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YOU...! Did you think I'd forget? The time you smashed into me with your Hi-Jump! That time I was betrayed by Helpers! Or when I was replaced by that mechanical cloud! I-I... Sniff... there's something in my eye...
— VS Kracko • Kirby Fighters Deluxe

Kracko, also titled as Cycloptic Stormcloud in Kirby Star Allies, is a recurring boss character from the Kirby series. He has, in one form or another, appeared as a boss in every Kirby platformer to date, with the exceptions of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Kracko is most often fought in his iconic full form that closely resembles a puffy cumulus cloud, but is sometimes encountered in his premature form, known as Kracko Jr. Kracko appears to have legions of monsters (usually similarly cycloptic creatures) supporting him, such as Waddle Doo and Flamer, both of which he has been known to summon to his side in various fights. Kracko is often fought high up in the clouds, as he draws clouds around his eye to form a body. The manual from Kirby's Dream Land describes Kracko as a "lightning fast foe."

Physical Appearance

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Both forms of Kracko

Kracko is a puffy, cloud-like monster. He has a large single eye located in the center of his soft, cloudy body. In almost all depictions of Kracko, the top of his cloud is a light blue, and his bottom is a light pink. This may be a reference to the fact that differently electrically charged water droplets fall to different hemispheres of a cloud (this is the cause of lightning). The midsection of Kracko's body is white. Surrounding the perimeter of the cloud are 12 golden spikes (with a few exceptions, such as Kirby's Avalanche, which has 16, and Kirby's Block Ball, which has 10).

Games

Kirby's Dream Land

Kirby's Dream Land was Kracko's first appearance. Kracko is fought twice in Bubbly Clouds, once as a mid-boss, Kracko Jr., and then again as the stage's boss. As the full Kracko, his attacks range from dropping Waddle Doos, crashing into Kirby, and emitting a blast of twinkling stars from his body. Defeating Kracko gives Kirby access to the final stage, Mt. Dedede.

In the Extra Game, both fights become much harder. Kracko's attacks are easy to avoid but are very unpredictable; the Waddle Doos are also replaced with bombs.

Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

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Kracko in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

Kracko is the boss of Grape Garden in this game and in its remake. Before the actual fight begins, Kirby must ascend rows of clouds, some having a Starman on them. During this sequence, Kracko Jr. appears and will repeatedly attempt to ram into Kirby. Once the top cloud is reached, Kracko Jr. transforms into his full form, and the two will fight. Kracko can rain down lightning bolts, summon Starman, and perform a sweeping attack. He can be defeated with well-timed Hi-Jumps directed through him.

Kirby's Pinball Land

Kracko is the boss of the aptly named Kracko Land in this game. At the beginning of the battle, Kracko appears as Kracko Jr. After four hits, he transforms into Kracko. The boss now attacks by releasing Flappers into the area to follow Kirby. He also shoots lightning to briefly paralyze one flipper.

Kirby's Dream Land 2

Kracko is the boss of Level 6, Cloudy Park. Perhaps the most unorthodox Kracko fight in the series, Kracko is first fought as an eyeball sticking out of the cloud Kirby is standing on. In his full form, Kracko retains his star attack used in Kirby's Dream Land, but he is now concentrated in the form of a thin laser which is aimed at Kirby. Also, the Waddle Doos in this fight are replaced with Co-Krackos and can be sent out in two ways: One from Kracko's bottom or two from Kracko's top.

Kirby's Dream Course

Kracko appears as a course hazard in this game. He floats fixed in place slightly over the ground, and periodically unleashes lightning bolts underneath him every few seconds, which will damage Kirby and throw off his movement. Sometimes multiple Krackos will appear on the same course together. Like Whispy Woods, although Kracko does not count as an enemy and will not drop stars or holes, he can be KOed with the Spark ability. Kracko's lightning is one of the few elements of Kirby's Dream Course that causes the timing of the player's shot to make a difference, since the courses are designed so that it is often preferable to try to roll Kirby underneath Kracko, rather than going around or above him.

Kirby's Avalanche

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Kirby speaking to Kracko before fighting with him

Kracko is seen in this game as the 11th boss in the Avalanche Tournament, following Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright and preceding Meta Knight. His dialogue with Kirby is below.

  • Kracko: "KRRR- RACKK!!!! Dance to my deadly music, or fry like a moth! HA HA!!"
  • Kirby: "You couldn't hit a barn sized lightning rod, Kracko!"

Kirby's Block Ball

Kracko serves as the boss of Stage 7. During the boss fight, he initially appears as Kracko Jr. After four hits, he converts into Kracko. He floats back and forth, occasionally shooting lightning at the top and bottom of the screen. These lightning bolts shrink the paddles if they make contact. Like all normal bosses in the game, Kracko/Kracko Jr. has 12 HP.

Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra

In Kirby Super Star, Kracko is showcased in some of the sub-games. First, both of Kracko's forms appear in the sub-game Spring Breeze, a simplified "mini-remake" of Kirby's Dream Land. In Spring Breeze, Kracko once again serves as the boss (and mid-boss) in Bubbly Clouds. Kracko has all of his attacks from Kirby's Dream Land but now has a new rainstorm attack, where he showers Kirby with heavy rain. Kracko reappears in The Arena alongside the rest of the game's bosses (except Kracko Jr.).

In Milky Way Wishes, Kracko appears once more, guarding the planet Skyhigh's Fountain of Dreams. He behaves the same way he did in Spring Breeze, although the player doesn't fight Kracko Jr. beforehand.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kracko's sprite is greatly updated to match his sprite in Kirby: Canvas Curse; now he has more animations and displays anger when attacking. In Milky Way Wishes and Helper to Hero (where he serves as the third boss), Kracko gets an alternate color palette, with his body now light blue and his spikes orange. Kracko also gets a new defeat animation, where his cloudy body begins to disappear, leaving only his eye, which promptly explodes. In Gourmet Race, Kracko can also be seen in the map of the stage, another detail that was not in the original Kirby Super Star.

In a new sub-game, Revenge of the King, Kracko and Kracko Jr. return as Kracko's Revenge and Kracko Jr.'s Revenge respectively.

Kirby's Dream Land 3

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Adeleine sends her Kracko art into battle.

Though Kracko himself doesn't really appear in this game, a painting of him is drawn by Adeleine at the end of Cloudy Park. This painting attacks in the same manner as the real boss, such as sending dangerous plumes of lightning at the ground, and even spawns Co-Krackos much like he did in Kirby's Dream Land 2.

Kracko is the last drawing made by Adeleine, and thus has the most amount of health and is arguably the hardest to defeat. After this drawing is defeated, she steps onto the battlefield to fight Kirby herself.

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble

Kracko is the boss of stages 3-4 and 6-4. Kracko attacks primarily by quickly moving from side to side. Making the battle harder, Kracko also leaves a trail of Gordos in his wake. Co-Krackos also make another appearance in order to make the battle more difficult.

When facing him in World 6-4, Kracko has a new attack added to his arsenal: A lightning blast (which is fairly accurate) that is aimed downwards. To defeat Kracko, the player must first grab a Balloon and shoot puffs of air at him. Kracko moves faster after each hit, which means the player needs to have very good aim to win.

Besides the final boss (King Dedede), the only other bosses in the game are Orbservors, which are, coincidentally, also rounded one-eyed creatures.

Kirby Air Ride

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The Kracko item in use.

Kracko appears, but this time not as a boss, but as an item. Instead Kracko can be summoned by a player in Top Ride mode by picking him up as an item, which resembles an eye surrounded by eight golden spikes. However, the item does not commonly appear due to its potential power.

When picked up, the screen darkens and Kracko forms. He flies around until he locks onto a random player (other than the one who summoned him). Upon doing so, he stops above the target and zaps him/her with a powerful bolt of lightning. Once he attacks the other players (usually up to three times) with lightning barrages, he flies away and the screen returns to normal.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

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Kracko engages Kirby in battle in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

Kracko is the boss of Mustard Mountain and serves as the third boss in the game. This is the first time Kracko isn't fought in a cloudy environment until Kirby Star Allies (excluding Holo-Kracko in Kirby: Planet Robobot). However, Kracko is fought at the top of a mountain, so he is still at a high altitude. Beating him gives Kirby the third Mirror Shard.

Although Kracko's sprite comes directly from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kracko has the same attacks as he did in Kirby Super Star, ranging from his star beam to his rainstorm attack. In addition to summoning Waddle Doos, Kracko may also summon Twisters and Flamers during the battle. These can be swallowed for abilities or used as ammo against Kracko.

Kracko Jr. also appears in the game, but is only as a design-element, and is not a component of the battle in any way; Kracko Jr. comes onto the screen for a brief second or two and then morphs directly into the regular Kracko, beginning the battle. While Kracko Jr.'s sprite came from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, his globules are blue instead of pink.

Kracko is also the only boss in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror who appears in another game (not counting Meta Knight because he is not a boss in this game), and is not a Mirror World counterpart of another boss or a new boss altogether.

Kirby: Canvas Curse

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Drawcia paints Kracko into existence.

Kracko appears in his own sub-game titled Block Attack. He first appears as Kracko Jr. in Level 1, then will battle in his normal form the next time Kirby fights him in Level 2.

After Kirby clears the obstacles that Kracko Jr. throws at him during the previous stages, Kracko Jr. initiates a fight with Kirby. The only way to damage Kracko is to hit him in the eye; in order to do this, some of his clouds must be cleared beforehand.

The Kracko fought in this game is a fake Kracko created by Drawcia, like the replicas of King Dedede and Paint Roller.

Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn

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Kracko in Kirby's Epic Yarn

Kracko (transformed into yarn by Yin-Yarn) appears in yarn form as a sort of boss of Cloud Palace. He first appears halfway through the stage, and chases Kirby attempting to zap him with his trademark lightning bolt attack. Shortly after, Kracko stops chasing after him, and isn't seen until later on in the stage.

Later, after Kirby boards the Star Shooter, he begins to encounter swarms of Co-Krackos, foreshadowing Kracko's return. Sure enough, just as Kirby enters the homestretch, Kracko appears. Kirby simply must shoot Kracko enough times to defeat him. He attacks by generating Co-Krackos and covering himself in an aura of lightning and charging across the screen.

After he is shot enough times, Kracko shrinks, and now uses his old star beam attack. After being damaged even more, he shrinks once more and only requires just a few more shots to be destroyed completely.

Kirby Mass Attack

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Kracko and Kracko Jr. appear in the Strato Patrol EOS sub-game of Kirby Mass Attack as bosses.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

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Kracko's rain attack

Kracko appears as the boss of Old Odyssey, the third world in the game, albeit with minor changes to his appearance: the spikes surrounding his cloud body are now brass and gold instead of the regular yellow. Additionally, the spikes are striped like Kracko's Revenge. Kracko will also change color when performing different attacks, such as turning dark grey when using electric attacks or turning dark blue when using his rain shower attack. Kracko will comically shed a single tear every time he is hit.

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Kracko's drill attack

The ensuing battle with Kracko is much more involved than in previous games, with many new attacks being added to his repertoire. The first half of the fight with Kracko is just like fighting him in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra. Kracko attacks by dropping Waddle Doos, moving around erratically, twirling star beams, raining, and even moving across the platform while shooting a lightning bolt on the ground.

When Kracko's health is depleted to the halfway point, he gets enraged (shown by his eye turning red), descends into the background and turns himself into a tornado to blow away the clouds in the background, thus uncovering three smaller platforms in the background. Kirby can then alternate between these two zones by a cannon that Kracko shakes out.

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Kracko's dangerous weather front attack.

After Kracko's body returns, he will push out two giant golden electric drills from his sides and move to a side of the screen. Flying is the easiest way to avoid the attack. Kracko will plow through the planes from the left and right. Occasionally, Kracko will swoop down from high above with the drills or get on Kirby's height level before plowing through. The attack leaves a bunch of stars that Kirby can use. When Kracko's body spreads out over one of the zones, Kirby must immediately get in the cannon before it disappears and switch planes to avoid a massive lightning storm that causes dangerous amounts of damage if not successful. The evil cloud can shoot a ray of blue energy balls that moves left and right. Rarely, Kracko generates a huge energy ball and throws it to the opposite plane. Upon the ball hitting the ground, it splits into four smaller ones, two on the left and two on the right. Two of them move in a wide arc as the other two move in a higher arc. The balls leave stars for Kirby to take advantage of. Kracko can shoot lightning from his body horizontally, vertically, and even diagonal in both ways, an attack that Kracko's Revenge used in Revenge of the King in Kirby Super Star Ultra.

Upon Kracko's defeat, his cloudy aura dissipates and explodes, sending bits of random junk flying everywhere. His eye floats to the center of the stage and gets hit by a cog, causing him to release one last tear before exploding (however in The Arena, his eye also explodes with junk flying off).

Kracko later returns as an impediment in Stage 2 of Royal Road. Notably, a rare keychain is found during the Kracko battle at Royal Road.

Dededetour

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Kracko (known now as Kracko DX), has a pale light green body, eight blue and orange striped spikes, and a couple of horns of the same color. When Kracko DX's eye turns red halfway through the battle, the spikes turn dark and dull shades of gray.

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Kracko DX as he appears in Dededetour

In the first half of the battle, Kracko DX's lightning bolt attack has him change direction when he gets to the other side of the screen. When spitting out Waddle Doos, he spits out other pieces of junk, like barrels. He moves from side to side during his rainstorm attack (like Kracko's Revenge), the golden star beam attack is done twice in a row, Kracko DX shoots lightning horizontally, vertically, and even diagonal in the both ways, an attack that Kracko used in the second of the fight in Story Mode.

When Kracko DX is beaten down to half of his full health bar, he blows away the clouds in the background, like Kracko. Kracko DX uses his energy ball attack, but these orbs are green and they sweep across the ground going left, right, and a last sweep going towards the middle from both sides. When Kracko DX pushes out his golden drills, he will attempt to ram into Dedede from the background to the foreground using his drills; from the sides, Kracko DX bounces up and down, and finishes the attack by plowing into the foreground while rotating. His deadly lightning storm leaves the ground sparking for several seconds. The same thing happens to the ground after Kracko DX launches his giant energy ball the splits into four.

Upon Kracko DX's defeat, he explodes the same way his normal mode counterpart did.

