Ghostly Grove (Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest)

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Level
Ghostly Grove
Ghostly Grove DKC2 large pit.png
World-Level 5 - 1
World Gloomy Gulch
Game Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Music Forest Interlude
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Ghostly Grove is the twenty-third level of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. It is also the first area of Gloomy Gulch.

This level is set in an eerie forest and marks first appearance of the ropes. Diddy and Dixie Kong need to time their jumps in order to utilize the ropes to their advantage. They cannot hang onto them long, as the ropes might disappear before they get off, thus making them fall. Aside from ropes, Kabooms also debut in this level. There are a few Krunchas who appear in pairs. Other enemies in the level include Klomps, Kloaks, Klampons, Klobbers, Krunchas, Zingers, Flitters and Spinies.

Layout[edit]

Diddy Kong hangs on a rope at the beginning of the level.

At the beginning of the level, the Kongs can find a Kloak, above themselves that throws items to them. Klomps stomp along the long and rather flat pathway ahead. A rope is on the way down the pathway, and a DK Barrel wobbles next to it. A second rope is above a prickly Spiny found in a small alcove. The rope can be used to reach a higher area of land. There is a small alcove in the ground near here with a Klampon and a Spiny in it. The letter K floats above the dangerous foes. A Klobber also waits in its barrel at the edge of a cliff just ahead. An abyss is next to the Kremling enemy.

A rope floats above it that must be used to cross, and a Banana Coin is also in the gap. On the other side of the gap, a trio of Klampon patrol the area. A wide abyss is after them with a pair of ropes above it, and a Flitter also flies in the gap. If the Kongs cross this and reach land, they can find another Klobber and two mighty Krunchas on raised piece of land. A flat pathway with a Spiny walking along it is ahead at a slightly lower elevation with a rope appearing and and disappearing above it. It can be climbed to reach the letter O. After passing a small gap, the heroes approach a Klobber on a platform. Another abyss follows it, but it can only be crossed with the help of a rope. Luckily, one of these ghostly objects is present in the gap, although a Zinger is near it. A barrel and a lone Klobber can be found immediately after the pit. They are located just before a pair of Krunches, who are both found on pieces of land at different elevations. In a higher area of land ahead, another Klobber can be found. The Star Barrel is nearby immediately after a Spiny in a small alcove.

Diddy jumping above a Zinger.

Ahead, the Kongs can find a wobbling DK Barrel in front of a Kloak, who throws Spinies at them. After tossing the enemy, the Kloak leaves, allowing the Kongs to safely progress to an abyss near its previous spot. A rope must be used to cross. A platform with a Kaboom on it is located after this abyss. Another gap is immediately after the foe, and it is filled with ropes, bananas, and a lone Zinger. Once it is crossed, the heroes can reach a large area of land with a Klobber and a Kaboom on it. They hide in barrels in front of a raised piece of ground. A treasure chest containing the letter N is here. After crossing a small gap that follows the two Kremling enemies, the heroes find themselves on a large area of land with two Klampons on it. A pair of ropes are in the air above the Klaptrap-like foes, but they do not appear visible for more than a few seconds. They can be used to reach a Bonus Barrel. A wide abyss can be found farther ahead. Two ropes placed in it can assist the duo in crossing. A Zinger stands in their way as they travel over the pit, which is followed by a a flat piece of land with two Kabooms on it. A DK Barrel is also here.

Another abyss with more ropes in it follows the Kabooms. The heroes must climb upwards using the ropes to reach a higher platform located immediately after a stationary Zinger. Two Klampons are here that march along some stair-like piece of land. Spinies can be found soon after them under a formation of bananas. The bananas form a circle, which has the invisible letter G within it. Another large pit is ahead, but it can be crossed with the help from a trio of ropes. A Zinger is after each of the ghostly beings. A small platform is present at the opposite side of the gap. Here, a Kloak can be found floating over another abyss. After it hurls a single barrel at the Kongs, it floats away. Five ropes are located in the large gap that this Kloak is found above. They can aid the heroes in crossing the gap. If the two friends manage to cross, they can find the End of Level Target on a solid piece of land. If they land on it, the level is completed. If they jump on the target from the final rope in the level, they win a prize.

