Chomp (Donkey Kong Country series)

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This article is about the Piranha Plant-like enemies from Donkey Kong Country Returns. For the black dog-like enemies from the Mario games, see Chain Chomp. For the shark species from Donkey Kong franchise, see Chomps.
Concept artwork of Chomp sub-species.
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest Appearance Mario Golf: World Tour (2014)
Derived Species
Mega Chomp
Shroom Chomp
Spore Chomp
Vine Chomp

Chomps are carnivorous plant-like enemies that first appear in Donkey Kong Country Returns and its remake, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. They first appear in the second level of the Jungle world, King of Cling, and later in the Forest world. Most of them jump up and try to bite Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong, taking away one heart if they reach the primates.

There are many different types of Chomps seen throughout the game. The regular and most common Chomp is a red type with spikes which tries to bite the Kongs, and can only be defeated with a barrel.

  • The Mega Chomp is a red, giant Chomp that attacks quicker, and cannot be defeated by any regular attacks. Only a barrel can ground it.
  • The Yellow Chomp resembles a regular Chomp, but with a yellow "head" instead of red. It attacks similarly to the basic Chomp, but delays its attack in an attempt to throw off the Kongs' timing. Like the Mega Chomp, it can only be defeated with a barrel.
  • The Shroom Chomp is green, contains four human-like teeth, and has a mushroom for a tongue, which the Kongs can bounce off. If Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong jump on the mushroom, the green Chomp will bite, and if the Chomp succeeds, the player must shake the Nunchuk and the Wii Remote, depending on how the player plays the game, to get the Kongs out from the plant's jaws.
  • The Spore Chomp has several holes on its body, and instead of biting Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, it will shoot deadly spores in five different directions out of these holes. These types of chomps are the weakest, since they can be defeated with either a jump, a roll, or throwing a barrel at it.
  • The last type of Chomp, the Vine Chomp, is a medium-sized blue Chomp that hangs on the top of the screen, and has a vine for a tongue. If the Kongs grab on the vine, the Vine Chomp will slowly try to put the tongue in its mouth to catch Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. If it successfully pulls them in, the player will have to shake the Nunchuk or Wii Remote to escape, like the Shroom Chomp. It cannot be defeated by any attack, making it the strongest Chomp in the game.

Chomps, although much more vulnerable and displaying a different appearance, are present in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Here, they generally have a pear-shaped head dressed with crowns of leaves, and also very thick, cartoony lips that cover their teeth. The game only offers two types of Chomps:

A Venus Trap Platform about to taste its meal.
  • The Venus Trap Platform[1], which hangs from the ceiling. Its springy stem supports the head, which stands upside down and prepares to dive down when a Kong is spotted beneath, in an attempt to devour him. Its leaf crown, however, stands as a platform whom the player can get on quickly while the plant is down; this way, the plant will lift the player to higher areas when rising back. Venus Trap Platforms can only be found in Mangrove Cove, and they can only be destroyed by hurling a barrel or a Tuff Tuck at them.
  • The red Chomp, whose head points upwards. It rises from a pit and munches air continuously. Its stem is covered in spikes and is untouchable, but the red Chomp's head is vulnerable not only to thrown objects, but even to roll attacks. Only when its mouth is shut, the player can stomp on its head, but the enemy will not get damaged, unless Cranky Kong bounces with his cane on it. Red Chomps only show up in Bramble Scramble.

Chomps greatly resemble the Piranha Plants of the Mario franchise. In fact, some Chomps, along with other elements from the Donkey Kong Country series, made it out in the DK Jungle golf course of Mario Golf: World Tour. They function not only as decorative objects, but also as hindrance for the golf ball. They are preponderantly present at Hole 6, where there is also a Mega Chomp.



  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick, and Cory van Grier. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Prima Official Game Guide