- This article is about the character. For the group named after and led by him, see Meta-Knights.
|“||The time has come. The time to show our power!||”|
— Meta Knight in Revenge of Meta Knight's opening cutscene, Kirby Super Star
Meta Knight (occasionally formatted as Meta-Knight in older media) is a masked, winged swordsman who serves as a recurring character in the Kirby series, first appearing in Kirby's Adventure. He is a mysterious figure, and his backstory is not clearly shown in the game series. The installments he appears in usually feature him as a boss, but since Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, there have been instances where he is playable in alternate modes, or even teams up with Kirby directly. Though most of his schemes originate from arguably good intentions, the ways he tries to accomplish his goals are often very extreme and poorly understood by others. Meta Knight is also the leader of a band of warriors known simply as the Meta-Knights, and he owns a giant warship designed after himself, known as the Halberd.
Along with King Dedede and the Waddle Dees, Meta Knight serves as one of the most recognizable characters in the Kirby series aside from Kirby himself. Despite this fame, he was not very prevalent in the early days of the series, making his only major appearances in titles like Kirby's Adventure and Kirby Super Star (he is notably absent from any of the titles directed by Shinichi Shimomura). However, he would become much more prevalent in the series following his role in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, becoming playable for the first time in an unlockable Extra Game in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Meta Knightmare. He would appear more regularly in the series from that point onward, and would often be playable. Meta Knight is famous for his expert swordsmanship, and combined with his unparalleled aerial mobility, he is a force to be reckoned with. He wields Galaxia, which is a powerful mythical blade in the anime series and carries some of that mystique to the main series as well.
Meta Knight appears as a blue, roundish creature, with a physique similar to that of Kirby. His most prominent feature is his silver mask. He also wears purple sabatons, metal pauldrons, and a purple cape, which he can transform into two large bat wings. He is often seen wielding his trademark sword, the Galaxia. This legendary golden blade is usually depicted with prongs on each of its sides. When Meta Knight is defeated, his mask usually splits in two and falls off, revealing a face similar to Kirby's own, except blue and without cheek blush. In earlier games, his eyes were white under his mask and he did have cheek blush, but this was changed to have his eyes always be yellow in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, and he later appeared that way in Kirby: Planet Robobot and subsequent games. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the mask is shown to give his eyes a yellow tint, as Kirby's blue eyes turn green when he wears it after copying him. The reason behind the color change was addressed in a developer Miiverse post: there was a limit of the number of colors at the time that could be used due to technical limitations, and white was chosen because "it stood out more". HAL was concerned about fan reactions but decided to change the color to yellow for the aesthetic purposes of his 3D model.
In games where he speaks, he is shown to have a deep voice and can talk in full sentences, which makes a sharp contrast to the usual depiction of Kirby.
Changes in design
When Meta Knight first debuted in Kirby's Adventure, he was defined only by his round body, cape, mask, gloves, and sword. He originally had a jet black body color and lacked wings entirely, and would discard his cape when battling Kirby. Since then, subsequent games in the Kirby and Super Smash Bros. series would make alterations and additions to his design. The following is a timeline of each notable change to Meta Knight by game since his debut (though these changes would not be consistently applied across games after being introduced):
- Kirby Super Star - Meta Knight's body hue would be adjusted to a deep navy blue, and more details would be added to his mask, sword, and gloves. He would also gain his wings and distinct pauldrons. This design first appeared in Kirby's Avalanche, but likely was designed specifically for Kirby Super Star.
- Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land - Meta Knight's sword would be formally canonized as the Galaxia in artwork, based on its appearance in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, though it would not be until Kirby Air Ride that the Galaxia appeared distinctly in-game.
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Meta Knight would be given more details in this game, such as his cape specifically transforming into his wings and back. He would also gain distinct armored shoes, his emblem on his left pauldron, and a bat symbol added to the back of his cape. This is also the first game where Galaxia is referred to by name.
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U - Meta Knight would be given armor plating on his gloves, a detail previously seen in official artwork for Meta Knight from Kirby: Squeak Squad and Kirby Super Star Ultra. His pauldrons and cape are also given a black color, a detail unique to this version.
- Kirby: Planet Robobot - Meta Knight's eyes under his mask would be changed from white to yellow. He would also lose his magenta cheek blush, making him look a little less like Kirby.
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land - Meta Knight's body color would be adjusted to a dark indigo, matching the color of his wings and pauldrons.
|“||You showed me your true strength... and for that I must thank you. I must train harder... I WILL TRAIN HARDER!||”|
— Meta Knight in Kirby Battle Royale
Meta Knight is what can be described as a passionate swordsman, and a well-intended extremist. He features a quite combative personality and is constantly striving to be the best sword fighter in Dream Land. This is shown in Kirby Super Star Ultra, where he wishes to best Galacta Knight, the 'Greatest Warrior in the Galaxy'. He also seems to despise laziness, as shown by his attempt to take over Dream Land in Kirby Super Star and its remake. Meta Knight is very well known for following a stern warrior codex, and when he challenges someone, he is usually looking for a fair and equal match. Whenever Kirby has to fight him for different reasons depending on the situation, he provides him with a sword for protection and insists that Kirby uses it. Meta Knight also has a habit to conceal his face for unknown reasons. Whenever his mask breaks during a fight, he hides his face in his cape and instantly leaves the battlefield.
Meta Knight appears to be quite prideful and relies heavily upon his image as a stern and mysterious swordsman (which would explain why he hides his face). Despite his desired image, however, he is often brash and short-tempered. In the spin-off title Kirby Battle Royale for instance, one of the Channel PPP Crew members remarks that Meta Knight has a tendency to curse when he is stressed out during the games (though obviously, the player doesn't hear this happening). Additionally in Kirby Star Allies, Meta Knight will lose his temper if Kirby refuses to pick up the Sword given to him before his boss fight, causing him to kick the sword away.
Due to being a boss in so many Kirby games, Meta Knight has a large number of signature attacks which he uses in most of his fights, and in some games can be used when he is playable. Due to his sword and wings, his move-set is typically portrayed as a combination of Sword and Wing Kirby, though he does have a number of attacks unique to himself. The following table lists all of his most notable attacks, in alphabetical order:
|Meta Knight's signature attacks|
|Name||First game used||Description||Notes|
|Crescent Shot||Kirby Super Star||Meta Knight fires a crescent-shaped energy projectile out of his sword which can travel a long distance.||Also referred to as "Sword Beam".|
|Dimensional Strike||Super Smash Bros. Brawl (first appearance), Kirby Battle Royale (first use in a Kirby game)||Meta Knight uses his cape to vanish, then reappears elsewhere and strikes.|
|Down Thrust||Kirby's Adventure||Meta Knight leaps into the air and then drops straight downward with his sword beneath him, planting it into the ground.||This move would later become usable by Sword Kirby.|
|Galaxia Darkness||Super Smash Bros. Brawl (first appearance), Kirby: Planet Robobot (first use in a Kirby game)||Meta Knight creates a field of darkness by sweeping his cape, then pierces the darkness with a powerful strike from his sword.|
|Tornado Attack||Super Smash Bros. Brawl (first appearance), Kirby Super Star Ultra (first use in a Kirby game)||Meta Knight spins into a whirlwind, attacking enemies all around him.|
|Meta Triple Slash||Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Meta Knight performs three slashes with his sword - one after the other - as he moves forward.|
|Shuttle Loop||Kirby Super Star||Meta Knight leaps into the air and then flies straight forward, usually after performing a looping turn in mid-air.|
|Tornado Slash||Kirby Super Star||Meta Knight thrusts his sword into the ground, causing a giant tornado to appear and sweep across the arena.|
|Up Thrust||Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land||Meta Knight thrusts his sword straight upward in a quick motion.||This move can also be performed by Master Kirby.|
|Upper Calibur||Kirby Star Allies||Meta Knight strikes upward in an arc, catching his opponent and throwing them upward into the air. If successful, Meta Knight will then repeatedly strike the opponent in the air before striking them back down to the ground, dealing big damage.|
Due to Meta Knight's ubiquity as a character, there are several other entities that resemble him, as well as alternate versions of Meta Knight himself. The following lists all of the different versions of Meta Knight along with other characters or entities that resemble him throughout the Kirby video game series:
Alternate versions of Meta Knight
- Dark Meta Knight: A shadowy evil version of Meta Knight that was created by Dark Mind and first appeared in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. This version of Meta Knight is recognizable by his darker appearance, silver sword, tattered wings, and slash mark on his mask.
