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!
— Phantom Meta Knight's figure description in Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Phantom Meta Knight (titled The Lone Illusion) is a more powerful illusory form 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 teal skin and shoulder cuffs, as well as a purple mask and eyes.

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. Attacks in italics are used in the second phase only:

Phantom Meta Knight's attacks in Kirby and the Forgotten Land  
Attack Description Variants
Meta Triple Slash Phantom Meta Knight slashes three times toward Kirby, leaving behind a Drop Star with each slash. It may only end up slashing twice, and then flying back to throw two quick crescent shots.
Crescent Shot Phantom Meta Knight charges its sword and then releases three crescent shots toward Kirby which leave Drop Stars upon dissipating.
Big Crescent Shot Phantom Meta Knight charges its sword and then releases two extra large crescent shots toward Kirby which leave lots of Drop Stars in their wake.
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 unlocked or otherwise selected).

Phantom Meta Knight may fly behind Kirby before dashing. In the second phase, Phantom Meta Knight may split into two copies and then charge at Kirby.
Down Thrust Phantom Meta Knight points its sword down in midair and then slams the ground, creating four cyan 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. In the second phase, there can be three waves of five energy pillars that move in circular patterns instead.
Force Force Phantom Meta Knight flies into the distance and conjures a wave of magmatic boulders that fly into the air and then fall onto the arena, leaving gaps where Kirby can take cover. There are three waves, and when the wave hits the ground, it leaves behind Drop Stars.
Crescent Shot Flurry Phantom Meta Knight charges energy into its sword while flying and then releases a flurry of continuous crescent shots at Kirby, leaving behind Drop Stars on impact at regular intervals.


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 Lone 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