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This article is about the enemy debuting in Donkey Kong Country. For other uses of the name Krusha, see Krusha (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Krushy.
Krusha in Donkey Kong Country.
Artwork of a Krusha from Donkey Kong Country
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country (GBA) (2003)
Latest portrayal Chris Sutherland (1994-2004)[1]
Variant of Kremling
Derived subjects
Notable members
“It's the end of the line for you, Kong. I'm taking you to King K. Rool.”
Krusha, Donkey Kong Country: Rumble in the Jungle

Krushas are muscular, blue Kremlings and are among the elite soldiers of the Kremling Krew. They first appear in Donkey Kong Country. All Krushas wear clothing with a camouflage pattern and a silver arm band on each forearm. They also have a spiky yellow mohawk on their heads, three clawed toes, and four fingers.


Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

A Blue Krusha in Donkey Kong Country for Game Boy Advance.A Purple Krusha in Donkey Kong Country for Game Boy Advance.
Krushas in the GBA remake.
Krusha, with an X letter.
A Krusha, holding an "X" letter in the Game Boy Color version of Donkey Kong Country

In Donkey Kong Country Krushas are uncommon enemies who appear during the later levels.

Like most enemies, Krushas simply walk forward, and injure Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong upon contact with them. Because they are muscular, Krushas will laugh off most of the Kongs' direct attacks. They can only be defeated with a barrel, Donkey Kong jumping on them, or Rambi the Rhino charging into them. Also, while it does not harm them, Donkey Kong can Hand Slap a Krusha, causing it to drop a single banana each time it is Hand Slapped.

Krushas have an even more uncommon gray variant, which wears orange wristbands, a purple camouflage suit, and has orange head spikes. Gray Krushas are stronger than regular ones, as they'll laugh off even Donkey Kong's jump attack, and won't leave behind any bananas when Hand Slapped. Gray Krushas can only be defeated with a barrel. They make their only appearance in Platform Perils, the last level of Chimp Caverns, and the last regular level of Donkey Kong Country. Here, the Kongs must crucially use barrels on the gray Krushas in order to knock them off the arrow platforms.

In the Game Boy Color version, gray Krushas also appear in the level Necky Nutmare.

In the Game Boy Advance version, a Krusha appears in the opening cutscene. Here, the Kremlings try to steal the Banana Hoard, and Diddy successfully fends off some Kritters but is then subdued by a Krusha. Originally, the Super Nintendo release's instruction booklet states that Diddy was instead overpowered by a Klump. A photograph of a blue Krusha can be found floating in mid-air in Platform Perils.

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

Sprite of a blue Kruncha in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.

While not pointed out in the manual, Krunchas appear to be Krushas in pirate gear in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. This was later confirmed to be true by character designer Steve Mayles in a Twitter post.[2] Despite being the same thing, Krunchas appear to be shorter and wider than Krushas, probably stemming from having a different base model.

Two other muscular Kremlings, Krumples and Kasplats, would later appear in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong 64 respectively, acting as the successors of both Krushas and Krunchas.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

Krusha, with his Gun, in Multiplayer mode.
Krusha, with his gun, in the multiplayer mode of Donkey Kong 64

Krusha is an unlockable character in the multiplayer mode of Donkey Kong 64. The player can unlock Krusha after photographing fifteen Banana Fairies in the main mode, though he does not appear as an enemy in the game.

Krusha is a large character like Chunky Kong, and has unique moves such as a fast sliding attack. He also utilizes an orange grenade launcher in combat. Both attacks deal 1½ times as much damage compared to Chunky, the strongest Kong. Aside from his default blue appearance, Krusha also has three alternate costumes, each being a different skin color: yellow, green, and purple.

By playing as Krusha in the main game via a GameShark code, Krusha is referred to by name from other characters. He also has some unused animations, some of which are taken from Chunky's.

Donkey Kong Country novel[edit]

An individual Krusha (referred to as "the strongest commander") appears as the final antagonist of the Donkey Kong Country novelization. After the Kongs board the Gangplank Galleon and defeat most of King K. Rool's commanders, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong attempt to attack Krusha, but the reptile shrugs off their assault and punches them both. The Kongs then propel themselves using coiled ropes found at opposites of the ship, knocking Krusha unconscious.

Club Nintendo[edit]

In the German Club Nintendo's comic adaptation of Donkey Kong Country, a Krusha makes a small cameo appearance, on the background of King K. Rool's Gangplank Galleon.

Donkey Kong Jungle Action Special[edit]

Panel from the Donkey Kong Jungle Action Special story "Diddy's Day".

A Krusha appears in the Donkey Kong Jungle Action Special comic "Diddy's Day". Part of a Kremling gang sent to get Donkey Kong, Krusha is summoned with the other Kremlings when the Rock Kroc leader of the group surprises Diddy Kong. The Krusha charges at Diddy in the ensuing brawl, but he is quickly taken out when Donkey Kong (who had been watching over Diddy from behind the bushes) throws a coconut at the back of his head.

