Floodlit Fish

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Floodlit Fish
Floodlit Fish.png
Level code 6 - 3
World Razor Ridge
Game Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Music track Water World
Cavern Caprice (GBA only)
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Floodlit Fish is the twenty-eighth level in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and the third level of Razor Ridge. Much like Glimmer's Galleon from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Floodlit Fish is a very dark underwater level. At the start of the level, Dixie and Kiddy are transformed into Enguarde by entering his Animal Barrel, and they remain as Enguarde until reaching the No Animal Sign at the end. Gleamin' Breams are the main enemy of the level, and Enguarde must stab them to illuminate the area. The light emitted by a Gleamin' Bream slowly fades, causing the level to become dark again. Enguarde must quickly stab each nearby Gleamin' Bream to ensure he can view the path ahead. Lurchins are another common enemy in the level, and they are either dormant or swim through narrow, vertical paths. A few times in the level, Enguarde has the option of taking more than one path. The paths which diverge from the main path lead to items such as K-O-N-G Letters, bananas, or a Bonus Barrel. Like the other underwater levels, Floodlit Fish ends with a cave area, which is where the Kongs encounter the Koin and the Level Flag.

In the Game Boy Advance remake, due to early Game Boy Advance units lacking a backlit screen, Floodlit Fish was made brighter. As a result, Enguarde is not required to hit any Gleamin' Breams to see his way through the level. Additionally, both Bonus Levels in the remake are illuminated entirely.


Floodlit Fish
Enguarde stabs a Gleamin' Bream to brighten the level

At the start of the level, the Kongs will swim around the bend and enter an Animal Barrel laid in their path. It will turn them into Enguarde, who will need to light up the area with a Gleamin' Bream to the right and travel through a twisty pathway. After avoiding countless Kocos around him, the fish will find another Gleamin' Bream to the left of the first Lurchin, who can help light up the darkness. Moving forward, Enguarde should head down the narrow passageway and follow a few banana trails to the right. Not following these trails can also take the hero to the letter O. Swimming to the south into the depths of the lake, the swordfish will maneuver around some Lurchins and hit the nearby Gleamin' Bream. Once the area is lit, Enguarde will continue on and swim down a long pathway, with a pair of Lurchins right above him. At the bottom of the path, he should move through the rest of the coral reef and travel to the left, entering an area full of Lurchins. Once he gets out of this part of the level, he will find the Star Barrel, as he nears his way down the path.

About halfway into the level, Enguarde will pass a Gleamin' Bream and trudge between the groups of brightly colored coral. He will soon meet some Lurchins in his path, whom he can avoid by swimming into small alcoves on the side of the path. Eventually, the fish will find the letter N and swim to a trail of bananas in the top-left corner of the maze-like area. Curving along the path, he will soon head downwards and dodge a school of Kocos. After passing a DK Barrel, Enguarde will head south again between two pairs of Lurchins and enter a different area. There, the Animal Friend will make his way around another bend and continue moving south, surrounded by countless numbers of Lurchins. Hovering downwards in a straight pathway, the fish will avoid more Lurchins with the use of small alcoves and soon find a fork in the road. Both ways will take him through a U shaped road, though the left passage will have the letter G in it. Falling south at the meeting of these two paths, Enguarde will soon find himself maneuvering around many Lurchins, still trying to move downwards. Eventually, he will enter a safe area and pass a No Animal Sign, which will turn him back into the Kongs. After that, the monkeys will need to swim into a small cave. In this cave, they will blast through a Barrel Cannon to land near a flagpole. Raising the flag on the pole will end the level.


Name Count
Bounty Bass in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Bounty Bass
Gleamin' Bream in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Gleamin' Bream
A Lurchin's sprite from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!.
Koco DKC3 red.pngKoco in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
17 (red)
9 (green)
Total: 26

Items and objects[edit]

Sprite Name Count
Sprite of a Banana Bunch from the original Donkey Kong Country trilogy Banana Bunch 6
DK Barrel DK Barrel 2
Bear coin Bear coin 3
Animal Barrel Animal Barrel 1 (Enguarde)

DK Coin[edit]

Sprite Location
Dixie Kong holding a Steel Barrel at the Koin of Floodlit Fish in the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 3 In the cave area at the end, the Kongs must enter an Auto-Fire Barrel and blast up to the left area with a Steel Barrel. Dixie or Kiddy must pick up the Steel Barrel and jump over a gap and onto an area to the right. There, the Kongs encounter the Koin just before the Level Flag. They must throw the Steel Barrel at the short wall behind Koin, causing it to roll into him from behind and defeat him. The Kongs are rewarded the DK Coin.

K-O-N-G Letters[edit]

Letter Location
K Enguarde can defeat the first Bounty Bass to obtain the letter K
O At a fork in the path shortly after a Gleamin' Bream, Enguarde must go left and down.
N Found past some pairs of Lurchin
G At a later point in the level, the route forward will split into three paths; the letter G can be found by taking the left one

Bonus Levels[edit]

Image Type and description
Floodlit Fish Collect 90 Stars!
Shortly after the letter O, Enguarde must pas a Gleamin' Bream and move down through the dark pathway. After swimming below two Lurchins, Enguarde encounters a few red Kocos while continuing down. When Enguarde encounters the third Koco, he must swim into an area to the right and swim into a Bonus Barrel below. In the Bonus Level, Enguarde must collect 90 stars within 30 seconds, around a dark area in the shape of a plus sign. When Enguarde collects every star, a Bonus Coin appears in the center of the Bonus Level. In the Game Boy Advance remake, the stars were rearranged to be more spread out.
Enguarde the Swordfish in the second Bonus Level of Floodlit Fish in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Collect 40 Stars!
Just before the letter G, where the path splits in three directions, Enguarde must swim down a narrow path with three pairs of Lurchins. When Enguarde reaches the bottom of the area, he must maneuver under a fourth pair of Lurchins and go down into a Bonus Barrel in the area below. In the Bonus Level, Enguarde has 20 seconds to collect 40 stars by following a trail of them in a dark pathway. When Enguarde collects every star, the Bonus Coin appears at the end of the path.


Super Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese くら闇 すい中めいろ
Kurayami suichū meiro
Dark Underwater Labyrinth
French Poissons Lumineux Bright Fish
German Flutlicht-Fische Floodlit Fish
Italian Mare d'Ombre Sea of Shadows
Spanish Pez Iluminado Illuminated Fish