Punch Piranha

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Bashmaster watches as a group of Punch Piranhas devour his popsicle

Punch Piranhas are a species of shoaling predator fish found in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its Nintendo Switch port. They mainly appear in Punch Bowl, the boss stage of Juicy Jungle, and are first seen in the cutscene before the boss fight, voraciously consuming Bashmaster's popsicle as it falls in the punch-filled pool. During the fight itself, Punch Piranhas attack the Kongs if they attempt to leave the main platform, tossing them back while damaging them.

Two dioramas in the extras menu imply that, outside of Juicy Jungle, Punch Piranhas also live in Sea Breeze Cove and Donkey Kong Island, although they are not encountered there during gameplay. In the Sea Breeze Cove diorama, Diddy Kong catches a Punch Piranha using a fishing rod. At the bottom of the Donkey Kong Island diorama, a school of Punch Piranhas can be seen frozen in ice, along with Mugly.