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Slash & Bead

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Slash & Bead
KEEY Slash & Bead title screenshot.png
The title screen for Slash & Bead.
Type(s) Arcade flyer
Levels 4
Players 1
Appears in Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Theme music
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Collect Fuse Beads and defeat as many enemies as you can as you head for the goal.
Slice through enemies left and right with your famous sword!

— In-game description of Slash & Bead.

Slash & Bead (also referred to as Meta Knight's Slash & Bead) is a Sub-Game available exclusively in Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn which stars Meta Knight.


Slash & Bead tasks the masked swordsman with flying through courses in an auto-scrolling environment, collecting Fuse Beads and Luminas while defeating as many enemies as possible. In addition to obtaining beads from enemies, beads will also appear out in the open, or trapped inside balloons that can be popped with any attack. Occasionally, an enemy ambush will appear with a set time limit, which Meta Knight can increase by three seconds at a time if he defeats enough of them by filling up a bar, allowing the wave to go on longer to potentially gain more beads.

Additional obstacles include Yarn Blocks, Cloth Blocks, Denim Blocks, platforms which can be struck with sword swipes for varying effects, flamethrowers, lava pits, and electrified floors. Getting hit by enemy attacks or touching hazardous obstacles will cause Meta Knight to be knocked back and lose 50 beads.


  • Bomber: A walking bomb that will detonate if it falls off a ledge.
  • Bronto Burt: A flying pink menace that can carry beads.
  • Calderon: A volcanic blob that shoots debris out of the top of its head.
  • Candlemander: A fiery salamander that crawls along walls and may turn into a fireball if angered.
  • Chain Flamer: A line of Flamer-like enemies that can appear out of nowhere. These can be defeated individually, but destroying the pink one in the middle defeats all the rest automatically.
  • Combo Cannon: A durable dual cannon that appears in Stage 4, and can fire cannonballs and a laser blast. Each piece can be destroyed individually with several hits.
  • Cutfish: An oval fish covered in spikes. Large ones can appear which will split into smaller ones when sliced.
  • Dandan: A duck-billed creature that fires energy blasts in a straight line.
  • Emba: A large fire bubble that slowly approaches Meta Knight.
  • Embaconda: A snake made of fire that flies in a wide arc and carries beads inside itself. The head may contain a Lumina.
  • Gordo: A spiky hazard that floats through the air and cannot be defeated. Best avoided.
  • Halberd cannon: A large black stationary cannon that aims and fires at Meta Knight. Takes several hits to defeat.
  • Magmotamus: A bulky creature that floats in lava. Takes several hits to defeat.
  • Orbitfly: A blue button insect that can appear out of nowhere and charges after Meta Knight with its stinger.
  • Reactor: A durable obstacle consisting of a central crystal with two flamethrowers attached that appears in Stage 4. Takes a great deal of hits to destroy.
  • Scarfy: Turns into a cyclops and attacks when Meta Knight draws near.
  • Sneak Sack: A white sack with a face and feet that will try to run away. Drops lots of beads if defeated.
  • Snip-Snap: A narrow snake-like creature that can plug into electrical outlets.
  • Spear Waddle Dee: A Waddle Dee that slowly patrols an area with a spear brandished.
  • Sulkworm: A large green caterpillar that spits out silk to attack. Takes several hits to defeat.
  • UFO: A small flying saucer that fires lasers.
  • Waddle Dee: A harmless enemy that is often asleep.
  • Waddle Doo: A cycloptic relative of Waddle Dee that can fire a beam from its eye.


At the end of a stage, the player is given a score and rank depending on the results:

  • Each Fuse Bead collected is worth one point.
  • Luminas are worth 50 points each.
  • Each enemy defeated is worth 5 points.

A number of Fuse Bead Mats can also be earned for playing this game mode. One is rewarded for each rank threshold, allowing up to four to be earned in each stage.


The following actions are available to Meta Knight during this game mode:

Move Image Controls Notes
KEEY Slash & Bead Move screenshot.png
Any direction on + Control Pad or Circle Pad Meta Knight is capable of flying freely through the air along with running on the ground.
KEEY Slash & Bead Slash screenshot.png
A sword combo that starts with three swipes then finishes with a Sword Spin when repeatedly pressed.
Piercing Slash
KEEY Slash & Bead Piercing Slash screenshot.png
Grants momentary intangibility. Can be used in any direction.
KEEY Slash & Bead Special screenshot.png
Defeats enemies and draws beads toward Meta Knight when his gauge is full.


Slash & Bead consists of the following stages, which are unlocked by progressing through the main game of Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn:

Stages of Slash & Bead  
Stage Unlock Req. Rank thresholds Notes
Available at start. C Rank: N/A
B Rank: 1000
A Rank: 2000
S Rank: 2500
Based on Fountain Gardens.
Defeat Hot Wings in Hot Land. C Rank: N/A
B Rank: 1000
A Rank: 2000
S Rank: 2500
Based on Temper Temple.
Defeat Capamari in Water Land. C Rank: N/A
B Rank: 1000
A Rank: 2000
S Rank: 2500
Based on Tube Town.
Defeat Meta Knight in Space Land. C Rank: N/A
B Rank: 1000
A Rank: 2000
S Rank: 2500
Based on Battleship Halberd, and features the Combo Cannon and Reactor.


  • Despite the description, Meta Knight does not actually appear to be using his famous sword for this game.
  • The Piercing Slash move is similar in look and function to Meta Knight's Drill Rush technique from the Super Smash Bros. games.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese メタナイトスラッシュ
Meta Naito Surasshu
Meta Knight Slash
French Meta Knight taillade Meta Knight slash
German Meta-Knights Schlacht Meta Knight's Battle
Italian Meta Knight tritatutto Meta Knight mincer
Korean 메타 나이트 슬래시
meta naiteu seullaesi
Meta Knight Slash
Spanish Meta Knight desatado Meta Knight unleash