Ugly Ducting

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Ugly Ducting
Ugly Ducting.png
Level code 5-5
Game Donkey Kong Land III
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Ugly Ducting the twenty-ninth level of Donkey Kong Land III and the fifth level in Tin Can Valley. It takes place in a pipeline. During the first half, Dixie and Kiddy must swim through underwater, where they encounter some Lurchins, Kocos, and Bounty Basses. Ugly Ducting has a maze layout featuring paths leading to items such as bear coins and a Bonus Barrel. During the second half, the Kongs return on land, and they must transform into Squawks, who must continue by flying up the pipeline, where he encounters Buzzes, Krimps, and Kobbles along the way. The No Animal Sign is near the end of the level, and from there onward, the Kongs must dodge some more Buzzes until reaching the End of Level Flag. The level's name is a pun on the fable, The Ugly Duckling.


At the beginning of the level, the heroes will have to swim through the dark pipeline, traveling up through a narrow pathway. In the next area they will enter, they will have to swim a little bit to the west and follow a trail of three bananas past a few enemies. They will end up swimming through another passageway, then entering another area. There, they will need to grab the letter K in a small alcove and head through the water, still going west. After avoiding a few Lurchins in their path, the Kongs will make their way up another opening and find a dry area out of the water. There, they will have to walk to the right to find the Star Barrel.

About halfway through the level, the heroes will have to run up the pathway and jump over a few Buzzes. After hopping over the last Buzz, the monkeys will come up to an Animal Barrel. Walking into it, the Kongs will be turned into Squawks the Parrot. Once this happens, the transformed heroes, now having flying abilities, will have to move through another opening and head west. Squawks will find many Buzzes in his path as he travels through the long pathway, though his nut-spitting abilities will be able to defeat each one easily. After finding the letter N, the bird will have to hover downwards into the next area and knock out a few Kobbles. Soon, the parrot will see a short banana trail leading upwards. He should follow it, making his way to the left to find the letter G, and then to the right to find another passageway. Going up the passageway, he will need to pass a No Animal Sign to his right and transform back into the Kongs. After that, the apes will need to run up another long path and dodge several Buzzes. Once they get over two Krimps, they will find the End of Level Flag.


Items and objects[edit]

The following items and objects appear in the following quantities:

K-O-N-G Letters[edit]

  • K: Found above a Koco encountered shortly after going north at the first fork in the path.
  • O: Located southwest of a Buzz near the Star Barrel.
  • N: Guarded by a Buzz in the Squawks segment.
  • G: Found by going west of a banana trail that leads east, past some Kobbles.

DK Coin[edit]

Dixie Kong holding a Steel Barrel at the Koin of Ugly Ducting in Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong
The Koin of Ugly Ducting

At the first fork in the path, the Kongs must swim up through a thin opening and then go northeast into a nearby opening. The Kongs can eventually jump out of the water to be in an area with the Koin. They must pick up a Steel Barrel to the right of Koin and throw it at the left wall behind him. This causes the Steel Barrel to ricochet and hit Koin from behind, which defeats him, and the Kongs obtain the DK Coin.

Bonus Levels[edit]

Squawks defeats a Buzz in the second Bonus Level of Ugly Ducting from Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong
The second Bonus Level in Ugly Ducting

Ugly Ducting has two Bonus Levels, listed by type:

  • Collect the Stars!: After the Kongs swim upwards through the first pipe, they swim left down a long pathway. After avoiding some Lurchins and Kocos, the Kongs can enter the Bonus Barrel at the end. In the Bonus Level, the Kongs have 30 seconds to collect 19 stars by swimming around an underwater pipeline. When the Kongs get every star, the Bonus Coin appears at the top-right area of the level.
  • Bash the Baddies!: When the Kongs turn into Squawks, he must go up and avoid a few Buzzes. In a larger area, Squawks has to fly to the right of a banana trail that goes west and around a Buzz to find the second Bonus Barrel. In the Bonus Level, Squawks has 20 seconds to fly around and defeat five Buzzes. After defeating the enemies, the Bonus Coin appears at the top-left of the area.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブリキ山のちかすいろ
Buriki Yama no Chika Suiro
Underground Waterway of Tin Mountain