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First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)
Derived species

Skittlers[1] are arthropod enemies inhabiting the Forest area of Donkey Kong Island. They debut in Donkey Kong Country Returns and are divided into an orange and a purple variety. Skittlers look and behave like spiders, although they only have six feet instead of eight.


Donkey Kong Country Returns / Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D[edit]

A purple Skittler

Purple Skittlers rise and lower on a web thread, but will fall to the ground if jumped on. While on the ground, they give chase to Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong in an attempt to injure them. A few purple Skittlers hanging directly above a pit will perish immediately from a jump attack, instead of falling down. Orange Skittlers, on the other hand, are more passive and will slowly land on the ground regardless of the Kongs' actions. Once they reach the ground, orange Skittlers proceed to crawl towards the Kongs, but will ignore them and continue to go further if avoided.

The Kongs will lose a heart point after mere contact with a Skittler. They cannot approach a Skittler with a roll attack if the enemy is hanging from a thread, though other attacks will work. However, once on its feet, the enemy can be defeated with any attack, including a roll.

Multiple frozen Skittlers can be seen at the bottom of the landscape and on totems. Notice the large spider webs cladding a totem.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, several Skittlers can be seen in the background of the level Forest Folly, frozen in blocks of ice.


  1. ^ "Critters 1 Gallery" in the "Extras" section of Donkey Kong Country Returns.