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Lor Starcutter
KRtDLD Lor Starcutter artwork.png
Artwork of the Lor Starcutter from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Game(s) Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages, cameo)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (reference)
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (cameo)
Kirby: Planet Robobot (reference)
Kirby Star Allies (cameo)
Kirby's Dream Buffet (reference)
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Inhabitant(s) Magolor
Theme Music

Clip of the music that primarily plays inside the Lor Starcutter in Kirby's Return to Dream Land

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This article is about the Lor Starcutter in a general context. For the boss fight with the Lor Starcutter in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, see Lor & Magolor.
The Lor Starcutter is a spaceship that serves as the headquarters for your adventure. As you gather Energy Spheres, new sub-games and challenge stages (in which you must use specific Copy Abilities) will become available to play here. Find all the Energy Spheres you can!
— Kirby's Return to Dream Land manual

The Lor Starcutter (sometimes shortened to Lor) is a technologically advanced flying ship which serves as a location, as well as a boss, in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and its remake. It is piloted by Magolor, who claims to have found it abandoned in a volcano on Halcandra. In the opening cutscene for the game, the Lor Starcutter crashes on Popstar, causing it to lose the oars, the left wing, the right wing, the mast, the emblem, and all 120 Energy Spheres. In order for it to fly again, Kirby and his friends must collect all of the missing parts. Once the Lor Starcutter has all parts restored, the Lor Starcutter is able to travel through dimensions to reach Halcandra, where it was originally salvaged.

The Lor Starcutter serves as a safe area Kirby can visit in-between his journeys in the game. Entering the Lor Starcutter leads to the main room with Magolor, as well as the ship's main console. The Copy Rooms are located to the left in the ship, the Challenge Stages to the right, and the Sub-Games can be accessed by either going to the left or right hallway and going down a ladder. However, all of those need a certain number of Energy Spheres to access, and access to any of the rooms requires that Kirby find the Oars (complete Level 1: Cookie Country).

Additionally in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, the Lor Starcutter also appears in Merry Magoland, docked at the western portion of the park after Kirby has defeated Grand Doomer in the main story.


The following is spoken word for word by Magolor once Kirby has collected all 120 Energy Spheres:

The Lor is a legendary Halcandran vessel crafted by the ancients. It's said that an incredible power was used to construct it. And that the ancients used that same power to craft countless other legendary creations. I excavated this ship from the volcano where Landia dwells and repaired it. And I couldn't help but make a few upgrades before taking it for a spin. Legend also says that this ship has a mind of its own. I'm not so sure. But I'm hoping it will speak to me someday, if I take good care of it.
— Magolor

It can be seen that the Lor Starcutter has a mind of its own when it rescues Kirby and company after Magolor is defeated. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, the Special Page for Lor EX & Magolor states that the Lor sensed something was amiss when it met Magolor, and that it may be deliberately holding back its true power to help Kirby defeat him.

In the Wii version's Extra Mode, Magolor EX's Special Page states that he stole both the Lor and the Master Crown from their "sacred resting places on Halcandra". This aligns with his claim that he excavated the ship from Landia's volcano, and suggests a link between the two artifacts. Other dialogue from Magolor in Extra Mode strongly implies that the same ancients who built the Lor also built Nova from Kirby Super Star and the Star Rod from Kirby's Adventure.

Locations and Unlock Requirements[edit]

The main deck of the Lor, with its crew having been knocked about by Landia.

The Lor Starcutter contains many rooms which are unlocked by collecting Energy Spheres. These rooms can be sorted into three basic types: Challenge Stages, Sub-Games, and Copy Ability Rooms. The following charts list all of the rooms that can be unlocked inside the Lor, and their Energy Sphere requirements. Note that the list differs between Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.

