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Artwork of Karbine from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
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 (GBA) (2005)

Karbines are small robotic owl-like enemies that appear in 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 carry large cannons similar to those of Bazukas.


Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![edit]

Fire-Ball Frenzy
The Kongs moving across a horizontal rope and avoiding the Karbines' fireballs in the Game Boy Advance version

In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Karbines only appear in two levels: Fire-Ball Frenzy, as the main obstacle, and Blazing Bazukas, where only a single one appears. In both levels, Karbines only appear in the background where they shoot fireballs at Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong. Some Karbines follow the Kongs while shooting, but stop following them after a certain point. After shooting a fireball, Karbine pauses for a few seconds before firing out the next one. Karbines cannot be defeated. Karbines often appear together in small groups, firing in succession from right to left rhythmically. Sometimes, in groups of threes, the first and third Karbines fire simultaneously, followed by the middle one. Some Karbines shoot out three fireballs in a row before pausing. There are four Karbines that appear just before Fire-Ball Frenzy's Level Flag. After a while, the Karbine stops following Dixie and Kiddy. In Dixie Kong's Photo Album, a photograph of a Karbine appears under the Flying Fiends category.

In the Game Boy Advance version, some Karbines have shorter intervals between shooting fireballs, which means that the Kongs have less time to avoid their fireballs.

Donkey Kong Land III[edit]

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In Donkey Kong Land III, Karbine appear in four levels: Karbine Kaos, Bazuka Bombard, Kuchuka Karnage, and Barrel Boulevard. Karbine's name is featured in their first level appearance, Karbine Kaos, where Squitter also appears. Squitter is shown to be invulnerable to Karbine's fireballs as long as he remains on the ground.

Karbine's fireballs share the same sprite as Bleak's snowballs in Donkey Kong Land III. In the Game Boy Color port, this includes the color palette, as both have a faint purple color.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カービン


Artwork of the first design.
The original Karbine in a Nintendo Power screenshot.
The original Karbine in a UK Nintendo Magazine System screenshot.
Karbine's original design.
  • Karbine originally appeared as a chrome-plated robotic humanoid with a glowing red visor and helicopter propellers,[1] as seen in page 33 of volume 89 of Nintendo Power and page 24 of volume 90 of the same magazine, as well as page 84 of issue 50 of the United Kingdom's Nintendo Magazine System.


  1. ^ playtonicalMark (November 3, 2016). Response by Mark Stevenson. X. Retrieved May 26, 2017. (Archived June 10, 2021, 07:51:23 UTC via Wayback Machine.)