Inhale (Japanese: Intake - すいこみ, Suikomi) can refer to either of two similar attacks, one from Kirby and the other from King Dedede.


Inhale is Kirby's Neutral Special Move in all four of his incarnations in the Super Smash Bros. series, though it was previously called Swallow in Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee. When B is pressed, Kirby opens his mouth and begins to inhale, creating a vacuum of wind. Kirby will never stop inhaling until B is released. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, one of its known customizations is the Ice Breath, an ability Kirby can use in most Kirby games upon becoming Ice Kirby.


If a character comes near the vortex, they will automatically be sucked inside Kirby, who will bloat up with the person inside of him. He cannot move in Super Smash Bros., while in Melee and Brawl, he will move at extremely slow speeds, and his jumps will also be greatly reduced. By pressing B or down on the D-Pad, Kirby will copy the swallowed character's ability, also dealing some damage to the said character. If Kirby accidentally swallows the wrong character or doesn't want their ability, they can press A to launch them out for some damage. In Melee, Brawl and 3DS/Wii U, the swallowed character can break free by moving around, if Kirby does nothing within ten seconds of swallowing or if Kirby is hit by someone. Inhale can be used for "Kirbycides" (against good recovery characters) or KO's (against poor recovery characters). Similar to Yoshi's Egg Lay, the more damage taken the harder it will be for the swallowed character to break out.

When Kirby swallows the character, Kirby's appearance will also change depending on the character swallowed. For example, if Kirby swallows Mr. Game & Watch, he will have a black, 2D appearance. In addition, his neutral B ability will also be that of the said character's neutral ability. Kirby can lose the copied ability by either Taunting or by being hit too much. If Kirby swallows another Kirby with a copied ability, the former will gain the skill of the latter, while the latter will lose the ability he had. If he swallows a Kirby with no copied ability, it makes a different sound and no abilities will be copied.

Kirby's Special Moves
SSB Melee Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Inhale
Side Special Hammer Hammer Flip
Up Special Final Cutter
Down Special Stone
Final Smash Cook Kirby Ultra Sword

Custom Variations

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, with the introducion of Custom Moves, Kirby has 2 variations of Inhale.

Ice Breath

Ice Breath has the same properties as Ice Kirby. Kirby sprays ice from his mouth that can freeze opponents.

Jumping Inhale

Jumping Inhale consists of Kirby jumping forward to copy the opponents abilities. But if he does a Star Spit, it won't do damage.

Kirby's Custom Special Moves
Custom 1 Custom 2
Standard Special Ice Breath Jumping Inhale
Side Special Hammer Bash Giant Hammer
Up Special Wave Cutter Upper Cutter
Down Special Grounding Stone Meteor Stone



Artwork of Kirby inhaling Waddle Dee

Inhaling and spitting has been a trademark attack of Kirby since Kirby's Dream Land, but it was not until Kirby's Adventure was he able to swallow an enemy to copy their attack. It wasn't until Kirby Super Star that Kirby also had different hats that indicated the power he copied. A single attack was usually enough to make Kirby lose his copied power. Kirby then had to quickly re-absorb the ability that turned into energy or else it would be destroyed.

Copy Abilities

Main Articles: Copy Abilities (SSB), Copy Abilities (SSBM), Copy Abilities (SSBB), Copy Abilities (SSBWU/3DS)

King Dedede

Inhale is King Dedede's Neutral Special Move. The attack is identical to Kirby's inhale in appearance, but with slightly increased range, and no copying ability. Dedede will begin to inhale the air in front of him, creating a vortex. He will continue to inhale as long as B is held down.


If a character comes near him, they will automatically be sucked inside of him, and will be trapped in his stomach. When swallowed, Dedede's stomach enlarges to hold the victim, which makes him extremely slow. Dedede simply spits the character back out when A is pressed, or they break free themselves. This attack does 10% when the opponent is exhaled, and if the character-projectile hits someone, it does between 9% to 18% to that person depending on the weight of the inhaled opponent, the heavier it is, the higher damage it does.

King Dedede's Special Moves
Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Inhale
Side Special Waddle Dee Toss Gordo Throw
Up Special Super Dedede Jump
Down Special Jet Hammer
Final Smash Waddle Dee Army Dedede Burst Dede-Rush

Custom Variations

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, with the introduction of Custom Moves, King Dedede has 2 variations of Inhale.

