Forest (Donkey Kong Country Returns)

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This article is about the fifth world in Donkey Kong Country Returns. For the second area in Donkey Kong, see Forest (Donkey Kong). For the Subspace Emissary stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, see List of The Subspace Emissary stages § The Forest.
Map of Forest in Donkey Kong Country Returns
Game Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D)
Level(s) 10
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“Keep an eye out for some replacement rocking-chair material. This one chafes.”
Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong Country Returns

The Forest is the fifth world of Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. It can be accessed after defeating the Mole Train. It is located on Donkey Kong Island, and directly stated by its name, is set within in a dense forest. The Forest shares similarities to Vine Valley from Donkey Kong Country. When asked if they were the same location, senior designer Kynan Pearson approved of the idea.[1]

In some of the Forest's levels there are sun rays that shine through the trees in the background. It introduces new elements including: vines, moving structures with turf, platforms that fluctuate up and down in a diagonal fashion, and slow-moving pillars capable of crushing the Kongs. There are many plants appearing in the background that can be Ground Pounded for items and patches of grass that can be clung onto. It shares some elements with Jungle such as springy flora and similar enemies.

The common enemies in the world include Skittlers and Wiggles.


Donkey Kong Country Returns Forest Icon
Forest icon.

The Forest is shown to be a pine forest, though the levels do not feature fir trees. Most of the levels take place inside the dense forest, but in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, the level Forest Folly takes place both inside and outside the Forest. Totem poles also appear in the Forest's levels as either decoration or actual platforms. Above the forest is the Golden Temple, whose land features waterfalls that lead into an area behind the trees. The world also features a large log where Muncher Marathon takes place.


Code Name/Screenshot No. of Puzzle Pieces Description
5-1 DKCR Vine Valley 1.png
Vine Valley
7 A dense forest level, beginning inside an underground cavern. It is filled with Wiggles, Buzzbites, and other enemies, but its defining elements are the vines and Ape-Eating Plants.
5-2 Clingy Swingy
Clingy Swingy
5 A level where, much like in King of Cling, the centric element is the grassy turf covering most objects and platforms. The Kongs can use it to climb logs and hanging huts.
5-3 FlutterFlyAway.png
Flutter Flyaway
7 A stage featuring a harmless variant of Tiki Buzzes that can lift and carry the Kongs.
5-4 Tippin' Totems
Tippin' Totems
7 A level that features various moving totem poles.
5-5 DKCR Longshot Launch Letter G.png
Longshot Launch
7 A stage where the Kongs make great use of Barrel Cannons.
5-6 Springy Spores
Springy Spores
7 This level contains broad mushrooms that are used as trampolines.
5-7 Wigglevine Wonders
Wigglevine Wonders
7 A level dedicated to Wigglevines, a species of levitating creatures that are able to carry the Kongs using the long vines attached to them.
5-8 Muncher Marathon
Muncher Marathon
5 A level crowded with spiders. For most of the level, the Kongs are chased by a growing hoard of munchers.
5-K Blast & Bounce
Blast & Bounce
5 The fifth temple stage of the game. The main obstacles here are the Tiki Zings and their bigger counterparts, and the Kongs would have to sneak between them using Barrel Cannons and bouncy tires.
5-B Mangoruby
Mangoruby Run
0 The fifth boss stage of the game. The Kongs are set against Mangoruby.


One of the eight dioramas, from Donkey Kong Country Returns.
The Forest diorama, unlocked after collecting all Puzzle Pieces in Blast & Bounce and defeating Mangoruby

The following is extra content that can be unlocked in the Forest. The unlockables can be seen in their respective galleries after selecting the "EXTRAS" option in a file's menu. For a full list of extras in the game, see here.


Images are unlocked by collecting all Puzzle Pieces in certain levels. All images that can be unlocked in the Forest are listed below, along with their titles and the levels wherein they can be unlocked (mentioned in parentheses).


A soundtrack selection for this world can be unlocked after beating Mangoruby.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フォレストエリア
Foresuto Eria
Forest Area


  1. ^ KynanPearson (August 12, 2021). Tweet by Kynan Pearson (Archived). Twitter. Retrieved January 30, 2022.