|In the depths of a mysterious mirror hanging in the hall of the queen waits the dark king, Shadow Dedede! He wages battle against all comers, but Shadow Dedede's true opponent is the darkness in his own heart.|
— VS Shadow Dedede, Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Shadow Dedede appears to be an evil doppelganger of King Dedede, though his pause description describes him as a miserable automaton, lashing out in anger because he knows nothing else. Shadow Dedede looks more or less the same as King Dedede, but with an obviously darker color scheme, and a different symbol on his coat and hammer, resembling a monochrome bulls-eye.
This fight effectively serves as the DX version of the fight with Masked Dedede in the Story Mode of Kirby: Triple Deluxe. However, there are a couple key differences. Firstly, Shadow Dedede only has one life bar, and he switches to the axe portion after it is halfway depleted. Secondly, he possesses some oddly different attacks, including one where his belly sash opens up into a mouth, and fires out orbs of dark energy.
Once defeated, Shadow Dedede turns into a silhouette, then bursts into shards of glass.
- The English flavor text misinterprets the last sentence. According to the original Japanese text, it should be "King Dedede's true opponent is the darkness in his own heart." The Japanese text also calls him ブラデ (Burade) in short (abbreviation of his full Japanese name ブラックデデデ Black Dedede).
- Due to similarities in look and source code name, King D-Mind can seen as the souped-up version of Shadow Dedede, despite them being different characters.
- When Shadow Dedede opens up his belly sash to reveal a mouth, he spurts off blood. This is one of the few Kirby bosses with the depiction of blood. The others are Dark Meta Knight, Zero, 0², Star Dream Soul OS and Void Termina (Phase 2).
Names in other languages
|French||DaDiDou Ombre||Shadow Dedede|
|Italian||Dedede Ombra||Shadow Dedede|
|Spanish||Dedede Oscuro||Dark Dedede|
- "女王の間に かざられていた なぞのカガミ。
そこに うつしだされた ブラックなデデデ、
りゃくして ブラデ があらわれた！
大王が のりこえるべき あいて…
それは、大王じしんの 心のカゲだった。" —VS Shadow Dedede (Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Japanese version)