Dumb Drum

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Dumb Drum
Artwork of Dumb Drum from Donkey Kong Country.

Artwork of Dumb Drum from Donkey Kong Country
Species Black drum
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country (GBA) (2003)

Dumb Drum, named Oil Drum on one occasion,[1] is the boss of the fifth world, Kremkroc Industries, Inc., in Donkey Kong Country. It is a black drum that is seemingly mechanical.[2] A skull and crossbones emblem with glowing, red eyes is printed on Dumb Drum, who is fought in the boss stage, Boss Dumb Drum.


At the start of the battle, Dumb Drum will attempt to smash Donkey Kong, and his buddy Diddy, by floating in the air and slamming itself down on them. If Dumb Drum misses the Kongs, it will begin to release two enemies out of its body. It will release the following enemies; Kritters, Slippas, Klaptraps, Klumps, and Armies, in that exact order. If the Kongs defeat these enemies, Dumb Drum will attempt to crush them again at a faster pace after each round and tries to do so once more for every wave beaten (ex.: after the Kritters are beaten, it will do so twice, after the Slippas, three times, etc.). In order for the Kongs to defeat Dumb Drum, they must destroy all of the enemies it releases, which somehow affects it.

In the Game Boy Advance port, the Kongs have to throw a TNT Drum (which will appear after taking out the enemies) at Dumb Drum while it tries to crush them (though it does not speed up) to damage it. It only tries to crush the Kongs until they throw the barrel, and if they miss, it releases the enemies again.

When defeated, Dumb Drum will self-destruct, giving Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong access to Chimp Caverns.




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダムドラム
Damu Doramu
Dumb Drum
Spanish Dumb Drum -


  • In the SNES version of Donkey Kong Country, Dumb Drum will sometimes make different noises when it hits the ground.
  • In the Super Nintendo version, the enemies that Dumb Drum releases are all invulnerable to Donkey Kong's Hand Slap attack.


  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) issue 26 (NMS Special), page 19.
  2. ^ Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide, page 104. "This major baddie is unlike any other enemy on the entire island. It's a mechanical (sort of) beast."