Bones (enemy)

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Bones as it appears in Donkey Kong 64
First appearance Donkey Kong 64 (1999)
Variant of Kritter

Bones[1] are a skeletal variant of Kritter in Donkey Kong 64. They appear in Fungi Forest (in the nighttime) and Creepy Castle, both in which they appear semi-frequently. They also appear in two of the later Battle Arena Pad stages, of DK Isles and Creepy Castle.

Unlike normal Kritters, Bones attack by swinging their bone club at the active Kong. Bones can be defeated after taking either one, two, or three hits. This is often based on the strength of the Kongs' direct attacks, with weaker attacks merely removing the Bones' head and left arm, while stronger attacks can defeat them without removing their body parts. Upon being defeated, Bones lose balance and collapse on the ground. The Kongs can instantly defeat a Bones by throwing an Orange at one (which would cause it to lose its head and left arm during the process), or by using their musical instrument.


“Even without a head, these guys keep swinging, so keep your distance after hitting this toe. Punch-and-run is good tactic against these sword-bearing skeletons.”
Donkey Kong 64 Prima's official game guide, page 15

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クリプト[2]


  1. ^ Barton, Jeff, Mario De Govia, and Donato Tica. Donkey Kong 64 Prima Official Game Guide. Page 15.
  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), page 13.