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 appear 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 blue eyes. They move around by sidestepping on their two largest legs, which are significantly more immense 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 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's level, Cactus Mine, where it guards the giant lemon exit. Donkey Kong can only reach the lemon after defeating the Dan Spider. This enemy appears a second time near the end of Battle for Storm Hill, alongside four blue Ninjapes; they throw ninja stars at DK from between the Dan Spider's legs. The background music changes to a dramatic violin piece when the Dan Spider appears; during this battle, the Dan Spider moves faster as well. The third and final time they appear is in the 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]
Dansupaidā
Portmanteau of the English words "dance" (「ダンス」 dansu) and "spider" (「スパイダー」 supaidā).

References[edit]

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