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“Close the door! I don't want any of those spiders getting in here.”
Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong Country Returns
Skittler from Donkey Kong Country Returns.
First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance WarioWare: Get It Together! (2021)

Skittlers 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 and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, purple Skittlers rise and lower on a web thread, falling to the ground if jumped on. While on the ground, they actively go after Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, changing direction towards the characters if jumped over. Some purple Skittlers hanging directly above a pit can instantly be defeated from a jump attack instead of falling down. Orange Skittlers lower from their thread and onto the ground by themselves. When they land, most orange Skittlers act like the purple variety, but some, such as those in the level Topsy Turvy, only proceed to walk towards the playable characters when they touch the ground, and will otherwise walk aimlessly around their platform regardless of where the characters are currently located.

If the Kongs are touched by 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]

Forest Folly
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 solid.

WarioWare: Get It Together![edit]

Purple Skittlers reappear in WarioWare: Get It Together! as enemies in the Donkey Kong Country Returns microgame.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スパイダーノ (orange version)
スパイダーニ[1] (purple version)
From "spider" and possibly "-ano" (the reversal form of Italian augmentative suffix -ona)

From "spider" and possibly "-ani" (the reversal form of Italian diminutive suffix -ina)

French (NOE) Arakna
From "ἀράχνη" (aráchni, "spider" in Greek)
German Krabbler
An agentive form of krabbeln ("to crawl")
Italian Zampalilla
Spanish (NOE) Arañoide
From araña ("spider") and the suffix -oide ("-oid")


  1. ^ 「ドンキーコングリターンズ任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Donkey Kong Returns Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 23Media:DKR Shogakukan P23.jpg.