Itty Bitty Biters

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Itty Bitty Biters
Itty Bitty Biters
Level code 3-5
World Ruins
Game Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D)
Music track Voices of the Temple Returns
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Itty Bitty Biters is the twentieth level in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, as well as the fifth level of the Ruins world.

This level takes place in a temple infested with small enemies known as Toothberries, who jump out of statues and the floor. The level also features some Cageberries in their debut, who can be used to reach collectibles and other objects. These enemies not only constantly try to defeat Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, but also try to get in their way on piling on top of each other, only to fall down when the Kongs get close by. This level also features some short vines that can be pulled to open passages and trigger certain events.

In the Time Attack mode of the game, a time of 1:35:00 is needed to get a gold medal, a time of 2:29:00 for silver, and a time of 3:18:00 for bronze.


Itty Bitty Biters
The temple's entrance is revealed

The level begins outside of a temple along a rock pathway with a few dandelions growing on it. The Kongs must continue onward and pull a vine sticking out of a golden statue. This causes an eye of the Toothberry structure to open, revealing a lone Toothberry inside. The statue closes after a few seconds, and then the mouth of the statue opens, allowing the Kongs inside the temple. When they enter, the Kongs can find a DK Barrel between two sets of spikes. As they continue forward, Toothberries hide in the floors and behind structures. Eventually, two of the foes spring out of the ground when they walk between two other sets of spikes. If the Kongs head on, they can also find some Toothberry enemies hopping along a two platforms above more spikes; two Banana Bunches are under the platforms. After passing a gap full of spikes, the Kongs can find a Cageberry on a small platform. A wall closes the path to the right. The Kongs can use a Cageberry to pull a vine high above them and collect the Banana Bunch and the letter K next to it. The Kongs must pull the rope for the wall to move down so that they can continue. In the following area, there are three platforms, two of which appear to be floating, infested with Toothberries. An abyss separates this area with a slightly larger platform, where another Toothberry pops out of the floor.

A bridge-like platform being supported by a thin column is just ahead, with two Banana Bunches under it. Along with red and blue Toothberries, a DK Barrel is on this platform. If the Kongs advance through the level by jumping across a few gaps, they can find another Cageberry. A few small platforms are ahead of it, some of which that have bananas on them. There are many of these platforms in the area, and as the primates travel farther, more and more Toothberries begin to jump out at them. A Banana Bunch hovers above the last platforms here, while the letter O is only slightly below it. A small section of a flat, rocky pathway is surrounded by some spikes after this area. A Cageberry is here, and it is required to reach the platforms above, as a wall is in the Kongs' way. When the primates spring off of the enemy and get over the wall, they come across a safe and flat pathway with the Tutorial Pig, who marks the checkpoint.

After crossing a small gap after the checkpoint, the Kongs are ambushed by some more Toothberries, who jump out of the statues in the background. The following platform is also infested with some Toothberries, who emerge from below it. As they continue, the Kongs can find an AckStack. After defeating them, the Kongs can go across another gap, where there is another AckStack and another group of them on the next platform; the letter N is next to the third AckStack. Farther ahead are two small, wooden platforms; when the heroes jump onto the second one, a red Toothberry appears. The large area right after this holds another Cageberry surrounded by some spikes and a DK Barrel. Following this area is another large platform. Though the platform seems empty at first, with only the letter G floating above it, a large number of Toothberries jump out of the background as the heroes move across it.

Itty Bitty Biters
Donkey Kong blows the leaves off of the switch

If the Kongs make it through here, they can access a small room, where they are ambushed by more Toothberries. They cannot exit this room, so they have to defeat all of the enemies to progress. Once they are all defeated, a Barrel Cannon appears that shoots them through the ground to the bottom of the temple. Here, they are attacked by some Acks. Luckily for the Kongs, a DK Barrel is here. Once these foes are defeated, another Barrel Cannon appears; it can shoot them upwards to the outside of the temple. When the Kongs blast out, an elephant in the foreground runs away in fright (though this does not affect gameplay). The Kongs can find a few dandelions and a switch on the ground covered in leaves. The Kongs must blow away the leaves to reveal a gold switch with the DK emblem. The Kongs must Ground Pound it three times, causing the level's Slot Machine Barrel to come out the mouth of a Toothberry-like structure in the background and appear above the Kongs. The Kongs must hit the barrel to finish the level.


