Lava Lagoon (Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest)

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Lava Lagoon
Lava Lagoon.png
Level code 2 - 3
World Crocodile Cauldron
Game Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Music track Lockjaw's Saga
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Lava Lagoon is the eighth level of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and the third level of Crocodile Cauldron. It is the second level set inside a cargo hold of a shipwreck, the first being Lockjaw's Locker. It is full of bright red lava, which harms Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong if they touch it. There are a few Exclamation Point Barrels, which temporarily protect the Kongs from being hurt by the lava. There are many Clappers that appear throughout the level, and the Kongs can jump on them to temporarily cool the lava into water. The Kongs must quickly swim through the water before it turns back to lava, and they can escape from it by either returning on land or swimming onto the next Clapper. This level introduces an underwater pufferfish enemy, Puftups. While on land, the Kongs encounter a few enemies like Klampons and Click-Clacks.

Just after the Star Barrel, behind the wall to the Kongs' right, there is a hidden animal crate containing Enguarde. Just like Lockjaw's Locker, there are certain parts of the walls which the Kongs can optionally swim through; doing so is required for the Kongs to reach Enguarde. There are two No Animal Signs in the level: one appears just outside the Bonus Level entrance while the other appears at the end of the Bonus Level. Both of them reward a Red Balloon if crossed with Enguarde.


The Kongs begin the stage on some large crates and barrels with a small pit ahead of them that is full of hot water. A DK Barrel and some bananas float above this pit. After the heroes pass a nearby Neek and climb over a pile of crates, barrels, and other objects, they can find a Clapper and a large pool of water. By jumping on the seal, they can cool down the hot water so that they can swim through it. In the water, they can find a Flotsam, some bananas, and a single Banana Bunch. Some large crates float on top of the water, and a Klampon walks along them. If the heroes continue to the east from here and make their way to the other side of the water area, they come along some more large crates and past a lone Klampon. Soon, they discover another Clapper next to a pool of water, which they must cool down with the seal buddy. As they swim through the wide, underwater area, they come past a few Flotsams and some bananas. A Banana Coin is also hidden in this area in an alcove that is guarded by one of the Flotsams. Once the primates make their way to the other end of the water area, they reach a few more large boxes that they can walk on. They can find a Clapper with a DK Barrel above it in this area near a pool of water. As they travel through the water, with the help of the Clapper who can cool it down, they approach the letter K and some bananas in a few small alcoves. One of the alcoves, which contains several bananas, is guarded by a Flotsam that moves back and forth in a horizontal path. After the Kongs pass this Flotsam and another alcove that contains a Banana Bunch, they head up a passage leading to the north with an additional Flotsam in it. If they continue upwards from here, they reach the surface of the water, where they can find two large barrel platforms with a Blast Barrel on one of them.

Lava Lagoon
The Kongs swim through an underwater area and avoid a Flotsam

The Blast Barrel can blast them upwards into a higher area with another Blast Barrel in it, which can then shoot them onto some crates. As they shoot through the barrels, the water level quickly rises. Additionally, after shooting out of the first of the Blast Barrels, the primates can move along the left side of the wall to head through a crate and into a thin area that contains another Blast Barrel, which can blast them onto the higher crates and to a Banana Coin. After the heroes reach the top of the area with either of the two paths, they can find a Klampon and another Clapper next to an area of water. Once the seal cools down the water, they can safely swim through to find some bananas along the ground. Some Flotsams and two Lockjaws also swim through the water, which the letter O is located above in an alcove. A small gap is also placed at the top of the underwater area, and if the primates jump through it, they can find an area above the water that contains an Exclamation Point Barrel. If they continue through the water from here, they soon reach a Banana Bunch in a small alcove and a passage leading upwards, where the heroes can find some large crates above the surface of the water that hold a Klampon. A Star Barrel is located above these crates.

