Rainbow Sword

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Rainbow Sword
Rainbow Sword Victory Screen.png
End-game cutscene of Kirby brandishing the Rainbow Sword, from Dream Land 2.
Use Fight against Dark Matter.
Game(s) Kirby's Dream Land 2
Comparable to Star Rod, Love-Love Stick
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The Rainbow Sword is a weapon and ability in Kirby's Dream Land 2. It is required to defeat the evil Dark Matter, the main villain of the game.[1] Kirby obtains it automatically after defeating King Dedede if all the Rainbow Drops hidden throughout the game have been recovered, which combine into the sword in a short cutscene.

Kirby acquires the Rainbow Sword after defeating King Dedede at Dark Castle.

Role in Kirby's Dream Land 2

The Rainbow Sword can only be used in the two-phase battle against Dark Matter, the final boss of the game, and is the only weapon that Kirby can use during the fight; likewise, Kirby cannot enter the battle without possessing the sword, instead being taken to a false ending if he defeats King Dedede and is unable to obtain it. Unlike many other weapons used in final battles throughout the Kirby series, it does not shoot projectiles, but can instead be swung at the boss to cause a small amount of damage. The sword can also be used to reflect projectiles fired at Kirby if he uses it at the right moment, causing a significantly larger amount of damage to Dark Matter if he is hit by these projectiles than slashing at him would.

Once Dark Matter is defeated, Kirby briefly loses the sword as he drifts through space exhausted or unconscious, but picks it up again, using it to restore the rainbows connecting the Rainbow Islands that Dark Matter had stolen.


Kirby uses the sword to restore the rainbow bridges between the islands in the credits sequence.
  • The Rainbow Sword is the only final weapon that does not have a ranged attack of its own. However, it can still be used to deflect Dark Matter's projectiles back at it.
  • Dark Matter Clone from Kirby: Planet Robobot wields a sword that occasionally emits a rainbow glow, resembling the Rainbow Sword.


  1. "In order to defeat Dark Matter, you need the Rainbow Sword." (Kirby's Dream Land 2 manual, pg. 25)