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Phantom Meta Knight

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Phantom Meta Knight
KatFL Phantom Meta Knight Splash Screen.jpg
Splash screen for Phantom Meta Knight from Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
First game Kirby and the Forgotten Land (2022)
Relative(s) Meta Knight
Theme music

Music for the battle with Phantom Meta Knight in Kirby and the Forgotten Land

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The lone illusory foe that you encountered outside of Forgo Dreams. When Fecto Forgo tried to control Meta Knight like it had King Dedede, the experienced swordsman came out on top through sheer force of will...but the result was this mysterious doppelgänger, formed by the residual psychic energy!
— Figure description from Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Phantom Meta Knight (titled The Lone Illusion) is a more powerful illusory copy of Meta Knight which appears as a secret boss in The Ultimate Cup Z of the Colosseum in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. Phantom Meta Knight looks and fights largely the same as its real counterpart but has a different neon color scheme—now sporting jade skin and pauldrons as well as a salmon pink mask and strobe eyes that shift in from pink to red and then white.

As indicated by its figure description, Phantom Meta Knight was not directly created by Fecto Forgo, unlike the other Phantom bosses, because they could not control Meta Knight like they did with King Dedede; this adds an extra layer of meaning to its title of "the lone illusion". Adding to this, Phantom Meta Knight is fought in a dreamlike version of the Colosseum, suggesting that it may be based on Meta Knight's memories rather than Fecto Forgo's (as they are never directly fought there). When defeated, its mask breaks like the real Meta Knight, but it explodes afterwards instead of fleeing.


The following are all of Phantom 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:

Phantom Meta Knight's attacks in Kirby and the Forgotten Land  
Attack Description
Phantom Meta Knight quickly moves, attempting to evade attacks.
Triple Slash
Phantom Meta Knight slashes three times toward Kirby, leaving behind a Dropped Star with each slash. It might instead, after the first two slashes, use the Double Quick Crescent attack.
Crescent Shot
Phantom Meta Knight charges its sword and then releases three crescent shots toward Kirby which leave Dropped Stars upon dissipating.
Double Quick Crescent
Phantom Meta Knight hops away from Kirby and quickly fires two purple crescent shots at his current position.
Knight Vampire Crescent
Phantom Meta Knight charges its sword and then releases one or two extra large green crescent shots toward Kirby which leave lots of Dropped Stars in their wake.
Downward Wave Shot
Phantom Meta Knight points its 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 Dropped Stars. These pillars dissipate early if they hit the edge of the arena.
Upper Calibur
Phantom 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 Phantom Meta Knight when it attempts this move. This initiates a pushing contest, where the player needs to mash the attack button to have Kirby push Phantom Meta Knight back. Failing this leads into the attack as usual as if Kirby was caught. Succeeding allows Kirby to disarm Phantom Meta Knight, forcing it to use a backup sword if Kirby grabs the Galaxia afterward, gaining the Meta Knight Sword ability (regardless of whether or not he has it selected beforehand).

Phantom Meta Knight may fly behind Kirby before dashing, usually if Kirby is far away. In the second phase, Phantom Meta Knight may spawn a phantom image of itself before charging at Kirby; the fake Phantom Meta Knight does not leave Dropped Stars behind.

Triple Force Falls
Phantom 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 Dropped Stars. The attack repeats two more times. Phantom Meta Knight always opens the second phase with this attack.
100-Slashes Crescent Rush
Phantom Meta Knight charges energy into its sword while flying and then releases a flurry of continuous crescent shots at Kirby, leaving behind Dropped Stars on impact at regular intervals.
Downward Spiral Party
Phantom Meta Knight points its sword down in midair and then slams the ground, forming three waves of energy pillars (five energy pillars for the first two waves and ten for the third) which spiral outward, back inwards, and then expands back outwards once more from the center.


Video gallery[edit]

Video playthrough of Kirby battling Phantom Meta Knight in the Colosseum.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 孤高ここう幻夢げんむ メタナイト・げん
Kokō no Genmu Meta Naito Gen
The Lone Illusion, Meta Knight Phantom
Traditional Chinese 孤高的幻夢 魅塔騎士·幻
Gūgāo de Huànmèng Mèitǎ Qíshì Huàn
The Arrogant Illusion, Meta Knight Phantom
Simplified Chinese 孤高的幻梦 魅塔骑士·幻
Gūgāo de Huànmèng Mèitǎ Qíshì Huàn
French Epéiste illusoire, Meta Knight spectral Illusory swordsman, Phantom Meta Knight
German Die einsame Illusion, Meta-Knight-Phantom The lone Illusion, Meta-Knight-Phantom
Italian Illusione solitaria, Meta Knight spettrale Lone illusion, Spectral Meta Knight
Korean 고고한 환몽 팬텀 메타 나이트
Gogohan Hwanmong Paenteom Meta Naiteu
The Lone Illusion, Phantom Meta Knight
Spanish Ilusión solitaria, Meta Knight espectral Lone illusion, Spectral Meta Knight