Enemies[edit]

Name Count
Flitter DKC2.png
Flitter
1
Kaboom DKC2.png
Kaboom
4
Klampon DKC2.png
Klampon
8
Klobber DKC2 green.png
Klobber (green)
6
Klomp DKC2.png
Klomp
3
Kloak DKC2.png
Kloak
4
Rope DKC2 sprite.png
Rope
30
Zinger DKC2 yellow.png Zinger DKC2 red.png
Zinger
Yellow: 7
Red: 1 (Bonus Area)

Items and objects[edit]

Name Count
Banana Coin.png
Banana Bunch Coin
2
DK Barrel.png
DK Barrel
3
Green Extra Life Balloon DKC2.png
Extra Life Balloon
1 (Game Boy Advance port)

Secrets[edit]

Bonus Areas[edit]

Image Type and description
Ghostly Grove Bonus Area 1.png Find the Token!
When the Kongs encounter the second pair of Krunchas, they must pick up a Barrel and throw it at a wall just after them, right next to a single Banana. This opens the entrance to the Bonus Area. Here, the Kongs have 20 seconds to throw a Chest at a red Zinger five times, causing it to finally break and reveal the Kremkoin inside.
Ghostly Grove GBA Bonus Area 2.png Find the Token!
Some time after the Star Barrel, the Kongs can find two Klampons, with two ropes above them. Both ropes share a pattern of simultaneously vanishing then reappearing, meaning that the Kongs should quickly jump from both of them and into the Bonus Barrel above. The Bonus Area's objective is for the Kongs to jump between four ropes (with two Bananas located to the right of each rope) to cross an abyss and collect the Kremkoin from a platform on the right. They only have ten seconds to accomplish this. The Kongs lose at the Bonus Area if they fall into the pit.

Collectibles[edit]

The location of the DK Coin
Item Location
DK Coin sprite.png
DK Coin
Just after the letter O, the Kongs must jump into the following pit but move left to land into a barely visible Auto-Fire Barrel, which blasts them to the DK Coin and an upward-facing Auto-Fire Barrel that blasts them back on ground. This barrel can be reached by Dixie using her Helicopter Spin or if Diddy executes a long roll jump.
Golden Feather DKC2 GBA.png
Golden Feather (GBA version)
Floating in the small pit right before the two Ghost Ropes leading to the second Bonus Area. The Kongs must jump into the center of the pit, where they are immediately caught by a hook. They automatically obtain the Golden Feather, which is floating directly beneath.
Photograph DKC2GBA sprite.png
Photograph (GBA version)
At the very start, the Kongs are located beneath a Kloak, who is hovering over them. They can obtain the photograph by defeating the Kloak. This puts a photograph of Kloak into the fifth page of the Scrapbook.

K-O-N-G Letters[edit]

Letter Location
Letter K.png Near the start of the level, the letter K is hovering over a small gap with a Klampon and a Spiny.
Letter O.png Shortly after passing the first pair of Krunchas, the Kongs can find a rope and the letter O floating above the Spiny. The Kongs can obtain the letter O by either jumping from the rope or by using Team-up.
Letter N.png Sometime after passing the Star Barrel, the Kongs encounter both a Klobber and a Kaboom next to each other. The letter N is hidden inside a chest above them, and the Kongs can reveal the letter by attack either enemy with the chest.
Letter G.png Late into the level, the Kongs can find a group of Bananas arranged in a circular shape. By using Team-up, they can obtain the invisible letter G in the center.

Gallery[edit]

Super Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese おばけロープの森
Obake rōpu no mori
Ghost Rope Forest
Spanish Bosque Fantasmal Ghostly Forest
French Funeste Futaie Disastrous Grove
German Geister Grube (SNES)
Geistergrube (GBA)
Ghost Pit