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Boarding the Halberd

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Boarding the Halberd
Various arrangements of "Boarding the Halberd" theme.
Debut appearance Kirby Super Star (1996)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other appearance(s) Kirby Air Ride
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Kirby Fighters 2
Kirby's Dream Buffet
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa[1]
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This article is about one of the musical themes related to the Halberd. For the game where this theme originated, see Revenge of Meta Knight. For the similar theme that plays alongside this one, see Havoc Aboard the Halberd.

"Boarding the Halberd" is a musical track that debuted in Kirby Super Star, playing in Revenge of Meta Knight. It is a fast-paced frenetic theme that has come to be associated with the Halberd in general, and has reappeared in a few notable Kirby titles since its inception, often paired with its sister track, "Havoc Aboard the Halberd".


Kirby boards the Halberd.

"Boarding the Halberd" is a brisk, jazzy track set at a tempo of roughly 164 beats per minute. It is set in the key of A minor, though it features many accidental notes. The song has a rapid, dissonant melody line punctuated with wide sweeps and triplets. The main instrumentation includes brass, orchestra hits, and soft synths, with prominent drums and a repetitive bassline.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

As mentioned above, this track can be heard in several places in Revenge of Meta Knight, specifically for the stages where Kirby is either attempting to, or has just boarded the Halberd.

This track can also be heard in Milky Way Wishes, on planet Mekkai.

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

The original version from Kirby Super Star can be unlocked and then used as an alternate track in Machine Passage.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a jazzy version of this track, titled "Meta Knight's Revenge", is used as a default theme for the Halberd stage, and can also be heard in sections of The Subspace Emissary. Here, it is directly combined with its sister theme "Havoc Aboard the Halberd", being the first time the two were fused into a single musical track. The arrangement was done by Noriyuki Iwadare.

This remix, along with the Halberd stage, reappears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In the former, it can only be played on the Halberd stage.

Kirby's Epic Yarn / Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn[edit]

In Kirby's Epic Yarn, "Boarding the Halberd" is arranged with gentler piano-based instrumentation and a slower tempo. It plays on the Battleship Halberd stage in Dream Land, and is appropriately titled "Halberd"in the Tunes menu. It was arranged by Hirokazu Ando.[2]

In Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, a new remix of "Boarding the Halberd" is used in the Sub-Game Slash & Bead, and is once again paired with "Havoc Aboard the Halberd". It was remixed by either Akihiro Juichiya or Soshiro Hokkai.[3]

Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe[edit]

This track serves as the theme for the sixth stage of Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe. The version used is the one from Kirby Super Star with its tempo slightly slowed down, but its fast pace is still suitable for a harder stage.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

The piano remix of this track from Kirby's Epic Yarn is reused in Rhythm Route - Stage 7 EX. The music that plays during the opening cutscene, composed by Hirokazu Ando, has a partial arrangement of the theme.

Kirby's Blowout Blast[edit]

A slower-paced, Rhodes piano-based remix of the track appears as a bonus song when scanning the Meta Knight amiibo.

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

In Kirby Fighters 2, "Boarding the Halberd" is included as part of the medleys that play during the fights against King Dedede & Meta Knight and their Moon Warriors counterpart and the regular music for the Stage of the Partners Who Shook the Heavens. The medley is simply called "Stage of the Partners Who Shook the Heavens" and was arranged by Hirozaku Ando.[4]

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

A remix of this track titled "Revenge of Steel Wings"can be unlocked at Gourmet Rank 26 as a music theme for Races. In this version, it is once again paired with Havoc Aboard the Halberd. It is arranged by Hirokazu Ando.

Additionally, the original version from Kirby Super Star can be unlocked as a race song, named "Kirby Super Star: Memorial Song 2", by reaching Gourmet Rank 114.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, "Stage of the Partners Who Shook the Heavens" from Kirby Fighters 2 plays during Galacta Knight's first phase if player 1 is King Dedede or Meta Knight.

Other appearances[edit]

"Boarding the Halberd" has been performed live in the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert, along with its sibling theme, in "King Dedede & Meta Knight Medley". This version is much slower, being performed at 132 beats per minute, to make it feasible for live players. A vocal version called "Take off!" is also on the Kirby Memorial Arrangements CD.

The theme is also featured in the second half of the the bonus track ステージメドレー/アコースティックver. (Stage Medley / Acoustic Ver.) of the Kirby Ultra Super Deluxe Original Sound Track.

"Boarding the Halberd" is featured as the first track in the "Revenge of Meta Knight Medley" in Taiko no Tatsujin.


  • A fan-made arrangement of "Boarding the Halberd" along with "Havoc Aboard the Halberd" titled "Meta Knight's Revenge" like the Super Smash Bros. Brawl remix, arranged by Charlie Rosen & Button Masher and performed by The 8-Bit Big Band, won a 2022 Grammy Award in the category "Best Arrangement - Instrumental or A Capella".[5]

Video gallery[edit]

Video of the "Revenge of Meta Knight Medley" in Taiko no Tatsujin Yellow Ver.

Names in other languages[edit]

Boarding the Halberd[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 戦艦ハルバード:甲板
Senkan Harubādo: Kanpan
Battleship Halberd: On Deck
Korean 전함 할버드: 갑판
jeonham halbeodeu: gabpan
Battleship Halberd: On Deck

Revenge of Steel Wings[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Revenge of Steel Wings
Chinese Revenge of Steel Wings
Dutch De wraak van de metalen vleugels The revenge of metal wings
French La vengeance des ailes d'acier The revenge of the steel wings
German Die Rache der stählernen Flügel The Revenge of the steel Wings
Italian La rivincita delle ali d'acciaio The revenge of the steel wings
Korean Revenge of Steel Wings
Portuguese A vingança das asas de aço The revenge of the steel wings
Spanish La venganza de las alas de acero The revenge of the steel wings


  1. King Dedede & Meta Knight Medley Sheet Music - Kirby Portal (official website), Kirby's Dream Buffet
  2. Kirby: Planet Robobot Jukebox
  3. Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn staff credits; these staff members are credited under "Music and Sound Effects" in the port's staff roll, while the original staff of Kirby's Epic Yarn credited former Good-Feel member Tomoya Tomita and sound designers Jun Ishikawa, Hirokazu Ando, and Tadashi Ikegami.
  4. Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Jukebox
  5. "2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show: Complete Nominations List" - Grammy Awards Official Website