- This article is about the sword-wielding foe with the segmented helmet, and should not be confused with Blade Knight.
Sword Knight is a relatively obscure sword-wielding enemy in the Kirby series, wearing green or purple armor and wielding a spiked blade either white or golden in hue. First appearing in Kirby's Adventure, he makes a fair number of appearances in early Kirby games, and will grant Kirby the Sword Copy Ability when swallowed. Sword Knight is normally found in random areas, and is usually ranked as a minor enemy, but he tends to have more prestige (if nothing else) than his cousin Blade Knight, despite appearing less often. Sword Knight also appears in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! as an ally and an apprentice of Meta Knight.
|Sword Knight's video game appearances|
|Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land||Enemy||As this is a remake of Kirby's Adventure, his role doesn't change.|
|Kirby Air Ride||Enemy||This is Sword Knight's first (and currently only) 3D appearance.|
|Kirby & The Amazing Mirror||Enemy|
|Kirby: Squeak Squad||Enemy|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Enemy, ally, and playable character||Enemy in Revenge of the King. Ally in Meta Knightmare Ultra that can be controlled if there is a second player. Playable in Helper to Hero.|
|Kirby Mass Attack||Enemy||Appears in the Sub-Game Kirby Quest.|
|Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition||Enemy||Kirby's Adventure is included, where Sword Knight has the exact same role.|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Reference||Appears as a collectible Keychain.|
|Kirby's Dream Buffet||Reference||Sword Knight appears on a collectible Character Treat.|
Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Sword Knight first appeared alongside Blade Knight in Kirby's Adventure. Here, he attacks Kirby with his sword, and can block most projectiles thrown at him. Kirby is granted the Sword Copy Ability when he swallows one.
Sword Knight can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Sword Knight locations in Kirby's Adventure & Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land|
|Stage||Vegetable Valley||Ice Cream Island||Butter Building||Grape Garden||Yogurt Yard||Orange Ocean||Rainbow Resort|
Kirby Air Ride
In Kirby Air Ride, Sword Knight returns in his only appearance in 3D (so far), riding on a hoverboard. If Kirby approaches, Sword Knight will swing his sword wildly at him until he passes. Unlike most enemies in the game, Sword Knight rarely appears in a large group. At most, two or three might appear at once to gang up on Kirby.
Notably, two Sword Knights appear to antagonize Kirby in the game's opening cutscene. Kirby quickly dispatches them with the Sword Ability before moving on to face Meta Knight.
In Kirby Air Ride, Sword Knight can be found in the following places:
|Sword Knight locations in Kirby Air Ride|
|Fantasy Meadows||Beanstalk Park|
|Celestial Valley||Machine Passage|
|Sky Sands||Checker Knights|
|Frozen Hillside||Kirby Melee 1|
|Magma Flows||Kirby Melee 2|
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror & Kirby: Squeak Squad
Sword Knight appears in both of these games, looking and acting exactly as he has in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
When possessed by Ghost Kirby, Sword Knight can be made to walk, jump, and perform both standing and dashing slashes with his sword. He can do three different swipes with his sword while standing, though these differ only in look.
In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Sword Knight can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Sword Knight locations in Kirby: Squeak Squad|
|Stage||Prism Plains||Nature Notch||Cushy Cloud||Jam Jungle||Vocal Volcano||Ice Island||Secret Sea||Gamble Galaxy|
Kirby Super Star Ultra
In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Sword Knight appears as a normal enemy, but only in Revenge of the King, where he replaces Blade Knight (Sword Knight does not appear in the original Kirby Super Star). Sword Knight blocks projectiles and is much more aggressive than Blade Knight. Kirby is granted the Sword Copy Ability when he swallows one. However, Kirby is unable to call on Sword Knight to be a Helper. He can only call for Blade Knight. In Revenge of the King, Sword Knight appears in the stages Purple Plants, Crash Clouds, and The Revenge.
In Meta Knightmare Ultra, Meta Knight can call on a Sword Knight to assist him. He possesses most of Meta Knight's basic abilities and moves. By default, Sword Knight is AI-controlled, but a second player is able to control him. Whether a Sword Knight or Blade Knight is summoned is randomized.
Sword Knight also appears in Helper to Hero, with orange armor and a blue and red torso. Unlike Blade Knight, he is able to use an upwards-thrust attack. Sword Knight also appears on a card in Kirby Card Swipe.
Kirby Mass Attack
Sword Knight appears in the Kirby Mass Attack Sub-Game Kirby Quest, alongside Blade Knight in Stage 29 and with Blade Knight and Meta Knight in Stage 39. Sword Knight has 750 HP, slightly more than Blade Knight's 720 HP, which may be a nod to how of the two, Sword Knight is generally considered to be slightly stronger.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, two randomly appearing Keychains of Sword Knight can be obtained. One of them uses his sprite from Kirby's Adventure, while the other uses his sprite from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
Kirby's Dream Buffet
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
- Main article: Sword Knight (anime character)
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Sword Knight is an assistant of Meta Knight, and has the same basic job as Blade Knight. In the English dub, he speaks with a British cockney accent, and is the only one of the two who can be understood clearly.
In the Kirby novel series
|“||He has immense respect for Meta Knight whom he serves.||”|
— Unofficial translation of Sword Knight's description from Kirby: Meta Knight and the Puppet Princess
In the Kirby novel series, Sword Knight is one of Meta Knight's two highest-ranking henchmen, alongside Blade Knight. The two of them are often seen together, and are extremely loyal to Meta Knight. Sword Knight sometimes has a tendency to tease Blade Knight.
The following is a complete list of every appearance Sword Knight has made in the Kirby novel series, along with the role he plays and its details in the plot of each volume:
|Sword Knight's appearances in the Kirby novel series|
|Kirby: Meta Knight and the Puppet Princess||Tetartagonist||In this volume, Sword Knight and Blade Knight come with Meta Knight to the planet Chiffon Star to search for Princess Marona, who went missing. They find out that the princess was manipulated by Baron Gallic, a villain that Meta Knight and his henchmen had dealt with in the past. Sword and Blade remember that Baron Gallic had tried to control them with his Malice Stone to steal Meta Knight's treasured sword Galaxia in the past, but Meta Knight had stopped him. When the group confronts Baron Gallic, Kirby inhales Sword Knight for the Sword ability and nearly wins, but the baron puts Blade Knight under the control of his stone, and they escape to his lair. When the group sets out for Gallic's lair, Sword Knight calmly lets Kirby inhale him for the Sword ability again. Kirby loses against the brainwashed Blade Knight, and Sword Knight gets knocked out of him. Sword Knight falls under the stone's spell too, but Kirby quickly inhales the two knights so Meta Knight can go after Baron Gallic. After Baron Gallic's defeat, Sword and Blade come back to their senses, and they reunite with Meta Knight.|
Artwork from Kirby's Adventure
Artwork from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Artwork from Kirby Air Ride
Kirby Super Star Ultra (as a helper)
Kirby Super Star Ultra (Helper to Hero)
Card from Kirby Card Swipe in Kirby Super Star Ultra
Keychain from Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Character Treat from Kirby's Dream Buffet, featuring artwork from Kirby's Adventure
Sword Knight appears in the back of this illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter, running late to Meta Knight's party along with Blade Knight.
Names in other languages
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|Sharp Sword Knight|
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