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A Bristles is an enemy in the game Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and its pseudo-sequel, Donkey Kong Land III. These small hedgehogs replace Spinies from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. They are mostly found in waterfall levels (such as Tracker Barrel Trek) and jungle levels (such as Konveyor Rope Klash). Since they are hedgehogs, their quills are harmful, and they cannot be jumped on. According to the game's credits, Bristles belong to the "Terrorfirma Tuff Guys" enemy class.
To defeat one, Dixie Kong or Kiddy Kong must make an attack on the front of the hedgehog while the baddie is walking forward, as the rear and top are very prickly. Also, unlike the Spinies, Bristles are actually immune to the Kongs' team up attacks, since throwing Dixie or Kiddy at one would result in injury. The Kongs can also throw a barrel at it to defeat it.
Some Bristles can also roll up and hurtle toward a Kong, which makes them virtually invincible and even more dangerous. They can only use that attack method in "Konveyor Rope Klash", and they can still be defeated with a barrel.
Bristles also appear in the Cranky's Dojo minigame in the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, where Cranky Kong must deflect them as they come from the left and right sides of the screen.
Bristles appear in the following levels.
Donkey Kong Country 3
Donkey Kong Land III
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