The Halberd, full name Battleship Halberd, is a giant airship owned by Meta Knight. It possesses four bat-like wings (two on each side) and Meta Knight's mask built on the tip of the ship to display who it belongs to. On its main deck, the Halberd has a machine consisting of a laser cannon, a normal cannon that launches bombs and a robotic arm installed to protect the ship.
Kirby Super Star (Ultra)
- Main article: Revenge of Meta Knight
The Halberd first appeared in Kirby Super Star as the primary setting of Revenge of Meta Knight. In it, Meta Knight and his companions attempt to use it to assert absolute domination over Dream Land. As such, Kirby works to stop them from doing this, by launching repeated assaults on the battleship itself. The Halberd uses the bomb cannon and the laser to attack him, whereas the and the robotic hand holds bombs, which can give Kirby the Bomb Copy Ability. Kirby manages to damage the Halberd critically, forcing it to crash into the ocean.
Kirby: Squeak Squad
In Kirby: Squeak Squad, the Halberd is seen lying at the bottom of the ocean in the level Secret Sea, presumably where it had ended up after the events of Super Star. Several stages take place inside the warship, including the boss fight with Meta Knight. During this fight, the Halberd actually takes off again, serving as a transition to the final level, Gamble Galaxy. Here, the first stage takes place on the deck of the Halberd, though now in space, suggesting that the ship is capable of at least low orbital insertion.
Kirby's (Extra) Epic Yarn
- Main article: Battleship Halberd (Kirby's Epic Yarn)
The battleship serves as the final platforming stage in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn. Here, Kirby uses the Starship transformation in a horizontal-scrolling shooter level to take on the many enemies of the battleship. He also combats yarn versions of the Main Cannon #2 and the Reactor. The background music for this level is an acoustic, jazzy rendition of the exterior Halberd background music from Kirby Super Star (though the in-game description for the song's CD incorrectly states it as being from Kirby's Dream Land). A similar rendition of the same theme can be heard in a stage medley on the soundtrack for Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
- Main article: Halberd (Robobot Armor)
In the introductory cut-scene, Meta Knight orders the Halberd to attack the giant UFO sent down by the Haltmann Works Company to take over Pop Star. The battleship does not make it very far before it is shot down by a powerful laser from the UFO. Meta Knight is then captured by the Haltmann Works Company, but not before entrusting the Halberd to his crew for repairs.
Just before the final battle with Star Dream, Meta Knight returns with the Halberd, and asks Kirby to hop on board the ship. Kirby instead uses the Robobot Armor to scan it, forming the Robobot Halberd Mode. Using this new weapon, they battle Star Dream and its many forms in the space above Pop Star.
Super Smash Bros. series
The Halberd is a stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, & Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It also appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where it plays a major role in the plot of the Subspace Emissary, but is destroyed when a giant laser cannon shoots it down.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophy
|Name||Image||American English description||British English description|
|Halberd||Kirby's rival, the masked warrior Meta Knight, constructed this ship to conquer Dream Land. Just in case you forget who owns it, the ship's bow is designed to look like his mask. How is a small guy like Kirby supposed to defeat a battleship?! Maybe he'll find a way inside...||Kirby's rival, the masked swordsman Meta Knight, built this airship to take over Dream Land. Just so you don't forget who owns it, the ship's bow was designed to look like his mask. How's a little guy like Kirby supposed to take on such a giant battleship?! Guess he'll just have to find a way inside...|
Role in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
|I have been working on this since my arrival here in Dream Land! Sword Knight and Blade Knight helped me a great deal! They were sworn to secrecy of course. It is called...Battleship Halberd!|
— Meta Knight, in Cappy Town Down
The Halberd features prominently in the last three episodes of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Here, it was constructed in secret by Meta Knight and his apprentices Sword Knight and Blade Knight, who have been working on it ever since they first arrived in Dream Land. The purpose of this project was to construct a weapon powerful enough to take on eNeMeE and his massive space station. Its existence is not revealed to the rest of the Dream Landers until Cappy Town Down, right after Cappy Town is destroyed by an invading Destroya sent by Night Mare Enterprises. The Cappies are reluctant to help man the ship at first, but when even more Destroyas come to pulverize Dream Land, Kit Cosmos arrives and persuades them to join in.
