Beetle (character)

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First appearance Donkey Kong 64 (1999)
“Oh, it's only you, Tiny. Well, if you can beat me to the bottom of my slide AND collect 50 coins, I suppose you can have my Golden Banana.”
Beetle, Donkey Kong 64

The Beetle[1] is a large, green beetle in purple racing gear that appears in Donkey Kong 64. She is raced twice, first by Tiny Kong in Angry Aztec and later by Lanky Kong in Crystal Caves. In each race, when either Kong wins, they are rewarded a Golden Banana.

In Angry Aztec, Tiny can challenge the Beetle by using Mini-Monkey and playing Saxophone Slam from a nearby Music Pad. This causes Squawks to appear, and he picks up Tiny and throws her into a tower with the Beetle. The race involves Tiny and the Beetle racing down a large slide. When the race starts, Tiny can kick the Beetle to slow her down, allowing Tiny to get a headstart. The Beetle is almost the width of the slide, making her hard to avoid. Tiny's objective is to first collect at least 50 DK Coins before finishing the race. If the Beetle knocks into Tiny, she loses three DK Coins.

In Crystal Caves, Lanky has to race the Beetle, this time by using his OrangStand Sprint.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スライディングビートル[2]
Suraidingu Bītoru
Sliding Beetle


  1. ^ Donkey Kong 64 Banana Guide on, Nintendo. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  2. ^ 「ドンキーコング64任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), pages 47 and 101.