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Meta Knightmare Returns
Name (JP) メタナイトでゴー リターンズ
- Meaning "Meta Knightmare Returns"
The masked knight has returned to fight evil while Kirby takes a much-needed nap. Collect Meta Points, and then touch the lower screen to unleash his special attacks.
— Meta Knight's in-game description • Kirby: Planet Robobot

Meta Knightmare Returns is a sub-game in Kirby: Planet Robobot. In it, the player controls Meta Knight and traverses through a slightly modified story mode of Kirby: Planet Robobot. As in the other two Meta Knightmare sub-games (Meta Knightmare in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and Meta Knightmare Ultra in Kirby Super Star Ultra), Meta Knight goes on the journey to defeat the Haltmann Works Company to prove his worthiness. The sub-game is unlocked by beating the Story Mode of Kirby: Planet Robobot.

This sub-game is stated to be a sort of "what if" scenario or alternate universe/timeline; the same is likely true for the other Meta Knightmare sub-games.[1]


Meta Knight retains many abilities and attacks from Meta Knightmare Ultra. He is able to use Galaxia (which applies fiery effects) and the Knight Spin (which applies icy effects). Special Moves from Meta Knightmare Ultra also return. Meta Knight has new attacks as well as slightly more power and speed in this sub-game.

Special moves

Meta Knight can accumulate Meta Points (by defeating enemies), and can store a total of 50 points. He can spend these points to use these moves:

Name Cost Description
Meta Quick 8 Meta Knight's movement speed is increased for a short period.
Healer 10 Completely replenishes Meta Knight's health.
Galaxia Darkness 18 Meta Knight unleashes a powerful attack with Galaxia.
Meta Knightmares 35 Meta Knight summons members of the Meta-Knights for a powerful attack.

Differences from Kirby's Playthrough


  • Kirby takes a nap during the events of this mode, explaining his absence from the sub-game's story.
  • Galaxia Darkness, one of Meta Knight's special moves in this mode, is the same as his Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.
    • Similarly, Meta Knight also has techniques that share names with his regular special moves from those games, including the Mach Tornado and Shuttle Loop.
  • Unlike previous games in which he was playable, Meta Knight rides Warp Stars like Kirby in this mode instead of flying on his own.


  1. Miiverse

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