How To Beat King Dedede

Welcome to Nintendo Life's Kirby and the Forgotten Land boss guides. Here we'll be running you through each and every one of the main bosses for the game and how we went about defeating them.

As you progress through the main campaign you will come across miniboss encounters against Wild Edge, Fleurina, Wild Bonkers and a few more but for the most part these small-scale encounters are very similar in terms of how your enemy attacks and present little problem to successfully pass. As such, we've decided to focus on the main end of world boss battles for these guides, the larger scale showdowns that comprise multiple phases.

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So, let's get stuck into the game's fourth main boss now - King Dedede!

How To Beat King Dedede

Kirby and the Forgotten Land - King Dedede Boss Guide


  • Clear Stage
  • Swallow King Dedede's Hammer
  • Clear Without Guarding
  • Clear Within 1:30
  • Clear Without Taking Damage

Well, well, well. If it isn't King Dedede! Who woulda thunk it?! The big villain of the piece has revealed himself and it's time to take him on in battle.

Phase One

This fight starts out with King Dedede approaching with two doggo pals. Suck them up and fire them at him to show him who's the real boss around here.

He'll come at you now with easy to avoid hammer attacks, a weak ground pound and a charged up spin, both of which leave stars for you to suck up and shoot and are best avoided by just keeping back as he performs them.

More troublesome in this early phase is his trio of big area of effect ground slams. You can see them coming fairly easily, and the resulting wave of damage is easy to jump over. However, watch out for the third attack in the sequence as it homes in on you, dodge it as you see his shadow coming down and then get in for plenty of attacks as he struggles to recover and get off the ground.

The only other attack in this first phase is one where he runs towards you and trips over and knocks you in the process. Easy to avoid! Once he's had enough he'll collapse momentarily and drop his hammer - which you can now suck up to complete a mission - and we're on to phase two.

Phase Two

King Dedede is gonna jump up above the arena and pull a great big pillar off the structure now before jumping down to come at you once more.

You now need to look out for his big ground attack that shatters an area and then electrifies it. He'll always do this move twice in quick succession and it's easy to avoid by simply hovering over the affected area or shifting away to the side to an unaffected area of ground. Get in close as he recovers from this and get some smacks in and then prepare to dodge to the side to avoid three big vertical swipes followed by a horizontal slash of his pillar.

Staying in close to him during this phase will result in him also doing a ground pound that creates a wave of damage so look out for that if you're keeping in against him.

Keep getting your hits in and avoiding this combo of pillar and electric attacks and it won't be long before you've got the better of him. You can now attempt to complete the boss battle in less than 1:30 and without taking damage to complete the rest of this stage's missions. Good luck!

This guide is part of our Kirby and the Forgotten Land Walkthrough Guide, which covers every world in the game (Natural Plains, Everbay Coast, Wondaria Remains, Winter Horns, Originull Wasteland, and Redgar Forbidden Lands, plus the post-game areas — SPOILERS!! — where you'll find all Leon Soul pieces throughout The Isolated Isles in Forgo Plains, Forgo Bay, Forgo Park, Forgo Horns, Forgo Wasteland, and Forgo Zone).

We also detail Every Waddle Dee Location, every Copy Ability Blueprint Location, and how to beat every boss in the game (so that's Gorimondo, Tropic Woods, Clawroline, King Dedede, Sillydillo, Forgo Dedede, Leongar, Fecto Forgo, and finally Fecto Elfilis, plus the post-game bosses — SPOILERS!!Phantom Gorimondo, Phantom Tropic Woods, Phantom Clawroline, Phantom King Dedede, Phantom Sillydillo, Forgo Dedede, Forgo Leongar, and Morpho Knight).

There's also our full list of Kirby And The Forgotten Land Present Codes which will get you bonus in-game goodies if you input them at Waddle Dee-liveries.

And finally if you're looking to pick up the game, you'll want to check Where To Buy Kirby And The Forgotten Land On Switch.