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VS Sphere Doomer

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VS Sphere Doomer
Various arrangements of VS Sphere Doomer.
Debut appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other appearance(s) Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Super Kirby Clash
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa[1]
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"VS Sphere Doomer" is a mid-boss theme that debuted in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. It is a fast-paced, short track primarily associated with the Sphere Doomers from said game, and it is composed by Jun Ishikawa.


Usually, battling Sphere Doomers doesn't take long, just as listening to the entire song is.

"VS Sphere Doomer" is a relatively short but frantic-sounding track in the key of E minor. It is composed in 5/4 time signature with 175 beats per minute. The song features a fast drumbeat with an underlying chaotic-sounding synth resembling the one that plays throughout the theme music for Miracle Matter. The first part of the melody is primarily played by a low-pitched synth and whistle, and the last part of the song is played primarily by a trumpet before reaching the looping point of the song. The time signature and style of the song greatly resemble Meta Knight's battle theme from Kirby Super Star, which was also composed by Jun Ishikawa.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

"VS Sphere Doomer" first appears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and also appears in remastered quality in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe. It serves as the Mid-Boss theme for all Sphere Doomer battles in the game, even in The Arena and The True Arena. It can be found as Track 9 in the Jukebox of both versions.

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, two new arrangements of "VS Sphere Doomer" are also present in Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler, both rearranged by Yuki Shimooka[1]. The first arrangement, "VS Darpa-Dippa-Dupas", is used in the various enemy ambushes at the end of most stages in this mode. It is a chaotic-sounding rearrangement of the original song that plays at 171 beats per minute, while maintaining a time signature of 5/4. The song also features a smaller leitmotif from "Judgment of the Malus Pumila", which switches the song's time signature to 4/4 to compensate. The final part of the song fluctuates between time signatures of 8/4 to 10/4, while featuring electronic wind-up sounds.

The second arrangement, "VS Flock of Doomers", is an extended version of the previous song that plays in the boss battle against the Rampaging Doomers. It notably features the short second part of "VS Sphere Doomer", now extended and primarily played by both piano and violin, then featuring a more disorderly arrangement of the first part that plays at 9/4 time signature. Both of these new rearrangements can be found in the Jukebox as Track 172 and Track 182, respectively.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe[edit]

An orchestral rearrangement of "VS Sphere Doomer" appears in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, and it serves as the theme music for the battles against Greater Doomer and Parallel Susie.

Super Kirby Clash[edit]

The Team Kirby Clash Deluxe rearrangement of "VS Sphere Doomer" also appears in Super Kirby Clash, although somewhat remixed to feature more orchestral-sounding layers and techno-sounding instruments. It also features an altered intro featuring mixed portions of the song. It is still used in most encounters against Greater Doomer, however its corresponding Toughest-ranked quests replace the song with a remix of "Grand Doomer".

Names in other languages[edit]

VS Sphere Doomer[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese VS. スフィアローパー
VS. Sufia Rōpā
VS. Sphere Lowper
Traditional Chinese VS. 球體嘍啪
VS. Qiútǐ Lóupā
VS. Sphere Lowper
Simplified Chinese VS. 球体喽啪
VS. Qiútǐ Lóupā
Dutch Vs. Bol-Doomer Vs. Sphere Doomer
French VS Chimair sphère VS Sphere chimera
German Kampf gegen den Sphärenspuk Battle against the Sphere Spook
Italian Vs Fenix Sferix Vs Sphere Phoenix
Korean VS. 스피어 로퍼
VS. Seupieo Ropeo
VS. Sphere Lowper
Portuguese Vs. Spectrosfera Vs. Sphere specter
Latin American Spanish Vs. Esfespectro Vs. Sphere specter
European Spanish Vs. Espectrosfera Vs. Sphere specter

VS Darpa-Dippa-Dupas[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese VS.ラパリパルパーズ
VS. Rapa-Ripa-Rupās
VS. Larpa-Lippa-Lupas
Traditional Chinese VS. 啦啪哩啪嚕啪們
VS. Lāpā Lǐpā Lūpāmen
VS. Group of Larpa-Lippa-Lupas
Simplified Chinese VS. 啦啪哩啪噜啪们
VS. Lāpā Lǐpā Lūpāmen
Dutch Vs. Darpa-Dippa-Dupa's -
French VS Darpa-Derpa-Durpa -
German Kampf gegen die Darpa-Dippa-Dupas Battle against the Darpa-Dippa-Dupas
Italian VS Fanix-Finix-Funix -
Korean VS. 라파리파루파즈
VS. rapa-ripa-rupa-jeu
VS. Larpa-Lippa-Lupas
Portuguese Vs. Darpa-Dirpa-Durpa -
Spanish Vs. Darpa-Dippa-Dupas -

VS Flock of Doomers[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese VS. すローパーズ
VS. Murenasu Rōpāzu
VS. Swarming Lowpers
Traditional Chinese VS. 成群的嘍啪們
VS. Chéngqún de Lóupāmen
VS. Swarming Group of Lowpers
Simplified Chinese VS. 成群的喽啪们
VS. Chéngqún de Lóupāmen
Dutch Vs. Doomerzwerm Vs. Swarm of Doomers
French VS Nuée de Chimairs VS Swarm of Chimeras
German Kampf gegen den Spukschwarm Battle against the Spook swarm
Italian VS stormo di Fenix VS Flock of Phoenixes
Korean VS. 무리 지은 로퍼즈
VS. mu-li ji-eun ropeo-jeu
VS. Swarming Lowpers
Portuguese Vs. uma revoada de Spectrosferas Vs. a flock of Sphere specters
Latin American Spanish Vs. una banda de Esfespectros Vs. a gang of Sphere specters
European Spanish Vs. una bandada de Espectrosferas Vs. a flock of Sphere specters