Image Name Count
Ack Ack 11
AckStack AckStack 3
Cageberry Cageberry 4
A Toothberry Toothberry 33


Image Name Count
A Banana Coin Banana Coin 10
A DK Barrel DK Barrel 4
Red Balloon Extra Life Balloon 1
Heart Heart 3

K-O-N-G Letters[edit]

Image Letter Location
Itty Bitty Biters K When the primates reach the first Cageberry, they should smash it into the ground and stand on it. It can shoot them into the air, where there is the letter K alongside a rope and a Banana Bunch.
Itty Bitty Biters O Before the third Cageberry, the primates can find the letter O under a platform. It can be grabbed by roll-jumping.
Itty Bitty Biters N Near the first set of Toothberries piled on top of each other is the letter N high in the air. They Toothberries can be jumped on after they collapse to collect the letter.
Itty Bitty Biters G On the platform right after the sixth Puzzle Piece, the heroes can find the letter G in the air. It is too high to jump to, so the Kongs must use the nearby Toothberries to obtain it.

Puzzle Pieces[edit]

Image Number Location
Itty Bitty Biters 1 At the beginning of the level, the Kongs can head backwards to find some grassy turf to climb on in order to reach a Barrel Cannon. It shoots them into a Bonus Level, where they must collect forty-seven bananas, two Banana Coins, and an Extra Life Balloon while traveling around three platforms, two of which are moving horizontally. Once they are all collected, a Puzzle Piece appears.
Itty Bitty Biters 2 In the room after the letter K, the Kongs can climb up to the highest platform and jump into the wall to find a hidden alcove with the Puzzle Piece.
Itty Bitty Biters 3 When the heroes encounter the second Cageberry, they can smash it into the ground so it can shoot them into the air. If they do this, they are shot up to a Barrel Cannon that blasts them into a Bonus Level. There, they must collect many bananas along several moving platforms. When everything is collected, the third Puzzle Piece appears.
Itty Bitty Biters 4 After passing the third Cageberry, the Kongs climb over a large wall. They can find a hidden alcove at the bottom of the wall to find a Puzzle Piece.
Itty Bitty Biters 5 In order to obtain the fifth Puzzle Piece, located in the background, the heroes must use the fourth Cageberry to blow out the two candles around it; the candles cannot be reached unless the Kongs are standing on the Cageberry as it is turned over. Once the candles are blown out, the Puzzle Piece appears in the foreground to grab.
Itty Bitty Biters 6 Again, the Kongs must stand on the fourth Cageberry as it is turned over. If they roll-jump into the hidden alcove in the top-left corner of the screen, they can find a Puzzle Piece.
Itty Bitty Biters 7 After the primates exit the temple at the end of the level, they can find a spot in the ground to the left that causes a mushroom to shoot out of the ground when pounded on. The mushroom can help them reach a high ledge with a dandelion; blowing on the flower reveals the final Puzzle Piece.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ケムクジャリーのかくれ家
Kemukujarī no Kakurega
Toothberry's Refuge

Chinese 毛团团的隐蔽屋
Máotuántuán De Yǐnbìwū
Fluffy's Hideout

French (NOA) Mordeurs Farceurs
Pranking Biters
German Bissige Beerchen
Snappy Berries
Italian Rudere pungente
Stinging Ruin
Spanish (NOA) Mordilocos Feroces
Ferocious Toothberries
Spanish (NOE) Bocados Bicheros
Bugs Mouthfuls


  • The exterior of the temple level of this world can be seen in the background at the beginning of this level.