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Artwork of a Gnawty, from Donkey Kong Country.
Artwork from Donkey Kong Country
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country (GBA) (2003)
Derived subjects
Notable members

Gnawties, sometimes referred to as Gnawty Beavers,[1][2] are walleyed beavers and basic enemies who first appear in Donkey Kong Country. Their name is a portmanteau of the words "gnaw" and "naughty."

Neeks and Sneeks, which are also based on rodents, 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, and more broadly for Goombas from the Super Mario series.


Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Rambi the Rhino defeats a Gnawty in Jungle Hijinxs of Donkey Kong Country
Two Gnawties in Jungle Hijinxs, one of which has just been defeated by Rambi

In Donkey Kong Country, Gnawties have a green-gray fur, an orange-brown belly and tail as well as pink ears, hands and feet. They also have three digits on each limb and two big buckteeth. They are one of the weakest enemies encountered by Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong on their journey, as they can be defeated from any attack, including being jumped on, rolled into, or having a barrel thrown at it. Gnawties have an undefeatable brown-fur variant that moves around while standing in the center hole of a millstone, comparable to a hamster wheel, and they appear in temple areas only. The millstone-riding Gnawties in Millstone Mayhem move up and down or back and forth more or less quickly on a set path, while the ones in Temple Tempest remain stationary until being passed by the Kongs, whom they proceed to chase on land and in the air at varying speeds along a path until they encounter a dead-end wall. Additionally, two of the game's bosses are Gnawties, Very Gnawty and Really Gnawty, both of whom require more hits to defeat than a regular Gnawty and move around by hopping instead of walking. Very Gnawty is green gray and Really Gnawty is brown, reflecting the colors of both types of Gnawties.

The Gnawty appearing on the original box art of Donkey Kong Country is a blue-gray color, although they are not of this color in the game.

Gnawties are differently colored in later versions. In the first remake, the regular Gnawties have a grayish-green color (with one appearing standard green in the end credits), and the millstone-riding variant is red. Additionally, the millstone-riding Gnawties stand on top of the millstone rather than in the center, and the millstone itself is smaller. In the second remake, all Gnawties have a blueish color, including the millstone-riding variant, and the colors of Very Gnawty and Really Gnawty were swapped, with the latter now having a blueish color.

Donkey Kong Land[edit]

Gnawties, called Batty Rats,[3] are enemies in Donkey Kong Land. They appear in most levels, functioning identically as before, though the millstone-riding type does not return.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

A Gnawty
A Gnawty as it appears in Donkey Kong 64

Gnawties (referred to as Beavers by the Prima Games guide and the Banana Guide[4][5]) are enemies in Donkey Kong 64. They are larger and have light blue fur, a yellow belly and beige ears, hands, feet and tail. Like their two previous appearances, they can be defeated from any attack, including the new abilities introduced in the game. Gnawties are common in Jungle Japes and the surrounding shore of DK Isles, and a few also appear in Crystal Caves. They are the main enemy of Jungle Japes's Battle Arena stage, Beaver Brawl. In the area surrounding the Cranky's Lab of Jungle Japes, Gnawties appear to be larger, rivalling the size of Very Gnawty and Really Gnawty, with one of them being extremely larger. Despite their size, these Gnawties are as weak as regular ones.

Gnawties are the main focus of the Beaver Bother! minigame, where a Klaptrap has to guide a certain number of them into a pit before time runs out. Gnawties also appear in Rambi Arena, where Rambi has to defeat as many Gnawties as possible before time runs out; defeating a Gnawty would reward a point to Rambi. Sometimes a gold Gnawty appears in the arena, and defeating it rewards ten points. A gold Gnawty also appears in one segment of the secret ending, appearing behind Dogadon and scaring him. Gold and regular Gnawties of multiple sizes also appear in the game's main menu.

List of appearances[edit]

# Title Role Release date Format

1 Donkey Kong Country Enemy 1994 Super Famicom / Super Nintendo Entertainment System
2 Donkey Kong Land Enemy 1995 Game Boy
3 Donkey Kong 64 Enemy 1999 Nintendo 64
4 Donkey Kong Country Enemy 2000 Game Boy Color
5 Donkey Kong Country Enemy 2003 Game Boy Advance

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Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance) enemy
Sprite of Gnawty from Donkey Kong Country for Game Boy Advance.
Worlds Kongo Jungle
Monkey Mines
Vine Valley
Gorilla Glacier
Kremkroc Industries, Inc.
Chimp Caverns
Scrapbook page 17
Photograph location Bounce off of three Gnawties in a row DK Attack point value 1000

Donkey Kong Land[edit]

Level appearances

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ノーティ
Nōti Bībā

Gnawty Beaver

French Gnawty
Spanish Gnawty



  1. ^ November 1994. Nintendo Magazine System (UK) #26. EMAP (British English). Page 12, 13, and 21.
  2. ^ a b September 20, 1995. 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパードンキーコングGB」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Donkey Kong GB). Shogakukan (Japanese). ISBN 4-09-102522-6. Page 9.
  3. ^ Donkey Kong Land WORLD EXCLUSIVE Review booklet - Nintendo Magazine System (UK). EMAP (British English). Page 10.
  4. ^ Barton, Jeff, Mario De Govia, and Donato Tica (December 1, 1999). Donkey Kong 64 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 0-7615-2279-4. Page 15Media:DK64 Prima 15.jpg.
  5. ^ Donkey Kong 64 Banana Guide. (American English). Archived February 29, 2000, 07:20:52 UTC from the original via Wayback Machine. Retrieved May 31, 2024.