|“||"Those bejeweled hearts will be mine!"
The famous thief from Kirby: Squeak Squad heard tales of dark, gem-shaped hearts and set out to find them. Such seemingly wicked treasures are certainly worthy of his talents!
— Guest Star Daroach Enter the Space Thieves Pause Screen description in Kirby Star Allies
Daroach is a mouse-like caped thief and magician who serves as the mysterious leader of the Squeaks and a recurring character in the Kirby series. He first appears as the main antagonist of Kirby: Squeak Squad, where he earns Kirby's ire by stealing his Strawberry Shortcake, though the two later make amends after the defeat of the overarching villain, Dark Nebula. Daroach would later appear as an ally in Kirby Mass Attack, where he helps the Kirbys by giving them hints to find the Medals, and would appear again as a playable Dream Friend in Kirby Star Allies.
Daroach resembles a mouse, like other members of the Squeaks, and is considerably larger than Kirby. He has a gray body with orange eyes and three orange claws on each hand. He has no visible limbs; his hands and feet appear disconnected from the rest of his body. He wears a red top hat, a red cape, and an orange bell on his neck. In Kirby Star Allies, the orange in his design is instead more yellow. He is capable of floating and teleporting at will and uses the Triple Star cane as his main weapon, though he also possesses a magic wand that shoots ice beam, as well as fire bombs.
When he is possessed by Dark Nebula and becomes Dark Daroach, his skin becomes darker and his costume becomes purple, though not much else changes regarding his abilities.
|Daroach's video game appearances|
|Kirby: Squeak Squad||Boss and main antagonist|
|Kirby Mass Attack||Supporting character and enemy||Gives Kirby advice on his airship, but also appears as an enemy in Kirby Quest.|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Reference||Appears as a Keychain.|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Reference||Appears as a Sticker.|
|Kirby Battle Royale||Reference||One of the Headgears for the Whip ability is based on him.|
|Kirby Star Allies||Playable character||Appears as a Dream Friend.|
|Super Kirby Clash||Reference||Appears as a sticker.|
|Kirby Fighters 2||Reference||Appears as a costume for Whip Kirby.|
|Kirby's Dream Buffet||Reference||Referenced by a costume and color for Kirby. Also appears as a Character Treat.|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe||Reference||Appears as a golden statue in Merry Magoland as a reward for completing 60 Missions, and his likeness appears in the form of a Dress-Up Mask.|
|Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Reference||Appears as a sticker.|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Cameo||Appears as a spirit.|
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Daroach makes his first appearance in Kirby: Squeak Squad, though he has no direct dialogue, instead being described in cutscenes and appearing in-game in a few places. He is first seen in stage 3 of Prism Plains, where he directs the Squeaks to chase after Kirby after he picks up the large Treasure Chest near the end of the stage. Daroach also appears briefly at the start of the boss fights with Mecha-Kracko and Yadgaine, specifically ordering these bosses after Kirby, but does not fight Kirby directly until Ice Island.
Daroach in Ice Island
During Kirby's long chase of his lost Strawberry Shortcake (he believes it's in the treasure chest stolen by the Squeaks), he will find and fight Daroach at the end of Ice Island. The ground of this boss stage is covered with ice which can be melted by fire element Copy Abilities such as Fire and Fire Sword.
Daroach primarily attacks via three methods:
- Throwing bombs;
- Shooting three stars from the Triple Star Cane, which ricochet off the walls and the ground;
- Firing an ice beam across the stage.
He can also avoid Kirby's attacks by constantly teleporting throughout the stage.
When Daroach is defeated by Kirby, however, Meta Knight suddenly appears and takes away the supposed Strawberry Shortcake chest from the Squeaks. Kirby must collect all five Star Seals to enter Secret Sea where Meta Knight locates, but the Squeaks secretly follow Kirby's way.
When Meta Knight is also defeated by Kirby, the Squeaks appear again and steal back the supposed chest from Meta Knight, but...
Dark Daroach in Gamble Galaxy
Although presented as the main antagonist at the beginning of the game, after stealing back and opening the supposed chest, Daroach is possessed by the real mastermind released from the chest, Dark Nebula. As such, Daroach flees and appears as a boss again at the end of Gamble Galaxy, this time called Dark Daroach.
