Miracle Matter is the composition-shifting boss of the Ripple Star realm in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. If Kirby hasn't collected all the prior Crystal Shards, it would be the final boss that leads to the False Ending. Collecting all the prior shards and defeating Miracle Matter will bring 0², the true final boss of this game.
Miracle Matter takes the basic form of a white icosahedron figure (similar to a 20-sided die), awash with small red damage indicators on its body. These red circles will turn black over the battle's duration, and act as accurate health markers: the more black spots on Miracle Matter's body, the closer it is to defeat.
Miracle Matter is the only boss in The Crystal Shards to inhibit all of Kirby's Copy Abilities in some shape or form, incorporating them throughout the battle in an effort to best Kirby once and for all. Because Miracle Matter switches forms rapidly, the element remnant it leaves as a byproduct of its attacks will only be effective as a projectile for as long as Miracle Matter is in the corresponding Copy Ability form; otherwise, using an element remnant that is unrelated to Miracle Matter's Copy Ability will cause such projectile to be reflected. Miracle Matter cannot be harmed whatsoever while it is inhibiting its standard, polygonal form.
Forms and Strategy
The sections below discuss the various forms Miracle Matter can take on during the battle. They are in alphabetical order, and in no shape or form are listed in the order they appear, as it can repeat various forms multiple times during a battle.
Unlike other bosses in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, this boss is most easily beaten without a pre-determined Copy Ability, since such power would only be beneficial against at least one of Miracle Matter's seven forms. Using the projectiles provided by Miracle Matter is Kirby's best bet as they are effective against the particular form that produces them, every time. Alternatively, Kirby can also damage a particular form with his respective Copy Ability which can be obtained by swallowing the projectile, or with his respective Ability Star to discard and toss (which is a good finisher to a form's last hit). All forms take three hits to defeat, except for the Bomb Form which takes only two. Thus, Miracle Matter takes 20 hits to defeat, the exact number of the faces it has.
Miracle Matter morphs from its standard form to that of a purple bubble-like appearance, from which it procures four similar purple bubbles that bounce about the stage, in an attempt to hit Kirby.
These four identical bubbles will hereby split into two: a circular core and an empty bubble that continue to ricochet off the invisible walls of the arena. Eventually, the bubbles with distinct cores will stop in their place (the others will disappear), and Kirby will be able to use them as projectiles to injure Miracle Matter. After a short time window, the foe will retract back into its standard form. Any bubble that strikes Kirby will disappear, leaving anything it is containing unusable.
This form interestingly takes just two hits to defeat.
The foe will transform into a glowing fireball from its standard shape, and glide about the stage on the horizontal plane in various stocky movements.
Miracle Matter will henceforth conjure columns of flame that are shaped to mirror the Cartesian plane (i.e. they will be created only in the horizontal, vertical, or both directions, but never in diagonals, etc.) Once Miracle Matter retracts the columns of flame, a fire element remnant will be left behind; Kirby can use this to strike Miracle Matter in this form.
This form is reminiscient of the common enemy, Fishbone, which has a body format similar to this form: a main head, and two smaller abdomen sections at the rear. The final abdomen section is the "projectile" of this form, the piece Kirby can suck up and propel back at Miracle Matter to cause damage.
Miracle Matter, in this form, will move around the arena reminiscent of racecar events: in a circular pattern, with the final pass at Kirby's eye level.
Miracle Matter will, from its standard form, morph into a large ice block, with smaller ice shards in orbit. Like the Bomb form, this shape will float around the stage, retracting and expanding its orbital ice shards.
In this fairly simple form, Kirby can suck in the orbital ice shards and propel them straight at the main ice block at the center to injure Miracle Matter. After a few hits or a small time window, Miracle Matter will reform into its regular polygonal shape.
Transforming into an orange sun-like appearance denotes the beginning of Miracle Matter's Needle form. Corresponding to the cardinal directions, Miracle Matter will jet thin, narrow needles out from its main core that strike the edge of the area and stay there for some time before retracting, leaving a small, arrowhead-like element remnants in their places. This remnant is the key to injuring Miracle Matter, in a similar fashion as its previous forms.
Miracle Matter will literally morph its appearance to that of a small Sun, shooting thick light beams in Kirby's direction. Such beams will zoom off-screen, then appear again as if the screen is unending, but from the corresponding, yet opposite side of the stage. The beams also reflect off Miracle Matter itself, similar to the physics of the Laser ability.
Over a time, the light beams themselves will transform into three smaller Suns that can be used against Miracle Matter.
Miracle Matter will transfigure itself into a large, floating brown rock at a certain point in the battle, and procures smaller rocks at its sides of which are used in an attempt to pummel Kirby into the arena floor.
After all of the smaller boulders have hit the floor and broken into available projectiles, Miracle Matter will begin to roll about the arena floor, in a last ditch effort to hit Kirby. Both corners on the ground are the safety zone where its Rock Form can't roll over Kirby.
After this display, it will rise back to the center and form back into its standard shape.
Miracle Matter's theme is composed by Jun Ishikawa and can be found as Music 20 in the Sound Check mode of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Interestingly, 20 is the exact number of the faces Miracle Matter has. This track shares the same intro with the regular boss battle theme from The Crystal Shards (Music 19 in Sound Check), but they have totally different melodies. Miracle Matter's theme is oddly not included in the original soundtrack CD of The Crystal Shards, but is included in The Very Best of Kirby: 52 Hit Tracks and simply titled "Miracle Matter".
In Kirby Star Allies, Miracle Matter's theme is reused during the Rocky ambush and Chef Kawasaki mid-boss battle of the Sector B stage in Jambastion, which can be found as Track 87 in the Jukebox. In addition, the battle theme of Adeleine & Ribbon vs. Morpho Knight is an arrangement of "0² Battle", "Miracle Matter" and Ripple Star's map theme, which can be found as Track 178 in the Jukebox (as of Version 4.0.0).
- In Kirby Star Allies, the Final Core of Void Termina (and other versions like Void Soul and Void) has an attack that resembles Miracle Matter's Needle Form: they bursts into laughter and pokes 8 needles out of their body. Void and Void Soul can duplicate themselves in their versions, and in the original, the needles are rotated 22.5 degrees from their position and each version fires the needles at the same time. In-game, Void Termina's core's version is called Laughing Needle, and Void Soul's version is called Full Smile.
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