The Halberd is a giant airship owned by Meta Knight. It first appeared in Kirby Super Star and later in its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra, as well as appearing in Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby: Planet Robobot. 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.
- 1 Description
- 2 Game Appearances
- 3 Role in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Names in other languages
The Halberd 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. When Kirby fights against this machine in Super Star or Super Star Ultra, it 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 Super Star (Ultra)
- Main article: Revenge of Meta Knight
The Halberd debuted in this installment 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, eventually critically damaging it and 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 Epic Yarn / 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 serves as a stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, & Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In addition, the Halberd plays a major role as a battleship in The Subspace Emissary.
Trophy Descriptions from the Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
|Halberd||SNES Kirby Super Star (NTSC) Kirby's Fun Pak (PAL)||Meta Knight's battleship, built to help Meta Knight take control of Dream Land. It's crewed by Meta Knight and the Meta-Knights and is equipped with the Combo Cannon and a shrimplike robot called the Heavy Lobster. Kirby destroys the ship's reactor, causing the Wheelies who power the ship to flee. In the end, the ship crashes into the sea while the sun sets in the background.|
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
|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!
- 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)|