Waning Crescent Masked Dedede & Waxing Crescent Masked Meta Knight
|Wearing the mysterious masks that hid the knight's true nature, they are like the waning and waxing crescent moons in the moonlight! Old rivals prepare to meet their destiny. The time is ripe. Let the battle be joined!|
— Pause screen caption for Waning Masked Dedede & Waxing Masked Meta Knight in Kirby Fighters 2
Waning Crescent Masked Dedede & Waxing Crescent Masked Meta Knight (referred to in short as Waning Masked Dedede & Waxing Masked Meta Knight) are the final boss of Kirby Fighters 2, appearing at the end of Story Mode: The Destined Rivals. This boss consists of King Dedede & Meta Knight empowered by a cursed relic called the Mask of Dark Bonds, which also gives them new distinct weapons. The king and knight have resorted to this tactic in order to finally gain the upper hand over Kirby and his buddy, and gain frightening power in battle. However, even this is not enough to best Kirby, and the Moon Warriors are dispatched using the Buddy Star Blaster, destroying the mask in the process.
Role in Story Mode: The Destined Rivals
Waning Masked Dedede & Waxing Masked Meta Knight is the second phase of the final battle against King Dedede & Meta Knight in the Final Chapter of Story Mode: The Destined Rivals. The two partners put the masks on after their initial health meter is depleted, which rejuvenates them and fills them with immense energy. Aside from the increased attack power and speed, the battle is much the same as it was in the second half of Chapter 4's boss fight, though this time it ends with Kirby and his buddy using the Buddy Star Blaster to finish the two partners off, sending them flying into the heavens and leaving the Mask of Dark Bonds behind.
The following are all of Waning Masked Dedede & Waxing Masked Meta Knight's attacks in Kirby Fighters 2. Note that attack names are conjectural:
|Waning Masked Dedede & Waxing Masked Meta Knight's attacks in Kirby Fighters 2|
|Swirling Hyper Crescent Blast||After a brief portrait freeze-frame, Waning Masked Dedede and Waxing Masked Meta Knight jump to each-other and grab hold, spinning around in the air as several crescent shots fire out from them.
They then rise up and charge energy while repositioning toward one of their opponents before slamming to the ground, creating a huge ripple and explosion that deals massive damage.
All crescent shots and the final explosion leave recoil stars on impact, and Dedede is dazed after the attack.
|The Moon Warriors always open the fight with this attack. |
On subsequent uses, the freeze-frame does not trigger again.
|Super Dedede Jump and Reposition||Waning Masked Dedede performs a Super Dedede Jump while Waxing Masked Meta Knight hops a few times to return to the center of the stage.
A Recoil Star is left by Dedede on impact.
|Inhale||After repositioning to opposite sides of the stage, Waning Masked Dedede performs an inhale while Waxing Masked Meta Knight Guards.
If Kirby or his buddy are caught in the inhale, Dedede will spit them back out the other side, and Meta Knight will swipe at them to finish the attack.
|Force Force and Bat||Waxing Masked Meta Knight flies into the background and holds position briefly while Waning Masked Dedede takes one side of the stage.
Meta Knight then conjures six magical boulders and tosses them into a column in front of Dedede.
Dedede then bats each of these toward Kirby, leaving a recoil star each time.
|Hammer and Backhand Slash - Triple Slash||Waning Masked Dedede charges up and slams the ground in front of himself with his hammer, sending out a shockwave and leaving a Recoil Star on impact.
Behind him, Waxing Masked Meta Knight throws out four successive sword swipes and finishes with a Crescent Shot projectiles that also leaves a Recoil Star.
|Duplicate Inhale Attack||Waxing Masked Meta Knight flies into the background and splits into four copies while Waning Masked Dedede takes to the air.
Dedede then inhales all four Meta Knights and spits them out as projectiles at Kirby and his teammate, one by one.
|Aerial Crescent Shot and Bat||Waxing Masked Meta Knight flies into the air and holds position briefly while Waning Masked Dedede takes the other side of the stage.
Meta Knight then throws out four Crescent Shot projectiles diagonally downward while Dedede charges his hammer.
Dedede then bats one of the shots to split it into nine more projectiles that fan out from him, leaving recoil stars on impact.
|Head Slide & Shuttle Loop||Waning Masked Dedede runs forward and does a Head Slide while Waxing Masked Meta Knight flies above and does a Shuttle Loop.
Two Recoil Stars drop from Dedede on impact.
- Before putting on his half of the Mask of Dark Bonds, Meta Knight's normal mask is broken in two like it usually is when he is defeated. This battle marks the first time that Meta Knight has worn a different mask to his usual one.
The Moon Warriors in battle atop the Stage of the Partners
Names in other languages
Kagen no Masukudo Dedede & Jōgen no Masukudo Meta Naito
|Waning Moon Masked King Dedede & Waxing Moon Masked Meta Knight|
|German||Abnehmender Mond Dedede Inkognito & Zunehmender Mond Meta Knight Inkognito||Waning Moon Dedede Incognito & Waxing Moon Meta Knight Incognito|
- "The mask that King Dedede used was the Mask of Dark Bonds." --ending narration for Story Mode: The Destined Rivals, in Kirby Fighters 2