- Mecha Knight: When Meta Knight is captured by the Haltmann Works Company in Kirby: Planet Robobot, he is mind-controlled and mechanized, then sent after Kirby. This version of Meta Knight has the ability to fire missiles and shoot lasers from an eyepiece on his mask. Two more versions of Mecha Knight were made, known as Mecha Knight+ and Stock Mecha Knight, the latter of which is a fully robotic duplicate.
- Parallel Meta Knight: Referred to as the "Otherworldly Frost Blade", this parallel version of Meta Knight from Another Dimension has a darker color scheme and a brown mask, and appears in Kirby Star Allies.
- Waxing Crescent Masked Meta Knight: Meta Knight puts on a cursed relic called the Mask of Dark Bonds along with King Dedede in the final boss encounter in the story mode of Kirby Fighters 2.
- Phantom Meta Knight: Referred to as "The Lone Illusion", this illusory version of Meta Knight is encountered in the Ultimate Cup Z of the Colosseum in Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
Enemies that resemble Meta Knight
- Galacta Knight: Termed "The Greatest Warrior in the Galaxy", this magenta warrior resembles Meta Knight but sports a lance and shield, along with a horned mask and angelic wings. He wields immense magic power in addition to his mobility and swordsmanship.
- Metal General: The security guard of Egg Engines on Halcandra, who appears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and its remake. Metal General uses some attacks similar to Meta Knight, most notably a variant of Shuttle Loop called "Electro Shock Shuttle Loop".
- Morpho Knight: The reborn butterfly and "knight of Yomi" that first appeared in Kirby Star Allies. Morpho Knight flies in from another dimension to cast judgment on powerful foes such as Galacta Knight and Soul Forgo. It resembles Meta Knight — differing through its largely black body, bright red sword, ornate mask, and butterfly wings — and attacks with vicious fiery magic.
|Meta Knight's video game appearances|
|Kirby's Adventure||Supporting antagonist and boss||Will sometimes assist Kirby by tossing him an Invincible Candy but is fought as a boss in Orange Ocean.|
|Kirby's Pinball Land||Easter egg||Appears in Kracko Land after beating the game once and performing a specific set of actions.|
|Kirby's Dream Course||Reference||Appears as one of the five placeholder icons for the default rankings in the game.|
|Kirby's Avalanche||Supporting antagonist and boss||The penultimate opponent of the Competition mode.|
|Kirby Super Star||Secondary antagonist and boss||Main antagonist and final boss of Revenge of Meta Knight, and an opponent in Samurai Kirby.|
|Kirby's Star Stacker for SNES||Supporting antagonist and boss|
|Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land||Supporting antagonist, playable character, and boss||As this is a remake of Kirby's Adventure, he has the same role here as he did in that game. Meta Knight is also the protagonist and sole playable character in Meta Knightmare.|
|Kirby Air Ride||Playable character||This is Meta Knight's first physical 3D appearance.|
|Kirby & The Amazing Mirror||Supporting protagonist||Dark Meta Knight takes Meta Knight's likeness for the majority of the game.|
|Kirby: Canvas Curse||Playable character||Has three health bars like in Meta Knightmare.|
|Kirby: Squeak Squad||Secondary antagonist and boss||While ultimately trying to prevent Kirby from freeing Dark Nebula, he is fought late in the game due to a misunderstanding.|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Secondary antagonist, playable character, and boss||As this game is a remake of Kirby Super Star, his roles from that game are reused. In addition, he serves as the protagonist and sole playable character of Meta Knightmare Ultra.|
|Kirby's Epic Yarn||Secondary antagonist, supporting character, and boss||Controlled by Yin-Yarn during his fight. Later on, Meta Knight helps Kirby fight Yin-Yarn by giving him a Metamortex for the Tankbot.|
|Kirby Mass Attack||Secondary antagonist and boss||Appears only in the Sub-Games Strato Patrol EOS and Kirby Quest.|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Supporting protagonist and playable character|
|Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition||Roles vary between games|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Cameo||Appears as a Keychain. He is also a part of the audience in the Kirby Master video.|
|Kirby and the Rainbow Curse||Cameo||Appears as a collectible figurine and in one of the Secret Diary pages.|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Supporting protagonist, playable character, and boss||Controlled by Susie for most of the game under the form of Mecha Knight. Additionally, he is the protagonist and sole playable character in Meta Knightmare Returns.|
|Kirby Battle Royale||Secondary antagonist, playable character, and boss|
|Kirby Star Allies||Supporting protagonist, playable character, and boss||Initially controlled by the Jamba Heart, but joins Kirby's side as a Dream Friend once defeated.|
|Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn||Supporting antagonist, boss, and playable character||As this is a port of Kirby's Epic Yarn, his role from that game is reused. Additionally, he appears as the sole playable character in the sub-game Slash & Bead.|
|Super Kirby Clash||Cameo||Meta Knight can be seen in the background of the Port Village after a sufficient amount of progress has been made in the game.|
|Kirby Fighters 2||Playable character and boss||Meta Knight is a playable character and also teams up with King Dedede as the final boss of Story Mode.|
|Kirby and the Forgotten Land||Supporting character and boss||Meta Knight challenges Kirby to a sparring match in the Colosseum and appears as a figure, but otherwise has no plot-significant role.|
|Kirby's Dream Buffet||Reference||Kirby can take on Meta Knight's appearance and color, and Meta Knight also appears on several Character Treats.|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe||Supporting protagonist and playable character||Reprises his role from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.|
|Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee||Cameo||Appears as a trophy. This is Meta Knight's first 3D appearance.|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Playable character||Meta Knight also has a role in the story mode.|
|Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U||Playable character|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Playable character||Meta Knight also has a role in the story mode.|
|Super Mario Maker||Reference||Mario can use a special item to take on Meta Knight's 8-bit appearance in courses.|
|Yoshi's Woolly World||Reference||Yoshi can take on Meta Knight's appearance by tapping his amiibo.|
|BYE-BYE BOXBOY!||Reference||Qbby can take on Meta Knight's appearance if the player uses Meta Knight's amiibo.|
|Part Time UFO||Reference||One of the levels features a Meta Knight plush doll.|
Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Meta Knight makes his first appearance in Kirby's Adventure, later reappearing in its remake, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. He is one of King Dedede's friends who guards one of the seven pieces of the Star Rod in order to keep Nightmare sealed away. Before his boss battle, Meta Knight appears in several levels, where he either directs his minions, the Meta-Knights, to fight Kirby, or assists Kirby by throwing an Invincibility Candy to him. In the boss stage of Orange Ocean, Meta Knight challenges Kirby to a duel, throwing a sword that Kirby must pick up to get the Sword ability and begin the fight. During the fight, Meta Knight attacks and blocks with his sword. He notably lacks his wings and projectile attacks seen in future battles in the series. Once defeated, his mask splits in two, revealing, for the first time, his appearance similar to Kirby. He then wraps himself in his cape and flees.
