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Havoc Aboard the Halberd

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Havoc Aboard the Halberd
Various arrangements of the "Havoc Aboard the Halberd" theme.
Debut appearance Kirby Super Star (1996)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other appearance(s) Kirby Air Ride
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (paired cover)
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U (paired cover)
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (paired cover)
Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn (paired cover)
Kirby Fighters 2
Kirby's Dream Buffet
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa[1]
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This article is about one of the musical themes related to the Halberd. For the game where this theme originated, see Revenge of Meta Knight. For the similar theme that plays alongside this one, see Boarding the Halberd.

"Havoc Aboard the Halberd"[2] is a musical track that debuted in Kirby Super Star, playing in Revenge of Meta Knight. It is a fast-paced and suspenseful theme that has come to be associated with the Halberd in general, and has reappeared in a few notable Kirby titles since its inception, often paired with its sister track, Boarding the Halberd. The theme includes the "Kirby's Triumphant Return" motif in its composition, and it shares some commonalities with "King Dedede's Theme".


Kirby causes havoc on the Halberd.

In its original form, "Havoc Aboard the Halberd" teeters between A minor and A-sharp minor, running at a swift pace of 166 BPM in 4/4 time. With a bassline made up of almost entirely low sixteenth notes and a melody that rarely uses even a full quarter note, the theme is incredibly swift in its tense, yet jazzy tone. The theme opens with a few pairs of brief intervals, and where the loop starts they are joined shortly by the first melody which repeats an ascending four, descending six pattern. This repeats with a slightly different ending to transition into the next segment, which eventually moves up to A flat minor. After this, a longer rising segment takes over before everything but the second half of the last segment repeats again. The rising melody goes back down for a moment, and then produces a build-up to "Kirby's Triumphant Return", which is played twice. The second time, the final note of "Kirby's Triumphant Return" is held considerably longer before the guest motif finally yields to the loop point.

This pattern of playing the first part of a track twice, sometimes with slight variations before yielding to another section, appears to be an especially common trait between pieces of Jun Ishikawa's music from Kirby Super Star, such as "Gourmet Race", "Crystal Area", and "Vs. Marx".

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

As mentioned above, this track can be heard in several places in Revenge of Meta Knight, specifically in the stages following instances of the ship taking damage. It can also be heard in Milky Way Wishes, on planet Halfmoon, and in Kirby Super Star Ultra's Revenge of the King, in The Revenge. The track appears in the Sound Test as track 43 in the original and track 52 in the remake.

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

The original version from Kirby Super Star can be unlocked and then used as an alternate track in Magma Flows. It can be found as track 16 in the Sound Test, where it is titled "Kirby Super Star: Revenge of Meta Knight 1".

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a jazzy version of this track, titled "Meta Knight's Revenge", is used as a default theme for the Halberd stage, and can also be heard in sections of The Subspace Emissary. Here, it is directly combined with its sister theme, being the first time the two were fused into a single musical track.

This remix along with the Halberd stage reappear in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, the last section of the song is incorporated as part of the song "VS. Star Dream", used in the fight against Star Dream to denote that the Halberd is involved in the battle.

The original Kirby Super Star version of the theme plays on Access Ark - Stage 7 EX. It's available as track 132 in the Jukebox.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

The original track of "VS. Star Dream" accompanies the "Robobot Memories" Celebration Picture, once again featuring the same motif taken from "Havoc Aboard the Halberd". It can be found as track 149 in the Kirby Star Allies Jukebox as of Version 4.0.0.

An orchestral arrangement of "Vagrant Counting Song of Retrospection" and "VS. Star Dream" plays when player 1 fights Morpho Knight as Susie in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! and Soul Melter (EX) of The Ultimate Choice. "Havoc Aboard the Halberd" is once again incorporated into the "VS. Star Dream" part of the medley itself. This remix is named 幼き日に視たデウス・エクス・マキナ (Deus Ex Machina at a Young Age) in Kirby Star Allies: The Original Soundtrack. The medley is also arranged by Hirokazu Ando and can be found as track 183 in the Kirby Star Allies Jukebox as of Version 4.0.0.

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn[edit]

While absent from Kirby's Epic Yarn, "Havoc Aboard the Halberd" appears in the 3DS port within the Sub-Game Slash & Bead. It has once again been paired with its companion song Boarding The Halberd. This remix was arranged by either Akihiro Juichiya or Soshiro Hokkai.[3]

Super Kirby Clash[edit]

In Super Kirby Clash, a remix of "Deus Ex Machina at a Young Age" plays during the Super Party Quest in the Decisive Battlefield against Pres. Parallel Susie.

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

In Kirby Fighters 2, "Havoc Aboard the Halberd" is included as part of the medley that plays during the fight against Waning Crescent Masked Dedede & Waxing Crescent Masked Meta Knight and the regular music for the Stage of the Partners Who Shook the Heavens, along with Boarding the Halberd, VS. Meta Knight, and Masked Dedede's Theme. The medley is simply called "Stage of the Partners Who Shook the Heavens" and was arranged by Hirozaku Ando.[4]

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

A remix of this track titled "Revenge of Steel Wings" can be unlocked at Gourmet Rank 26 as a music theme for Races. In this version, it is once again paired with "Boarding the Halberd". It is arranged by Hirokazu Ando.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, "Stage of the Partners Who Shook the Heavens" from Kirby Fighters 2 plays in Galacta Knight's first phase if player 1 is King Dedede or Meta Knight.

Other appearances[edit]

"Havoc Aboard the Halberd" has been performed live in the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert, along with its sibling theme.

"Havoc Aboard the Halberd" is featured as the second track in the "Revenge of Meta Knight Medley" in Taiko no Tatsujin.


  • A fan-made arrangement of "Havoc Aboard the Halberd" along with "Boarding the Halberd" (titled "Meta Knight's Revenge" like the Super Smash Bros. Brawl arrangement), arranged by Charlie Rosen & Button Masher and performed by The 8-Bit Big Band, won a 2022 Grammy Award in the category "Best Arrangement - Instrumental or A Capella".[5]

Video gallery[edit]

Video of the "Revenge of Meta Knight Medley" in Taiko no Tatsujin Yellow Ver.

Names in other languages[edit]

Havoc Aboard the Halberd[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 戦艦ハルバード:艦内
Senkan Harubādo: Kannai
Battleship Halberd: Interior

Revenge of Steel Wings[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Revenge of Steel Wings
Chinese Revenge of Steel Wings
Dutch De wraak van de metalen vleugels The revenge of metal wings
French La vengeance des ailes d'acier The revenge of the steel wings
German Die Rache der stählernen Flügel The Revenge of the steel Wings
Italian La rivincita delle ali d'acciaio The revenge of the steel wings
Korean Revenge of Steel Wings
Portuguese A vingança das asas de aço The revenge of the steel wings
Spanish La venganza de las alas de acero The revenge of the steel wings


  1. Kirby: Planet Robobot Jukebox
  2. Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Compilation Soundtrack, King Dedede & Meta Knight Medley Sheet Music - Kirby Portal (official website)
  3. Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn staff credits; these staff members are credited under "Music and Sound Effects" in the port's staff roll, while the original staff of Kirby's Epic Yarn credited former Good-Feel member Tomoya Tomita and sound designers Jun Ishikawa, Hirokazu Ando, and Tadashi Ikegami.
  4. Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Jukebox
  5. "2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show: Complete Nominations List" - Grammy Awards Official Website