Artwork of a Bounty Bass and two small fish around it in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
|First appearance||Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (1996)|
|Latest appearance||Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA) (2005)|
- “Gluttonous fish that holds big bonuses if you get a chance to defeat him.”
- —Donkey Kong Country 3 manual, page 19
Bounty Basses are plump, red fish enemies that appear in both Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong Land III. They have a yellow variant named Gleamin' Bream.
In Donkey Kong Country 3, Bounty Basses are similar to the airborne enemy, Booty Birds, in that they usually carry an item within them. Like many other underwater enemies, Enguarde can defeat a Bounty Bass by stabbing it, causing it to release its item and swim away. A Bounty Bass usually contains a banana or a bear coin, although it can sometimes hold K-O-N-G Letters. They only appear in a few underwater levels, such as Bazza's Blockade or Floodlit Fish. Most Bounty Basses remain in one position, but some swim around back and forth. In the level Pot Hole Panic, some of the Bounty Basses occupy the tight spaces underwater with their body mass.
In Donkey Kong Land III, Bounty Basses most often appear in river stages. Their behavior was changed, as an item is no longer contained within them. Every Bounty Bass swims around back and forth in a set pattern, behaving just like a larger Koco.
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