|“||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. It is piloted by Magolor, who claims to have found it abandoned in a volcano on Halcandra. In the opening cut-scene 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 main room with Magolor, and the main console of the ship. The Copy Rooms are located to the left in the ship, the Challenge Stages to the right, and the Sub-Games Ninja Dojo and Scope Shot 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).
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.||”|
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 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
The numbers in parentheses denote number of Energy Spheres required to unlock the given door.
- Challenge Stages
- Copy Ability Rooms
- Energy Spheres - all around Pop Star/Halcandra.
- Oars - Cookie Country
- Right Wing - Raisin Ruins
- Left Wing - Onion Ocean
- Emblem - White Wafers
- Mast - Nutty Noon
As a Boss
Lor & Magolor
The following lists all of the Lor's attacks in the Main Mode of Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Attacks in italics are used in the second phase of the fight only. All attack names are conjectural, unless otherwise stated.
|Attacks - Main Game|
The Lor fires stars from its Emblem as it re-positions. In the second phase, more stars are fired at once.
The Lor throws its wings at Landia as boomerangs, starting with the left, which travels more horizontally, then the right, which travels more vertically. In the second phase, this is followed up by throwing them both at once.
The Lor fires its Oars as homing missiles, going one at a time.
The Lor fires a massive whirlwind from its Mast. In the second phase, it swivels around while doing so.
The Lor fires giant spheres of energy behind, which then move to the left. The blue ones fire straight ahead, while the red ones fire toward the target.
The Lor activates its shield, then flies forward off the screen. It then transitions into either Back Blast or Reverse Blast.
From the background, the Lor fires at Landia.
The Lor moves in from behind, and starts firing.The safety zone is under Lor.
Lor EX & Magolor
In Extra Mode, the Lor's attack patterns are faster and cover more space, and a few new moves are added:
|Attacks - Extra Mode|
|Star Fire EX|
The Lor fires stars from its Emblem as it re-positions. In the second phase, more stars are fired at once. Many more shots are fired than in the Main Game.
|Wing Boomerangs EX|
The Lor throws its wings at Landia as boomerangs, starting with the left, which travels more horizontally, then the right, which travels more vertically. In the second phase, this is followed up by throwing them both at once. When thrown, the boomerangs make two passes each.
|Oar Missiles EX|
The Lor fires its Oars as homing missiles, going one at a time. Faster than in the Main Game.
|Mast Gust EX|
The Lor fires a massive whirlwind from its Mast while moving up and down. In the second phase, it swivels around while doing so.
|Sphere Blast EX|
The Lor fires giant spheres of energy behind, which then move to the left. The blue ones fire straight ahead, while the red ones fire toward the target. The gold ones fly into the background and then target Landia. In the second phase, it'll fire multiple colors at once.
|Shield Ram EX|
The Lor activates its shield, then flies forward off the screen. It then transitions into a Back Blast, Reverse Blast, or will Shield Ram again from the other direction.
|Back Blast EX|
From the background, the Lor fires at Landia. It then turns and fires again.
|Reverse Blast EX|
The Lor moves in from behind, and starts firing. Many more shots than in the Main Game.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy description
"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 help of Kirby and the gang. Some of the parts, like the emblem, mast, oars and wings, serve more than just ship parts. You'll find out later."
The Lor has made several cameo appearances in later Kirby games.
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
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.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
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.
Kirby's Dream Buffet
- 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.
- The star visible on the mast during the Lor & Magolor and Lor EX & Magolor boss battles strongly resembles the Dark Star and Dark Star X from the original Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.
Stone transformation of the Lor Starcutter in Kirby Triple Deluxe
Sticker of the Lor Starcutter in Kirby Planet Robobot
Stone transformation of Magolor with the Lor Starcutter in Kirby Star Allies
Names in other languages
Ama kakeru fune Rōa
|The Ship that Soars the Skies, Roah|
かける is an alternate writing of 翔る, meaning "to soar". "Roah" is possibly a reference to Noah's Ark.
In the Japanese version of Kirby's Return to Dream Land, the name is written in English as "Lor Starcutter".
|French||Galéronef Lor||Lor Starcutter|
May come from "galère", a large rowing boat and sail, used from Antiquity to the 18th century, and from "nef", a large sailing boat from the Middle Ages.
|German||Sternenkreuzer Lor||Starcruiser Lor|
|Italian||Astrobarca Lor||Lor Astroboat|
|Sky Ship Roa|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Astrovela Lor||Lor Astrosail|
|European Portuguese||Lor Starcutter||-|
|Spanish||Astrovelero Lor||Lor Astrosailboat|