Boss Dumb Drum

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Boss Dumb Drum
World-Level 5 - BOSS
World Kremkroc Industries, Inc.
Game Donkey Kong Country
Boss Dumb Drum
Music Bad Boss Boogie
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Boss Dumb Drum is the boss level of Kremkroc Industries, Inc., the fifth world of Donkey Kong Country. The Kongs must beat the titular Oil Drum, Dumb Drum, to progress to Chimp Caverns.



As with all world boss fights in Donkey Kong Country, the fight takes place in an arena filled with bananas, in this case within a single screen; and if the player enters with a single Kong, a DK Barrel is instantly broken to ensure they start the fight with both Donkey and Diddy.

The battle starts with Dumb Drum attempting to crush the Kongs by floating in the air and slamming itself down on them. If Dumb Drum misses the Kongs, it will begin to release two enemies out of its body. It will release the following enemies: Kritters, Slippas, Klaptraps, Klumps, and Armies, in that exact order.

If the Kongs defeat these enemies, Dumb Drum will attempt to crush them again at a faster pace after each round and tries to do so once more for every wave beaten (ex.: after the Kritters are beaten, it will do so twice, after the Slippas, three times, etc.)

Once the Armies are defeated, Dumb Drum self-destructs, and the Kongs recover a fifth Giant Banana and gain access to Chimp Caverns.

Game Boy Advance[edit]

In the Game Boy Advance port, the Kongs have to throw a TNT Barrel (which will appear after taking out the enemies) at Dumb Drum while it tries to crush them (though it does not speed up) to damage it. It only tries to crush the Kongs until they throw the barrel, and if they miss, it releases the enemies again.



A screenshot from Rare's early website
  • Rareware's old website showed a screenshot of Donkey Kong defeating Dumb Drum in a jungle scenery.[1]
    • The Pro Action Replay code 7E003E21 takes the player into the aforementioned room when used with the game. However, while the "Bad Boss Boogie" theme plays, Dumb Drum remains absent.[2]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Jefe Golpe Loco Boss Crazy Hit
French Boss Tambour Boss Drum
German Fatale Grande Grand Fatal
Italian Bosco Esplosivo Explosive Woods


  1. ^ DKC/DKL Critical Mash. (October 26, 2000 snapshot via WayBack Machine). Retrieved July 25, 2018 (originally retrieved on DKWiki on October 5, 2010).
  2. ^ PAR Codes. DKC Atlas. Retrieved July 25, 2018 (originally retrieved on DKWiki on July 23, 2014).