Baby Donkey Kong

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This article is about Donkey Kong as an infant. For the original Donkey Kong's son, see Donkey Kong Jr.. For the transformation Donkey Kong undertakes after drinking a youth serum in the Donkey Kong Country television series, see Baby Kong.
Baby Donkey Kong
Baby DK in Mario Super Sluggers
Species Kong
First appearance Yoshi's Island DS (2006)
Latest appearance Mario Super Sluggers (2008)
Latest portrayal Takashi Nagasako (2006–2008)

Baby Donkey Kong, usually referred to as Baby DK, is the infant self of Donkey Kong who debuted in the Nintendo DS game, Yoshi's Island DS. He is one of the seven star children.


Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

Baby DK swinging on a vine
Baby DK riding Green Yoshi in the level Baby DK, the Jungle King!

In Yoshi's Island DS, Bowser is looking for the seven star children and orders Kamek to kidnap all the babies from the Mushroom Kingdom, including Baby DK. However, Baby DK was not brought to Bowser's Castle, although unlike the other star children, how he escaped capture was left unexplained. He is also unique from the other babies in that the blanket he is carried in is brown, rather than blue.

Yoshi and Baby Mario find Baby DK in Baby DK, the Jungle King! He later helps in saving Baby Peach from the Ukikis in the same level. After saving her, Baby DK decides to join Yoshi and the babies in their quest to rescue Baby Luigi. After this level, Baby DK is available to play as for the rest of the game. He has thirteen character coins throughout the game. One is found in Baby Mario and Baby Peach: Dynamic Duo, a level in the first world, even though Baby DK is not initially available in the first world, forcing the player to replay the level as Baby DK in order to obtain the coin.

After a long journey, Yoshi and the babies arrive at Bowser's Castle. When they arrive at the top of the castle, they fight Baby Bowser and then Bowser. After defeating both of them, Baby Luigi and the other babies are rescued. Baby DK is revealed to be one of the seven star children.

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

Yoshi finding Baby DK

Baby DK is an unlockable playable character in Mario Super Sluggers. This is currently his only appearance in a Mario sports game. In Challenge Mode, Baby DK helps Mario and the others beat Bowser and his son, Bowser Jr.. In this mode, Baby DK is part of the DK Wilds team.

Baby DK's bat is a banana. His batting entrance is him rolling into the batter's box. Baby DK has good chemistry with Yoshi, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Peach, Baby Daisy, Dixie Kong, Funky Kong, and Tiny Kong; his chemistry is neutral with Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, however; he has bad chemistry with King K. Rool, Kritters, Shy Guy, and Magikoopa. Effectively, he has the most chemistry out of any character in the game. Baby DK's fielding ability is Clamber, meaning he can climb walls to catch a ball, therefore preventing a potential home run from the opposing team. He also has the strongest throwing arm out of all the babies.

A side view of Baby Donkey Kong, from Mario Super Sluggers.

Baby DK has a very high fielding stat, along with a decent batting stat, but he is bad at running and pitching. Baby DK bats with his left hand, while fielding with his right hand.

Baby DK is available in the Mario Super Sluggers online card collection. He is from the first characters to be released, but is then removed and made available later. In Double Play, Baby DK can be combined with Donkey Kong to get the level 2 card, Donkey Kong Star Swing. His rookie year is 2006, which refers to the year he debuted in the Mario franchise.

General information[edit]

Physical appearance[edit]

A mugshot of Baby Donkey Kong, from Mario Super Sluggers.

Baby DK is a brown ape. He wears a monogrammed red bib, with his yellow-printed initials "DK" in the center. The bib goes around his neck, is knotted in the back, and is even yellow-bordered. This bib is similar to adult Donkey Kong's tie. Baby DK also has brown eyes with small black pupils. On his head, he has a small piece of fur sticking up in a wavy formation. This is also similar to Donkey Kong's hair. He also has one big ear on each side of his head. He has a big mouth, with two small nostrils north of it. Like a typical primate, his hands, feet, ears, and mouth are all peach. Baby DK also has five fingers on each hand and five toes on each foot. Like Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, and Baby Peach, his appearance in Yoshi's Island DS changes in future games. Baby DK's change is very minor. The only change for him is that he has a small, furry tail.


Much like his older self, Baby DK is very strong and powerful and enjoys bananas. He is also very sensitive, as he is a baby. However, his cry is much softer than the other babies, indicating that he is also tough and somewhat resilient. He is usually found smiling and happy. He is also somewhat cocky, as in Mario Super Sluggers, when he hits a home run he shows off by jumping around the bases and doing a flip into home plate.

Powers and abilities[edit]

Baby DK is the most powerful out of all the babies. He is capable of bashing large clumps of rocks in Yoshi's Island DS. This maneuver is called the DK Dash Attack. While on Yoshi's back, he can grab on to vines and help Yoshi climb up them. There is also swinging vines that Baby DK can grab that swings Yoshi. His eggs explode on contact with all walls, collecting or destroying anything in the blast radius. Though he is the most powerful, Baby DK is also the heaviest baby. While Yoshi runs with him on his back, they move much slower. In Mario Super Sluggers, he is the best batter out of all the babies, as his batting ratings are a 6 out of 10. He is also the best fielder out of all the babies, as his fielding ratings stay at an 8 out of 10. Along with the Kongs, his fielding specialty is the Clamber, which allows him to climb up a wall in order to prevent a possible home run.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

Instruction Booklet Baby Abilities Information
Grab and swing on vines and rope. Jump and let go. Press Y Button while pressing Down on +Control Pad to charge at enemies and smash walls.

  • Special Abilities: Climbing, Swinging, DK Dash Attack
Level 1 Baby Donkey Kong card from the Mario Super Sluggers card game
Baby Donkey Kong's official profile card from Mario Super Sluggers (front)
Level 1 Baby Donkey Kong card from the Mario Super Sluggers card game
Baby Donkey Kong's official profile card from Mario Super Sluggers (back)

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

Online card description[edit]

Baby DK has the most stamina of all the baby players. And while he isn't the strongest pitcher, he has long monkey limbs that are very useful in the outfield. Like many of his Kong buddies, he can cover some ground.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ベビィDK
Bebī Dīkē
Baby DK
Spanish Bebé Donkey Kong Baby Donkey Kong


  • According to the Yoshi's Island DS instruction booklet, Baby DK is the only baby with more than one special ability. This is not true, as Baby Mario has three.