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Kracko Jr. is a Mid-Boss in the Kirby series and a juvenile form of Kracko, first appearing in Kirby's Dream Land. His appearance is similar to that of Kracko before he becomes puffier, consisting of a single eye surrounded by pink and blue orbs. His strategy is comparable to that of the older Kracko, except for the fact that fewer attacks are in Kracko Jr.'s arsenal.
Despite usually being a Mid-Boss, Kracko Jr. is destroyed immediately after his defeat and cannot be inhaled, making him more similar to a boss in this respect.
Kirby's Dream Land
Kracko Jr. first appears as a mid-boss in Bubbly Clouds - the fourth level of the game. He attacks in a set pattern, swooping around and dropping bombs. He will also drop a Waddle Doo, which is the means by which Kirby will defeat him.
In Extra Game, Kracko Jr.'s pattern is much more erratic, but strangely enough, Kirby will remain safe if he hides in the left corner.
Kirby's Adventure / Nightmare in Dream Land
Artwork from Kirby Super Star
& Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kracko Jr. is encountered at the end of Grape Garden. He is invulnerable, and Kirby has to escape him by jumping upward, preferably using the Hi-Jump ability. When Kirby reaches the top, Kracko Jr. morphs into Kracko to begin the actual fight.
Kirby's Pinball Land
Kracko Jr. appears during the first phase of the boss fight in Kracko Land. He moves back and forth in the air, and may attack by charging at Kirby. Hitting him four times causes him to transform into Kracko, though he cannot be hit while charging forward.
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kracko Jr. is faced down in the Cloudy Park level. He spends a lot of its time beneath the cloudy floor, poking his eye out to shoot beams or Co-Krackos at Kirby. He occasionally rises fully out of the floor to drop bombs. He can also shoot his orbs at Kirby.
When Kracko Jr. is knocked out, he transforms into Kracko and the fight continues.
Kirby's Block Ball
Kracko Jr. appears in Stage 7 in Round 4, where he can be seen patrolling the area. Hitting him four times causes him to retreat and confers 5000 points.
In the boss fight in the following round, Kracko Jr. is faced first, and transforms into Kracko after a few hits.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kracko Jr. appears in Spring Breeze, much like he did in Kirby's Dream Land. He also appears as Kracko Jr.'s Revenge in Revenge of the King, tougher than before. He now drops five bombs instead of three, he spawns a Waddle Doo less often, and he moves noticeably faster than before. He can also fly in a circle motion from the edge of the arena.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kracko Jr. makes a very brief appearance in this game. He floats down from the sky in Mustard Mountain and transforms almost immediately into Kracko proper before the boss fight begins. As such, Kracko Jr. is not fought in this game.
Kirby: Canvas Curse
- Main article: Block Attack
Kracko Jr. appears in the Block Attack boss game in Kirby: Canvas Curse as the final obstacle when playing in Level 1. Kracko Jr. does not have much means to fight Kirby in this incarnation, and only moves around the room he is found in. To defeat him, Kirby must avoid his cloud orbs and crash into his eye four times.
Kirby Mass Attack
Kracko Jr. appears as an enemy in the Kirby Mass Attack Sub-Game Strato Patrol EOS, prior to the battle with Kracko proper.
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Kracko Jr. from Kirby's Blowout Blast
In this spin-off title, Kracko Jr. serves as the boss of Level 2, and his Revenge variant serves as the Boss of Level 2-EX, and appears again on Secret Path. He attacks similarly to Kracko, but is a bit milder, with less swooping, less speed, and less beams out at a time. Unlike in most games, Kracko Jr. will generate Recoil Stars with his attacks instead of spawning enemies.
This table details all of Kracko Jr.'s attacks in his various appearances.
|Kracko Jr.'s attacks
Kracko Jr. stops moving and releases a Waddle Doo
Kracko Jr. swoops flat across the floor, occasionally circling the whole room in Kirby Super Star
. Destroys cloud platforms in Kirby's Adventure
Kracko Jr. moves in a circle and drops four spinning black projectiles.
Kracko Jr. moves across the ceiling, dropping three bombs that explode when they hit the ground. Replaces Bullets in Kirby Super Star.
Kirby's Dream Land screenshot
Kirby's Pinball Land screenshot
Sprite from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Boss image from The True Arena of Kirby Super Star Ultra
EX form from Kirby's Blowout Blast
- While every game that features Kracko Jr. also features Kracko proper, the inverse is not the case. The first game that featured Kracko without his Jr. counterpart was Kirby's Dream Course, and there have been several since.
- In Kirby Mass Attack, he has three orbs instead of four.