Kirby Fighters and Kirby Fighters Deluxe

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Additionally, Kracko appears as a stage hazard in one of the stages in Kirby Fighters. The stage Bubbly Clouds is based on Kracko's arena in Kirby Super Star Ultra’s Spring Breeze (this is also the case for Lololo and Lalala and King Dedede). Kracko moves around the arena, and occasionally uses his attacks from Kirby Super Star. Kracko cannot be defeated, and serves only as a hazard.

Kracko also appears in Kirby Fighters Deluxe. Upon clearing four rounds, the player will be given a Kirby partner that uses the same ability the player is currently using, and the duo will be plunged into a battle with Kracko. Kracko acts as he does in the first phase of his battle in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and also gains new attacks involving his large drills. On higher difficulty levels, Kracko will attack faster and more erratically, and the Waddle Doos he drops will walk faster as well. Kracko explodes upon his defeat.

If fought on Very Hard mode, one can see the word "HAL" printed on the stage's floor tiles.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, a holographic version of Kracko, Holo-Kracko, appears as the first of four bosses summoned by the Holo Defense API. He behaves as he does in his first phase in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

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Kracko is first fought in the the Dunes after being unlocked for 6 Gem Apples. He is an Ordeal boss in the normal category and must be defeated before the player can access the the Ruins. He uses many of his attacks from Kirby: Triple Deluxe, though he cannot spawn enemies and instead drops random objects.

Kracko is next fought in the the Empyrean after being unlocked for 40 Gem Apples. Here he is in the Tougher boss category, and must be defeated before the player can access Landia EX in the Decisive Battlefield. Kracko does not gain new moves, though his moveset is altered to catch the player off-guard and attack faster.

Kirby's Blowout Blast

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Kracko Jr. and Kracko, as well as their revenge forms, Kracko Jr.'s Revenge and Kracko's Revenge, make an appearance in this game. This is the first appearance of Kracko Jr. since Kirby Mass Attack, six years prior, and the first appearance of their Revenge forms since Kirby Super Star Ultra, nine years prior. The Revenge forms reprise their appearances from Kirby Super Star Ultra as well.

Kracko appears on Stage 5 of Level 4. Kracko uses the same basic attacks as Kracko Jr., with the addition of the lightning bolts leaving trails along the ground that will damage Kirby if he touches them. Kracko will also fire balls of lightning in a rapid-fire manner that will home in on Kirby's position. After reaching half health, Kracko's eye departs from its cloud, re-forming in the background as a much larger cloud in the background, and sending vertical and horizontal lightning bolts at Kirby. After this, Kracko returns to Kracko Jr.'s second phase attacks, including the spinning beams.

Kirby Battle Royale

Kracko appears in the Crazy Theater game mode during the "Dodge the shocks!" challenge. He turns dark blue and angry, and expands over the entire top of the screen in a similar manner to his "weather front" attack in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, while unleashing moving pillars of blue lightning that scan over the stage in different patterns. If a Kirby touches them, they are instantly KOed and do not gain a point from the challenge. Kracko also appears in the icon of the challenge during its introduction.

There is also a piece of headgear for the Tornado ability which resembles Kracko, the Kracko Hat. It can be purchased for 3000 Battle Coins.

Kirby Star Allies

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Kracko appears in Far-Flung - Starlight Heroes on the Gabbel Moon as the thirteenth boss. He is fought similarly to his battles in Kirby Super Star or Kirby Super Star Ultra, except he lacks his rain attack. His attacks involve dropping Waddle Doo or Chilly, moving around erratically, twirling star beams and moving to the other side of the arena while shooting lightning at the ground. He can also move to the center of the arena before going to one side and dashing along the floor, trying to ram Kirby and his friends. Almost all of his attacks leave stars behind for Kirby to inhale and spit back at him.

After Kracko is defeated, he uses his fragment of the Jamba Heart to split into two, becoming Twin Kracko.

Kracko and Twin Kracko appear in the game's boss rush mode, The Ultimate Choice, in seven levels of difficulty: Mild Stroll, Zesty Expedition, Spicy Adventure, Sizzling Threat, Fiery Showdown, Infernal Crisis and Soul Melter.

A miniature version of Kracko is painted by Vividria in her mid-boss fight. It attacks by firing lightning at the ground and gives Plasma ability when inhaled.

Similarly, Adeleine as a Dream Friend can paint a smaller version of Kracko and ride him, during which she is able to use his beam and lightning attacks.

Kracko Jr.

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Kracko Jr. is a premature form of Kracko; his appearance generally precedes Kracko's normal form.

Physical Appearance

Kracko Jr. appears as a single large eye with a blue iris, and four orbs rotating around it. These orbs are usually white with blue and pink tints, similarly to Kracko's main form.

