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Debut Game Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Last Game Kirby Star Allies
(Dream Friend)
Other Game(s) Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Cameo Appearances Kirby: Planet Robobot
Similar Characters Dark Taranza
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Taranza is an antagonist first appearing in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. He serves as second-in-command to Queen Sectonia, the main villain of Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Physical Appearance

In many ways, Taranza is similar in physique to Magolor from Kirby's Return to Dream Land, as both are floating creatures who wear scarfs, have a cape, possess disembodied hands and use magic. Taranza however is distinct in that he bears a red and green color scheme, has three pairs of hands, a mouth with two visible fangs, two sets of eyes, silver hair and orange horns that resemble pincers.

The name Taranza is partially based on the name of the large spider family known as the tarantula. This is a possible misnomer however, as tarantulas are generally more passive than other spiders, as well as much hairier.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Official art of Taranza from Kirby: Triple Deluxe

In the opening scene of Kirby: Triple Deluxe's Story Mode, Taranza is seen kidnapping King Dedede, mistaking him for the "Hero of Dream Land". Then, Taranza is seen in the opening of every boss battle from Level 1 to 5, running from Kirby and making bosses fight against the pink hero. Taranza's acts include:

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Although Taranza is responsible for waking all of those bosses up to the end of the game, he is never fought directly. However, Taranza, known as "Master of Puppetry", attempts to attack Kirby by puppeteering King Dedede as Masked Dedede at the end of Royal Road. After Kirby bests Dedede, Taranza calls for help from Queen Sectonia, who swats him away for his failures. At this point, Taranza decides to aid Kirby and King Dedede, gaining redemption in the process by tossing Kirby a Miracle Fruit to activate his Hypernova ability at a crucial point during the final battle with the mutant Queen.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

Main Story

Official Twitter promotional art for Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, featuring Team Kirby battling Taranza

Taranza returns in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe the spinoff title, here serving the role of main antagonist, driving the various monsters to attack the Dream Kingdom. His ultimate triumph is in subduing and bending Landia the Guardian Angel to his will, who continues to fight even after he is defeated. It is later revealed that Taranza was being influenced by a powerful evil object known as the Black Mirror, and to return Taranza to a friendly demeanor, Team Kirby must destroy this mirror, dealing with everything it summons in the process.

Team Kirby battling with Taranza in the game

Unlike in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Taranza is fought directly as the fourth Ordeal boss in this title. He floats around the battlefield, tossing magic energy at Team Kirby from the foreground and background. He is also capable of ensnaring the Kirbys in a magic net, rendering them useless for a time. His ability to float about and teleport makes him a difficult target for Team Kirby, but like other floating enemies, he is vulnerable to the Beam Mage's Time Beam spell.

Defeating Taranza unlocks the last series of encounters in all of the lands unlocked up to that point, eventually leading to the fight with Landia EX.

Magolor's Shoppe also sells a Doctor Healmore hat modeled after Taranza.

Postgame Story

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April 2018 Japanese password for Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, featuring official Twitter promotional art of Taranza sadly looking at Queen Sectonia who is trapped in the Black Mirror. The password can be translated as "The Tragedy Caused by the Black Mirror".

The story is not over yet after Landia EX is defeated and the credits roll. Two invaders from Another Dimension strike the Dream Kingdom, namely Parallel Susie and Parallel Landia.

Main article: Dark Taranza

After the two parallel invaders are defeated, the Black Mirror brings Taranza's evil counterpart, Dark Taranza. Team Kirby will fight Dark Taranza and his master in the true final battles.

As Team Kirby win the true final battles and eventually bring peace back to the Dream Kingdom, the friendly Taranza will stay in the town and sit on Magolor's Shoppe, looking at a flower in his hand in memory of his queen.

Kirby Star Allies

Taranza's Dream Friend trailer

In Kirby Star Allies, Taranza makes his playable debut as a Dream Friend in version 4.0.0 of the game. He borrows much of his moveset from the Spider ability--including the Friend Bounce--but his webs are distinctly pink in color. In addition, he has many unique moves which add to his magical arsenal, allowing him to imbue his allies with the 'Zap' Power Effect.


The following table lists all of Taranza's moves in Kirby Star Allies:

Taranza's Dream Friend Moveset in Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Magic String Shot
Press and release B
Web Sling
Dash + B
Taranza Web Hold
Press and hold B, move the analog stick
Web Scatter
Dash + B in midair
Pop Off
Release B while holding an enemy in your web
Queen's Phantom
↓, and then ↑ + B
Darling Dreamstalk
↑ + B
Pod Kick
When touching pod
Taranza Burst
↓ + B, then release
Pod Snatch
B when near a pod
Super Taranza Burst
Press and hold ↓ + B, and then release
Pod Slam
Pod Snatch + B / Pod Snatch + forward
Taranza Ball
Press ↑ + B and release midair
Pod Slamabam
Pod Snatch + ↑, ←, or ↓
Super Taranza Ball
Press and hold ↑ + B midair, then release
Magic Guard


  • One of the Stone ability transformations in the base game has the statue of Taranza and the presumably original form of Queen Sectonia.

Cameo Appearances

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タランザ
Derived from tarantula
Chinese 塔狼蛛
tǎ láng zhū
塔 ("ta-") + 狼蛛 (tarantula)
Dutch Taranza -
French Taranza -
German Taranza -
Italian Taranza -
Spanish Taraña Similar to English name