Hard Hat

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This article is about the boss from Donkey Kong Land. For the power-up from Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 also referred to as "Hard Hat", see garlic bottle.
Hard Hat
Hard hat 01.png
Species Mole
First appearance Donkey Kong Land (1995)
“This mole's on patrol, looking to dig the ground out from under Donkey's feet. He's in charge of the Mad Mole Holes!”
Donkey Kong Land manual, page 21
Donkey Kong fighting Hard Hat in Mad Mole Holes.
Boss battle

Hard Hat, also known as Buroughs in an early Nintendo Power preview,[1] is a mole wearing a yellow miner helmet and the third boss of Donkey Kong Land. He is fought in the level Mad Mole Holes of Monkey Mountains & Chimpanzee Clouds.

The fight against Hard Hat is similar to a game of Whac-A-Mole: Hard Hat pops out from one of three holes and tries throwing his hat at Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong. The active Kong must jump over his hat and jump on Hard Hat's head before he regains his hat. After being hit a couple of times, Hard Hat starts to throw his hat quicker. He can be defeated entirely after eight hits.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハードハット[2]
Hard Hat

Italian Hard Hat[3]



  1. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 69, page 92. "Don't rile Buroughs! When he's angry, he's apt to rip off his hard hat and throw it at you. This mad mole is likely to be a major pain."
  2. ^ Super Donkey Kong GB Kōryaku Guide Book
  3. ^ Donkey Kong Land Italian booklet, pag. 21
  4. ^ Early DKC general naming sheetMedia:DKC general naming.jpg