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Artwork of Clapper
Species Seal
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance Donkey Konga 2 (cameo) (2004)
“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.”
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet, page 25

Clapper, also formatted as Klapper,[1] is an Animal Friend who appears in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2, in the levels Lava Lagoon and Clapper's Cavern. A character resembling Clapper, named Seal, later appears in Donkey Kong 64. Clapper reappears in the Freestyle Mode in Donkey Konga 2.

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. In Donkey Kong Country 2, Clapper makes a stock seal sound effect every few seconds.


Clapper's Cavern
Clapper's appearance in Clapper's Cavern in Donkey Kong Country 2

Clapper always sits next to a body of water stationary, and he has the ability to cool the water temperature. To do so, Diddy and Dixie Kong must jump on Clapper, who breathes into the water and then claps his flippers (hence his name). In Lava Lagoon, Clapper cools down the boiling lava water, allowing Diddy and Dixie Kong to safely swim through. In Clapper's Cavern, a level bearing his name, Clapper freezes the water into solid ice, allowing the Kongs to safely cross above Snapjaw.

After a while, the water that Clapper had cooled changes back into its original temperature; therefore the Kongs should quickly move through the level. Since the water temperature only changes temporarily, Clapper appears a few times throughout both Lava Lagoon and Clapper's Cavern to compensate. Clapper is the only Animal Friend in the game who does not have his own Animal Crate.


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

  • Instruction booklet bio: "Most seals can't bring boiling water down to room temperature or turn water to ice, but Clapper can! Bounce on his back, and he'll be happy to demonstrate."
  • Wii U Virtual Console manual bio: "Can cool down the boiling water by blowing on it. Cannot be mounted."

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

  • 3DS Virtual Console manual bio: "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."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クラッパー
Spanish Clapper -


  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (Australia) issue 47, page 47.