Daroach

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Daroach Allies.png
Official art of Daroach from Kirby Star Allies
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Debut Game Kirby Squeak Squad
Last Game Kirby Star Allies
(Dream Friend)
Other Game(s) Kirby Mass Attack
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Keychain)
Kirby: Planet Robobot (Sticker)
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Daroach is the mysterious leader of the Squeaks, and the secondary antagonist of his debut game, Kirby: Squeak Squad. He is a recurring Boss who wields the Triple Star Cane. He has recently become a playable Dream Friend in Kirby Star Allies.

Physical Apperance

Daroach resembles a mouse, like other members of the Squeaks. He is considerably larger than Kirby. He has a gray body with orange eyes and three orange claws on each hand. He wears a red top hat, a red cape and an orange bell on his neck. He is capable of floating and teleporting at will.

When he is posssessed by Dark Nebula and becomes Dark Daroach, his skin becomes darker and his costume becomes purple.

Game Appearances

Kirby: Squeak Squad

Artwork of Daroach from Kirby: Squeak Squad.

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

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Dark Daroach

Although presented as the main antagonist in 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 explosion.
  • The ice beam becomes noticably 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

Daroach and the Squeaks reappear in Kirby Mass Attack, but only Daroach has a speaking role. His zeppelin is on the level map and he tells Kirby factoids about the islands. His Squeakers learned the locations of Medals and Daroach will give Kirby hints about where they are. He helps Kirby because he's always been a big fan of underdogs. He tells Kirby that all the Rainbow Medals are needed to get to Necro Nebula.

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.

When Kirby collects all 186 Medals, Daroach takes them, and gives Kirby the Survival Rush book in return. He then departs on his airship, never to be seen again.

Daroach appears in the Kirby Quest minigame as the first enemy encountered in Chapter 4.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Dark Daroach makes a cameo apperance as a Keychain in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Daroach's official art from Kirby: Squeak Squad and a new doodle of him both appear as Stickers in Kirby: Planet Robobot.

Kirby Star Allies

Daroach when summoned as a Dream Friend

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 memebers 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 Friend Helpers.

Among all Friends in this title, Daroach can provide the most elements at the number of 3 (Blizzard, Zap, Sizzle), tied with Rick & Kine & Coo (Sizzle, Bluster, Splash).

Daroach moveset in Kirby Star Allies
Facing right  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage[1]
Ice Shot
B
Daroach fires a small ice shard from his wand. Can be used quite rapidly.
  • This will grant the Blizzard element to friends.
160→96→85→44 (4th hit onward)
Charge
Press and hold B
Daroach charges up his ice wand. He is immobile while charging, but can turn freely. N/A
Charged Up
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
Ice Laser
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.
  • This will grant the Blizzard element to friends.
80 per hit
Ultra Ice Laser
Large Charge, then release B
Daroach fires an icy laser much like the Ice Laser, but it is larger and deals more damage.
  • This will grant the Blizzard element to friends.
100 per hit
Triple Star
↓ + B in midair
Daroach swings the Triple Star cane, launching three stars diagonally downwards which bounce several times before disappearing. 160→80→40→20
Daroach Bomb
↑ + Press and release B
Daroach throws a bomb in an upwards arc, which explodes upon hitting anything. 240
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 screen-height pillar of flames that lingers for several seconds.
  • This will grant friends the Sizzle element.
Bomb: 240
Fire: 240→72→24 (3rd hit onward)
Summon Spinni
↓ + 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: 160
Spinni moves: 80
Squeaker: 160
Summon Doc
↓ + 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.
  • This will grant the Zap element to friends.
160
Summon Storo
↓ + 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: 320
Move: 160→80 (2nd hit onward)
Hunter Claw
Dash + B
Daroach rushes forwards a moderate distance, then comes to a halt as he slashes ahead with his sharp claws, which can also 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.
  • Daroach is invincible during this attack.
Dash: 160→40 (2nd hit onward)
Claw: 320
Scratch Out
B near an enemy
Daroach slashes at the nearby enemy twice with his sharp claws, which can also cut ropes and grass. 120→80
Cross Claw
Scratch Out, then B
Daroach teleports into the air after slashing the enemy, then teleports back down and slashes his claws in an X shape, launching the hit enemy away and hitting to both sides of himself.
This can also cut ropes and grass.
  • Daroach is invincible during this attack.
400
Smack-in-the-Box
↓, 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.
Box: 80
Dark Nebula toy: 240
Teleport
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 520 damage.

Trivia

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドロッチェ
Dorocche
ドロ is derived from 泥棒どろぼう (thief). Daroach could be the transliteration of his Japanese name.
Spanish Daroach -
French Daroach -
Dutch Daroach -
German Daroach -
Italian Daroach -
Russian Дароч
Daroch
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Chinese 怪盗洛切 (chs)
怪盜洛切 (cht)
guài dào luò qiè
Phantom Thief Daroach
  • In Japanese, 怪盗 (kaitō, literally "phantom thief") usually refers to fictional thieves.
  • 盗洛切 is the transcription of ドロッチェ, the Japanese name.

References

  1. https://twitter.com/zhanghm11111/status/1029754886034882561
  2. Nintendo Switch News Channel - Kirby Star Allies Channel #11