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Hornhead

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Hornhead
SKC Hornhead Art.png
In-game artwork of Hornhead from Super Kirby Clash.
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Debut game Kirby: Triple Deluxe (2014)
Latest game Super Kirby Clash (2019)
Other game(s) Kirby Battle Royale (reference)
Kirby Fighters 2 (reference)
Copy Ability Beetle
Similar to Bugzzy, Beetley
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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 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.

Game appearances[edit]

Hornhead's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Mid-Boss
Kirby Battle Royale Reference One of the Rare Outfits for Beetle Kirby bears his likeness.
Super Kirby Clash Boss
Kirby Fighters 2 Reference The same Rare Outfit from Kirby Battle Royale returns.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Hornhead made his 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.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Hornhead can be found in the following levels and stages:

Hornhead locations in Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Fine Fields No No No Yes N/A No N/A N/A
Lollipop Land No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Old Odyssey No No No No No N/A No N/A
Wild World Yes No No No No N/A No N/A
Endless Explosions No No No No Yes N/A No N/A
Royal Road No No No No Yes N/A Yes No

Super Kirby Clash[edit]

Hornhead appears on the Seaside, and is quite angry.
The first quest! Defeat the huge Hornhead wreaking havoc in the Seaside!
— Story 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.

Attacks[edit]

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  
Attack Description Variants
Horn Flurry 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 he orients downward, then falls quickly to the ground, stabbing his horn against the ground and pulling it off, tossing a ball of dirt as a projectile.

Cameo appearances[edit]

In Kirby Battle Royale, one of the Rare Outfits for Beetle Kirby is based on Hornhead, costing 750 Battle Coins. It returns in Kirby Fighters 2, where it is unlocked at a Fighters Rank of 69.

In the Kirby novel series[edit]

An illustration of Hornhead from Kirby: Uproar at the Kirby Café?!.

In the Kirby novel series, Hornhead is briefly mentioned in Kirby: Big Race in Pupupu Land!. He is one of the "cool" pets that Kizario's friends owned, which made them tease him about Peperon.

Hornhead also makes an appearance in Kirby: Uproar at the Kirby Café?!. He leads a group of Beetleys that was called by an alarm after Kirby touches a spider's web. After questioning Kirby and King Dedede about their motives and being informed that they want to take the Green Spider Grass, Hornhead becomes mad at their want to steal the insects treasure and orders the Beetleys to attack them. When the insects defeat Kirby and Dedede in a battle, Hornhead orders the Beetleys to throw them in jail. Later, Hornhead becomes angry finding out that Kirby and Dedede are in the pantry. He calls them to get back into their jail cell, but they are to busy eating to bother. Hornhead pushes Kirby with his horn, and Kirby screams at him. Kirby inhales Hornhead and gets the Beetle copy ability.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヘルメホーン
Herumehōn
Helmehorn
Traditional Chinese 盔角蟲
kuī jiǎo chóng
Helmet Horn Beetle
Simplified Chinese 盔角虫
kuī jiǎo chóng
Dutch Hornhead -
French Têtacorne Hornhead
German Hornramm Hornram
Italian Capocorno Hornhead
Korean 혼헤드
Honhedeu
Hornhead
Spanish Cornucasco Hornhelmet