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Metal General

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Metal General
KRtDLD Metal General screenshot.png
Screenshot of Metal General from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.
Details
First game Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Latest game Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Copy Abilities Bomb (Search Bomb and Rocket Launcher)
Crash (Destruction Missile)
Beam (Metal Bit)
Spark (Installation Type Lightning Strike Device, Metal General EX only)
Relative(s) HR-D3 (Extra Mode only)
Security Force (replica)
Similar to Mecha Knight (body)
Computer Virus (damage display)
Theme music

Clip of the theme that plays when battling Metal General (Main Mode).

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Long ago, the soulless battle robot Metal General would be dispatched by its master to visit other planets and exterminate their foes. Now it serves as security, guarding this spot for eternity.
— VS Metal General Special Page in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe

Metal General is the boss of Egg Engines in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.

When Kirby and his friends first enter Metal General's arena, the robot is stationary, but when they get close to it, it will activate and let out a burst of steam, signifying that the battle has begun. Defeating Metal General is necessary to advance to the next level.

Appearance[edit]

Metal General EX

Metal General is a short, robotic character with a dark blue and light blue paint job and has yellow eyes. It has a shoulder pauldron above its short left arm, boot-like legs similar to Kirby's, and a right arm with a multi-purpose weapon launcher. Overall, it looks very similar to a shark.

When knocked to around 55% of its maximum health, Metal General does not change appearance. Instead, it simply starts sparking and stuttering.

Metal General EX looks the same, but with a black and red paint job.

Attacks[edit]

The following lists all of Metal General's attacks in the Main Mode of Kirby's Return to Dream Land. All attack names were taken from official Japanese strategy guides.

Attacks - Main Mode  
Attack Description
ビームサーベル斬り
Beam Saber Slash
Metal General takes out a laser sword and starts slashing rapidly. The finishing strike leaves a star on the ground behind it.
電磁ニードル
Electro Shock Needle
Metal General flies into the air and turns on a protective shield. Spark bolts zig-zag out of the shield in various directions. During the second phase, more bolts are fired.
ビームサーベル回転アタック
Beam Saber Rotation Attack
Metal General takes out its laser sword and spins it rapidly, then dashes forward, leaving a star behind.
ロケットランチャー
Rocket Launcher
Metal General fires a few wandering missiles from its cannon. These can be swallowed for the Bomb Copy Ability. More missiles are launched in the second phase.
Second phase only  
デストラクションミサイル
Destruction Missile
Metal General summons a rocket, and rides it into the background. It will then attempt to ram Kirby with it several times, before finally crashing it down, creating a lingering field of fire on the ground and some stars. Swallowing the rocket before it explodes will yield the Crash ability.
電撃シャトルループ
Electro Shock Shuttle Loop
Metal General activates a small shield, then flies into a dive toward Kirby, creating stars where it lands.
メタルビット
Metal Bit
Metal General deploys three small flying drones that pursue Kirby. Swallowing them yields the Beam ability.
サーチボム
Search Bomb
Metal General tosses three mines on the ground, which explode on contact or after a set time. Can be swallowed for the Bomb ability.

Defeating Metal General in the Story Mode causes it to crumble and explode, finishing the level.

Forced to work security long after its master's death, this robot uses AI to maintain itself and control the machines of Egg Engines. It has a wide variety of advanced features...but still no heart.
— VS Metal General EX Special Page in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe

In Extra Mode and The True Arena, the General has many more weapons in its arsenal, and uses them more frequently to litter the stage with hazards. Additionally, many of its moves that it only used in the second phase in the Main Mode are used in the first phase here. Once defeated in Extra Mode, it flies off and pilots HR-D3 to attack Kirby once again.

