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First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)
Ultra Char-Char

Char-Chars[1] are enemies in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. They take the appearance of spherical fireballs, and can only be found in the Volcano world, where they appear as a recurring enemy.

Regular Char-Chars display a face with a menacing grin and attack by bouncing on platforms. They are harmful if touched directly, but can be disintegrated by blowing air on or throwing a barrel at them. Faceless Char-Chars can be encountered as well,[2] either popping out of the lava in a similar manner to a Lava Bubble, revolving in mid-air, or simply flying in a staggered manner. Unlike the regular type, these Char-Chars can only be destroyed with a barrel.

Ultra Char-Chars, large relatives of Char-Chars, are indestructible enemies that can only be encountered in Furious Fire and, exclusively in the Nintendo 3DS version, Lavawheel Volcano.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハネコダマグマ


  1. ^ Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 27.
  2. ^ At pages 146-150 in the Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima guide, the author collectively refers to small, incandescent stones found in the Volcano world as Char-Chars.