From the Super Mario Wiki
Ads keep the MarioWiki independent and free :)
DKC3 Karbine.png
Artwork of a Karbine from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (1996)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country 3 (Game Boy Advance) (2005)

Karbines are small owl-like creatures that are encountered in the games Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong Land III. They are named after carbines, which are firearms similar to a rifle or musket.

Karbines first and only appear in the Donkley Kong Country 3 level "Fire-Ball Frenzy", found in the area Mekanos, where they are the main obstacles. Karbines carry large cannons similar to that Bazukas have, using them to shoot fireballs at Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong. As they hang around the background and do not place themselves in the Kongs' way, Karbines cannot be defeated in any way, and as such, they can only be avoided. However, they can be pests, as they follow the Kongs almost everywhere. The Game Boy Advance remake makes some of the Karbines harder to avoid (i.e. providing less escape time between their shots).

A Karbine, as seen in Dixie Kong's Photo Album

In Donkey Kong Land III, Karbine appears in "Karbine Kaos", "Bazuka Bombard", "Kuchuka Karnage", and "Barrel Boulevard". Also, in this game, Squitter is not affected by Karbine's fireballs as long as he is on the ground, which can be seen in Karbine Kaos.

Karbine's fireballs share the exact same sprite as Bleak's snowballs in Donkey Kong Land III. In the GBC port, this includes the color palette, which is why they are both a faint purple color.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カービン


Karbine's original design
  • The Karbine originally had the appearance of a chrome-plated robotic primate with a glowing red visor and helicopter propellers, as seen at page 33 of the 89th issue of Nintendo Power.[1]