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Boss Key
Dk key
Boss Key's artwork from the game Donkey Kong 64 for Nintendo 64.
User(s) Donkey Kong,
Diddy Kong,
Lanky Kong,
Tiny Kong,
Chunky Kong
Purpose(s) Opening locks on K. Lumsy's cage and giving access to lobbies of levels
Game(s) Donkey Kong 64
First Appearance Donkey Kong 64 (1999)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong 64 (1999)

Boss Keys, also called DK Keys, are important collectable items usually received after defeating bosses in the game Donkey Kong 64.

History[]

Unlikely friend[]

After his defeat in the events of the games Donkey Kong Country 3 and Donkey Kong Land IIIKing K. Rool plotted to destroy DK Island in retaliation. His first plan was to use a massive member of the Kremling KrewK. Lumsy, to destroy the island. But K. Lumsy refused, not wanting to destroy an island filled with "cute little monkeys." K. Rool deemed him too soft to be a Kremling and locked him up in a small island attached to his Mobile Island Fortress, in a massive cage held down by eight locks, where he was to stay until he toughened up. He distributed seven of the keys to his most fearsome henchmen, while keeping the eighth one in his lair.

Alliance[]

Clef DK

After K. Rool's arrival at DK Island, and his theft of the Golden Banana hoard and friends, Donkey Kong finds his way to K. Lumsy's island. The giant Kremling tells his story, and is overjoyed when Donkey Kong agrees to help him regain his freedom. He warns them of how dangerous it will be to get the keys, and stresses not to tell K. Rool, that it must be their secret.

Gameplay[]

DK Key

Boss Key's animated render as seen in the game Donkey Kong 64 for Nintendo 64.

Collecting the eight Boss Keys is crucial to completing the game. In most of the occasions that K. Lumsy is brought closer to freedom, his dancing for joy causes the path to the lobby of the next level to reveal itself. However, certain amount of Golden Bananas are still required in order to access levels. Each key opens only its respective lock, and, by usual means, the numbered locks must removed in ascending order.

Once all eight Boss Keys are retrieved and the locks open, K. Lumsy will be free. During a cutscene, the giant Kremling will pursue the King Kruiser II, making it to crash down on the beach of the DK Island and preparing the path to the final boss battle against King Krusha K. Rool.

Key Locations[]

  • Jungle Japes: reward for defeating the boss Army Dillo. At K. Lumsy's cage, this key unlocks the lobby of the level Angry Aztec.
  • Angry Aztec: reward for defeating the boss Dogadon. At K. Lumsy's cage, this key unlocks the lobbies of the levels Frantic Factory and Gloomy Galleon.
  • Frantic Factory: reward for defeating the boss Mad Jack. At K. Lumsy's cage, this key and the eighth one set the location of the final boss battle inside the crashed King Kruiser II.
  • Gloomy Galleon: reward for defeating the boss Puftoss. At K. Lumsy's cage, this key unlocks the lobby of the level Fungi Forest.
  • Fungi Forest: reward for defeating the boss Dogadon, for the second time. At K. Lumsy's cage, this key unlocks the lobbies of the levels Crystal Caves and Creepy Castle.
  • Crystal Caves: reward for defeating the boss Army Dillo, for the second time. At K. Lumsy's cage, this key and the seventh one unlock the lobby of the level Hideout Helm.
  • Creepy Castle: reward for defeating the boss King Kut Out. At K. Lumsy's cage, this key and the sixth one unlock the lobby of the level Hideout Helm.
  • Hideout Helm: located behind the final door inside K. Rool's throne room, being open by both the Rareware Coin and Nintendo Coin. At K. Lumsy's cage, this key and the third one set the location of the final boss battle inside the crashed King Kruiser II.

Trivia[]

  • Although the eight keys are mandatory to complete the game, by employing glitches only two are necessary, the one from Frantic Factory and Hideout Helm. It is because these two keys are the only ones that cause the King Kruiser II to crash, regardless of whether the player released or not K. Klumsy.[1]
  • There is a glitch in which the player can get the key to the level Fungi Forest in Angry Aztec, and when the player enters Troff and Scoff's portal from Fungi Forest, the boss door will be closed and with a sign that it is already completed, and at the time of exit, the portal will disappear.[2]

References[]

Bonus Coin Static Items (excluding mostly Barrels) Bear Coin Static
General Animal TokenBananaBanana FairyBanana MedalBoss KeyCogCrestCrystal CoconutCrystal StarExtra Life BalloonGiant BananaGolden BalloonGolden BananaGolden FeatherHeadphonesK-O-N-G LettersPuzzle PieceRare OrbSupply CrateWatermelon
Coins Banana CoinBear CoinBonus CoinDK CoinKong TokenKremkoinNintendo CoinRareware CoinSilver Coin
Vehicles GyrocopterHot Air BalloonHover CraftMine CartMotor BoatRocket BarrelSkull CartTobogganTurbo Ski
Weapons/
Projectiles
Coconut ShooterCrateFeather BowGrape ShooterKannonballOrange GrenadePeanut PopgunPineapple LauncherTreasure ChestWatermelon Bomb
Shop Banana JuiceDK Barrel (DD, DX, CK & FK Barrels) • Heart BoostMap KeyRed BalloonSquawks the Parrot
Others Animal CrateEnd of Stage TargetHookKannonMelon CrateNo Animal SignRopeStage FlagTire
Miscellaneous Brothers Bear Items (Bowling BallMirror)
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