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First appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) (2014)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)
Variant of Hootz
Tiki Tork
Concept artwork of a Puffton
Concept artwork of a Puffton

Pufftons are common enemies in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its Nintendo Switch port. They are large, indigo owls donning a mustache, and a leather sash with the Snowmad symbol is wrapped around their body. Pufftons are the sturdier relatives of Hootzes and have an even stronger variant named Tufftons. Pufftons act similarly to Tiki Torks from Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Pufftons always fly in the air, in either a horizontal or vertical pattern. They usually appear between two platforms, and the Kongs must jump on them to move to the next platform. Pufftons do not target the Kongs, but they still lose a heart point from touching a Puffton. The Kongs can defeat Pufftons by either jumping on them or rolling into them three times, or by throwing another enemy or barrel at them. Donkey Kong earns a Banana Coin per each jump on a Puffton.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジャウル
Possibly from「ジャイアント」(jaianto, giant) and「コウル」(Kouru, Hootz)
French (NOE) Grobou From "gros" (big or fat) and "hibou" (owl)
German Schuhu -
Italian Gufolot Heavy/big owl
Spanish Lechuzo sabio From "sabio" (wise) + a masculine adaptation of "lechuza" (the common name for several species of owls)