Pointy Tucks

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Pointy Tucks
Viking Art2 - Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze.png
First appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) (2014)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)
Parent species Tucks
Derived species
Trench Tucks
Related species
Papa Painguin

A Pointy Tucks (also called Pointy Tuck) is a variant of Tucks appearing in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. They are penguin members of the Snowmads with a viking helmet displaying exceptionally sharp horns. In addition, they wear a leather collar with the Snowmad symbol. Compared to regular Tucks, Pointy Tucks appear to have a less crooked posture.

History[edit]

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

In the game's intro, a Pointy Tucks spots Donkey Kong Island through a telescope. After inspecting it more closely and finding Donkey Kong's hut, the character immediately rushes to the leader of the Snowmads, Lord Fredrik, to report the findings.

Pointy Tucks later appear as common enemies throughout the game. They walk from side to side, hurting the Kongs when simply touched from the sides. They cannot be jumped on normally either, as their sharp horns prevent attacks from above and can cause the Kongs to take damage. To defeat a Pointy Tucks, the characters have to attack it with a roll, Rambi or an object such as a barrel. Cranky Kong's cane bounce can also be used to defeat them without taking damage. The enemy can be stopped briefly by shooting it with a popgun and even stunned with a ground pound performed next to it.

There are shielded variants of Pointy Tucks called Trench Tucks. Papa Painguins are spear-wielding enemies that wear viking helmets akin to those worn by Pointy Tucks, protecting them in the same way.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

A Pointy Tucks, referred to as a "Pointy Tuck", is depicted as a Donkey Kong series trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The trophy's North American description implies that Papa Painguins are actually Pointy Tucks with spears, despite them wearing a belt instead of a collar and being visibly more stout and hunched.

Profiles[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy[edit]

Name Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Pointy Tuck PointyTuckTrophyWiiU.png Wii U Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (02/2014) These penguin-like foes from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze make up just part of the Snowmad army. The big horns on their helmets will make you think twice about jumping on them, and if they spot you, they'll charge at you with their spears. Slapping the ground stuns them, though. Take that chance to roll them into oblivion! When the Snowmad army invades DK Island in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, there penguin-like foes make up just part of its troops. The big horns on their helmets will make you think twice about jumping on them, but in the original game, you can defeat them by rolling or throwing barrels.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ホルムペンガー
Horumu Pengā
Holm Pengar
Spanish Vilgüino curtido Portmanteau of vil (vile) and pingüino (penguin). Curtido means experienced
German Piekuin From Pieksig (spiny) and Pinguin (Penguin)