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Reason: "Dedede Robo" (the King Dedede paint job version) and "HR-D3" (the Metal General paint job version) are always treated as separate entities in official material (see here) — should we as well?

Screenshot of HR-D3 from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
First game Kirby Mass Attack (2011, Kirby Quest only)
Latest game Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Other game(s) Kirby for Nintendo GameCube (canceled)
Relative(s) King Dedede (Mass Attack)
Metal General EX (Kirby's Return to Dream Land)
Similar to HR-H
Theme music

no music given

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An ancient war machine that somehow drifted into this universe from another dimension. What a dream battle!
— Vs. HR-D3 Pause Screen description in Kirby's Return to Dream Land

HR-D3, also known as Dedede Robo[Japanese title], is an extra-large robot boss which appears in Kirby Mass Attack's Kirby Quest mode and Kirby's Return to Dream Land's Extra Mode. It was originally intended to appear in the canceled title, Kirby for Nintendo GameCube.


HR-D3 is a giant robot that greatly resembles King Dedede. It is balanced on a piston, so it primarily jumps around as its main form of movement. It has one robotic hand, with the other hand being a power drill. It has lasers within its "eyes," a pilot's seat within its "head," and a huge beam cannon within its "mouth." In its original appearance, it is painted in King Dedede's color scheme and has his signature V-sign insignia on its chest; in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, it has the red-and-silver color scheme of Metal General EX, with an insignia resembling the general on its chest.

As shown in preview material for Kirby for Nintendo GameCube, King Dedede was originally piloting the robot, and it was being powered by Kirby's stolen Warp Star. The Dedede Robo only shows direct ties to King Dedede in Kirby Quest, where it has his insignia and Dedede is shown collapsed after its defeat. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, it is rechristened HR-D3; Metal General EX can be seen piloting the robot, though it does not appear to have an external power source as it did originally. The "D3" part of HR-D3 name is a reference to the pronunciation of "Dedede", while the "HR" part draws a parallel with HR-H from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Like HR-D3, HR-H is a humongous, transforming robot that is not native to Popstar.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

Dedede Robo appears in the Kirby Quest mode, as the last encounter in Chapter 2. It has 2,500 HP.

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

HR-D3 appears as its rebranded form in Extra Mode and can be fought again in The True Arena, and in the former it is fought directly after Metal General EX at the end of Egg Engines. If the fight with HR-D3 is lost, Metal General EX'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. HR-D3's pause screen description calls it "an ancient war machine" that "drifted in from another dimension," which is likely a reference to Another Dimension, but could also reference its origins in the canceled GameCube game.


Well into phase 2 of the fight, HR-D3 has suffered from serious damage and its innards are exposed.

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 EX 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.

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 EX 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 Metal General EX inside.

For the first phase of the fight, Grand Doomer's battle theme is used. For the second phase, the music switches to "Four-Headed Guardian Angel: Landia".


  • In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, unused textures relating to King Dedede can be found within HR-D3's files. These textures do not match with King Dedede's final model, so they are most likely left over from Kirby for Nintendo GameCube.[1]
  • In a Dedede Directory post about HR-H, Dedede mentions that there are robots in the same series that look like him, and that he's glad they have the same transformation feature, likely referring to HR-D3. He also refers to them as "the robots" in plural, which could mean that there are multiple instances of HR-D3 (perhaps explaining how HR-D3 ended up in Metal General EX's control).[2]


Names in other languages[edit]

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese デデデロボ[3][4]
Dedede Robo

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

Language Name Meaning
Japanese HRエイチアール - D3ディースリー
French HR-D3 -
German HR-D3 -
Italian HR-D3 -
Korean HR-D3
Spanish HR-D3 -


  1. Kirby's Return to Dream Land - The Cutting Room Floor
  2. "シリーズに登場するオレさま似のロボたちにも、変形機能があっても良かったな!" –King Dedede (Kirby JP Twitter)

    (Translation: "It's nice that the robots in this series who look like me also got that neat transformation feature!")
  3. 20th Anniversary Kirby Pupupu Encyclopedia. Page 117.
  4. Dedede Directory