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Concept artwork of a Skellyrex.
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)
Species Origin Dinosaur

The Skellirex[1][2] is an undead dinosaur-like enemy that appears in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. These enemies are mostly found at the Cliff area of Donkey Kong Island, but they also appear in the level, Tumblin' Temple. Skellirexes mostly move around from left to right, usually posing a minimal threat to Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. When attacked using any kind of attack method, they will lose their bodies and detach their heads, which become a slightly larger version of Skullyrexes. These begin creeping on the ground aimlessly, rapidly chomping air. Attacking the lone Skellirex head will destroy it.

There are also some Skellirexes that ride on mine carts, which are found at Prehistoric Path. These Skellirexes can be taken out simply by jumping on them.



  1. ^ "Critters 2 Gallery" in the "Extras" section of Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  2. ^ Michael Knight, Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide, page 27.