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Snowflake Shields are circular wooden objects in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze that display the Snowmad insignia inside a white circle. They usually block access to some bonus rooms and other areas, being tied with rope at the entrance of said areas. Snowflake Shields can be destroyed with a throwable object or enemy, such as a barrel, Watermelon Fuse Bomb, a Tuff Tucks or a Wild Wendell. They are first encountered in Canopy Chaos and continue to appear occasionally throughout the game. In Meltdown Mayhem, Snowflake Shields appear as seals that hold large chunks of ice together, and the Kongs must charge Rambi the Rhino into them to collapse the ice and advance.
The concept of a wall obstructing the entrance to secret zones has also been used in past Donkey Kong Country titles, although under various appearances and with no definite names. They could be broken with barrels or Rambi the Rhino.