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Screenshot from Donkey Kong Country Returns
First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)
Variant of Frogoon
Subject origin Frog

Hopgoons[1] are enemies that appear in Donkey Kong Country Returns and its Nintendo 3DS port, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. They are a slightly stronger variant of Frogoon, and look exactly alike except for being yellow in color. Their only behavioral difference from Frogoons is rather than inflating themselves in one place, Hopgoons move around the level and can even hop over gaps. Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong can easily defeat them with a jump, by rolling into them, with Rambi, or with a barrel. While Frogoons can be defeated by Diddy Kong's Peanut Popgun, Hopgoons are only stunned by it.

Hopgoons do not appear in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze although a grasshopper enemy, Punchy Paddy, behaves similarly to Hopgoons.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピョングーン[2]
From「ピョンピョン」(pyonpyon, onomatopoeia for hopping) and「フログーン」(Furogūn, "Frogoon")


  1. ^ Knight, Michael (November 21, 2010). Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 978-0-307-47102-4. Page 24.
  2. ^ 「ドンキーコングリターンズ任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Donkey Kong Returns Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 20.