Dark Meta Knight
|He's back...with a vengeance. The darkest shadow of the strongest warrior. Sealed in the labyrinth of the mirror for aeons, this dark knight has returned with one thing on his mind... Revenge!|
— VS Dark Meta Knight's Revenge Pause Screen description in Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Dark Meta Knight is a sinister duplicate of Meta Knight who serves as the secondary antagonist of Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, and the Final Boss of Dededetour! in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. He is Meta Knight's Mirror World counterpart and dark shadow. His latest appearance is that of a playable Dream Friend in Kirby Star Allies, where he has many of Meta Knight's abilities, along with some mirror-based powers. Dark Meta Knight initially took on the appearance and coloration of his more familiar counterpart, Meta Knight, but was later uncovered during the events of his debut game, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.
Little is known about Dark Meta Knight's motives, aside from the idea that he is generally evil, due to having been created by Dark Mind. He carries a silver version of the Galaxia and appears to be Meta Knight's equal at the very least, due to being able to defeat him in a straight up sword duel. In place of superb aerial mobility, Dark Meta Knight instead relies on powers related to mirrors, able to make duplicate copies of himself, attack with shards of glass, and reflect enemy projectiles in a similar manner to the Mirror ability. Over time, he has become more visually distinct from Meta Knight, gaining tattered wings and a deep cut through his mask.
From Kirby: Triple Deluxe onward, Dark Meta Knight's in-game appearance is distinguished by a slash mark on his mask over his left eye, which was left by Meta Knight during their duel at the beginning of Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. His color scheme has also been altered: now he has a paler mask and wields a silver version of the Galaxia (with three prongs on each side instead of the Galaxia's two). His in-game appearance in recent titles reflects his official art from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror more correctly.
In Kirby Star Allies, Dark Meta Knight's 3D model texture is enhanced, with several scratches on his mask and a pair of tattered wings. In addition, the Meta Knight Icon (originally on Meta Knight's left shoulder pad) is on Dark Meta Knight's right shoulder pad, and he has orange eyes rather than yellow in previous games. Now he wears a pair of red shoes but his feet are shown to be black.
|Dark Meta Knight's video game appearances|
|Kirby & The Amazing Mirror||Boss and secondary antagonist|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Reference||Appears in one of the cards in Kirby Card Swipe.|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Surprise boss and final boss||Known as Dark Meta Knight's Revenge in this game. He is the final boss of Dededetour!.|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Reference||Appears as a sticker.|
|Kirby Battle Royale||Reference||The Dark Meta Knight Mask appears as one of Meta Knight's headgears.|
|Kirby Star Allies||Playable character and Dream Friend||Available since version 3.0.0.|
|Super Kirby Clash||Reference||Appears as a sticker.|
|Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Reference||Meta Knight's 7th color change is based on him.|
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
In the intro cutscene when idle on the title screen, Kirby is strolling around in a field when he bumps into Dark Meta Knight. With Kirby stunned from this, Dark Meta Knight slashes Kirby with his dark version of Galaxia. Somehow, the slice cuts Kirby into four clones. With the Kirbys still stunned, Dark Meta Knight flies off and enters the mirror world. They at first are confused because Dark Meta Knight looks very similar to Meta Knight, but they recover quickly and fly after him, though having to share one Warp Star.
At the actual beginning of the game (when the player can really control Kirby), Dark Meta Knight is seen standing in front of the four Kirbys, but he quickly runs off. When the Kirbys follow him for a little bit, a cutscene is shown where Dark Meta Knight encounters his good counterpart in the hub of the mirror world. They have a brief duel, and Dark Meta Knight wins. Victorious, Dark Meta Knight knocks Meta Knight into the Dimension Mirror and slices its glass into 9 Mirror Shards. After this, he enters the mirror doorway to Rainbow Route and leaves.
First Battle: ? ? ?
|Dark Meta Knight's attacks as "? ? ?"|
|Hover Flap||Dark Meta Knight uses his wings to fly higher into the air.||This distinguishes his fight from Meta Knight's in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, since there, Meta Knight does not use his wings.|
|Guard||Dark Meta Knight raises his defense to block incoming attack by holding his sword out.|
|Overhead Slash||Dark Meta Knight throws out a quick sword strike while on the ground, usually after pacing in sync with Kirby's own movement.||This attack leaves a Recoil Star in front of Dark Meta Knight.|
|Sword Spin||Dark Meta Knight spins with his sword out while jumping through the air in parabolic fashion.|
|Down Thrust||Dark Meta Knight leaps into the air and then falls straight down with his sword facing downward.||This attack leaves Recoil Stars around the point of impact with the ground.|
Attack names may be conjectural, based on similar moves with known names.
