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Debut Game Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Last Game Kirby Star Allies
(Dream Friend)
Other Game(s) Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
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

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In the opening scene, he is seen kidnapping King Dedede, mistaking him for the "Hero of Dream Land". He is seen in the opening of every boss fight from levels 1-5, running from Kirby and making bosses for him to fight using what appears to be magic, such as making Flowery Woods out of a flower, and making Kracko out of a cloud.

Although he is responsible for waking all of the bosses up to the end of the game, Taranza is never fought directly, though he attempts to attack Kirby while he is distracted fighting Masked Dedede. After Kirby bests him, 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 at a crucial point during the fight with the Queen.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

Main Mode

Team Kirby battling with Taranza.

Taranza returns in this 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 the Guardian Angel Landia 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.

Unlike in Triple Deluxe, Taranza is fought directly as a 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.

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

There is also a hat for the Doctor Healmore modeled after him.

Promotional art for Team Kirby Clash Deluxe featuring Team Kirby battling Taranza.


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In the postgame, the friendly Taranza stays in the town and sits on Magolor's Shoppe, looking at a flower in his hand in memory of his queen.

However, the Black Mirror reflects Taranza's evil side and creates Dark Taranza, the evil counterpart. After defeating Parallel Susie and Parallel Landia, Team Kirby will fight Dark Taranza and his master.

Main article: Dark Taranza

Kirby Star Allies

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In Kirby Star Allies, Taranza will become a Dream Friend when the game is updated to Version 4.0.0 on November 30, 2018.

Taranza can use the Spider ability and his own magical attacks from Team Kirby Clash Deluxe. He can also summon a mini Dreamstalk and the illusion of Queen Sectonia.

Names in other languages

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