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Taranza

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Taranza
Taranza.png
Official art of Taranza from Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Details
Debut Game Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Last Game Kirby Star Allies
(Dream Friend)
Other Game(s) Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Cameo Appearances Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby: Battle Royale
Similar Characters Dark Taranza
Sectonia's original form
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Taranza is a character 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, multiple sets of eyes (one pair on his face, one on his forehead, and two on the back of his head), 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

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:

Spoilers! Notice: Stop right there, stubby little pink thing!
Spoilers abound! If you do not wish to read them, skip ahead to the next heading or find a different article.

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.

An original dot sprite of Taranza also appears as a Keychain.

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

Spoilers! Notice: Stop right there, stubby little pink thing!
Spoilers abound! If you do not wish to read them, skip ahead to the next heading or find a different article.
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

Official art of Taranza from Kirby Star Allies

In Kirby Star Allies, Taranza makes his playable debut as a Dream Friend in Version 4.0.0 of the game.

Taranza 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 magic moves: Some are taken from his attacks in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe (e.g. Taranza Web Hold, Taranza Burst, Taranza Ball), and he can summon the illusion of Queen Sectonia dropping lightning bolts which can imbue his allies with the Zap element. Despite being based on an arachnid, his description refers to him as an insect.

Taranza hovers via flying rather than Infinity Jump, similar to NESP, Vividria, Marx, Adeleine & Ribbon, Magolor, Francisca and Zan Partizanne.

Moveset

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

Taranza's Dream Friend Moveset in Kirby Star Allies  
when facing right
Skill Button Execution Description Damage
(Star Bullet=52)
Magic String Shot
Press and release B
Taranza shoots a string that can turn common enemies into cocoon pods.
  • This is similar to the Spider ability's String Shot.
16→4 (2nd hit onward)
Taranza Web Hold
Press and hold B, move the analog stick
Taranza creates a web ball that can capture common enemies. 32 (hold)
24 (release)
Pop Off
Release B while holding an enemy in your web
Taranza pops off the enemies captured by Taranza Web Hold. 60 (launched enemy)
Darling Dreamstalk
↑ + B
Taranza summons a replica of the Dreamstalk.
  • There can be only one Dreamstalk on the field. Using this repeatedly will make the previous Dreamstalk vanish.
32
Taranza Burst
↓ + B, then release
Taranza creates a magic burst around himself.
  • Taranza can move while charging.
32
Super Taranza Burst
Press and hold ↓ + B, and then release
Taranza creates a bigger and stronger magic burst around himself.
  • Taranza can move while charging.
96
Taranza Ball
Press ↑ + B and release midair
Taranza tosses a magic ball than bounces off walls and platforms.
  • Taranza can move while charging.
1 (charging)
16 (ball)
Super Taranza Ball
Press and hold ↑ + B midair, then release
Taranza tosses a bigger and stronger magic ball than bounces off walls and platforms.
  • Taranza can move while charging.
1 (charging)
32 (ball)
Web Sling
Dash + B
Taranza dashes and shoots a web that can turn common enemies into cocoon pods.
  • This is similar to the Spider ability's same attack.
  • The web can be used for Friend Bounce.
  • Taranza is invincible during Web Sling.
8 (string)
18 (web)→9 (2nd hit onward)
Web Scatter
Dash + B in midair
Taranza shoots three small webs that can turn common enemies into cocoon pods.
  • This is similar to the Spider ability's same attack.
  • The webs can be used for Friend Bounce.
8 (string)
18 (web)→9 (2nd hit onward)
Queen's Phantom
↓, and then ↑ + B
Taranza summons the illusion of Queen Sectonia dropping lightning bolts.
  • This provides the Zap element.
16
Pod Kick
When touching pod
Taranza kicks the cocoon pods made by his attacks.
  • This is similar to the Spider ability's same attack.
48 (kicked pod)
36 (idle pod)
Pod Snatch
B when near a pod
Taranza snatches a cocoon pod to prepare for Pod Slam or Pod Slamabam.
  • This is similar to the Spider ability's same attack.
16 (if the pod is touched)
Pod Slam
Pod Snatch + B or →
Taranza slams the snatched pod once.
  • This is similar to the Spider ability's same attack.
48
Pod Slamabam
Pod Snatch + ↑, ←, or ↓
Taranza slams the snatched pod repeatedly.
  • This is similar to the Spider ability's same attack.
48
Magic Guard
L/R
Taranza guards with a magic shield, which releases spikes if touched by any enemy.
  • As a special form of guard, Taranza takes no chip damage.
  • Unlike the Spider ability's Pod Guard, Taranza cannot use Magic Guard in midair, but can dodge freely.
16 (no damage to bosses or mid-bosses)

Cameos

Cameo Appearances

Trivia

  • In an official Twitter post, Taranza is given the nickname インテリ坊ちゃん刈り ("Bowlcut Intellectual") by Zan Partizanne.
  • Super Taranza Burst from Kirby Star Allies (96 damage) is one of the most powerful single attacks in the Kirby series, even stronger than Hammer Flip (80 in many cases).
    • Super Taranza Burst's power is three times as much as Taranza Burst.
    • Sometimes if the attack button is released too early but the charge complete sound effect still plays, Taranza Burst will be used instead of Super Taranza Burst.
  • Unused data of the Net Work and Skyward Web attacks from the Spider ability can be found in Taranza's moveset files, possibly due to straight copying.

Gallery

Video Gallery


Taranza's Dream Friend trailer

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タランザ
Taranza
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