Dedede Storm

Dedede Storm is one of King Dedede's Neutral Special Moves that can be used via customizations. King Dedede forms a cyclone from King Dedede's mouth that pulls foes in, hits repeatedly, and launches upward.

Taste Test

Taste Test is one of King Dedede's Neutral Special Moves that can be used via customizations. King Dedede inhales opponents quickly, and then spits them out as stars instantly.

King Dedede's Custom Special Moves
Custom 1 Custom 2
Standard Special Dedede Storm Taste Test
Side Special Topspin Gordo Bouncing Gordo
Up Special Rising Dedede Quick Dedede Jump
Down Special Armored Jet Hammer Dash Jet Hammer


In the Kirby games, Dedede has exhibited the ability to inhale foes or objects and spitting them back, just like Kirby can. He can't, however, copy the inhaled person's abilities.


DDD explosion glitch

The Inhale explosion glitch

Dedede's Inhale has at least two glitches. When used on a mine from Snake's down smash, the explosion will go off continuously until it hits someone, Snake plants another mine, or Dedede stops Inhaling.

Another glitch happens when used on Ike in the middle of a Quick Draw. Ike will hit Dedede but continue past, often to his death. However, this is probably due to the vacuum effect created by the Inhale.

Swallowing Items

Main article: Item Swallowing

Both King Dedede and Kirby can swallow items using this move. Any item meant to be eaten will have the same effect (such as Food). Both will automatically swallow the item when it is in their mouth, meaning they can keep other characters from using it. Poké Balls, Mr. Saturn and other "live" items cannot be swallowed. If Kirby or King Dedede inhales a Crate or any other large item, they will not be able to move nor attack until it is fully swallowed. If they inhale an explosive (such as a Bob-omb), they will receive 5% damage, regardless of what that explosive was.


Main article: Kirbycide

In Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Kirby is capable of slowly walking around the stage while carrying opponents in his mouth or swallowing a foe off stage, but not too far off. This allows for some forms of Kirbycide, wherein Kirby jumps off the edge with someone in his mouth and releases them at a distance or position from which they are unable to recover, forcing a KO. One may swallow at the last second for a K.O. (usually during Time Mode for an extra point), and may survive due to Kirby's tall recovery.

Kirby can also jump off the stage and inhale the opponent who is conveniently standing by. This is the only way to inhale Kirbycide in the original Super Smash Bros., as well as the easiest.

King Dedede can use Inhale to perform a similar form of Sacrificial KO, sometimes known as "Dededecide" or "Regicide."


  • If Kirby Copies an enemy while another is beside Kirby the enemy that was standing beside Kirby will also be damaged as well.
  • Because Olimar's Neutral Special Move is useless by itself, Kirby does not exactly copy the move. Rather, he will use Pikmin Pluck followed immediately by Pikmin Throw, although the Pikmin will not latch on after being thrown, instead, they will die when they come into contact with anything.
  • When Kirby uses Inhale on enemies in the Subspace Emissary, they will take small constant amounts of damage because Kirby can't copy NPC enemies' abilities. It's also noteworthy that Kirby is unable to inhale False Characters.
  • Kirby can inhale Waddle Dees, etc. and then swallow them, much like he could swallow enemies in Melee's Adventure Mode. However, unlike in his own games, they don't give him any abilities, as Waddle Dees and Waddle Doos act like items.
  • In Super Smash Bros., Kirby can swallow Metal Mario, but is unable to absorb the usage of Fireballs.
  • Because Kirby's size is smaller than most characters he inhales, his copied moves are normally slightly inferior versions to others, due to smaller range. This usually, but not always, applies for Physical attacks. But some note that his small size and unique moves allow for interesting setups of some copied moves.
  • When Kirby inhales an opponent while he is under the effects of Superspicy Curry, the damaging flames disappear.
  • A number of the copy abilities in the Super Smash Bros. series bear at least some resemblance to one of the abilities from Kirby's own games, in design and/or function. An example is Bowser's Fire Breath being similar to the main attack method of Kirby's Fire ability.
  • According to the Kirby: Right Back At Ya! anime, Kirby cannot inhale enemies that are larger or heavier than himself. However, he is able to inhale characters as large as Bowser or Donkey Kong in this game. This could be, however, due to the fact that the mechanic would be limited if that were so, and therefore not as useful.
  • Kirby's Neutral Special will still be Inhale if he inhales Dedede, and the only difference will be that he can't copy attacks as Dedede Kirby.

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