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Not to be confused with Cudge.
Artwork of Kudgel from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Species Kremling
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country 2 (GBA) (2004)
Latest portrayal Chris Sutherland (2004)

Kudgel is a large, gray and muscular Kremling and the boss of the third world, Krem Quay, in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. He carries around a large, spiked wooden club as his weapon. Kudgel's name is derived from "cudgel", a word which either refers to a weapon or the action of "beating with a club." Kudgel strongly resembles Klubba, though the relation between the two Kremlings is unknown. Unlike Klubba, Kudgel has gray skin instead of green, and is wearing yellow shorts. In official artwork and the Game Boy Advance remake, Kudgel is wearing red shorts identical to Klubba's.

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Kudgel is fought in the boss level, Kudgel's Kontest. He attacks Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong by jumping up then trying to land on them. When landing, Kudgel creates a brief earthquake, temporarily stunning the Kongs if they are on the ground. After jumping up then landing a few times, Kudgel stomps and a TNT Barrel falls on the arena. Kudgel can be hurt from Diddy or Dixie throwing throwing the TNT Barrel at him. However, Kudgel can block the TNT Barrel using his club if it is either thrown too close to him or when he jumps away. Kudgel moves around faster after each hit. After three hits, Kudgel begins to jump in an arc. After doing so, he stomps the ground again, causing a TNT Barrel to appear. Kudgel jumps in an arc more quickly after each hit. After being hit by a sixth TNT Barrel, Kudgel blasts away into the swamp waters, defeated. In the ending's Cast of Characters, Kudgel is classified as part of the Barnacled Bosses.

Kudgel is Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest's only boss absent from Donkey Kong Land 2, because Kleever was chosen as the boss of the merged world, Krem Cauldron.


“A recent recruit to the Kremling ranks, Kudgel is a mover and a shaker, using his muscle-bound bulk and his clawed club to get his points across. As guardian of Krem Quay, Kudgel must make sure any unwanted monkey are deep-sixed permanently.”
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Player's Guide, page 16


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボス グラッバ
Bosu Gurabba
Boss Glubba, likely meaning "Gray Klubba"; note that this makes him one of the only Kremlings whose name does not start with a "K" sound.

German Kudgel
Italian Klavo
From "clava", meaning "club," with the C replaced with a K to match the Kremling name and -a replaced with -o in a masculine form
Spanish Kudgel


  • Kudgel's scream is a slowed down, lower-pitched version of Klobber's scream. In the Game Boy Advance version, his sound effect is recycled from Chunky Kong in Donkey Kong 64.