Enguarde the Swordfish

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Enguarde the Swordfish
Enguarde DKBB.png
Full Name Enguarde the Swordfish
Species Swordfish
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. Brawl (as a Sticker and a trophy) (2008)

“For aquatic adventuring, Enguarde is essential. While riding him, you do not need to press the B Button Button to swim; the Control Pad directional arrows are enough. By pressing the Y Button or B Button Button, you can get a burst of speed during which Enguarde's sword nose becomes a deadly weapon. Needless to say, you won't find Enguarde anywhere but underwater.”
Donkey Kong Country Manual, Page 25

Enguarde the Swordfish is an Animal Buddy in the Donkey Kong series who first appears in Donkey Kong Country; he shares the most number of appearances in the series with Squawks the Parrot (though Squawks only carries a flashlight and is not playable in the original Donkey Kong Country). The options for his name are "Enguarde," "Swordy," and "Stabber."

History[edit]

Donkey Kong series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Diddy Kong riding Enguarde the Swordfish.
Enguarde's original appearance in Donkey Kong Country.

In Donkey Kong Country, Enguarde is the greatest swimmer of all the Kongs and Animal Buddies and is invaluable since they are generally helpless underwater and his pointed bill can be used to attack enemies there; however, he is useless on land and cannot jump out of the water.

Levels:

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest/Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2, Enguarde can use the Supercharge Attack. When released, he can use his bill to break through walls or defeat a line of enemies.

Levels: Enguarde appears in both versions unless otherwise stated.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![edit]

Enguarde is one of only three Animal Buddies who get to fight a boss character. Enguarde fights Barbos the sea urchin during the events of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong Land III. Unfortunately, he is incapable of using his Supercharge attack in Donkey Kong Land III.

Levels:

Donkey Kong Land III[edit]

Levels:

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

Enguarde appears only in one level in Donkey Kong 64, and can only be accessed by Lanky Kong.

Levels:

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

Enguarde appears in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast as a rideable Animal Buddy in underwater levels once he is released from his crate.

Club Nintendo[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Enguarde, as seen in the comic "Donkey Kong Country".

Enguarde appeared as Donkey and Diddy's Animal Buddy in the third part of Club Nintendo's comic "Donkey Kong Country". Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong ride him through a body of water, while being attacked by several underwater enemies. An exploding TNT Barrel pushes them out of the water and onto King K. Rool's ship Gangplank Galleon, after which Enguarde does not appear again.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Enguarde SuperMarioKun.jpg

Enguarde appears in issue 14 of Super Mario-Kun. After Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong ride on a fake Enguarde, Mario and Yoshi find a box that contains Enguarde. They meet Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong in ropes. Before Mario can do anything, he gets attacked by a Croctopus. Enguarde saves him, but a Clambo breaks his nose. Mario responds by attaching a drill to his nose. Enguarde then plows through the Croctopus, breaking its arms.

Trophy Information from Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Enguarde BrawlTrophy323.png SNES Donkey Kong Country A swordfish animal buddy. Enguarde always appears on water levels where he can loyally help Donkey Kong get around. Much appreciated, right, DK? Complementing his cute, round eyes, Enguarde's pointed bill proves to be a powerful weapon. One thrust from it will easily down most underwater opponents.
SNES Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

Gallery[edit]

Names in Other Languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エンガード
Engādo
Enguarde

Trivia[edit]

Tiny Kong on Enguarde and Diddy Kong on the unnamed purple swordfish.
  • Enguarde gets his name from the French phrase used in swordfencing: "En garde"("on guard", "put your guard up", ie: "be ready"), due presumably to his long, pointed, sword-like nose.
  • While Enguarde is presumably one character, two can be seen on-screen in the Donkey Kong Country level "Coral Capers".
  • Early screenshots of the canceled game, Donkey Kong Racing, showed that Enguarde was going to be one of the many ridable Animal Buddies. These screenshots also showed that other, differently colored swordfish were going to be rideable; whether these swordfish were simply color swapped Enguardes or entirely new characters is unknown.