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Master

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Master
KaTAM Master Kirby Artwork.png
Artwork of Master Kirby from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Details
First game Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (2004)
Latest game Kirby: Triple Deluxe (2014, as a keychain)
Usage type Last Battle Ability, Unlimited use
Power(s) Pushes metal blocks, pounds stakes, lights fuses
Similar to Sword, Galaxia
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This article is about the Copy Ability in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. For Meta Knight's sword in the anime and more recent titles, see Galaxia.
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Master is a Copy Ability in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. It is obtained by wielding Meta Knight's golden sword, provided by him just before the final encounter with Dark Mind, and is left behind in the Central Circle after the game is completed. Master is considered the game's Last Battle Ability, but unlike most of these abilities, it is not required to defeat the final boss. It can be dropped, and after the final boss is defeated, it can be used in the rest of the game like a standard ability.

Overview[edit]

Master is similar to the Sword ability at first glance, but bears key differences in its moveset. With nine separate moves, it is by far the most complex ability in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. Using the ability, Kirby can thrust upward to attack airborne opponents, throw beams using Final Cutter and Sword Beam, light fuses using sword swipes, fly forward and bust metal blocks using Drill Rush, and pound stakes using a downward Stab.

Kirby gains no hat or other costume piece when using this ability, but the sword itself glows with a strong golden light. While Kirby gains the Master ability to battle Dark Mind at the end of the game, the use of the ability is not required to defeat him, and the ability can be lost at any time, unlike other Last Battle Abilities in the Kirby series.

Visual inconsistencies[edit]

Master is oftentimes depicted in an inconsistent manner throughout its appearances in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and its corresponding official artwork. This includes the following:

  • The gem on the sword's hilt is always colored red in-game, even in the ending screen. Official artwork depicts it as teal instead.
  • While official artwork and in-game sprites always depict the sword's blade as colored gold, the ending image shows it as silver for unknown reasons.
  • Meta Knight's official artwork for this game (which is reused from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land) shows him using the Galaxia, but most of his in-game appearances clearly show he wields the Master sword and gives it to Kirby later on. As such, it is currently unknown if the Master sword is the same as the Galaxia.
    • The unique pause screen for Master also shows its top-left icon to resemble the Galaxia, but this should not be taken as an explicit confirmation that they are the same sword.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror[edit]

KaTAM Master Kirby Sprite.png
Sprite of Master Kirby.
Subscreen explaining the Master ability.

This is the Master ability's first game appearance. After Dark Meta Knight is defeated, a large vortex appears that leads to the lair of the game's final boss, Dark Mind. As the Kirbys jump into the vortex, the real Meta Knight, who is present, throws in his sword to help the Kirbys. When the Kirbys land in Dark Mind's lair, the sword is there, plunged into the ground, waiting for Kirby to get it. When Kirby touches the sword, he automatically gets the Master ability.

The sword that gives the Master ability appears at the start of every battle against Dark Mind, embedded into the ground. Shadow Kirby also briefly appears to toss the sword to Kirby during the battle against Dark Mind's second form. When touching the sword and dropping an Ability Star beforehand, the latter will not disappear when Kirby grabs the ability. Interestingly, any CPU Kirbys present cannot get the Master ability, as they do not attempt to inhale the sword (if it appears bouncing around) or just simply do nothing even if they touch the sword itself while embedded in the ground.

After beating the game, the ability becomes available in the Central Circle. Master is the strongest ability in the game and can solve every puzzle except for those that require Mini Kirby. Because of these factors, it is best used to reach 100% completion by searching for any secrets one may have missed before clearing the game.

Moveset in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror  
Skill Button Execution Description
縦斬り
Overhead Slash
KaTAM Master Sword Slice sprite.png
B
Kirby swings his sword.
ミジンソード
Particle Sword
KaTAM Master Multisword Attack sprite.png
B + B + B
Kirby swings his sword repeatedly.
波動斬り
Wave Slash
KaTAM Master Crescent Shot sprite.png
Hold B
Kirby charges up the sword, and when the button is released, it fires an energy wave.
上段突き
Up Thrust
KaTAM Master Up Thrust sprite.png
↑ + B
Kirby thrusts the sword upward. The move later appears in Kirby Super Star Ultra, as one of Meta Knight's moves in Meta Knightmare Ultra.
スライディング突き
Sliding Thrust
KaTAM Master Sword Slide sprite.png
↓ + B (on the ground)
Kirby slides forward with the sword outstretched.
スパイラルソード
Spiral Sword
KaTAM Master Drill Rush sprite.png
Dash + B
Kirby rushes forward in a corkscrew formation holding the sword forward. A similar move named "Drill Rush" appears in the Super Smash Bros. series as Meta Knight's side special move.
スピニングソード
Sword Spin
KaTAM Master Sword Spin sprite.png
B (in midair)
Kirby swings the sword quickly in midair.
下突き急降下
Instant-Descent Down Thrust
KaTAM Master Stab sprite.png
↓ + B (in midair)
Kirby plunges downwards with the sword.
ファイナルソード
Final Sword
KaTAM Master Final Cutter sprite.png
↓ + B then ↑ + B
OR
Sliding Thrust + ↑ + B
Kirby leaps upwards and drops downwards, dragging nearby enemies alongside.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

The sword makes an appearance as a rare keychain, specifically in Lollipop Land - Stage 2. The item is labeled as the Master Sword.

Profiles[edit]

Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KatAM cover art.jpg Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Almighty Sword! It can be used on all puzzles!

Trivia[edit]

  • The name of this ability may be a reference to the Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda series.
  • Master is one of the few abilities in the series to have two different inputs for the same move, that being Final Cutter.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マスター
Masutā
マスターソード
Masutā Sōdo
Master (ability)

Master Sword (keychain)
French Ultimépée Ultimasword
  • Conjunction of Ultime Épée
German Meister Master
Italian Master Master
Korean 마스터 스워드
Maseuteo Seuwodeu
Master Sword
Latin American Spanish Espada Maestra Master Sword
European Spanish Master
Espada maestra
Master (ability)
Master sword (keychain)