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Bonehead Jed with its long spine down as seen in Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Bonehead Jeds are skeletons of dinosaurs riding around in a cart of tar in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. They are mostly found in the Cliff world of Donkey Kong Island. Bonehead Jeds are less dangerous variants to Firehead Neds, because they do not shoot fireballs. Both enemy types extend their spines and use the arms to move their carts around.


The appearance of this foe is that it has a cart full of tar. The cart has old, damaged wooden wheels which it uses to go around. It appears to have screws in the middle, making it a wheel. The cart's body appears to be half of a barrel, full of tar, which is seen all over the Cliff world. The dinosaur itself has ten rows of teeth on both its upper and lower jaw. It has eyes that are partially blocked off by the bone connecting to its mouth. It has many spine layers, and when fully extended, can reach up around three times taller than Donkey Kong.


Bonehead Jeds will constantly move back and forward between platform edges. If the primates jump nearby to a Bonehead Jed, it will extend its spines to try harm the Kongs, and soon low its spines. After receiving a jump attack, Bonehead Jeds will just get stunned for a few seconds, requiring a second attack to be defeated for good. They can be defeated once by the Kongs throwing barrels at them. Bonehead Jeds cannot be stunned by the ground-pound move. And they are imune to roll attacks, except when stunned.



  • Unlike their conceptual artwork (see Gallery section above), Bonehead Jeds do not shoot tar. They only extend their spines.
  • Bonehead Jeds, Firehead Neds, Skellirexes and Skullyrexes bare some resemblance to Dry Bones from the Super Mario Bros. series.