In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Meta Knight receives an updated design similar to his appearance in Kirby Super Star. Like other bosses in this remake, he is larger and his battle is made easier. Additionally, the sequences in which he gives Kirby an Invincibility Candy have been removed.
- Main article: Meta Knightmare
Meta Knight also appears as a playable character in the Meta Knightmare Sub-Game of Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. He, as always, uses his sword instead of copy abilities. Interestingly, Meta Knight faces himself in Orange Ocean, instead of being replaced by another character to be the boss for the level.
Kirby is prompted to pick up the Sword tossed to him by Meta Knight before his boss fight in Kirby's Adventure.
Kirby's Pinball Land
In Kirby's Pinball Land, Meta Knight appears as an Easter egg in the upper board of Kracko Land if Kirby breaks all of the stars that appear alongside Mr. Shine, accompanied by the Mike scream sound effect and 77700 points. This only happens when revisiting the board after defeating King Dedede, and Meta Knight himself cannot be interacted with after appearing.
Kirby's Dream Course
In Kirby's Dream Course, Meta Knight appears as one of the five placeholder icons on the scoreboards for each course.
|“||Chivalrous to the last, Metaknight is an all but unbeatable Avalanche player.||”|
— Kirby's Avalanche Instruction Booklet (North American print), page 24
Meta Knight (referred to in the manual as "Metaknight") is the second-to-last opponent in Kirby's Avalanche. He is more skilled than other opponents at making a comeback when most of his playing field has been covered in Garbage Puyos. His Puyo Puyo equivalent is Rulue.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
Meta Knight reappears as an antagonist in Kirby Super Star and its remake, where he has an entire Sub-Game dedicated to him, called Revenge of Meta Knight. In this Sub-Game, with the help of the Meta-Knights and his warship the Halberd, Meta Knight attempts to conquer Dream Land in order to end the inhabitants' lazy lifestyles. However, as the Halberd is about to launch, Kirby intervenes and boards the ship. Kirby proceeds to destroy the Halberd piece by piece, while Meta Knight and his crew attempt to stop him. When it becomes apparent that the ship is going to crash, Meta Knight orders his crew to evacuate before engaging Kirby in a duel on the Halberd's bridge, a fight reminiscent of their duel in Kirby's Adventure. Again, he offers Kirby a sword. Unlike Kirby's Adventure, the player can opt to refuse the sword by not taking it within several seconds. Upon being defeated, Meta Knight's mask splits open, revealing his face once more, before he disappears in a swirl of his cape. While Kirby rushes to escape from the descending warship on a Wheelie, Meta Knight, in a last desperate bid, unveils his bat-like wings for the first time in the series and attacks. However, his attempt fails. The Halberd plummets into the ocean as Kirby successfully lands on dry land and Meta Knight flies off in the distance.
Meta Knight also appears in the Sub-Game Samurai Kirby, where he appears as the last opponent sporting a samurai outfit.
Meta Knight's moves in Revenge of Meta Knight
Meta Knight's boss battle in Revenge of Meta Knight introduced his several trademark moves in the series, including:
- Mach Tornado - Meta Knight turns himself into a tornado, which cannot be guarded. If Kirby is hit by the tornado, he will be thrown into the air and will take damage when he crashes onto the ground. This would later become Meta Knight's neutral special move in the Super Smash Bros. series.
- Tornado Slash/Summon - Sometimes simply called Tornado. Meta Knight requires charging to use this move. After releasing his charge, he stabs his sword into the ground to summon a giant unguardable tornado. Like Mach Tornado, Kirby will be thrown into the air and take crash damage when hit by the giant tornado. This move has since appeared on various Meta Knight-esque bosses, such as Dark Meta Knight and Galacta Knight.
- Glide Sword - Meta Knight performs a quick glide to thrust his sword at Kirby. In older games, Meta Knight requires charging to perform this. In modern games, this move, when used by Meta Knight-esque bosses, is in a similar fashion to Shuttle Loop of Wing Kirby. When Meta Knight is a playable character in modern games, he replaces it with Shuttle Loop directly.
- Crescent Shot - Meta Knight fires a crescent-shaped energy wave from his sword. Meta Knight's Crescent Shot is green-colored in the original Kirby Super Star but has become yellow-colored to match the color of his Galaxia sword since its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra (and remains so in Kirby Star Allies). The Crescent Shots from Meta Knight-esque bosses are usually in different colors instead.
Meta Knightmare Ultra
- Main article: Meta Knightmare Ultra
Exclusively in Kirby Super Star Ultra is a game mode called Meta Knightmare Ultra, where rather than playing Kirby, Meta Knight is played through a run-through of the stages of Spring Breeze, Dyna Blade, The Great Cave Offensive, Revenge of Meta Knight, and Milky Way Wishes.
|Meta Knight's move-set in Meta Knightmare Ultra|
|Skill||Button Execution||Skill||Button Execution|
Dash + B in air
B at full health
|Meta Chop and Thrust|
B in air
B after Meta Chop
↓ + B in air
B B B
↑ + B
Dash + B
|Knight Call / Release|
|Touch screen moves|
Kirby's Star Stacker (SNES)
Kirby Air Ride
- Main article: Meta Knight (Kirby Air Ride)
Meta Knight makes a relatively minor appearance in Kirby Air Ride as an unlockable character who can be selected as a machine in the game's Air Ride mode. Unlike Kirby, he cannot inhale enemies, nor copy their abilities, and cannot boost. However, he effectively always has the Sword and Wing abilities, gaining all their benefits and drawbacks at all times.
Aside from his role as a playable character, Meta Knight makes a momentary appearance confronting Kirby during the game's opening sequence.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
- See also: Dark Meta Knight
Meta Knight appears again in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, where he has arguably one of his most major roles in the Kirby series to date. In the intro, he is seen flying into the Mirror World after sensing danger there. However, once he reaches the Mirror World, he encounters an evil version of himself, Dark Meta Knight. Meta Knight and his doppelgänger briefly have a duel, but Dark Meta Knight ends up triumphing due to his fighting prowess, and throws Meta Knight into a giant mirror, leading him into Dark Meta Knight's world. He then slashes the mirror into several fragments, which then get scattered across the Mirror World, and changes his appearance so that he appears exactly like Meta Knight. When Kirby and his clones reach the penultimate level, they appear to encounter Meta Knight (who is commonly found as the boss of penultimate levels in other Kirby games) and defeat him. However, when his mask falls off, it reveals a dark version of Meta Knight's true form. Later in the game, when Kirby and his clones find all the mirror shards and enter the mirror, they again see Meta Knight, ready to battle. However, the real Meta Knight emerges and reveals the other to be a dark impostor. Kirby and his clones battle, and eventually defeat, Dark Meta Knight, then get sucked into a portal, which Meta Knight then proceeds to throw his sword into before it disappears. When the Kirbys approach Dark Mind, the final boss of the game, they find Meta Knight's sword plunged into the ground nearby. Touching it grants the user the Master ability, the most powerful in the game. Unlike other final battle abilities in the Kirby series, however, it is not necessary. After Dark Mind is defeated, Meta Knight is seen flying back home with the other Kirbys. On his way, he drops his sword down into the Mirror World so that its inhabitants can use it in times of need.
