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First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (statue cameo) (2018)

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. 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, crooked 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. If he touches Donkey Kong, he will swallow him whole, then forcefully regurgitate him. If Donkey Kong is regurgitated with one heart left, he is spat out of the arena. 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. His spikes are also retracted during the entirety of this attack. 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 unconscious. 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 American English description British English 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
Gluttonous Mugly
Spanish El Foso de Mufeo The Pit of Mugly
German Grässli's Erdloch Mugly's Hole
Italian Colle Bruttomuso Mugly Hill
Chinese 贪吃鬼 马古力
Tānchīguǐ Mǎgǔlì
Gluttonous Mugly


Language Name Meaning
Japanese マグリー
Spanish Mufeo Possible contraction of muy feo, meaning very ugly.
French (NOA) Grobêta From "gros bêta" (moron)
French (NOE) Jauny From jaune (yellow)
German Grässli From grässlich (ghastly)
Italian Bruttomuso From brutto (ugly) and muso (muzzle)
Chinese 马古力



  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