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A Bonus Coin
Usage A type of Northern Kremisphere currency
Location Bonus Levels
Game appearances Donkey Kong Country 3
Donkey Kong Land III

Bonus Coins are a type of currency found in Donkey Kong Country 3 and Donkey Kong Land III. They replace the Kremkoins from Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Land 2; both are rewards for completing a Bonus Level in their respective titles. A Bonus Coin's symbol is identical to that of a Bonus Barrel.


Donkey Kong Country 3

Bonus Coins first appear in Donkey Kong Country 3.

There are a total of 85 Bonus Coins in the game (98 in the Game Boy Advance re-release). Dixie and Kiddy are rewarded a Bonus Coin for completing a Bonus Level challenge. Two Bonus Levels are featured in every level, excluding the Krematoa levels Stampede Sprint, Tyrant Twin Tussle and Swoopy Salvo which feature three of them. Rocket Rush and the boss levels do not feature any Bonus Levels.

Dixie and Kiddy must gather the Bonus Coins and pay fifteen of them (eighteen in the Game Boy Advance release) to Boomer, who in exchange demolishes a boulder obstructing one of the Krematoa levels. The Kongs must pay twenty-five Bonus Coins to Boomer, or twenty-six in the Game Boy Advance re-release, for him to break the boulder blocking off the path to the final level Rocket Rush.

There is a cheat code that allows both Kongs to receive every Bonus Coin. The method differs from both releases:

In the Super Nintendo version, the player must be on the File Selection screen, highlight a saved game file, and press L, R, R, L, R, R, L, R, L, R. An entry field then pops up, and the player must type "WATER" in it.

Afterwards, the player must enter the same game file and must control the Kongs to swim in to a waterfall at the western part of the Northern Kremisphere hub. Inside, Dixie and Kiddy are treated to a Banana Bird Cave challenge. The crystals flash individually in a random sequence, and the Kongs must flash them in the same sequence for all 85 Bonus Coins, unlike a Banana Bird in normal circumstances. If Dixie and Kiddy fail to flash the crystals in the appropriate sequence, they cannot re-enter the waterfall cave to reattempt the challenge.

In the Game Boy Advance version, the player must go on to the game selection screen's "Cheat" menu, under "Options" and type "AQUA" in the field below. Afterward, the player must start a new file to be equipped with every Bonus Coin.

Donkey Kong Land III

Bonus Coins reappear in Donkey Kong Land III and have an entire different purpose. There are a total of 78 Bonus Coins.

Dixie and Kiddy need a certain quantity of Bonus Coins to play the Memory card game at Bear's Sheepy Shop. The amount increases with each world. Oddly, Dixie or Kiddy does not have pay Bear the Bonus Coins to play the mini-game.

Gathering the Bonus Coins is primarily necessary because either Kong must play the Card Game to get some DK Coins and the Stop Watches required to fight K. Rool in the Lost World. The Kongs also unlock the Time Attack mode if they obtain every Bonus Coin.