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One of the two final bosses of Shiver Star, HR-H is armed with rockets and a laser beam. He can also swing his arms at Kirby with devastating effect.
— Description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Official Strategy Guide (Prima)

HR-H is an AI robot in the Kirby series, appearing in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. It is the boss of Shiver Star, appearing in an apparently long-abandoned, high-tech city. Like many of the bosses in the game, the fight with HR-H is done in two different phases. Unlike many bosses, however, HR-H actually takes on a whole new form as the fight progresses. After Kirby depletes his health the first time, HR-H turns into a rocket-shaped robot known as HR-E and starts to pursue him across the metallic road suspended high in the city's sky.

HR-H is a strange lighthouse-shaped robot with impenetrable armor. Because his armor is so tough, Kirby must instead target his weak point: his arms (and later, his shadowy body when he becomes HR-E).


Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

HR-H is activated when Kirby enters a desolate cityscape in the heart of Shiver Star. The battle begins with the fight against HR-H, the robot's first form. As HR-H, the boss has a total of four attacks. Two of these attacks (neither of which leave HR-H open to attack) include shooting out large missiles that crash into the ground, and projecting a thin yellow laser from his beacon onto the stage that swiftly sweeps across the screen. To damage him, Kirby must wait for him to perform an attack with his arms. These two attacks include sweeping his arm across the platform, and slamming his hands into the center of the stage. With the use of an ability or just regular projectiles, Kirby must damage these hands in order for the second phase to begin.

The battle turns into a side-scroller as the robot turns himself into the snowmobile-like HR-E. While Kirby runs away from HR-E, he tries to snip Kirby with his claws and hit him with missiles. There are two types of missiles that he shoots, one being the type of small ones that HR-H used, and the other being a new, larger type. When Kirby tries to inhale the larger one, it breaks into two halves, and the back half continues to plow into Kirby if he doesn't avoid it by jumping. At half health, HR-E will fly up into the sky and then crash down in an attempt to crush Kirby. The platform eventually runs out, meaning that HR-E must be dealt with quickly. In this form, Kirby must damage his dark core in order to destroy and disable him completely.

Related Quotes

The second final boss of Shiver Star, HR-E fires rockets and warheads at Kirby while also attacking with his scissor-like arms.
— Description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Official Strategy Guide (Prima)


  • It is possible that HR-H was not possessed by Dark Matter, as Dark Matter has never been shown possessing entities that are not organic creatures. As HR-H is a robot, and therefore not organic, he may have just been obeying his programming and protecting the city when he attacked Kirby.
  • HR-E vaguely resembles Heavy Lobster.
  • HR-H's name is referenced in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, where a mech originally bearing the likeness of King Dedede named HR-D3 appears as a boss in Extra Mode and The True Arena.
    • The two robots also feature various similarities in their boss fights: in their first phases, they are located in the background, and can only be damaged by attacking their arms, whereas their second phases both take place in the normal battling area. Both also feature attacks with their arms, missiles, and lasers sweeping across the ground. Lastly, both fights take place in city-like environments.
  • HR-H, Acro, and Whispy Woods are the only bosses in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards to remain intact when defeated.
  • HR-H, Oro, and Geg are the only characters in the Kirby series whose names are palindromes.