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KSSU Meta-Knights artwork.png
Artwork of the Meta-Knights from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Debut game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018) (as a spirit)
Other game(s) Kirby Super Star
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack (Sub-Games)
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Copy Ability None
Similar to Axe Knight, Javelin Knight, Mace Knight, Trident Knight
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This article is about the four types of knight that appear in ambushes. For their masked leader, see Meta Knight.

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.


Axe Knight[edit]

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

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

Mace Knight[edit]

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Mace Knight is the largest in size, sporting heavy blue armor and wielding a large flail. He moves back and forth, swinging the flail above his head, then letting it fly 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. Like Axe Knight, one particular Mace Knight assists Meta Knight in the main cabin of the Halberd.

Trident Knight[edit]

KSS Trident Knight.png

While somewhat short in stature, Trident Knight is distinguished by his bright purple armor, the crescent on his helmet, and the tridents he 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[edit]

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

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

The Meta-Knights made their debut appearance in Kirby's Adventure, later reappearing in its remake, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. They occasionally appear as Mid-Bosses summoned by their leader, Meta Knight, to fight Kirby.

Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

The group reappears in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra, with a much more different battle (mainly due to the fact they are not fought in the same layout). They also play a part in Revenge of Meta Knight, with Axe Knight and Mace Knight having some dialogue alongside the rest of Halberd's crew. Clones of them can also be summoned by Galacta Knight during his battle in Meta Knightmare Ultra.

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

The Meta-Knights appear as bosses in the Kirby Mass Attack Sub-Game Strato Patrol EOS in the Level 4, protecting the Halberd from the Kirbys.

They also appear in Kirby Quest, where they are fought in Stage 28.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, the four knights appear in the Sub-Game Meta Knightmare Returns, where they participate in the screen-clearing special attack Meta Knightmares alongside Meta Knight himself. They also appear as stickers for the Robobot Armor with notably different colors from the ones they are usually portrayed with.

Super Smash Bros. Series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Meta-Knights appear as a primary Ace-class neutral spirit.

Unconfirmed members[edit]

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.


  • The Meta-Knights are the first Mid-Bosses to not provide Copy Abilities when swallowed.


Names in other languages[edit]

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

Meta Knight Army (alternate; Super Smash Bros. series)
Traditional Chinese 魅塔騎士團[1]
Mèitǎ Qíshìtuán
Simplified Chinese 魅塔骑士团[1]
Mèitǎ Qíshìtuán
Dutch Meta-Knights -
French Meta Knights -
German Meta-Knights -
Italian Tirapiedi di Meta Knight Minions of Meta Knight
Russian Метанайты
Spanish Meta secuaces Meta minions