Polar Pitfalls

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Polar Pitfalls
Screenshot of Polar Pitfalls
Level code 3-3
Game Donkey Kong Land III
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Polar Pitfalls, named Snow in the Time Attack mode, is the fifteenth level of Donkey Kong Land III and the third level of Blackforest Plateau/ Polar Pitfalls takes place within a snowy tundra, where Dixie and Kiddy Kong go through the level on foot rather than by using a toboggan. The level features slippery slopes and the recurring snow-capped chalets. As its title suggests, Polar Pitfalls features several pitfalls that the Kongs must jump across, but the icy, slippery ground makes it harder. Skiddas are the main enemy encountered, but Buzzes and Krimps also appear throughout. Near the end of the level, there is a pit spawning an indefinite number of Lemguins. Polar Pitfalls is one of the twelve levels in the Time Attack mode, where it has to be completed in under 53 seconds.


Dixie Kong about to jump onto a Lemguin in Polar Pitfalls of Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong
Dixie jumping toward a Lemguin

At the beginning of the level, the Kongs run down a slippery slope and defeat some enemies. Jumping over a snow-bound house, they end up walking through a long pathway full of a few more enemies. After getting over another house, the group can find the letter K. Farther on, the apes move around another snow covered house and run up a few more steep slopes. Once they both cross a few small gaps, they can find the letter O in the right side of another gap. After they get the letter and travel over a smaller gap, they move down to a low area, walking down some slippery, white hills. Eventually, they can make their way up a large hill to find a house. On it, they find the Star Barrel.

About halfway through the level, Dixie and Kiddy walk along a rather flat path and soon jump over another house, passing a Steel Barrel. Shortly after getting to this point, they find the letter N and have to hop across a few small pits. Once they progress more through the level, avoiding a few enemies, the apes find a tribe of Lemguins. Watching out for the sliding penguins, they need to walk down some stair-like platforms to find the letter G. Shortly after, the heroes can find themselves climbing up two large, steep, snow-capped hills. At the top of these hills, they can find a flagpole. Once the touch the flagpole allows the apes to end the level.

Items and objects[edit]

K-O-N-G Letters[edit]

  • K: In front of a house with a Skidda on top.
  • O: In a gap between two platforms.
  • N: Northeast of a Steel Barrel.
  • G: In front of a chalet with a Skidda on top.

DK Coin[edit]

Dixie Kong holding a Steel Keg at the Koin of Polar Pitfalls in Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong
The Koin of Polar Pitfalls

After passing the Star Barrel, the Kongs can find Koin in a ditch. To defeat Koin, the Kongs must continue onward and go past a chalet, where they can find a Steel Barrel. The Kong must go back with the Steel Barrel and throw it at either wall of the ditch, based on the opposite direction Koin is facing. The Steel Barrel bounces back and hits Koin in the back, causing him to be defeated and relinquish his DK Coin.

Bonus Areas[edit]

Kiddy Kong going through the first Bonus Area of Polar Pitfalls in Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong Dixie Kong defeating a Kobble in the second Bonus Area of Polar Pitfalls in Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong
The first and second Bonus Levels respectively

Polar Pitfalls has two Bonus Levels, listed by type:

  • Find the Token!: In the gap after the letter O, directly after a Skidda, the Kongs can find a lone banana floating above a pit. They fall below into that pit, where they are caught by a hidden Bonus Barrel at the bottom. The objective is to head straight for the Bonus Coin on the other side, though a Skidda has to be avoided along the way.
  • Bash the Baddies!: After the letter N, the Kongs can find two gaps with Buzzes inside of them. If the Kongs jump into the gap with the second Buzz, they can fall into the second Bonus Barrel. Alternatively, the Kongs can jump into a gap just after the letter N, where a hidden Barrel Cannon catches them and blasts the Kongs through a few more Barrel Cannons, until ending up in the Bonus Barrel. The objective is for the Kongs to defeat three Skiddas and a Krimp for the Bonus Coin to appear.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゆきやまのおとし穴
Yukiyama no Otoshiana
Snow Mountain Pitfalls


  • Since the song "Frosty Frolics" from Donkey Kong Country 3 was not included in this Game Boy sequel, the song "Cascade Capers", used in waterfall levels, also plays in Polar Pitfalls.