Cat O' 9 Tails

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Cat O' 9 Tails
A Cat o' 9 tails
Artwork from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country 2 (GBA) (2004)

A Cat O' 9 Tails (also stylized Cat o' 9 tails, Cat-O´-9-Tails,[1][2] Cat-O’-Nine-Tails,[3] and Cat 'O' Nine Tails[4]) is a type of enemy Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Its name is derived from a type of whip (mentioned in-game by Klubba) known as the "cat o' nine tails", possibly also deriving from the well-known saying of cats having "nine lives." They initially appear sitting in place, licking one of their paws. If a Cat O' 9 Tails notices Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong, it begins to rapidly twirl and move around, attempting to whip both Kongs with its many tails. Being hit head-on will usually damage the Kongs, but by jumping into one, they may instead end up caught in the tails. If the Kongs are caught by one of the tails as they are spinning around, the Cat O' 9 Tails flings them upwards. Though this can allow the Kongs to collect out-of-reach items, this can also put them in danger of flying into certain hazards. Cat O' 9 Tails are invulnerable to attack while they spin around, but after several seconds of spinning, a Cat O' 9 Tails becomes dizzy, leaving them vulnerable to being defeated by either being stomped or rolled into.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Donkey Kong Country 2 (Game Boy Advance) enemy
Cat O' 9 Tails
Sprite of a Cat O' 9 Tails from Donkey Kong Country 2 for Game Boy Advance
Worlds Krazy Kremland
The Flying Krock
Lost World
Levels Mudhole Marsh
Screech's Sprint
Fiery Furnace
Scrapbook page 6 Photograph location Around the end area of Fiery Furnace


  • Instruction booklet description:
    • English:
      This crazy cat is a whirling dervish. It will tangle you up in its many tails and spin you round until it collapses.[1]

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ネコのナインテール
Neko no Naintēru
Cat O' 9 Tails

German Power-Neunschwanz
Power-Ninetail
Italian Gattanovecode
Catninetails
Spanish Cat O' 9 Tails
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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nintendo (1995). Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 31.
  2. ^ Nintendo (2004). Donkey Kong Country 2 GBA instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 24.
  3. ^ December 1995. Nintendo Power Volume 79. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 24.
  4. ^ March 1996. Nintendo Magazine System (Australia) issue 36. Page 20.