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Concept artwork for a Buzzy
First appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) (2014)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)
Subject origin Bee
This article is about the bee enemies from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. For the turtle-like enemies from the Mario franchise also called Buzzies, see Buzzy Beetle.
Donkey Kong and Dixie Kong encounter a Buzzy in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Donkey Kong and Dixie encounter a Buzzy

Buzzies[1] are bee-like enemies that appear in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its Nintendo Switch port. They have big stubby bodies that end with a short sting that they use to attack. Their legs and wings are thin and small. Buzzies always seem grouchy, given their frowns and squinted eyes. Each Buzzy displays furrowed eyebrows and sharp mandible fangs protruding out the mouth, making them resemble Goombas from the Super Mario games.

Buzzies fly around slowly and in a staggering manner. When the Kongs get near a Buzzy, it starts pursuing them, attempting to harm them. Some Buzzies are passive. The Kongs can defeat a Buzzy by jumping on it, using a Roll Attack, or throwing a barrel.

They inhabit the later levels of Juicy Jungle, namely Jelly Jamboree and Beehive Brawl. They are also encountered in Spinning Spines, the temple level of Sea Breeze Cove. In Beehive Brawl, some Buzzies appear from out of their beehive houses to attack the Kongs. In the same level, arrays of larger Buzzies march over areas with wide chasms, carrying fruit slices covered with climbing grass. These provide transport over the chasms and help the Kongs go through the level. Due to the added weight, Buzzies steadily descend, unless the Kongs pound their fruit slices, which forces them to ascend.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブーン[2]
Japanese onomatopoeia for a buzzing sound


Concept artwork, unlocked in the Extras menu after collecting all Puzzle Pieces in Bopopolis
The Buzzy-resembling creatures can be seen in this picture, over a bale of hay, among other species from Autumn Heights.
  • In the game, there is concept artwork for a swarm of small creatures very similar to Buzzies. It is part of the second "Hidden Kong Temple" picture, which can be accessed in the Extras menu after the player collects all five Puzzle Pieces in Bopopolis. They are shown among other creatures that are/would have been found in Autumn Heights. It is unknown why they were excluded from the actual game.


  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick, and Cory van Grier. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Prima Official Game Guide. Page 12.
  2. ^ 「ドンキーコングトロピカルフリーズ任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 18.