From there, the Halberd takes off and shows off its power by destroying every Destroya with a single shot from its mighty cannons. The Halberd then flies into outer space and initiates warp speed to travel to eNeMeE's Fortress. On the way, it is attacked by Heavy Lobster, but Kirby and the crew mange to destroy it before it damages the main engine. Once the Halberd arrives at the fortress, it is set upon by the defensive turrets and Destroya armada. These prove to be too much for the Halberd to handle on its own, but backup comes in the form of three rogue Destroyas piloted by Kirby's allies. The Halberd manages to make it into the fortress and deliver its crew intact to the interior chamber, but it is eventually destroyed when more turret fire and Destroyas eventually do it in. The explosion from the ship does manage to take out the last of the defenses inside the fortress, however.
Differences from the games
The Halberd is portrayed very differently from its appearances in the video games. While it retains its primary structure, it lacks the wings that define the ship in its other appearances, and has an overall smoother and bulkier design. It is also not run on Wheelie power, but instead features a singular main engine that is powered by an unknown fuel source. It also lacks a Reactor. Most notably, the Halberd in the anime has much more potent fire power, as its cannons are able to shoot down giant spaceships in one go, whereas the cannons on the Halberd in the games are unable to shoot down Dyna Blade before Kirby manages to board.
King Dedede and Escargoon manage to catch a glimpse of the Halberd underneath their castle.
- Halberd's name may come from HAL Laboratory, the developer of most Kirby games, and bird, suggesting the fact that Halberd can fly. It might also stem from the ancient weapon known as a halberd.
Names in other languages
|Spanish||Hal Abarda||From HAL and alabarda (halberd)|
|Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn|
|Friends||Angie ・Beadrix ・Buster ・Carrie ・Chaise Woole ・Dom Woole ・Loomis Woole ・Mara ・Prince Fluff ・Zeke|
|Sub-Games||Zeke's Hide-and-Seek ・Beadrix's Run ・Carrie's Transport ・Buster's Training ・Mara's Race ・Devilish Mode ・Dedede Gogogo ・Slash & Bead|
|Bosses||Fangora ・Hot Wings ・Squashini ・Capamari ・King Dedede ・Meta Knight ・Yin-Yarn ・Mega Yin-Yarn|
|Car ・Parachute ・Pendulum ・Sleigh ・Snake ・Submarine ・Top ・Weight ・Minor Yarn Transformations|
|Digger ・Dolphin ・Fire Engine ・Off-Roader ・Rocket ・Saucer ・Spin Boarder ・Star Shooter ・Tankbot ・Train|
|Areas and Stages||Patch Land||Quilty Square||Kirby's Pad ・Patch Castle ・Quilty Court ・Fabric Shop ・Furniture Shop・Patch Plaza|
|Grass Land||Fountain Gardens ・Flower Fields ・Rainbow Falls ・Big-Bean Vine ・Fangora ・Mole Hole ・Weird Woods|
|Hot Land||Pyramid Sands ・Lava Landing ・Cool Cave ・Dino Jungle ・Hot Wings ・Temper Temple ・Dusk Dunes|
|Treat Land||Toy Tracks ・Mushroom Run ・Sweets Park ・Melody Town ・Squashini ・Cocoa Station ・Dark Manor|
|Water Land||Splash Beach ・Blub-Blub Ocean ・Secret Island ・Deep-Dive Deep ・Capamari ・Boom Boatyard ・Fossil Reef|
|Snow Land||Snowy Fields ・Cozy Cabin ・Mt. Slide ・Frosty Wheel ・King Dedede ・Frigid Fjords ・Evergreen Lift|
