One of the new features present in Kirby and the Forgotten Land is upgrades to your Copy Abilities! There are less Copy Abilities in this game compared to previous entries in the series, but in exchange, you can boost their power, speed, and appearances. To upgrade these Abilities, you’ll need Star Coins and Rare Stones. Fortunately, obtaining these is rather easy — it’s the blueprints for the Copy Abilities that can get tricky. We’ve got a full list of where to find the blueprints for every Copy Ability in Kirby and the Forgotten Land right here!
Copy Ability Upgrade Explanation
As mentioned previously, you’ll need both Star Coins and Rare Stones. We’ve written guides on how to farm both Star Coins and Rare Stones, and you can access them here and here, respectively. Personally, we like playing through The Ultimate Cup Z and then doing some Flash Fishing and Meta Knight Cup runs as needed.
As you play through the main story, you’ll find side levels that you access via star-shaped portals. In these are straightforward challenges that utilize Copy Abilities or Mouthful Modes. By completing the challenge, you will earn a Rare Stone that you can use to upgrade Copy Abilities. You might notice there is a section of the level that says “Target Time”. Don’t worry about clearing the level in less time than it says. Your reward is a measly 50 Star Coins, and there are much better ways of obtaining them (as noted above).
In addition to Star Coins and Rare Stones, you will usually need blueprints to upgrade specific Copy Abilities. These are scattered throughout levels, and you can ask Wise Waddle Dee in town for a hint if you can’t find one. He won’t just tell you the level it’s in — he’ll also tell you the section of the level it’s in, which is really helpful! We’ve compiled a complete list of blueprint locations, which we’ll get into now.
After tons of exploring, we’ve finally listed all of the blueprint locations right here! Once you obtain a blueprint, you can take it to the weapons shop for an upgrade. As mentioned earlier, you’ll need Star Coins and Rare Stones in addition to the blueprint for the upgrade. More info on how to farm those in the guides mentioned earlier. In the meantime, here are the blueprints:
- Bomb can be upgraded into Chain Bomb and then Homing Bomb. The Chain Bomb blueprint is in World 4’s Fast-Flowing Waterworks level. It’s a reward for beating a bunch of enemies in a scripted event — you can’t miss it. The Homing Bomb blueprint is a reward for beating the boss of World 4. You can’t miss this one either!
- Crash can be upgraded into Time Crash. The blueprint is in World 3’s Invasion of the House of Horrors level near the end after the Bomber. Look to the left of the platform you’re standing on and you will see a circular hole in the wall. This is a path that leads to the blueprint.
- Cutter can be upgraded into Chakram Cutter and then Buzz-Saw Cutter. Chakram Cutter’s blueprint is unlocked by default. Buzz-Saw Cutter’s blueprint is in Originull Wasteland’s Searching the Oasis level. It’s behind a ledge in the second area.
- Drill can be upgraded into Pencil Drill and then Twin Drill. The Pencil Drill blueprint is a reward for defeating the boss of World 3. You can’t miss it. The Twin Drill blueprint is in the first area of World 5’s Moonlight Canyon.
- Fire can be upgraded into Volcano Fire and then Dragon Fire. The Volcano Fire blueprint is unlocked by default along with Chakram Cutter. No need to search for this one. The Dragon Fire blueprint is in the Windy, Freezing Seas level. It’s accessed via the scissor lift you need to melt.
- Hammer can be upgraded into Toy Hammer, Wild Hammer, and then Masked Hammer. The Toy Hammer blueprint is your reward for watering the second set of flowers in World 3’s Welcome to Wondaria level. The Wild Hammer blueprint is your reward for beating Wild Bonkers in World 5’s Alivel Mall (Staff Side) level. The Masked Hammer blueprint is obtained from King Dedede at the end of the game when he visits town.
- Ice can be upgraded into Frosty Ice and then Blizzard Ice. The Frosty Ice blueprint is the reward for beating Twin Wild Frosty in Battle for Blizzard Bridge (World 4). The Blizzard Ice blueprint is obtained by defeating the end boss of World 5. Can’t miss it!
- Needle upgrades into Clutter Needle and then Crystal Needle. In World 2’s Scale the Cement Summit, go to the area with the turtles and the pool. Hit a bomb block near a ladder and the blueprint for Clutter Needle is inside. The Crystal Needle blueprint is your reward for defeating Fleurina in World 5’s The Wastes Where Life Began level.
- Ranger upgrades into Noble Ranger and then Space Ranger. You obtain the Noble Ranger blueprint by defeating the boss of World 2. Can’t miss this one either. The Space Ranger is in World 6’s Conquer the Inferno Road level. Shoot a bulls-eye to the right of the end tower with the Ranger ability.
- Sleep somehow upgrades into Deep Sleep. We wish we could update our Sleep ability in real life. The Deep Sleep blueprint is in World 6’s Burning, Churning Power Plant. It’s right after you get the Waddle Dee from the room you access by lighting the lantern switch on fire.
- Sword upgrades into Gigant Sword, then Meta Knight Sword, and then Morpho Knight Sword. You get the Gigant Sword upgrade for beating Wild Edge in the Circuit Speedway level of World 3. Beat the Meta Knight Cup in the Colosseum when it becomes available and you will obtain the Meta Knight Sword blueprint. Finally, you obtain the Morpho Knight Sword by beating the post-game campaign.
- Tornado upgrades into Fleur Tornado and then Storm Tornado. The Fleur Tornado blueprint is in the latter half of Wondaria Dream Parade in the water pump section. There’s a spot with a blue shutter that you need to break to save a Waddle Dee. The wall behind the Waddle Dee needs to be hit with another parade car and then the blueprint will be revealed. The Storm Tornado blueprint is in Redgar Forbidden Lands’ Gathering of the Beast Council level. It’s in the right hole of the platform holding the roller coaster that you can use Mouthful Mode on.
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