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This article is about the four types of knight that appear in ambushes. For their masked leader, see Meta Knight.

Meta-Knights Spirit.png
Artwork from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Debut game Kirby's Adventure
Latest game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (as a spirit)
Other game(s) Kirby Super Star, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby: Planet Robobot (includes only appearances where all four are present)
Copy Ability None
Similar to Axe Knight, Javelin Knight, Mace Knight, Trident Knight
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The Meta-Knights are an enigmatic group of knights who are led by Meta Knight himself. They first appeared in Kirby's Adventure, where they were frequently fought as Mid-Bosses in their own distinctive arenas. However, their biggest role was in Kirby Super Star (Ultra), in the Revenge of Meta Knight game, where they served as the primary antagonists.

When fought, they typically attack as a group, fighting until their last member is defeated. They possess formidable weapons, but, unlike their leader, are not immune to being inhaled and spat out. Despite their arsenal, none of them yield Copy Abilities when swallowed.

In Kirby: Planet Robobot's Meta Knightmare Returns, Meta Knight summons them in his "Meta Knightmares" attack, which deals massive damage to all enemies on the screen. They also appear on the results screen after the mode is completed.

Meta-Knight members

Axe Knight


Axe Knight basic appearance is that of a minuscule skull, sporting a viking helmet atop its head, and, respectively, wields an axe. Axe Knights normally appear in randomized areas. However, one particular Axe Knight assists Meta Knight in the main cabin of his starship, the Halberd.

Axe Knight typically moves back and forth, and tosses its axe like a boomerang, similar to Sir Kibble. It may also swing its axe in a forward motion as it sweeps across the floor.

Mace Knight


Mace Knight is the largest in size, sporting heavy blue armor and wielding a large mace, true to its namesake. It moves back and forth, swinging the mace above its head, then letting it fly in the direction it wants to a fair distance. Mace Knight is perhaps the most dangerous of the knights in close range, and has more hit points than the other knights.

Trident Knight


While somewhat short in stature, Trident Knight is distinguished by its bright purple armor, the crescent on its helmet, and the tridents it tosses toward Kirby. These go for decent range, traveling upward, then downward in a large arc. While they can be a nuisance, the tridents' slow speed make them easy to avoid.

Javelin Knight


The rarest of the Meta-Knights, this creature resembles a robot moreso than the others. It bounds across the air, spinning its javelin around in an attempt to hit Kirby with it. It will also toss its javelin on occasion.

Unconfirmed members

Often, Blade Knight and Sword Knight are considered to be Meta-Knights as well, and even serve under Meta Knight in the TV show. However, they have never been specifically identified as Meta-Knights in any of the games.

Additionally, creatures who resemble knights but are not Meta-Knights include Sir Kibble, Ghost Knight, Masher, Lanzer, Kibble Blade, Gigant Edge, and most notably, Dark Meta Knight, Galacta Knight, and Morpho Knight.

In Revenge of Meta Knight, Captain Vul and Sailor Waddle Dee are seen as prominent members of the crew, with the former having significant authority over the Halberd. Despite having close association with the group, they are not explicitly called Meta-Knights, as that seemingly belongs to Meta Knight's personal faction of four knights.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese メタ・ナイツ
Meta Naitsu
Meta Naito Gundan

Meta Knight Army (Super Smash Bros. Melee)