Notably, Dark Meta Knight does not offer a sword to Kirby before the fight begins, which helps to tip off that he is not who he appears to be. Due to this, it is possible for Kirby to fight Dark Meta Knight here with any ability he chooses, or indeed none. This also means that, unlike Meta Knight's battle in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Dark Meta Knight will leave Recoil Stars after some of his attacks that an ability-less Kirby can use to fight back. Dark Meta Knight as ??? has 60 HP, which takes 6 Star Bullets (10 damage per shot) to defeat should Kirby use no ability at all.
When Dark Meta Knight is defeated, he regains his dark shade. His mask also falls off, showing a similar cute and Kirby-like face that Meta Knight has. He then runs off after concealing himself in his cloak, leaving his old sword behind and a piece of the Dimension Mirror.
Second Battle: Dark Meta Knight
When Kirby restores all the Mirror Shards and enters the Dimension Mirror, he sees Dark Meta Knight again, disguised as Meta Knight still. However, when the real Meta Knight appears and points towards him, he is revealed in his true form, Dark Meta Knight.
In this rematch, Dark Meta Knight actually has only 48 HP, sharply decreased from his first battle. However, he attacks more aggressively, and has two new, more powerful attacks that are very hard to dodge:
- Sword Beam - Dark Meta Knight can fire purple energy waves from his sword. They travel very fast and can be fired up to three times in a row. (The Sword Beam from Master actually shares the same sprite but orange-colored instead. Meta Knight would reuse this sprite in red as his Fire Sword Beam in Kirby: Squeak Squad.)
- Tornado Slash - Dark Meta Knight can also use this signature move of Meta Knight since Kirby Super Star. He requires charging to use this attack. After releasing his charge, he stabs his sword into the ground to summons a giant tornado that throws Kirby into the air in contact. When his HP is low, the tornado can travel the full screen, and the only way to avoid it is moving behind him when he's charging.
Upon defeat, Dark Meta Knight shatters like glass, presumably destroyed. Kirby is then sucked into a warp hole to battle the real mastermind of this game, Dark Mind.
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Dark Meta Knight (as Dark Meta Knight's Revenge) reappears as a surprise boss in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
In Dededetour!, King Dedede accidentally releases Dark Meta Knight from his mirror prison and has to fight him as the final boss of this mode. Upon defeat, Dark Meta Knight is sealed back into the mirror, and King Dedede smashes both the mirror and Dark Meta Knight inside with his hammer.
In The True Arena, Dark Meta Knight is also fought by Kirby as the third boss of the Nightmare Four (the others are Queen Sectonia DX, Shadow Dedede and Soul of Sectonia). When he is defeated by Kirby, he shatters like glass and vanishes.
In addition to his previous moves from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Dark Meta Knight uses new attacks that involve creating false clones and attacking with shards of glass.
The first phase of Dark Meta Knight's Revenge battle plays the theme Revenge of the Enemy and the second phase plays a fast rock and roll remix of his own theme from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, now rearranged and titled Shadow Strike.
The following lists all of Dark Meta Knight's attacks in Triple Deluxe. Unlike other bosses, Dark Meta Knight attacks in a random order every time he's fought, with one exception. Attacks in italics are used during the second phase only.
|Attacks of Dark Meta Knight's Revenge in Kirby: Triple Deluxe|
|Triple Slash||Dark Meta Knight slashes three times in a row, similar to Meta Knight's version since Kirby's Return to Dream Land.|
This can be followed by 'Hyper Rush'.
|Hyper Rush - Cresent Shot||Dark Meta Knight performs multiple slashes and finishes by firing a crescent-shaped energy wave from his sword.
|Triple Cresent Shot||Dark Meta Knight charges his sword quickly to fire 3 Crescent Shots in a row.|
|Spin Slash||Dark Meta Knight requires charging to use this attack.
After releasing his charge, he performs a horizontal spin slash, leaving stars around him.
|Piercing Slash||Dark Meta Knight dashes while thrusting his sword.
|Glide Sword||Dark Meta Knight glides while thrusting his sword from the background and into the foreground twice.
|Up Thrust||Dark Meta Knight may stab upward if Kirby/King Dedede is over his head.|
|Down Thrust||Dark Meta Knight may thrust down his sword when in midair, leaving two stars on impact.|
|Spinning Sword||Dark Meta Knight jumps with a vertical spinning slash. When he lands, his sword sends out a shockwave that travels across the ground.|
The shockwave leaves a star when hitting the wall.
|Mach Tornado||Dark Meta Knight jumps and spins himself as a tornado, which cannot be guarded.|
If Kirby/King Dedede is hit by the tornado, they will be thrown into the air and take damage when crashing onto the ground.
