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The Llama, from Donkey Kong 64 (to replace the previous Llama picture)
First appearance Donkey Kong 64 (1999)
“Listen to me! The key to my freedom lies in the clouds...”
Llama, Donkey Kong 64

The Llama[1][2][3] is a minor character who appears in the Angry Aztec stage of Donkey Kong 64. He owns and lives in his own temple in the level.


The Llama is imprisoned inside a cage in the first main area following the entry passageway. Just as Donkey Kong enters the main area, the Llama vaguely hints that he can be freed in the clouds. To free him, Donkey Kong must access a Donkey Kong Pad at the stairway to the Llama's Temple and complete a Barrel Cannon challenge. By doing so, the bars of the Llama's cage rise, and he leaves to his home, the Llama's Temple, and leaves behind a Golden Banana for Donkey Kong.

Later, when Donkey Kong enters the Llama's Temple, the Llama is shown sleeping on a floor above a pit of lava. Lanky is imprisoned in a room below the pool of lava. To reach his area, Donkey Kong must navigate the Temple for a Music Pad and perform Bongo Blast on it. This wakes up the Llama, who spits into the lava, cooling it into water. He does not have another role since, although he stays awake in the same position and yawns at times.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ラーマ[4]


  • The Llama is similar to Gobi from the Banjo-Kazooie series. Aside from both being Camelids, the Llama and Gobi are both trapped in their respective desert-themed world, and they solve puzzles by spitting. In fact, in an early plan for a lava-themed area removed from the first Banjo-Kazooie game, Gobi's spit would have been used to cool lava, just like the Llama's did. A major difference with Gobi is that Banjo and Kazooie must attack him to solve puzzles.


  1. ^ Lockhart, Ryan. Donkey Kong 64 Official Perfect Guide. Page 26.
  2. ^ Barton, Jeff, Mario De Govia, and Donato Tica. Donkey Kong 64 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Pages 51 and 52.
  3. ^ Donkey Kong 64 Banana Guide on Nintendo.com, Nintendo. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  4. ^ 「ドンキーコング64任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 41.