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Army's artwork from Donkey Kong Country.
Artwork from Donkey Kong Country
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country (GBA) (2003)
Notable members

Armies[1] are small armadillo enemies which first appear in Donkey Kong Country.


Donkey Kong Country / Donkey Kong Land[edit]

An Army in Donkey Kong Country.
An Army from the game Donkey Kong Land.

Armies are enemies in Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Land. They behave identically between both games. Armies attack by rolling into a ball and careening toward the Kongs. Donkey Kong can defeat an Army by jumping on it once, regardless if the enemy is inside its shell or not. Diddy Kong must jump on an Army twice to defeat it, as when he jumps on a curled up Army, Diddy forces it to its normal position. While an Army is not curled up, Diddy can jump on it another time to defeat it. In Donkey Kong Country only, Army's defeat sound is a higher-pitched version of that of Donkey Kong's, though not in the remakes.

Club Nintendo[edit]

One purple-colored Army is an enemy in Club Nintendo comic, "Donkey Kong Country." It has the ability to speak, like the other enemies. Army is the first enemy that attacks Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, the latter defeating it with a stomp.

Donkey Kong Country novel[edit]

An individual Army appears as an antagonist in the Donkey Kong Country novel. While the Kongs are exploring the abandoned mines, Army and Slippa ambush the group. Donkey Kong throws a barrel at Army and the force of the impact knocks him down the tunnel.

Unused appearances[edit]

Unused model of an Army, from Donkey Kong 64.
The unused Army model in Donkey Kong 64

Donkey Kong 64 has unused armadillo enemies, presumably Armies. Although Armies do not appear, the first boss, Army Dillo, is an Army.

An Army appears near the end of the trailer in Donkey Kong Racing.


Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance) enemy
Army sprite in the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country
Worlds Kongo Jungle
Gorilla Glacier
Chimp Caverns
Levels Ropey Rampage
Slipslide Ride
Boss Dumb Drum (fifth and final pair)
Rope Bridge Rumble
Misty Mine
Platform Perils
Scrapbook page 1
Photograph location Hand Slapping an Army DK Attack point value 5500

  • Instruction booklet description:
    • English:
      Army will curl into an armored ball to protect himself from your attacks.[2]

Donkey Kong Land[edit]



Sprites and models[edit]



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アーミー

French Army
Spanish Army


  1. ^ 1994. Donkey Kong Country Nintendo Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 16Media:DKC Guide 16-17.jpg.
  2. ^ 1994. Donkey Kong Country manual. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 29.