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First appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) (2014)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)
Derived species
Big Sphen
Boom Bird
Bouncy Tucks
Painguin Tucks
Pointy Tucks
Speedy Tucks
Tuff Tucks
Related species
“Show those pesky penguins the radical righteousness of us supreme simians!”
Funky Kong, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Tucks are common enemies appearing in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. They are penguin-like members of the Snowmads and are also the most common species in the game.


Tucks wear green, striped trousers tightened around their waists with knitted ropes. They are pudgy and have quite hunched backs, while their flippers are long in relation to their short bodies. Tucks display moderately thick and long bills, curved abruptly near their tips. In the game, their expression always tells disregard (given their lowered eyelids and straight bills), except when they get defeated; in this case, they feature surprised figures, and also raise their flippers above their heads in failed attempts to protect themselves, before they vanish in clouds of dust. Tucks' legs are very short and stubby, and their feet are broad and membranous.

Behavior and combat[edit]

Tucks walk slowly from side to side, with this being their only strategy of attacking. If the Kongs normally touch a Tucks from any side but the top, they get slapped by the enemy and lose a heart from their health bar, which brings them closer to losing a life. However, Tucks are vulnerable to absolutely any attack techniques, as they are the most basic grunts out of all Snowmad warriors: a stomp on their broad hunches, a roll move under their feet, or a projectile tossed at them can crush or vanquish them.

Due to their primitive method of defense, which is identical to that of Goombas from the Mario games, Tucks can be compared to Kritters, Klomps, Kobbles, and Tiki Goons from the previous installments of the Donkey Kong Country games.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ペンガー
Pengar; derived from "penguin" 「ペンギン」 pengin and "víkingar" from Old Norse.
Spanish Vilgüino Raso Portmanteau of vil (vile) and pingüino (penguin). Raso (private) indicates its rank.
French Gorfufu From Gorfu a penguin specie with the repetition of "fu" which is spelled like "fou" (crazy).