Variously-colored hermit crabs appear as underwater obstacles in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. They are almost completely hidden by a spiral shell, with only their eyes visible, and come in red, purple, and yellow coloration. They are only present in Fugu Face-Off, where they cover the surface around the area in its entirety, making it harmful to touch. Hermit crabs cannot be destroyed and are able to defeat green fish and Sea Urchins that come into contact with them. During the third phase of the battle, Fugu propels himself around the area and bonks into the walls, causing multiple hermit crabs to slowly float up or down through the water with their eyes shut.
A few hermit crabs can also be seen standing on some rocks on the map of Sea Breeze Cove around the Fugu Face-Off level.
Though they are referred to as hermit crabs, their lack of legs, as well as their ability to stick to walls and ceilings, make them much more resemble snails.
Names in other languages
- von Esmarch, Nick, and Cory van Grier. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 168 and 169.
- 「ドンキーコングトロピカルフリーズ任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 18.