Rock Kroc

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“This Kremling uses a crafty disguise to make sneak attacks.”
Donkey Kong Country manual, page 28
Rock Kroc
Rock Kroc in Donkey Kong Country.
Artwork of a Rock Kroc from Donkey Kong Country
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country (GBA) (2003)
Variant of Kremling

Rock Krocs[1][2][3] (also spelled RockKrocs[4][5]) are enemies in Donkey Kong Country.[5][6] Unlike other Kremlings, Rock Krocs have rocky, brown skin and glowing, red eyes. Their tough skin protects them from any attack, so Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong must avoid them. Rock Krocs have the ability to move back and forth at very fast speeds, which causes the Kongs to have little to no room for escape. The official German guide for the game implies that the Rock Krocs are zombies.[7]


Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Stop & Go Station
The Kongs encounter a Rock Kroc in Stop & Go Station

In Donkey Kong Country, Rock Krocs only appear in one level, Stop & Go Station, as the main hazard and level feature. The movement of Rock Krocs is manipulated by the use of Stop & Go Barrels. By default, the Rock Krocs move because the barrels are all set to "GO", but if the barrels are set to "STOP", every Rock Kroc curls up like a boulder and ceases movement, giving the Kongs an opportunity to safely pass them without being harmed. Additionally, in the Japanese version, if a Rock Kroc is curled up, either a barrel or Donkey Kong's Hand Slap can defeat it. When defeated, Rock Kroc releases either a banana, Banana Bunch, or an Extra Life Balloon. However, after a few seconds, every Stop & Go Barrel reverts back to "GO", followed by the Rock Krocs getting up to continue moving. It is possible to roll through a Rock Kroc without taking damage.

In the Game Boy Advance version, like the original Japanese release, Rock Krocs can be defeated by Donkey Kong's Hand Slap. There is also a photograph of Rock Kroc in Stop & Go Station, located before the letter O, and once the photograph is collected, it appears under the Scrapbook's fourth page.

Donkey Kong Country novel[edit]

An individual Rock Kroc appears as one of King K. Rool's lieutenants at the end of the Donkey Kong Country novel. Shortly after the Kongs board the Gangplank Galleon, Diddy stomps Rock Kroc's head, causing him to collapse (unlike in Donkey Kong Country).

Donkey Kong Country: Rumble in the Jungle[edit]

Illustration showing a Rock Kroc commanding other Kremlings.
Illustration showing Rock Kroc commanding a group of Kremlings, from Donkey Kong Country: Rumble in the Jungle

In the novel Donkey Kong Country: Rumble in the Jungle, an individual Rock Kroc leads a "squadron" of Kremlings within their factory in Big Ape City. Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Cranky Kong and Funky Kong encounter Rock Kroc after they are found trying to escape the factory in Funky's barrel plane. Rock Kroc and the Kremlings attempt to attack the plane, however Donkey Kong uses a TNT Barrel to rip a large hole in the factory's wall, and they escape before Rock Kroc can reach them.


Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Instruction booklet:

  • "This Kremling uses a crafty disguise to make sneak attacks."

Player's Guide:

  • "This possessed creature only appears in a couple of stages. That's plenty! When the lights in the cave glow green, the RockKrocs go crazy. They run back and forth with their arms outstretched, looking for something to grab. The only way to shut them down is to make the lights glow red. Doing so entails touching the Stop & Go Barrels as you move through the stage."

Player's Guide (GBA):

  • "Rock Krocs are rare subterranean Krocs that have glowing red eyes and rocklike skin. They appear in only a few corners of Kong Island. Rock Krocs run around in a crazed rampage when the cave is lit green. Activate Stop & Go Barrels in levels that the stony beasts populate to change the level's lighting to red-the Rock Krocs will become temporarily immobilized."





Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ロッククロック
Rokku Kurokku
Rock Kroc

German Rock Kroc
Italian Rock Kroc
Spanish Rock Kroc


  • The SNES Player's Guide erroneously states that Rock Krocs appear in more than one stage.[5]
  • Rock Krocs are the only type of Kremlings from Donkey Kong Country who do not appear in the Donkey Kong Country animated series. Similarly, Rock Krocs are also the only Kremling from Donkey Kong Country that do not appear in any other game.


  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country instruction booklet, page 28.
  2. ^ Donkey Kong Country Game Boy Color instruction booklet, page 18.
  3. ^ Donkey Kong Country cast roll (Game Boy Advance version)
  4. ^ Donkey Kong Country cast roll (Super Nintendo Entertainment System version)
  5. ^ a b c M. Arakawa. Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide. Page 14. "This possessed creature only appears in a couple of stages. That's plenty!"
  6. ^ Gregg Mayles on Twitter (retrieved September 14, 2015)
  7. ^ Donkey Kong Country German player's guide, page 44