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Must Dash (Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe)

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Must Dash
DDDD Level 2.png
King Dedede ducks under a Clown Acrobot in Must Dash.
Host game Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
Time limit 2:45
Silver score 26600 (34800 EX)
Gold score 31800 (39800 EX)
Platinum score (unclear, somewhere around 36000, somewhere around 43500 EX)
Theme music

Clip of the music that plays in Must Dash

Stage Progression
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This article is about the stage in Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe. For the music that plays in this stage, see Must Dash.
A sugary-sweet melody, courtesy of Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Get up high using the Super Jump, and hit the backbeat cymbals with A!
— In-game caption for Must Dash from Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe

Must Dash is the second stage in Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe. It is a mild-tempo stage set to the song Must Dash which introduces moving drums.


This stage spans a total of 62 drums from beginning to end. Along the way, the drum set consists of a fair amount of smaller drums, along with some moving drums that either shift back and forth or left and right. Shortly into the stage, King Dedede will need to contend with some Clown Acrobots that try to get in his way. A few gongs are present on the stage to hit, and a Recovery Ring can be utilized as well should Dedede need a refill on his health. The goal drum can be reached shortly afterward by following the coin arches past a few bumpers.


The following enemies can be found in Must Dash:


Secret version[edit]

New to this version of level 2: the blindfold banner and lots of drums that keep coming and going...
— In-game caption for the secret version of Must Dash from Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe

This new version of the stage spans a total of 46 drums from beginning to end, though these drums are more widely-spaced apart than in the main game. Here, the drums are generally smaller and more mobile, and a number of new enemies and hazards have been added. Most notable are the addition of blindfold banners that will obscure parts of the stage at regular intervals. There are also many more Clown Acrobots than before.


The following enemies can be found in the secret version of Must Dash:



  • Around the 20th beat, a keychain depicting Kirby's sprite from Kirby's Adventure can be found in the background in the lower screen.
    • In the secret version of the stage, a keychain depicting Parasol Waddle Dee's sprite from Kirby Super Star can be found in the lower screen attached to a flower-like fixture near the bottom.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese はずんでデンデン♪
hazunde denden♪
Keep on Drumming♪
French Must Dash -
German Must Dash -
Italian Must Dash -
Korean 리듬 타고 쿵쿵♪
lideum tago kungkung♪
Boom-Boom Rhythm Ride♪
Spanish Must Dash -