|“||Landia, the 4-headed guardian who sleeps in Haldera Volcano, has been revered as this planet's protector since ancient times...so why is it awake now? And looking this way so angrily?! Eep!||”|
— VS Landia Special Page in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Landia is an ancient dragon and the protector of ancient artifacts on Halcandra; most notably the Lor Starcutter and the Master Crown, the latter of which he wears on his highest head. He consists of four separate dragons which can combine into a single hydra-like entity or split apart again depending on circumstances. In addition to this power, Landia can also breathe fire, conjure up harmful gusts of wind, and generate electric fields, though some of these powers may be drawn from the Master Crown rather than Landia's own innate ability. Aside from this, Landia's main attack strategy is to dive at his opponents, either as one or separated.
Introduced in Kirby's Return to Dream Land as the boss of Dangerous Dinner, Landia has since reappeared in several Kirby games, most notably in the Team Kirby Clash series, where he and variants of him are fought multiple times. Despite appearing so often as an opponent, Landia is described as a benevolent guardian angel and protector, who only fights Kirby and his allies due to possession or misunderstanding. Outside of the Kirby games, Landia has appeared in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Spirit.
Landia resembles a classic dragon, but with four heads with large eyes (whose color changes based on circumstance) and beak-like mouths. When combined into a single dragon, Landia only has one larger body with primarily red-orange coloration and a single large pair or wings. He also has no forelimbs, but sports a single long tail with a red and purple-striped frill on the end. The horns and spikes on Landia's heads differ based on the position of the head, with the lowermost head being the least-adorned, the top crown-bearing head having the longest horns, and the side heads having asymmetrical horn patterns which mirror each-other. Each of Landia's heads bears a dark star-shaped mark on the faces, and the body has a mane of white hair covering the upper chest.
When split into four separate dragons, each of Landia's heads get their own bodies with their own sets of wings. As separate dragons, Landia's horns are all simplified and made identical, and the feet and tails are also simpler and stubbier. Notably, after being defeated by Kirby and losing the Master Crown in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Landia never re-merges into a single dragon for the remainder of the game, which may suggest that his ability to merge into one was a power granted by the crown.
Landia EX looks largely identical to his regular form, but bears a largely purple body color instead. Both this and his regular orange color are references to the Great Dragon's different colors in Kirby Super Star Ultra.
|Landia's video game appearances|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Boss, central antagonist, and supporting character||Landia is first introduced as an antagonist, but allies with Kirby and co. after Magolor's betrayal.|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Reference||Landia is one of several paintings that Paintra can draw.|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Final boss||Landia EX is the final boss of the Team Kirby Clash Sub-Game.|
Also represented by a Sticker.
|Team Kirby Clash Deluxe||Boss||Defeating Landia EX causes the credits to roll, even though there are still more Quests to go through afterward|
|Kirby Star Allies||Reference||Appears in the "FIGHT FOR THE CROWN!" and "The Shape of a Heart" Celebration Pictures.|
|Super Kirby Clash||Boss|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe||Boss, central antagonist, and supporting character||Reprises his role from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.|
|Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Spirit|
Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
|“||A four-headed dragon that sleeps on Halcandra, Landia has been revered as a protector since ancient times…until now.||”|
— VS Landia Special Page in Kirby's Return to Dream Land
|“||Landia has lived on Halcandra since ancient times, protecting the land and guarding the world’s most legendary items, but…||”|
— VS Landia EX Special Page in Kirby's Return to Dream Land
|“||Strong as it may be, even the crown's guardian, Landia, cannot fully control the overwhelming, terrible power to rule that swells within its legendary crown, said to be a creation of the ancients...||”|
— VS Landia EX Special Page in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Landia is introduced as an antagonist when Magolor takes Kirby and his friends to Halcandra using the Lor Starcutter. Upon arriving in Halcandra's sky, Landia immediately attacks the Lor and shoots it down using fireballs. Using this incident, Magolor convinces Kirby and his friends to go and defeat Landia in his perch atop Halcandra's tallest volcano, at the end of the level Dangerous Dinner. Magolor has a fair amount to say about Landia, describing him as "that crazy old dragon" or "a truly fearsome foe. Super fearsome, even", and suggests that Landia was asleep for a long time, but only recently awoke and started causing havoc. In truth, Landia sees Magolor as a threat because Magolor stole the Lor Starcutter from him and was also trying to take the dragon's Master Crown. With Kirby's unwitting help, Magolor is ultimately able to take the crown from Landia after he is defeated and use it to transform into a powerful villain aiming to conquer the galaxy.
