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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 that appear in the Forest levels in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Skittlers resemble and behave like real world spiders, although they only have six feet instead of eight. They appear in both orange and purple varieties.


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

A purple Skittler

In Donkey Kong Country Returns, purple Skittlers rise and lower on a web thread but fall to the ground if jumped on. While on the ground, they go after Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong and attempt to injure them. Purple Skittlers hanging directly above ground can instantly be defeated from a jump attack instead of falling down. Orange Skittlers are more passive and slowly drop from their web regardless of the Kongs' actions. When the reach the ground, orange Skittlers proceed to crawl toward the Kongs, but ignore

If the Kongs get into contact with a Skittler, they lose a heart point. The Kongs cannot approach a Skittler with a Roll Attack if it hangs from a thread, though other attacks are effective against it. When on land, Skittlers can be defeated by any attack, including a roll.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

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

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.