Dark Meta Knight leaves two stars when landing.
|Tornado Slash||Dark Meta Knight requires charging to use this attack.
After releasing his charge, he stabs his sword into the ground to summon a giant unguardable tornado that travels across the stage.
|Blade Burst||Dark Meta Knight summons multiple giant mirror swords that erupt from the ground. In the second phase, he may perform this 3 times in a row.
Dark Meta Knight always begins with this attack in the second phase and might do this attack later in the battle assuming his stamina hasn't been depleted.
He divides himself into three, two of which are false clones. Every Dark Meta Knight hides into a mirror respectively.
Then, he merges with any remaining clones, divides himself again, shuffles around, and repeats the above attack pattern one more time.
|Attack names are taken from the Japanese guide book.|
Dark Meta Knight finally appears among the audience in the Kirby Master movie of Triple Deluxe. Interestingly enough, although Dark Meta Knight appears in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, the original Meta Knight is nowhere to be seen.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Dark Meta Knight's artwork from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror appears as a sticker. He also makes a cameo appearance as one of the balloons that Circus Kirby can make from his move Balloon Pop Art, replacing the Meta Knight balloon from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
Kirby Battle Royale
Kirby Star Allies
Is that the uninvited knight from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror?! Guess he had a fight with Meta Knight. The Mirror World must cast a long shadow across the galaxy… At least he's here as a friend!
— Guest Star Dark Meta Knight From the Shadows Pause Screen description in Kirby Star Allies
Dark Meta Knight makes his first playable appearance in Kirby Star Allies as a Dream Friend. He was added to the game with version 3.0.0 on July 27th, 2018. He also has his own version of Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! featuring many areas based on ones from Kirby & the Amazing Mirror.
Dark Meta Knight's Dream Friend moveset combines the abilities of Sword and Mirror. His Sword ability can also be granted elemental powers. When he loses a life, he has a unique animation: instead of flipping off-stage, Dark Meta Knight shatters like glass, a reference to how he has been destroyed in previous titles.
|This shadowy figure makes a bold return from the land of The Amazing Mirror! Perhaps he was drawn by the dark hearts, but while his motivations may be shady, he'll sure make a mighty ally. The power of the shadow can pierce through any light!|
— Dark Meta Knight pause screen description in the Story Mode and The Ultimate Choice of Kirby Star Allies
|Dark Meta Knight's moveset in Kirby Star Allies|
|Dark Meta Knight swings his sword forwards.||120|
B with full health
|Dark Meta Knight swings and fires a small beam from his sword.||240|
|Dark Triple Slash||
B twice after Overhead Slash
|Dark Meta Knight swings his sword two more times.||80+320|
|Dark Multithrust - Edge Smash||
B after Dark Triple Slash
|Dark Meta Knight swings his sword quickly many times, and on the last swing, he summons a giant sword from a mirror.||Dark Multithrust: 40+28+20+14+10|
Edge Smash: 320 (×2 if close)
|Dark Drill - Upper Edge||
Dash + B
|Dark Meta Knight lunges forward with his sword outstretched to stab enemies, and at the end of the lunge, he summons three small swords from mirrors.
||Dark Drill: 120+20×2|
Upper Edge: 240 (×2 if close)
Dark Drill + ↑ + B
|Dark Meta Knight jumps up and spirals into the air.
Dark Spiral + ↓ + B
|Dark Meta Knight summons a giant sword from a mirror, striking foes and making them plummet to the ground.
||320 (×2 if close)|
Dash + B in midair
|Dark Meta Knight slashes his sword twice.
B after Dark Crosscut
|Dark Meta Knight swings his sword and summons three small swords from mirrors.
||240 (×2 if close)
B in midair
|Dark Meta Knight thrusts his sword at foes, pushing him back once he hits them.||160|
|Mirror Spin Slash||
Press and hold B, and then release
|Dark Meta Knight charges up his sword and then spins around with it outstretched, creating a barrier that reflects enemy projectiles in the process.
Final slash: 360
Reflected projectile: 200 (not buffed by elemental power)
Press and hold B, and then release + ↑
|Dark Meta Knight lunges upwards into the air. Any enemies caught in this attack will be sliced multiple times and then smashed into the ground.
