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Artwork of a Kruncha from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance Donkey Konga 2 (cameo) (2004)
Variant of Krusha
“Muscle-bound and muscle-headed, Kruncha is impervious to Diddy and Dixie's attacks. They only make him mad!”
Donkey Kong Country 2 manual, page 29

Krunchas are light blue, muscular members of the Kremling Krew and common enemies in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2. They are Krushas that wear pirate gear,[1] but despite this, Krunchas are noticeably different in appearance, being shorter and wider than Krushas.


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

Three Krunchas being encountered in Gangplank Galley, the first level where Krunchas appear

In their debut appearance, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Krunchas slowly move back and forth while swinging their muscles. Their muscular body protects from Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong's jumping and roll attacks. If the Kongs attempt either attack on a Kruncha, it turns bright red in anger, lets out a roar, and moves around faster. After a while, the Kruncha reverts to its normal state. If a Kong gets hit by a Kruncha, the player loses that Kong. Krunchas can be defeated from either an Animal Friend; being hit by a crate or a barrel; being touched by an invincible Kong; or from a Team-up throw. However, red Krunchas are unaffected by Team-up throws, and if Diddy or Dixie is thrown at a red Kruncha, he or she is defeated. Krunchas have an uncommon, light pink variant only encountered in two levels: Castle Crush and Clapper's Cavern. Pink Krunchas behave similarly to their regular counterparts, except they walk off of platforms and move even faster while angry. In the ending Cast of Characters, a Kruncha appears under the Kremling Kuthroats category.

In the Game Boy Advance version, a Kruncha can also be defeated from being jumped on while Team-up is active. There is also a photograph of Kruncha in Red-Hot Ride, and it appears under the second page of the scrapbook.

Level appearances

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

In Donkey Kong Land 2, Krunchas behave identically as in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, though due to the Game Boy's monochromatic screen, they no longer have color variants.

Level appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In American English releases of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Kruncha is mentioned in Kludge's trophy.


Nintendo Power issue 79 trading cards[edit]

  • Height: 6'2
  • Weight: 400 lbs.
  • Turn Ons: Barbells, washboard abs, feeling the burn.
  • Turn Offs: Yogurt, quiche, people who hog the mirror at the gym.
  • Favorite Quote: I'll be back.
  • Favorite Video: Anything with Schwarzenegger in it.
  • Favorite Song: Macho Man
  • Tips and Secrets: Kruncha is invulnerable to Diddy's and Dixie's attacks. Hitting him only makes him mad, and if he turns red, a mere touch will make you lose a life. Use barrels or chests to send him packing.





Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クランチャ
Spanish Kruncha -


Donkey Kong Country (television series) CGI Japanese character card: Krusha


  1. ^ WinkySteve (December 17, 2017). Twitter. Retrieved December 17, 2017.