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Not to be confused with Pufftup.
Puftup in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
Artwork of a Puftup
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance DK: Jungle Climber (2007)
Notable members
“Slowly, but steadily, Puftup rises from the depths, getting bigger and bigger as he puffs himself up. Watch out for his spines!”
Donkey Kong Country 2 manual, page 31

Puftups are porcupine fish[1] enemies that inhabit the waters of Crocodile Isle and the bog in Ghost Island. They first appear in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Puftup's name is a reference to its ability to get "puffed up". A similar enemy, Pufftup, appears in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.


Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Puftups appear in many underwater levels. When Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong approach a Puftup, it inflates itself up. Depending on their tail color, some Puftups explode after puffing up and release spikes in four direction; if a blue-tail Puftup explodes, its spikes are unleashed in every cardinal direction, and if a green-tail Puftup explodes, its spikes are unleashed in every ordinal direction. The Puftups with a red tail do not explode, and they deflate themselves shortly after inflating. Puftups can be defeated by Enguarde the Swordfish, although he is still vulnerable to Puftup's spikes.

During the end credits' cast of characters, Puftups are featured under the "Submerged Seadogs" category.

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

Puftups make a second appearance in Donkey Kong Land 2. Unlike their previous appearance, Puftups do not puff up and explode to attack.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

A Puftup in Donkey Kong 64

Puftups return as underwater enemies in Donkey Kong 64 and were changed to purple. Puftups are usually stationary and act more like hazards than enemies: if the active Kong approaches a Puftup, it explodes like an aquatic mine. Puftoss, the boss of Gloomy Galleon and fourth overall boss, is a large Puftup. During the boss fight against King Kut Out, a few Puftups appear in the surrounding water, though unlike in other levels, they are mobile.

DK: Jungle Climber[edit]

In DK: Jungle Climber, Puftups were changed to silver. When a Puftup is deflated, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong can perform a charge attack to defeat it.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パフタップ
Spanish Puftup -


A Swellbelly
  • Puftups were originally going to appear in Donkey Kong Country,[1] with blue tail and fins, but were removed from the final version.[2]
  • In the Rareware game Banjo-Tooie, the Donkey Kong 64 Puftups were recycled into the Swellbelly enemy. The Swellbelly almost acts exactly the same as Puftups from Donkey Kong 64: its only difference is that it is orange and is fought slightly differently, swelling larger but not exploding.