Meta Knight also appears, possibly non-canonically, when Kirby gets the Magic ability. There is a slight chance that Kirby will land on Galaxia, which then summons Meta Knight to destroy all the enemies in the room. However, because Meta Knight is trapped in the mirror throughout the entire game, it is unclear if this Meta Knight is the real one or not.
Kirby: Canvas Curse
While not formally appearing during Kirby: Canvas Curse, Meta Knight is an unlockable playable character, appearing in ball form. He is the fastest and bounciest character, but also with the lowest health, only having three "bars". He, like Waddle Dee and King Dedede, can use only the dash attack, instead of Copy Abilities, in a similar way to how he was playable in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. When he collides with a stunned enemy or while dashing, a sword sound effect is heard.
Kirby: Squeak Squad
In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Meta Knight makes a surprise appearance. After Kirby defeats Daroach in Ice Island and retrieves the chest Kirby believes to contain his Strawberry Shortcake, Meta Knight suddenly swoops in and steals the chest. He takes the chest to Secret Sea, an area blocked by the star door, which can only be opened by finding the five Star Seals.
Upon unlocking the star door, it is revealed that Meta Knight's warship the Halberd is hidden at the bottom of the Secret Sea. Meta Knight serves as the boss of Secret Sea in a battle that takes place aboard the Halberd. In this fight, Meta Knight has many moves from previous games along with new elemental attacks in his arsenal, such as a fire Crescent Shot and a plasma imbued Down Thrust. Throughout the fight, the Halberd is seen ascending from the sea before eventually halting in space. When defeated, his mask once again splits open, revealing his face underneath and causing him to flee. It is later revealed that the chest was the prison of Dark Nebula, the lord of the underworld and final boss of the game, and that Meta Knight took the treasure chest and fought Kirby to prevent him from being released.
This appearance marks the only time when Meta Knight (while not possessed) does not offer Kirby a sword before battle.
Kirby's Epic Yarn / Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
- Main article: Meta Knight (boss stage)
|“||This space guardian fell under Yin-Yarn's spell! Luckily, it all worked out!||”|
— Patch Plaza description
Meta Knight once again appears in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn. He is not seen until late in the game, where he is found on the battleship Halberd, confused as to why Dream Land is covered in patches and stitching. Yin-Yarn then suddenly appears and sucks up Meta Knight with his sock. Meta Knight is not seen after that until he is revealed to be the boss of Space Land, under Yin-Yarn's control. His fighting style is similar to how it was in previous appearances; he attacks with various sword techniques and uses tornadoes. None of the four swords he wields are Galaxia, but the final red sword he uses seems to be an equivalent. After he is defeated, Yin-Yarn's spell is broken and Meta Knight returns home to Dream Land via Prince Fluff's sock, along with Kirby, Prince Fluff, and King Dedede.
Kirby Mass Attack
While not appearing anywhere in the main story mode, Meta Knight has some high-profile appearances in Kirby Mass Attack's Sub-Games. He appears as a boss in Strato Patrol EOS, with Sailor Waddle Dee and Bandana Waddle Dee cheering him on, and Kirby Quest. In the former, he acts as the boss of Stage 5, and attacks using sword swipes and Mach Tornado blasts. In Kirby Quest, he is faced in Chapters 30 and 39, with the latter having him appear alongside Sword Knight and Blade Knight, referencing his apprentices from the anime series. Here, he has 2600 HP.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Meta Knight appears as a playable character in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, along with Kirby, King Dedede, and Bandana Waddle Dee. He is seen in the introductory cutscene reading a book in the grass on a knoll, while King Dedede and Bandana Waddle Dee chase Kirby, who is carrying a piece of cake. A mysterious ship, the Lor Starcutter, then exits a wormhole and crashes, leading to the four of them investigating. Upon entering the ship, they meet an alien, Magolor, who apparently needs help finding its missing ship parts. Kirby volunteers to help, and the rest, including Meta Knight, assist him in finding the ship parts.
After they find the ship parts, Magolor takes the four to his homeworld Halcandra, where he requests that they defeat Landia after the dragon shoots them out of the sky. However, after Landia is defeated, Magolor is revealed to be evil and escapes to the Another Dimension. In a cutscene depicting this event, Meta Knight is shown using his skills with his sword to attempt to fend off Magolor's attacks while pursuing him, but eventually falls to the battlefield to fight him instead.
Gameplay-wise, Meta Knight uses his sword to fight. His fighting style is almost identical to Sword Kirby's abilities, and appears to be similar to his techniques in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Meta Knight also uses his wings to fly in a similar fashion to Wing Kirby.
|Meta Knight's move-set in Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
|Skill||Button Execution||Skill||Button Execution|
↓ + 1 in midair
1 with full health
↑ + 1
|Meta Triple Slash||
1 twice after Overhead Slash
|Meta Spin Slash|
Hold 1, release
1 after Meta Triple Slash
|Meta Condor Dive|
Dash + ↓ + 1 in midair
Dash + 1
↓ + ↑ + 1
Dash + 1 in midair
1 in midair
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Meta Knight's design has been updated to match his appearance from Kirby: Planet Robobot onward. Additionally, Galactic Counter from Kirby Star Allies and Crescent Shot from Kirby Fighters 2 have been added to his move-set, though the former now deals a small amount of chip damage to Meta Knight upon successfully countering a boss attack. Meta Knight also has his own Dress-Up Mask that replaces the wearer's voice with his, unlocked by completing card #14 in the Stamp Rally.
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
Meta Knight appears in the opening scene for Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, first appearing in his 8-bit form from Kirby's Adventure, then in his modern (at the time) appearance from Kirby's Return to Dream Land. In addition to his appearances in the games in the collection that feature him, he also makes a few appearances in some of the episodes of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! that are contained in the game's bonus features.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Meta Knight does not appear in Kirby: Triple Deluxe physically, but his likeness can be found in one of Kirby's Stone transformations, along with King Dedede and Bandana Waddle Dee. He also appears in Kirby's Circus ability as one of several balloon pop arts. Additionally, many varying Keychains of him can be collected. Also, Meta Knight appears in the Kirby Master video. Finally, his dark alternate dimension doppelgänger, Dark Meta Knight, appears as the final boss of Dededetour!, as Dark Meta Knight's Revenge.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
While Meta Knight himself does not appear in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, there is a collectible Figurine depicting him. His absence is explained in the Play Nintendo comic In the Name of Fashion, where he and King Dedede are revealed to have lost their colors at the beginning of the game.
Meta Knight also appears as a drawing in Elline's Secret Diary, though his depiction suggests that Elline has not actually seen him, as there are notable differences in his characterization. The page's writing seems to imply that the drawing of Meta Knight is based on Kirby's description of him.
