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Skowl, the Startling

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Skowl, as he appears in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
Full Name Skowl, the Startling
Residence Autumn Heights
Species Owl
Gender Male
Affiliates Snowmads
Powers/Abilities Infinite egg laying, flight, creating gusts of wind with his wings, feather shooting, summoning spiked balls of ice
Enemies Kong Family
Games Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Skowl, the Startling is the boss of the Autumn Heights island in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and the second boss of the entire game. His name is a pun on "owl".


At some point before the events of the game, Skowl was instated as part of the Snomads, and was sent to conquer Autumn Heights, which he obediently did, simultaneously sculpting a mountain in his image which he used as a lair. When Donkey Kong and company eventually blasted their way in, they arrived just in time to see Skowl mercilessly smash a banana, which angered them to the point of yelping and thus alerting all the Hootzes in the room of their presence. Without hesitation, the Kongs leapt out of the shadows and challenged the owl, who accepted due to his annoyance with them infiltrating his base. Despite his best efforts, Skowl was ultimately defeated and sent reeling away.


Skowl is a large grey Hootz with a long, braided silver beard and thick silver eyebrows (both composed of feathers). He wears a large, brown pad on his chest (partially obscured by his beard), and an antlered viking helmet with the Snowmads' insignia on it. Skowl's small, luminescent eyes are amber, his beak is small and tan-colored, and his head is notably large compared to the rest of his body. Finally, Skowl has small yet thick bird's feet and disproportionately small wings.


Skowl is a strict ruler who shows little to no mercy both in and out of a battle, having no qualms towards sending his minions into the fray to attack his foes and getting rid of things he does not like using overkill methods (such as how he used a giant mallet to destroy a banana when he didn't need to). He does not take kindly to having his lair infiltrated (immediately "questioning" those who do so) or being interrupted. Being a Hootz, Skowl appears to take great pride in that particular type of Snowmad, often hosting large gatherings consisting only of Hootzes. As shown in the cutscene before his fight, Skowl seemingly holds a strong hatred of bananas, even holding public rituals that center on the destruction of the fruit, and he will get angry whenever such rituals are interrupted.

Powers and abilities

Despite their size, Skowl's wings allow him to hover and fly at decent speeds, and he can even flap them hard enough to send out painful gusts of wind. The wind that he generates is presumably very frigid, as he can send out spiked balls of ice by flapping as well. His wings also serve as launchers for the sharp feathers he shoots at enemies. In spite of his gender, Skowl can also lay eggs of various sizes, containing anywhere between 1 and 3 Hootzes inside. It is worth noting that the Hootzes used in his fight have a slightly different coloration than the common ones found elsewhere in the game, suggesting that they may be his children (or at the very least higher-ranking members of his race). The minions he sends out are not only found in eggs, but are also sent out in waves, or simply blown across the screen by the wind he blows with his wings. Though some of them are clad in protective viking helmets, others are either buck-naked, or still wearing half of their eggshells on their heads, granting them protection, but also leaving them vulnerable to being picked up and thrown. Even more impressively, Skowl can encase himself in an egg and use the added weight to crush his opponents, though it leaves him stunned and open to attacks if he misses.