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Artwork of Rattly from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Full name Rattly the Rattlesnake[1][2]
Rattly the Snake[3][4]
Species Rattlesnake
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)

Rattly, originally named Slinky Snake,[5] is a large, green, red-ringed rattlesnake and an Animal Friend appearing mainly in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2. Rattly's body is coiled up like a spring, which he bounces on to move around. Rattly's main attribute is the ability to bounce high, and because of this, he has been considered a successor to Winky from Donkey Kong Country.


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

Rattle Battle
Rattly in Rattle Battle in 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 first appears in Topsail Trouble, where players 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, his most major role in a level, because Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong have to enter a Rattly Barrel in a room at the start to play as Rattly for a majority of the level. In Gloomy Gulch level Gusty Glade, Rattly can optionally be ridden. In Toxic Tower, players are required to transform into Rattly to perform high jumps to escape from the rising toxic waste, up until the Star Barrel, where players use other animal buddies. Rattly is used for the final segment in Animal Antics, set in a jungle environment.

Rattly's most noticeable ability is his Superjump, allowing him to bounce high to reach normally inaccessible locations, sometimes to find a level collectible or Bonus Barrel. Rattly can also jump in midair when falling from a platform, and he can bounce off Zingers without taking damage. On a small note, Rattly hops while moving.

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

Toxic Tower
Rattly in Toxic Tower in 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, Topsail Trouble, Rattle Battle, Gusty Glade, Toxic Tower, and Animal Antics.

Donkey Konga series[edit]

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. In Donkey Konga 3 JP, Rattly's artwork can appear again in Freestyle Zone.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

Rattly the Rattlesnake is referenced in the Metro Kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey, where one of the street signs is named after him. However, his name is misspelled "Rattley".

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo Switch)[edit]

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 Rattly, although his name remains misspelled.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

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

  • Instruction booklet: 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.[6]

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

  • Virtual Console manual bio: "Hold Select Button to perform a high jump."

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Rattly The Spirit of Rattly the Rattlesnake from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Donkey Kong Series Support (1) Advanced Jump ↑ Spirit Board Yoshi
  • The enemy loves to jump
  • The enemy has increased jump power
Kongo Jungle Snakey Chanty


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Rattly.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ラトリー

German Rattly
Italian Rattly
From "boa" and the given name "Beatrix"
Russian Гремучкин
Derived from гремучий (gremuchij, "rattling") with Russian surname suffix -ин ("-in")

Spanish Rattly


A partially playable Rattly in the code for Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong for Game Boy Color.
Rattly (shown as Dixie) bounces on a Buzz.
  • 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.


  1. ^ Nintendo (1995). Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet. Page 24.
  2. ^ Nintendo (2004). Donkey Kong Country 2 (Game Boy Advance) instruction booklet. Page 21.
  3. ^ (June 1996). Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #39. Page 63.
  4. ^ (February 1997). Nintendo Magazine System (Australia) Issue 47. Page 49.
  5. ^ "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." – (1995). Donkey Kong Land, Nintendo Magazine System (UK) WORLD EXCLUSIVE Review booklet. Page 21.
  6. ^ Nintendo (1995). Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet. Page 25.