Games

Kirby's Dream Land

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Kracko Jr. in Kirby's Dream Land

Kracko Jr. appears as the mid-boss of Bubbly Clouds, who starts by floating in the top right corner of the room. In the normal game, he swoops down while shooting four bullets, then flies back to the right side of the room in a lemniscate pattern before dropping a Waddle Doo. He then slowly descends downward, giving Kirby an easy chance to use the Waddle Doo to hit him, before ascending back up and repeating the pattern.

In the Extra Game, he quickly moves across the top of room, dropping four bullets faster than before. He then quickly descends to ground level, bounces along the ground from left to right, then swoops across the ground before flying back to the right, dropping three bombs in the process. After this he quickly descends, then ascends, and the pattern repeats.

Upon being defeated, Kracko Jr.'s eye flies away, and a Warp Star appears for Kirby to further progress into Bubbly Clouds

Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

Kracko Jr. appears as part of Grape Garden's boss stage. The boss fight doesn't start immediately, as Kirby has to scale many cloudy platforms. During this part, Kracko Jr. is present and cannot be damaged in any way; he simply stalks Kirby around, occasionally performing a ramming attack that can vaporize the cloud platforms (telegraphed by his orbs spinning very quickly around him). Kirby is encouraged to inhale Starman to obtain Hi-Jump to scale the cloud platforms, as the area is very vertical and Kracko Jr. can quickly catch up with Kirby if he decides to float to the top. After scaling 15 levels, Kracko Jr. quickly retreats to the very top, where he then transforms in Kracko.

This was the first game that Kracko Jr. is fought during the same battle as Kracko. This also marks one of the few games that he appears in where he does not serve as a mid-boss.

Kirby's Pinball Land

Kracko Jr. appears during the boss fight in Kracko Land. After defeating Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright in the top stage, Kirby can take a Warp Star to the boss. Kracko Jr. appears, and he simply moves around in a lemniscate pattern. After taking four hits, he moves to the center of the room and transforms into Kracko.

Kirby's Dream Land 2

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Kracko Jr. in Kirby's Dream Land 2

Kracko Jr. appears in as part of Cloudy Park's boss stage as the first phase to Kracko's boss battle. Unlike most appearances, Kracko Jr. starts off as an eye in the clouds that make up the ground. His eye pops out of the ground two times before retreating back into the clouds; the third time he pops out, he performs a beam attack, initially aimed upward before aiming in Kirby's direction and approaching him. His eye then detaches from the cloudy floor, gaining his four rotating orbs and releasing two Co-Krackos in the process. After floating around for a bit, he either fires his four orbs in the diagonal directions or throws them all at once in Kirby's direction. Afterward, he falls back into the cloudy floor, releasing a Co-Kracko. Upon being defeated, Kracko Jr.'s eye will roll along the ground in Kirby's direction. Upon reaching the edge of the area, it will jump up and transform into Kracko.

Kirby's Block Ball

Kracko Jr. appears in Stage 7's Target Shooting Area and Boss Area. In the Target Shooting Area, Kracko Jr. simply moves up and down. After being hit four times, Kracko Jr. retreats to the Boss Area, leaving a Warp Star for Kirby to take.

In the Boss Area, Kracko Jr., alike to his appearance in Kirby's Pinball Land, floats around in a lemniscate pattern. After taking four damage, he transforms into Kracko.

Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra

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Kracko Jr. in Kirby Super Star

Kracko Jr. appears in Spring Breeze, reprising his role as the mid-boss of Bubbly Clouds. Kracko Jr. can summon Waddle Doos like before, and can also drop three bombs like he does in Extra Game, albeit much slower. Kracko Jr. can now also attack by flying in a zig-zag pattern before sliding along the ground and moving back into his initial position. Upon entering his room, a Waddle Doo is already present.

Kirby: Canvas Curse

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Kracko Jr. appears as the boss of Level 1 Block Attack, as well as the first boss of Level 3 Block Attack; this is actually a painting by Drawcia, and not the real thing. Appearing in Stage 5 of Level 1, Kracko Jr. slowly moves around, spinning his orbs around him. Eventually, he will stop spinning his orbs and spread them a bit. As Kracko Jr. can only be damaged by attacking his eye, this serves as an opportunity to attack. Kracko Jr. may sometimes appear angry, spinning his orbs faster than usual. After being hit four times, Kracko Jr. is defeated.

Kracko Jr. appears in Stage 7 of Level 3 Block Attack. Instead of Clear Blocks appearing in the four corners of the room, Electric Blocks appear in the bottom two corners, posing a direct threat; Kracko Jr.'s tactics, however, remain unchanged. After being defeated, his eye floats up to the next stage, where Kirby then fights him as Kracko.

Kirby Mass Attack

Kracko Jr. appears in Stage 2 of the Strato Patrol EOS sub-game. Unlike his previous appearances, he has three orbs instead of four. Kracko Jr. simply approaches the Kirbys while actively trying to avoid being hit by the Kirbys' projectiles; he can be defeated, however.

