Dark Matter Clone

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Dark Matter Clone
KPR Dark Matter Clone model.png
In-game model of Dark Matter Clone from Kirby: Planet Robobot.
First game Kirby: Planet Robobot (2016)
Relative(s) Dark Matter
Theme music

Reproduction of Darkness

First 30 seconds of Dark Matter Clone's Theme from Kirby: Planet Robobot

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Creating this dark swordsman pushed Star Dream to the limits of its abilities. The cloning process was a success, but only a partial data analysis was possible, and its true form has not yet emerged.
— Kirby: Planet Robobot Pause Screen description

Dark Matter Clone is a surprise Boss encountered near the end of Meta Knightmare Returns in Kirby: Planet Robobot. It is not the real Dark Matter, but fights much like its incarnation in Kirby's Dream Land 2.

Game Appearances[edit]

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Screenshot of Dark Matter Clone from Kirby: Planet Robobot.
As a new admin, you must supply your credentials... to the strongest warriors of this planet. Executing Sword_Master.EXE.
— Star Dream - addressing Meta Knight in Meta Knightmare Returns

After defeating President Haltmann 2.0, Meta Knight, presuming his work finished, makes a triumphant pose. Then, the supercomputer Star Dream activates behind him. The computer proclaims Meta Knight to be the new admin, and as such, vets him through a special credential process dubbed "Sword_Master.EXE", where he must prove his worth as a swordfighter. The first challenge Star Dream sends is the clone of Dark Matter in his Swordsman form.

Boss Fight[edit]

Performing Dark Sword Beam
Performing Rainbow Dive

The following lists all of Dark Matter Clone's attacks in Kirby: Planet Robobot.

Attacks - Phase 1
Attack Description
Dark Sword Beam
Dark Matter Clone fires a series of blasts from its sword straight forward. It may also charge up and perform a more rapid-fire version.
Rainbow Dive
Dark Matter Clone's sword glows with a rainbow aura, and it dives toward Meta Knight or Kirby, leaving stars as it passes.
Dark Orb Shot
Dark Matter Clone fires either three or five dark orbs that bounce around the screen. These can be hit to knock them back at the clone.
Rapid Sword Beam
Dark Matter Clone charges up and then fires four sword blasts rapid-fire at Meta Knight or Kirby's current position.

For phase 1, the Dark Matter Clone attacks in a fixed order on loop as follows:

  1. Dark Sword Beam
  2. Rainbow Dive
  3. Dark Orb Shot [3 orbs]
  4. Rapid Sword Beam
  5. Rainbow Dive
  6. Dark Sword Beam
  7. Dark Orb Shot [5 orbs]
  8. Rapid Sword Beam

When Dark Matter Clone is reduced to half health, it pauses for a brief moment, regains composure, and a single large eye appears on its torso, resembling Dark Matter's characteristic eye.

Performing Dark Lightning
Attacks - Phase 2
Attack Description
Dark Beam Wave
Dark Matter Clone fires multiple dark beams from its eye that make a spiral across the stage, leaving four stars on the ground.
Dark Matter Clone creates four orbiting spheres of energy around itself, then fires them, leaving a brief danger zone on the ground where they hit. They can be preemptively knocked away, and provide Meta Knight with energy if done so. Kirby can also swallow these to gain the Fire ability.
Rainbow Fury
Dark Matter Clone's sword glows with a rainbow aura, then the clone starts thrashing it about as it dives several times across the stage.
Dark Lightning
Dark Matter Clone, after a brief charge-up period, fires two dark lightning bolts from its eye. Each one leaves a star on impact. It will always fire two sets of these, and may change positioning to fire two more sets of lightning bolts.

For phase 2, the clone starts with these attacks:

  • Dark Beam Wave
  • Orbitars
  • Rainbow Fury
  • Dark Lightning
  • Orbitars
  • Dark Lightning x2

Afterwards, the Dark Matter Clone attacks in this order on loop:

  1. Rainbow Fury
  2. Dark Beam Wave
  3. Orbitars
  4. Dark Lightning
  5. Dark Beam Wave
  6. Orbitars
  7. Rainbow Fury
  8. Dark Lightning x2
  9. Orbitars
  10. Dark Beam Wave
  11. Dark Lightning

Once Dark Matter Clone is defeated, it dissolves back into the purple goo from whence it was formed, collapsing tumultuously in on itself before exploding.

Other Appearances[edit]

Dark Matter Clone is also fought, just before Sectonia Clone, in The True Arena.


Main article: Dark Matter Blade (theme)
Main article: Real Dark Matter (theme)

Dark Matter Clone's theme is titled Reproduction of Darkness (暗黒の復刻 in Japanese). It's an arrangement utilizing Dark Matter's themes of both forms from Kirby's Dream Land 2.


  • The rainbow aura that sometimes appears around Dark Matter Clone's sword is a reference to the Rainbow Sword that Kirby used to defeat Dark Matter in Kirby's Dream Land 2.
    • During the "Kirby: Planet Robobot Drawing and Screenshot Challenge" on Miiverse, it was explained that this rainbow aura was the result of Dark Matter's lingering memories of the Rainbow Sword when fighting Kirby, which got transferred into the clone.
  • When defeated, the clone dissolves into the purple goo it once formed from. Just before it explodes, it briefly takes the shape of Real Dark Matter, its true form.
  • Interestingly, the text that appears before fighting it in The True Arena in the American English version calls it Dark Matter Blade rather than "Dark Matter Clone". Given that its Japanese name is クローン剣士ダークマター (Clone Swordsman Dark Matter), it can be assumed that the full name is Dark Matter Blade Clone and it was simply abbreviated due to character limits. In the British English version, it is referred to as "Dark Matter Clone" instead of "Dark Matter Blade" in both The True Arena Rest Area and during the battle itself.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クローン剣士ダークマター
Kurōn Kenshi Dāku Matā
Clone Swordsman Dark Matter
French Clone de Matière Noire Dark Matter Clone
German Dark-Matter-Klon Dark Matter Clone
Italian Clone di Dark Matter Clone of Dark Matter
Korean 클론 검사 다크 매터
keullon geomsa dakeu maeteo
Clone Swordsman Dark Matter
Spanish Clon Materia oscura Dark Matter Clone