enemies or opponents unlucky enough to get in your way! You can hit the brakes by hitting the Copy Ability button again, swapping the speed for the ability to change direction in the blink of an eye.

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Wheel is a good all-around attack, but its sleep ability is only it’s very hard to fall off the stage while using this copy ability. Use the wheel to explode on tricky balance beamspicking strawberries and easily taking shortcuts.

3 Goo

A player who knows how to use Jelly will always be a contender for first place. In jelly form, Kirby is immune to attack but can still pick up strawberries and item boxes! Use it just when an opponent is trying to take you out, and it runs through you instead!

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On the circuit, Jelly is one of the best food copy abilities you can get. It allows Kirby to walk through cookie walls, leaving the rest of the pack far behind as they struggle to break through the barrier. Jelly also brings Kirby to move at a set speed whatever the slope or terrain. Use it to glide easily through sticky chocolate syrup or slippery ice cream bars; with a bite of jelly, nothing can bother you!

2 Tornado

More than any other food copy ability, Tornado has the potential to put the user first, especially at the end of a hard-fought Battle Royale! Similar to Needle, Tornado can stun opponents who get too close, but the real benefit of this copy ability is that it attracts strawberries nearby. Use it as the timer runs out, when strawberries are falling from the sky like rain, to boost your score at the last second.

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Press the Copy Ability button again while Tornado is in use extend the power range, attracting more strawberries. This causes the ability to finish faster, so timing is critical if you decide to use the secondary ability.

1 Invincible Candy

Kirby purists might say Invincible Candy is a power-up, not a copycat ability, but Dream Buffet is all about snacks and there’s nothing better than the lollipop. True to its origins, Invincible Candy brings Kirby to Instantly knocks out anyone he toucheswhile making him immune to damage at the same time.

Invincible Candy is incredibly rare, so don’t expect to see it very often. This too never spawns for player in first place, since they do not need help. If you’re behind on the score and you get the most coveted candy in Dream Land, use it to even the odds!

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