Final slash: 800
Ricochet enemy: 320
|Triple Crescent Shot||
↓, and then → + B
|Dark Meta Knight swings his sword three times, and each time he does so, he fires a sword beam.
||Triple Slash: 120+80+360|
Crescent Shot: 160+40+40
↓, and then ↑ + B
|Dark Meta Knight summons four giant swords from mirrors, two of which on each side.
||240 each sword|
|Wall of Mirrors||
↑ + B
|Dark Meta Knight uses Up Thrust while summoning a wall of glass around himself, which can damage enemies and reflect projectiles.
||Up Thrust: 160|
Reflected projectile: 200 (not buffed by elemental power)
↓ + B
|Dark Meta Knight splits into two mirror projections, damaging any nearby enemies.
|Dark Mirror - Ring||
↓ + B in midair
|Dark Meta Knight creates six mirror projections around himself in the shape of a circle.
A in midair
|Dark Meta Knight flaps his wings in order to fly.
||40 (not buffed by elemental power)|
|Dark Meta Knight hides inside a mirror, which reflects enemy projectiles like the Mirror ability's Reflect Guard does.
||Reflected projectile: 200 (not buffed by elemental power)|
|Reference: A Star Bullet deals 520 damage.|
The following moves, while sharing the same button execution, are significantly different between Meta Knight and Dark Meta Knight:
|Button Execution||Meta Knight||Dark Meta Knight|
|Dash + B in midair||Knight Spin||Dark Crosscut|
Triple Thrust (B after Dark Crosscut)
|Press and hold B, and then release + ↑||Mach Tornado||Dark Calibur|
|↓ + B||Down Thrust||Dark Mirror|
Dark Mirror - Ring (in midair)
|↓, and then ↑ + B||Shuttle Loop||Blade Burst|
- A stone plate of Shadow Kirby and Dark Meta Knight's artwork from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror appears before Meta Knight battle in the Sacred Square stage.
- One of the Stone ability transformations has the statue of Dark Meta Knight.
Super Kirby Clash
Dark Meta Knight appears as a sticker using his artwork from Kirby Star Allies.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Main article: Dark Meta Knight (theme)
- In the German version of Kirby: Triple Deluxe, he is erroneously called "Meta-Knights Dunkle Rache", which translates into "Meta Knight's Dark Revenge".
- Dark Meta Knight is one of the few bosses in the Kirby series with an explicit depiction of blood, as he spurts out blood from his body at the beginning of both phases in his Kirby: Triple Deluxe battle. The others include Zero, 0², Shadow Dedede, Star Dream Soul OS and Void Termina (Phase 2).
- In Version 3.0.0 of Kirby Star Allies, Dark Meta Knight could never have an element in the skits even though the coding allowed him to. This has been fixed in Version 4.0.0.
- Dark Meta Knight's mask doesn't break in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby Star Allies, but removing the mask from his Star Allies 3D model shows his face is no different to that of Meta Knight, including the same yellow eyes. However, there is no scar on Dark Meta Knight's left eye, meaning only his mask got hit.
Sticker of Dark Meta Knight from Kirby: Planet Robobot
Names in other languages
Dark Meta Knight
Dāku Meta Naito
|Dark Meta Knight|
àn mèi tǎ qí shì
|Dark Meta Knight|
àn mèi tǎ qí shì
|Dutch||Dark Meta Knight||-|
|French||Dark Meta Knight||-|
|German||Dark Meta Knight||-|
|Italian||Dark Meta Knight
Meta Knight Nero
Dark Meta Knight
|Korean||다크 메타 나이트
Dakeu Meta Naiteu
|Dark Meta Knight|
|Black Meta Knight|
|Latin American Spanish||Meta Knight Oscuro||Dark Meta Knight|
|European Spanish||Dark Meta Knight||-|
Dark Meta Knight's Revenge
Dāku Meta Naito Ribenji
|Dark Meta Knight Revenge|
|French||Dark Meta Knight Ultra||-|
|German||Meta-Knights Dunkle Rache||Meta Knight's Dark Revenge|
This is a mistranslation, as in every other game's German version he is referred to as "Dark Meta Knight."
|Italian||La vendetta di Meta Knight Nero||The revenge of Dark Meta Knight|
|Korean||다크 메타 나이트 리벤지
Dakeu Meta Naiteu Libenji
|Dark Meta Knight Revenge|
|Latin American Spanish||Meta Knight Oscuro vengador||Avenging Dark Meta Knight|
|European Spanish||Dark Meta Knight vengador||Avenging Dark Meta Knight|
- 20th Anniversary Kirby Pupupu Encyclopedia, p. 124