Elline's illustration of Meta Knight in her Secret Diary. Note the sunglasses and top hat.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
In the opening cutscene of Kirby: Planet Robobot, Meta Knight, standing silently and wrapped in his cloak up to that point, notices as a giant spaceship piloted by the Haltmann Works Company approaches Popstar. He promptly sends the Halberd after it to try and deter them, but is shot down before he can even begin the attack.
Later, it is revealed that Meta Knight was captured by the company, and mechanized by them, becoming Mecha Knight. He is then forced to fight Kirby at the end of the Gigabyte Grounds level on their behalf, and again at the end of Access Ark as the upgraded version Mecha Knight+. After being freed by Kirby, he then brings the Halberd back around and asks Kirby to hop aboard the ship. Kirby instead uses the Robobot Armor to scan the entire battleship in order to take on the final boss of the game.
This iteration of Meta Knight takes heavy cues from his appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, as his cloak transforms directly into his wings, and he is wearing armored gloves and boots. In addition, his mask looks much heavier, with the visor protruding a fair distance off his face. As a final touch, when his mask breaks, his eyes are now yellow, as opposed to white as they had been prior, and he does not possess blush, matching the 'maskless Meta Knight' palette swap of Kirby in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
- Main article: Meta Knightmare Returns
Meta Knight is playable in the Sub-Game Meta Knightmare Returns, where he battles through the main world in a long time attack run and fights tougher versions of the bosses therein. He can use Galaxia Darkness (his Final Smash from Super Smash Bros. Brawl and for 3DS / Wii U) and Meta Knightmares as his Meta Point special moves, both of which can damage all enemies on screen. At the end, instead of facing Star Dream, he battles three different bosses in succession.
Kirby Battle Royale
Meta Knight is a participant in Dedede's Cake Royale in Kirby Battle Royale. He can be seen observing the games at first, but then ends up taking part in the tournament himself, challenging Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee at the end of the Gold League. He is partnered up with Axe Knight.
A save file from the demo version of Kirby Battle Royale can be transferred to the full version of the game if save data of the full version is detected on the 3DS. This makes him playable from the start of the full game. Otherwise, he can be unlocked after beating him in the story mode. He plays similarly to Sword Kirby, though he is capable of winged flight, and has some unique moves, like his dimensional cape.
|Meta Knight's move-set in Kirby Battle Royale|
|Skill||Button Execution||Skill||Button Execution|
B during jump
Kirby Star Allies
Meta Knight appears in the intro cutscene for Kirby Star Allies, dusting off his sword before witnessing Jamba Heart shards rain from the sky of Popstar. At some point, he is corrupted by a Jamba Heart shard, and Kirby is forced to fight him as the boss of Sacred Square. Upon his defeat, Meta Knight is freed from the Jamba Heart shard's corruption and becomes a playable Dream Friend.
It is later revealed in Heroes in Another Dimension through Parallel Meta Knight's special page that prior to the events of Story Mode, Meta Knight was at Sacred Square to protect its residents from the raining Jamba Heart pieces before getting corrupted himself. The Japanese, Chinese and Korean versions also state that after Meta Knight was saved by Kirby and friends, his thoughts and the Jamba Heart possessing him went to Another Dimension and created Parallel Meta Knight.
As a boss
Kirby will be forced to pick up the Sword ability before fighting Meta Knight, like in the older games in the series. In the following two situations, however, Meta Knight will become irritated and kick away the sword, featuring a different splash screen:
- If Kirby doesn't take the sword and wait for a certain amount of time;
- If any player steps onto or attacks the platform where Meta Knight stands.
Meta Knight often guards so that he takes no damage at all, often signaled when he takes a defensive stance. His sword-based attacks can be interrupted by the Sword ability (including Friends like Blade Knight), which creates a sword clashing effect and stuns him for a bit.
When his health is below half, Meta Knight surrounds himself with a purple force aura under the influence of the Jamba Heart piece (he takes 0.2× damage during phase transitions). In this phase, he begins with duplicating himself into up to four Meta Knights, depending on how many allies there are. The duplicated Meta Knights can also make boulders rain from the sky using the purple force.
The following lists all of Meta Knight's attacks in the boss battle. Attacks in italics are used during the second phase only. Most attack names are from the Kirby Star Allies Perfect Support Guide or from the Kirby Star Allies Official Setting Document Collection, while others are conjectural.
|Meta Knight's boss attacks in Kirby Star Allies|
|Backhand Slash[conjectural title]||Meta Knight performs a backhand slash.|
|Meta Quadruple Slash[conjectural title]||Meta Knight performs a backhand slash followed by Triple Slash.|
Hyper Rush - Crescent Shot
|Meta Knight performs a multithrust and then fires a crescent-shaped energy wave.|
Aerial Crescent Shot
|Meta Knight jumps and fires two Crescent Shots at the same time.|
|Glide Sword[conjectural title]||Meta Knight glides while thrusting his sword.|
|Down Thrust[conjectural title]||Meta Knight jumps and thrusts down his sword, leaving two stars on impact.|
|After a brief charge, Meta Knight stabs his sword into the ground to summon one or more giant tornadoes that travel across the stage.
If the allies are hit by the tornado, they will be thrown into the air and take damage when crashing onto the ground.
|After a few seconds of charging, Meta Knight dashes and performs an upper slash. If the upper slash connects to any player(s), he will then perform a multi-slash combo to them in midair. The attack will end early if the allies avoid the upper slash.
|Meta Knight duplicates himself. The number of Meta Knights in play depends on how many allies there are:
Every Meta Knight can take damage and each of them attack independently from the others. Two of them will always stay on the ground, while the other two will stay airborne.
|The duplicated Meta Knights fly to the background. Using the purple force, they summon large boulders to hurl at the allies. The boulders stack into pillars, the number of which matches the number of Meta Knights. Then, every Meta Knight cuts down a pillar in a flash, creating smaller rocks which can be inhaled.
After the pillar slashes, the duplicates will merge back into the one true Meta Knight.
|Meta Knight fires a purple force beam in an attempt to catch the allies, which cannot be guarded.|
If successful, he will swing and slam the trapped allies with the purple force. Trapped allies can escape by mashing direction buttons rapidly.
|Simultaneous Glide Sword[conjectural title]||All duplicated Meta Knights Shuttle Loop towards a given character's position three times in a row. The Meta Knights each target one character to Shuttle Loop towards. If fighting him with only one character, both Meta Knights target just that character.|
Unlike most other bosses in the game, Meta Knight doesn't attack in a set order every time he's fought. Specific attacks will always be performed at set intervals while all the others are performed randomly.
These attacks are always performed randomly:
- Backhand Slash
- Meta Quadruple Slash
- Hyper Rush
- Hyper Rush ~ Crescent Shot
- Aerial Crescent Shot
- Glide Sword
- Down Thrust
For phase 1, Meta Knight attacks in a fixed order on loop as follows:
- Eight or nine random attacks
- Upper Calibur
- Ten random attacks
Upon entering phase 2, Meta Knight begins the phase as such:
- Four Bodies
- Aerial Crescent Shot [two Meta Knights] + Glide Sword [two other Meta Knights]
- Three random attacks from all Meta Knights each
Then attacks in a fixed order on loop as such:
- Force Force
- One random attack
- Force Holdings
- Three random attacks
- Upper Calibur
- One random attack
- Four Bodies
- Aerial Crescent Shot [two Meta Knights] + Glide Sword [two other Meta Knights]
- Three random attacks from all Meta Knights each
- Simultaneous Glide Sword
Upon defeat, Kirby can optionally throw a Friend Heart at Meta Knight and make him a friend similar to King Dedede at the end of the Clash at Castle Dedede stage. Otherwise Meta Knight's mask breaks and he flees with his cape.