Lor Starcutter Unlockables in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Unlockable Type Req.
Challenge1Sword Challenge Challenge1Challenge Stage 7
Sub1Ninja Dojo Sub1Sub-Game 15
Copy1Copy Ability Room 1
(Cutter, Leaf, Needle, Fire, Sword)
Copy1Copy Ability Room 20
Challenge2Whip Challenge Challenge2Challenge Stage 25
Sub2Scope Shot Sub2Sub-Game 30
Challenge3Hi-Jump Challenge Challenge3Challenge Stage 35
Copy2Copy Ability Room 2
(Stone, Parasol, Whip, Beam, Spark)
Copy2Copy Ability Room 40
Challenge4Bomb Challenge Challenge4Challenge Stage 50
Copy3Copy Ability Room 3
(Spear, Bomb, Tornado, Hi-Jump, Water)
Copy3Copy Ability Room 60
Challenge5Water Challenge Challenge5Challenge Stage 70
Copy4Copy Ability Room 4
(Ninja, Wing, Fighter, Hammer, Ice)
Copy4Copy Ability Room 80
Challenge6Wing Challenge Challenge6Challenge Stage 90
Challenge7Item Challenge Challenge7Challenge Stage 120
Lor Starcutter Unlockables in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Unlockable Type Req.
Challenge1Sword Challenge Challenge1Challenge Stage 5
Sub1Magolor's Tome Trackers Sub1Sub-Game 10
Copy1Copy Ability Room 1
(Cutter, Leaf, Needle, Fire, Sword)
Copy1Copy Ability Room 15
Challenge2Sand Challenge Challenge2Challenge Stage 20
Sub2Booming Blasters Sub2Sub-Game 25
Challenge3Whip Challenge Challenge3Challenge Stage 30
Copy2Copy Ability Room 2
(Sand, Parasol, Whip, Beam, Spark)
Copy2Copy Ability Room 35
Sub3Egg Catcher Sub3Sub-Game 40
Challenge4Hi-Jump Challenge Challenge4Challenge Stage 45
Sub4Samurai Kirby Sub4Sub-Game 50
Challenge5Bomb Challenge Challenge5Challenge Stage 55
Sub5Checkerboard Chase Sub5Sub-Game 60
Copy3Copy Ability Room 3
(Stone, Bomb, Tornado, Hi-Jump, Water)
Copy3Copy Ability Room 65
Sub6Bomb Rally Sub6Sub-Game 70
Challenge6Mecha Challenge Challenge6Challenge Stage 75
Sub7Crackity Hack Sub7Sub-Game 80
Copy4Copy Ability Room 4
(Spear, Mecha, Wing, Fighter, Ice)
Copy4Copy Ability Room 85
Sub8Smash Ride Sub8Sub-Game 90
Challenge7Water Challenge Challenge7Challenge Stage 95
Sub9Kirby on the Draw Sub9Sub-Game 100
Copy5Copy Ability Room 5
(Ninja, Hammer, Crash, Mike, Festival)
Copy5Copy Ability Room 105
Challenge8Wing Challenge Challenge8Challenge Stage 110
Sub10Ninja Dojo Sub10Sub-Game 115
Challenge9Item Challenge Challenge9Challenge Stage 120

Part Locations[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy[edit]

Name Image American English description British English description Appears In / Related Games
Lor Starcutter
SSBWU Lor Starcutter Trophy.png
The Lor Starcutter is a ship that sails across the universe. The ship’s parts, scattered all across Dream Land following its crash landing, were all collected with the help of Kirby and the gang. Some of the parts, like the emblem, mast, oars, and wings, serve as more than just ship parts. You'll find out why later. A spacefaring vessel that travels among the stars. Though its parts got scattered all across Dream Land, they were safely reassembled thanks to Kirby and friends. It's actually more powerful than it looks – the emblem fires star-shaped projectiles, the mast can create tornadoes, and even its oars and wings can be fired as weapons. Wii: Flag of NA.svgKirby's Return to Dream Land (10/2011) Flag of Europe.svgKirby's Adventure Wii (11/2011)


The Lor has made several cameo appearances in later Kirby games.

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

The Lor makes a brief cameo in Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition. The interior is seen in the introductory cutscene for the New Challenge Stages Sub-Game when Magolor introduces himself, and it is seen flying in the background in the credits sequence, where Magolor returns to it after flying behind Kirby for a while.