Dark Daroach attacks in a similar way to his first battle. His Triple Star attack remains the same but his other two attacks are strengthened:
- The bomb will create a fire pillar after the explosion.
- The ice beam becomes noticeably thicker.
Upon Daroach's second defeat, he is released from the trance and Kirby must defeat Dark Nebula next with the Triple Star Cane left by him.
Kirby Mass Attack
- Main article: Daroach's Airship
|“||Welcome, my little friend! Or should I say...friends? I am Daroach, the captain of the treasure-hunting Squeaks. I have sniffed out a stash of riches that I must possess. Medals, on this island! Would you help me collect these medals?||”|
— Daroach's first dialogue to Kirby in Kirby Mass Attack.
Daroach and the Squeaks reappear in Kirby Mass Attack, but only Daroach has a speaking role. His airship appears on every level hub except for Necro Nebula, and Kirby can visit it at any time to obtain factoids from the wily mouse about the Popopo Islands and its inhabitants, as well as hints on how to survive and obtain medals. All of these hints can be viewed on the Daroach's Airship page.
In Kirby Mass Attack, he reveals tidbits about himself as well.
- Before King Dedede made his resort on Dedede Resort, Daroach used to go there to "steal the hearts of ladies".
- Cemeteries scare him, because "anything could pop out at you".
- The rest of the Squeaks are family to him.
- He wishes he had a Nintendo 3DS, because they are "worth their weight in gold".
When Kirby collects all 186 Medals, Daroach takes them and gives Kirby the Survival Rush book in return. He then departs on his airship.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Battle Royale
|“||A hat based on that of a notorious thief. Perfect for stealing victories!||”|
— Daroach Hat description
Kirby Star Allies
|“||The illustrious thief from Kirby: Squeak Squad is back, and there's nothing he can't-or won't-steal! If making friends is all it takes to find some treasure, this purloiner is happy to tag along with the Squeak Squad in tow!||”|
— Daroach's pause screen description in the Story Mode and The Ultimate Choice of Kirby Star Allies
Daroach was added as a Dream Friend in version 3.0.0 of the game, which released on July 27th, 2018. This made him a playable character for the first time in the series. When playing as him in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!, several areas change to resembles places from Kirby: Squeak Squad, and the final battle with Morpho Knight has the Squeaks' theme playing over it.
Daroach can use many attacks from his previous boss battles, including Ice Laser, Fire Bomb, and Triple Star. He can also summon members of the Squeaks to assist him. He receives new melee attacks with his sharp claws, which can cut ropes and grass. He can't hover but can jump infinitely like other Friends.
|Daroach's moveset in Kirby Star Allies |
|Daroach fires a small ice shard from his wand. Can be used quite rapidly.
||16→9→8→4 (4th hit onward)|
Press and hold B
|Daroach charges up his ice wand. He is immobile while charging, but can turn freely.||N/A|
Charge + A or L/R
|Daroach stores his charge, letting him move freely and activate Ice Laser or Ultra Ice Laser at any time by pressing B again.||N/A|
Small Charge, then release B
|Daroach fires an icy laser from his wand, which covers the entire length of the screen and passes through walls.
|Ultra Ice Laser||
Large Charge, then release B
|Daroach fires an icy laser much like the Ice Laser, but it is twice as large and deals more damage.
↓ + B in midair
|Daroach swings the Triple Star cane, launching three stars diagonally downwards which bounce several times before disappearing.||16→8→4→2 (4th hit onward)|
↑ + Press and release B
|Daroach throws a bomb in an upwards arc, which explodes upon hitting anything.||24|
|Daroach Fire Bomb||
↑ + Hold B briefly, then release
|Daroach charges up, then throws a larger, red-colored bomb covered in flames.
It rolls along the ground for a moment before exploding, creating a tall pillar of flames that lingers for several seconds.
Fire: 24→7→2 (3rd hit onward)
↓ + Press and release B
|Daroach summons Spinni, who runs straight ahead and slashes at any enemies he runs into for several seconds before disappearing, which can also cut ropes and grass.
