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Crystal Caves
World(s) DK Island
Type Cave
Music Theme(s) Lobby, Theme, Rockfall, Igloo, Board Game, Rotating Room, Indoors, Barrel Course, Race
Requirement(s) Using a Boss Key to open the fifth lock on K. Lumsy's cage,
65 Golden Bananas

Notable Feature(s) A giant Kosha in the level will make stalactites fall over the Kongs at regular intervals.
Enemies Encountered Kasplats, Kritters, Gnawties, Koshas, Kroc, Klumps, Klobbers, Klaptraps, Zingers, Army Dillo (boss)
Game(s) Donkey Kong 64
First Appearance Donkey Kong 64 (1999)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong 64 (1999)

Crystal Caves are the sixth level in the game Donkey Kong 64. Its lobby is present inside an elevated cave in the DK Island. The cave entrance becomes accessible only after the player using a Boss Key to open the fifth lock on K. Lumsy's cage, and entering the level requires at least sixty-five Golden Bananas.

As the name of the level suggests, it are caves made of crystals. A giant Kosha lurks in the highest part of the caves, raining stalactites down on the unsuspecting Kongs. The area has all the allies' shops in it. The boss battle is a rematch between Donkey Kong and Army Dillo, the boss from the level Jungle Japes.


Giant Kosha[]

After the primates reaching certain point inside the level, a giant Kosha will cause series of stalactites to fall on the Kongs per time at regular intervals. The usual music theme changing to a strong beat will indicate when the objects are about to fall. In order to stop the oversized Kremling from dropping more, the player must first get Chunky's second Golden Banana (see below). After an igloo is destroyed, Tiny can then use the Monkeyport pad (must learn from Cranky first) to teleport to the area with the giant Kosha. She should then defeat the giant enemy like she would any other Kosha. If she falls off the platform, she will reappear at the beginning of Crystal Caves. Unlike other enemies, the giant Kosha will not respawn after being defeated, leaving the rest of Crystal Caves to be explored without the constant threat of falling stalactites.

Golden Bananas[]

