|First appearance||Donkey Kong 64 (1999)|
|Latest appearance||Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (2017)|
An orange, also known as an Orange Grenade, is an explosive fruit and collectible weapon that appears in every level of Donkey Kong 64. It looks like a regular orange but has a grenade pin on top. The active Kong can throw oranges if the player presses while holding , including while in midair. Oranges first appear in one of the Training Barrels, to teach the player on how to throw oranges. By default, the Kongs can carry up to only 20 oranges, but by purchasing ammo belt upgrades at Funky's Store, the limit slightly increases to 25, and then another time to 30. Oranges can defeat most enemies and knock down certain fragile walls and fences.
Klumps, Mechanical Zingers, and some Zingers attack with green oranges; Klumps throw them while the Zingers drop them overhead. Klumps are sometimes seen eating oranges from afar, which they are shown to be unaffected by, because after swallowing an orange, the Klump belches. The Kong can defeat Klumps and Robokremlings only by throwing an orange at them.
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- The explosion from oranges causes the game to lag, which is compensated by speeding up the Kong. The lag can be abused to bypass the collision detection of certain walls, such as the one blocking the entrance to the Angry Aztec lobby. This is ineffective in the Wii U's Virtual Console release, which has a more consistent frame rate.
- Bogenn, Tim, and Ken Schmidt. Donkey Kong 64 Official Strategy Guide. Page 4.