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Donkey Kong putting out the flames on a Tiki Torch with an air blow

Among other actions Donkey Kong can perform in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, he can also blow air to move or dissipate certain objects, or to extinguish flaming enemies. This can be done by crouching, then shaking the Wii Remote or pushing the X Button/Y Button button on the Nintendo 3DS. Diddy Kong can also perform this move, but only when he is controlled independently, i.e. in multiplayer. The Kongs can blow small air currents for as long as the actions above are executed.

List of objects that can be blown onto[edit]

This section is under construction. Therefore, please excuse its informal appearance while it's being worked on. We hope to have it completed as soon as possible.

There is a multitude of objects that are affected by Donkey Kong's breath. These range from stationary objects to helicopter-like flowers, which pluck themselves out of the ground and fly away if their propeller petals are spun by an air blow. Many of these objects reveal various items, such as bananas, Banana Coins, and even Puzzle Pieces, while other cause something to occur upon getting blown onto. Blowable objects also serve the purpose of world building and decoration, and their role is similar to that of item containers.

Two dande-
pairs in DKCR3D

Below is a list with each object and a description of its appearance and how it behaves:

  • Dandelion[1] — if its seeds are blown away, it might uncover an item. Dandelions vary slightly in size and shades, and are widespread throughout Donkey Kong Island, being most common in the Jungle and Ruins areas.
DK next to some beach grass
  • Beach grass[2] — tufts of foxtail grass grown sparsely throughout the Beach. Blowing a beach grass will disperse its seeds and, at most times, leave an item.
  • Lantern — an illuminating object found in mines and caverns. Lanterns are hanging above the ground, sometimes requiring the Kongs to up a higher step in order to reach them. If blown, the light inside a lantern will flicker out, often producing an item.
  • Musical horn[3] — a device fixed on the ground. When blown into, it produces a soft trumpet jingle and an item. Musical horns are placed across the Factory.
  • Lightbulb[4] — a small red propeller is attached to it. Blowing on the propeller will make it rotate increasily faster, lighting up the lightbulb and causing it to break suddenly, freeing an item. Lightbulbs are found in the Factory.
  • Tiki heads — a burning statuette that will turn to ashes and collapse after getting extinguished, producing an item. Tiki heads mostly appear in Furious Fire.
  • Candle bowl — a small candle held in a bowl. Blowing on it will swoosh the flame, potentially causing an item to appear. Candle bowls are spread throughout the Volcano.


  1. ^ "Move to the left and jump over to a small platform containing a dandelion. Blow on the flower to release the first Puzzle Piece." — Michael Knight, Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 64
  2. ^ "The first Puzzle Piece is right near the start. Blow on the beach grass next to the pier to get it." — Michael Knight, Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 48
  3. ^ "Just past the G block, blow on the musical horn at the top of a small hill and a Puzzle Piece will pop out." — Michael Knight, Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 123
  4. ^ "From there, hover-jump to the right to access the higher platform here and blow on the lightbulb to release a Puzzle Piece." — Michael Knight, Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 124