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Artwork of a Kutlass from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES) (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 enemies and members of the Kremling Krew in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. They are one of the enemies who do not reappear in Donkey Kong Land 2.

Kutlasses appear as either yellow or green. They wear a pirate hat and a black vest, and carry two large cutlass swords around with them, hence their name. Official artwork also shows that Kutlass has three toes on each foot, and the Kremling Krew insignia and red feathers on its hat. According to the game's manual, Kutlasses ordered their swords from an infomercial, which looked smaller on television. Their swords are about the height of their body.

Kutlasses resemble another type of Kremling enemy, Klanks, who ride in Roller Coasters in amusement park levels.


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

Kutlasses appear in the later levels. If a Kutlass notices Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong it sprints toward them, attempting to slash them with their two 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 almost always hold up their swords, which protect them from the Kongs' jump attack. When attempting to jump on a Kutlass, the lead Kong gets injured, and the player loses that Kong. A Kutlass is only open to a jump attack when its swords are on the ground. Even if its swords are up, a Kutlass can still be defeated by a throwable object (such as a barrel) or a team-up throw. They can also be defeated by an Animal Friend.

The green variants only appear in levels of K. Rool's Keep aside from a Lost World level, Fiery Furnace, and a Gloomy Gulch level, Web Woods. Green Kutlasses are both faster at attacking and pulling their swords off the ground.

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

In the Game Boy Advance, the Kongs can obtain a photograph of Kutlass from Rambi Rumble. Its photograph appears on the sixth page of the scrapbook.

Level appearances[edit]

Official profiles[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 Literal translation


  • In the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 2, Kutlasses (as well as Klanks) have the voice of Koshas, similar enemies from Donkey Kong 64, except that it is higher-pitched.