Animal Crate

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DKBarrelsprite.png Animal Crate DKBarrelsprite.png
Rambi Crate DK Barrel Blast.png
Usage Releases the depicted Animal Buddy
Transforms the Kongs into the Animal Buddy (DK64 & DKC GBC)
Location Donkey Kong Island, Crocodile Isle, Northern Kremisphere
Game appearances Donkey Kong Country series
Donkey Kong Land
Donkey Kong 64
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

Animal Crates are crates in which Animal Buddies are contained inside of; they appear in most of the Donkey Kong adventure games. The Kongs can release an Animal Buddy by jumping on its crate, and the player can identify which Animal Buddy is inside based on the head depicted by the crate (e.g. a Rambi head means there is a Rambi inside). Some Animal Buddies appear in Animal Barrels rather than crates.

Animal Crates are often placed in areas where the buddies would be useful, for example in Gusty Glade, Rattly was used to safely cross gaps. Another example is the Enguarde Crate, which eases underwater exploration because Enguarde can defeat most underwater enemies.


Animal Crates make their debut in Donkey Kong Country, and they later reappear in its sequels, Donkey Kong Country 2 and 3. An Animal Crate can be found the first level of each game.

Animal Crates reappear in Donkey Kong Land. The only two Crates that appear is the Rambi Crate and the Expresso Crate, because those Animal Buddies are the only two in the game. Animal Crates are replaced by Animal Barrels entirely in the two sequels, Donkey Kong Land 2 and III.

Animal Crates reappear in Donkey Kong 64. The only two variants featured is the Rambi Crate and Enguarde Crate, which are only usable by Donkey Kong and Lanky Kong respectively. The Animal Crates have an identical role to Animal Barrels in this game: when DK and Lanky hop into an Animal Crate, they transform into their respective Animal Buddies. Both Kongs can only be their Animal Buddy temporarily until they transform back into themselves.

Just like Donkey Kong 64, Animal Crates also function like Animal Barrels in the Game Boy Color version of Donkey Kong Country, except without a time limit or being Kong-specific. The only Animal Crate that does not function like an Animal Barrel is the Squawks Crate, which only appears in Torchlight Trouble, because Squawks isn't a mountable Animal Buddy in the first Donkey Kong Country.

The Rambi Crate is the only crate that reappears in Donkey Kong Country Returns. It can be opened if the player either ground pounds on it or rolls into it. The Rambi Crate also appears in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, but unlike its predecessor, the Kongs cannot roll into the crate to open it.

List of Animal Crates[edit]




Donkey Kong Country (Super Nintendo)[edit]

Donkey Kong Land[edit]

Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Color)[edit]

Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance)[edit]

Donkey Kong Country 2 (Super Nintendo)[edit]

Donkey Kong Country 3 (Super Nintendo)[edit]