From the Super Mario Wiki, the Mario encyclopedia
Jump to navigationJump to search
Not to be confused with Kroctopus, a boss exclusive to Donkey Kong Country 3's Game Boy Advance remake.
Croctopus from Donkey Kong Country
Artwork of a Croctopus from Donkey Kong Country
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country (GBA) (2003)
“These octopi spin dizzily about coral formations.”
Donkey Kong Country manual, page 30

A Croctopus (plural Croctopuses[1] or Croctopi,[2] also spelled as croctopi[3] or Croctupi[4]) is an octopus-like enemy found in the underwater levels of Donkey Kong Country. Their name is a portmanteau of crocodile and octopus. Croctopuses appear in blue and purple varieties, and their color scheme resembles the venomous blue-ringed octopus.

Although Croctopuses do not appear in Donkey Kong Land, the game has a level featuring a similar enemy, Nemo.


Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Croctopus Chase
The Kongs encounter a blue Croctopus in Croctopus Chase

In Donkey Kong Country, unlike most underwater enemies, Croctopuses are completely invincible, even from Enguarde the Swordfish, and should be avoided.

The purple variety appear throughout the level Coral Capers and late in Clam City, and they spin around in fixed patterns with all eight arms extended. Croctopuses are prominent in Croctopus Chase, which features their name in the title and their final overall level appearance. Croctopus Chase features the blue variety, who wait in a gap until Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong pass them, then it starts spinning and goes after the Kongs. When Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong reach the next gap, the Croctopus goes into the gap and stops chasing them. Oftentimes, another Croctopus starts to chase the Kongs.

The Game Boy Color version only has the purple variant, even in Croctopus Chase, where they have the behavior of blue Croctopuses.

In the Game Boy Advance version, there is a Funky's Fishing challenge in Monkey Mines where the Kongs have to catch 15 Croctopuses within the time limit. When introducing the mission, Funky uses the term "Croctopus" as a plural. In Croctopus Chase, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong can obtain a photograph of Croctopus in a hidden room with two Croctopus.

Appearances in other media[edit]

Several Croctopuses appear in the German Donkey Kong Country comic. In one part of the comic, a Croctopus attacks the Kongs with its spinning arms, but is stopped by a Squidge who wants to attack the Kongs instead.






Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クロクトパス

French Croctopus
German Kroktopus
"Croctopus" with adapted German spelling
Italian Polidrillo
Portmanteau of "polipo" (octopus) and "coccodrillo" (crocodile)
Spanish Croctopus


  • An unused sprite of Croctopus exists in the original Donkey Kong Country. While its purpose is unknown, the sprite could possibly be one for when it is defeated.[5]


  1. ^ M. Arakawa. Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide. Pages 66, 67, 78.
  2. ^ Folsom, Jessica, and Steve Thomason. Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide. Page 17.
  3. ^ "Sharks, croctopi and pearl-spitting clams are just a few of an apes[sic] not-so-favourite things!" - Nintendo Magazine System (UK) issue 26 (NMS Special), page 14.
  4. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) issue 26 (NMS Special), page 15.
  5. ^ Unused sprite