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Mugly Artwork - Donkey Kong Country Returns.png
Species Unknown
First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (trophy cameo) (2014)

Mugly is a boss appearing in the game Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. He is the first boss that Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong face. Mugly is faced in the Jungle area and his mission is titled Mugly's Mound, where he is hypnotized by Kalimba Tiki. He is a relative of Thugly, the boss faced at the end of the Cliff area.[1]

General information[edit]

Physical description[edit]

At first, Mugly is a yellow dinosaur-like monster. He walks on all fours and has a huge mouth with many white, sharp teeth. Mugly has two lazy eyes as well. The monster is covered with red spikes that he can retract at will. During Mugly's second stage, he becomes orange instead of yellow. In his third and final stage, he turns from orange to red.


Mugly only has four attacks. His most basic attack consists of running across the screen back and forth. During this time, his spikes are retracted, which makes him vulnerable to a jump attack. Mugly can also bounce along the stage, trying to crush Donkey and Diddy beneath him. The two simians can easily roll under Mugly and strike him on his vulnerable back. During Mugly's second and third stage, he can jump high in the air and create a huge shockwave when he lands. Also, during Mugly's second and third stage, he can charge fast at the duo, but this can be easily jumped over. This causes Mugly to run into a wall and succumb to dizziness. The Kongs then have a chance to jump on him while he is unconcious. During each stage, he attacks more often and performs them faster.

In Time Attack mode, Mugly has to be defeated in one minute and fifty-seven seconds for bronze, one minute and twenty-three seconds for silver, and fifty-six seconds for gold. For a shiny gold medal, Mugly has to be beaten within thirty-eight seconds.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophy information[edit]

Name Image NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Mugly MuglyTrophy3DS.png Mugly doesn't even peel bananas before eating them! Maybe he gets his yellow skin that way. I'm sure he's a lovable monster when he isn't controlled by evil Tikis. When he charges, his spikes go away—maybe so he can go faster? It definitely exposes his weak spot... You know how eating carrots all the time can turn you orange? If bananas have a similar effect, that might explain Mugly. His spikes retract whenever he charges, which is either a sign of his better nature when he's not hypnotised by the Tiki Tak Tribe, or just a regular old weak point!


Names in other languages[edit]

Mugly's Mound[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese くいしんぼ マグリー
Kuishinbo Magurī
Mugly the Glutton
Spanish El Foso de Mufeo Mugly's Pit
German Grässli's Erdloch Mugly's Hole


Language Name Meaning
Japanese マグリー
Spanish Mufeo Mugly
French (NOA) Grobêta -
French (NOE) Jauny from jaune (yellow)
German Grässli from grässlich (ghastly)



  1. ^ "Thugly is related to Mugly, the boss from the first area in the Jungle. Therefore, many of the tactics you used to defeat Mugly will come in handy here." — Michael Knight, Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide, page 120