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Artwork of a Flipflap from DK: King of Swing
Artwork of a Flipflap from DK: King of Swing
First appearance Donkey Kong 64 (1999)
Latest appearance DK: Jungle Climber (2007)

Flipflaps[1] (originally known as Bats[2][3]) are large, blue bat enemies that first appeared in Donkey Kong 64.


Donkey Kong 64[edit]

A Bat in Donkey Kong 64

In Donkey Kong 64, Bats appeared in Fungi Forest during nighttime and in Creepy Castle. Zingers replace Bats during the daytime in Fungi Forest. Bats attack the active Kong by quickly swooping at them. The Kongs can defeat Bats by either blasting them with their weapon, using their musical instrument, or by throwing an orange. They are not to be confused with the bats found in caves throughout the game, which are smaller and harmless.

DK: King of Swing[edit]

Bats reappeared in DK: King of Swing, where they have since been renamed to Flipflap. They were slightly redesigned and received a more purplish body and a larger head.

Flipflaps most often appear in cave levels. Their behavior remains the same as in Donkey Kong 64, where they attempt to attack Donkey Kong or Diddy by flapping into them.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

Flipflap also appear in the racing title Donkey Kong Barrel Blast as enemies found in the Mt. Dynamite, Scorching Canyon, Mt. Dynamite Remix and Dynamite Run race tracks.

DK: Jungle Climber[edit]

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Flipflaps reappear in DK: Jungle Climber, where they mostly appear in eerie forests.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フリップフラップ[4]
German Flip-Flap -
Italian Flipflap[5] -


  1. ^ DK: King of Swing instruction booklet, page 22.
  2. ^ Barton, Jeff, Mario De Govia, and Donato Tica. Donkey Kong 64 Prima Official Game Guide. Pages 104 and 105.
  3. ^ Donkey Kong 64 Banana Guide on Nintendo.com, Nintendo. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  4. ^ 「ドンキーコング64任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 13.
  5. ^ DK: King of Swing European instruction booklet, page 122