Dark Castle - Stage 8
Dark Castle - Stage 8 is the final stage of Dark Castle and of Kirby's Dream Land 2. This stage begins with a battle against King Dedede, who appears to be fighting in his sleep. There is no Bonus Chance for this stage.
Boss: King Dedede
- Main article: King Dedede
The stage begins with a climb up a silent tower. At the bottom, an Energy Drink can be found in a pool of water. The door to the boss's chamber can be found above. At the top, Kirby must contend with King Dedede, who appears to be sleepwalking (and sleep-fighting). His attacks are mild when he's asleep, but he may occasionally wake up and go berserk. In this state, his attack patterns are faster and stronger, and the Drop Stars he generates are accompanied by explosions that fly off of them. Dedede additionally gains two new attacks while berserk: the ability to throw his hammer at Kirby and the ability to spit out a projectile after inhaling, which fires off an explosion and a Drop Star.
When Dedede is defeated, he staggers to the middle of the arena and falls over. If Kirby did not collect all of the Rainbow Drops before this point, a False Ending will initiate. Otherwise, Kirby will form the drops into the Rainbow Sword, which he then grabs, and Dark Matter will emerge from Dedede's body. The sword then whisks Kirby into the sky after the true foe.
Final Boss: Dark Matter
- Main article: Dark Matter
Once in the air, Kirby and Dark Matter begin their fight. Dark Matter fights in two phases - one as his swordsman form, and the second in his true eyeball form. Each form has a separate life-bar, and if Kirby fails at any point, both will have to be fought again.
Dark Matter attacks by charging, tossing orbs, and shooting lasers and bolts of lightning. Kirby can swipe at him directly using the sword, or can knock the orbs back at him to deal more damage. However, in Dark Matter's second phase, both combatants are falling from the sky, so the player doesn't have much time to react as Kirby fights Dark Matter. Should Kirby take too long to defeat Dark Matter, he will burn up in Popstar's atmosphere.
Once both forms are defeated, the level, and subsequently the game, is complete.