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Pop Star - Stage 3

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Pop Star - Stage 3
K64 Pop Star Stage 3 screenshot 02.png
Kirby crosses the drawbridge into King Dedede's castle with a flaming sword.
Host level Pop Star
Stage Nr. 3
Mid-Boss(es) King Dedede
Friend assists Adeleine
Theme music

Clips of the theme music in Pop Star - Stage 3.

Stage progression
Stage 2 Stage 4 (boss fight) →
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Pop Star - Stage 3 is the third stage of Pop Star in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. This stage takes place in and around Castle Dedede.[1] It features a cutscene where King Dedede is possessed by Dark Matter, and then serves as a Mid-Boss for this stage. After being saved by Kirby, King Dedede reluctantly joins his party.


The stage begins outside a large castle, as Kirby progresses along the path to its front gate. A few enemies will try to get in the way, but they are no match for Kirby's pinkness. The path eventually leads across the castle drawbridge and in through the main gate.

In the castle hall, Kirby will need to progress past the Ghost Knight to reach the door up the stairs.

In the following room, Kirby can ride a moving platform, but will be ambushed by Bronto Burts and a Sir Kibble at the end.

The next room is a small column that leads up onto the walls.

Out on the walls, Kirby will need to progress past more guards, then jump down the hole on the other side.

From there, Kirby descends another columnar room, but can find a crystal shard at the bottom underneath a green barrier.

In the following room, Adeleine will paint a 1-Up for Kirby. She will only do this once.

The next area is a wide open central chamber with a starry fountain in the middle. Kirby will ascend the spiral staircase past more baddies, then climb a chain to reach the top.

Crystal Shard guide[edit]

Crystal Shard locations in Pop Star - Stage 3  
Image How to reach
K64 Pop Star Stage 3 Crystal Shard 1.png
Shard 1
The first Crystal Shard is found at the bottom of the second hole in the wall that Kirby jumps into from outside. It is under a green barrier, which can only be destroyed using any of the following variants of the Cutter ability: Cutter-Cutter, Stone-Cutter, or Ice-Cutter (all other variants of Cutter, as well as Cutter on its own, have insufficient attack range to destroy the barrier).
K64 Pop Star Stage 3 Crystal Shard 2.png
Shard 2
The second shard is found in the wide castle chamber with the spiral staircase. It is right behind and above the door which Kirby entered from.
K64 Pop Star Stage 3 Crystal Shard 3.png
Shard 3
The last shard is earned by defeating King Dedede, and required to beat the level.

Mid-Boss: King Dedede[edit]

Kirby is present this time to watch King Dedede taken over by Dark Matter.

In the last room, Kirby will have to do battle with King Dedede if this is the player's first time here. A cutscene will play where King Dedede finds a shard, and the team tries to get him to hand it over, but he refuses to do so. At this point, Dark Matter appears and possesses the king (again). The resulting battle mirrors the one in Kirby's Dream Land 3, albeit with less aggressive attack patterns. Once Dedede goes down, he will come back to his senses and (reluctantly) join the party.

Enemies, mid-bosses and abilities[edit]

Image Name Copy Ability Image Name Copy Ability
K64 Bivolt Sprite.png Bivolt N/A K64 Gordo Sprite.png Gordo N/A
K64 Bobo Sprite.png Bobo K64 Burning Sprite.png K64 N-Z Sprite.png N-Z None
K64 Bouncy Sprite.png Bouncy None K64 Sawyer Sprite.png Sawyer K64 Cutter Sprite.png
K64 Bronto Burt Sprite.png Bronto Burt None K64 Skud Sprite.png Skud K64 Bomb Sprite.png
K64 Bumber Sprite.png Bumber None K64 Sir Kibble Sprite.png Sirkibble K64 Cutter Sprite.png
K64 Ghost Knight Sprite.png Ghost Knight K64 Needle Sprite.png
King Dedede



  1. "プププランドにあるお城といったらデデデ城。
    (The castle in Dream Land is called Castle Dedede.)
    " –Kirby 64 Japanese website (translated from Japanese)