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Not to be confused with Sneek.
A Neek
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance DK: Jungle Climber (2007)
Subject origin Gnawty
Derived subjects
“Named for the annoying little squeaking sounds they make, these bilge rats infest every corner of Crocodile Isle. Check out their cool rendered fur!”
Donkey Kong Country 2 manual, page 28

Neeks are large, gray rats and enemies that first appear in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.[1] In their appearances, Neeks are one of the weakest enemies and can be defeated from any attack. Behaviorally, Neeks act as the successor to Gnawtys from Donkey Kong Country. In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Neeks were succeeded by a different rat enemy, Sneek.


Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, a Neek makes a sound effect similarly to a mouse's squeak when encountered by Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong, and it only moves back and forth. A Neek can be defeated from either having a barrel or other object thrown at it, being jumped on, or rolled into. Neeks first appear in the first level, Pirate Panic, where they are also the first enemy encountered, and appear in at least one level in every other world. Additionally, the Game Over screen shows a Neek at the bottom left, near Diddy's left leg.

Club Nintendo[edit]

In the Club Nintendo comic adaptation of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, several Neeks appear to menace Diddy and Dixie on the Gangplank Galleon. These Neeks are handily defeated by the Kongs, who simply jump on them. Later in the comic, a single Neek appears alongside various other monsters in K. Rool's Keep. In this comic, Neeks were portrayed as being capable of speaking, instead of simply making squeaking sounds.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Neek in Super Mario-Kun

A Neek makes a brief appearance in Volume 14 of Super Mario-Kun. The last part of the book has a series of comics based on Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, including a 'find the differences' activity between several enemies, including Neek.

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

Neeks reappear in Donkey Kong Land 2, where they have the same role as in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Like their debut appearance, Neeks are first encountered in the first level, Pirate Panic. A Neek still appears in the Game Over screen, which was reused from Donkey Kong Country 2.

DK: King of Swing / DK: Jungle Climber[edit]

Neeks appear in both DK: King of Swing and DK: Jungle Climber. They move around on the Peg Boards, and if Donkey Kong comes in contact with a Neek, he loses a heart of his health. In both games, Donkey Kong can defeat a Neek by charging into it.





Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ニーク
Italian Nik -
Spanish Neek -



  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet, page 28.
  2. ^ E3 1996 Promotional Trailer