The Lor is depicted in one of Kirby's Stone ability transformations in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot and Kirby Star Allies (as a silver sculpture in all three games).

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

In this game, the Lor Starcutter appears as an icon in the Music Room that represents the Kirby's Return to Dream Land music tracks.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, the Lor sometimes appears inside the Time-Border Great Slash Flash laser beam from Galacta Knight Returns. Additionally, a sticker of the Lor's emblem can also be obtained in the game.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies, the Lor sometimes appears in the level map of Far-Flung Starlight Heroes. In Update 4.0.0, a new Friend Ability called Magoloran Launch is used by Magolor as a Dream Friend, where allies can jump on the ship before it charges forward to attack.

The Lor Starcutter also cameos in the ending picture of Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! if the player completes the mode with either Magolor, Taranza, or Susie.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, the Lor Starcutter appears on a Character Treat, using its artwork from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

In the Kirby novel series[edit]

Magolor looking at the Lor with his stolen gears.

In the Kirby novel series, the Lor appears in Kirby and the Search for the Dreamy Gears!. In this volume, the Lor is an ancient mysterious ship that was rumored to have the power to cross to a different world. It serves as Magolor's motivation for collecting the gears in the story. Before the events of the story, Magolor finds the Lor in the sky in a broken state. Because some of its parts are missing, the Lor can't move. Magolor searches for a way to repair the Lor, but since the Lor was made from the power of the ancient civilization, ordinary parts can't repair it. After hearing a rumor that an ancient machine was found in Diamond Town, Magolor comes to the town to find if there are ancient parts that he can use. After stealing all the gears, Magolor tries to escape Diamond Town and repair the Lor, but is captured by Hugo and his subordinates.


  • A cutter is a class of ships designed for speed, so named for the way they cut through waves. Based on this, it is likely that "Lor" is the ship's name while "Starcutter" is the class it belongs to; Magolor often refers to the ship as "the Lor" or "my Starcutter", but never "the Starcutter".
  • During the second stage of the Corrupt Hyness fight in Heroes in Another Dimension, the Boss Description page in the pause menu states that Lor means "Paradise" in Hyness' language. This is possibly a reference to the Lor Starcutter's origin, suggesting it was not always used for battle purposes. This is more concretely hinted at in Lor EX's Special Page in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, which states that "it can travel to far-off paradises with ease".







Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese あまかけるふね ローア
Ama kakeru fune Rōa
The Ship that Soars the Skies, Roah
「かける」is an alternate writing of「翔る」(meaning "to soar"), and "Roah" is possibly a reference to Noah's Ark
In the Japanese version of Kirby's Return to Dream Land and its remake, the name is written in English as "Lor Starcutter"
Traditional Chinese 飛越天際船 洛亞
fēi yuè tiān jì chuán luò yà
The Ship that Soars the Skies, Lor-ya
In the Chinese versions of Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, the name is written in English as "Lor Starcutter"
Simplified Chinese 飞越天际船 洛亚
fēi yuè tiān jì chuán luò yà
Dutch Lor Starcutter -
French Galéronef Lor Lor Starcutter
Likely from "galère" (a large rowing boat and sail, used from Antiquity to the 18th century) and "nef" (a large sailing boat from the Middle Ages)
German Sternenkreuzer Lor Starcruiser Lor
Italian Astrobarca Lor Lor Astroboat
Korean 하늘배 로아
Haneulbae Roa
Sky Ship Roa
In the Korean version of Kirby's Return to Dream Land and its remake, the name is written in English as "Lor Starcutter"
Brazilian Portuguese Astrovela Lor Lor Astrosail
European Portuguese Lor Starcutter[1] -
Russian Космокатер Лор[2]
Kosmokater Lor
Spaceship Lor
"Космокатер" is a term originating from Soviet writer Kir Bulychev's sci-fi novella Alisa's Voyage
Spanish Astrovelero Lor Lor Astrosailboat