Two small gaps full of water are ahead of here, and a Kaboing jumps on the thin platform between them. There is a Clapper placed after the pits, and the heroes can bounce on the helper to cool down a nearby area of water. As they swim through this water, they come up to a DK Barrel and a few crates in the bottom-right corner of the area that they can swim through to find a hidden room with an animal crate containing Enguarde in it. A Banana Bunch is also located next to this crate. If the primates head west through the underwater area, they make their way past some bananas and Puftups. After they pass the foes, they make their way up a passage that take them to some large crates and barrels positioned above the surface of the water. A Clapper is on these objects, and once the heroes approach it, the water level rises. After the water rises, the heroes must make their way through a passage that is placed above a group of bananas that form an arrow pointing upwards. If they follow the arrow and head upwards, they make their way into a large area full of Lockjaws.

Lava Lagoon
Dixie drops into a gap located under a DK Barrel

A hidden passage over some crates is in the top-left corner of this wide room, and it leads the heroes to many collectibles, including bananas, two Banana Coins, and the letter N. As they head through the passage, they can also, in the Game Boy Advance version only, find a hidden room with a Lockjaw in possession of a photograph in it. If the primates do not travel through this hidden path, they must instead head through a wide room full of Lockjaws. Some bananas and another letter N are located around the area for the heroes to grab. Eventually, the Kongs make their way to the surface of the water, where they can find some large crates and barrels that they can walk on. A No Animal Sign is in this area; once it is passed, Enguarde disappears, and the heroes are awarded with a red Extra Life Balloon. There are some large crates, one of which that holds a barrel, ahead of the sign, and the heroes must climb over it while dodging a single Click-Clack to reach a small gap and a DK Barrel.

Once they drop into the gap, they can find a thin passage leading to the west that is full of Click-Clacks. At the end of the passage, they can find a Clapper next to a pool of water. As they swim through this water, they come past several Puftups that rise and fall in the water. Alcoves are also scattered throughout the area, and they contain bananas and a Banana Bunch. Soon, they Kongs make their way into a thin passage that leads to both a small area with the letter G in it and another room with a Clapper in it. A hidden area can be accessed if they swim through the crates to the right of the Clapper, and it holds several bananas, an Exclamation Point Barrel, and a Video Game Hero Coin. A Blast Barrel is also located at the end of this hidden room to blast the heroes out of the water before it burns them. If the primates do not take this hidden path, they must instead swim upwards through a narrow passage to reach the surface of the water, where they can find some large crates and barrels with a Klobber on them. The End of Level Target is just ahead, and the Kongs can use team up to enter a Barrel Cannon (or Dixie Barrel in the Game Boy Advance version) to land on the target for a prize. The prizes include either a Banana Bunch, Banana Coin, or a Red Balloon.


Enemy Count
Sprite of a Click-Clack in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
Sprite of a blue Flotsam in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Sprite of a green Flotsam in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
Blue: 14 (4 in a Bonus Level)
Green: 4
Total: 18
Sprite of a gray Kaboing in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
Kaboing (gray)
Sprite of a Klampon in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
Sprite of a green Klobber in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
Klobber (green)
Sprite of a Lockjaw in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
Sprite of a Neek in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
Sprite of a Puftup in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
8 (6 more in Bonus Level)
Total: 14

Items and objects[edit]

Sprite Name Count
Banana Coin Banana Coin 10
DK Barrel DK Barrel 5
Sprite of an Invincibility Barrel from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Exclamation Point Barrel 2
Red Balloon Red Balloon 2

KONG Letters[edit]

Letter Location
Lava Lagoon (Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest) After jumping on the third Clapper, the Kongs must swim all the way down in the water. The letter K appears in an alcove on their left.
Lava Lagoon (Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest) In the third section of water, the Kongs encounter a group of Flotsam. They must swim above the first Lockjaw and collect the letter O overhead.
Lava Lagoon (Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest) Unlike most levels, there are two letter N's in the level. When the Kongs collect one, the other disappears:
  1. After the Star Barrel, the Kongs must continue swimming in the water. As they go upward, Diddy and Dixie encounter some Lockjaws. When they encounter the third Lockaw, the Kongs must swim straight up to obtain the letter N in an alcove.
  2. Alternatively, to obtain the other letter N instead, the Kongs must continue up a vertical, narrow passage just before the Lockjaw. Once they reach the top, Diddy and Dixie must continue right. As they continue, the Kongs find two Banana Coins and 14 bananas, which are sorted in two groups of one Banana Coin and seven bananas. The letter N is placed right next to the last banana, just before the gap leading back down to the main path.
Lava Lagoon (Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest) After the Bonus Level, Diddy and Dixie must swim past a few Puftups. Afterwards, they must go down a vertical gap. The letter G appears in an alcove to the right.