Battle with Meta Knight in Kirby Star Allies (The Ultimate Choice).
As a Dream Friend
After being defeated as a boss in Story Mode, Meta Knight is unlocked as a playable Dream Friend. He is recruitable by the Dream Rod from either the Dream Palace in Story Mode, from certain Big Switches in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! or right after his defeat as a boss if a Friend Heart is tossed at him before his mask breaks in Story Mode and Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!.
According to the Japanese, Chinese and Korean versions, he is still in the service of King Dedede and the phrase "stir things up" originally refers to a "revolution", i.e. the events of Revenge of Meta Knight.
|“||あのナイトが「夢の泉の物語」から 見ざん！ 大王の はい下のようで ありながら カービィを助け 時には 巨大戦かんで かくめいも おこす… そんなナゾ多きナイトが、かなたの闇さえ さっし、飛ぶ！
The Knight from "Kirby's Adventure" has arrived! Although he appears to be in service of the King, sometimes he'll help Kirby, and other times, he'll incite a revolution with his giant battleship... Sensing the distant darkness, that mysterious knight flies!
— Guest Star Meta Knight Source of Darkness Pause Screen description in Kirby Star Allies (Japanese)
Meta Knight as the playable Dream Friend can deal more damage than Sword Kirby and Blade Knight when using the same moves, not to mention his access to even more moves. Meta Knight is one of the fastest characters to beat The Ultimate Choice, either solo or with Friends.
|Meta Knight's Dream Friend move-set in Kirby Star Allies|
B with full health
|Meta Triple Slash||
B twice after Overhead Slash
B after Meta Triple Slash
Final slash: 32
Dash + B
Dash + B in midair
B in midair
↓ + B in midair
↑ + B
|Meta Spin Slash||
Press and hold B, and then release
Final slash: 36
Press and hold B, and then release + ↑
Final slash: 25
|Meta Condor Dive||
Dash and press ↓ + B in midair
↓↑ + B
|24→2 (2nd hit onward)|
A in midair
|Underwater version of Knight Spin.||N/A|
↓ + B
|Added in version 4.0.0.||N/A|
|Reference: A Star Bullet deals 52 damage.|
- Blizzard Sword: Meta Knight fires three-way icicles from his sword while gliding.
- Bluster Sword: Meta Knight does a long-distance swoop instead of gliding.
- Sizzle Sword: Meta Knight's gliding speed is greatly increased, and he glides horizontally without falling down. When it ends, he brakes in the air and creates an explosion in a similar fashion to the Searing Burn move of the Fire ability.
- Splash Sword: Meta Knight fires water balls from his sword in succession while gliding.
- Zap Sword: Meta Knight drops a lightning bolt on himself to surround himself with electricity before gliding.
With Sizzle Shuttle Loop, Meta Knight has one of the fastest movements among all playable characters, making him a popular choice in a Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! speedrun, either as the main character or while Piggybacked.
Super Kirby Clash
In Super Kirby Clash, Meta Knight appears in the Port Village after Pyribbit is defeated, behind the Quest Board. There are also four stickers featuring him, one costing 30 Gem Apples and three costing 20.
Kirby Fighters 2
Meta Knight features prominently in Kirby Fighters 2, both as a playable character and as a boss, where he is partnered up with King Dedede. He is unlocked as a playable fighter upon completing Chapter 4 of Story Mode: The Destined Rivals. His move-set is largely the same as it was in Kirby Star Allies, though he has a new move: Crescent Shot, which works in a similar manner to Sky Knight Sword from Kirby: Planet Robobot.
For more precise competitive-oriented information on Meta Knight in Kirby Fighters 2, see Mizuumi Wiki's page.
For information about him as a boss, see the King Dedede & Meta Knight page.
|Meta Knight's move-set in Kirby Fighters 2|
|Skill||Button Execution||Description||Damage (unmodified)|
|Meta Knight swipes over his head with his sword, striking in front of him.||10|
Hold ↑, then release + B
|Meta Knight raises his sword upward and charges it with energy. He can then release the energy as a projectile using Overhead Slash or Meta Chop, which travels straight forward and passes through foes.||8 (projectile)|
|Meta Triple Slash||
B twice after Overhead Slash
|Meta Knight uses his signature three-strike sword combo attack.||16 (if all hits connect)|
B after Meta Triple Slash
|Meta Knight finishes his combo by rapidly swiping his opponent with his sword then knocking them away.||22 (if all hits connect) |
38 (including Meta Triple Slash)
Dash + B
|Meta Knight lunges forward with his sword out, carrying his foes with him in the motion.||13 (if all hits connect)|
Dash + B in midair
|Meta Knight performs a somersault with his sword out, hitting foes all around him.||10|
B in midair
|Meta Knight falls with his sword out in front, bouncing off of enemies he hits.||14|
↓ + B in midair
|Meta Knight stops in the air and aims his sword straight down, then falls rapidly to the ground, pushing foes out of the way.||22 (if both hits connect)|
↑ + B
|Meta Knight thrusts his sword into the air, hitting enemies above him.||20|
↓ + B
|Meta Knight makes a special pose. If a foe hits him while in this pose, Meta Knight will take no damage, and instead counter with a swooping strike.||20|
|Meta Spin Slash||
Press and hold B, then release
|Meta Knight charges up, then releases a powerful spin attack that catches foes in its motion before launching them. Meta Knight can move left or right while releasing the attack.||38 (if all hits connect)|
Press and hold B, then release + ↑
|Meta Knight charges up, then releases a powerful spin attack while jumping that catches foes in its motion before launching them. Meta Knight can move left or right while releasing the attack.||35 (if all hits connect)|
|Meta Condor Dive||
Dash and use ↓ + B in midair
|Meta Knight flies diagonally downward and crashes into the ground, knocking away foes in his path.||4 (each sword strike) |
↓↑ + B
|Meta Knight takes off with a loop and then flies forward, dragging foes along with him in the movement. During the flight, Meta Knight can steer up or down and caught opponents receive continuous damage.||5 (initial hit) |
2 (subsequent hits)
A in midair
|Meta Knight uses his wings to fly quickly through the air.||N/A|
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Meta Knight returns in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, titled The Lone Swordsman. Like many others, Meta Knight was brought to the mysterious world by vortexes that opened in the skies above Dream Land. Once the Colosseum in Waddle Dee Town is built, Meta Knight can be fought as the final fight in The Meta Knight Cup. He appears again in The Ultimate Cup, though not as the final opponent. After beating him the first time, Kirby is awarded the Meta Knight Sword blueprint. After clearing the main story and unlocking The Ultimate Cup, Meta Knight stays perched upon the entrance of the Colosseum. Elfilin explains that Meta Knight stays in Waddle Dee Town to protect the town from the Beast Pack while Kirby is away.
It is revealed through Meta Knight's collectible figure descriptions that Meta Knight arrived in the new world before Kirby. During his early scouting, he ventured as far as Winter Horns searching for a way back to Popstar. However, his exploration was interrupted when the Beast Pack attacked Waddle Dee Town, prompting him to commit himself to the town's defense. He is mentioned as having beaten Gorimondo 30 times in battle.