If the move is used again while Spinni is present, Daroach will summon a Squeaker instead, which slowly hops forwards and disappears after a shorter length of time.
|Spinni attacks: 16|
Spinni moves: 8
↓ + Hold B briefly before releasing
|Daroach summons Doc, who orbits around him in his UFO for several seconds before disappearing,
damaging enemies with an electric forcefield around the UFO in a manner similar to the UFO ability's Star Guard move.
↓ + Hold B even longer before releasing
|Daroach summons Storo, who leaps forwards before slamming down to the ground, crushing enemies and pounding stakes underneath his bulk.
He will perform three successive slams before disappearing.
|Body slam: 32|
Move: 16→8 (2nd hit onward)
Dash + B
|Daroach rushes forwards and slashes with his claws. Can cut ropes and grass.
If he dashes off of a ledge, he will slide significantly farther due to not having any ground to stop against.
|Dash: 16→4 (2nd hit onward)|
B near an enemy
|Daroach slashes at the nearby foe twice with his claws. Can also cut ropes and grass.||12+8|
Scratch Out, then B
|Daroach teleports into the air after slashing the foe, then teleports back down and slashes his claws in an X shape, launching the hit foe away and striking either side of himself.
This can also cut ropes and grass.
↓, and then ↑ + B
|Daroach produces a big blue treasure chest, holding it as an item like a key. This chest can be thrown and picked up by other players.
After sitting on the ground for a moment, a toy of Dark Nebula will pop out of it on a spring, swinging back and forth while damaging any enemies it hits.
The chest can still be picked up and thrown after it has opened, allowing players to carry the swinging jack-in-the-box with them. After swinging for a few seconds, the chest will break.
Dark Nebula toy: 24
L/R in midair
|Daroach teleports to dodge attacks, briefly disappearing as he floats in place in midair. If a direction is held while dodging, Daroach will teleport a short distance in that direction.||N/A|
|Reference: A Star Bullet deals 52 damage.|
Super Kirby Clash
Kirby Fighters 2
Kirby's Dream Buffet
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, a Dress-Up Mask based on Daroach can be unlocked by completing card #08 in the Stamp Rally. Completing 60 missions in Merry Magoland unlocks a statue of Daroach based on his artwork pose from Kirby Star Allies, in addition to unlocking a mask based on Dark Daroach.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Daroach appears as a ★★★ attack-type primary Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In addition, it can be enhanced into Dark Daroach, a ★★★★ primary Spirit which is also attack-type. The normal Daroach Spirit's level 1 stats are 1,609 attack and 1,189 defense, plus it has stats of 4,839 attack and 3,577 defense at level 99. Dark Daroach has 2,305 attack and 1,886 defense at level 1, and 5,763 attack and 4,715 defense at level 99. Dark Daroach will also make the user's fire and explosion-based attacks stronger than usual. Both forms have 3 support slots. In addition, Dark Daroach can also be used as an avatar for the player's Smash Tag.
In the Kirby novel series
In the Kirby novel series, Daroach appears as the main antagonist of Kirby Meets the Squeak Squad!. He is a slick thief who is the honorable leader of the Squeaks. He has a calm and levelheaded personality. He also has strong morals; his plans of thievery involve being as stealthy as possible without hurting anyone. Daroach also carries a cane that can shoot ice beams, which he uses when fighting.
In Kirby Meets the Squeak Squad!, Daroach, along with the rest of the Squeaks, try to steal an egg that its mother bird had trusted Kirby and Waddle Dee to take care of. He is first seen spying on them outisde Castle Dedede, alongside his lackeys, planning to swiftly take the egg when they are asleep, without waking them up. When they do so, Daroach accidentally sets off their "warning device", made of cans and rocks that were tied to the egg, waking up Waddle Dee and Kirby. Daroach removes the warning device and flees with the egg, with his henchmen following. Kirby gives chase, and gets the Spark ability along the way to deal with Daroach's henchmen. When Kirby catches up to Daroach, he shoots a huge bolt of lightning, numbing him, and takes the egg back. After this, Meta Knight comes in to help the Squeaks out, revealing that he had become affiliated with them for an unknown reason.
