Leaping flame

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Two leaping flames attempting to surround Donkey Kong in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Leaping flames[1] are fiery, serpent-like monsters from Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. They appear after the fireball bombard in Hot Rocket, a level in the Volcano world.

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As they emerge from lava, these flames begin chasing the Rocket Barrel-riding Kongs by revolving around them on a short distance. This way, the enemies attempt to cage the Kongs and limit their movement. If the characters crash their vehicle into the flame, they lose a life. The flames cannot be destroyed, and as they crowd around the Kongs, they become more difficult to avoid. After attempting to attack, they move behind the Kongs.


  1. ^ A proper name is not used for these enemies; however, the Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide uses the phrase "leaping flames" to refer to them at page 141: "This part of the level requires you to dodge leaping flames."