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Concept artwork of a Buffaloafer
Concept art of a Buffaloafer
First appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) (2014)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)

Buffaloafers[1] are enemies in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its Nintendo Switch port. These African buffaloes are only encountered in some levels of Bright Savannah. They wear a red bead necklace and sport a golden nose ring.

Buffaloafers are initially found grazing on grass. When they notice the Kongs, Buffaloafers start chasing them around in an attempt to ram their horns into them. If the characters jump on top of a Buffaloafer, the enemy tosses them in the air, causing the player to briefly lose control over the Kongs but without inflicting damage on the characters. Getting hit by a Buffaloafer results in the Kongs losing a heart from their health meter.

Buffaloafers can be lured into a wall or rolled into their ramming horns to turn them temporarily upside-down, a state in which the Buffaloafer is vulnerable to stomp attacks, three of which are needed to defeat it. Cranky Kong can more directly defeat a Buffaloafer by performing three Cane Bounces off its back. Buffaloafers can be lured off a ledge, causing them to fall into a pit; however, unlike with other defeat methods, they respawn in their inital spot if the Kongs leave their area and return.

Buffaloafers can be found in Baobab Bonanza and Rickety Rafters, where they behave the way described above. In Frantic Fields, a Buffaloafer is flown away by the savannah storm and crashes into a wooden bridge, breaking it before the characters proceed to walk on it.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヘルベンター[2]


  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick, and Cory van Grier. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 12.
  2. ^ 「ドンキーコングトロピカルフリーズ任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 17Media:DKTF Shogakukan P17.jpg.