A more challenging doppelgänger of Meta Knight, known as Phantom Meta Knight, is encountered in the Ultimate Cup Z of the Colosseum. Phantom Meta Knight's figure description reveals that Fecto Forgo aimed to control Meta Knight in the same manner as King Dedede. However, due to the knight's unbending will, the attempt failed, leading to the creation of Phantom Meta Knight.
The following are all of Meta Knight's attacks in Kirby and the Forgotten Land (attack names are from the Kirby and the Forgotten Land Perfect Support Guide). Attacks in italics are used in the second phase only:
|Meta Knight's attacks in Kirby and the Forgotten Land|
|Meta Knight quickly moves, attempting to evade attacks.|
|Meta Knight slashes his sword towards Kirby once.|
|Meta Knight slashes three times toward Kirby, leaving behind a Drop Star with each slash.|
|Meta Knight charges his sword and then releases three crescent shots toward Kirby which leave Drop Stars upon dissipating.|
|Meta Knight charges up, and then dashes toward Kirby. If Kirby is caught in the attack, he will be thrown in the air, slashed multiple times, and then tossed to the ground for additional damage.
If Kirby has Sword or one of its variants, he can use it to clash with Meta Knight when he attempts this move. This initiates a pushing contest, where the player needs to mash the attack button to have Kirby push Meta Knight back. Failing this leads into the attack as usual as if Kirby was caught. Succeeding allows Kirby to disarm Meta Knight, forcing him to use his sword from Kirby's Adventure if Kirby grabs the Galaxia afterward, gaining the Meta Knight Sword ability (regardless of whether or not he has it unlocked or otherwise selected).
|Meta Knight flies into the distance and conjures a wave of boulders that fly into the air and then fall onto the arena, leaving gaps where Kirby can take cover. When the rocks hit the ground, they leave behind Drop Stars. Meta Knight always opens the second phase with this attack.|
Downward Wave Shot
|Meta Knight points his sword down in midair and then slams the ground, creating four blue pillars of energy that seek Kirby for a moment before vanishing and leaving Drop Stars. These pillars dissipate early if they hit the edge of the arena.|
100-Slashes Crescent Rush
|Meta Knight charges energy into his sword while flying and then releases a flurry of continuous crescent shots at Kirby, leaving behind Drop Stars on impact at regular intervals.|
Knight Vampire Crescent
|Meta Knight charges his sword and then releases two extra large crescent shots toward Kirby which leave lots of Drop Stars in their wake.|
Meta Knight using Upper Calibur on Kirby
Battle with Meta Knight in the Colosseum in Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
Kirby's Dream Buffet
Meta Knight himself does not appear in Kirby's Dream Buffet. However, Kirby can take on his likeness using the appropriate costume and color. Additionally, Meta Knight appears on several Character Treats.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Meta Knight appears as a collectible trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
As a playable character
Meta Knight is featured for the first time as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His main attributes are his excellent aerial mobility, with five mid-air jumps, excellent airspeed, and special moves which can all assist further with recovery (most notoriously his glide following his up-special), as well as his quick and powerful sword swipes, many of which can beat out moves from other characters. All of these attributes put together make for a fearsome fighter when in the right hands, so much so that he is widely considered the best character in the game and is often banned from tournaments.
Unlike Kirby and King Dedede, Meta Knight speaks in full sentences, with lines such as "Know my power!" when using his Final Smash; Galaxia Darkness and "You've much yet to learn." in one of his victory poses. This is in stark contrast to the Kirby series proper, where his only dialogue outside of the occasional grunt is entirely text-based. His association in the Story Mode with Marth and Ike, along with his own unique version of the series victory jingle, help to further separate him from his cuter compatriots.
Role in The Subspace Emissary
Throughout the story of The Subspace Emissary, Meta Knight is chasing down the Subspace Army, as they had seen fit to steal his flagship Halberd and use it to spread shadow bugs across the realm. Along the way, he joins up with the two Fire Emblem swordsmen of Marth and Ike in pursuit of the Ancient Minister and his subspace bombs. One of these bombs resides in a giant transformable robot called Galleom which Meta Knight fights. After Galleom transforms, taking Lucas and the Pokémon Trainer as hostages with it, they then break loose, and Meta Knight flies in to catch them in mid-air.
Later on, Meta Knight catches up to the Halberd as it engages in an aerial battle with the Great Fox by jumping up a mountainside along with the Ice Climbers (who believe it to be a race). At the top, he battles and then allies with Lucario before boarding the ship. From there, he encounters Snake and the two princesses Peach and Zelda as he liberates his ship from Subspace control.
After the heroes defeat the giant robot Duon aboard the Halberd and free Mr. Game & Watch, Meta Knight regains control of the ship. From there, they fly against the massive Subspace gunship which blows the Halberd to smithereens, though the heroes survive by splitting off on smaller ships to take down the gunship and enter Subspace. At this point, Meta Knight has no further unique role to play in the story.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Following his uncontested status as the best fighter in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Meta Knight suffered from several serious downgrades to his fighting ability in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, including taking away his ability to glide and giving most of his standard attacks less priority, power and range. Despite this, several of his moves, notably his special abilities, were strengthened to compensate, thus changing the strategies needed to play as him. Despite his reduced dominance, Meta Knight still ranks high compared to the rest of the cast in terms of competitive play, striking fear into his opponents with his dreaded up-air chain to Shuttle Loop finisher.
Unlike Kirby and King Dedede, Meta Knight retained his old voice clips and Final Smash from Super Smash Bros Brawl, but he was given an additional piece of armor in that his gloves are now gauntleted. This makes this incarnation of Meta Knight the most heavily armored to date.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Meta Knight returns along with every other fighter in the series in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Unlike previous appearances, Meta Knight must be unlocked before he can be used. Overall, he has become more polarized in this title when compared to his appearance in the preceding installment, with his mobility, range, and attack power becoming greater, but at the same time becoming more open to counterattacks if he misses his mark or overextends. His most notable changes come to his neutral special 'Mach Tornado' which now only hits once and travels quicker instead of catching opponents and his new Final Smash known as 'Darkness Illusion', which is a trapping flurry attack similar to Ike's 'Great Aether' where Meta Knight sprouts an additional pair of wings and barrages his victim(s) before sending them flying.
Taiko no Tatsujin series
Meta Knight appears as an unlockable costume in two arcade titles of the Taiko no Tatsujin series:
- Taiko no Tatsujin: Yellow Ver.
- Taiko no Tatsujin: Blue Ver.
This costume is unlocked by clearing "Revenge of Meta Knight Medley" in the aforementioned two games.
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
- Main article: Meta Knight (anime character)
Meta Knight appears in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! as a major supporting character with Sword Knight and Blade Knight as his loyal followers. Near the beginning of the series, he acts somewhat mysterious, seemingly serving King Dedede, but also sometimes helping Kirby when he needs it. Later in the series, his role becomes that of a mentor to Kirby. Most of the time, he does not outright help Kirby, but sometimes gives him tips about how to defeat whatever opponent he is facing. In the rare occasions where he does fight Kirby, it is for training purposes. Meta Knight also has a Hispanic accent in the English dub and a direct Spanish accent in the Latin America and Spain dubs, possibly because he slightly resembles Zorro.
