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Rock Star

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Rock Star
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Rock Star as shown from the level selection of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
Level no. 2
Stages 5
Boss Pix
Theme music

Clip of the stage select music for Rock Star.

Level progression
Pop Star Aqua Star
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Rock Star is the fragmented second level encountered by Kirby and Ribbon during their mission to rid the realm of Dark Matter in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. While this region appears exclusively composed of space rock, the regions that Kirby can explore within the "star" carry quite the variety, ranging from arid deserts to sandy caves, and finally even to the technologically-savvy innards of an ancient pyramid-like structure; Kirby will venture far and wide through these diverse lands to face the level's boss, Pix, located at the summit of the pyramid at the final stage. Its name is likely a pun on "rock star", just as the first and previous level, Pop Star, is a pun on "pop star".

Its appearance takes form of a broken stone sphere (ironically a planet sphere) with its fragments floating near it which have various holes.


Rock Star is the first of four "intermediate" levels in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards which all share the same basic structure, having four standard stages and one boss stage with no cutscenes until after the level boss is defeated. Rock Star is a very barren planet, with little in the way of vegetation, but much in terms of ancient history, as many esoteric alien ruins of various make dot the landscape. Additionally, deep underground caverns reveal a tapestry of fossils, both of giant beasts and ancient coral beds. Reservoirs of water can also be found in these caves alongside the bones. Perhaps the most striking object on Rock Star is the massive alien pyramid brimming with functional technology, including automated defenses and hovering platforms. When Kirby faces down the world boss, Pix, it is from atop this structure.

Like in all intermediate levels of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, the first four stages within Rock Star hide three Crystal Shards, while the final stage rewards only one after the defeat of the boss. Nevertheless, all shards within one level do not need to be collected before Kirby is granted access to the next; Kirby must simply complete the level.


Each stage is unlocked in succession after clearing the previous one. Defeating Pix is necessary to move on to Aqua Star. For more information about a particular stage, click on the link to the stage's page in the table. For a full guide on how to obtain the Crystal Shards, see the Crystal Shard page.

Stage Boss/Mid-Boss Notes
Big Kacti
Big Fishbone
Big Spark-i
Pix Completing this stage unlocks Aqua Star.

"Desert Desserts" cutscene[edit]

The team stops to have a meal courtesy of Adeleine's magic paintings.

The team is walking across a big empty desert. Adeleine notices that Kirby is falling behind, and alerts the rest of the group. Kirby is on the ground, and he looks up desperately at the rest of his party, seeing them as a mirage of food. Adeleine remedies the situation by getting out her canvas and painting a meal for her friends. While they eat, the crystal shimmers and turns into a portal to the next world, Aqua Star. Seeing this, the party jumps in through the portal. Kirby is left behind though, still eating his shortcake slice. King Dedede grabs him from within the portal and forcibly pulls him into it just before it closes.



  • The ruins of Rock Star were built long ago by an ancient civilization. Whether this has any relation to the ancients is unknown.[1]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ホロビタスター
Horobita Sutā
Ruined Star
ホロビタ is the Katakana spelling of ほろびた (ruined).