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Pinchlys first appear in the Beach area, the third level of the Ruins area, Mast Blast, and later in the Cliff area. Pinchlys move from side to side, and can only hurt Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong if they come in contact with them. In addition, they move quicker than their weaker variant, the Snaps. To defeat a Pinchly, the Kongs have to bounce on its head, and then Ground Pound the area next to it when its claws are up. This flips it over, and it is vulnerable to a jump. They can also roll at them while their claws are up to defeat them.