Flotsam

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Flotsam
Floatsam.jpg
Artwork of a blue Flotsam from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES) (1995)
Latest appearance Donkey Konga 3: Tabehōdai! Haru Mogitate 50 Kyoku (cameo) (2005)
Notable members
Wild Sting (possibly)
“Floatsam is a stingray that cruises ceaselessly back and forth.”
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest manual, page 29

Flotsams are spotted stingrays that inhabit the waters of Crocodile Isle. Their name is derived from the word "flotsam", which is leftovers from a shipwreck. Flotsams come in two colors: blue and green. Blue Flotsam swim in only one direction, while the green Flotsam can change their direction from left to right; they generally do this after reaching a wall.

History[edit]

Donkey Kong Land[edit]

Wild Sting.gif

A Flotsam-like boss appears in Donkey Kong Land, by the name Wild Sting. It is able to move above water, and must be jumped on several times to be defeated. Alternatively, this stingray could be the creative inspiration or the forerunner of Flotsam; the two games had overlapping development periods due to both being released in 1995, so either is a possibility.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Flotsams are one of the most common underwater enemies in the game, encountered in almost every water-involved level. They simply float through the water and make no real effort in attacking Diddy Kong or Dixie Kong. However if the Kongs are in the path of a Flotsam, it will continue to swim forward, not needing to avoid contact. Flotsams can only be defeated with help from Enguarde the Swordfish.

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

Flotsams also appear in Donkey Kong Country 2's pseudo-sequel Donkey Kong Land 2. There is no difference between these Flotsams and those of Donkey Kong Country 2.

Donkey Konga series[edit]

Artworks of Flotsam making cameo appearance in the Freestyle Zone in Donkey Konga 2 and Donkey Konga 3: Tabehōdai! Haru Mogitate 50 Kyoku.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フロートサム
Furōtosamu
Flotsam
German Floatsam Floatsam

Trivia[edit]

  • The manual for Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest misspells Flotsam's name as Floatsam in the same section where it is titled "Flotsam". In the Donkey Kong Land 2 manual, it is spelled "Floatsam" in both instances. The manual for the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 2 uses "Flotsam" in both instances.