Hornhead is a giant rhinoceros beetle-like Mid-Boss with an indigo carapace, four legs with cup-like feet that are larger on the hind legs, and a massive triceratops-like horn for a face with two brown eyes inset. Like an actual beetle, he has wings and can fly, but he tends to stay on the ground most of the time, where he will attempt to ram Kirby or grab him with his horn. Hornhead grants the Beetle Copy Ability when ingested.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Hornhead made its first appearance in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, first appearing in Stage 4 of Fine Fields. He serves as a mid-boss and grants the Beetle ability when swallowed. His attacks include charging, swiping with his horn, grabbing Kirby with his horn, and flying about. He also has a yellow variant called Hornhead DX which is more powerful and has access to additional moves, such as the ability to perform a Hardhead Slam from the air and shoot beams from his horn.
Kirby battles a Hornhead with the Archer ability in Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Super Kirby Clash
|Hornhead, a friendly resident of the local forest, grew up big and started wreaking havoc on the Seaside! Why?|
— Party Quest caption for Hornhead from Super Kirby Clash
Hornhead returns after a five-year absence from the series to serve as the first encounter in the game, where he is fought in the Seaside. For this appearance, Hornhead has been made larger, and given a larger variety of attacks (though he only uses these in subsequent encounters). Hornhead is faced in a total of seven different quests, among them also appearing as part of Team Tough Stuff and Team Triple Threat.
The following are all of Hornhead's attacks in Super Kirby Clash. Note that attack names are conjectural:
|Hornhead's attacks in Super Kirby Clash|
|Horn Attack||Hornhead swipes with his horn.||The number of swipes and how much forward he moves depends on the difficulty of the encounter.|
|Charge||Hornhead steps back, then charges to one end of the screen. Upon hitting the side of the screen, his horn gets stuck for a moment.||He may grab any Kirby he runs into with his horn to toss him.|
|Flight||Hornhead opens his elytra and takes flight before landing elsewhere.||Hornhead's flight patterns can vary.|
|Horn Beam||Hornhead throws out crescent-shaped beams from his horn which travel in a straight path.||The number of beams thrown out can vary. Hornhead may also do this while flying.|
|Hardhead Slam||From the air, Hornhead stalls for a moment as it orients downward, then falls quickly to the ground.|
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