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A Pinchly
First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)
Variant of Snippys
Subject origin Crab
Notable members
Scurvy Crew

A Pinchly (pluralized as Pinchlys[1][2] or Pinchlies[3]) is a type of red crab enemy that appears in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. They are essentially a stronger variant of Snippys, though unlike Snippys, Pinchlys wear a blue and white pirate bandanna.

Pinchlys first appear in the Beach world as prominent enemies, later appearing in the Mast Blast and Tippy Shippy levels. Like Snippys, they simply move from side to side, though they are quicker. If Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong gets in contact with a Pinchly, it pinches them, and the Kongs lose a heart.

When the Kongs jump on a Pinchly, it raises its pincers. During this, the Kongs can Ground Pound next to the Pinchly to flip it over, then jump on the Pinchly to defeat it. If the Kongs do not defeat the Pinchly quickly enough, it gets back upright and resumes moving around. The Kongs can also defeat a Pinchly by rolling into it while its pincers are raised, or by rolling on top of it from a higher platform while its pichers are low.

A piece of concept artwork titled "Pinchly & Pal", unlockable in-game, shows a Pinchly next to an unknown red crab with a sword replacing its right pincer. However, this specific crab is not featured in any level.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チョッキーノ
Derived from「チョキチョキ」(choki-choki, Japanese onomatopoeia for snipping), with Italian/Spanish diminutive -ino
French (NOE) Krabak
German Zwicki From zwicken ("to pinch")
Italian Pizzichele Pinch-claws
Spanish (NOE) Pinzolero


  1. ^ Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Pages 18, 25, 44, 51, and 52.
  2. ^ Knight, Michael, and Alexander Musa. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Prima Official Game Guide. Pages 46, 53, and 54.
  3. ^ Knight, Michael, and Alexander Musa. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Prima Official Game Guide. Pages 18 and 26.