The Dream Friends are allies/friends of Kirby and supporting protagonists in the 2018 Nintendo Switch game Kirby Star Allies.
The Dream Friends are characters from past Kirby games, both friends and foes.
They can only be recruited by using the Dream Rod, which can be found in a Dream Palace; when the Dream Rod is used, a roulette will appear, and whichever Dream Friend the roulette is stopped on is the one Kirby will recruit.
If the player is unhappy with the Dream Friend retrieved, the player can cancel adding them to the team, and the Dream Rod will respawn. Once recruited, Dream Friends act identically to normal friends recruited via Friend Hearts, albeit with unique movesets and are not directly affected by Copy Ability Items or Copy Essences.
Some Dream Friends are locked, so the player must play through the game in order to unlock them. Bandana Waddle Dee, Rick & Kine & Coo, Marx, and Gooey are available right from the start and don’t need to be unlocked. King Dedede, Adeleine & Ribbon, Dark Meta Knight, and Daroach are unlocked after clearing Clash at Castle Dedede, in which King Dedede can immediately be befriended by throwing a Friend Heart at him after his boss fight. Meta Knight, Magolor, Taranza, and Susie are unlocked after clearing Sacred Square, in which Meta Knight can immediately be befriended by throwing a Friend Heart at him after his boss fight. The Three Mage-Sisters are unlocked after completing Heroes in Another Dimension with at least 100 Friend Hearts collected.