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Clinging onto certain surfaces is one of Donkey Kong's (and Diddy Kong's in co-op play) moves in Donkey Kong Country Returns and its Nintendo 3DS version. When the player jumps at grass that is growing out of the ceiling or wall and holds or (or even with the Wii Remote alone), Donkey Kong will cling onto the grass. While clinging, Donkey Kong can climb up walls and across ceilings in order to avoid obstacles below, usually pits. However, the Kongs are still vulnerable to Chomps. Ground Pounding is still possible while clinging onto grass. Clinging is also used in order to swing across vines or chains. This ability is prominently used during the Mangoruby boss fight.
The move returns in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, where it has the same role. All four Kongs have the ability to cling.
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