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Kirby: Squeak Squad artwork
Daroach
Name (JA) ドロッチェ (Dorocche)
In Games
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SpeciesSqueak
AffiliationSqueaks
Welcome, my little friend! Or should I say...friends? I am Daroach, the captain of the treasure-hunting Squeaks. I have sniffed out a stash of riches that I must possess. Medals, on this island!
— Daroach • Kirby Mass Attack

Daroach (Dorotche in Japan, Dopang in Korea) is the greedy and tactical leader of the Squeaks and the main antagonist of Kirby: Squeak Squad. Daroach also appears in Kirby Mass Attack as a helpful character who enlists Kirby for help in his quest for medals. Daroach also makes an appearance as a sticker in Kirby: Planet Robobot.

Physical Appearance

Daroach is a grey mouse-like creature with round, floating paws, and three long yellow claws on each forepaw. He wears a red hat and a jagged red cloak, and often carries around a magic wand, or the Triple Star. Daroach has large ears, and has dark orange eyes with yellow scleras.

Personality

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 involve stealing valuable treasures that unintentionally bring him into conflict with Kirby when his Strawberry Shortcake 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.

Games

Kirby: Squeak Squad

Daroach is revered as the leader of the Squeaks, a gang of thieves who search for treasure. Daroach's motives for forming the gang are never entirely revealed. While scouring the planet for gold and treasures, he and his gang take a chest 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.

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Daroach and the Squeaks

Daroach and the rest of the Squeaks 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 Squeaks escape, 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 Squeaks 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 accurately throwing small bombs (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 a few seconds. He also teleports around the room, making it hard to attack him. The floor of his room is coated in ice, making it somewhat 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.
Daroach is possessed

Daroach is enveloped and possessed by the sinister "smoke"

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 possessed by Dark Nebula, turning him into the corrupt Dark Daroach, who Kirby must fight in Gamble Galaxy as the penultimate boss in the game.

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Dark Daroach

During the battle with Dark Daroach, his attacks are upgraded versions of the attacks he used in the first battle. His ice beam attack now shoots a larger, more powerful beam at Kirby, and Daroach backs up while using it, preventing Kirby from attacking him from behind. He throws bombs more often; the bombs he throws are now red, larger, cannot be destroyed using a copy ability, and must be Super Inhaled; they also cause a larger explosion, and send a large pillar of fire into the air. He teleports considerably more often, and he will use his Triple Star attack twice in a row; the stars are larger, do more damage, and stay on screen slightly longer as well. There is no ice on the ground, so Kirby cannot use the upgraded Tornado or Wheel abilities; however, this also means that Kirby no longer slides around on the ground.

After his defeat, Dark Nebula comes out of Daroach's body as a dark star and flees. 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 Squeaks return Kirby's cake as an apology for the wrong that they caused him during the course of the game.

Kirby Mass Attack

KMA Daroach screenshot

Daroach, Kirby, and Squeakers (off-screen) inside his airship

Returned for more advice? I'm always glad to share info...
— Daroach • Kirby Mass Attack

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 find them. His airship appears after the Kirbys make it through five 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 Daroach's hints 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 entered Stage 4 of Green Grounds when he was young. 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 all the medals the Kirbys have collected. 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 says his final goodbyes before piloting his airship away from the Popopo Islands. He is never seen in the Story Mode again.

In the sub-game 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.

See also

Quotes

I wish I could get my hands on one of those Nintendo 3DS systems. Seems like they're worth their weight in gold.
— Daroach • Kirby Mass Attack
As the captain of an airship with all sorts of buttons and blinky lights... I know the value of a good manual.
— Daroach • Kirby Mass Attack
If the power light on your Nintendo DS turns red, it's time to recharge the battery. Seems like a good thing to know.
— Daroach • Kirby Mass Attack
Saving the world from darkness can be exhausting work. Don't forget to take a break now and then.
— Daroach • Kirby Mass Attack
They say to always play games in moderation. That makes perfect sense to me. It leaves some time to scout out treasure!
— Daroach • Kirby Mass Attack

Trivia

  • 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, Moonja, Jumpershoot, and Acchi.
  • Daroach is the second antagonist in the Kirby series (the first being King Dedede) to be possessed by Dark Matter.
  • It is not mandatory to use the Triple Star after the fight with Dark Daroach, as the player can use Ability Bubbles to replace it. The player can also have Kirby use the copy ability he had before (if he had one) by having Kirby discard his Copy Ability, inhale the ability star (without swallowing), and touch the Triple Star. When the player presses the down button upon entering the next area, Kirby re-gains the Copy Ability he had before.
  • In all artwork and sprites, Daroach's hands and feet are disconnected from his body.
  • Unlike the rest of the Squeaks, Daroach does not seem to have any elemental weaknesses.
  • Daroach is the only member of the Squeaks that cannot be inhaled directly, due to being a major boss.
  • "Daroach Reunion," the music played when Kirby visits Daroach in his airship, is a rearranged version of the "Squeak Squad Theme."
  • Daroach appears as a collectible sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, using his artwork from Kirby: Squeak Squad. The sticker can be used on any character to strengthen his or her electrical attacks.
  • Daroach is one of the few characters in the Kirby series that Kirby can visit and converse with outside of cutscenes. Others include Magolor and the inhabitants of Quilty Square.
    • Daroach delivers more dialogue than any other character in the series. He has over 300 lines in Kirby Mass Attack, excluding notes he wrote in the instruction manual.


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