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A Koco
Artwork of a red Koco 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)

Kocos, also spelled Cocos[1] and also named Kogos,[2] are fish enemies that first appear in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, where they are one of the most common underwater enemies, said to patrol the nearby waters of Donkey Kong Island.[3] They are based on the literal interpretation of a clownfish, as shown from their face paint and big red nose, and their name likely refers to the classic cartoon character Koko the Clown. Kocos appear in red and green varieties, with their behavior being determined by their color, comparably to Cheep Cheeps. Green Kocos are either stationary or move in one direction, while the red ones swim back and forth in an area. In underwater levels, there are also red Kocos that swim nonstop in a single direction. In the Game Boy Advance remake, their roles were reversed. Like other underwater enemies, Kocos can only be defeated if Enguarde stabs them. In the level Fish Food Frenzy, Dixie and Kiddy are required to guide a Nibbla into eating Kocos to prevent it from becoming angry and biting them. In Dixie Kong's Photo Album, Kocos are classified under the "Aquatic Attackers" enemy class.

Red Kocos appear in Donkey Kong Land III, retaining the same behavior as before, something that original Western releases made evident only from their behavior. Two red Kocos are depicted on the game cover in all regions. Kocos are also the namesake enemy of the level Koco Channel.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

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

  • Instruction manual: Colorful clown-fish that patrols the waters on DK Island.[4]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ココ

Italian Koco


  1. ^ (March 1997). Nintendo Official Magazine (UK) Volume 54. Page 51.
  2. ^ (January 1998). Nintendo Magazine System (Australia) Volume 58. Page 32.
  3. ^ Nintendo (1997). Donkey Kong Land III instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 23.
  4. ^ Nintendo (1996). Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 19.