Kremling Krew

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It has been requested that this article be rewritten. Reason: Is this referring to the actual Kremlings themselves? Or all the troops, akin to the Koopa Troop? The article veers both ways. (tagged on August 22, 2017)

Kremling Krew
Artwork of the Kremling Krew from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
Kaptain K. Rool and the Kremling Krew
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Leader King K. Rool
Member(s) General Klump
Member species Kremlings
“I'm surrounded by fools...”
King K. Rool, Donkey Kong 64

The Kremling Krew[1][2][3] (also known as the Kremling army,[4] Kremling Corps[5] or the Kremling gang[6]) is a powerful gang led by King K. Rool. Most Kremlings are a part of the Kremling Krew, as are a few other creatures. The Kremling Krew repeatedly attempts to steal Donkey Kong's banana hoard and conquer the DK Isles. They are the main foes of the Kong Family.


The emblem of the gang is a Kremling Jolly Roger. This is shown on the Gangplank Galleon sail rig, flags, pirate hats, carpet, bedspreads from K. Rool's bed, and behind The Flying Krock.


Donkey Kong Country[edit]

In Donkey Kong Country, the Kremling Krew, under the command of K. Rool, invaded Donkey Kong Island and stole Donkey Kong's hoard of bananas. Donkey Kong teamed up with Diddy Kong to reclaim his bananas and rid his island of the Kremling Krew.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

Crocodile Isle destroyed.
The destruction of Crocodile Isle

The Kremling Krew returned in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. This time, the gang was under the control of Kaptain K. Rool, King K. Rool's pirate alter-ego. The members of the Kremling Krew copied their master, dressing in pirate regalia and even wearing wooden pegs or hooks. The Kremling Krew kidnapped Donkey Kong and brought them to their capital base of operations, Crocodile Isle. Diddy Kong, teaming up with his girlfriend Dixie Kong, destroyed the island, seemingly ending the Kremling threat.

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

Months later in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!,[7] the Kremling Krew returned as the "Kremling Kreeps", supposedly under the leadership of a robot named KAOS. In fact, KAOS was actually under the control of Baron K. Roolenstein, the mad scientist persona of K. Rool. New members were recruited this time around, including Koins, Bazukas, Kopters and Kuchukas. Their bases of operations are located in Mekanos, Kaos Kore, and Krematoa.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

King K. Rool and his Kremling Krew once more attempted to invade the DK Isles in Donkey Kong 64, this time arriving in a mechanized version of Crocodile Isle. The Kremlings intended to destroy the isles with a super-weapon known as the Blast-o-Matic, which was damaged on account of the incompetence of the artificial island's pilots, who accidentally crashed the mobile fortress into a small island. They also attempted to use the giant Kremling known as K. Lumsy to smash the Kongs, but when he refused, he was locked up in a cage, with the keys guarded by high-ranking members of the Kremling Krew.

In order to buy themselves time, K. Rool had his henchmen capture several members of the Kong Family, including Diddy Kong, Lanky Kong, Dixie's younger sister Tiny Kong, and Chunky Kong, the brother of Dixie's cousin Kiddy Kong and seized Donkey Kong's hoard of Golden Bananas. However, Donkey Kong was able to rescue his fellow Kongs, and with the help of K. Lumsy, was able to reclaim the Golden Bananas from the Kremlings and defeat King K. Rool once again.

DK: Jungle Climber[edit]

In DK: Jungle Climber, the gang had stolen the Crystal Bananas in order to conquer the universe. This time, only two members appear: Kritters and Klobbers. Their bases of operation are located in Ghost Island and Chill 'n' Char Island.

Donkey Kong Country television series[edit]

The Kremling Krew is also featured in the Donkey Kong Country television series as the show's main antagonist. Here, the Kremling Krew is composed mostly of Kritters and Klaptraps (who are used as ammunition for the Kritter's Klap-Blaster weapons). The group's "core team" consists of King K. Rool; Klump, who is the group's general; and Krusha, who serves as the muscle.


Donkey Kong Country[edit]

  • SNES Player's Guide (page 13): All baddies on the island are under King K. Root's control. It was the Kremlings that stole Donkey Kong's banana hoard, but it's the combined efforts of the baddies that are trying to stave off Donkey Kong's attempt to recover the bananas.
  • Nintendo Power vol. 65 (page 20): Donkey Kong's Island has been overrun by the Kremlings. Their lizard ancestors may have been slow and cold blooded, but Kremlings move fast. We’ve gathered some strategies to help get you past K. Rool’s mean green team.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

  • SNES Instruction booklet (page 28): You're on enemy ground now, so you'll be facing craftier, crueler Kremlings than ever before. They don't wear that pirate regalia for nothing!
  • Nintendo Power vol. 76 (page 26): They're the same, but not the same. They're deranged, estranged, and subtly changed. K. Rool's Kremling crew show its true colors in DKC2. No longer are they merely repulsive reptiles.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

  • Prima Official Game Guide (page 15): The DK crew has its work cut out for it in K. Rool's army of bad guys. You can defeat some with a single hit; others require a special move. One thing is certain: they'd all love to get their hands on a Kong.






Bases of operation[edit]






Audio.svg K. Rool Returns - The title theme from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
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Audio.svg Klubba's Reveille - The theme that plays in Klubba's Kiosk in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
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Audio.svg Crocodile Cacophony - An excerpt of the arrangement from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, featuring "K. Rool Returns"
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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クレムリン軍団ぐんだん
Kuremurin Gundan
クレムリンぐん (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Kuremurin Gun
Kremling Corps

Kremling Army

French Gang Kremling
German Kremlingbande
Kremling gang
Italian Kremling
Banda di Kremlings[11]
Ciurma Kremling [12]
Banda Kremling (Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber)
(The) Kremlings
Gang of Kremlings
Kremling [pirate] crew
Kremling gang
Spanish Panda Kremling
Banda de Kremling (DK: Jungle Climber)
Kremling Gang

See also[edit]



  1. ^ M. Arakawa. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Player's Guide. Page 12.
  2. ^ DK: King of Swing instruction booklet, page 22.
  3. ^ Trophies in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  4. ^ Donkey Kong 64 instruction booklet, page 4. "INTRODUCTION But that pair weren't the only ones in trouble. Deep within the gloomy bowels of his latest creation, a furious King K. Rool sat on his throne, glaring down at the quaking generals of his vast Kremling army."
  5. ^ DK: King of Swing instruction booklet, page 22 - "KING K. ROOL: Boss of the Kremling Corps and sworn enemy of the Kongs."
  6. ^ K. Rool's words: "The Kremling gang will take over the world with this thing!" - DK: Jungle Climber
  7. ^ Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! instruction booklet, page 4.
  8. ^ "The Kremling's crowning industrial achievements are the huge factories they built in Donkey Kong Country." - Donkey Kong Country instruction booklet, page 20.
  9. ^ M. Arakawa. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Player's Guide. Page 54. "FIRE-BALL FRENZY The Krem Company factory operates around the clock, and Karbine is there to ensure that the Kremlings keep their noses to the grindstone. A productive Kremling is a happy Kremling!"
  10. ^ M. Arakawa. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble Player's Guide. Page 76. "KRACK-SHOT KROC After the Kaos debacle at Mekanos, a subsidiary of Kremling Industries relocated to K3. Security is tight at the factory. There’s even talk about a hired gun working there."
  11. ^ Donkey Kong Land 2 Italian manual, pag. 4
  12. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2, European manual, pag. 120
  13. ^ Official traditional Chinese website for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Retrieved October 12, 2023.