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This article is about the fourth world in Donkey Kong Country Returns. For the Subspace Emissary stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, see The Cave.
Appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D)
Levels 7
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The Cave is the fourth world of Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. As the name suggests, the levels take place in the caverns. Besides the secret level, Jagged Jewels, every level in this world either involves the Kongs riding in Mine Carts or Rocket Barrels. In both level types, the main enemies are Mole Miners and Mole Guards, who often change the Kongs' surroundings and attack them often. The world's boss is a mole named Mole Miner Max, who attacks from his Mole Train. This area can be considered as a tribute to Monkey Mines from Donkey Kong Country.


Name Screenshot Description
World 4-1
Rickety Rails
Rickety Rails DKCR.png A stage where the Kongs have to trek a series of fragile railways inside a minecart.
World 4-2
Grip 'n' Trip
DKCR Grip n Trip Start.png A level where the Kongs journey from minecarts to large locomotives that hold metallic girders, which ferry the Kongs over abysses.
World 4-3
Bombs Away
BombsAway.png A minecart stage where the Kongs venture inside a crystal mine. A Mole Guard throws bombs onto the railtrack in an attempt to hinder the characters.
World 4-4
Mole Patrol
Rocket Barrel Ride DKCR.png The second Rocket Barrel stage of the game, weaving through a mine populated by moles.
World 4-5
Crowded Cavern
Crowded Cavern DKCR.png The third Rocket Barrel stage, located inside the home of the Squeekly family.
World 4-K
Jagged Jewels
JaggedJewels.png The fourth temple stage of the game, featuring various spike mechanisms.
World 4-B
The Mole Train
MoleTrain.PNG The fourth boss stage in the game, taking place on a series of banana-filled minecarts. After fighting three waves of Mole Miners, the Kongs face their leader, Mole Miner Max.


The Cave diorama, unlocked after collecting all Puzzle Pieces in Jagged Jewels and defeating Mole Miner Max

The following is extra content that can be unlocked in the Cave. The unlockables can be seen in their respective galleries after selecting the "EXTRAS" option in a file's menu. For a full list of extras in the game, see here.


Images are unlocked by collecting all Puzzle Pieces in certain levels. All images that can be unlocked in the Cave are listed below, along with their titles and the levels wherein they can be unlocked (mentioned in parentheses).


A soundtrack selection for this world can be unlocked after beating Mole Miner Max.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Cueva Cave