Tiki Goon

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Tiki Goon
A Tiki Goon
First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance WarioWare: Get It Together! (2021)

Tiki Goons[1] are members of the Tiki Tak Tribe and basic enemies in Donkey Kong Country Returns. They are bongo-shaped tikis, featuring a cloth on their head and a square hole for a nose. They also have yellow pupils with black sclera and have a striped skirt. Four red feathers ornate each side of their heads.


Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country Returns / 3D[edit]

Tiki Goons are introduced in Jungle Hijinxs, a level in the Jungle area, and continue to appear commonly throughout the course of the game. Much like Kritters, Klomps and Kobbles from past Donkey Kong Country games, Tiki Goons move from side to side at a slow pace. Some of them turn around when they encounter the edge of a platform, while others continue walking ahead regardless. If the Kongs bump into one, they lose one heart from their health meter. However, Tiki Goons can be defeated with a roll, a jump, a barrel, or with Rambi. When fighting a boss (except for Tiki Tong), Tiki Goons will be spectating along with Tiki Tanks and Tiki Torches.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

A piece of concept artworkMedia:BrightSavannah art1.png in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze shows two Tiki Goon carcasses lying at the base of a large rock. The artwork is unlocked in the image gallery after collecting all Puzzle Pieces in Grassland Groove.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Tiki Goon stamp, from Mario Kart 8.
The Tiki Goon stamp from Mario Kart 8

Tiki Goons make another appearance in Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as obstacles in DK Jungle. Their behavior from their previous appearance is displayed yet again, roaming across the road in an attempt to hinder the racers. Should a racer crash into a Tiki Goon, they spin out and lose three coins. By beating the Staff Ghost of DK Jungle in Mario Kart 8, the player unlocks a Tiki Goon stamp.

WarioWare: Get It Together![edit]

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


Donkey Kong Country Returns[edit]

  • Prima's Official Strategy Guide (page 24): "The Tiki Goon is the grunt of the Tikis. It moves along the ground and will try to run into you. Jump on top of them to get rid of them. Barrel rolls also work well when you need to take out a row of these guys."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ティキトントン[2]
Tiki Tonton
From "Tiki" and「トントン」(tonton, onomatopoeia for tapping sound)


  1. ^ Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 24.
  2. ^ 「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 20Media:DKR Shogakukan P20.jpg.