Dark Castle is the seventh and final level in Kirby's Dream Land 2 and belongs to the Rainbow Islands. As the name implies, the level is set primarily in the purple-hued interior regions of a castle swarming with enemies. The boss of this level is King Dedede. If Kirby managed to collect all the Rainbow Drops up to this point, he will also battle Dark Matter after defeating Dedede.
Kirby and all three of his friends overlook the castle in the distance. From there, after some 'discussion', Kirby mounts Rick and nudges Kine, then they all move off, with Kine lagging behind.
Dark Castle consists of the most individual stages of any level, at seven standard and one for the final boss fight. Despite this, most of the stages are rather short, and tend to mirror each-other. Even given the short length of these stages, Dark Castle's bridges and hallways are perilous, being filled with hazards (including an enormous number of spikes), tough enemies, and auto-scrolling areas. Every Mid-Boss in the game is fought as Kirby and his Animal Friends ascend the castle.
The Rainbow Drop can be found in Stage 7. Although every path in Stage 7 leads to the Rainbow Drop room, only a specific path will allow Kirby to reach the drop. That path is revealed via a cryptic message written in a dark room.
Each stage is unlocked in succession after clearing the previous one. Defeating King Dedede and collecting every Rainbow Drop is necessary to move on to the final battle with Dark Matter. For more information about a particular stage, click on the link to the stage's page in the table.
|Stage 2||Master Green|
|Stage 3||Mr. Frosty|
|Stage 6||Captain Stitch|
|Stage 7||Jumpershoot||The Rainbow Drop is located in this stage.|
|Stage 8||N/A||Defeating King Dedede either initiates the False Ending or leads into the fight with Dark Matter.|
- The stage music for Dark Castle would later be covered in Kirby: Planet Robobot, appearing in Rhythm Route - Stage 3.
Music for the stage select area
|The Rainbow Islands|
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