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A Necky in Donkey Kong Country
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (cameo) (2014)
Derived species
Notable members
Master Necky
Master Necky Snr.
Fire Necky
“Watch out for this high-flying foe!”
Donkey Kong Country instruction booklet, page 29

Neckies are large brown vultures that prowl the skies and mines (uncharacteristically for birds) of Donkey Kong Island. They seem to be affiliated with the Kremling Krew.


Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

The first appearance of Neckies is in Donkey Kong Country as common enemies. Neckies try to attack Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong by flying into them, or by hitting them with coconuts. Neckies can be defeated by being jumping upon or hit by a barrel. Donkey Kong Country also features two Necky bosses named Master Necky and Master Necky Snr.

In the Game Boy sequel, Donkey Kong Land, they are exceedingly rare, and the flying variant seems to have been replaced by the enemy Hogwash.

There is also a smaller subspecies of Neckies called Mini-Neckies. In Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Land, they fire nuts at the player; in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2 they lose this ability and instead launch themselves at the player. Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Land 2 also has a Mini-Necky boss named Krow. Normal Neckies don't appear in Donkey Kong Country 2 or Donkey Kong Land 2 and neither species appear in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! or Donkey Kong Land III.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

The enemy Necky from Donkey Kong 64

In Donkey Kong 64, two Neckies, referred to as Buzzards[1][2], appear in Angry Aztec. One of these Buzzards is located in the Temple where Tiny Kong is found, and must be blasted several times with Lanky Kong's Grape Shooter in order to cause it to drop its Golden Banana. The other Buzzard is actually friendly and challenged Diddy Kong to a race.

Donkey Kong Racing[edit]

Neckies were seen in the trailer for Donkey Kong Racing in the background of when the logo was shown and when Kiddy was riding on Ellie along with many creatures aside from Kiddy. They were presumably going to be rideable creatures.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

Neckies appear as obstacles in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast and as flying creatures that players may knock into.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, silhouettes of Neckies can sometimes be seen projecting on the sunset sky of the Kongo Jungle stage. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Neckies can be too seen flying in the background of the arena Jungle Japes. Other than these minor appearances, Neckies do not have any other function in the games of this series.


Neckies can be encountered in the listed levels of the following games:

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

A Necky in Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Land[edit]





Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ネッキー

(Donkey Kong 64)
Spanish Neky Necky


  1. Barton, Jeff, Mario De Govia, and Donato Tica. Donkey Kong 64 Prima Official Game Guide. Pages 56 and 60.