Kirby's Blowout Blast

Kracko Jr. appears as the boss of Level 2, appearing at the end of Stage 4. Kracko Jr. initially only attacks by swopping down and by producing lightning (which produces a star at the beginning and end of the attack). Upon reaching half health, Kracko Jr. becomes angry. In addition to swooping and lighting, Kracko Jr. can produce a rotating beam attack on the ground, which performs one and a half revolutions; this attack produces a star at the beginning and after completing one revolution.

Kracko Jr.'s Revenge

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Kracko Jr.'s Revenge is an enhanced version of Kracko Jr. and a premature form of Kracko's Revenge.

Physical Appearance

Kracko Jr.'s Revenge, as the name would imply, appears very similar to Kracko Jr. The main difference is that his orbs now a dark purple instead of white, and his eye has a red iris with a vertical slit pupil.

Games

Kirby Super Star Ultra

Kracko Jr.'s Revenge appears in the new Revenge of the King game, being the mid-boss of Crash Clouds. Kracko Jr.'s Revenge has the same moves as Kracko Jr., although he can drop five bombs now instead of three. In addition to this, he can move around the edges of the arena, or move to the left side of the arena and perform flipped versions of his attacks there.

Kracko Jr.'s Revenge also appears in The True Arena, despite Kracko Jr. not being present in The Arena.

Kirby's Blowout Blast

Kracko Jr.'s Revenge appears as the boss of Level 2 EX, appearing at the end of Stage 4 EX. Kracko Jr.'s Revenge has the same tactics as Kracko Jr., except he is faster than before; when performing the rotating beam attack, there are now four energy beams instead of two.

Kracko's Revenge

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Kracko's Revenge is an enhanced version of Kracko.

Physical Appearance

Kracko's Revenge, as the name implies, appears very similar to Kracko. The main difference is that his cloudy body is now dark purple instead of white, his eye has a red iris with a vertical slit pupil, his spikes are longer and sharper, and colored gray with black stripes.

Games

Kirby Super Star Ultra

Kracko's Revenge appears in the new Revenge of the King game, being the boss of Crash Clouds. Kracko's Revenge has the same moves as Kracko, but they are more powerful than before. His beam attack has more range and power, he can move laterally during his rain attack, and he has a new fourth attack after using his lightning attack: Kracko's Revenge will float in the center of the arena and shoot bolts of lightning that go across the screen, first vertically, then horizontally, and then two diagonally.

Kirby's Blowout Blast

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Kracko's Revenge in Kirby's Blowout Blast

Kracko's Revenge appears as the boss of Level 4 EX, appearing at the end of Stage 5 EX. Kracko's Revenge behaves the same as Kracko, but with faster speed and longer lasting attacks, and a crevice down the center of the arena is present. Its homing lightning ball attack now fires lightning balls from the left and right instead of straight on. Its second phase form sends out several more lightning bolts than previously, and like Kracko Jr.'s revenge, it sends out four rotating beams instead of two.

Kracko's Revenge also appears as the boss of the Secret Path, appearing at the end of Stage 3.

Co-Kracko

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Co-Kracko (called Li'l Kracko in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn) are smaller versions of Kracko that he can summon. They simply fly around and sometimes try to ram Kirby.

Mecha Kracko

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Mecha Kracko is a robot created by Doc built in the likeness of Kracko; he is the boss of Cushy Cloud. In its first phase, it attacks by sweeping across the floor, flying in a zig-zag, and summoning enemies. In its second phase, Mecha Kracko destroys the clouds creating the floor before replacing it with either four 2-block wide platforms or one 8-block wide platform. Mecha Kracko can now shoot lightning and can home in on Kirby and surround itself with electricity. It can also repeat the process of destroying and rebuilding the floor.

Kracko seems particularly insulted that Mecha Kracko was fought instead of him in Kirby: Squeak Squad.

Space Kracko

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Space Kracko is a distant relative of Kracko; he is the boss of Outer Rings. It mainly attacks by shooting comets from its eye. He can also electrify himself and try to ram the player or shoot electricity.

Twin Kracko

Twin Kracko, titled as Dual Thunderheads, is a form of Kracko when he splits into two as a result of the Jamba Heart.

Physical Appearance

Twin Kracko, like Twin Woods, is much like Kracko, except there are two of them; the individual Krackos, however, are notably larger than Kracko is normally, and are also puffier.

Games

Kirby Star Allies

Twin Kracko appears in the second phase of Kracko's battle on Gabbel Moon. The two start the second phase of the battle with a Twin Waterfall. Both Krackos will use their rain power to create waterfalls beneath them; they will do two short versions of this before finishing with a longer version of it, which leaves stars behind. During this attack, players can use Parasol and its Chumbrella Friend Ability to block the attack, use the Zap element to damage Twin Kracko by electrifying the waterfalls, and two players can use Blizzard to freeze the waterfall (and the Kracko creating it); this will causes the Kracko to fall and be temporarily put out of commission. The Twin Krackos, like Kracko before, can summon Waddle Doos and Chillys; these can be friended to exploit the aforementioned weakness. The Twin Krackos can perform their diving maneuvers simultaneously in Twin Dancing. They can both use their beam attacks while switching sides of the arena in Twin Beam. Lastly, they can both shoot lightning, going outwards, then inwards, and then shooting in the middle together in Twin Lightning Rain.

