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The Arena
KSSU The Arena Title Screen.png
The title screen for The Arena from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Type(s) Boss Endurance
Levels varies
Players 1 (sometimes more)
Appears in Kirby Super Star
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Comparable to The True Arena, Helper to Hero, The Ultimate Choice, Colosseum
Theme music

Clip of The Arena's battle theme from Kirby Super Star

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This article is about the Sub-Game that has appeared in many games since Kirby Super Star. For rooms found in Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, see Arena (Kirby's Adventure).

The Arena is a Sub-Game debuting in Kirby Super Star, where the requirement is to the defeat the Main Game bosses and mid-bosses encountered in the title it appears in, with a single life, with limited health benefits. It is similar to Boss Endurance modes, but is generally given more importance, and is always required for 100% completion of the game.

In later titles, completing this mode would unlock The True Arena, which is a similar concept, but instead pits Kirby against all the Extra Mode bosses.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Kirby fighting Wham Bam Rock in Kirby Super Star Ultra's The Arena.

In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, the objective of the Arena is to defeat all the bosses from Spring Breeze, Dyna Blade, The Great Cave Offensive, Revenge of Meta Knight, and Milky Way Wishes. At the beginning of the mode Kirby starts in a special room which contains Copy Essences for every regular Copy Ability in the game, as well as a Warp Star to take him to the first battle. In between battles Kirby will be taken to a rest area that contains five Maxim Tomatoes for Kirby to replenish his health should it be depleted, two randomly-determined Copy Essences for Kirby to change his ability and a Warp Star to take him to the next battle.

When Kirby eats a Maxim Tomato in the original Super Star it will simply be gone, but in Super Star Ultra the Maxim Tomato will be replaced with a regular tomato (which does not heal as much health) the next time Kirby visits the rest area.

Beating The Arena once is necessary to unlock the Sound Test in the original and The True Arena in Kirby Super Star Ultra.


The following is a list of the bosses encountered. The bosses are fought in a random order, with the exception of Marx, who is always last.

List of bosses in The Arena in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Name Image Notes
Chameleo Arm KSSU Chameleo Arm Arena Icon.png
Combo Cannon KSSU Main Cannon 2 Arena Icon.png
Computer Virus KSSU Computer Virus Arena Icon.png Skips the ending sequence; the windows close out immediately after defeating the Great Dragon.
Dyna Blade KSSU Dyna Blade Arena Icon.png
Fatty Whale KSSU Fatty Whale Arena Icon.png
Galactic Nova Nucleus KSSU Galactic Nova Nucleus Arena Icon.png Skips the preceding side-scroller stage and goes directly into the boss.
Heavy Lobster KSSU Heavy Lobster Arena Icon.png
King Dedede KSSU King Dedede Arena Icon.png
Kracko KSSU Kracko Arena Icon.png
Lololo & Lalala KSSU Lololo & Lalala Arena Icon.png
Mid-Boss All-Stars 1 KSSU Mid-Boss All Stars 1 Arena Icon.png Consists of Chef Kawasaki, Bonkers, and Bugzzy.
Mid-Boss All Stars 2 KSSU Mid-Boss All Stars 2 Arena Icon.png Consists of Poppy Bros. Sr., Mr. Frosty, Iron Mam, and Jukid.
Meta Knight KSSU Meta Knight Arena Icon.png A sword is still offered.
Reactor KSSU Reactor Arena Icon.png
Twin Woods KSSU Twin Woods Arena Icon.png
Waddle Dee KSSU Bandana Waddle Dee Arena Icon.png A "joke" encounter unique to this mode. This Waddle Dee has an unusually high amount of HP, but does not move and can be defeated simply by inhaling. In Kirby Super Star Ultra, it is replaced with Bandana Waddle Dee, who can slowly walk and hop around, and is also fought in Revenge of the King.
Wham Bam Rock KSSU Wham Bam Rock Arena Icon.png
Whispy Woods KSSU Whispy Woods Arena Icon.png
Marx KSSU Marx Arena Icon.png This boss is always fought last.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

Screenshot of the title screen from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
The Arena is now available! Are you up to the challenge?
— Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe unlock quote

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, The Arena is unlocked after completing Story Mode. Like the previous Arena, all of the bosses are encountered in a random order, except Lor & Magolor, Magolor, and Magolor's second form are fought last in that order. Completing this mode the first time allows player 1 to be King Dedede, Meta Knight or Bandana Waddle Dee in replays of The Arena.

