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 Unknown (presumably 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.


Skowl is one of the five lead subordinates of Lord Fredrik, the Snomad King and has seemingly been implied to have been under full control of Autumn Heights for a long time, having an entire mountain peak seemingly built as Skowl's lair. When the Kongs arrive in the stage "Mountaintop Tussle", Donkey Kong and another Kong enter this mountain, where Skowl crushes a banana under a large hammer, surprising DK. His scream attracts the attention of several Hootz's, and Skowl, angered that DK and company would invade his mountain lair, attacks the Kongs. Many of Skowl's attacks involve summoning several Hootz's from eggs and throwing sharp feathers with his wings.

The recommended Kong for this boss battle is Dixie Kong, as she gives DK a double jump, an ability that is useful for avoiding many of Skowl's attacks.


Skowl is a large grey owl with a long, braided silver beard. He has a large antlered viking helmet and has glowing amber eyes. Skowl's beak is yellow and his head is notably large compared to most of his body.