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The Arena

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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
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. To make this task easier, Kirby is given five Maxim Tomatoes and five regular tomatoes to replenish his health, but he can only do so between boss battles. He is also given his pick of every normal ability in the game at the beginning, and may choose between two Copy Essences in between fights. 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 the last boss fought.

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

Screenshot of introduction screen from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, The Arena is unlocked after completing the main Story Mode. Like the previous Arena, all of the bosses are encountered in a random order, except the Lor Starcutter, Magolor, and Magolor's 2nd form are fought last in that order. Completing this mode the first time allows P1 to be King Dedede, Meta Knight or Bandana Waddle Dee in replays of The Arena.


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

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 will appear sometimes between battles, containing keychains. 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, and a cherry after every other round.

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

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.


  • In the Japanese version of the series, the descriptions for The Arena consistently give Kirby the alias of The Pink Demon (ピンクの悪魔). 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.


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 Endurance (Kirby: Planet Robobot)
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)
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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