Dark Nebula

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Dark Nebula
DarkZtar N.png
Sprite of Dark Nebula (neutral form).
Debut Game Kirby Squeak Squad
Weakness(es) Triple Star
Similar to Dark Matter
Dark Mind
Miracle Matter
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Dark Nebula (Dark Zero in Japanese) is the lord of the underworld and the final boss in Kirby Squeak Squad. He 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, and the Dark Nebula is released from his prison, consuming Daroach. After Kirby defeats Daroach a second time, Dark Nebula exits Daroach's body as a small dark star bearing his normal form's colour and Kirby follows him and then faces him, where he enlarges and gains an eye. After Kirby beats him, the stars that make up Dark Nebula fall out of him, leaving only his eye, which then explodes. Having defeated Dark Nebula, Kirby returns home.


Dark Nebula is a large black star. He has one large eye, that being found in his center. His color changes with his form, with a red color for fire, light blue for ice, and green for electric. Regular Dark Nebula can never be faced.


Dark Nebula has the ability to change into three different forms. His star texture changes from a fiery texture, to ice, and then a green static texture. Depending on what texture he is depends on which form he takes, and one powers he uses. Dark Nebula moves around randomly around the screen making it harder to know when to attack.

Fire form

DarkZtar F.png Dark Nebula's fire form is a red star. He can now send fire to the ground, burning anything on it. Fire Wheel and Fire Tornado can be used on this fire. For his physical attack, Dark Nebula dashes around. This is the hardest to avoid.

Ice form

DarkZtar I.png Dark Nebula's ice form is a light blue star. He can now send a beam from his eye, freezing the ground. Ice Wheel and Ice Tornado can be used on this ice. Dark Nebula moves in a circular pattern for his physical attack, making landing a hit on him easy provided the player is careful.

Electric form

DarkZtar E.png Dark Nebula's electric form is a light, green star. He 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 making it harder to avoid him.

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダークゼロ
Dāku Zero
Dark Zero

Connection to Dark Matter

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 name of Dark Zero implies a relation. Additionally, its ability to possess other characters and a snippet from the Japanese 20th Anniversary book lumping Dark Nebula in with Dark Matter-based characters makes a compelling case that Dark Nebula is a form of Dark Matter. However, this appears to only be the case in the Japanese canon, with no such connection being established in the English localization, nor any definitive proof to point to in the games themselves.