Big Top Bop

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Big Top Bop
Pompy releasing a sea urchin at the Kongs in Big Top Bop boss level of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Level code 1-BOSS
World Lost Mangroves
Game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Boss Pompy
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Big Top Bop is the first boss level of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its Nintendo Switch port of the same name, located at the end of Lost Mangroves. It takes place in an arena where the Kongs fight Pompy.


The level begins in a small hallway with a DK Barrel that switches between any of the three Kongs. Moving past the barrel begins a cutscene, which shows the Kongs going to the edge of an arena shaped like a half-pipe. Without warning, the lights turn on. Shielding their eyes, the Kongs see Pompy suddenly jump through a circus hoop covered in cloth. He slides up and down the half-pipe before stopping on the right side of the arena. As the Kongs and Pompy prepare to battle, the Kongs are forced into the arena by a group of Tucks, beginning the fight.

Pompy begins by sliding back and forth across the arena on his belly. When he gets close, a Kong can jump on his back, knocking him off the arena. He will then begin bouncing Green Finleys (and occasionally Gordos and Sea Urchins) off his nose and into the arena, which the Kongs will have to defeat or avoid to progress. This cycle repeats until Pompy takes three hits.

During the next phase, he will roll through the arena once before sliding like before; while rolling, he cannot be jumped on. After a few more hits, Pompy will begin sending up to three Big Sphens into the arena. He will either make them jump into the arena while he's in the water, or send them sliding in loops around the stage with him following.

After six hits, he will start his final phase, similar to the previous one. He will stop throwing Green Finleys, exclusively throwing Gordos and Sea Urchins instead. He also starts to jump into the air to try and land on the Kongs. His helmet makes him invulnerable during this attack, but after enough jumps, he will become tired and lower his head, becoming open for a hit.

After nine hits, the Kongs deal multiple rapid punches to send Pompy flying, ending the fight and the level.

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Game File Name Meaning

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze content/Worlds/w01_mangrove/b00_mangrove_seaLion.pak b00_mangrove_seaLion.pak Mangrove Boss: Sea Lion

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サーカスの団長 ポンピー
Sākasu no danchō Ponpī
Circus Ringleader Pompy
French Le jongleur tapageur The Boisterous Juggler
German Halfpipe der Halbstarken Halfpipe of the Beatniks
Italian Circo carlinga Nacelle Circus
Spanish Circo vikingo Viking Circus