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Homeland Donkey Kong Island, Cliff
Sub-Species Skullyrex

Affiliations Tiki Tak Tribe
Enemies Kongs
Games Donkey Kong Country Returns

Skellirexes are undead dinosaur skeleton enemies in Donkey Kong Country Returns. They are mostly found in the Cliff area of Donkey Kong Island but they can also be found in the Tumblin' Temple level in the Beach area.


They mainly attack by moving back and forth and will bite a Kong upon contact, but unlike most enemies they are not defeated when jumped on instead their bodies crumble and they become a Skullyrex which attacks by hopping around randomly while biting. Skellirex are also skilled at riding minecarts as shown in the Prehistoric Path level.


Skellirexes are light brown or beige colored skeletal dinosaurs with small bodies, large heads and square teeth. They appear to be based on the Hadrosaurid genus of dinosaur, or more specifically a Parasaurolophus.



  • It is unknown whether Skellirexes were brought to life by the Tiki Tak Tribe to serve as their minions or if they were an already undead species which the Tikis hypnotized.
  • Concept artwork of Skellirex shows that it was originally going to resemble a Tyrannosaurus Rex and was going to have black eyes with yellow pupils.