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DKCR Concept Art Squid.png
Concept artwork, and an in-game screenshot of Squiddicus
Species Octopus
First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)

Squiddicus[1] is an enemy appearing in the game Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. His only appearance is in Stormy Shore, as one of the main obstacles. Squiddicus later appears in the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and his only appearance is in Irate Eight.


Squiddicus is a giant, light orange octopus with spikes and suction cups on his arms. He also has big white eyes with black pupils. In his appearance in Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Squiddicus seems larger than before.


For most of the time, Squiddicus is just a background enemy that is seen destroying a ship. However, near the end of the level, Squiddicus will try to stop Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong from progressing any further. The foe will stick its arms in the Kongs' way, which will make the Kongs lose a heart if they touch one. Donkey and Diddy can jump over these arms easily, but when they are on turf, they will have to jump from side to to side to maneuver past the arms. The Kongs should not stand on any particular platforms for too long. Otherwise, Squiddicus will break them. Squiddicus cannot be defeated by any means.

Squiddicus as seen in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

In Irate Eight from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Squiddicus is first encountered in the depths of the sea. In here he tears the wall apart, where a Dixie Kong Barrel appears in the middle, and shows himself in the background. Once again touching his arms causes Kongs to take damage. He also spits a massive amount of ink below as he goes up, which results an instant death to all Kongs if they fail to catch up Squiddicus. Along the way, spiky corals hinder the Kongs' ways, either falling into them or sticking into the walls. At the end of the level, Kongs can use hanging land mines by launching into it to cause Squiddicus to take damage, defeating him in the process.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キングタコラ (DKCR)
Kingu Takora
エンペラータコラ[2] (DKC:TF)
Enperā Takora
King/Emperor "Oct-zilla". タコラ takora is probably from タコ tako meaning octopus, and Japanese movie monster ゴジラ Gojira, Godzilla".
German Tentaklos From "Tentakel" (tentacle)


  • The way Squiddicus destroys the ship in the background is similar to how ships were sunk by the mythological sea creature, the Kraken (who resembles a giant squid).
  • Despite his name, Squiddicus is not a squid; he is an octopus.
  • At the very end of the level Boulder Roller a fossil looks very similar to Squiddicus, suggesting there might have been a race of these creatures. This fact is supported for another fossil that looks similar to Squiddicius appears at the very beginning of Stormy Shore.


  1. ^ "Critters 1 Gallery" in the "Extras" section of Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  2. ^ Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze Shogakukan book