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Not to be confused with Coin.
Artwork of a Koin from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (SNES) (1996)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA) (2005)
Parent species Kremling
Derived species
“This defensive baddy will protect the DK Coin at all costs.”
Donkey Kong Country 3 manual, page 19

Koins are Kremlings encountered in every level of the games Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong Land III. Koins wear buckets on their heads and carry trash can lids with DK Coins attached to them as shields, with their name deriving from the latter. According to the game's credits, Koins belong to the "Kremling Kreeps" enemy class.

A Koin, as seen in Dixie Kong's Photo Album

Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong can defeat a Koin by using a Steel Barrel; oftentimes, they have to throw the Steel Barrel over him, which will then rebound off a wall and hit Koin in the back, defeating him and giving Dixie and Kiddy a DK Coin. If the Kongs themselves approach a Koin from the front, he will knock them away; if they attempt to jump on him, he will raise his shield and block the jump. Most of the time, Koins are found near the beginning or the end of the level. After the DK Coin is collected, a Koin will be left with just the trash can lid.

Some Koins can only be defeated with the assistance of Bazukas and Switch Barrels. In other levels, the Steel Barrel required to defeat Koin is obtained by bringing an Animal Friend past the No Animal Sign. In these cases, the Kongs only get one chance to defeat Koin; if they fail, they must replay the entire level to get another chance.

Multiple Koins with a dark pink tint, dubbed the Koindozer Klan, are encountered in the level "Koindozer Klamber". Koindozers are much more aggressive than their green brethren, chasing the Kongs and attempting to bash them into pits.

In Donkey Kong Land III, Koins are absent in underwater levels, since they do not have a separate cave area like those in Donkey Kong Country 3. Instead, the DK Coin is hidden in the level, much like they were in Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Land 2.

In the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, it is possible to defeat a Koin with a regular or TNT Barrel, which is not possible to do in the original SNES version. However, this can only be done in certain levels.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コイン