Artwork of Rattly from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
|Full name||Rattly the Rattlesnake|
Rattly the Snake
|First appearance||Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)|
|Latest appearance||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)|
- “Rebelling against the Kremlings who infest the island, Rattly offers his high-jumping ability to help the Kongs. He can jump much higher than the Kongs, courtesy of his springy tail.”
- —Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet, page 25
Rattly is a large, green, red-ringed rattlesnake and an Animal Friend of the Donkey Kong franchise. His first appearance was in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Rattly is an inhabitant of Crocodile Isle but is described as a rebel against the Kremling Krew.
Rattly's body is coiled up like a spring, which he bounces on to move around. His main attribute is the ability to bounce high. In this regard, Rattly is considered a successor to Winky the Frog from Donkey Kong Country.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Rattly only appears in a few levels. He is either a ridable or transformable animal buddy. The player(s) as Rattly can Superjump to perform a higher jump. This allows for the player(s) to reach normally inaccessible locations, sometimes to find a level collectible or Bonus Barrel. When moving around as Rattly normally he hops, allowing the player(s) to jump in midair. The player(s) as Rattly can also jump in midair when falling from a platform. Rattly is able to bounce off Zingers without taking damage.
He first appears in Topsail Trouble, where the player(s) start the stage in front of a Rattly Crate. They can optionally use Rattly's assistance to climb the ship mast, up until the No Animal Sign next to the Star Barrel.
Rattly later appears in Rattle Battle. Unlike in Topsail Trouble, the player(s) are required to transform into Rattly, by entering a Rattly Barrel in a small room at the start. The level requires the player(s) to use Rattly's abilities.
In Toxic Tower, the player(s) are required to transform into Rattly to perform high jumps to escape from the rising toxic waste, up until the Star Barrel, where the player(s) use other animal buddies.
Rattly is used for the final segment in Animal Antics, in which his segment takes place in a jungle.
Donkey Kong Land 2
Rattly reappears in Donkey Kong Land 2, in which he retains his behavior and appears in the same level counterparts as in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
Donkey Konga series
Donkey Konga 2
Rattly makes a cameo in Donkey Konga 2. He is among the characters whose artwork appears in Freestyle Zone while the player plays the DK Bongos. Two Rattlies are engraved on a bridge in the "Port City - Foggy Morning" background scene.
Donkey Konga 3
Rattly reappears in Donkey Konga 3, where he again is among the characters whose artwork appears in Freestyle Zone while the player plays the DK Bongos.
Super Mario Odyssey
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo Switch)
Rattly the Rattlesnake is referenced in the level Uptown, Downtown in the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch versions of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, where the same street sign from Super Mario Odyssey is named after him. His name is still misspelled.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Rattly appears as an Advanced-class support spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The spirit occupies one support slot and increases the fighter's jump height when used. The spirit's puppet fighter is a Yoshi with increased jump power on the Kongo Jungle stage. The track that plays during the spirit battle is an arrangement of "Snakey Chantey" from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, referencing the level Rattle Battle in which Rattly is playable.
Donkey Kong Land 2
- Virtual Console manual bio: "Hold to perform a high jump."
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit
|Name||Image||Series / game||Type||Class||Strength / effect(s)||How to obtain||Spirit battle|
|Rattly||Donkey Kong Series||Support (1)||Advanced||Jump ↑||Spirit Board||Yoshi||
||Kongo Jungle||Snakey Chanty|
Promotional artwork featuring Diddy, Dixie, and Fulgore from Killer Instinct. Rattly is shown between Diddy and Dixie.
Names in other languages
|Italian||Boatrix||From "boa" and the given name "Beatrix"|
|Derived from "гремучий" (gremuchij, rattling) with Russian surname suffix "-ин" (-in)|
- Via hacking, the player can control a partially playable Rattly in Donkey Kong Land III. However, his sprites are missing, and only part of his usual functionality remains intact, most specifically the ability to bounce on enemies that would normally injure the Kongs, such as Buzzes and Bristles.
- According to the free 24-page booklet of Donkey Kong Land from UK's Nintendo Magazine System, Rattly's earlier name was Slinky Snake.
- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet, page 24.
- Donkey Kong Country 2 (Game Boy Advance) instruction booklet, page 21.
- Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #39, page 63.
- Nintendo Magazine System (Australia) issue 47, page 49.
- Donkey Kong Land, Nintendo Magazine System (UK) WORLD EXCLUSIVE Review booklet, page 21. "New characters include a tennis shoe-clad spider and Slinky Snake, who are there to help out in the same way as Rambi, Expresso and Co."