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This article is about shark enemies in the Donkey Kong franchise. For other uses, see Chomp (disambiguation).
Chomps from Donkey Kong Country
Artwork of a Chomps from Donkey Kong Country
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (SNES) (1994)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (2007)
Chomps Jr.
“The waters of Donkey Kong Country are infested with many sharks!”
Donkey Kong Country manual, page 30

Chomps are shark enemies that populate the waters of Donkey Kong Island. They resemble tiger sharks and swim at moderate speed, biting any Kong upon contact. They have a smaller variant, known as Chomps Jrs.


Donkey Kong Country[edit]

A Chomps in Coral Capers
A Chomps next to the letter Y in the Game Boy Color remake.

Chomps first appear in Donkey Kong Country. Although Chomps are one of the larger underwater enemies, they are as strong as other underwater enemies, such as Bitesizes and Chomps Jrs. (but not including Croctopuses). Chomps are the slowest at moving underwater, but this is compensated for their height because it is easier for the Kongs hit into them. Like Bitesizes and Chomps Jrs., Chomps swim around in a slightly wavy fashion. They can only be defeated from Enguarde using his stabbing attack.

Chomps appear in three of the four underwater stages: Coral Capers, Clam City and Croctopus Chase, but they are not in the last underwater level, Poison Pond.

In the Game Boy Color remake, a sticker of Chomps with the "Y" letter can be printed from the Game Boy Printer.

Donkey Kong Land[edit]

Chomps return in Donkey Kong Land, although here they borrow the appearance of Chomps Jrs. from the previous game. This is suggested by an official Donkey Kong Land guide book published in Japan, which lists the regular Chomps as an enemy instead of Chomps Jr.

Chomps roam the submerged parts of Kremlantis, being found in Kremlantis Kaos, Chomp's Coliseum, and Nautilus Chase. Like the other underwater enemies, Chomps cannot be defeated because of Enguarde's absence from the game.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

A Chomps from Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

Chomps reappear as enemies in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, during the underwater sections of Salty Sea, Shimmering Sea, and Open Ocean. They are much bigger and look more intimidating than before, but can still be defeated from a single hit. Electrified Chomps are also found on Open Ocean. Like normal Chomps, they can be defeated in one hit, but the Chomps will also electrocute a racer and make them lose their speed, unless the racer attacked it while invincible.

Appearances in other media[edit]

Donkey Kong Country (comic)[edit]

Two Chomps in the Club Nintendo comic.

In the Club Nintendo comic adaptation of Donkey Kong Country, two Chomps try to attack Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. They are supposedly a part of the "Chomp Police". This seems to be a self-promoted position, given that the other underwater creatures dislike them.




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チョンプス[1]


Unused death sprite of Chomps in the Donkey Kong Land
  • Chomps has unused sprites for being defeated in Donkey Kong Land, suggesting it could have been defeated at some point during development.[2]
  • Several Chomps are seen in the trailer for Donkey Kong Racing in the background of the logo and underwater when Tiny Kong and Diddy Kong are riding on a regular Enguarde and a purple Enguarde.