Rattly the Rattlesnake
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Rattly the Rattlesnake 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 / Donkey Kong Land 2
Rattly is an infrequent Animal Friend in both Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Land 2, where he only appears in a few levels. In both games, he has the Superjump ability to perform an even a higher jump (which can be peformed by holding down the R button and releasing it in Donkey Kong Country 2 or in Donkey Kong Land 2). This allows for him to reach normally inaccessible locations, sometimes to find a level collectible. Rattly is able to bounce off Zingers harmlessly. Aside from Zingers, Kaboings are another common foe of Rattly's.
In his first level appearance, Topsail Trouble, Diddy and Dixie start the stage in front of a Rattly Crate (or Rattly Barrel in Donkey Kong Land 2). They can optionally use Rattly's assistance to climb the ship mast, up until the No Animal Sign next to the Star Barrel.
Rattly is the main feature of his second level appearance, in Rattle Battle. Unlike Topsail Trouble, the Kongs are required to transform into Rattly, via a Rattly Barrel in a small room at the start. Rattly's special abilities are evident in the stage, because he must cross wide gaps, typically by bouncing from a few Zingers. In some parts, Rattly accesses higher ship platforms that are usually unreachable by the Kongs, even via the Team-up ability. Rattly even bounces off some Barrels fired by a Kannon near the end of the level.
The Kongs can optionally ride Rattly in the Gloomy Gulch level, Gusty Glade of Donkey Kong Country 2 (but not in the level's Donkey Kong Land 2 counterpart). This does not ease the challenge of withstanding the strong wind gusts.
In Toxic Tower, the Kongs are required to transform into Rattly to perform high jumps to escape from the rising poisonous slime, up until the Star Barrel, where Squawks assumes the second half. Rattly has the fifth and final segment in Animal Antics (or the third in its Donkey Kong Land 2 counterpart), in which his segment takes place in a jungle (just like Rambi at the start).
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