Precarious Plateau

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Precarious Plateau
Precarious Plateau
Level code 6-5
World Cliff
Game Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D)
Music track Boulder Roller
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Precarious Plateau is the forty-second level in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, as well as the fifth area in the Cliff world. A key from Cranky Kong's Shop is required to access it.

With Rambi, Donkey and Diddy Kong must travel across many falling platforms and dodge swinging boulders. Additionally, the level includes wooden bridges, which fall with the weight of the heroes, and big stone platforms and walls. Many of these stone platforms are held by ropes and slowly swing over gaps. The Kongs can ride on the stones to progress of the many abysses in this level. Like other cliff-themed levels, the primates can find many dinosaur bones lying all over the stage in Precarious Plateau. Enemies in this level include Tiki Goons, Tiki Tanks, Tiki Buzzes, Flaming Tiki Buzzes, Tiki Zings, and fireballs.

In the Time Attack mode of the game, a time of 1:00:00 is needed to get a gold medal, a time of 1:13:00 for silver, and a time of 1:59:00 for bronze.


The level begins in a canyon-like background area, where Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong can find a cactus holding a Banana Coin. There is a high place with a Rambi Crate on it above this, accessible by jumping on a nearby Tiki Buzz's head. After this a blue plant hiding a Puzzle Piece is found. Several rock platforms are ahead with wooden board on them. When the group stands on these, they crumble and fall, so they must cross them quickly. After the three platforms in a solid piece of ground. A boulder is hung here, swinging around the K letter. Another wooden platform is found near here, being protected by another boulder. A DK Barrel is here as well. The Kongs need to pass on other platforms, most of which are solid and have a single boulder swinging around them, to arrive in a ground part with a Tutorial Pig and a boulder the Tutorial Pig marks the checkpoint.

Farther ahead, the Kongs can find a slightly lower area of land with a cactus on it. Above the cactus is a swing boulder. After the Kongs climb a small ledge, they can find a bridge covered in Tiki Goons. The Kongs can find a switch that can destroy a wall immediately after this bridge, causing the wooden wall to fall. A Barrel Cannon is revealed when it is gone to let them access a background area of the level. The letter O is placed here, where there is a long set of falling bridge platforms. Tiki Tanks run all over this area, coming from holes in the rock wall from behind. Two platforms made of wood take the primates to a group of rock platforms set up like an energy transporter and a Barrel Cannon. This cannon shoots them to a piece of land with some Tiki Goons on it. The N letter is here, along with another two stone platforms, one of which falls with the Kongs' weight. Another Tutorial Pig is after these stone platforms to mark the checkpoint.

Many other stone and wood platforms are ahead. The first platform swings across a gap and takes the Kongs to a large, solid platform. Just ahead of this is a group of stone platforms, followed by wooden platforms. One last stone platform is after all of these, which is guarded by a Tiki Goon and a fireball. On the other side of the gap next to this platform is a large area of land with a large switch on it. When the switch is hit a few times, a Barrel Cannon appears, along with a wall that Rambi can charge through to find a secret area full of collectibles. The Barrel Cannon takes the group to a place in the background with a lot of bananas and Tiki Zings orbiting around the area. Rambi can take out the normal Tiki Zings, but the fireball variants are immune to Rambi's attacks. After passing six groups of circling bananas and enemies, the Kongs can find the Slot Machine Barrel.


Image Name Count
Fireball Fireball 4
Flaming Tiki Buzz Flaming Tiki Buzz 3
A Tiki Buzz Tiki Buzz 2
A Tiki Goon Tiki Goon 8
A Tiki Tank Tiki Tank 5
Model of Tiki Zing from Donkey Kong Country Returns Tiki Zing 4


Image Name Count
A Banana Coin Banana Coin 11
A DK Barrel DK Barrel 1
Heart Heart 2
Rambi Crate Rambi Crate 1
Red Balloon Red Balloon 2

K-O-N-G Letters[edit]

Image Letter Location
DKCR Precarious Plateau Letter K.png K Immediately before the first DK Barrel is the letter K underneath a swinging boulder.
O Letter of Precarious Plateau. O On the wooden bridge in the background area, which is located after the first switch, the Kongs can find the letter O in the air. They can collect it by simply jumping.
N Letter of Precarious Plateau. N The letter N is located on the fourth stone platform after the bridge where the letter O is found.
Precarious Plateau G On the stone platform before the last switch, the Kongs can find the letter G.

Puzzle Pieces[edit]

Image Number Location
Puzzle Piece 1 of Precarious Plateau. 1 At the start of the level, if Donkey Kong blows on the blue plant that is located at the edge of the first cliff, a Puzzle Piece comes out.
Bonus room of Precarious Plateau. 2 Shortly after the checkpoint, the Kongs should use Rambi to smash through a wall with a block that has the rhinoceros's face on it. Behind this block is the entrance to a Bonus Level, where the Kongs must collect many bananas, two Banana Coins, and two Extra Life Balloons around many moving platforms that travel in a vertical path. Once everything is collected, a Puzzle Piece appears.
Puzzle Piece 3 of Precarious Plateau. 3 Immediately after the first switch the makes a Barrel Cannon appear, one of the primates should blow on another blue plant that is located on a small, solid platform to reveal a Puzzle Piece.
Puzzle Piece 4 of Precarious Plateau. 4 When the Kongs hit the final switch in the level, they should ignore the Barrel Cannon that appears and use Rambi to smash through a wall of blocks. On the other side of this wall, they can find many collectibles, including the fourth Puzzle Piece.
Puzzle Piece 5 of Precarious Plateau. 5 At the end of the level, the Kongs can find many bananas and Tiki Zings orbiting around the area. If they collect all of the bananas, the fifth and final Puzzle Piece appears.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese かくれんぼランビ
Kakurenbo Ranbi
Hide-and-Seek Rambi

French (NOA) Plateau du Rhino
Rhino's Plateau
German Gefahr auf dem Plateau
Danger on the Plateau
Italian Altopiano viadiqua
Away From Here Plateau
Spanish Péndulos Precarios
Precarious Pendulums