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 / 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 Epic Yarn / Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
- Main article: Battleship Halberd (stage)
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 the Halberd cannons 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 in the American version incorrectly states it as being from Kirby's Dream Land). A similar acoustic rendition of the same theme can be heard in a stage medley on the soundtrack for Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
- See also: Halberd Mode
In the introductory cutscene, Meta Knight orders the Halberd to attack the planet-sized spaceship sent down by the Haltmann Works Company to take over Popstar. The battleship does not make it very far before it is shot down by a powerful laser from the colossal spaceship. 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 Armor Halberd Mode. Using this new weapon, they battle Star Dream and its many forms in space above Popstar. Towards the end of the battle, Meta Knight ejects Kirby and the Robobot Armor from the ship, undoing the fusion and returning the Halberd to normal. It is seen again in the ending cutscene, where Kirby waves at it before chasing it.
Super Smash Bros. series
The Halberd is a stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 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
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|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 "halberd".
Names in other languages
Sometimes romanized as "Halbird".
|Spanish||Hal Abarda||From HAL and alabarda (halberd)|