Coral Capers

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Coral Capers
Coral Capers
Level code 1 - 4
World Kongo Jungle
Game Donkey Kong Country
Music track Aquatic Ambiance
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Coral Capers is the fourth level of Donkey Kong Country and of the first world, Kongo Jungle. It is the first underwater level, taking place in a coral reef. As with other underwater levels, Coral Capers has no Bonus Levels. Coral Capers is the first level where Enguarde appears, and Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong can optionally ride Enguarde to have him help defeat a variety of aquatic enemies encountered along the way, such as Bitesizes and Chomps. A second Enguarde can be found right after the Continue Barrel.


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Coral Capers, as it appears in the Game Boy Color version (top) and the Game Boy Advance version (bottom)

At the beginning of the level, the Kongs swim through a wide underwater area containing a few Bitesizes and the level's first DK Barrel. A pathway leading north to the letter K and another area is ahead after a pair of Bitesizes. A channel stretching to the right of the letter K allows the heroes to access a square-shaped area with a large, coral structure in the center of it. A Croctopus swims around the area in a circular pattern. Another channel in this area leads to a large, open section with a lone Bitesize in it. An alcove at the bottom of the area, as hinted by a group of bananas shaping a down arrow, is where the animal crate with Enguarde is located. The swordfish can aid the Kongs as they head north through a long passage, making their way into another square-shaped area with a coral structure in the center of it. A Croctopus circles this structure, which has a Life Balloon to the right of it. A channel in the left part of this area leads to a wobbling DK Barrel and a curvy passage that takes the Kongs into a wide section with a few Bitesizes. The Continue Barrel is farther into the area, next to a passage facing south.

In the second half of the level, three gaps are above this passage: the one farthest to the left contains a Banana Bunch, the one in the middle holds the letter O, and the alcove on the far right carries a single banana. Once the heroes head down the aforementioned passage, they access another square-shaped section with a piece of land in the center of it. As before, a Croctopus circles the area. An animal crate containing the second Enguarde also sits in the corner of this area, which the heroes can exit with the use of a small channel that helps them reach a wider area with a Chomps Jr. and a DK Barrel in it. A passage facing north immediately follows this barrel with a few Chomps swimming around in it. The heroes can find a hidden pathway over a wall to enter a hidden alcove containing a Expresso Token. Once the heroes reach the top of this passage, they can find the letter N and a channel with a wider area on the opposite side of it. Several Bitesizes swim through here. The long pathway widens even more after they pass a Clambo in an alcove. In this wider section, two structures can be seen in the center of the area with a Croctopus circling them. The Kongs can nab the letter G between them. An exit sign stands nearby, and once the heroes pass it, they complete the level.


The following enemies, all debuting in this level, appear in the following quantities:

Items and objects[edit]

The Kongs and Enguarde the Swordfish swim up to the Life Balloon of Coral Capers in Donkey Kong Country
The Kongs and Enguarde swim up to the Life Balloon

a - In a hidden alcove to the right of the level's two Chomps.
b - After the first Enguarde Box, the Life Balloon is found to the right in a square-shaped area guarded by a Croctopus, slowly floating upward.

K-O-N-G Letters[edit]

The letter K in Coral Capers (SNES)
The location of the letter K
  • K: The letter K is in an alcove at the top of the first passage that faces north.
  • O: The letter O is in a small alcove above a Chomps Jr. next to the Continue Barrel.
  • N: The letter N is located at the top of a passage found immediately after the third DK Barrel in the level.
  • G: Near the end of the level, the Kongs can find an arrow sign pointing to a nearby exit. The letter G is in a small channel nearby around a Croctopus.

Key items[edit]

  • Photograph (Game Boy Advance version only): When Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong find the letter G, they must swim directly below it to enter a hidden area with the photograph, which shows a picture of Donkey Kong for the scrapbook.

Warp Barrel[edit]

Coral Capers has a Warp Barrel exclusively in the Game Boy Advance version. When the Kongs find the first Croctopus in the level, they must swim down towards it to reach a large area filled with bananas. At the bottom-right of the area, the Kongs can enter into the hidden Warp Barrel, which takes them to the end of the level.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サンゴの海
Sango no umi
Coral Sea

French Folies Coralliennes
Coral Capers
German Korallen Karambolage
Korallen-Kaos (GBA)
Coral Carom
Coral Kaos
Italian Barriera Corallina
Barrier Reef
Portuguese Manto Coral
Coral Mantle
Spanish Travesuras de Coral
Coral Antics