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The Great Cave Offensive

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The Great Cave Offensive
KSSU The Great Cave Offensive Title Screen.png
The title screen for The Great Cave Offensive
Difficulty 4 Stars
Stages 4 (contiguous)
Final boss Wham Bam Rock
Other bosses Fatty Whale, Chameleo Arm, Computer Virus
Unlock requirements In Kirby Super Star:
Available at the start.
In Kirby Super Star Ultra:
Complete stage 1 of Spring Breeze.
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Kirby finds himself lost in a deep cave full of peril… and treasure!
— Kirby Super Star Ultra stage text

The Great Cave Offensive is the fourth main game available in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra. It features a large labyrinthine cavern system divided into four stages, with the goal being to escape the cave, while collecting Treasure along the way. Completing this game mode will contribute to unlocking Milky Way Wishes in Kirby Super Star and Revenge of Meta Knight in Kirby Super Star Ultra.

The game begins with a cutscene showing Kirby venturing through a grassy plain wearing an explorer's kit (a beige hat and backpack), presumably looking for treasure. In his melodious strolling, he fails to notice a deep pit in his path, and walks right into it, falling down in cartoonish fashion. When he regains consciousness at the bottom, Kirby finds himself in a huge cave, thus beginning the adventure proper. Kirby's goal from this point onward is to find a way back out, and maybe obtain some valuable things along the way.

There are a total of 60 Treasures to collect in this game. Collecting them is not necessary to complete the game mode, but obtaining every treasure is required for 100% completion. The game progresses through four primary stages (in the order listed below), with a Boss lurking in each one. The stages are linked to each-other via Cart tracks. Each stage also has a Rest Area, where Kirby can heal up and the player can save the game progress. Once the final boss in the cave - Wham Bam Rock - is defeated, Kirby can then return to the beginning to find a Warp Star leading out of the cave.

The Japanese version of Kirby Super Star, as well as other sources, reveal that the cave the game takes place in is called マジルテ (Majirute).


A complete map of The Great Cave Offensive, as seen in Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Stages in The Great Cave Offensive
Stage Treasures Boss Mid-Boss(es) Notes
13 Fatty Whale Bonkers Kirby will eventually escape the cave from the first part of this area, when Wham Bam Rock is defeated.
16 Computer Virus Poppy Bros. Sr.
16 Chameleo Arm Bonkers, Meta-Knights, Jukid This entire section can be skipped.
15 Wham Bam Rock Bugzzy Loops back to Sub-Tree when cleared.

In the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

An image showing the layout of The Great Cave Offensive in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
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The Great Cave Offensive appears as a stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. It is a very large stage, filled with various winding tunnels divided into four primary sections, based on each stage in the main game. Included in this stage are Rotating Cannons, Carts and red hot Danger Zones, the last of which will KO any fighter who touches them with a damage level at or over 100%.

There is also a much simpler version of this stage (known as Ω form) which consists of a single flat platform over a pit, giving it a very similar shape compared to the Final Destination stage.

The stage returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Like every other stage, the Ω form of The Great Cave Offensive is resized and reshaped to match Final Destination. The Great Cave Offensive, along with every other stage, also has a Battlefield form, which gives the same shape as the game's Battlefield stage.


Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

  • Instruction manual bio (page 24): "Explore an ancient cave and recover the 60 treasures hidden there, then make it back to the surface safely. Think of the value of each treasure in gold as your score. "


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 洞窟大作戦どうくつだいさくせん
The Great Cave Mission
Traditional Chinese 洞窟大作戰
dòng kū dà zuò zhàn
The Great Cave Mission
Simplified Chinese 洞窟大作战
dòng kū dà zuò zhàn
Dutch Het Grote Grotavontuur The Big Cave-Adventure
French La Caverne du Péril The Cave of Peril
German Das Höhlen-Abenteuer The Cave Adventure
Italian La Grande Offensiva Speleologica The Great Speleological Offensive
Korean 동굴대작전
The Great Cave Mission
Russian Пещерный переполох
Peshchernyy perepolokh
Cave commotion
Spanish El gran ataque de las cavernas The great attack of the caves

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