|Space Land||Future City ・Tube Town ・Mysterious UFO ・Stellar Way ・Meta Knight ・Moon Base ・Outer Rings|
|Dream Land||Whispy's Forest ・Tempest Towers ・Cloud Palace ・Castle Dedede ・Yin-Yarn ・Meta Melon Isle ・Battleship Halberd|
|Regular Enemies||Amprey ・Anemonee ・Balloon Waddle Dee ・Battins ・Big Waddle Dee ・Blast Mariner ・Blipper ・Bobber Clod ・Boinger ・ Bomber ・Bow Waddle Dee ・Bronto Burt ・Buttonbee ・Buttonbug ・Buttonfly ・Cannon Mariner ・Cannon Soldier ・Calderon ・Candlemander ・Chilly ・Cutfish ・Cyclod ・Dandan ・Danglerfish ・Dropso ・Emba ・Embaconda ・Embird ・Flamer ・Freezo ・Gator ・Gordo ・Grizzo ・Jelly Jr. ・Kracko ・Li'l Kracko ・Magmotamus ・Octopea ・Ooki ・Orbitfly ・Rolling Clod ・Sawgill ・Scarfy ・Sea Jelly ・Shelby ・Shotzo ・Slobba ・Sneak Sack ・Snip-Snap ・Soocher ・Space Jelly ・Space Kracko ・Space Reactor ・Spear Mariner ・Spear Soldier ・Spear Waddle Dee ・Spore Jelly ・Stogue ・Sulkworm ・Swadclod ・Sword Mariner ・Sword Soldier ・Truck Monster ・Twiggy Woods ・UFO ・Uniclod ・Waddle Dee ・Waddle Doo ・Whistle Mariner ・Whistle Soldier ・Wicked Willow|
|Devils||Me-Devil ・We-Devil ・Ye-Devil|
|Ravel Abilities||Bobbin ・Button ・Knitting Needles ・Marking Pins ・Nylon ・Wire|
|Note: Stages in bold are level boss stages.|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot|
|Playable Characters||Kirby ・Meta Knight|
|Levels||Patched Plains ・Resolution Road ・Overload Ocean ・Gigabyte Grounds ・Rhythm Route ・Access Ark ・Mind in the Program|
|Bosses||Regular||Gigavolt ・ Clanky Woods ・ C.O.G.S. ・ Holo Defense API ・Susie ・Core Kabula ・Mecha Knight ・Dedede Clone ・Dedede Clones & D3 ・ Gigavolt II ・ Mecha Knight+ ・President Haltmann ・Star Dream|
|Meta Knightmare Returns||Stock Mecha Knight ・Dark Matter Clone ・Sectonia Clone ・Galacta Knight Returns|
|The True Arena||Star Dream Soul OS|
|Team Kirby Clash||Gigant Edge ・Mr. Frosty ・Whispy Woods ・Pyribbit ・Landia ・Landia EX|
|Mid-Bosses||Blocky ・Bonkers ・Dubior ・Kibble Blade ・King Doo ・Invader Armor ・Masher ・Miasmoros ・Security Force ・Telepathos|
|Copy Abilities||Standard||Archer ・Beam ・Bomb ・Circus ・Cutter ・Doctor ・ESP ・Fighter ・Fire ・Hammer ・Ice ・Jet ・Leaf ・Mirror ・Ninja ・Parasol ・Poison ・Smash Bros. ・Spark ・Stone ・Sword ・UFO ・Wheel ・Whip|
|Limited Use||Crash ・Mike ・Sleep|
|Robobot Armor Modes||Beam ・Bomb ・Cutter ・ESP ・Fire ・Ice ・Jet ・Mike ・Parasol ・Spark ・Stone ・Sword ・Wheel ・Halberd|
|Team Kirby Clash||Beam Mage ・Doctor Healmore ・Hammer Lord ・Sword Hero|
|Enemies||Bar Waddle Dees ・ Barbar ・ Blade Knight ・ Blipper ・ Bomber ・ Bouncy (Kirby 3D Rumble) ・ Bronto Burt ・Broom Hatter ・ Cappy ・ Capsule J3 ・ Chilly ・ Chip ・ Chippurus ・ Clown Acrobot ・ Como ・ Covered Looker ・ Craby ・ Cyborg Flotzo ・ Degout ・ Dekabu ・ Dice ・ Driver Waddle Dee ・ Elec ・ Esper ・ Flamer ・Foley ・ Gabon ・ Galbo ・ Gigatzo ・ Glunk ・ Grand Propeller ・ Grandy ・ Grizzo ・ Haltworker ・ Hot Head ・ Iron Ball ・ Iron Hammer ・ Kabu ・ Key Dee ・ Knuckle Joe ・ Labotory ・ Leafan ・ Mamanti ・ Metal Acro ・ Moonja ・ Mumbies ・ Noddy ・ Pacto ・ Parasol Waddle Dee ・ Chemitory ・ Poppy Bros. Jr. ・ Prism Ball ・ Propeller ・ Rocky ・ Scarfy ・ Security Laser ・ Shelt ・ Shotzo ・ Simirror ・ Sir Kibble ・ Sleepy Turtle ・ Soarar ・ Sparky ・ Spear Waddle Dee (Kirby 3D Rumble) ・ Spring Note ・ Spynum ・ Squishy ・ UFO ・ Venog ・ Vol ・ Waddle Dee ・ Waddle Doo ・ Walf ・ Walker Waddle Dee ・ Walky ・ Wester ・ Wheelie ・ Whippy ・ Yesman|
