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This article is about the third world in Donkey Kong Country Returns. For the Subspace Emissary stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, see The Ruins.
Appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D)
Levels 8
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“Wow, you made it all the way to the ruins. I'd pat you on the head if I wasn't so cranky.”
Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong Country Returns

The Ruins is the third world from Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. It is infested by the Tiki Tak Tribe and located on Donkey Kong Island. As the title states, the level takes places at an ancient ruins. Some new elements introduced here are collapsing platforms, buttons and switches. New enemies such as Tiki Tanks, Tiki Bombers, Stilts, and Toothberries make their appearance here.

Stu is the boss of this world.


From the world map, the Ruins has a similar appearance to the jungle, with grass and some plants surrounding the level paths. The world's theme appears to be inspired from the Mayans, and appears to have once hosted an ancient civilization. It has crumbling temples, ancient statues, and mines. The landmass is divided by a river flowing down from a tunnel. A large gong depicting the world boss, Stu, appears at the end of the world. When Donkey Kong and Diddy defeat Stu, the gong is cracked, and a DK flag appears where the crack is, in the center.

Many areas within the Ruins are fragile and dilapidated, and some of the ground even crumbles when the Kongs move across it. Many small rivers and streams run through the Ruins, especially in its abandoned waterways.


Level number Level name Preview Description
World 3-1 Wonky Waterway Wonky Waterway DKCR DK Statue.png A basic and defining level of this world, starting near the beach and taking place among ruins. It introduces Tiki Bombers and Stilts.
World 3-2 Button Bash Button Bash DKCR shot.png A stage primarily navigated by Barrel Cannons, arranged in a maze.
World 3-3 Mast Blast MastBlast.png A maritime level taking place outside the ruins scene. It features a fleet of ships manned by Snapses and Pinchlys.
World 3-4 Damp Dungeon DKCR Damp Dungeon 1.png A level occuring inside a sombre, flooded dungeon, featuring water mills of various sizes.
World 3-5 Itty Bitty Biters IBB2.png A level that takes place in a Toothberry-infested shrine.
World 3-6 Temple Topple DKCR Temple Topple 1.png The second level in the game to feature Rambi the Rhino. In the second half of the level, the Kongs would have to venture on a precarious road risen above a jungle.
World 3-K Shifty Smashers ShiftySmashers.png The third temple stage of the game. Its primary features are the solid golden blocks and walls shifting on rails, pushing into each other.
World 3-B Ruined Roost DKCR-StuBattle5.png The third boss level of the game. It pits the Kongs against Stu.


The Ruins diorama, unlocked after collecting all Puzzle Pieces in Shifty Smashers and defeating Stu

The following is extra content that can be unlocked in the Ruins. The unlockables can be seen in their respective galleries after selecting the "EXTRAS" option in a file's menu. For a full list of extras in the game, see here.


Images are unlocked by collecting all Puzzle Pieces in certain levels. All images that can be unlocked in the Ruins are listed below, along with their titles and the levels wherein they can be unlocked (mentioned in parentheses).



A soundtrack selection for this world can be unlocked after beating Stu.