Item Location
Lava Lagoon (Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest)
Cranky's Video Game Hero Coin
After the letter G, the Kongs must continue swimming up to find the last Clapper of the level. To the right of Clapper is a gap which Diddy and Dixie can pass through. It leads into a large, enclosed space with an Exclamation Point Barrel, followed by a DK Barrel. The Kongs must continue swimming up, as they follow a trail of bananas, to find the Video Game Hero Coin, which appears in the center of the area. The Kongs can exit the area by swimming into a Blast Barrel at the top-left.
Golden Feather DKC2 GBA.png
Golden feather (GBA version)
After the Bonus Level, the Kongs must continue into an area with four Puftups. Between the second and third Puftup,the Kongs must swim upward to a small gap. From here, Diddy and Dixie can jump out the water to collect the golden feather floating in the alcove above.
Sprite of a photograph from both Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country on Game Boy Advance.
Photograph (GBA version)
The Kongs are required to use Enguarde to obtain the photograph. When they encounter the first Lockjaw after the Star Barrel, they must swim to the gap at the top-left, pass through the small crates overhead, and continue up the narrow, vertical path; it is the same path that leads to the second letter N. At the top, when the Kongs and Enguarde turn right, there is an alcove above that has a Lockjaw with a photograph icon. Enguarde must defeat the Lockjaw for the Kongs to obtain its photograph, which, once obtained, appears in the fourth page of the Scrapbook.


Bonus Level[edit]

Image Type and description
Lava Lagoon Destroy them All!
After the Star Barrel, and swimming past some Lockjaws, Diddy and Dixie appear in front of the No Animal Sign. They must pick up the nearby barrel, then jump down, and run it into the wall located directly right from the No Animal Sign. A lone banana appears just before the wall as a hint of its location. This creates an opening for them to enter into.

The Kongs' objective is to defeat ten enemies within 35 seconds: six of them are Puftups and four are Flotsam. Enguarde appears at the start of the Bonus Level for the Kongs to ride, because they cannot defeat the enemies without Enguarde. Afterwards, they must continue forward through the narrow maze, set between large crates and barrels, and defeat the underwater enemies with Enguarde as they go along. At the end of the path, the Kongs and Enguarde stumble upon a Puftup blocking the entrance into an enclosed space with the No Animal Sign and level exit. After defeating the Puftup, the Kremkoin appears in the enclosed area, past the No Animal Sign but before the exit. After collecting the Kremkoin, the Kongs swim through the opening to exit the Bonus Level.

Oddly if one of the enemies is skipped, the Kremkoin will still appear. This is because taking Enguarde past the No Animal Sign decrements the enemy counter for unknown reasons.

Warp Barrel[edit]

Image Location
The location of the Warp Barrel in Lava Lagoon in the Game Boy Advance version
Warp Barrel
At the start of the level, the Kongs must go onto the platform with the first Klampon. From the right corner of the platform, the Kongs must perform team up and throw the other Kong straight up to enter the Warp Barrel. This leads them into a single-screen, narrow area. The Kongs must walk down the two large barrels, then pass the bananas arranged in an exclamation mark shape, and exit from the right. This takes them back into, where they appear just before the End of Level Target.


Super Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese しゃくねつダイビング
Shakunetsu Daibingu
Red-Hot Diving
French Lagon de Lave Lagoon of Lava
German Lava Lagune (SNES)
Lavalagune (GBA)
Lava Lagoon
Italian Lapilli e Zampilli Lapilli and Zampilli
Spanish Charco de Lava Lava Pool