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KDL3 Zero artwork.png
Artwork of Zero with Dark Matter cloud from Kirby's Dream Land 3
First game Kirby's Dream Land 3 (1997)
Latest game Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023, reference)
Other game(s) Kirby: Planet Robobot (sticker)
Kirby Star Allies (Celebration Picture)
Kirby's Dream Buffet (Character Treat)
Weakness(es) Love-Love Stick, Gooey
Relative(s) Dark Matter, Dark Matter (cloud)
Similar to , Dark Mind, Void Termina, Void Soul, Void
Theme music
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Zero (sometimes shortened as 0; also known as ? in the bad ending of Kirby's Dream Land 3) is the final boss of Kirby's Dream Land 3. It is the leader of Dark Matter, and is fought directly after Dark Matter in the Hyper Zone. While it does not appear in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Zero appears to have been succeeded by .

Although only formally appearing in one game, Zero's legacy throughout the series is quite vast, as several subsequent final bosses would reference or resemble it, including Dark Mind, Magolor, and Void.


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Zero's sprite in Kirby's Dream Land 3

Zero is a giant white sphere with a single red eyeball in the center. For some of its attacks, it spurts blood from red streaks on its body and from its eye. It also has the power to summon Mini Dark Matter that charges forward. When Zero's initial phase is defeated, its eyeball emerges from its body and is fought on its own in the final phase of the battle; it is smaller and faster and continues to spurt blood, but loses its ability to summon Mini Dark Matter, instead opting to aggressively and continuously charge at Kirby and Gooey.

Game appearances[edit]

Zero's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby's Dream Land 3 Main antagonist and true final boss
Kirby: Planet Robobot Reference Appears as a sticker
Kirby Star Allies Reference Appears in the "Bad Boss Brothers" Celebration Picture.
Kirby's Dream Buffet Reference Appears on a Character Treat.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Reference Appears as a Dress-Up Mask.

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

A portion of the battle with Zero

After forging the Love-Love Stick, Kirby and his friend Gooey fly into the heart of of the dark cloud in an area called the Hyper Zone. There, after Kirby defeats Dark Matter, Zero appears out of nowhere and engages Kirby.

Phase 1[edit]

Zero has a number of attacks, but what makes it the most dangerous is its looming size. Zero's attacks are as follows:

  • Shooting red blood pellets out from its body as a projectile volley.
  • Creating Mini Dark Matter flyers and sending them at Kirby.
  • Charging at Kirby.
  • Leaving the main area and firing blood at Kirby from the background.

To hurt Zero, Kirby must simply hit the boss with projectiles from the Love-Love Stick in his hands (32 damage per shot), though Zero takes many hits to defeat. Zero's first form has 4080 HP, which takes 128 shots from Kirby to defeat (or 160 shots if Gooey is in battle due to the 0.8× damage modifier for 2 players). Zero's first form has only 1 invincibility frame when getting hit, so it's faster to defeat this form with 2 players.

Phase 2[edit]

Once it loses all its HP, Zero's eye rips out of its body in rather gory fashion and pursues Kirby as a last resort to defeat him. All Kirby has to do at this point is dodge and keep hitting it with the Love-Love Stick. In this form, Zero now has only 256 HP and takes 8 shots from Kirby to be defeated (or 10 shots if Gooey is in battle). Zero's eye has much longer invincibility frames, so it's recommended to battle with 1 player only. Notably, it's common for Zero's eye to get caught in a loop if Kirby stays put; it will just continuously spin around him without actually dealing damage, which makes hitting it much easier. Defeating the eye of Zero finally defeats Zero itself and completes Kirby's Dream Land 3 with the good ending.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Zero's sticker in Kirby: Planet Robobot

Zero appears as a sticker, based on his artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3 (though shrunken down a fair bit).

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Zero appears in the Celebration Picture "Bad Boss Brothers" alongside many other final bosses.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Zero appears on a Character Treat, depicting its artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Zero's likeness appears in the form of a Dress-Up Mask, rewarded for completing card #41 in the Stamp Rally.



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゼロ
Dutch Zero -
French Zéro Zero
German Zero -
Italian Zero -
Korean 제로
Portuguese Zero -
Spanish Zero -


  1. "One boss character (a giant eyeball) fires red droplets at Kirby; additional red-damage effects appear as its health decreases." Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, ESRB (Wayback Machine snapshot)
  2. 20th Anniversary Kirby Pupupu Encyclopedia (Shogakukan), pg. 125