For information on the regular Waddle Dee, see Waddle Dee
If it is inhaled or defeated before it escapes, it drops a treasure chest. If it is attacked with the Bubble ability, it will turn into a bubble containing a star, and a treasure chest will be dropped in the same place. When Kirby opens the treasure chest, the chest always contains a piece of the Secret Map. Kirby must often solve some sort of puzzle to trap it or race to catch it before it falls off a cliff and gets away.
In some levels, it seems like there is a puzzle to solve to defeat this Waddle Dee, but it is actually a trap that will help it get away.
- Interestingly, there exist unused swimming sprites of Golden Waddle Dee in Squeak Squad's memory which means that at some point in production Kirby would have to outswim it to get the treasure chest. This would not technically make sense, as a Waddle Dee drowns in water.
- In Helper to Hero from Kirby Super Star Ultra, the P1 Parasol Waddle Dee has a appearance similar to that of a Golden Waddle Dee.