Chomp (Donkey Kong enemy)

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This article is about the Piranha Plant-like enemies from Donkey Kong Country Returns. For information about the black dog-like enemies from the Mario games, see Chain Chomp. For the shark species from the Donkey Kong games, see Chomps.
Concept artwork of Chomp sub-species.
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest Appearance Mario Golf: World Tour (2014)
Derived Species
Mega Chomp
Shroom Chomp
Spore Chomp
Vine Chomp

Chomps are carnivorous plant-like enemies that appear in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. They first appear in the second level of the Jungle world, King of Cling, and later in the Forest world. Most of them jump up and try to bite Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong, taking away one heart if they reach the primates. Chomps reappear in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, playing the same role as they did in the predecessor.

There are many different types of Chomps seen throughout the game. The regular and most common Chomp is a red type with spikes which tries to bite the Kongs, and can only be defeated with a barrel.

  • The Mega Chomp is a red, giant Chomp that attacks quicker, and cannot be defeated by any regular attacks. Only a barrel can ground it.
  • The Yellow Chomp resembles a regular Chomp, but with a yellow "head" instead of red. It attacks similarly to the basic Chomp, but delays its attack in an attempt to throw off the Kongs' timing. Like the Mega Chomp, it can only be defeated with a barrel.
  • The Shroom Chomp is green, contains four human-like teeth, and has a mushroom for a tongue, which the Kongs can bounce off. If Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong jump on the mushroom, the green Chomp will bite, and if the Chomp succeeds, the player must shake the Nunchuk and the Wii Remote, depending on how the player plays the game, to get the Kongs out from the plant's jaws.
  • The Spore Chomp has several holes on its body, and instead of biting Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, it will shoot deadly spores in five different directions out of these holes. These types of chomps are the weakest, since they can be defeated with either a jump, a roll, or throwing a barrel at it.
  • The last type of Chomp, the Vine Chomp, is a medium-sized blue Chomp that hangs on the top of the screen, and has a vine for a tongue. If the Kongs grab on the vine, the Vine Chomp will slowly try to put the tongue in its mouth to catch Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. If it successfully pulls them in, the player will have to shake the Nunchuk or Wii Remote to escape, like the Shroom Chomp. It cannot be defeated by any attack, making it the strongest Chomp in the game.

Chomps greatly resemble the Piranha Plants of the Mario series. In fact, some Chomps, along with other elements from the Donkey Kong Country series, made it out in the DK Jungle golf course of Mario Golf: World Tour. They function not only as decorative objects, but also as hindrance for the golf ball. They are preponderantly present at Hole 6, where there is also a Mega Chomp.