Dark Matter

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Dark Matter
KDL3 DarkMatterCA.png
In-game artwork of Dark Matter (Kirby's Dream Land 3)
First game Kirby's Dream Land 2
Latest game Kirby: Planet Robobot
(Dark Matter Clone)
Other game(s) Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Kirby Mass Attack
Weakness(es) Rainbow Sword (DL2)
Love-Love Stick (DL3)
Gooey (DL3)
Relative(s) Gooey, Zero, Miracle Matter, , Dark Nebula, Dark Mind
Similar to Void Termina, Dark Crafter
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Dark Matter is one of the primary antagonists of the Kirby series, making major appearances in three games to date, namely Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (commonly called the "Dark Matter Trilogy"). It also makes a minor appearance as the final boss of Kirby Quest, a Sub-Game of Kirby Mass Attack.


Dark Matter has many different forms, one of its most common appearances being a shadowy sphere encircled by small orange or purple balls, and sporting a single eye (referred to as Real Dark Matter in Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition Compilation Soundtrack to distinguish from its Swordsman form).

It is capable of possessing other life forms and making them bend to its will, an ability that it frequently takes advantage of to possess Kirby's friends and rivals (notably King Dedede), often forcing them to fight him. While being possessed by Dark Matter, some creatures obtain enhanced and sometimes bizarre abilities. In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, three Dark Matter beings attack Ribbon and later possesses Waddle Dee, Adeleine and Dedede.

Dark Matter also shows up in Chapter 4 of Kirby Quest from Kirby Mass Attack. It's the final enemy encountered in this Sub-Game. Its appearance is similar to that of its Kirby's Dream Land 2 incarnation, but is bigger and has orange balls as opposed to purple.

Relatives of Dark Matter

There are many other creatures and objects which are either similar to or directly related to Dark Matter. They are as follows:



Boss Battle

Kirby's Dream Land 2

Main article: Dark_Castle_-_Stage_8#Final_Boss:_Dark_Matter

Dark Matter can only be fought in this game if Kirby has collected all Rainbow Drops. Otherwise, defeating King Dedede will end the game and lead to the False Ending.

Kirby's Dream Land 3

Main article: Hyper Zone

Dark Matter can only be fought in this game if Kirby has collected all Heart Stars. Otherwise, defeating King Dedede will end the game and lead to the False Ending.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Main article: Pop Star (level)

Dark Matter is not directly fought in this game, but three Dark Matter beings called Dark Rimuru, Dark Rimura, and Dark Rimuro instead possesse Waddle Dee (turning him into Waddle Doo), Adeleine, and King Dedede respectively, forcing Kirby to battle with them as minibosses on Pop Star.[1]

Kirby Quest in Kirby Mass Attack

Main article: Kirby Quest#Chapter 4

Dark Matter is the Final Boss of Kirby Quest.


Main article: Vs. Dark Matter (theme from Kirby's Dream Land 2)
Main article: Vs. Dark Matter (theme from Kirby's Dream Land 3)

Dark Matter has various boss battle themes for its different forms.



  • In the anime, Dark Matter only appears in the pilot episode of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. It was easily defeated by Ice Kirby who had just swallowed Ice Dragon.
  • Dark Mind is somehow the Mirror World counterpart of Dark Matter. Dark Mind's true form is also a huge sphere with a single eye (more resembling Zero though).
  • In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and in Super Kirby Clash, a set of Swordsman Dark Matter-themed weapon and armor for Sword Hero is sold in Magolor's Shoppe. The sword is covered with purple aura and the armor resembles the appearance of the dark swordsman, even with his living single eye.
  • In Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, the final boss, Dark Matter, shares similar qualities with Dark Matter from the Kirby series, such as having the same name in English and Japanese, being a main antagonist, and having the ability to control the minds of others.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダークマター
Dāku Matā
Dark Matter
Traditional Chinese 闇物質
àn wù zhì
Dark Matter
Simplified Chinese 暗物质
àn wù zhì
German Dark Matter -
Korean 다크 매터
Dakeu Maeteo
Dark Matter