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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 that wield two large cutlass swords about the size of their body. They appear only in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, as enemies. Kutlasses have either a yellow or a green body, the latter of which has quicker movements. 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 named after cutlass swords, but with a 'k' in place of a 'c'.

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 the Kutlass lifts up its swords after a few seconds. 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. In the ending's Cast of Characters, a Kutlass is classified under the Kremling Kuthroats category.

Kutlasses appear in the following levels in the following colors: Krockhead Klamber (yellow); Rambi Rumble (yellow); Gusty Glade (yellow); Web Woods (green); Windy Well (green); Castle Crush (yellow); Chain Link Chamber (both colors); Jungle Jinx (yellow); and lastly Fiery Furnace (green).

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, but at a higher pitch.

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

Profiles and statistics[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: 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.[1]
  • Instruction booklet (Game Boy Advance version): Kutlass mail-ordered his razor-sharp swords, which turned out to be a bit bigger than they looked on TV. Excellent![2]




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カットラス

Italian Sciabbo
Dull, made-up short from of sciabola ("saber"/"cutlass")
Spanish Kutlass


  1. ^ a b Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest English instruction booklet. Page 31.
  2. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2 (Game Boy Advance) English instruction booklet. Page 23.