HR-D3

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HR-D3 as it appears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Details
Debut Game Kirby Mass Attack (Kirby Quest only)
Last Game Kirby's Return to Dream Land (Extra Mode and The True Arena only)
Weakness(es) Inhaled objects spit back into its arms (first phase) or body (second phase) or attacking the same parts with Copy Abilities
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HR-D3 is a large robot that has a drill as its hand on one arm and a normal robotic hand on the other that appears in Kirby Mass Attack and Kirby's Return to Dream Land. It also has a logo painted on its chest; in Kirby Mass Attack it is King Dedede's V-sign insignia inside a circle but the symbol in the circle is a completely different and new one in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Game Appearances

Kirby Mass Attack

HR-D3 appears only in the Kirby Quest mode. It has King Dedede's insignia painted on its plating even though it shows no ties to Dedede in its next appearance.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

HR-D3 only appears in Extra Mode and can be fought again in The True Arena, and in the former it is fought directly after Metal General at the end of Egg Engines. If the fight with HR-D3 is lost, Metal General's fight is automatically skipped so the player can try again, though losing a life on the second stage of HR-D3's restarts at the first stage of the fight with the former.

Attacks

HR-D3 fights in two phases, with two separate health bars. The following are the attacks in the first phase:

Attacks - Phase 1
Attack Description
Drill & Punch
HR-D3 slams its fist and drill into the stage, in either order, creating stars on each impact. This is one of the few opportunities to hit it during this phase.
Missile Barrage
Metal General opens the headpiece, and fires a great many missiles to carpet-bomb the stage. These can be swallowed for the Bomb ability.
Laser Sweep
HR-D3's eyes glow and lasers sweep the stage from the middle outward.
Spin Attack
HR-D3 spins around with its arms stretched out, covering much of the stage. It is possible, but difficult, to hit it during this attack.
You deserve a rest HR-D3.

In the second phase, a new health bar must be depleted, and HR-D3 attacks on the stage itself, taking up a great deal of space as it does so:

Attacks - Phase 2
Attack Description
Drill & Punch
HR-D3 attempts to punch or drill in front of it, proving effective if it has Kirby cornered.
Laser Sweep & Missile Barrage
HR-D3 flies into the background, its eyes glow and lasers sweep the stage from the middle outward, while Metal General fires a great many missiles to carpet-bomb the stage. These can be swallowed for the Bomb ability.
Bouncing Strike
HR-D3 bounces across the stage, creating stars whenever it hits the ground.
Body Slam
HR-D3 will jump into a body slam if it has Kirby cornered. Kirby has this opportunity to try and get away. This move creates stars on impact.
Mega Laser Cannon
HR-D3's mouth opens up, and will fire a massive beam diagonally downward onto the stage, proving effective if Kirby is cornered. It leaves stars where the beam hits.
Spin Attack
HR-D3 spins around with its arms stretched out, covering much of the stage.

As HR-D3 takes damage, it loses pieces, eventually ending up as a barely functioning skeleton near the end of the fight. Defeating it destroys its essential components, and causes it to fall backwards and explode with the Metal General inside.

Trivia

  • HR-D3 was designed as a robotic fighter for King Dedede in the canceled GameCube Kirby game. The D3 part of its name is a reference to Dedede's name, since "Dedede"'s pronunciation has three Ds in a row in both Japanese in English (with that previously being made note of when translating Super Smash Bros. Brawl into English). Even though in its appearances in finished games, it shows only ties to Dedede in Mass Attack in the form of having King Dedede's insignia on it, presumably left over from the role it was originally going to have, which was replaced with a different symbol in Return to Dream Land because it is unrelated to Dedede (who is able to fight it with it fighting back, appearing to indicate that HAL dropped plans for it to be King Dedede's robot) and the fact that in that game it does not come from Pop Star like Dedede, but from another dimension entirely.
  • Much like the D3 part is a reference to King Dedede, the HR part draws a parallel with HR-H from Kirby 64. Like HR-D3, it was also not from Pop Star, but rather Shiver Star.
  • For the first phase of the fight with HR-D3 in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, the music from the Grand Doomer fight is used. For the second phase, the Landia boss music is used.
  • HR-D3 is a possible reference to HR-H or HR-E. It may have also been built by the Haltmann Works Company.