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Artwork of a Zinger from DK: Jungle Climber
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)
Mechanical Zinger
Derived subjects
Tiki Zing
Notable members
King Zing
Queen B.
“Avoid touching the stinging spikes on Zinger's back!”
Donkey Kong Country instruction booklet, page 29

Zingers, also shortened Zings,[1] are large wasps[2][3][4] (erroneously identified as bees[5]) with protective spikes on their back. They are usually yellow and possess black stripes. Zingers first appear in Donkey Kong Country.

There are some entities similar to Zingers. In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong Land III, they were replaced with the robotic Buzzes, and Donkey Kong Country Returns's Tiki Zings have some similarities to Zingers in that they are usually used as indestructible obstacles against the Kongs.


Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Donkey Kong in Forest Frenzy in Donkey Kong Country.
Donkey Kong encountering orange Zingers in Forest Frenzy

Zingers are one of the most common enemies in their debut appearance, Donkey Kong Country. Because Zingers have spikes on their back and a pointed stinger, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong cannot defeat them directly, but only from either throwing a barrel at them. Two Animal Friends can defeat a Zinger: Rambi can instantly defeat Zingers on contact, and Winky can jump onto Zingers to defeat them. In most cases, the Kongs must avoid the Zingers, such as in Forest Frenzy, where most of the level involves them moving around Zingers as they move across abysses on a vertical rope. Zingers have four color variations: yellow, orange, pink, and green. Their flight pattern is determined by their color; yellow Zingers fly vertically, orange Zingers fly horizontally, pink Zingers fly in a circular path, and green Zingers fly in a U-shape formation. There is a large Zinger boss named Queen B. who is fought in Vine Valley, in Bumble B. Rumble.

The game data features unused silver and blue palettes of Zingers.

In the Game Boy Color version, due to technical limitations, there are only yellow Zingers for every behavior. In the Game Boy Advance version, the pink ones now use the previously unused silver coloration, with one of every color including pink and purple appearing during the ending cast roll. Compared to the original unused palettes, the silver and purple ones have swapped wing colors. Furthermore, in the latter remake, Queen B. can summon Zingers during her battle.

Zingers appear in the following levels, as well as in the following colors:

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

Squawks spits a coconut at a Zinger in Squawks's Shaft from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Both colors of Zinger in Squawks's Shaft

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Zingers have two color variants: regular yellow ones and the invincible, red ones, which are invincible. Zingers behave similarly as in Donkey Kong Country, once again having varying flight patterns, and Zingers can now be defeated from more Animal Friends than in Donkey Kong Country, including from Squawks' nuts, Squitter's web projectiles, or being bounced onto by Rattly. In addition, Diddy and Dixie can defeat them directly if under the effect of an Invincibility Barrel. Zingers appear in most levels, some of which take place inside of a Zinger hive, with larval and pupal Zingers visible in the background. Most Zinger hives appear Krazy Kremland, reflected by how Zingers fly around the world on the Crocodile Isle map. A Zinger boss named King Zing is even fought at the end of Krazy Kremland, and late into his battle, King Zing shrinks to the size of a Zinger and summons several other small ones to guard him (just as Queen B. does in Donkey Kong Country's Game Boy Advance remake). Although Zingers are often described as wasps, a lot of honey appears in their hives. In the ending, Zingers are categorized within the Lazy Landlubbers enemy class.

Zingers appear in the following levels:

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

Zingers are enemies in Donkey Kong 64. They have one of two ways of attacking: In DK Isles and some of the earlier levels, Zingers dive-bomb at the active Kong on sight, while other Zingers instead drop unripe green Oranges upon noticing them. Zingers can be defeated from either being hit with ammo from a Kong's weapon, from the effects of a musical instrument move, or by throwing an Orange at it. Aside from DK Isles, Zingers also appear in Jungle Japes, Angry Aztec, Fungi Forest during the daytime (being replaced by Bats at night), and Crystal Caves. Gloomy Galleon has only one Zinger, located inside of a mechanical fish. In Angry Aztec, if the player defeats a Zinger and its body falls into the sand, the body disappears in a burst of flames without releasing any Watermelon slice.

Zingers have a robotic variety named Mechanical Zingers, which appear in Frantic Factory, although regular Zingers do not.

Donkey Kong Country novel[edit]

A single Zinger appears as an antagonist in the Donkey Kong Country novel. Upon entering the Kremling's factory, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong and Cranky Kong eavesdrop on Zinger complaining to his co-worker Klap Trap about King K. Rool's absence. Klap Trap then notices the group and Zinger lunges at Donkey Kong, only to be defeated by being hand slapped (which is not possible in the games).

Club Nintendo[edit]

The Zinger in the Club Nintendo comic

A Zinger appears in the Club Nintendo comic "Donkey Kong Country" as an enemy of Donkey and Diddy Kong. However, it does not attack the pair until Donkey Kong swears at the wasp. Ultimately, DK defeats the Zinger (which, like every enemy in the comic, is able to speak) by doing a special rolling move and then kicking the enemy. When defeated, the Zinger claims that its stinger is deformed.

Donkey Kong Land series[edit]

Donkey Kong Land[edit]

In Donkey Kong Land, Zingers retain their role as aerial enemies. They are very common enemies and appear in most levels of the game. They no longer have distinguishable colors due to the Game Boy's monochrome screen. Zingers' sprite has been changed to vertically oriented instead of horizontal, and their stinger more outwardly faces the Kongs. Expresso is now able to jump on them.

