Rock Kroc

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“This Kremling uses a crafty disguise to make sneak attacks.”
Donkey Kong Country manual, page 28
Rock Kroc
Rockkroc DKC.png
Artwork of a Rock Kroc from Donkey Kong Country
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance) (2003)
Parent species Kremling

Rock Krocs[1][2][3] (also spelled RockKrocs[4][5]) are possessed[5] Kremlings from Donkey Kong Country. Rock Krocs, unlike other Kremlings, are brown with rocky skin and red eyes. Rock Krocs are invulnerable to any form of attack, due to their tough skin; in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country, they can only be defeated while curled up by Donkey Kong's hand slap move, releasing a banana or other items, such as an Extra Life Balloon. Additionally, Rock Krocs are extremely fast, allowing them to quickly dispatch anyone that invades their territory.

History[edit]

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

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

In the original Donkey Kong Country, Rock Krocs appear in only one level, "Stop & Go Station." Due to their invulnerability and high speed, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong must activate Stop and Go Barrels located throughout the level to prevent the Rock Krocs from moving. These barrels are normally on the "GO" setting with green lights surrounding the level, but when the Kongs hit the barrel, the barrel switches to "STOP" and the lights turn red. The Rock Krocs then curl into balls and stop moving, allowing the Kongs to continue throughout the level. However, after a few seconds, the barrels revert back to the "GO" setting, and the Rock Krocs become active again. The Kongs can also roll through Rock Krocs without taking any damage, though this is considerably riskier.

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.

Donkey Kong Country: Rumble in the Jungle[edit]

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.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ロッククロック
Rokkukurokku
Rock Kroc
German Rock Kroc

Trivia[edit]

  • Rock Krocs are the only type of Kremlings from Donkey Kong Country to never appear in the Donkey Kong Country animated series in any fashion. Similarly, they are the only type of Kremling from Donkey Kong Country to never reappear in any later games, discounting remakes.

References[edit]

  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 Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1994, p. 14