Final Weapon

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Official artwork of the Star Rod, the first and benchmark example of a Final Weapon.

A Final Weapon refers to any ability and/or item that is used to defeat the final boss (or in some cases, the penultimate boss), and typically only features at or near the end of the game.

Examples

The first game in the Kirby series to feature a final weapon was Kirby's Adventure. In this game, Kirby retrieves the Star Rod by collecting its pieces from all the various bosses up to the final confrontation, and uses it to defeat Nightmare. Once Kirby obtains the Star Rod, he can not lose it in the fight, unless he happens to get a Game Over.

From that point on, many games in the series followed suit by providing Kirby with some form of final weapon. These weapon are, in chronological order: