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Full name Fugu, the Frightening
Species Pufferfish
First appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2014)

Fugu, the Frightening is the fourth boss in the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. He is the boss of Sea Breeze Cove, appearing in the level Fugu Face-Off. Before the battle, the Kongs meet Fugu while he is small. After the Kongs make fun of his size, Fugu bloats up and the battle commences. He is named after fugu, the Japanese word for pufferfish.

General information[edit]

Fugu notices Donkey Kong and Cranky Kong.

Physical description[edit]

Fugu is a large yellow blowfish with blue fins, eyebrows, and goatee. He wears a blue piece of cloth with the Snowmad insignia around his body, and around his fins are metal bracelets. Fugu has blue stripes along the front of his face. When bloated, Fugu has orange spikes protruding from his body.


Fugu, having summoned a row of Sea Urchins to attack the Kongs.

Fugu attacks by attempting to inhale the Kongs, exhaling water to push them into the sides of the arena, rolling toward them after increasing his size, and exhaling Sea Urchins and Green Fish.


To defeat Fugu, the Kongs will have to damage him nine times by several means, which include ramming into his backside while he is bloated, ramming a Green Fish into him, or by hitting him while he is deflated.

Names in other languages[edit]

Fugu Face-Off[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese じごくのはりせんぼん パンパップー
Jigoku no Harisenbon Panpappū
Hellish Porcupinefish Panpappū
Spanish Atrapado a traición Trapped Treacherously
French Le bouffi des bas-fonds The Puffy of the Depths
German Fisch & Schimps Fish & Chimps (Pun on fish and chips, an English dish.)
Italian Faccia a Faccia con Fugli Face-to-Face with Fugu


Language Name Meaning
Japanese パンパップー
From panpan, a mimetic word indicating fullness, and , an onomatopoeia for a puff.
Spanish Fugu, el Furibundo Fugu, the Furious
French Fugu, l'Effroyable Fugu, the Frightening
German Pfuigu, der Pfuiminante


  • Fugu is the second pufferfish that serves as a boss in the Donkey Kong franchise, the first being Puftoss. Fittingly, both bosses are also fought in the fourth world of their respective games.