The following bosses are encountered in The Arena in both Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe:

List of bosses in The Arena in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Name Image HP Notes
First ten (random order)
Mid-Boss All-Stars 1:

Gigant Edge
King Doo

KRtDL Mid-Bosses 1 Arena Icon.png

KRtDLD Mid-Bosses 1 Arena Icon.png

Mid-Boss All-Stars 2:

Kibble Blade
Water Galboros

KRtDL Mid-Bosses 2 Arena Icon.png

KRtDLD Mid-Bosses 2 Arena Icon.png

Sphere Doomers

Normal & Fire

Sphere Doomer arena.png

KRtDLD Sphere Doomers Arena Icon.png

78 & 101
Whispy Woods KRtDL Whispy Woods Arena Icon.png

KRtDLD Whispy Woods Arena Icon.png

255 (Wii)
315 (Deluxe)
Mr. Dooter KRtDL Mr Dooter Arena Icon.png

KRtDLD Mr Dooter Arena Icon.png

315 (Wii)
345 (Deluxe)
Fatty Puffer KRtDL Fatty Puffer Arena Icon.png

KRtDLD Fatty Puffer Arena Icon.png

420 (Wii)
457 (Deluxe)
Goriath KRtDL Goriath Arena Icon.png

KRtDLD Goriath Arena Icon.png

345 (Wii)
375 (Deluxe)
Grand Doomer KRtDL Grand Doomer Arena Icon.png

KRtDLD Grand Doomer Arena Icon.png

435 (Wii)
672 (Deluxe)
Skips the phase where Ultra Sword is used.
Metal General KRtDL Metal General Arena Icon.png

KRtDLD Metal General Arena Icon.png

450 (Wii)
495 (Deluxe)
Landia KRtDL Landia Arena Icon.png

KRtDLD Landia Arena Icon.png

480 (Wii)
525 (Deluxe)
Final three
Lor & Magolor KRtDL Lor and Magolor Arena Icon.png

KRtDLD Lor and Magolor Arena Icon.png

435 (Wii)
472 (Deluxe)
Skips the preceding side-scroller stage and goes directly into the boss.
Magolor KRtDL Magolor Arena Icon.png

KRtDLD Magolor Arena Icon.png

450 (Wii)
495 (Deluxe)
Skips the segment where the Super Abilities are used.
Magolor KRtDL Magolor Second Form Arena Icon.png

KRtDLD Magolor Second Form Arena Icon.png

560 (Wii)
675 (Deluxe)
Final boss of Story Mode.
  • The basic Star Bullet does 52 damage.
  • Multiplayer damage multiplier: 0.8 for 2 players, 0.75 for 3 players, 0.7 for 4 players.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

The Arena title screen in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

The Arena in Kirby: Triple Deluxe is largely the same as the previous two. This time however, treasure chests containing keychains will appear after battles 2, 5, 8 and 9 (battles 2 and 5 offer one keychain, battle 8 offers two and battle 9 offers three). Players can also receive one Maxim Tomato inside an Assist Star that can be used mid-battle. The first seven bosses are fought randomly, while the last three fights are in a set order, like in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.


First Seven (in random order)[edit]
Last Three (in order)[edit]

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

The Arena title screen in Kirby: Planet Robobot.

Unlike in previous installments, all the bosses and mid-bosses are fought in a set order. Rather than having a limited amount of healing items, an Assist Star is given after each round, with the contents being a Maxim Tomato after Clanky Woods, Mecha Knight, and President Haltmann, an Energy Drink after Mecha Knight+ and a cherry after every other round. Stickers are also provided after the aforementioned bosses, with one sticker after rounds 1, 5 and 9 and two stickers after round 10.

The following bosses are fought in The Arena in this order:

  1. Clanky Woods
  2. Holo Defense API
  3. Susie
  4. Mid-Boss All Stars 1: Kibble Blade, Blocky, King Doo, Dubior
  5. Mecha Knight
  6. Dedede Clone & Dedede Clones & D3
  7. C.O.G.S.
  8. Mid-Boss All Stars 2: Security Force, Miasmoros, Bonkers, Telepathos
  9. Mecha Knight+
  10. President Haltmann
  11. Star Dream: The final segment where Kirby drills through Star Dream using the Robobot Armor's Final Screw Mode is skipped.

