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A Knik-Knak in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Artwork of a Knik-Knak
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (1996)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA) (2005)

Knik-Knaks are beetle-like enemies in both Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong Land III. They are common enemies in both games and most often appear in riverside-themed levels.


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

In Bobbing Barrel Brawl, Ellie must jump from two red Knik-Knaks to gain enough momentum to enter a Bonus Barrel into a nearby pool.

In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Knik-Knaks appear in two color variations, red and yellow. The red Knik-Knaks continuously flap their wings to remain airborne; most of them do not move around. This behavior is shared with Flitters from the previous game, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. The red Knik-Knaks can be defeated with a single hit from the Kongs, usually by jumping on them. There are instances where the Kongs must jump from Knik-Knaks to reach a Bonus Area or to obtain items, such as an Extra Life Balloon.

Yellow Knik-Knaks are a bit stronger than the red ones. Unlike their red counterpart, yellow Knik-Knaks cannot fly and therefore walk back-and-forth on the ground. They are a bit stronger than red Knik-Knaks because the Kongs only defeat these Knik-Knaks by jumping on them twice. When Dixie or Kiddy Kong first jump on a yellow Knik-Knak, it flips over on its back. They have the option to pick up the enemy and use it as a projectile. After a few seconds, if the flipped Knik-Knak is not picked up, it jumps right back up and continues moving around. Yellow Knik-Knaks can instantly be defeated from a roll attack. These Knik-Knaks share a behavior with another enemy from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Click-Clacks.

Yellow Knik-Knaks are featured in Belcha's Barn, where the boss fight against Belcha takes places. Here, Belcha spits out individual barrels containing a yellow Knik-Knak inside. The Kongs can throw the Knik-Knak into Belcha's mouth to make it burp backward. If done enough times, Belcha falls backward into a pit and the Kongs win at the battle. Yellow Knik-Knaks are the only type which appear in Lightning Lookout, not including a Bonus Area where the Kongs must defeat seven red Knik-Knaks. In said level, Dixie can also hold a Knik-Knak above her head to protect herself from being struck by lightning. Both red and yellow Knik-Knaks appear in the Game Boy Advance version-exclusive level Surf's Up.

At some point during Bobbing Barrel Brawl, Ellie the Elephant encounters two red Knik-Knaks briefly walking on the ground and then taking off. At some point, the two Knik-Knaks stop moving and remain in one position. Ellie must jump from both Knik-Knaks to gain enough momentum to fall down into the second Bonus Barrel at the bottom of a nearby pool.

According to the game's credits, Knik-Knaks are a part of the "Terrorfirma Tuff Guys" enemy class.

Donkey Kong Land III[edit]

In Donkey Kong Land III, Knik-Knaks were renamed to Niknaks, as shown in the ending credits. Only the flying Niknaks return in the game: their ground variant does not return. In the Game Boy Color port, these Niknaks are red, just like in their debut appearance.


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

Unless otherwise noted, all Knik-Knaks in the following levels are red:

Donkey Kong Land III[edit]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ニックナック

Yellow variation[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クリッククラック
Klik-Klak, not to be confused with Click-Clack