Very Gnawty's Lair

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Very Gnawty's Lair
World-Level 1 - BOSS
World Kongo Jungle
Game Donkey Kong Country
Boss Very Gnawty
Music Bad Boss Boogie
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Very Gnawty's Lair is the boss level of the Kongo Jungle, the first world of Donkey Kong Country. The Kongs must beat the titular giant beaver Very Gnawty to progress to Monkey Mines.



As with all world boss fights in Donkey Kong Country, the fight takes place in an arena filled with bananas; and if the player enters with a single Kong, a DK Barrel is instantly broken to ensure they start the fight with both Donkey and Diddy.

Very Gnawty attacks by hopping across the arena, turning only if he reaches the edges or is attacked. To attack, the player must jump on his head, causing him to gasp and then laugh at the camera (during which he is invulnerable). After each hit, Very Gnawty becomes progressively faster, and his leaps get further and higher.

To defeat Very Gnawty, Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong must jump on him five times, at which point he gasps and collapses onto the ground, a Giant Banana falls and the lead Kong celebrates.

Game Boy Advance[edit]

In the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country, Very Gnawty is recolored brown and is larger than he was in the original game. When hit, he will jump to the other side of the arena before continuing his attack. He also turns bright red (to show that he is invulnerable) as he chuckles after taking a hit.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボスノーティ
Bosu Nōti
Boss Gnawty
Spanish Guarida de Gnawty Gnawty's Lair
French Repaire Gnawty Gnawty's Lair
German Gnawtys Grotten Gnwaty's Grottoes
Italian Tana di Roditori Rodent's Den
Portuguese Gruta do Roedorzão Cave of the Rodent