Gnawties are lazy-eyed beavers and basic enemies who first appear in Donkey Kong Country. Their name is a portmanteau of the words "naughty" and "gnaw". In Donkey Kong Country, Gnawties had a green fur color, and would later be recolored to light blue starting in Donkey Kong 64. However, the Gnawty appearing on the original box art of Donkey Kong Country is an off-blue gray color.
Neeks and Sneeks from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, respectively, display the same behavior and weaknesses as Gnawties. This is also the case for Awks from Donkey Kong Country Returns and Dozies from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
Donkey Kong Country
In Donkey Kong Country, Gnawties are among the most common and weakest of enemies, along with Kritter. Gnawties wander aimlessly in a single direction, and Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong get injured if they come in contact with a Gnawty. The Kongs can defeat a Gnawty by using any attack, including jumping on it, rolling into it, or throwing a Barrel at it.
Gnawties have a brown-fur variant that moves around on a millstone, somewhat similar to the functionality of a hamster wheel. They only in two temple-themed levels, both in which they appear throughout: Millstone Mayhem and Temple Tempest. In contrast to regular Gnawties, this type cannot be defeated due to their millstone being indestructible. Some millstone-riding Gnawties chase the Kongs down a path until the Gnawty hits into a dead-end wall, while some others attempt to stop them from moving back and forth in a set pattern. These Gnawties stand in the center hole of the millstone, although in the Game Boy Color version, they stand on top of the millstone.
Very Gnawty and Really Gnawty, two bosses from the game, are notable members of the Gnawty species. Both of them are stronger than normal Gnawties, as they take more hits to defeat, and move around by hopping instead of walking. The former boss is colored green while the latter one is brown, which reflects the colors of both types of Gnawties. In the Game Boy Advance version, all Gnawties were recolored to blue, including the millstone variant, and the colors of Very Gnawty and Really Gnawty were swapped, with the latter taking on a blue color.
Donkey Kong Land
Gnawties make their second appearance in Donkey Kong Land, which only features the walking variant. They are still vulnerable to any of the Kongs attack. Gnawties are very common and are encountered in almost every level.
Donkey Kong 64
Gnawties (referred to as Beavers by by the Prima Games guide as well as the Banana Guide) make a third appearance in Donkey Kong 64. They are common in Jungle Japes and the surrounding shore of DK Isles, and a few also appear in Crystal Caves. They are the primary enemy in Jungle Japes's Battle Arena stage, Beaver Brawl. Like their two previous appearances, Gnawties can be defeated from any attack, including the new abilities introduced in the game. In an area surrounding the Cranky's Lab of Jungle Japes, Gnawties appear in increasingly large sizes and rival the size of Very Gnawty and Really Gnawty.
Gnawties are featured in the Beaver Bother mini-game, where the objective is for a Klaptrap to herd a certain number of Gnawties into a pit before the timer runs out. They also appear in the unlockable Rambi Arena, where Rambi's objective is simply to defeat as many Gnawties before the time limit runs out; defeating a Gnawty rewards a point to Rambi. Sometimes a gold Gnawty appears in the arena, and defeating it rewards ten points.
Donkey Kong Country
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