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Dharkon looks similar to Galeem, however, there are some noticeable differences. Dharkon has demon-like colours, his core is an eyeball, and has branch-like thorny tentacles.
Role in World of Light
Dharkon makes his first appearance following the defeat of Galeem at the hands of Kirby and his army of fighters. Sensing the defeat of his counterpart, Dharkon strikes, seizing control of Galeem’s remaining captive and puppet fighters, as well as a massive army of Crazy Hands comparable to Galeem’s own Master Hands. Galeem makes a hasty getaway, knowing he is no match for Dharkon in his current state. Dharkon retreats into a haphazardly formed dimension known as the Dark Realm, to gather forces in preparation of Galeem’s return, rather than pursuing the wayward lord of light. Kirby and the freed fighters chase Dharkon into the Dark Realm, choosing the lesser of two evils over the weak Galeem. Dharkon and his newly commanded dark Spirits and captive fighters to halt the forces of Kirby, but ultimately fails, despite enlisting the help of the empowered Marx, Dracula, and Ganon, in addition to several Crazy Hand clones. With the defeat of his bosses, Dharkon is forced to make a reappearance, and faces the fighters. Although he is much more aggressive in battle than Galeem, he is soon defeated. Enraged, he retreats into the final realm--the Final Battle. Sensing an opportunity, Galeem returns from hiding to chase down the weakened Dharkon, with Kirby and the army in hot pursuit. With their dwindling forces put to work, Kirby’s army rapidly decimates the light and dark spirits, destroying two Master and Crazy Hand clones and freeing the original Master Hand and Crazy Hand. The Hands determine a common enemy, and forms a rift in reality between Galeem and Dharkon. The way the story ends is determined based on the player’s choice from this point.
If the player fights and defeats Galeem, Dharkon’s power greatly surpasses Galeem’s, resulting in darkness spreading across the realm of the final battle. Dharkon kills Galeem’s Master Hand clones, and impales Galeem repeatedly with chains, leaving the lord of light at Dharkon’s mercy. Meanwhile, the fighters are overtaken by darkness, and collapse, seemingly dead. Dharkon’s darkness spreads across the plane, cementing his position as the most powerful one.
If the player fighters and defeats Dharkon, Galeem’s power greatly surpasses Dharkon’s, resulting in light spreading across the realm of the final battle, Galeem kills Dharkon’s Crazy Hand clones, and shoots Dharkon repeatedly, grating him like Swiss cheese before causing him to disintegrate. Galeem proceeds to turn his attention to the assembled fighters. Without giving them a chance to react, Galeem sends out a wave of light, preventing even Kirby from escaping and consuming the universe once more.
Choosing the Middle Path
If the player follows Master Hand and Crazy Hand to the rift they formed, Master Hand enters the rift, fights and defeats fifty puppet fighters constructed entirely from Galeem and Dharkon‘s power, and allows the fighters to continue onward, drained from fighting off the onslaught of Galeem and Dharkon‘s forces. Three members of Kirby’s army make it through, and manage to climb up into orbit, attempting to reach Final Destination where Galeem and Dharkon are battling. Upon meeting there, the two lords deploy their bosses, in an attempt to defeat the other and the three fighters in one fell swoop. To their surprise, the fighters defeat all six bosses with minimal injuries, and finally take the fight to them. Galeem, Dharkon, and the fighters begin brawling in a three-way matchup for the fate of the universe. Despite being gods and clearly having a power advantage over the fighters, Galeem and Dharkon are both defeated at the hands of the fighters, and fall from orbit, crashing into the ocean that once held the Isle of the Ancients. Without Galeem and Dharkon, the Spirits are freed, returning to their home dimension. The fighters are left in the ruins of the World of Light, ready to rebuild.
Dharkon can only be damaged if he is struck in the eye. He has the following attacks:
- If Galeem is stunned, Dharkon can transform his tentacles into a hammer and attack Galeem's core, damaging the Lord Of Light. The player will also be damaged by Dharkon if they are too close.
- One of Dharkon's tentacles snakes around the arena coated in dark energy, attempting to damage the player, as his eye trails close behind. During Dharkon's second phase (When his health falls below half), the tentacle's length increases.
- Dharkon covers two sides of the screen with dark energy. These waves have a small, ever-shifting gap of safety between their area of effect. The fighter takes darkness damage rapidly upon touching the waves.
- If Galeem is present, each will contribute one wave to the attack. If Galeem is stunned, only the bottom is covered.
- Dharkon creates beams of darkness that erupt from the ground.
- Dharkon produces two or three dark false characters to support him. These characters self destruct after a period of time and their explosion can damage the player. Dharkon's false characters will attack Galeem's false characters, and vice versa.
- Dharkon can send his tentacles through portals; the tentacles damage anyone in their way. Dharkon's eye will hover in the middle of the level.
- Dharkon can use three to five of his tentacles to attack the player one after another. Dharkon's eye is exposed when the last tentacle strikes.
- Dharkon can shoot a barrage of small energy bullets from one corner of the screen. During the final battle (When Galeem is present) Dharkon will attack from the top left only. Their damage increases the closer the player is to Dharkon's corner. During his second phase, Dharkon's energy barrage will be finished off with a massive blast of dark energy. The blast and bullets are actually disjointed hitboxes and therefore unreflectable.
- Dharkon performs a slash that creates a large red line across the screen. The resultant line can cause characters it touches to slow down.
- During his second phase, Dharkon will create two lines in an X shape, but their effect is the same otherwise.
- Dharkon can create 3 to 6 small objects that explode in X-shaped beams of darkness like X Bombs. These can be destroyed (1 hit point) before their detonation.
- Dharkon's English name is a corruption of the word "darken".
- In Japan, Dharkon has his name changed to Darz.
- His design comes from a typical lovecraftian horror.