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First appearance Donkey Kong (1994)
Dorakyū (compressed)

Dorakyū are aerodynamic, vampire bat-resembling enemies in Donkey Kong for Game Boy. They make their debut in Stage 4-5 of the Jungle.

Dorakyū fly horizontally and across the screen, turning in the opposite direction after bumping into a wall and usually passing by ropes Mario can climb. When one of these enemies intercepts Mario, it hangs onto and appears to strangle him. Mario is shown to progressively turn pale whilst he chokes. After Mario undergoes the enemy's attack, he drops off the rope he is currently climbing. Depending on the height reached from the ground beneath, Mario might either survive the fall or lose a life upon crashing onto the soil. Even though it is risky for Mario to directly interact with Dorakyū bats, these can be knocked out with either falling fruit or carriable objects and enemies.

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Kōmori take the role of Dorakyū, borrowing a similar attack pattern.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドラキュー[1][2]
Contraction of「ドラキュラ」(dorakyura, Dracula) and「吸血鬼」(kyūketsuki, vampire)


  1. ^ Kazuki, Motoyama. Volume 30 of the KC Deluxe manga, page 51
  2. ^ Super Mario Character Guide, page 133