Phantom King Dedede

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Phantom King Dedede
KatFL Phantom King Dedede Splash Screen.jpg
Splash screen for Phantom King Dedede from Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
First game Kirby and the Forgotten Land (2022)
Relative(s) King Dedede, Phantom Forgo Dedede, Parallel Dedede
Theme music

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This Dedede double is made of powerful psychic energy. It's an illusion of the king based on memories of his embarrassing turn under ID-F86's control, forced to work for Leongar and capture Elfilin. It has no memory of Kirby or the adventures they've shared... It's a little more than a haughty, hollow husk.
— Phantom King Dedede's figure description in Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Phantom King Dedede (titled His Illusory Nemesis) is a more powerful illusory form of King Dedede which appears as the boss of Forgo Horns in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and can also be fought in The Ultimate Cup Z in the Colosseum. Phantom King Dedede looks and fights largely the same as its real counterpart, but has a different color scheme, now sporting teal skin with a purple coat with cyan fluff and magenta feathers and belt, and eyes that match those of Fecto Forgo in its "Invasive Species" form.


Phantom King Dedede has all of the same attacks as its normal counterpart, but it attacks significantly faster and some of its attacks have new properties. It also has a few new attacks, and has more health than King Dedede. Phantom King Dedede is accompanied by six Primal Awoofies at the start of the battle.

The following are Phantom King Dedede's attack patterns (attack names are conjectural). Attacks in italics are only used in Phase 2.

Phantom King Dedede's attacks in Kirby and the Forgotten Land  
Attack Description Variants
Hammer Phantom King Dedede approaches Kirby with its hammer and, once close enough, slams down, creating a Drop Star on impact. It uses this attack several times in succession. Phantom King Dedede may also do a lateral hammer swing which produces more Drop Stars.
Head Slide Phantom King Dedede runs after Kirby and dives at him, producing two Drop Stars on impact. It does this three times in quick succession.
Gordo Throw Phantom King Dedede throws three Gordos at Kirby in a line by batting them with its hammer. Phantom King Dedede may instead throw the Gordos out around itself, which then produce shockwaves in conjunction with Super Dedede Jump.
Super Dedede Jump Phantom King Dedede makes a great leap into the air, then falls down, producing a shockwave on landing and causing a ring of Drop Stars to appear around it. It may use this move up to three times in succession, with the last jump being a very high spinning one.
Gordo Bar Throw Phantom King Dedede leaps over to a high ledge and throws three Gordo Bars at Kirby which roll across the arena.
Fissure Slam Phantom King Dedede slams the ground hard with its pillar, creating a fissure that spreads out from the impact and erupts with ice. The area of the eruption produces a slippery icy floor after the first instance of the attack.
Pillar Strike Phantom King Dedede attacks with its pillar, slamming the ground and creating lots of Drop Stars. Phantom King Dedede may also swing laterally.
Pillar Flurry Strike Phantom King Dedede slams the ground repeatedly with its pillar, producing Drop Stars with each hit. After the last hit, Phantom King Dedede's pillar breaks and it has to get another one.


Video gallery[edit]

Video playthrough of Kirby battling Phantom King Dedede in the Colosseum.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 宿敵しゅくてき幻夢げんむ デデデ大王だいおうげん
Shukuteki no Genmu Dedede Daiō Gen
Illusory Nemesis, King Dedede - Phantom
Traditional Chinese 宿敵之幻夢 帝帝帝大王·幻
Sùdí zhī Huànmèng Dìdìdì Dàwáng Huàn
Illusory Nemesis, King Dedede - Phantom
Simplified Chinese 宿敌之幻梦 帝帝帝大王·幻
Sùdí zhī Huànmèng Dìdìdì Dàwáng Huàn
Dutch Tiran-illusie, Koning-Dedede-fantoom Tyrant-illusion, King Dedede-phantom
French Rival illusoire, Roi DaDiDou spectral Illusory rival, Phantom King DeDeDe
German Illusion-Erzfeind, König-Dedede-Phantom Illusion-Nemesis, King-Dedede-Phantom
Italian Nemico illusorio, King Dedede spettrale Illusory nemesis, Spectral King Dedede
Korean 숙적 환몽 팬텀 디디디 대왕
Sukjeok Hwanmong Paenteom Dididi Daewang
Illusory Nemesis, Phantom King Dedede
Spanish Némesis ilusoria, Rey Dedede espectral Illusory nemesis, Spectral King Dedede