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Helpers are enemy-based creatures that fight by Kirby's side in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra. When Kirby possesses a Copy Ability, he may create a helper, but loses the ability in the process. However, in want of a Copy Ability, an existing Helper can be transformed into an item yielding the ability that was used in its creation, allowing Kirby to regain it. If Kirby attempts to call forth a Helper when there is already one in existance, he instead tosses his ability away in item form, allowing the current Helper to transform into a new one when it touches it.
Helpers follow Kirby around and attack any enemies which they encounter. They are usually able to use the same attacks as Kirby can when he possesses their ability, and are capable of jumping in midair or teleporting in order to keep up with him. Although usually controlled by an AI, Helpers can alternatively be controlled by a second player.
Kirby's current Helper possesses its own, seperate health bar. The health bar can be refilled by having the Helper pick up food or touching it shortly after Kirby himself does so. When a Helper's health runs out, it flashes and begins to explode. During this period, touching any enemy that yields an ability transforms the Helper into a new one that possesses the respective Copy Ability, instantly restoring all its health and keeping it from exploding. Alternatively, tossing a different Copy Ability at a Helper to transform it also heals it completely.
Like Copy Abilities, Helpers can be stolen by a Tac, but are regained upon its defeat.
List of Helpers