In the series, Meta Knight is said to be a Star Warrior, a protector of the galaxy against Night Mare Enterprises. However, most of the Star Warriors ended up being killed, leaving him as a survivor, training Kirby to become one too. Due to this, he displays very skilled swordplay. He is also very stealthy, being able to appear at scenes without being noticed until he speaks up. He wields the same sword from the games, the Galaxia, which is said in the series to be a legendary sword which only can be wielded by those destined to do so. When he first encounters Galaxia, it is being guarded by a fierce monster called Kirisakin. His partner Garlude resorts to sacrificing herself, but manages to get the sword to Meta Knight.
Meta Knight's eyes change color according to his mood. If he is happy or calm, they are blue. If he is thoughtful, they are green. If he is angry, they are red. If he is amused, they are pink.
In the Kirby novel series
- Main article: Meta Knight (novel character)
Meta Knight is one of the main protagonists of the Kirby novel series, and also has three different novels that focus on him. His appearance is identical to the games, and similarly to the games he is a mysterious, skilled swordsman. He typically does not get involved in other people's problems, although will assist people if he has his own reasons for doing so. He also has a friendship with King Dedede.
|Kirby: Canvas Curse||Dash for a sword attack!|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Unlimited power in your blade. Command your called knight. Train and journey the cosmos!|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||The masked knight cometh! His intense training allows him to soar through the air, swinging his sword with unrivaled speed!|
|Kirby and the Rainbow Curse||This mysterious masked swordsman helms the battleship Halberd. He hasn't always been the most trustworthy ally, but you can count on him when you really need him. He appears in this game as a figurine.|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||The masked knight has returned to fight evil while Kirby takes a much-needed nap. Collect Meta Points, and then touch the lower screen to unleash his special attacks.|
|Kirby Star Allies||As a boss:|
Corrupted by the power of a dark heart, Meta Knight’s dedication to the purity of combat has been eclipsed by a secret wild streak that always lurked within him. This once-hidden fury is now unleashed with every stab and thrust of his sword!
|Kirby and the Forgotten Land||The Lone Swordsman|
Meta Knight (figure)
The mysterious vortex brought Meta Knight to the new world too! He quickly tasked himself with finding a way back to Popstar...until the Beast Pack attacked Waddle Dee Town. The besieged settlement needed protecting, and a swordsman never ignores a chance to train!
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe||The masked knight enters, soaring through the air and deftly swinging his sword. His unrivaled speed is the result of intense training!|
Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy
Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophies
|Meta Knight's Trophies in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U|
|Name||3DS Image||Wii U Image||Appears In||American English description||British English description|
|Meta Knight||NES Kirby's Adventure (05/1993)
SNES Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
|Kirby's mysterious rival, this masked swordsman appears in several Kirby games. His cape transforms into wings to grant him flight. In Smash Bros., his quick sword skills and aerial agility set him apart. He can jump up to five times in a row, and he has a special move to soar higher.||A mysterious masked swordsman from the Kirby series. His cape can turn into wings, which gives him the ability to fly. His swift swordplay and ability to stay in the air give him an edge in this game. He can combine five mid-air jumps with a special move to make recovering a cinch. If you use him, try to keep battle airborne!|
|Meta Knight (Alt.)||NES Kirby's Adventure (05/1993)
SNES Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
|Meta Knight's Dimensional Cape lets you teleport, changing where you'll reappear with directional inputs and attacking by holding the button! His Mach Tornado special can draw in and attack multiple opponents. Rise by pressing the button repeatedly, and press left or right to move.||Meta Knight's Dimensional Cape lets you teleport. After vanishing, you can move to reappear somewhere else. You can also keep holding the button to turn it into an attack! His Mach Tornado special can mix up multiple opponents in the fray. Press the button repeatedly to rise up, and move left and right to create extra havoc.|
Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.
Kirby: Planet Robobot British English electronic manual
- "A masked warrior who tries to take on Haltmann Works Co. by himself. However, he's soon defeated by a mighty enemy..."
Just who is Meta Knight? We’re not sure, since he usually wears a silver mask.
Sometimes Meta Knight shows up to help Kirby, but he usually prefers to fight. What better way to show off his awesome moves? He’s round, fast, and good with a sword!
- The mysterious swordsman is rarely seen without his iconic mask—and when he does lose it in battle, he runs away! He likes to test his sword techniques out on Kirby, but sometimes serves as an ally.
Meta Knight is often associated with the following musical themes:
- Boarding the Halberd and Havoc Aboard the Halberd - The two stage themes in Revenge of Meta Knight, often rearranged and combined into one medley, e.g. the track "Meta Knight's Revenge" from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- Revenge of Meta Knight (Map) - This track from Revenge of Meta Knight often plays in other games when Meta Knight makes an appearance. As such, it can be considered to be one of his secondary theme songs.
- VS. Meta Knight - His boss battle theme from Revenge of Meta Knight, which has been used several times throughout the series.
- My Friend and the Sunset - The ending track of Revenge of Meta Knight, which has been remixed in several later games, including Kirby: Planet Robobot (e.g. Dedede Clones & D3's boss battle theme is a mashup of King Dedede's Theme and this theme) and Kirby Star Allies (as his own boss battle theme this time). This track is considered to be Meta Knight's main theme song, due to its use as his Dream Friend intro.
- Early games (and Kirby & The Amazing Mirror) have Meta Knight hold his sword in his left hand, while later games have him hold his sword in his right hand. Various Kirby games lead to him being ambidextrous because when he faces left, his sword is in his left hand and vice versa. However, the sprites for Meta Knight are simply flipped, much as how Sword Kirby "switches" hands when he turns around, which is mainly the reason he can hold his sword in both hands.
- According to the official Kirby website, Meta Knight actually loves sweet food.
- The Kirby Café frequently features desserts themed after Meta Knight, including a chocolate au lait he drinks after training, a chocolate fondant he keeps secretly in his cape, and a parfait he indulges in every night.
- Meta Knight became the "Nagoya Station Master", the icon for the Nagoya fair of Japan's Pupupu Train merchandise event during July 24-30, 2018.
- Meta Knight's appearance in the Colosseum of Kirby and the Forgotten Land marks the first time a boss has been exclusive to a regular Boss Endurance mode, rather than solely its The True Arena equivalent.
- Main article: Meta Knight/gallery
|Quotes from Meta Knight in the Kirby series|
Names in other languages
mèi tǎ qí shì
Armored warrior (Super Mario Odyssey amiibo function)
mèi tǎ qí shì
méi tǎ nài tè
kuī jiǎ wǔ shì
Cavaliere Nero (Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land)
|Brazilian Portuguese||Meta Knight
|Latin American Spanish||Meta Knight
|European Spanish||Meta Knight||-|
The Lone Swordsman, Meta Knight
kokō no kishi meta naito
|The Lone Knight, Meta Knight|
|Traditional Chinese||孤高的騎士 魅塔騎士
gū gāo de qí shì mèi tǎ qí shì
|The Arrogant Knight, Meta Knight|
|Simplified Chinese||孤高的骑士 魅塔骑士|
gū gāo de qí shì mèi tǎ qí shì
|German||Der einsame Kämpfer, Meta-Knight||The lone Fighter, Meta-Knight|
|Italian||Spadaccino solitario, Meta Knight||Lone Swordsman, Meta Knight|
|Korean||고고한 기사 메타 나이트
gogohan gisa meta naiteu
|The Lone Knight, Meta Knight|
|Spanish||Espadachín solitario, Meta Knight||Lone swordsman, Meta Knight|
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