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The True Arena

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

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

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The True Arena is a Boss Endurance mode and a more challenging version of The Arena, featuring more and/or tougher bosses to be fought in sequence, usually from each game's other Extra Modes, and fewer recovery items and Copy Abilities available along the way. The True Arena is intended to serve as the final and toughest challenge in the games it appears in, and always features at least one boss that does not appear elsewhere in the game. It has appeared in all games featuring The Arena except for Kirby Super Star.

Completing The True Arena is a requirement for 100% completion of the games it appears in. It is hidden from the menu at first, typically requiring the clearing of several other game modes, including The Arena, for it to be unlocked.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Kirby in the intro in Kirby Super Star Ultra.

The True Arena is the final game-mode in Kirby Super Star Ultra. It is similar to The Arena, requiring Kirby to defeat a total of ten bosses previously encountered in the game. However, he only receives five tomatoes and no Maxim Tomatoes. Also, while the first six bosses are in a random order (like The Arena), the last four are fought in a set order (like Helper to Hero). Kirby fights all the bosses that did not appear in the original Kirby Super Star here. This mode is unlocked when all other modes of the game are completed, including The Arena.

Kirby encounters the following bosses in this stage:

List of bosses in The True Arena in Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Name Note
First six (random order)
True Mid-Boss All-Stars:

Mr. Tick-Tock
Grand Wheelie
Phan Phan
Fire Lion

Whispy's Revenge
Lololo & Lalala's Revenge
Kracko's Revenge
Kracko Jr's Revenge
Final four
Masked Dedede Final boss of Revenge of the King.
Wham Bam Jewel Final boss of Helper to Hero.
Galacta Knight Final boss of Meta Knightmare Ultra.
Marx Soul Final boss of the game; not encountered elsewhere.

It should be noted that all the bosses, minus Kabula and the Mid-Bosses, are stronger forms of bosses from the original game. Also, the final four are stronger forms of the final bosses of Spring Breeze, The Great Cave Offensive, Revenge of Meta Knight, and Milky Way Wishes.

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.

The True Arena in Kirby's Return to Dream Land differs a bit from Kirby Super Star Ultra. It is again similar to The Arena, requiring Kirby to defeat a total of fifteen bosses previously encountered in the Extra Mode of the game and is unlocked by clearing said Extra Mode. However, he receives only three Maxim Tomatoes, being replaced with smaller tomatoes after use. While the first ten bosses are in a random order (like The Arena), the last five are fought in a set order.

This True Arena also allows multiple players to join in the fight, and allows the player to play as a character other than Kirby.

Kirby encounters the following bosses:

List of bosses in The True Arena in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Name Note
First ten (random order)
Mid-Bosses 1:

Gigant Edge EX
King Doo EX
Bonkers EX

Mid-Bosses 2:

Kibble Blade EX
Moundo EX
Water Galboros EX
Dubior EX

Sphere Doomer EX (4)
Whispy Woods EX
Mr. Dooter EX
Fatty Puffer EX
Goriath EX
Grand Doomer EX
Metal General EX
Landia EX
Final five
Lor EX & Magolor
HR-D3 Fought separately from Metal General EX, unlike in Extra Mode.
Galacta Knight Not encountered elsewhere in the game.
Magolor EX
Magolor Soul Final boss of the game.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Title screen from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

The True Arena is unlocked after successfully completing The Arena and Dededetour!.

List of bosses in The True Arena in Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Name Note
First seven (random order)
Mid-Bosses 1:

Grand Wheelie DX
Bonkers DX
Hornhead DX

Mid-Bosses 2:

Mr. Frosty DX
Flame Galboros DX
Gigant Edge DX
Blocky DX

Flowery Woods DX
Paintra DX
Kracko DX
Coily Rattler DX
Pyribbit DX
The "nightmare four"
Queen Sectonia DX
Shadow Dedede
Dark Meta Knight's Revenge Final boss of Dededetour!.
Soul of Sectonia Final boss of the game; not encountered elsewhere.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Title screen from 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 most rounds. Unlike with The Arena, however, the contents are only cherries, with the exception of the Assist Star right before Star Dream Soul OS, which provides an Energy Drink. No Assist Stars are provided after Susie 2.0 and the Dedede Clones 2.0.

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

  1. Clanky Woods 2.0
  2. Holo Defense API 2.0
  3. Susie 2.0
  4. Mid-Boss All Stars 1: Kibble Blade 2.0, Blocky 2.0, King Doo 2.0, Dubior 2.0 (Plays "Distant Traveler" from Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe.)
  5. Stock Mecha Knight
  6. Dedede Clone 2.0 & Dedede Clones & D3 2.0
  7. C.O.G.S. & Core Kabula
  8. Mid-Boss All Stars 2: Security Force 2.0, Miasmoros 2.0, Bonkers 2.0, Telepathos 2.0 (Plays "Kirby Fighters Deluxe" from the game of the same name.)
  9. President Haltmann 2.0
  10. Dark Matter Clone & Sectonia Clone (Fought back-to-back, unlike in Meta Knightmare Returns)
  11. Galacta Knight Returns (Final boss of Meta Knightmare Returns)
  12. Star Dream Soul OS (Final boss of the game; not encountered elsewhere)

Like The Arena, this mode isn't actually called "The True Arena" in the Japanese and Korean versions of the game - instead, it is named しん かちぬきボスバトル (True Boss Battle Tournament) and 진 보스와 정면승부 (True 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.

Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KSS Ultra box art.png Kirby Super Star Ultra The last battle, without a doubt! Beat 10 tough foes, including the final four!

All the new bosses are here! Beat 'em to be the true master!

KRtDL Boxart L.jpg Kirby's Return to Dream Land This is the ultimate test of skill! This is the gauntlet of courage! This is the final proving ground! Emerge victorious and you'll become...a Kirby Master!
KTD Boxart NA.jpg Kirby: Triple Deluxe Deluxe bosses wait in the wings as the curtain rises on the final battle! It's a knock-down, drag-out fight all the way to the nightmare four. The True Arena awaits!
KPR Box.png Kirby: Planet Robobot The most intense battle has begun. The clash of powers here is utterly immeasurable. This true final battle will decide the strongest fighter on this planet.



Names in other languages[edit]

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

True Boss Endurance (Kirby: Planet Robobot)
French L'Arène Ultime The Ultimate Arena
German Die NEUE Arena The NEW Arena
Italian Arena finale Final Arena
Korean 격투왕의 길 마스터
gyeogtuwang-ui gil maseuteo
진 보스와 정면승부 (Kirby: Planet Robobot)
jin boseuwa jeongmyeonseungbu
The Road to Become a Fighting King Master

True Boss Endurance (Kirby: Planet Robobot)
Spanish El Verdadero Coliseo The True Coliseum

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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