|Sub-Games||Team Kirby Clash ・Kirby 3D Rumble ・Meta Knightmare Returns ・The Arena ・The True Arena|
|Kirby: Right Back at Ya!|
|Recurring characters||Blade Knight • Captain Waddle Doo • Chef Kawasaki • Doctor Yabui • eNeMeE • Escargoon • Fololo & Falala • Kabu • King Dedede • Kirby • Lady Like • Meta Knight • N.M.E. Sales Guy • Sir Ebrum • Sword Knight • Tiff • Tokkori • Tuff • Waddle Dees|
|Cappies||Biblio • Buttercup • Chief Bookem • Doron • Gengu • Gus • Hana • Honey • Iro • Mabel • Mayor Len Blustergas • Melman • Professor Curio • Samo • Spikehead • Tuggle|
|Side characters||Acore • Air Riders • Benikage • Biggy, Boney, and Sleepy • Bonkers • Chef Nagoya • Chef Shiitake • Coo • Dyna Blade • Dyna Chick • Escargoon's mother • Fang • Island Sisters • Joe • Kine • Kit Cosmos • Knuckle Joe • Mr. Chip • Pengy (and the Pengys) • Princess Rona • Rick • Rowlin • Sir Gallant • Sirica • Star Warriors • Whales • Whispy Woods • Minor characters|
(excluding those from the Pilot or other small appearances)
|Amon • Anige • Belly Buster • Blocky • Broom King • Bugzzy • Chilly • Chimera Dinosaurs • Chuckie • Cobgoblin • Crab Monster • Crowemon • Danger • Dedede Doll • Dedede Stone • Delivery Man • Demon Frog • Dirk, Kirk, and Smirk • Doctor Moro • Domestic Servant Robot • Drifter • Ebifryer • Electronic Pet • Erasem • Escar-droid • Fire Lion • Flame Feeder • Fridgy • Fryclops • Gabon • Galbo • Ghost Monster • Great Sea Slug Monster • Hardy • Head Cold Monsters • Heavy Anaconda • Heavy Lobster • Honker Stomper • Ice Dragon Robot • Ice Dragon • Kirisakin • Kracko • Lobzilla • Lovely • Maimaigon • Martial Arts All-Stars • Masher • Masher 2.0 • Max Flexer • Mole Monster • Monsieur Goan • Mosugaba • Mumbies • Noddy • Octacon • Ozomashii • Paint Roller • Phan Phan • Popon • Pukey Flower • Red Viper • Rekketsu • Sasuke • Scarfy • Slice n' Splice • SlicerDicer • Squishy • Susshi • Teacher Creature • Togeira • Tornadon • Trash Basher • Walky • Wheelie • Whippy • Windwhipper • WolfWrath • Yamikage|
|Copy Abilities||Baton • Bomb • Cleaning • Cook • Crash • Cutter • Fighter • Fire • Hammer • Ice • Iron • Jet • Kabuki • Mike • Mirror • Needle • Ninja • Paint • Parasol • Spark • Star Rod • Stone • Sword (Galaxia) • Throw • Top • Tornado • Water • Wheel • Wing|
|Places||Babagahara • Booma-Dooma Volcano • Castle Dedede • Cappy Town • Dedede Academy • Dream Land • Dyna Blade's Nest • Eastern Forest • eNeMeE's Fortress • Haunted mansion • Island of Kit Cosmos • Kabu Canyon • Kawasaki's • Kirby's house • Royal Acadddemy of Arts • Whispy Woods Forest|
|Extra||Armored Vehicle • Channel DDD • Destroya • Dream Land Princess • Galaxia • Grasshopper Eavesdropper • Kihon wa Maru • Kirby: Fright to the Finish • Kirby: Right Back at Ya! (song) • Kirby! (opening theme) • Kirby ★ March • Kirby ☆ Step! • Kirby of the Stars ending skits • Kirby's Starship • Halberd • Night Mare Enterprises • Night Mare Enterprises Teleporter • Phantom Star Gerath • Royal Racecar • Watermelon • Warp Star|