A few nights later, Daroach decides to let his Squeakers sneak into the attic of Waddle Dee's room to fill it with sleeping gas. He sneaks in with his lackeys and now Meta Knight, who all wear face masks to protect them from the sleeping gas. Unfortunately for them, Kirby has a dream about food, and starts sleep-inhaling. They all flee because it is too dangerous. When Kirby, Waddle Dee, and King Dedede return to the temple where they first found the egg, the Squeaks follow after them there. According to Meta Knight's plan, they snatch Waddle Dee along with the egg, but then fall into a trap door leading to an underground lake. Once everyone is safely at the lake's surface, Meta Knight explains to Waddle Dee that there is a whole misunderstanding about Daroach and his intentions. After he tells him everything, Kirby and King Dedede catch up, and shortly after, Fatty Whale shows up and chases them all out of the underground lake. The group ventures through the rest of the underground area, and eventually fights Wham Bam Gaia at the end. Daroach helps in the fight by firing ice beams from his cane to freeze parts of Wham Bam Gaia.
After the mother bird, Acti Blade, flies them out of the temple, Daroach is finally able to explain the whole misunderstanding to everyone. He reveals that he only wanted the cushion that was tied to the egg. Daroach had trouble falling asleep before and wanted to find a good pillow, so he went for the egg's cushion, which is made of Acti Blade's feathers. Acti Blade forgives him for the trouble and lets him keep the cushion as he gives back her egg. Meta Knight then reveals that he was helping Daroach because he was indebted to him for saving his henchmen Sword Knight and Blade Knight in the past.
Daroach is also mentioned in the next novel, Kirby: Meta Knight and the Puppet Princess, where more info is given about the time Daroach helped Meta Knight before the events of Kirby Meets the Squeak Squad!. Baron Gallic was after Meta Knight's legendary sword, the Galaxia. He hypnotized Sword Knight and Blade Knight with a mysterious red gem, and convinced them that Meta Knight is a universal threat. However, Daroach had noticed this, fully aware of Gallic's criminal nature, and informed Meta Knight about it. Thanks to Daroach, Meta Knight was able to bring his henchmen back to reason, and prevent Baron Gallic from taking his sword.
- Daroach and the Squeaks were originally called ドロチュー (Dorochū) in early concepts, "chu" being the sound of mouse squeaking in Japanese. Design supervisor Atsushi Kakuta thought "Dorochū" was too cutesy for the character. After reading a design proposal that misspelled his name as ドローチュ (Dorōchu), he thought it sounded better and decided to change the name, with further tweaks eventually leading to ドロッチェ (Dorocche).
- Due to his role in Kirby Mass Attack, Daroach has by far the most dialogue of any character in the Kirby series.
- According to a Nintendo Switch News Channel post regarding Kirby Star Allies, Daroach hates tomatoes, but eats Maxim Tomatoes without complaining. Daroach also mentions this in his dialogue from Kirby Mass Attack, but only in the Japanese version of the game.
- Main article: Daroach/gallery
Names in other languages
|Derived from「泥坊」(dorobō, thief) and a corruption of「チュー」(chū, onomatopoeia for a mouse's squeak)|
Daroach is one way to transliterate the Japanese name
guài dào luò qiè
|Phantom Thief Daroach
guài dào luò qiè
|French||Desroches||Real last name meaning "from the rocks"; phonetically similar to "Daroach"|
|A combination of "도둑" (doduk, thief) and "루팡" (Rupang, from Arsène Lupin)|
- Nintendo Magazine Online No.100 (November 2006) - Interview with Kirby: Squeak Squad developers (Japanese)
- Kirby Star Allies Channel - August 6, 2018
- In the Japanese version, Daroach says: 「リンゴよりバナナ バナナよりメロン メロンよりトマト… オレはトマトは好きではないがマキシムトマトはさぞかしうまいんだろうな」, which translates to, "Bananas are better than apples. Melons are better than bananas. Tomatoes are better than melons... I don't like tomatoes, myself, but I bet Maxim Tomatoes are real good." The English equivalent of that dialogue is, "Bananas are better than apples. And melons? Better yet. Maxim Tomatoes produce the juiciest results of all."