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Battle on the Horizon

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Battle on the Horizon
Sample of "Battle on the Horizon" from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Debut appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other appearance(s) Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa[1]
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"Battle on the Horizon" is a theme from Kirby's Return to Dream Land that plays in boss stages prior to the fights in the game and its remake. It was composed by Jun Ishikawa.[1]


An enemy on the horizon.

"Battle on the Horizon" is suspenseful and tense. It's simple in composition, as it only has two primary elements: a low ostinato revolving around a C (C, D-flat, B-flat, C) with percussion, and a slowly rising and then descending F-minor dominant seventh chord (D7) in the winds and strings, with each note's attack delayed and gradually increasing volume. The low ostinato somewhat resembles "VS Sphere Doomer" (and "VS. Meta Knight" by extension), and later becomes the intro of "Welcome Your New Overlord"; the dominant and registers carry over to "Blazing! Boss Battle".

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land and its remake, "Battle on the Horizon" plays in every boss stage in Story Mode and Extra Modes (with the exception of Nutty Noon - Stage 6's second room, where "Goal Game" plays instead).

Exclusively in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, "Battle on the Horizon" plays when calibrating the Wii remote sensors for the Scope Shot Sub-Game.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

The theme returns in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, playing in The True Arena's copy ability selection area.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese たたかいの予感よかん
tatakai no yokan
Omen of Battle
Traditional Chinese 戰鬥預感
zhàn dòu yù gǎn
Battle Omen
Simplified Chinese 战斗预感
zhàn dòu yù gǎn
Dutch Strijd aan de horizon Battle on the horizon
French Bataille à l'horizon Battle on the horizon
German Ein Kampf liegt in der Luft A battle lies in the air
Italian La battaglia si avvicina The battle nears
Korean 전투의 예감
jeontuui yegam
Omen of Battle
Brazilian Portuguese Batalha no horizonte Battle on the horizon
Latin American Spanish Combate en el horizonte Battle on the horizon
European Spanish Batalla en el horizonte Battle on the horizon