Cat o' 9 tails

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Cat o' 9 tails
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Artwork of a Cat o' 9 tails 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 port) (2004)
“This crazy cat is a whirling dervish. It will tangle you up in its many tails and spin you round until it collapses.”
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet, page 31

A Cat o' 9 tails (also spelled Cat-O'-9-Tails[1][2] and Cat O' 9 Tails) is a blue cat with many tails and an enemy which only appears in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Its name is derived from the whip called "cat o' nine tails," although Cat o' 9 tails only appears to have seven tails.

Description[edit]

Cat O 9 Tails DKC2.png

Cat o' 9 tails are uncommon enemies and only appear in three levels: Mudhole Marsh, Screech's Sprint, and Fiery Furnace. If a Cat o' 9 tails notices Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong, it starts to rapidly twirl and move around, attempting to whip both Kongs with its tails. Cat o' 9 tails are invulnerable to attack while they spin around, and after a while the Cat o' 9 tails collapses from dizziness. During this phase, the Kongs can defeat the Cat o' 9 tails by jumping on its head or using their frontal attacks on it.

The Kongs must generally avoid a Cat o' 9 tails while it spins around, else they get caught in its tails, and after a seconds, the Cat o' 9 tails flings them upward. While this allows the Kongs to collect out-of-reach items, this may also cause them to fall into a nearby enemy, hazard, or abyss.

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

References[edit]

  1. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest SNES instruction booklet, page 31.
  2. Donkey Kong Country 2 GBA instruction booklet, page 24.