This mode isn't actually called "The Arena" in the Japanese and Korean versions of the game - instead, it is named かちぬきボスバトル (Boss Battle Tournament) and 보스와 정면승부 (Head-to-Head Boss Battles), respectively. "Boss Battle Tournament" is the Japanese name for Boss Endurance in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, and Kirby: Squeak Squad. "Head-to-Head Boss Battles", likewise, is used to refer to Boss Endurance in the Korean version of Kirby: Squeak Squad. By extension, the same changes apply to The True Arena.

Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KSS Box NA.jpg Kirby Super Star THE FINAL CHALLENGE! In his toughest battle yet, the Pink Wonder faces his strongest enemies.
KSS Ultra box art.png Kirby Super Star Ultra Why can't people stop fighting? When the pink terror raises his fist, even the strong tremble in fear...

Every boss you've fought is here! Think you can take them all?

KRtDL Boxart L.jpg Kirby's Return to Dream Land When the pink hero takes flight, when the blue knight slices, when the bandana-wearer kicks, when the king's hammer swings... lesser warriors become dust!
KTD Boxart NA.jpg Kirby: Triple Deluxe When the mighty pink puffball pounces, even the strongest bosses will fall. Will you stand victorious at the end of it all?
KPR Box.png Kirby: Planet Robobot In The Arena, you've got to win to survive. These bosses are about to find out why they call Kirby the pink demon.
KRtDLD Boxart NA.jpg Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe When the pink hero takes flight, when the blue knight slices, when the bandana wearer kicks, when the king's hammer swings... lesser warriors become dust!


  • In the Japanese and Korean versions of the series, the descriptions for The Arena consistently give Kirby the alias of The Pink Demon (ピンクの悪魔あくま / 핑크색 악마). In English, this has been variously translated as "the Pink Wonder", "the pink terror", "the pink hero", and "the mighty pink puffball". Kirby: Planet Robobot is the first game where the title is translated directly from the original phrase.
  • It has been a tradition in each game that features The Arena for the Maxim Tomatoes to be replaced with regular Tomatoes after being collected, and for The True Arena (or equivalent difficulty) to feature regular Tomatoes exclusively. In reference to this, Tomatoes only appear in the Colosseum in Kirby and the Forgotten Land — they don't appear in the regular stages.
  • In Kirby Super Star, King Dedede can be seen sitting on a throne in the background of The Arena.
  • In Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby: Triple Deluxe, the timer disappears during the final boss fight in The Arena and The True Arena. This also applies to The Ultimate Choice starting with the Infernal Crisis difficulty in Kirby Star Allies and the Colosseum in Kirby and the Forgotten Land.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 格闘かくとうおうへのみち
Kakutō-ō e no Michi
かちぬきボスバトル (Kirby: Planet Robobot)
Kachinuki Bosu Batoru
The Road to Become a Fighting King

Boss Battle Tournament (Kirby: Planet Robobot)
Traditional Chinese 通往格鬥王的道路
Tōng wǎng gé dòu wáng de dào lù
The Road to Become a Fighting King
Simplified Chinese 通往格斗王的道路
Tōng wǎng gé dòu wáng de dào lù
Dutch De arena The arena
French L'Arène The Arena
German Die Arena The Arena
Italian Arena -
Korean 격투왕의 길
Gyeogtuwangui Gil
보스와 정면승부 (Kirby: Planet Robobot)
Boseuwa Jeongmyeonseungbu
The Road of the Fighting King
Face-to-face Matchup with the Bosses (Kirby: Planet Robobot)
Portuguese A arena The Arena
Spanish El coliseo The coliseum

See also[edit]

Kirby Super Star Ultra Menu
Spring BreezeDyna BladeThe Great Cave OffensiveMegaton PunchSamurai KirbyKirby Card SwipeGourmet RaceRevenge of Meta KnightMilky Way WishesKirby on the DrawRevenge of the KingThe True ArenaThe ArenaSnack TracksMeta Knightmare UltraHelper to HeroTheaterSound TestBackKSSU Corkboard.png
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