Donkey Kong Land[edit]

Diddy and a Krusha surround a barrel.

Krushas are one of the three Kremlings who appear in Donkey Kong Land, along with Kritters and Klaptraps. They act the same as the blue Krushas from Donkey Kong Country, and no gray Krusha equivalent appears in the game. Krushas are featured in more levels than in Donkey Kong Country.

Donkey Kong Country: Rumble in the Jungle[edit]

In the novel Donkey Kong Country: Rumble in the Jungle, Donkey Kong encounters an individual Krusha on the eighth floor of the Kremling's factory, within Big Ape City. Holding Donkey Kong in a bear hug, Krusha says that he will bring him straight to King K. Rool, the leader of the Kremlings. Krusha is described as "the biggest and strongest of all the Kremlings", although not the "brightest". And Donkey Kong tricks Krusha into thinking that in his backpack, he has a list of the locations of all the Kongs on Donkey Kong Island. Krusha, who desires to make his boss happy by kidnapping all of the Kongs, loosens his grip on Donkey Kong to allow him to reach into his backpack. However, Donkey Kong pulls out a barrel instead, tossing it at Krusha which causes him to stumble and lose his balance. Donkey Kong then uses a barrel roll and double jump to knock Krusha "out cold". He then continues his journey to the factory's defense-system.

Donkey Kong Country television series[edit]

Main article: Krusha (character)

In the Donkey Kong Country animated series, a dimwitted Krusha appears as a recurring villain alongside King K. Rool and General Klump.


Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Donkey Kong Land[edit]

Official profiles and statistics[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

“This muscle-bound Kremling will laugh off most attacks.”
Donkey Kong Country instruction booklet, page 28
“Check out the big guns on this crazy Kremling! Krusha is the big, blue, buff dude. He's also the big, silver, buffer dude! Donkey Kong can take out the Blue Krushas by jumping on them or rolling through them. Unfortunately, Diddy can not do the same. They make a really funny groaning noise when they bite the dust. When it comes to the Silver Krushas, just leave them alone. They're too tough to take out. Jump over them when the coast is clear or toss a barrel at them if you have one handy.”
Donkey Kong Country SNES Player's Guide, page 12
“Krushas, with their bulging biceps and pecs, are the brawn of King K. Rool's army. Donkey Kong can take out the blue Krushas with one jump, buy the beefy Krocks are a bit too much for Diddy to tangle with. Avoid the silver Krushas by jumping over them, or destroy them with barrels-they're the touguest of all the Krocs.”
Donkey Kong Country GBA Player's Guide, page 14

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

“Muscle-bound and muscle-headed, Kruncha is impervious to Diddy and Dixie's attacks. They only make him mad!”
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, SNES instruction booklet, page 29
“And let's not leave out Krusha, who has a chest like a boulder and a brain to match.”
Nintendo Power vol. 76, page 26

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

“One Kremling can join in the Kongtest if you've managed to capture 15 Fairies on film. When Krusha is available to enter the fray, watch out for his shots above all else. Unlike the Kongs, the Kremling fires orange shots that explode just like grenade oranges. The over-sized lizar also uses a super slide move to attack unwary apes.”
Donkey Kong 64 Player's Guide, page 118

List of appearances by date[edit]

Title Description Release date System/format
Donkey Kong Country Enemy 1994 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong Land Enemy 1995 Game Boy
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Enemy as Kruncha[3] 1995 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong Land 2 Enemy as Kruncha 1996 Game Boy
Donkey Kong Land III Name appears in credits as Knocka's name 1997 Game Boy
Donkey Kong 64 Unlockable playable character (multi-player mode only) 1999 Nintendo 64
Donkey Kong Country Enemy 2000 Game Boy Color
Donkey Kong Country Enemy 2003 Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Country 2 Enemy as Kruncha 2004 Game Boy Advance

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クラッシャ
Spanish Krusha -


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Krusha.


Sprites and models[edit]



DKC Prerelease Krusha.jpg
  • The pre-release version of Donkey Kong Country had blue Krushas being unfazed by Donkey Kong's jump attacks. In the final game, this trait only applied to the gray Krushas.
  • Krushas share their defeat voice clip with Rambi and King K. Rool in Donkey Kong Country. They also use K. Rool's voice clips in Donkey Kong 64, but higher pitched.
  • One artwork of Krusha depicts it wearing gold wrist bands, much like in its appearance in the television series.
  • A Knocka is erroneously titled "Krusha" during the Donkey Kong Land III end credits.
  • Kasplat is mistakenly called Krusha in the Prima guide to Donkey Kong 64.


  1. ^ David Wise on Twitter (retrieved on January 10, 2019)
  2. ^ Steve Mayles. December 17, 2017. Twitter. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Steve Mayles. December 17, 2017. Twitter. Retrieved December 17, 2017.