Attacks - Extra Mode  
Attack Description
ビームサーベル回転アタックターン
Beam Saber Rotation Attack Turn
Metal General EX takes out its laser sword and spins it rapidly, then dashes forward, leaving a star behind. Once it reaches a wall, it turns and dashes to the other wall, leaving another star.
サーチボム
Search Bomb
Metal General EX tosses three mines on the ground, which explode on contact or after a set time. Can be swallowed for the Bomb ability.
ビームサーベル斬り
Beam Saber Slash
Metal General EX takes out a laser sword and starts slashing rapidly. The finishing strike leaves a star on the ground behind it. It also moves forward as it slashes.
電撃シャトルループ
Electro Shock Shuttle Loop
Metal General EX activates a small shield, then flies into a dive toward Kirby, creating stars where it lands.
設置式落雷装置
Installation Type Lightning Strike Device
Metal General EX tosses three spark mines on the ground, which explode, creating lightning bolts on contact or after a set time. Can be swallowed for the Spark ability. During the second phase, the mines zap several times.
デストラクションミサイル
Destruction Missile
Metal General EX summons a rocket, and rides it into the background. It will then attempt to ram Kirby with it several times, before finally crashing it down, creating a lingering field of fire on the ground and some stars. Swallowing the rocket before it explodes will yield the Crash ability.
ロケットランチャー
Rocket Launcher
Metal General EX fires several wandering missiles from its cannon. These can be swallowed for the Bomb Copy Ability.
電磁ニードル
Electro Shock Needle
Metal General EX flies into the air and turns on a protective shield. Spark bolts zig-zag out of the shield in various directions.
Second phase only  
デストラクションミサイル・トリプル
Destruction Missile Triple
Metal General EX summons three rockets (two in the foreground and one in the background) and boards the last one. All three rockets attempt to ram into Kirby once each, before crashing down one-at-a-time. Swallowing one of the rockets before it explodes will yield the Crash ability.
メタルビット
Metal Bit
Metal General EX deploys six small flying drones that pursue Kirby. Swallowing them yields the Beam ability. Drones are spread out much more than in the Main Mode. It might deploy six small flying drones that hover high in the air, before the drones and the General start shooting blasts downward in a systematic fashion three times in a row or until the drones are destroyed.

Role in Merry Magoland[edit]

Metal General enjoys its time with the Waddle Dees.

By completing its boss battle in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Metal General will appear in Merry Magoland, playing with some Waddle Dees near the center of the park. Additionally, unlockable Dress-Up Masks based on its regular and EX forms can be worn, provided the player has already defeated Metal General in Story Mode and Extra Mode respectively.

Trivia[edit]

  • Unlike any other enemy in both the original Wii release and Deluxe, whenever Metal General is hit, a green number indicating the amount of damage dealt flashes near it. How damage is displayed works as such: the game takes the actual damage of the attack, multiplies it by 10 and then adds a random number between this range (-3, 3) before displaying the damage value on-screen.
    • Metal General and Computer Virus are the only bosses in the main series that display the amount of damage dealt, although the latter displays it accurately.
    • In the Kirby Clash games, the amount of damage dealt is always shown on every boss.
  • Metal General can be seen as a successor to Meta Knight's battle style in previous games, in particular with its rapid slashing attacks and how its "Electro Shock Shuttle Loop" resembles the similarly-named Shuttle Loop.
  • A very similar enemy to Metal General appears in Kirby: Planet Robobot as a Mid-Boss, called Security Force and mass produced by Haltmann Works Company. This replica has an abridged version of Metal General's moveset and also shows the amount of damage dealt, but it will try to self-destruct when defeated, unlike the original robot.
    • The new Special Pages in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe state that the original Metal General was also a security robot, who has continued to operate after its master's death.
  • Some of Metal General's attacks loosely serve as an inspiration for some of the attacks of the Mecha copy ability.

Gallery[edit]

Video Walkthrough[edit]

No damage fight against Metal General.
No damage fight against Metal General EX and HR-D3.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese メタルジェネラル
Metaru Jeneraru
メタルジェネラル EXイーエックス
Metaru Jeneraru Īekkusu
Metal General
Metal General EX
Traditional Chinese 金屬將軍
Jīnshǔ Jiāngjūn
金屬將軍EX
Jīnshǔ Jiāngjūn EX
Metal General
Metal General EX
Simplified Chinese 金属将军
Jīnshǔ Jiāngjūn
金属将军EX
Jīnshǔ Jiāngjūn EX
Dutch Metaalgeneraal
Metaalgeneraal+
Metal general
Metal general+
French Général Métal
Général Métal EX
Metal General
Metal General EX
German Metall-Marschall
Metall-Marschall X
Metal Marshal
Metal Marshal X
Italian Metallobot
Metallobot X
Metalbot
Metalbot X
Korean 메탈 제너럴
Metal Jeneoreol
메탈 제너럴EX
Metal Jeneoreol Iegseu
Metal General
Metal General EX
Portuguese General Metal
General Metal EX
Metal General
Metal General EX
Latin American Spanish General Metal
General Metal EX
Metal General
Metal General EX
European Spanish General Metal
General Metal +
Metal General
Metal General +


Name with title[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 心無こころなきガードロボット メタルジェネラル
kokoronaki gādo robotto metaru jeneraru
Heartless Guard Robot, Metal General