|“||A legendary machine that cuts the sky!”|
|— Dragoon's Flavor Text • Kirby: Air Ride|
The Dragoon is a Legendary Air Ride Machine that is found in the game Kirby Air Ride. It can only be ridden in City Trial mode where a player must collect its three pieces from Red Boxes scattered throughout the city. The three pieces then merge to create Dragoon, which replaces the Air Machine the player was riding on when he or she built Dragoon. To access it in Free Run, the player must reach 1000 feet in High Jump, glide 1300 feet in Air Glider, and fly through 5 of the floating rings in one City Trial match. It tops the Winged Star in flight and is one of the legendary stars along with Hydra. It has great performance across all areas and has the best flight abilities.
In the Super Smash Bros. series
The Dragoon appears as an item in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U. Like in Kirby Air Ride, characters are required to pick up all three pieces: the nose cone, the body and the tail. The pieces can be stolen from other players by attacking them, and it is fought for in a similar matter to the Smash Ball (because it is high priority among the CPUs). When the Machine is completed, the player can select a target and launch him or herself at it, although it is big enough to strike more than one opponent. Because of the amount of preparation required, it boasts tremendous firepower; if it strikes a character, it is usually a one-hit KO. The Dragoon gets a trophy, as do all the other items. Also, in the Subspace Emissary, Kirby uses this Air Ride Machine to plow right through the Subspace Gunship, effectively destroying it and allowing him and the rest of his companions access to Subspace.
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