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First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance DK: Jungle Climber (2007)
Derived species

Shuries[1] are malevolent starfish that prowl the waters of Donkey Kong Island and Crocodile Isle. The name Shuri is derived from the throwing weapon shuriken, which incidentally resembles a star.

Shuries first appear in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest as semi-common enemies in the game's various underwater levels. Shuries have two attack patterns. Pink Shuries wait for the Kongs to approach and then charge at them while spinning rapidly. On the other hand, the orange variety spin through the water and bounce off walls, damaging anything that gets too close. Shuries can only be defeated by Enguarde the Swordfish.

Shuries also appear in Donkey Kong Country 2's pseudo-sequel Donkey Kong Land 2. In this game, their attack pattern is the same.

Shuries make another reappearance in Donkey Kong 64, along with a scuba-themed variety. In this game, Shuries are rare enemies only encountered in a few underwater areas. Their attack pattern is also similar to the orange variety of Shuri from Donkey Kong Country 2. Shuries cannot be defeated in this game.

Shuries also appear in DK: King of Swing and its sequel DK: Jungle Climber, where their attack patterns still remain the same.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese シュリ
Literal Translation





  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet, page 29.