Parallel Twin Kracko

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Parallel Twin Kracko is a separate being that resides in Another Dimension; he appears in the first phase of Parallel Kracko's battle in Dimension II. He has stronger versions of Twin Kracko's attacks.

Parallel Big Kracko

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Parallel Big Kracko is a separate being that resides in Another Dimension; he appears in the second phase of Parallel Kracko's battle in Dimension II. Parallel Big Kracko is the result of both Parallel Twin Krackos combining, forming an even larger Kracko. Parallel Big Kracko uses bigger and more powerful versions of Kracko's techniques. He can also cause a strong wind and summon various lightning clouds.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

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Kracko shooting his deadly lightning bolts.

Hehehe. Sorry, your majesty, but our contract says that Kracko can't be sent BACKO! Aha!
— N.M.E. Sales Guy when King Dedede asks for them to return the Monster • Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

Kracko makes an appearance in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! anime as one of Nightmare Enterprises' monsters and is one of the first few monsters ordered by King Dedede. He stars in the 4th episode Dark and Stormy Knight, where he invades Cappy Town and makes the sky dark and cloudy, and the weather stormy.

Because of his immense size, Kracko couldn't be sent to the King via the transporter in his castle. Instead, Kracko appeared in Cappy Town along a violent storm front. Kracko spends most of his time surrounded by the stormy gray clouds over Cappy Town sending down powerful green lightning bolts. Kirby, using his Warp Star and by inhaling the clouds surrounding Kracko, is able to face the monster. Kracko attacks with lightning bolts generated from his spikes, which knock Kirby out. When the Warp Star saves Kirby, Kracko combines several lightning bolts to form a lightning sword, which attempts to corner him so that Kracko can snipe him out of the air once and for all. Kirby then turns this sword against the monster by inhaling it, becoming Sword Kirby and engaging in combat with Kracko once again. King Dedede and Escargoon cheer Kracko on as he tries to fry an evasive Kirby out of the sky with more electricity but Kirby quickly shoots back, slicing through the monster with a sword beam, much to King Dedede's horror. Kirby continues cutting up Kracko with more sword beams, each one making him let out an increasingly loud scream of pain, before he finishes the job with one more sword beam, dividing it in two. All of the electricity that was generated inside of it is all released at once, blowing up Kracko majestically, much to Dedede's frustration. Kracko's death dissipates all the storm clouds, exposing Cappy Town to the sunlight once again.

Kracko was the first of the few full-scale bosses in the series, except Nightmare himself, to make an appearance as a monster in the anime. The next would be sixteen episodes later, when Ice Dragon was introduced. The only other bosses to appear were Paint Roller and Heavy Lobster, all of which were encountered in the last quarter of the series (with Heavy Lobster making an appearance in the penultimate episode).

Physical Appearance

Kracko looks the same to his in-game appearance: he is a cloud-like monster with twelve yellow spikes around his body and a single eye in the middle.

Powers and Abilities

Kracko's main ability is that he can surround himself in a vortex of clouds that flies through the air and can fire blue lightning bolts from the center. In his true form, he can shoot individual lightning bolts from his spikes, but he can also combine them to form a lightning beam, as well as combine the lightning bolts to form a lightning sword that homes in on Kirby, he is also quite durable, being able to withstand Sword Kirby's Sword Beams four times before being sliced in half by the fifth Sword Beam.

In the Super Smash Bros. series

Kracko appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Kracko also appears as a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

SSBUl Spirit Fight Kracko

Spirit battle

Kracko appears as a primary, Advanced-class grab spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. When applied to a fighter, the fighter’s electric attacks increase.

Etymology

Kracko's is derived from the onomatopoeic word krackle, which is the sound produced by thunder.

