Boss Key

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Boss Key
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A Boss Key from Donkey Kong 64.

First appearance

Donkey Kong 64 (1999)
“Squawk! Nice going, DK. That looks like one of the keys to K. Lumsy's cage! Bwark!”
Squawks the Parrot, Donkey Kong 64
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Boss Keys are items that appear in Donkey Kong 64. There are eight of them, and as its name implies, each one is guarded by a boss. The only Boss Key that is not guarded by a boss is the final one, which is located behind a steel door in K. Rool's throne room in Hideout Helm. Each Boss Key's purpose is to unlock a corresponding padlock on K. Lumsy's cage. Doing so causes K. Lumsy to boisterously celebrate, and he creates a tremor to cause an event to occur on DK Isles, usually opening previously-blocked entrances to other levels. He is freed from his cage after the Kongs unlock all eight padlocks on his cage.



  • Grabbing Key 8 in a certain manner can cause it to not be saved to the inventory; however, if the player revisits Hideout Helm, it respawns.[citation needed]