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Heavy Lobster

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Heavy Lobster
KSSU Heavy Lobster artwork.png
Artwork of Heavy Lobster from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
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First game Kirby Super Star (1996)
Latest game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, as a spirit)
Other game(s) Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack (Kirby Brawlball)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (as a keychain)
Copy Abilities Paint (paint blobs)
Similar to Heavy Mole, Electro Shock Tank
Theme music

Clip of "Heavy Lobster" from Kirby Super Star Ultra

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This time we will succeed! Heavy Lobster, away!
— Captain Vul about Heavy Lobster in Revenge of Meta Knight - Chapter 5, Kirby Super Star Ultra

Heavy Lobster is a large, golden, mechanical, lobster-like boss most notable for his role protecting the Halberd in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra. Equipped with rocket boosters and flamethrowers, he has the ability to charge through walls and deploy miniature versions of himself (similar to Heavy Mole). Additionally, Heavy Lobster can shoot out a goopy substance that gives Kirby the Paint Copy Ability which can be used to blind Heavy Lobster. In Kirby Super Star Ultra, a more resilient silver variant of Heavy Lobster serves as the boss of the Mekkai stage in Milky Way Wishes.

Game appearances[edit]

Heavy Lobster's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby series
Kirby Super Star Boss
Kirby Super Star Ultra Boss As this is a remake of Kirby Super Star, his role does not change.
Kirby Mass Attack Boss Appears in the Sub-Game Kirby Brawlball.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Reference Appears as a collectible Keychain.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Appears as a primary spirit.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Kirby has blinded Heavy Lobster using Paint in Revenge of Meta Knight.

Heavy Lobster is fought twice in Revenge of Meta Knight. In his first encounter, Heavy Lobster is deployed by the Halberd's crew to stop Kirby from infiltrating the rocket valve of the Halberd. This first battle is cut short by the Halberd taking off, which blows both Kirby and Heavy Lobster away, destroying Heavy Lobster in the process. In the second encounter, Heavy Lobster is again deployed to stop Kirby, this time in the Halberd's cabin. This encounter begins with a chase sequence in which Heavy Lobster pursues Kirby through the ship, causing destruction to parts of the ship, much to the crew's dismay. The chase concludes with Heavy Lobster jumping up to engage Kirby in a standard boss battle. When defeated, the resulting explosion of Heavy Lobster causes the right wing of the Halberd to be destroyed. During this second fight, if Kirby uses the Paint ability, he can blind Heavy Lobster, rendering him unable to aim accurately. The crew of the Halberd will comment on this in dismay, in an exchange that can be considered an Easter egg.

Heavy Lobster is also fought in Milky Way Wishes, where he appears as the boss of Mekkai. He also appears as one of the boss battles in The Arena.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, a number of changes are made to the fights against Heavy Lobster. Notably, he is given a unique battle theme. During his second battle in Revenge of Meta Knight, the background wall is now destroyed upon Heavy Lobster's entrance, revealing the setting of the fight to take place in a bomb bay. This detail likely explains why the explosion of Heavy Lobster is able to take out the entire right wing of the Halberd. In Milky Way Wishes, his battle on Mekkai is changed to be more distinct from his second battle in Revenge of Meta Knight. In this revamped battle, he is now silver, has increased health, and is fought in a factory making more Heavy Lobsters.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Heavy Lobster also appears on a card in Kirby Card Swipe. He also appears as a boss in Helper to Hero in a battle identical to his battle in Milky Way Wishes. His battles in Revenge of Meta Knight and Milky Way Wishes are repeated in Meta Knightmare Ultra.

Attacks[edit]

Heavy Lobster's attacks in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra
Attack Description
Charge
Heavy Lobster crouches down, then charges towards Kirby and offscreen.
Flame Claw
Heavy Lobster opens his claws and flames shoot out for a while.
Mini Lobster
Heavy Lobster shoots a small version of himself, which can be inhaled and spat at him.
Paint Blob
Heavy Lobster shoots a small blob that hops slowly across the stage. It can be inhaled for the Paint ability.
Leap
Heavy Lobster jumps off-screen and falls back down, creating stars. If Kirby is behind him, this is the machine's best way of turning around.

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

The fight with Heavy Lobster in Kirby Brawlball.

Heavy Lobster serves as the third boss in the Sub-Game Kirby Brawlball. His attack patterns are similar to those in Kirby Super Star with a few modifications. Rather than spewing fire out of his claws, Heavy Lobster instead shoots bullets that burst into flames upon hitting the ground. Additionally, he fires three paint blobs at a time instead of one, which splatter and obscure the screen if hit. Furthermore, instead of launching Mini Lobsters through his claws like in previous appearances, Heavy Lobster now deploys them through his mouth. Alongside Mini Lobsters, Heavy Lobster also launches tracking missiles through his mouth. A Wheelie is present at the bottom of the arena, serving as an additional obstacle.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Heavy Lobster appears as a collectable Keychain, using his Kirby Super Star Ultra sprite.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Heavy Lobster appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a ★★ shield-type primary spirit with one support slot. His level 1 stats are 730 attack and 930 defense, and its level 99 stats are 2,940 attack and 3,740 defense.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Heavy Lobster
KRBaY Heavy Lobster artwork.png
Artwork of Heavy Lobster from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
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Debut episode Combat Kirby
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That monster is mechanical! Cook Kirby cannot stop it!
— Meta Knight regarding Heavy Lobster in Combat Kirby

Heavy Lobster appears as a monster in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode Combat Kirby. Here, it is sent by eNeMeE to destroy the Halberd before it has a chance to reach his fortress, arriving through a pod that latches on to Meta Knight's battleship. Once it arrives, Heavy Lobster proceeds to storm the halls of the ship and make its way toward the main engine room while the crew tries to stop it. Initial attacks via missile launcher and Cook Kirby fail to subdue it, but it is defeated at the last possible moment when Kirby uses the Ice Copy Ability to freeze it, allowing a subsequent missile blast to shatter the monster.

Heavy Lobster's appearance and size in the episode are largely consistent with its representation in the games. However, its powers vary slightly, as it primarily attacks by shooting explosive laser blasts from its claws and melting walls with its heat ray, abilities not present in the games.

Trivia[edit]

  • Heavy Lobster shares some similarities with Heavy Mole. They are both golden robots, have similar names, and shoot miniature versions of themselves.
  • The Electro Shock Tank present in the Attack Riders mode in Kirby Battle Royale heavily resembles Heavy Lobster.
  • In the Halberd trophy's description in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Heavy Lobster is mentioned, being referred to as "a shrimp-like robot."
  • Questions concerning Heavy Lobster's absence in Kirby: Planet Robobot were addressed on Miiverse during the third and final Kirby: Planet Robobot Ask-a-Thon. Shinya Kumazaki's explanation was that they had to carefully consider which enemies to bring back and how they fit the game balance, and while they thought it would be "nice to add some flavor from Kirby Super Star", they instead decided to use Kabula as the mechanical boss because it fit the shooting sequences.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヘビーロブスター
Hebī Robusutā
Heavy Lobster
French Homartilleur Lobstergunner
German Krabbonator Crabinator
Italian Mecharagosta Mechalobster
Korean 헤비 랍스타
Hebi Lapseuta
Heavy Lobster
Spanish Langosta Pesada Heavy Lobster