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A Kutlass
Artwork of a Kutlass from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country 2 (GBA) (2004)
Variant of Kremling
This article is about the species of Kremling from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. For the character of the same name from the Donkey Kong Country animated series, see Kutlass (character).
“You look like you could use a shave, old monkey.”
Kutlass, Donkey Kong Country: Rescue on Crocodile Isle

Kutlasses are small members of the Kremling Krew who wield two large cutlass swords about the size of their body. They appear as enemies in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, where they are encountered in several levels. Kutlasses are named after cutlass swords, but with a 'k' in place of a 'c'.

Kutlasses have either a yellow or a green body. They wear a black vest and a pirate hat which has the Kremling Krew insignia and red feathers on the side. Artwork shows that Kutlasses have three toes on each foot. They are said to have ordered their swords from an infomercial, which looked smaller on television.[1] Kutlasses have a variant named Klank, who ride Roller Coasters in a few of the amusement park levels.

Kutlasses are one of the few enemies from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest to not return in Donkey Kong Land 2.


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

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Kutlasses are found in the later levels. If a Kutlass notices Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong, it runs toward them and tries to slash them with its swords. If the Kutlass misses the Kongs, its swords hit the ground, though within a few seconds, the Kutlass lifts up its swords again. Kutlasses always hold up their swords except when they attack. The Kongs take damage if they are slashed by Kutlass's swords or try to jump on Kutlass while its swords are up. A Kutlass is vulnerable to a jump attack if its swords are on the ground. Regardless of how Kutlasses hold their swords, they can be defeated by throwing an object (such as a barrel or a kannonball), using a team up throw, or with help from an Animal Friend, such as from Squitter's web projectiles.

The green variants mainly appear in K. Rool's Keep levels, but also appear in a Lost World level, Fiery Furnace, and a Gloomy Gulch level, Web Woods. Green Kutlasses are quicker than their yellow counterparts at attacking and pulling their swords off the ground.

In the ending's Cast of Characters, a Kutlass is classified under the Kremling Kuthroats category.

In the Game Boy Advance version, a photograph of Kutlass can be obtained in Rambi Rumble, and it appears on the sixth page of the scrapbook. In the same version, Kutlasses (as well as Klanks) use the same voice clips as Koshas, similar enemies from Donkey Kong 64, albeit higher-pitched.

Level appearances[edit]

Profiles and descriptions[edit]

“Kutlass mail-ordered his razor-sharp swords from a TV offer. They turned out to be a little bigger than they looked on his small screen.”
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest SNES manual, page 31
“Kutlass mail-ordered his razor-sharp swords, which turned out to be a bit bigger than they looked on TV. Excellent!”
Donkey Kong Country 2 GBA manual, page 23




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カットラス
Italian Sciabbo From sciabola (saber/cutlass)
Spanish Kutlass -


  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet, page 31.