Mole Miner Max

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Mole Miner Max
Concept art of Mole Miner Max
Species Mole Miner
First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (trophy cameo) (2014)

Mole Miner Max is the fourth boss in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. He and his army of Mole Miners are the bosses of the Cave world. When first encountered, Mole Miner Max's minions are seen loading the Mine Carts up with bananas from Donkey Kong's hoard. Max himself is seen in the cab of his train before he is hypnotized by Banjo Bottom, forcing him to start up the train and drive off with the bananas.

During battle, his weapon of choice is a pickaxe, much like most Mole Miners. He uses the same fighting style as his minions; however, he is a bit faster than them, and his attacks are more unpredictable. Sometimes, he will throw his pickaxe at the Kongs; other times, he simply swings it at them but will not throw it. After Mole Miner Max has been defeated, the train starts slowing down and stops short at the edge of the cliff.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Mole Miner Max makes a minor appearance as a trophy. His trophy has his eyes fully visible, confirming their appearance in the game's concept art.

Physical description[edit]

Max is about three times larger than his minions. Like the other moles, Max wears a hardhat with a headlamp on it. However, unlike them, he wears an orange and yellow miner's vest. Max also has a single big tooth hanging out of his mouth and freckles on both cheeks. His concept artwork depicts him with red eyes and black pupils, unlike his minions, whose small black eyes are covered by their helmets. He is about the same in color as other mole miners, though his fur is slightly darker.


Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy[edit]

Name Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Mole Miner Max Mole Miner Max trophy from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Wii Donkey Kong Country Returns (11/2010)
3DS Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (05/2013)
The Mole Train travels through the Cave area. It's generally a hardworking train, but Banjo Tiki sends it speeding down the track. Chase after it using the separated carts, all while dodging the pickaxes thrown by the hypnotized Mole Miners. Defeat those critters when you get a chance! Hypnotised by Banjo Bottom, Mole Miner Max and his workers use the Mole Train and its carts to move massive amounts of bananas around. When a tie-wearing gorilla shows up to put a stop to the Tiki Tak Tribe's plans, though, Banjo Bottom uses the train to try and escape. Whack those moles and take out Banjo Bottom!


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese モールカート
Mōru Kāto
Mole Cart
French (NOE) Tobby, Chef Taupe From taupe (mole)
German Oberkumpel Otto Head Miner Otto
Italian Grottalpa Maxima Mole Miner Max
Spanish (NOE) (El) topo minero Max (The) mole miner Max


  • Mole Miner Max is the only boss in Donkey Kong Country Returns that the player does not directly face upon entering a boss level. Instead, one must get through a group of generic enemies before actually squaring off against him.