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Artwork from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Species Seal
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance Donkey Konga 2 (cameo) (2004)

Clapper, also written as Klapper,[1] is an Animal Friend who first appears in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Clapper got his name from the popular depiction of seals clapping with their flippers, which he himself does in the games. He has silver fur, large eyes, and a tan snout with a black nose and five whiskers on each side. His hind two flippers somewhat resemble a fluked whale tail. A character resembling Clapper, named Seal, later appears in Donkey Kong 64.


Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

Clapper's Cavern
Clapper's appearance in Clapper's Cavern

Clapper is an ally in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. He always sits next to a body of water, making a stock seal sound effect every few seconds. Clapper has the ability to cool the water temperature if Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong jump onto him, causing Clapper to breath onto then clap his flippers, hence his name. In Lava Lagoon, Clapper cools down the boiling lava water so that the Kongs to safely swim through, while in Clapper's Cavern, a level bearing his name, Clapper freezes the water into solid ice so that the Kongs can safely cross above Snapjaw. In both levels, the water that Clapper had cooled reverts to its original temperature after a while. Clapper is the only Animal Friend in the game to not have his own Animal Crate.

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

Clapper is an ally in Donkey Kong Land 2. His role is the same as before, and he first appears in the game's iterations of Lava Lagoon and Clapper's Cavern.

Donkey Konga 2[edit]

Character artwork of Clapper can appear in Donkey Konga 2's Freestyle Zone.


Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

  • Instruction booklet description:
    • English:
      Most seals can't change boiling hot water to room temperature or turn water to ice but Clapper can! Jump on him and he'll perform this valuable service for you.[2]

  • Wii U Virtual Console manual description:
    • American English:
      Can cool down the boiling water by blowing on it. Cannot be mounted.
    • British English:
      Clapper can cool boiling water to normal temperature for a short period of time when he spits at it, but you can't ride him.
    • French (Europe):
      Clapper peut refroidir l'eau bouillante un court instant en crachant dedans, mais vous ne pouvez pas le chevaucher.
    • German:
      Clapper kann siedendes Wasser für kurze Zeit auf Normaltemperatur abkühlen, indem er darauf spuckt. Auf ihm reiten kannst du allerdings nicht.
    • Italian:
      Non potrai salirle in groppa, ma può aiutarti abbassando la temperatura dell'acqua bollente con la sua saliva per un breve intervallo di tiempo.
    • Spanish (Europe):
      Clapper puede escupir para enfriar el agua hirviendo durante un rato, pero no puedes montar sobre ella.

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

  • Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console manual description:
    • English:
      Jump on his back to temporarily freeze boiling water or turn lava pools into regular water, allowing you to swim across. You are unable to transform into Clapper the Seal.[page number needed]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クラッパー

Spanish Clapper


  1. ^ February 1997. Nintendo Magazine System (Australia) issue 47. Page 47.
  2. ^ Nintendo (1995). Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 25.