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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)
“Colorful clown-fish that patrols the waters on DK Island.”
Donkey Kong Country 3 manual, page 19

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. Like Cheep Cheeps of the Mario franchise, there are both red and green Kocos, whose behavior is determined by their color. 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.

Kocos also appear in Donkey Kong Land III and retain their appearance and role from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. Only red Kocos appear in the game (as shown from their behavior), which is more evident in the Game Boy Color port, where their sprites are red. Two red Kocos also appear on the game's box art. Additionally, the level Koco Channel is named after them.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ココ


  1. ^ Nintendo Official Magazine (UK) issue 54, page 51.
  2. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (Australia) issue 58, page 32.
  3. ^ Donkey Kong Land III instruction booklet, page 23.