Rambi the Rhino

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Official artwork in Donkey Kong Country Returns
Species Rhinoceros
Gender Male
Homeland Donkey Kong Island
Affiliates Animal Buddies,
The Kong Family
Enemies King K. Rool
Kremling Krew
Powers/Abilities Great Strength,
High Endurance,
Possesses a very sharp horn
Games Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Land
Donkey Kong Country 2
Donkey Kong Land 2
Donkey Kong 64
Mario Kart DS (as a kart)
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
SSBB (cameo)
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
"Keep your eyes peeled for Rambi the Rhino! He can crash into almost any hidden room."
Cranky Kong


Rambi the Rhino, also known as Rambi the Rhinoceros, is a long-time recurring Animal Buddy and the very first buddy encountered by the Kongs. Rambi is able to take down enemies using his horn for a frontal attack or merely jumping on enemies. Rambi can also charge through some walls into hidden bonus rooms.

History in the Donkey Kong series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country / Donkey Kong Land[edit]

Diddy riding Rambi

Rambi makes his debut appearance in DKC, on the first level of the game, Jungle Hijinxs. His horn can help unlock breakable hidden doors in the levels he appears in, and appears in three levels. He is considered one of the more useful buddies due to his incredible power to rampage through a level, destroying almost any enemy in his way, including the feared Zingers. Most enemies who goes directly in front of him will be hurt by his horn, or he can simply jump on enemies. Despite the brute strength, he can only endure one hit, as with the other animal buddies, and will try to flee when he gets hurt.

Rambi reappeared alongside Expresso in DKC's follow up game Donkey Kong Land, appearing in slightly more levels. He has not changed much aside from color and detail degrading; he easily rams through enemies and can open up secret bonus levels with his horn.

A planned animal buddy for Donkey Kong Land called Ram Bunkshus is similar to Rambi, and may have been a possible replacement.

Donkey Kong Country 2 / Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

Rambi is also featured in Donkey Kong Country 2, and is even usable in the first level, much like in the original DKC. Rambi is relatively unchanged, but now has a "super move",[1] allowing him to charge very quickly through any enemy that comes in direct contact and keep moving. Rambi will ready the charge when the "A" button (SNES) or "R" button (GBA) button is held; releasing it will make him charge. He must use his charge attack to break open secret bonus areas. The breakable bonus level areas are far less common due to the introduction of Bonus Barrels. He even has his own theme, "Run Rambi, Run!", in the level "Rambi Rumble", where he is chased by King Zing.

Rambi once again appeared in DKC2's semi-sequel Donkey Kong Land 2. As with his DKL incarnation, he has no major changes aside from color and detail degrading, except this time he is completely invincible and he, like all other animal friends in this game, can no longer break open walls.

He did not reappear in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! or Donkey Kong Land III, instead being replaced by Ellie the Elephant.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

In Donkey Kong 64 he was found in the levels Jungle Japes and Hideout Helm. He can only be played as Donkey Kong via Animal Crate with Rambi's symbol on it. Rambi is also usable in a mini-game unlocked by pictures of a certain number of Banana Fairies.

Donkey Kong Racing[edit]

A species of rhinos with a similar appearance to Rambi were set to appear in the cancelled game, Donkey Kong Racing, as a mode of transportation. In the trailer for the game, there were shown to be size and color variations between the rhinos.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

Rambi is usable in the race track Mt. Dynamite of Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. In this game, the Kongs and Kremlings can ride him via freeing him from an Animal Crate which moves from side to side across the course.

Donkey Kong Country Returns[edit]

Rambi returns in Donkey Kong Country Returns as the only ride-able animal buddy in the game. He is found in a large animal crate that requires some ground pounding to break. Rambi is very destructive; he can smash down blocks with his new symbol on them and can charge through hordes of enemies and even break spikes. His main weakness, however, is fire.[2] Oddly, Rambi is not first found in the first level, rather the third,[3] making this the first time in DKC history that Rambi is not found in the first level of the first world.[4] Rambi only appears in four levels in the entire game.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Rambi makes a reappearance in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, once again as one of only two Animal Buddies in the entire game, alongside Squawks. Gameplay-wise, Rambi plays identically to how he did in Returns, though he can now take slight advantage of Dixie Kong and Cranky Kong's unique abilities during the levels, where Dixie can gain a small amount of height with her Helicopter Spin and Cranky can bounce off of things with his cane. Compared to his appearance in the previous game, Rambi only appearedin three levels, as opposed to the four. Once again, he is not found in the game's first level.

Other appearances[edit]

Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24[edit]

In the Club Nintendo comic "Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24", DK rides Rambi to an airport.

Mario Kart DS[edit]

In Mario Kart DS, Donkey Kong's first car is called Rambi Rider. The vehicle is a kart with a Rambi head in front and wooden-box sitting area in the back. The kart has moderate speed and poor handling and acceleration, however the drift and item quality are quite high.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Rambi's trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Rambi cameos as a collectible trophy and sticker.

Sticker Information:
Rambi: Donkey Kong Country [Arm] Attack +13 All
Trophy Description:
A rhino friend who appears to help the Kongs in their adventures... from a wooden box, even! His destructive power lets his rider plow through enemies and super-dash to break through walls and other obstacles. Know what that means? It means uncovering more hidden bananas and life balloons
SNES: Donkey Kong Country
SNES: Donkey Kong Country 2

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Rambi appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

Trophy Description:
NTSC-U: A longtime and trustworthy animal friend. Even the king of the jungle, the lion, fears Rambi's might. Mario would love a lift from Rambi, but he is all Donkey Kong's! His impressive horn can defeat enemies and smash walls, and since Donkey Kong Country 2, he can super-dash!
PAL: Donkey Kong's trusty Animal Friend. They say even the mightiest lion would be afraid of him, and with good reason! Since Donkey Kong Country 2, Rambi's had a special move that lets him charge right into enemies at high speed. You don't want to be on the wrong side of that!

Levels[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Donkey Kong Land[edit]

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

Donkey Kong Country Returns[edit]

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Artwork[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Sprites[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Donkey Kong Country 2 GBA manual refers to it as his "super move", page 11, the "R" button
  2. http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/impressions/24092
  3. Gameinformer
  4. Gamepro

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