Kirby: Squeak Squad artwork
|Debut||Kirby: Squeak Squad (2006)|
|Latest Appearance||Kirby Mass Attack (2011)|
|“||Returned for more advice? I'm always glad to share info...”|
|— Daroach • Kirby Mass Attack|
Daroach (Dorocche in Japan, Dopang in Korea) is the greedy and tactical leader of the Squeak Squad. He is the main antagonist of Kirby: Squeak Squad. He is shown wearing a red hat and jagged cape and often carries around a magic wand, or the Triple Star. He is responsible for his gang's quest for the treasure that would grant them endless power. By his own ambition, he ultimately became the victim of Dark Nebula and became Dark Daroach. As with King Dedede, Daroach is shown as not being inherently evil and is instead rather more of a mischievous bandit, whose goals that involve stealing valuable treasures unintentionally bring him into conflict with Kirby when his cake is stolen by Daroach's band of thieves; this is further proven when Daroach and the rest of the Squeaks return Kirby's cake after he frees them from the controlling grasp of Dark Nebula. It is not known what happens after this, except that the Squeaks return Kirby's cake and "decide to look elsewhere for treasure," which brought him to the Popopo Islands and their hidden medals in Kirby Mass Attack.
GamesEditThe Squeaks, a gang of thieves who search for treasure. Daroach's motives for forming the gang are never entirely revealed; however, in Kirby: Squeak Squad, Daroach is searching for a treasure chest which he believes to contain ultimate power. He acquires this from King Dedede. Throughout the course of the story, Kirby mistakenly comes to believe that this chest contains his shortcake. However, both characters are wrong and severely misguided.
Daroach and the rest of the Squeak Squad make their grand first appearance when Kirby is on his way to King Dedede's castle to find the whereabouts of his missing cake. Kirby narrowly escapes the gang, but little does he know that they were responsible for stealing his cake all along.
Daroach and the gang return to the scene of the crime where they stole Dedede's treasure just as King Dedede tells Kirby about the treasure they stole from him. Just as the Squeak Squad escapes, King Dedede gets his revenge by flinging Kirby at them, knocking them off balance and down into Nature Notch. Kirby has many more run-ins with the Squeak Squad from that point forward, including two run-ins with their leader, but he doesn't get a chance to fight Daroach until he makes it all the way to their frosty hideaway much later in the game. The hideaway is shaped like Daroach's hat, sprinkled with snow.Daroach is the boss of level six, Ice Island. He attacks by throwing small bombs accurately (which can be inhaled for the Bomb ability), shooting beams of ice across the screen using his scepter, and blasting three ricocheting stars with the Triple Star that evaporate after about five seconds. He also teleports around the room, making it hard to attack him. The floor of his room is coated in ice, making it hard to dodge the well-aimed bombs and bouncing stars. By the same token, Kirby can use this floor to his advantage by using it to imbue his upgraded Tornado or Wheel abilities with the element of ice and use it in either of their attacks. Soon after Kirby bests him, Meta Knight appears and makes off with the treasure chest. However, Kirby is quick to follow and defeat him, once again reclaiming the chest. Just as Kirby is about to open it, however, Daroach comes out of nowhere and, in a power-hungry attempt to gain enough power to defeat Kirby once and for all, opens it. However, instead of being granted unfathomable power, the ambitious Daroach is possesed by Dark Nebula, turning him into the corrupt Dark Daroach, who Kirby must fight in Gamble Galaxy as the penultimate boss in the game.
During the battle with Dark Daroach, his attacks are improved; he throws bombs more often; these bombs being bigger red ones that can only be super inhaled, and they create massive fire pillars when detonated; his ice beam attack is upgraded, having more damage and range than the regular blast, and is much bigger, and when he uses it, he backs up, preventing Kirby from attacking him from behind while he is blasting; and the stars he shoots out of his wand do more damage and are larger than before. Dark Daroach's field is not covered in ice, making it somewhat easier to dodge his attacks, but makes it impossible for Kirby to power up his Tornado or Wheel powers like he could during their last encounter. After defeating him, he will fall down, releasing Dark Nebula, who runs off. Daroach then drops the Triple Star, which Kirby can grab and use in the battle against Dark Nebula.
After Dark Nebula is defeated, Daroach and the rest of the Squeak Squad return Kirby's cake as an apology for the wrong that they caused him during the course of the game.
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Daroach appears in both the main game and as an opponent in Kirby Quest. In the main game, he has come to the Popopo Islands to search for the medals there, and he requests the Kirbys to find them. His airship appears after the Kirbys make it through several stages in Green Grounds, and it is accessible from the stage select screen. After completing each island, another member of the Squeak Squad joins Daroach on his airship (except after clearing Volcano Valley and Necro Nebula).
When he is visited, he tells the Kirbys a small fact about something relating to the islands or otherwise, and then gives out hints for the Kirbys so that they can find the medals scattered across the four main islands.
Some of his facts relate to his own opinion on things, as well as his personality and experiences. For example, he reveals that his crew is like family to him, and that he went into Stage 4 of Green Grounds himself. He says that he dislikes cemeteries and slimy things, and even mentions that he's had a history of romance. He also feels that a Nintendo 3DS is "worth its weight in gold." Daroach even tells the player to charge his/her Nintendo DS when the light glows red. If Daroach says the same message twice, he'll mention that he's said it before or even accuse the Kirbys of just standing around for "small talk."
Once the Kirbys get all 186 medals, Daroach gives them the final unlockable sub-game, Survival Rush, in exchange for the medals, and, when playing or selecting a stage, all medals on the top screen are replaced with a gold pin that looks like Daroach's face. Daroach then pilots his airship to parts unknown, which means the Kirbys cannot talk to him ever again in the game.
In Kirby Quest, Daroach appears as the first opponent in Chapter 4, but does not attack. If the player fails a round against Daroach, he will simply flee from the battle. Successfully defeating him without providing him a chance to flee yields a very large sum of EXP.
- Daroach is one of the few bosses to help Kirby. The others are Meta Knight, King Dedede, Bandana Waddle Dee, Dyna Blade, Landia, and the Lor Starcutter. This does not include the anime.
- Daroach (and Dark Daroach) is one of the few characters in the Kirby series to have toes. Others include Gao Gao, Sir Slippy, Bonkers, Storo, Box Boxer, Gaw Gaw, and Acchi.
- Daroach is the second antagonist in the Kirby series (the first being King Dedede) to be possessed by Dark Matter.
- In Kirby Mass Attack, Daroach will remember what advice he's already given for multiple days in a row.