Ghastly King

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Ghastly King
Artwork of Cactus King/Ghastly King from Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
Species Kong
First appearance Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2004)
Latest appearance New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2008)
Latest portrayal Toshihide Tsuchiya
A Helper Monkey imitating Ghastly King's voice, New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat

Ghastly King is the leader of the Kong boss group and the main antagonist of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. He first appears as Cactus King in the game, although their shared appearance and Japanese name indicates that they are the same being. He appears as a monstrous and unnaturally colored Kong several times larger than the others. In New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, an eavesdropping Helper Monkey says he plans on taking over the world.

Before reaching him, Donkey Kong must go through a gray cavern. Once he enters the King's lair, Donkey Kong sees Cactus King on Boss Pig Poppo. Once the battle begins, Boss Pig Poppo begins to breathe out fire. Donkey Kong must clap at the fire until he can approach Boss Pig Poppo and stun it, allowing him to attack it. Once Donkey Kong has landed enough blows on Boss Pig Poppo, Cactus King will jump and crush it. Donkey Kong must fight Cactus King by wall jumping at him, swinging his legs, or knocking him forward. If he is knocked down, the player can pound on him. During the second fight, however, the level is much harder. The new attacks include the ability to spit balls of energy out of his mouth at Donkey Kong, as well as being able to kick him in midair. However, the balls of energy can be destroyed by using the Sound Wave Attack.

Like the other bosses, Ghastly King has 500 HP in both fights. He can be attacked by either encountering him face to face, or by throwing him into the walls, which momentarily knocks him out and allows the player to punch him. If the player attacks him face to face, Ghastly King attacks Donkey Kong with a backhand slap, throwing him into the wall. If Ghastly is attacked enough times, he flies into the wall and is momentarily knocked out.

When Ghastly King is defeated both times, Donkey Kong receives 800 beats.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファイナルコング
Fainaru Kongu
Fainaru Kongu (Haō)
Final Kong

Final Kong (Supreme King)

French Le Despote
The Despot
Italian Egemone
Italian word for "hegemonic", someone who has control over someone else. It is also similar to the word "demone" (demon).


  • At the very beginning of both fights against Ghastly King, there is an arrangement of the song that plays when Donkey Kong is climbing up the construction site in the original Donkey Kong.
  • He appears as an unused model under the name BlackMistCreature in Super Mario Galaxy, missing all but his "action" animation directory from Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.[2]


  1. ^ 2004. Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Shogakukan book. Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 175Media:DKJB Shogakukan pages 174-175.jpg.
  2. ^ TCRF. tcrf:Super Mario Galaxy § Jungle Beat Leftovers. The Cutting Room Floor (English). Retrieved July 4, 2024.