In order to stop Magolor, Kirby and his friends team up with the dragon they had just defeated and chase after Magolor into Another Dimension. Landia gets Kirby and his friends past many obstacles and helps them defeat the Lor Starcutter (being puppeteered by Magolor). However, Kirby and his friends have to finish the job on their own after Landia gets knocked away by Magolor's energy attacks. Once Magolor is defeated and the crown destroyed, Landia rescues Kirby and his friends before they are engulfed by the shattering dimension around them and returned safely to Popstar. Landia then takes the recovered Lor Starcutter and returns to Halcandra with it.
As a boss
Landia is faced as the boss of Dangerous Dinner. During the first phase of the fight, he fights as the whole dragon. During the second phase, he splits up and attacks as the four smaller dragons, and the dragon wearing the crown takes more damage than the other three. They may recombine into their four-headed form during the second phase for certain attacks.
The following lists all of Landia's attacks in the Story Mode of Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Attacks in italics are used in the second phase of the fight only.
|Attacks - Story Mode|
|Landia fires individual fire balls from his mouths that cannot be inhaled.|
|Landia flies in close and performs three rapid spins, striking with his wings and his feet. The last strike leaves drop stars behind.|
|Landia dives in a maneuver that cannot be dodged using a crouch, leaving drop stars at the lowest point of the dive. When split into four, all four Landias dive across the stage, two at a time.|
Twin Breath Fire
|Landia breathes fire with two of his heads, covering much of the stage. In phase 2, Landia moves up and down while spouting flames instead of staying in one place.|
|Landia flaps his wings, creating a torrent of wind that pushes Kirby back, and also creates sharp cutter blades that can do damage and can't be inhaled.|
|Landia repositions and fires downward repeatedly, covering a large area systematically. The first and last shots leave drop stars.|
|Landia flies into a grid formation, and starts charging electricity between his bodies. He will either reposition or move about in a counterclockwise manner.|
|Landia forms a large fireball and tosses it around to his other parts. It then flies into the background, and crashes on the stage, leaving drop stars.|
*Attack names are from official Japanese strategy guides, unless otherwise stated.
In Extra Mode, Landia transforms into Landia EX when encountered. In this form, his color scheme is purple, and his attacks are generally faster and cover more ground.
|Attacks - Extra Mode|
|Landia flaps his wings, creating a torrent of wind that pushes Kirby back, and also creates sharp cutters that can do damage and can't be inhaled. Landia then circles around and performs this move again on the other side.|
|Landia flies in close and performs three rapid spins, striking with his wings and his feet. The last strike leaves drop stars behind. Faster than the normal counterpart.|
Additionally, Landia may do one tail attack, spit fire and repeat two more times.
|Landia dives in a maneuver that cannot be dodged using a crouch, leaving drop stars at the lowest point of the dive.|
Additionally, Landia might fly into the background before attempting to ram into Kirby, similar to one of Dyna Blade's attacks from Kirby Super Star.
When split into four, all four Landias dive across the stage, one at a time.
Twin Breath Fire
|Landia breathes fire with two of his heads, covering much of the stage. Landia moves side-to-side while performing this move and in phase 2, also moves up and down. Additionally, Landia may systematically use this move, then move to a different position and use it again.|
|Landia fires paired fire balls from his mouths that cannot be inhaled.|
Many more shots than the normal counterpart.
|Landia flies into a grid formation, and starts charging electricity between his bodies. He will either move from left-to-right and right-to-left while stopping the electric charge every-so-often or move about in a counterclockwise manner before stopping and reversing direction.|
|Landia forms a large fireball and tosses it around to his other parts, while moving closer in, then back out. The fireball then flies into the background, splits into three, and crashes on the stage, leaving drop stars.|
Quadruple Glide Attack
|Landia dives each of his bodies across the stage, one at a time.|
Fire Rain & Glide Attack
|Three of the Landias re-position and fire multiple shots downward repeatedly, covering a large area systematically. The first and last shots leave drop stars. Additionally, one of the dragons will perform a Glide Attack while this is happening.|
*Attack names are from official Japanese strategy guides, unless otherwise stated.
As an Ally
|“||Landia to the rescue in Planet Popstar's—no, the entire universe's—time of need! Joining up with Kirby, the dragon takes to battle!||”|
— Landia pause screen description in Kirby's Return to Dream Land
|“||Landia comes to the rescue in Planet Popstar's—no, the entire universe's—time of need! The dragon joins the battle with Team Kirby!||”|
— Landia pause screen description in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe)
In the level Another Dimension, the stages encountered prior to the fight with Magolor are traversed riding Landia, in a side-scrolling shooter section. He is considered a Last Battle Ability, similar to the Starship from Kirby Super Star.
