Kong Roll

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Donkey Kong uses the Kong Roll to take out some Awks.
The Kongs perform the Kong Roll.
“With Diddy Kong on Donkey Kong's back, shake the Wii Remote and Nunchuk while holding left or right on +Control Pad to perform a Kong Roll. Donkey Kong will continuously roll until you stop shaking the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.”
Donkey Kong Country Returns manual, pg. 14

The Kong Roll[1] is an upgraded version of the Roll Attack that is capable of lasting forever, as long as the player does not hit an obstacle or choose to stop rolling. It can be performed by Donkey Kong in Donkey Kong Country Returns, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. However, Donkey Kong requires the help of one of the other Kongs to use the attack.


Donkey Kong Country Returns / Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D[edit]

In order to use the Kong Roll, Diddy Kong has to be riding on Donkey Kong's back. When the player shakes Wii Remote, Donkey Kong starts to perform a roll attack. As he rolls, Diddy runs along on top of Donkey Kong to keep his momentum. Like the simple roll and Cartwheel Attack, the Kong Roll can be used to eliminate most enemies in the Kongs' path, and it is faster than the Kongs' normal movement speed. Unlike the two other moves, the Kong Roll continues for as long as the player keeps shaking Wii Remote. The Kong Roll also shares the base Roll's ability to increase the distance that the Kongs can jump across and the ability to jump out of the roll even if there is no ground beneath them; in some cases, such Kong Rolls are required for obtaining a Puzzle Piece.

In Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, the move works in the same way, but there are different controls associated with it. In the default Circle Pad-based control scheme, pressing X Button and Y Button initiates the Kong Roll and continuously pressing the buttons continues it. In the alternate Control Pad-based control scheme, the L Button and R Button buttons do the same.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

The Kong Roll returns in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, where it operates in the same way as before; the secondary Kong runs on top of Donkey Kong to allow Donkey Kong to roll perpetually. While the Kong Roll can still be used with Diddy Kong, it can also be executed with Dixie Kong or Cranky Kong while either is riding Donkey Kong. In the Nintendo Switch version's New Mode, Funky Kong can Kong-roll without a supporter.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コングロール
Kongu Rōru
Kong Roll
French Roulade Kong Kong Roll
Italian Rullo Kong Kong Roll
Spanish Voltereta Kong Kong Cartwheel



  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze quick guide, which comes packed with the game