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Artwork of a Gnawty, from Donkey Kong Country.
Artwork of a Gnawty from Donkey Kong Country
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country (GBA) (2003)
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Notable members

Gnawties, sometimes referred to as Gnawty Beavers,[1][2] are lazy-eyed beavers and basic enemies who first appear in Donkey Kong Country. Their name is a pun on the words "gnaw" and "naughty". In Donkey Kong Country, Gnawties had a green gray fur, and would later be recolored to light blue starting in Donkey Kong 64. However, the Gnawty appearing on the original box art of Donkey Kong Country is a blue gray color.

Neeks and Sneeks from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, respectively, display the same behavior and weaknesses as Gnawties, in addition to also being based on rodents. This is also the case for Awks from Donkey Kong Country Returns and Dozies from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and more broadly for Goombas from the Super Mario series.


Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Rambi the Rhino defeats a Gnawty in Jungle Hijinxs of Donkey Kong Country
Two Gnawties in Jungle Hijinxs, one of which has just been defeated by Rambi

In Donkey Kong Country, Gnawties are one of the weakest enemies encountered by Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong on their journey, as they can be defeated from any attack, including being jumped on, rolled into, or having a barrel thrown at it. Gnawties have a brown-fur variant that moves around while standing in the center hole of a millstone, somewhat similar to the functionality of a hamster wheel. They only appear in two temple-themed levels, Millstone Mayhem and Temple Tempest. In contrast to regular Gnawties, this variant cannot be defeated because millstones are indestructible. The millstone-riding Gnawties in Millstone Mayhem move back and forth on a set path, while the ones in Temple Tempest chase the Kongs down a path until they hit into a dead-end wall. Additionally, two of the game's bosses are Gnawties, Very Gnawty and Really Gnawty, both of whom require more hits to defeat than a regular Gnawty and move around by hopping instead of walking. Very Gnawty is green gray and Really Gnawty is brown, reflecting the colors of both types of Gnawties.

Gnawties are differently colored in each remake. In the Game Boy Color version, the regular Gnawties have a grayish-green color (with one appearing standard green in the end credits), and the millstone-riding variant is red. Additionally, the millstone-riding Gnawties stand on top of the millstone rather than in the center. In the Game Boy Advance version, all Gnawties have a blueish color, including the millstone-riding variant, and the colors of Very Gnawty and Really Gnawty were swapped, with the latter now having a blueish color.

Gnawties appear in the following levels:

Donkey Kong Land[edit]

Gnawties, called Batty Rats,[3] make their second appearance in Donkey Kong Land, which only features the walking variant. They are still vulnerable to any of the Kongs' attacks.

Gnawties are very common, and they appear in most of the levels, as follows:

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

A Gnawty
A Gnawty as it appears in Donkey Kong 64

Gnawties (referred to as Beavers by the Prima Games guide and the Banana Guide[4][5]) make a third appearance in Donkey Kong 64 where they are bigger and have light blue fur. They are common in Jungle Japes and the surrounding shore of DK Isles, and a few also appear in Crystal Caves. They are the primary enemy in Jungle Japes's Battle Arena stage, Beaver Brawl. Like their two previous appearances, Gnawties can be defeated from any attack, including the new abilities introduced in the game. In an area surrounding the Cranky's Lab of Jungle Japes, Gnawties appear in increasingly large sizes and rival the size of Very Gnawty and Really Gnawty. Gnawties are the main focus of the Beaver Bother minigame, where a Klaptrap has to guide a certain number of them into a pit before time runs out. Gnawties also appear in Rambi Arena, where Rambi has to defeat as many Gnawties as possible before time runs out; defeating a Gnawty would reward a point to Rambi. Sometimes a gold Gnawty appears in the arena, and defeating it rewards ten points. A gold Gnawty also appears in one segment of the secret ending, appearing behind Dogadon and scaring him.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ノーティ
Nōti Bībā

Gnawty Beaver

French Gnawty
Spanish Gnawty



  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) #26. Special pages 12, 13, and 21.
  2. ^ a b 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパードンキーコングGB」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Donkey Kong GB). Page 9.
  3. ^ Donkey Kong Land, Nintendo Magazine System (UK) WORLD EXCLUSIVE Review booklet. Page 10.
  4. ^ Barton, Jeff, Mario De Govia, and Donato Tica. Donkey Kong 64 Prima's Official Game Guide. Page 15Media:DK64 Prima 15.jpg.
  5. ^ Donkey Kong 64 Banana Guide. Archived February 29, 2000, 07:20:52 UTC from the original via Wayback Machine. Retrieved September 21, 2018.