Please remember that WiKirby contains spoilers, which you read at your own risk! See our general disclaimer for details.

Dark Nebula

From WiKirby, your independent source of Kirby knowledge.
Jump to navigationJump to search
Dark Nebula
KSqS Dark Nebula artwork.jpg
Artwork of Dark Nebula in Kirby: Squeak Squad.
First game Kirby: Squeak Squad (2006)
Latest game Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023, reference)
Other game(s) Kirby: Triple Deluxe (reference)
Kirby Star Allies (reference)
Super Kirby Clash (reference)
Kirby's Dream Buffet (reference)
Copy Abilities Triple Star (dropped by Daroach)
Similar to Dark Matter
Dark Mind
Miracle Matter
Theme music

Clip of the music that plays during the battle with Dark Nebula.

 This box: view  talk  edit 
The treasure chest was the prison of Dark Nebula, ruler of the underworld. Meta Knight knew the secret of the chest. He fought Kirby to prevent Dark Nebula from being released.
— The narrator in Kirby: Squeak Squad

Dark Nebula is the ruler of the underworld and the final boss in Kirby: Squeak Squad. It was concealed in a treasure chest that Kirby receives after beating Daroach. However, this treasure chest was stolen by Meta Knight to make sure Dark Nebula would not be released. However, Kirby, believing that the treasure chest contains the cake he was about to eat in the beginning of the game, beats Meta Knight and the treasure chest is then stolen by the Squeaks. As a consequence of this, Dark Nebula is released from its prison, consuming Daroach. After Kirby defeats Daroach a second time, Dark Nebula exits Daroach's body as a small dark star bearing its normal form's color which Kirby follows and then faces it, where it enlarges and gains an eye. After Kirby beats it, the stars that make up Dark Nebula fall out of it, leaving only its eye, which then explodes. Having defeated Dark Nebula, Kirby returns home.

Dark Nebula has, to this point, only appeared once in the series as a proper entity. It has been given some representation in subsequent titles in the form of illustrations, references, and other memorabilia, however.

Physical appearance[edit]

Dark Nebula is a large black star. It has one large eye, that being found in its center. Its color changes with its form during battle, with a red color for fire, light blue for ice, and green for electric. Dark Nebula does not have any attacks in its default black form.

Game appearances[edit]

Dark Nebula's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby: Squeak Squad Main antagonist and final boss.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Reference Appears as one of the Stone Kirby transformations, paired with Drawcia.
Kirby Star Allies Reference Appears in the "Bad Boss Brothers" Celebration Picture, and is referenced in one of Daroach's moves and in one of the Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! end pictures.
Super Kirby Clash Reference Appears as a sticker.
Kirby's Dream Buffet Reference Appears as a Character Treat.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Reference Appears as a Dress-Up Mask.

Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

Kirby battling Dark Nebula in Kirby: Squeak Squad.

Dark Nebula is the final boss of Kirby: Squeak Squad. It has the ability to change into three different forms, each of which have different attacks.

Dark Nebula forms
Form Image Behavior
Fire KSqS Dark Nebula Fire Sprite.png Dark Nebula's fire form is a fiery red star. It can send fire to the ground, burning anything on it. Fire Wheel and Fire Tornado can be used on this fire. This form dashes around for its physical attack.
Ice KSqS Dark Nebula Ice Sprite.png Dark Nebula's ice form is a light blue star. It can now send a beam from its eye, freezing the ground. Ice Wheel and Ice Tornado can be used on this ice. This form moves in a circular pattern for its physical attack.
Electric KSqS Dark Nebula Spark Sprite.png Dark Nebula's electric form is a light, green star. It can now send electricity to the corners, bordering the screen with electricity. Unlike the other forms, Thunder Wheel and Tornado can't be used in the electricity. When moving around the screen, Dark Nebula moves in an up and down pattern.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

KTD Stone14.png
Stone transformation of Drawcia and Dark Nebula from Kirby: Triple Deluxe

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Dark Nebula makes a cameo as one of Stone's sculptures where it is paired up with Drawcia.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Daroach using "Smack-in-the-Box" in Kirby Star Allies, which is a callback to Dark Nebula.

Dark Nebula appears in the Celebration Picture titled "Bad Boss Brothers", though it is facing away from the frame in the picture. Additionally, a mock-form of Dark Nebula appears as part of Daroach's moveset, in the move "Smack-in-the-Box". Furthermore, it also appears as an illustration by Daroach in his Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! picture. Finally, it appears inside a chest in one of the Stone transformations.

Super Kirby Clash[edit]

In Super Kirby Clash, a collectible sticker can be purchased which resembles Dark Nebula. It comes with the caption "*staaare*" and an ominous sound effect.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Dark Nebula makes an appearance as a Character Treat, using his artwork from Kirby: Squeak Squad.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Dark Nebula appears in the form of a Dress-Up Mask that plays its boss sound effects from Kirby: Squeak Squad when worn. It is unlocked by completing card #43 in the Stamp Rally.

Connection to Dark Matter[edit]

It is widely believed by fans of the Kirby series that Dark Nebula is another form of Dark Matter, similar to Zero. While no specific line of text in English localizations connects Dark Nebula to Dark Matter in this way, its Japanese, Chinese and Korean name of Dark Zero implies a relation, in addition to its Japanese and Korean title of "ruler of darkness" (暗黒の支配者 / 암흑의 지배자) instead of the English title "ruler of the underworld", as well as its ability to possess other characters and its appearance. Such similarities are noted in a snippet from the Japanese 20th Anniversary Kirby Pupupu Encyclopedia, page 21, lumping Dark Nebula in with Dark Matter-based characters; however, it says that the relationship between Dark Nebula and Dark Matter is not clear. As such, there is no definitive proof of said relationship.



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダークゼロ
Dāku Zero
Dark Zero
Traditional Chinese 闇零
Àn líng
Darkness Zero
Simplified Chinese 暗零
Àn líng
Dutch Dark Nebula -
French Dark Nebula -
German Dark Nebula -
Italian Dark Nebula -
Korean 다크 제로
Dakeu Jero
Dark Zero
Portuguese Nébula sombria Shadow Nebula
Spanish Dark Nebula -