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A group of Snowmads, consisting of two Pointy Tucks and a Fish Poker Pops
Leader Lord Fredrik
First appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2014)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)
Member species
“These Snowmads are a real downer... And right in the middle of surfing season, too.”
Funky Kong, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

The Snowmads (or Snomads) are the main antagonists in the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. They are an organization of arctic and antarctic animals based on the stereotypical Vikings; hence, they are sometimes simply referred to as such.[1] The Snowmads are led by Lord Fredrik, a large Waldough with glowing blue eyes. The name "Snowmad" is a portmanteau of snow and nomad, as well as being a pun on "snowman". Snowmads are said to be "hailing from the North Sea",[2] and are identifiable by their emblem, a snowflake, which is shown on their longships' sail rigs, flags, buckles, collars, streamers, suspenders, some Viking helmets, tents and Fredrik's throne.

The Snowmads set the events of the game in motion when their leader, using a giant white horn, summons a massive wind and an icy dragon. The dragon proceeds to blow the Kongs (Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, Cranky Kong, and Funky Kong) away from the island, allowing a Snowmad ship to station itself near the former location of the island's Volcano. The Snowmads then seize the island and throw it into a state of perpetual winter, forcing the Kongs to take their island back from them.

Throughout the course of the game, their main base is Donkey Kong Island, though, they have invaded every island that the Kongs arrive on. When the Kongs finally make it back to their isle, they make their way to the top, where the command ship is stationed. When they reach the top, they find the leader of the Snowmads, Lord Fredrik, sitting on an icy throne. The Kongs challenge him, but they shatter the icy ground, and they duel in the volcano. When Fredrik is defeated, he is blasted out of the volcano, and into the Snowmad armada, ending their reign over the island.

Snowmads appear to have attacked and invaded many islands, as they are found on every isle that the Kongs go to. They also appear to have great access to technology, as they are seen with mechs and cranes in certain levels.







Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy[edit]

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Snowmad Ship SnowmadShipTrophyWiiU.png Wii U Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (02/2014) While sailing the world in search of new lands, the Snowmads discover Donkey Kong Island. Viking-like thugs that they are, they freeze the whole island and take over. This small boat here is one of the vessels manned by minions. Lord Fredrik's ship, however, is MUCH bigger. Of course, it had to be — he's the Snowmad King, after all!


Audio.svg Snowmads Theme - The theme that plays in Homecoming Hijinxs, Cliffside Slide, and Meltdown Mayhem

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Audio.svg Freezie Breezie - The theme that plays in Forest Folly and Icicle Arsenal

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ザ・スノーマッズ
Za Sunōmazzu
The Snowmads
Spanish Frigómadas A portmanteau of frigo which means fridge and nómadas, nomads
French (NOA) Les Frigoths A portmanteau of frigo which means fridge and Goths, referring to the East Germanic people of the same name
French (NOE) Les Givrés Literally "The Frosted", and givré is an informal synonym for "insane".
German Die Viehkinger aus dem Eismeer The Beastkings of the Arctic Sea (Viehkinger is a portmanteau of Vieh (Beasts) and Vikings.)
Italian Nevichinghi Portmanteau of neve (snow) and vichinghi (Vikings).


  1. ^ "Help Donkey Kong and his friends save their home and banana hoard from marauding Vikings in the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze game from Retro Studios." — Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze description in the North American Nintendo eShop,
  2. ^ Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze British English instruction manual (PDF). Tab 5: "About This Game".