Pop Star - Stage 2
Pop Star - Stage 2 is the second stage of Pop Star in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. It takes place in a deep forest with foliage similar in hue to deciduous autumn colors. It features a cutscene where Adeleine is possessed by Dark Matter, and then serves as a Mid-Boss for this stage. After being saved by Kirby, Adeleine joins his party.
The stage begins on a path through an autumnal forest. The path leads right past several foes, though this presents an opportunity to try out more Power Combos. Past some Gordos, a Sparky can be seen guarding a doorway into a tree trunk.
The path continues upward through the hollow trunk. The remaining base Copy Abilities can be found in here. At the top, another hole leads out of the trunk.
Kirby will have to contend with a Big Bouncy in this room. Once it is defeated, a crystal shard appears, and the way forward opens.
Crystal Shard guide
|Crystal Shard locations in Pop Star - Stage 2|
|Image||How to reach|
|The first Crystal Shard can be found during the Waddle Dee wooden lift section. Kirby will have to jump off the lift prematurely to find a line of Point Stars leading downward. The shard is below them.|
|The second shard appears after the Mid-Boss Big Bouncy is defeated.|
|The third shard is earned once Adeleine is defeated. It is required to beat the level.|
In the last room, a cutscene plays if the player is playing this stage for the first time. In it, Adeleine the painter is busy on her canvas when a crystal shard lands next to her. While admiring it, Dark Matter emerges from the painting and engulfs her. At this moment, Kirby and his entourage arrive on the scene, only to have the good-natured artist turn on them.
The fight against Adeleine is similar to the boss battle against Ado in Kirby's Dream Land 3. She attacks by painting a number of things on her canvas, all of which come to life and attack Kirby. These enemies are - in sequence - an N-Z, Bronto Burt, Mariel, Mumbies, and a strange pixelated thing. After these are defeated, Adeleine gets angry, and paints more substantial foes. First she paints Ice Dragon, then Dark Matter in its orb form. When both of these go down, Adeleine jumps onto the stage and tries swinging her brush at Kirby, but she can be knocked out with a simple Slide attack or Air Bullet. This done, the last shard of the stage appears, and Adeleine returns to normal. She joins the party after this fight.
Enemies, mid-bosses and abilities
|Image||Name||Copy Ability||Image||Name||Copy Ability|
|Bouncy||None||Poppy Bros. Jr.|
- This relatively short stage contains every base Copy Ability in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, in a fairly easy-to-access manner. This makes the stage useful for quickly returning to and getting whatever abilities are desired for other parts of the game.