|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.
The following are all of Shadow Dedede's attacks. Attacks in italics are used in the second phase only. Note that attack names are conjectural:
|Shadow Dedede's attacks in Kirby: Triple Deluxe|
|Head Slide||Shadow Dedede runs and then dives at Kirby or Dedede a much further distance than Masked Dedede. He may do this attack twice in a row.|
|Super Dedede Jump||Shadow Dedede leaps into the air and then lands suddenly in another location. He may do this up to three times in succession. In the second phase, these jumps create shockwaves on landing.|
|Hammer Swing||Shadow Dedede raises his hammer and slams the ground with it twice in a row. If Kirby or Dedede is airborne, then Shadow Dedede will jump up and swing the hammer in mid-air. When he lands, a shockwave emanates from it. In the second phase, he does this attack with his axe instead, with each swing on ground level causing shockwaves.|
|Hypernova Inhale||Shadow Dedede inhales, creating a big vortex. If Kirby or Dedede don't run fast enough from the suction, they will be sucked up and then spat out at the screen.|
|Hammer Cannon||Shadow Dedede preps his hammer, which opens up and shoots out four missiles. The cannon may also shoot out a large gout of flame.|
|Hover||Shadow Dedede takes in air and starts hovering toward Kirby or Dedede.|
|Axe Flurry||Shadow Dedede wildly swings his poleaxe about, aiming for Kirby or Dedede as he does so, and turning with his strikes as needed. He finishes with a series of long lunge attacks.|
|Exploding Leap Attack||Shadow Dedede jumps into the air with his poleaxe, and then comes crashing down, creating a large explosion where he lands. He does this attack three times in a row compared to Masked Dedede.|
|Maw Blast||Shadow Dedede flies into the background and his belly opens up into a big maw. Out of this maw, a series of eight dark orb blasts are fired. Shadow Dedede then flies on-stage and fires three larger blasts which can bounce around.|
|Spinning Slash||Shadow Dedede spins his axe rapidly around in an attempt to catch Kirby or Dedede in his dance.|
|Tornado Slash||Shadow Dedede spins rapidly around with his axe and takes to the air, flying in and out of the arena.|
|Great Energy Orb Volley||Shadow Dedede charges his poleaxe, then releases a series of energy orb projectiles at varying angles to cover the stage. This attack can be done from various positions, and varies in the number of projectiles thrown.|
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 be 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).
The battle in Dededetour!
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)