From the Super Mario Wiki
First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)
Parent species Snaps
Notable members
Scurvy Crew

Pinchlys[1][2] are enemies that first appeared in the game Donkey Kong Country Returns. They are basic red crabs wearing a blue and white bandanna.

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.


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 does not appear in any of the levels in the game.


  1. ^ "Pinchly & Pal" concept artwork, "Critters 1 Gallery" in the "Extras" section of Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  2. ^ Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 25. The guide uses this plural form of the name.