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

Knik-Knaks (also known as Niknaks) are small beetles encountered in both Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong Land III. They come in two colors, red and yellow, the latter being quite rare. The red variation replaces the Flitters from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, while the yellow variation replaces Click-Clacks. According to the game's credits, Knik-Knaks belong to the "Terrorfirma Tuff Guys" enemy class, even though most of them are found flying instead of walking.

In Donkey Kong Country 3, Knik-Knaks are fairly uncommon enemies found in only a few of the game's levels. While red Knik-Knaks usually remain stationary in the air, only occasionally venturing onto the ground, the much rarer yellow variety of Knik-Knak are found exclusively on the ground. Knik-Knaks mostly appear in riverbank levels such as Riverside Race for the red breed and Lightning Lookout for the yellow breed, but they can also be found in other areas, which highlights their adaptability. These bugs are not as weak as they look, as jumping on them when they are on the ground will only knock them on their backs. While in this defenseless state, Knik-Knaks can either be jumped on again, which will defeat them for good, or be picked up and used as a projectile weapon against other enemies. However, flying Knik-Knaks can be defeated by a single jump, and a cartwheel instantly defeats any Knik-Knak.

In many levels, Knik-Knak must be jumped on to reach Bonus Areas or hidden items such as Extra Life Balloons. While battling Belcha, Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong throw yellow Knik-Knaks into the giant barrels mouth, this causing the barrel monster to burp; if Belcha burps enough times he falls into a pit. Also, in "Lightning Lookout", Dixie can hold yellow Knik-Knaks above her head to protect herself from the lightning.

In Donkey Kong Land III, Knik-Knaks, here known as Niknaks, never touch the ground during the entire game; they are always found flying in the air.


Knik-Knaks appear in the following levels.

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

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