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First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)
Variant of Snaps
Notable members
Scurvy Crew

Pinchlys[1] (singular: Pinchly) are red crabs and enemies that appear in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. They are essentially a stronger variant of Snaps, though unlike Snaps, Pinchlys wear a blue and white pirate bandanna.

Pinchlys first appear in the Beach world, and they later appear in the Ruins level, Mast Blast, and in the Cliff world. They are most prominent in the Beach world. Like many other enemies, Pinchlys simply move from side to side, quicker than Snaps. If Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong get in contact with a Pinchly, it pinches them, and the Kongs lose a heart.

When Donkey Kong jumps on a Pinchly, it raises its pincers. During this, Donkey Kong can Ground Pound next to the Pinchly to flip it over. The Kongs can then jump on the Pinchly to defeat it. If the Kongs do not defeat the Pinchly quickly enough, it gets out the ground and resumes moving around. The Kongs can also defeat a Pinchly by rolling into it while its pincers are raised.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チョッキーノ


Pinchly & Pal
  • In a concept artwork titled "Pinchly & Pal", a Pinchly can be seen next to an unknown red crab with a sword replacing its right pincer. However, this specific crab is not featured in any level.


  1. ^ Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 25.