Quotes

KRRR-RACKK!!!! Dance to my deadly music, or fry like a moth! HA HA!!
— Kracko • Kirby's Avalanche

Related Quotes

The only way to damage Kracko is to gulp up the enemy he spits out and then spit it back at him.
— Description • Nintendo Power (Volume #39)
Kracko's back! He's beefed up, too! Kirby should use the same battle tactics as before, but now he needs to watch out for Kracko's swooping attacks. Jump over Kracko when he swoops down.
— Description • Nintendo Power (Volume #39)
Touch Kirby's clone to clear the Gordo and then enter Kracko's domain. Remember the previous battles with Kracko and stick with the exact same game plan.
— Description • Nintendo Power (Volume #39)
If one of Kracko's beams hits Kirby, you lose a tomato. Help Kirby destroy Kracko by using Spark powers.
— Instruction manual description • Kirby's Dream Course
If you thought Thor was the God of Thunder, this boss will change your mind in a hurry.
— The Cast of Characters • Kirby's Avalanche Instruction Booklet
A well-known boss from the Kirby series. Kracko is a cloud with a big eye and numerous spikes. He threatens Kirby with a number of weapons, including beam and rain attacks. In Kirby Super Star, Kracko first appears as Kracko Jr., continuing his onslaught on Kirby as he grows in size.
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Brawl
It seems Kracko has made Floralia part of its territory. It's being fed by a mysterious power source, so its attacks are stronger than ever before!
— VS Kracko • Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby has defeated Kracko countless times, but as long as the clouds still hang in the sky, Kracko will never give up the fight!
— VS Kracko DX • Kirby: Triple Deluxe
In a battlefield full of Kirby fighters, here comes an imposing challenger! Watch out for his view-blocking attacks! Fight as a team to knock him out as quickly as you can! It's a Time-Attack Boss Battle!
— VS Kracko • Kirby Fighters Deluxe
This hologram was created by analyzing data of the cloud monster who is believed to have inhabited the sky of this planet since ancient times. It excels at electrical attacks charged by the atmosphere.
— Vs. Holo-Kracko • Kirby: Planet Robobot
They further analyzed the data of the cloud monster and discovered even more vicious attacks. The system redesign has implemented these attacks and made Holo-Kracko even more powerful.
— Vs. Holo-Kracko 2.0 • Kirby: Planet Robobot
Face the ordeal—the desert-ruling cloud with the force of a natural disaster!
— Quest Description • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Conquer the thundershower that rages from the clouds, and let the sun shine again!
— Quest Description (Tougher) • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
This headgear looks like the thunderous troublemaker!
— Headgear description  • Kirby Battle Royale
Even in the far-flung reaches of space, as long as there's a sky, Kirby's long-time nemesis Kracko can show up and cast a shadow across it. But out here, something about his energy feels...different. Stay on your guard, Star Allies!
— VS Kracko • Kirby Star Allies
Two eyes glare in the gloom like an angry face in the sky—this isn't what Kracko's like on Popstar! Twice as fluffy and twice as mean, Twin Kracko's combo attacks are brutal—but they're no match for the power of friendship!
— VS Twin Kracko • Kirby Star Allies
You can freeze the rain if your whole team works together!
— Fight back with team freezing! • Kirby Star Allies loading screen

Trivia

  • In Kirby's Avalanche, Kracko's AI is used by Minotaur in Puyo Puyo.
  • In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, it is possible for Kirby to be defeated by falling off the platforms in the background. If the player does this two times in a row, extra platforms will be placed between them (those of which Kirby is not able to fall through) to prevent it.
  • The Pause Screen description for Kracko DX in Kirby: Triple Deluxe suggests that Kracko cannot be permanently destroyed; he can always reform as long as there are clouds to use for his body.
    • The Pause Screen description for Kracko in Kirby Fighters Deluxe on Very Hard mode suggests he also takes Kirby's victories personally and seeks revenge on Kirby for his past defeats.
    • Kirby Star Allies further suggests that he can appear on any world where there's a sky. This might also explain how he managed to appear in the mirror world in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.
  • In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kracko's rainstorm attack will not damage Kirby if he is using the Parasol ability.
  • Kracko's Revenge and Kracko Jr.'s Revenge are, ironically, the opposites of their Kirby's Dream Land Extra Mode counterparts. In the original, Kracko was unpredictable while Kracko Jr. followed a distinct pattern. However, as stated above, Kracko's Revenge follows a distinct pattern while Kracko Jr. is unpredictable.
  • The Pause Screen description for Holo-Kracko in Kirby: Planet Robobot suggests that Kracko possibly inhabited the sky of Pop Star since ancient times.
  • Holo-Kracko 2.0 in Kirby: Planet Robobot bears strong resemblance to Kracko's Revenge from Kirby Super Star Ultra. Presumably this is due to the Mother Computer Star Dream managing to uncover Kracko's Revenge in its data on Kracko.
  • The VS Kracko description in Kirby: Triple Deluxe refers to Kracko using gender-neutral pronouns despite the fact that all other sources, released before and after the game, describe the boss using masculine pronouns. The only exception to this is Holo-Kracko, a nonliving hologram.
TKCD Kracko Spike Ball
  • In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, Kracko drops various objects when attacking. These include apples, barrels, shields from Sword Hero armor, Gabon skulls, and spike balls. The spike balls appear to be the ammunition used by Royal Road Lollipop Tanks in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, only shrunken down.
    • Miasmoros spits several of these same objects in its battle.
    • It also happens to be one of Kirby's Stone transformations in the Super Smash Bros. series.

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