|When a troubled mage stood before the mirror, Dark Taranza appeared...|
— flavor text from Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Dark Taranza is an enemy that is encountered after the main game of Team Kirby Clash Deluxe. He is a dark-hued alternate-dimensional version of Taranza, and fights in much the same way, though he is considerably more powerful. He was summoned by Taranza through the Black Mirror.
Dark Taranza is fought as part of Tougher: The Final Battle in the Decisive Battlefield, and is unlocked after Parallel Landia is defeated.
Compared to other enemies in the Decisive Battlefield region, Dark Taranza is not particularly strong, but just like his normal counterpart, he is capable of some energy-based attacks, and can web Team Kirby up. Unlike most enemies, however, he is only fought in one phase.
Once Dark Taranza is defeated, he brings back the Black Mirror, and uses it to call upon his master, King D-Mind. Once the king of darkness is summoned, however, he immediately dispatches Dark Taranza using his hammer, shattering him into countless shards, and presumably destroying him for his incompetence.
The following are all of Dark Taranza's attacks in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe. Note that attack names are conjectural:
|Dark Taranza's attacks in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe|
|Dark Taranza Ball||Dark Taranza charges and releases a series of dark energy orbs which spread out somewhat after firing.|
|Dark Taranza Web Hold||Dark Taranza flies into the background, then readies his aim toward a random Kirby target. He then casts a large magic net at that Kirby. If caught, the Kirby will need to mash to escape. If successful, Dark Taranza will fall to the ground and become dazed for a moment.|
|Super Dark Taranza Ball||Dark Taranza flies into the background, then conjures and tosses a giant energy orb into the arena, which he does either to the left or right. The orb bounces across the stage for a while before dissipating.|
|Crystal Volley||Dark Taranza flies into the background, then conjures and tosses a series of large purple gems into the arena.||These gems resemble the crystal platforms found in Royal Road from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.|
|Dark Taranza Burst||Dark Taranza charges energy, then releases a large burst around himself.|
|Super Dark Taranza Burst||Dark Taranza flies into the middle of the stage and charges energy, then releases a very large burst around himself.|
|Dark Taranza Ball Ring||Dark Taranza conjures eight orbs which surround him. He then sends them outward one-by-one.|
|Magic Field||Dark Taranza conjures an orb of energy around himself, then flies forward.|
- Dark Taranza's purple and yellow accents are a nod to the color scheme of Queen Sectonia.
- Dark Taranza's head is the shadow that looms over Team Kirby in the Team Kirby Clash Deluxe logo.
- Dark Taranza is one of two enemies (the other being Colossal Waddle Dee) who does not reappear in Super Kirby Clash.
- However, there is a set of Doctor Healmore equipment in Super Kirby Clash which resembles Dark Taranza.