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Bristles 2
Artwork of Bristles curled up into a ball from the game Donkey Kong Country 3.
Homeland Northern Kremisphere
Origin of Species Hedgehog

Powers/Abilities Being covered in spikes, grating invulnerability against physical attacks by enemies,
Curling up into balls and rolling down hills
Leader(s) KAOS,
Baron K. Roolenstein
Affiliations Kremling Krew
Enemies Kong Family,
Dixie Kong,
Kiddy Kong
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!,
Donkey Kong Land III
First Game Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (for SNES) (1996)

Latest Game Donkey Kong Country 3 (for GBA) (2005)

Bristles are hedgehog enemies found in the games Donkey Kong Country 3 and Donkey Kong Land III. Their backs and rear ends are covered in spikes, protecting them from physical attacks by the Kongs.


The spikes of Bristles, due to them being hedgehogs, make them invulnerable against most physical attacks from Dixie and Kiddy Kong, usually forcing them to avoid contact with these enemies.

Donkey Kong Country 3[]

In Donkey Kong Country 3, the first variants of Bristles just walk forward, with some of them patrolling around certain locations. However, the primates can defeat these variants by rolling into them from the front. It could require good timing in order to avoid the enemies suddenly changing directions. Bristles can also be taken down from any directions by the primates throwing single barrels at them or Animal Buddies using projectiles attacks and hitting these enemies.

In later stages of the game, the second variants of Bristles will appear after curling up into balls, and they will just roll down hills. In this position, they cannot be harmed by any physical attacks and they usually must be avoided at all costs by the Kongs. However, they are still vulnerable against barrel throws or Animal Buddies' projectile attacks.

In the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 3, during sessions of the minigame at the Cranky's Dojos, small Bristles curled up into balls will attack Cranky Kong. They will come from the right and left sides of the screen bouncing on the ground at different heights. In order to win the minigame session, the player must make Cranky to use a shield and deflect a total of thirty Bristles.

Donkey Kong Land III[]

In Donkey Kong Land III, only the first variants of Bristles, capable of walking around, appear. They can be harmed only by the primates executing single roll attacks into them from the front. Bristles are also vulnerable against barrels thrown at them and projectile attacks from Animal Buddies.



  • Bristles can be considered replacements to Spinies, porcupine enemies from games Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Land 2.
  • At the regular ending cutscene of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System version of the game Donkey Kong Country 3, the single Bristles appearing in the Dixie Kong's Photo Album displays the ability of walking and later curling up into a ball. However, during the game, the same enemy type is not capable of changing between both movement styles. Each variant is restricted to use only a single style.