Zingers appear in the following levels:

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

Zingers also appear in Donkey Kong Land 2. Like the previous game, Donkey Kong Land, Zingers are not color-coded because of the Game Boy's monochromatic screen, thus only the yellow Zingers return, retaining their Donkey Kong Country 2 look in this game. In the ending, Zingers are classified under "The Baddies".

Zingers appear in the following levels:

Donkey Konga[edit]

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Zingers have a minor appearance in Donkey Konga.

DK series[edit]

DK: King of Swing[edit]

Zingers return as enemies in DK: King of Swing, and they first appear in the level Cactus Woods. Zingers move by continuously flying back and forth in a set horizontal or vertical pattern. They have spikes on their back and a stinger, which protect them from Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong's charge attack. If either Kong touches or performs a charge attack into a Zinger's spikes or stinger, they take one heart of damage. A Zinger can be defeated by either a charge attack into its face or by the special move, Going Bananas. Zingers appear in three levels: Cactus Woods, Lockjaw Falls, and Booster Barrel Skyway.

DK: Jungle Climber[edit]

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Zingers return in DK: Jungle Climber, behaving similarly as in DK: King of Swing. Zingers appear in the following levels:

Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast[edit]

A Zinger, as seen in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, Zingers were made larger than their previous appearances. They are enemies on the racetracks DK Jungle, DK Jungle Falls, DK Jungle Sunset, Scorching Canyon and Cranky's Temple. They fly around in a set pattern and can be defeated from one hit. They also appear in two of Candy's Challenges, where Donkey Kong needs to beat a set amount of Zingers on the Training Course before time expires.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Zingers make a few cameo appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a Zinger is featured as a sticker that can be equipped by any character in The Subspace Emissary, and doing so raises their resistance to slashing attacks (such as Link's sword) by five points. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, there is an unlockable Zinger trophy, randomly obtainable in one of the game's modes. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there is a Novice-class Shield-type primary spirit of Zinger with no support slots, and when used, it simply raises a fighter's power without granting any special effects. In the game's World of Light mode, the spirit can be encountered on the DK Island sub-world of the Light Realm map, on the Reptile Rumble spot. The spirit's puppet fighter, Pikachu, has increased throw power, and he is fought on the omega form of The Great Cave Offensive stage, with Unira being the only items that spawn during the battle. A Zinger's core can be combined with a Princess Shroob core to summon Queen Sectonia's spirit.

The Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy description generalizes that yellow Zingers fly up and down while red Zingers fly in circles based on their behavior in Donkey Kong Country, although Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest shows some exceptions.

WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase[edit]

In DK Country, one of 18-Volt's microgames from WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase, a red Zinger must be avoided when the player shoots Diddy Kong out of a Bonus Barrel.

Unused appearances[edit]

Donkey Kong Racing[edit]

Donkey Kong Racing beta screenshot: Taj and Donkey Kong on some Zingers.
Taj and Donkey Kong race each other on Zingers

In the canceled Donkey Kong Racing, part of the trailer showed Donkey Kong and Taj racing each other on Zingers in a forest area. This suggests that Zingers would have been rideable vehicles. At the end of the trailer, Taj moves past the slogan "Let's Ride" as he rides a Zinger.

Diddy Kong Pilot (2003)[edit]

Zingers are defensive items in the 2003 build of Diddy Kong Pilot. If a racer has a Zinger, they can drop it behind to protect them from an incoming Buzz. If a racer flies into the Zinger, their plane briefly crashes onto the ground. A Zinger breaks if a character or object crashes into it. Like Buzzes, it is possible for racers to pick up three Zingers at once. Zingers were replaced by Ice Eggs in the final game, Banjo-Pilot.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

A Sticker of Zinger.
  • Sticker

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Zinger trophy from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
  • Trophy
    • Zinger
    • Appears in:
      • SNES Donkey Kong Country (11/1994)
      • N64 Donkey Kong 64 (11/1999)
    • It'd be a ton of fun to ride on a Zinger, flying high up into the sky. Too bad they're covered in spikes and not all that friendly to begin with. Zingers come in different colors, with the yellow ones flying up and down and the red ones flying in circles. We don't want to spoil it, so you'll have to play to find out what the others do! (American English)
    • It'd be great if you could fly through the sky on a Zinger – too bad they're covered in spikes and far too nasty to let you. The yellow ones fly up and down while the red ones go round in circles. Want to know more? Go and check them out yourself, then. No promises you'll come back in one piece, though! (British English)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Zinger Zinger Donkey Kong Series Primary (0) Novice Shield World of Light (DK Island); Spirit Board Pikachu Rule: Item: Unira
  • The enemy's throwing-type items have increased power
The Great Cave Offensive (Ω) Stickerbush Symphony


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Zinger.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジンガー
French Zinger -
German Zinger -
Italian Zinger -
Russian Жужа (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Derived from жужжание (zhuzhzhanie, Russian onomatopoeia for buzzing)

Spanish Zinger -


  • Steve Mayles, who was involved in character design for Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, confirmed via Twitter that he dislikes wasps in real life, and designing the Zinger enemy scared him.[4]


  1. ^ File:Toxic Tower concept.jpg
  2. ^ Early DKC general naming sheetMedia:DKC general naming.jpg
  3. ^ Swanky's Bonus Bonanza, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
  4. ^ a b WinkySteve (September 28, 2016). Twitter response from Steve Mayles (screencapture backup). Twitter. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  5. ^ "These bees are usually quite busy protecting their assigned area!" - Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide, page 15.
  6. ^ Official Russian Nintendo website.