- This article is about the juvenile form of Kracko, and should not be confused with Li'l Kracko.
Kracko Jr. is a boss in the Kirby series and a juvenile form of Kracko, first appearing in Kirby's Dream Land. His appearance consists of a single eye surrounded by four cloudy orbs which typically hang in place, though they can and do often spin around the central eye. Most games portray these orbs with a pink coloration to them, though Kracko Jr.'s artwork in Kirby: Canvas Curse has two pink and two light blue, complimenting the color scheme of the mature Kracko's body accents. Kracko Jr.'s attack strategy is comparable to that of Kracko, except that fewer attacks are in Kracko Jr.'s arsenal, meaning he is generally considered to be an easier version of the full-fledged Kracko. Some games, such as Kirby's Dream Land 2, have Kirby battle Kracko Jr. initially, only for him to transform into Kracko proper later in the fight.
Kracko Jr. is sometimes faced in the middle of a stage, and can thus sometimes be considered a Mid-Boss in certain circumstances, though his behavior and properties more align with a proper boss (the most notable being that he is not inhaled after defeat). In other instances, such as in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kracko Jr. is not fought at all, since he immediately transforms into Kracko proper after appearing.
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 or a Co-Kracko.
||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.
||Kracko Jr. shoots one or two harmful beam whips that rotate quickly around himself. Kracko Jr.'s Revenge can shoot out four beams. This attack is used in Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Kirby's Blowout Blast.
||Kracko Jr. chases Kirby around while shooting a continuous bolt of lightning below himself. This attack is only used in Kirby's Blowout Blast.
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 / Kirby: 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
Kirby battles Kracko Jr.'s Revenge in Crash Clouds
in 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. Interestingly, in this game, he has three orbs instead of four.
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 Drop Stars with his attacks instead of spawning enemies.
- 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.
Screenshot from Kirby's Dream Land
Screenshot from Kirby's Adventure
Screenshot from Kirby's Pinball Land
Kracko Jr. attacking from inside the cloud floor in Kirby's Dream Land 2
Sprite from Kirby Super Star
Painting from Kirby: Canvas Curse
Sprite from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kracko Jr's Revenge sprite from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Boss image from The True Arena of Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kracko Jr.'s Revenge from Kirby's Blowout Blast
Names in other languages
Kracko Jr.'s Revenge
kurakko junia ribenji
|Kracko Jr. Revenge
||Kracko Jr. rivincita
||Kracko Jr. Revenge
keuraekgo junieo ribenji
|Kracko Jr. Revenge
|Characters of the Kirby video game series (ordered by first game appearance)|
|Kirby's Dream Land|
|Kirby's Dream Course|
|Kirby's Dream Land 2|
|Kirby Super Star|
|Kirby's Star Stacker (Game Boy)|
|Kirby's Dream Land 3|
|Kirby's Star Stacker (SNES)|
|Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards|
|Kirby & The Amazing Mirror|
|Kirby: Canvas Curse|
|Kirby: Squeak Squad|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra|
|Kirby's Epic Yarn|
|Kirby Mass Attack|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe|
|Kirby and the Rainbow Curse|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot|
|Kirby Battle Royale|
|Kirby Star Allies|
|Super Kirby Clash|
|Kirby and the Forgotten Land|Elfilin
• Beast Pack (Gorimondo, Carol, Sillydillo, Leon)
• Fecto Forgo
• Fecto Elfilis
• Waddle Dee Town
residents (Café-Manager Waddle Dee, Café-Staff Waddle Dee, Commentator Waddle Dee, Delivery Waddle Dee, Game-Shop Waddle Dee, Item-Shop Waddle Dee, Minion Waddle Dee, The Deedly Dees, Trader Waddle Dee, Usher Waddle Dee, Weapons-Shop Waddle Dee, Wise Waddle Dee)
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe|
|Other recurring Bosses (at least 3 appearances)|
|Recurring Mid-Bosses (at least 3 appearances)|