Tricky the Triceratops

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Tricky the Triceratops
Artwork of Tricky the Triceratops from Diddy Kong Racing DS
Species Dinosaur
First appearance Diddy Kong Racing (1997)
Latest appearance Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007)
Latest portrayal Kevin Bayliss (1997)

Tricky the Triceratops is a large triceratops and and the first boss of Diddy Kong Racing and its Nintendo DS remake, Diddy Kong Racing DS. He is located in Dino Domain, where the player races him on his own course, which is a spiraling mountain.


Race against Tricky.

Prior to the events of Diddy Kong Racing, Tricky was brainwashed by Wizpig into becoming one of his servants. He was provided with the first Wizpig Amulet piece to guard.

After winning at each racetrack of Dino Domain, the boss door opens, and the player can race Tricky. In the stage, the spiraling mountain gradually turns left. Red and blue Weapon Balloons are scattered throughout the course, which the racer can use against Tricky. The player must avoid running into Tricky, who squishes them, and in result slows them down. The player wins the race if they cross the finishing line at the very top of the mountain first.

Once Tricky is defeated, he challenges the racer to complete each racetrack's Silver Coin challenge (or Balloon Touch Challenge in the remake). By completing them, the player can race Tricky again. As with the other boss battles, the rematch is more difficult, as Tricky races twice as fast. The racer is required to make use of the Weapon Balloons to win the rematch.

After losing again, Tricky is somehow liberated from Wizpig's spell, and awards the racer with his piece of the Wizpig Amulet. He later appears in the end-of-game cinematic, dancing with two younger triceratops.



  • According to the August 2007 edition of Rare's Scribes, it was originally intended that Tricky from Star Fox Adventures would be same character as this Tricky, back when it was under development as Dinosaur Planet.[1] According to Kevin Bayliss, former character designer at Rare, the two Trickys used the same model before becoming a Star Fox game, after which the two characters were disconnected from each other.