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Kirby and the Forgotten Land beginner’s guide, tips, and tricks

Five tips for new Kirby players

Mouthful Mode Kirby after eating a car. He’s wearing a silly cone-shaped hat, too. Image: HAL Laboratory/Nintendo via Polygon
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is more than just a 3D platformer of adorable fun. It’s also a game with tons of collectables and hidden objectives. There are Waddle Dees to find, baddies to take down, and a huge post-apocalyptic world to explore. Our Kirby and the Forgotten Land beginner’s guide explains how to get started in the new Kirby game and what to look out for.

Investigate everything

There are so many hidden missions and Waddle Dees in each map, and most of them are hidden behind things that purposely look out of place. Does that red flower look weird? Go look at it. Is there a suspicious fish in the water? Go take a peek. Does the path look like it splits behind this wall? Try to take it.

Worst case scenario: You waste a couple of seconds looking at a cute asset. Best case scenario: You find a hidden Waddle Dee.

Dragon Fire Kirby looks at a possible alleyway in a snowy city
Is that ... a hidden alleyway?
Image: HAL Laboratory/Nintendo via Polygon

Expect every doorway to be a one-way trip

If you’re doing a thorough search of every level, expect any doorway or entrance you go through to be a one-way trip. This means you can’t go back to previous areas once you enter doors. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but it’s much easier if you expect them to only go one way because you don’t want to redo an entire level after missing a secret path.

Regular ol’ Kirby can be just as strong as some copy abilities

The biggest thing that was getting us hit during boss fights was charging and using specific copy abilities. Lots of abilities lock you in place while you’re using them, so if you’re greedy for damage (like us), then you might find yourself getting hit more often.

Regular, pink Kirby does quite a bit of damage when he sucks up stars and spits them at bosses, so using him this way is not a terrible way to go.

Snoop around the overworld map, too

If you hover over structures and peculiar landforms on the overworld map, you may be able to interact with them. You may find coins, or you may even find a Treasure Road, which you’ll need to upgrade your copy abilities.

Kirby floats over some trees in a desert with a prompt to search them Image: HAL Laboratory/Nintendo via Polygon

Don’t stress about which copy ability you have

If you’re familiar with the older puzzles in games like Kirby and the Amazing Mirror, you may be afraid that you don’t have the right ability for upcoming puzzles. Don’t stress, as Kirby and the Forgotten Land does not have puzzles like this. Nearly every puzzle in the game provides you with the required ability at the puzzle or shortly before it.

The next level of puzzles.

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