Dan Spider

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Dan Spider
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First appearance Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2004)
Latest appearance New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2008)

Dan Spiders[1] are a species of spider-like enemies in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. They act as mini-bosses of every level they are in, as they are powerful foes, and Donkey Kong must defeat them to continue.

They are orange and black in color, with eight legs and three eyes. They move around by sidestepping on their two large legs, which are significantly larger than the other six and are covered in spikes.

Donkey Kong underneath a Dan Spider in Cactus Mine.

After their cutscene plays, the background music changes to a piano solo. Despite being enemies, Dan Spiders technically do not attack, although Donkey Kong gets damaged if he runs into their spiky legs. He can defeat Dan Spiders by rapidly punching their their center eye twenty times. Upon being defeated, the Dan Spider explodes and leaves behind eight Bananas.

A lone Dan Spider first appears at the very end of the Lemon Kingdom level, Cactus Mine, where it guards the giant lemon exit. Donkey Kong can only enter the lemon by defeating the Dan Spider. These enemies appear a second time near the end of Battle for Storm Hill. However, it features blue Ninjapes who throw ninja stars at DK from between a Dan Spider's legs; the background music also changes to dramatic violins. The Dan Spider moves faster as well. The third and final time they appear is in Star Fruit Kingdom's level Asteroid Belt. Here, they appear on an ice planet along with several Ice Mini Igas.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダンスパイダー[2]
Portmanteau of the English words "dance" (「ダンス」 dansu) and "spider" (「スパイダー」 supaidā).


  1. ^ Donkey Kong Jungle Beat internal filename (ObjectData/DanSpider.arc)
  2. ^ Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Shogakukan book. Page 171.