Armored Waddle Dee is a large enemy appearing in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition. Just like the Puppet Waddle Dee, it is just three Goombas inside a large, robotic Waddle Dee. Being made of metal instead of paper, the Armored Waddle Dee is much more durable than its cousin and has more Goombas that kill more Mets. However, it behaves the same as its cousin, walking in a set path back and forth. When destroyed, the Waddle Dees under it will fly in random directions. The Armored Waddle Dee can be inhaled whole, but it grants no Copy Ability when swallowed.
Armored Waddle Dee appears in the Bomb Challenge of Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and its Halcandran form appears in the Item Challenge. It appears in the New Challenge Stages in Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition as well. It appears in the Smash Combat Chamber.