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The Lightfish as it appears in Donkey Kong 64
The Lightfish's in-game appearance
Species Fish
First appearance Donkey Kong 64 (1999)

The Lightfish[1] is an Animal Friend[citation needed] in Donkey Kong 64. It only appears in Gloomy Galleon, where it follows the active Kong inside the sunken ships and helps them navigate its dark cabins by lighting up the path forward, much like Glimmer does in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Whenever it is nearby, a bubbling sound plays. The game's official site used the wording "a Lightfish" in reference to it, suggesting that the Lightfish is part of a species.[1]

The German strategy guide and Spanish Nintendo website both refer to the Lightfish as Glimmer;[2][3] the former also features artwork of the Lightfish with a mildly different appearance, much more similar to the Donkey Kong Country 2 Animal Friend.

The Lightfish was designed by Chris Seavor,[4][5] former Rareware game designer and voice actor of Conker.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
German Glimmer[2]
Spanish Glimmer, Pez Linterna[3]
Glimmer, the Lantern Fish


  1. ^ a b Donkey Kong 64 Banana Guide. Gloomy Galleon. Archived from the original on February 29, 2000, 14:20:16 UTC via Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Donkey Kong 64 official German guide. Page 2Media:German glimmer.jpg.
  3. ^ a b Guía, trucos y ayuda de Donkey Kong 64. "Animales". Guías Nintendo. Retrieved June 12, 2018. (Archived July 9, 2021, 19:49:58 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  4. ^ conkerhimself (July 9, 2021). Some fish thing with a lamp on its head..and. erm... can't remember the other one. Long time ago.. Twitter. Retrieved July 9, 2021. (Archived July 9, 2021, 19:35:16 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  5. ^ conkerhimself (August 9, 2023). Here's my original sketch.... Twitter. Retrieved August 9, 2023. (Archived August 9, 2023, 16:20:47 UTC via Wayback Machine.)