|Landia's moveset in Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
Tap 1 repeatedly
|Landia fires rapid stars.|
Hold 1, release
|Landia fires a larger and more powerful star.|
1 + Shake Wii Remote, release
or 1 + press +Control Pad rapidly in different directions, release
|Landia fires 4 stars at once.|
|Landia charges forward, dealing damage while retaining temporary invincibility.|
Role in Merry Magoland
By defeating Landia in Story Mode, he will come to play at Merry Magoland, hovering just above the entrance to Checkerboard Chase. His likenesses in normal and EX forms also appear in the form of Dress-Up Masks, unlocked by defeating him in Story Mode and Extra Mode, respectively.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
|“||Dark clouds loom over the mountaintop... Prepare to fight the Four-Headed Guardian Angel!||”|
— Landia American English Quest description from Team Kirby Clash
|“||Dark clouds loom over the mountaintop... Prepare to fight the great four-headed guardian!||”|
— Landia British English Quest description from Team Kirby Clash
|“||The four-headed Guardian Angel has descended and unleashed its true power! Only you can stop it!||”|
— Landia EX American English Quest description from Team Kirby Clash
|“||The four-headed guardian has descended and unleashed its true power! Only you can stop it!||”|
— Landia EX British English Quest description from Team Kirby Clash
Landia appears as the penultimate (in normal form) and final (in EX form) boss of the Sub-Game Team Kirby Clash. His fights here are largely identical to his normal and EX fights in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, though he has significantly more health and tires out for a few seconds at the end of the "Formation Pass" attack. Once his EX form is defeated, the Sub-Game is complete.
Landia is also represented by his emblem as a collectible sticker. The Landia Emblem sticker is randomly-obtained.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe & Super Kirby Clash
|“||The brave Guardian Angel suddenly attacked the kingdom! Calm the dragon!||”|
— Landia's flavor text from Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Landia reprises his role in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash - his attacks and role in the story undiminished from before, though with even more health in order to provide more of a challenge for Team Kirby.
|“||The Guardian Angel brings his true power to the last, decisive ordeal!||”|
— Landia EX's flavor text from Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, Landia EX serves as the fifth Ordeal, and defeating him rolls the first credits sequence. In Super Kirby Clash, Landia EX serves as the seventh Story Quest Ordeal, and fights identically to his previous battle. He also appears in a Toughest-rank Party Quest.
- Main article: Parallel Landia
Bosses from Another Dimension invade the Dream Kingdom after the credits roll for the first time in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, one of them being Parallel Landia, a black-colored counterpart to Landia who is much more powerful and wears a black Master Crown.
Landia-themed equipment set for Sword Hero
- Main article: Magolor's Shoppe
The Landion blade and Landion Helm are the respective Rarity 9 (Rarity 11 in Super Kirby Clash) Weapon and Armor set for Sword Hero Kirby, sold at Magolor's Shoppe. Their designs are based on Landia himself.
Kirby Star Allies
Landia makes a small cameo in the "FIGHT FOR THE CROWN" and "The Shape of a Heart" Celebration Pictures. In the first one, he appears in bottom-left and bottom-right panels, while in the second, he occupies the left side.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Landia appears as an attack-type ★★ primary spirit with 3 support slots. His initial stats are 834 attack and 603 defense, but when leveled up to level 99, he has 3,372 attack and 2,442 defense. He can be obtained in five ways: summoning him using the spirits or cores of Nibbles and Fortitudo, battling him in World of Light, battling him via the Spirit Board, or purchasing him from the Shop, however the latter two methods require him to be obtained at least once before.
- Landia's eyes are green when first encountered, and turn red when furious. After being defeated, they turn blue, and stay that way throughout Another Dimension.
- Landia EX's eyes are dark magenta and Parallel Landia's eyes are yellow, but both gain red eyes when furious.
- Landia EX's Special Page in Kirby's Return to Dream Land indicates Landia guards more than one legendary item. Magolor EX's Special Page also mentions he stole the Lor Starcutter from Halcandra. The Lor could be another item that Landia was guarding besides the Master Crown.
- Landia's teeth are simply a texture on the inside of his mouths in earlier games, but in Super Kirby Clash and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, they are fully modeled, making them much easier to see.
- While Landia is male in English, they are referred to as both male and female in the German translations.
- Landia is also referred to as "it" by Magolor in his dialogue in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and in the original Team Kirby Clash Sub-Game.
- Landia EX and Magolor EX are the only bosses who visibly transform into their EX forms when encountered, rather than simply being in their upgraded form already. In Landia's case, he also reverts back to his original form after he is defeated. This may be because both characters are seen in pre-rendered cutscenes, and staying in their original forms until they are encountered allows for reuse of the original animations.
- Main article: Landia/gallery
No damage fight against Landia.
No damage fight against Landia EX.
Names in other languages
|Latin American Spanish||Landia
Name with title
4Tsu Kubi no Mamorigami Randia
|Four-Headed Guardian Angel, Landia|