The Volcano is the eighth world of Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. It can be accessed after defeating Colonel Pluck and his Stompybot 3000. It is an active volcano located on Donkey Kong Island. During the events of the game, it is infested by members of the Tiki Tak Tribe, who have stolen Donkey Kong's and Diddy Kong's banana hoard. This world is also home to the Tiki Tak Tribe's leader and the game's final boss, Tiki Tong.
The Volcano is a very dangerous world, and as its name implies, it takes place in a volcanic area. It features many new elements not seen in the game's previous worlds, such as lava that will instantly take out the Kongs and fireballs that move in a set pattern. There are structures that sink into the lava when stepped on and platforms that appear for a set period, then sink back into the lava. This area also brings back many elements from the past worlds, such as turf, minecarts, Rocket Barrels, vines, and even Rambi. The levels in this world are all diverse and use different mechanics.
In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its Nintendo Switch port, the penultimate level Meltdown Mayhem takes place inside the volcano. This time, the place appears to be frozen, while lava is still intact.
The following is extra content that can be unlocked in the Volcano area. The unlockables can be seen in their respective galleries after selecting the "EXTRAS" option in a file's menu. For a full list of extras in the game, see here.
Images are unlocked by collecting all Puzzle Pieces in certain levels. All images that can be unlocked in the Volcano area are listed below, along with their titles and the levels wherein they can be unlocked (mentioned in parentheses).
A soundtrack selection for this world can be unlocked after beating Tiki Tong.
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