The True Arena
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.
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|
|First six (random order)|
|True Mid-Boss All-Stars:|
|Lololo & Lalala's Revenge|
|Kracko Jr's Revenge|
|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
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|
|First ten (random order)|
|Sphere Doomer EX (4)|
|Whispy Woods EX|
|Mr. Dooter EX|
|Fatty Puffer EX|
|Grand Doomer EX|
|Metal General EX|
|Lor EX & Magolor|
|HR-D3||Fought separately from Metal General EX, unlike in Extra Mode.|
|Galacta Knight||Not encountered elsewhere in the game.|
|Magolor Soul||Final boss of the game.|
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
|List of bosses in The True Arena in Kirby: Triple Deluxe|
|First seven (random order)|
|Flowery Woods DX|
|Coily Rattler DX|
|The "nightmare four"|
|Queen Sectonia DX|
|Dark Meta Knight's Revenge||Final boss of Dededetour!.|
|Soul of Sectonia||Final boss of the game; not encountered elsewhere.|
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:
- Clanky Woods 2.0
- Holo Defense API 2.0
- Susie 2.0
- 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.)
- Stock Mecha Knight
- Dedede Clone 2.0 & Dedede Clones & D3 2.0
- C.O.G.S. & Core Kabula
- 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.)
- President Haltmann 2.0
- Dark Matter Clone & Sectonia Clone (Fought back-to-back, unlike in Meta Knightmare Returns)
- Galacta Knight Returns (Final boss of Meta Knightmare Returns)
- 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 真 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.
|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!
|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!|
|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!|
|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.|
- When counting Magolor EX and Magolor Soul as one, every single penultimate fight in The True Arenas is with a Knight: Galacta Knight in Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and Kirby: Planet Robobot, and Dark Meta Knight in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. The same applies to The Ultimate Choice (on the Infernal Crisis, Soul Melter, and Soul Melter EX difficulties) and The Ultimate Cup Z, where the penultimate foe is Morpho Knight (EX).
- The name of the battle theme in Kirby: Planet Robobot - "Combat Evaluation Program" - possibly hints at the mode's purpose for this game.
- Elements related to The Ultimate Cup Z are referred to as "True Arena" in Kirby and the Forgotten Land's files.
1st place trophy from Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Names in other languages
Shin kakutō-ō e no michi
真 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|
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