Crystal Caves
Kong Banana 1 Banana 2 Banana 3 Banana 4 Blueprint
Donkey Kong After blasting off from the DK Pad by Cranky's Lab, DK can barrel blast through a maze to ultimately reach a Bonus Barrel. Once the Bonus barrel is complete, DK can claim his Golden Banana. Inside the igloo in the center of the area DK can find his way through a maze full of life-threatening booby traps. Once complete and successful a Golden banana can be retrieved. On the upper walkways of the cavern an out-of-the-way lodge sits for DK to plunder. Inside DK must match the Kong faces to their counterparts to win the Golden Banana. Near the cabin by Candy's Shop, DK must go inside to blast all the bees with his Coconut Gun. If successful he will receive a Golden Banana. DK's Kasplat lies on the upper walkways near the Ice Castle.
Diddy Kong Inside the Igloo, Diddy must place the barrels in the synchronized order as the numbered spaces. He can then get a Golden Banana. Diddy can get into a Diddy barrel and Rocket Blast behind the waterfall to a Bonus Barrel. He can win the mini game to get a Golden Banana. In a lodge by DK's lodge with the Guitar Pad, Diddy can go in. Diddy must wipe out the Kremlings inside before the time runs out. If he succeeds, a Golden Banana will be at the ready. After activating a door with the Guitar pad at the main lodge, Diddy can enter a gloomy room. He must use his Diddy barrel to rocket atop three unlit candles. Once he lights with his rockets them he can receive Golden Banana. After Tiny activates Bananaporter 4 Diddy can zip into an isolated room to defeat a Kasplat.
Lanky Kong Inside Lanky's part of the igloo he must defeat all the enemies to make a Lanky Pad appear. Once he turns into his Baboon Balloon he can float to the Golden Banana. Inside the ice castle, Lanky can play a switch game with a bored Ice Creature. If Lanky gets more switches down then the Ice Creature he can win a Golden Banana. Atop the ice castle, Lanky can open an entrance way from a Lanky Switch down below. He can enter a slide race with the bug Tiny raced in Angry Aztec. If he wins he can get a Golden Banana. Inside the lodge by the Tag Barrels near the waterfall, Lanky can float into a Lanky barrel from a Lanky Pad and race to the Golden Banana before time runs out. After Diddy activated Bananaporter 5, Lanky can zip in and get his Kasplat's blueprint.
Tiny Kong Take Tiny to the giant cabin building next to Candy's. Locate her instrument pad and head on in. The Player will see a bunch of purple Klaptraps. The player must kill them all. After they're all gone, a Golden Banana is at the wake. In the area with all the igloos, Diddy must fly through the yellow and red DK star over the main igloo to reveal instrument pads in front of the doors. She must find the saxophone pad and play the instrument on it to be let in. Play Tiny's instrument once inside as well to kill the Kosha. Butt-slam the target on the floor 3 times (it will start moving) to get the banana and a banana fairy. The Kosha will return so be careful. Heading out of the igloo room, the player will notice there is a place where they can jump on the pathway from the water. They must find the ice wall here and mini-monkey through the hole on the bottom. Head to the bonus barrel in the back. The player will play a barrel mini game for an ominous Golden banana. Take Tiny to where Funky's is located and head over toward the Diddy Rocket barrel. On the right the player will have to pony tail twirl to the mini monkey barrel and then pony twirl back after becoming smaller. Activate the #4 warp pad so Diddy can get his Kasplat. Head toward the mini door in front of the warp pad. Use the monkeyport to get inside one of the igloos then Tiny can grab the Golden banana. Tiny's Kasplat is located near the #2 warp pad in Candy's area of this level.
Chunky Kong From the entrance, the player must go straight towards the ice wall. Break open the ice wall door with the primate punch. Stand on the Chunky pad and become invisible, revealing a golden banana. From the beginning (where the #1 and #2 warp pads are), go right and then cross the water to where the Gnawty is. Go left and climb up the rocks to the top of the platform. If the player goes forward here they should see an ice castle. Go past the ice castle and pick up the boulder. Take the boulder up the slope and place it on the "boulder" switch. This will break open an ice igloo surrounding another boulder in another area. To get to this boulder (also behind an ice wall), from the beginning go right. Cross the water just like last time and instead of going left towards Funky's, go right. Hop over the gaps between the platforms and break open the ice wall with the primate punch. Now, the player must jump into the Hunky Chunky barrel and take the boulder in this room and put it on the moving switch. This will blow up another igloo in the area with the water and lots of igloos, leaving the player a golden banana. The player must take Chunky to the giant cabin by Candy's where everyone else has gotten a banana already and find the triangle music pad. The player must enter the room. They'll will see two lights (search lights, really) making their way around the room and wood targets on the ground. When the light isn't on them, the player must stomp the wooden targets. If they get in the light's way, K. Rool will automatically see them. Once complete the player is awarded a golden banana In the area with all the igloos, use Diddy to fly through the yellow and red DK star over the main igloo to reveal instrument pads infront of the doors. They player needs to find the triangle music pad and play their instrument to go inside. Once inside they'll will see a TNT barrel with a bunny strapped to it. It is struggling with all its might to get free. There are 5 fireballs headed toward the TNT barrel. The player needs to smash them before they get to the barrel. if successful, the bunny will reward the player with a golden banana. Chunky's Kasplat is located on top of the main igloo in the room with all the igloos.


Names in Other Languages[]

Language Name Meaning/Translation
French Caverne-Cristal Crystal Cavern
German Kristall Kaverne Crystal Cavern
Italian Grotte di Cristallo Crystal Cave
Japanese クリスタルどうくつ
Kurisutaru Doukutsu
Crystal Cave
Spanish Cueva Cristalina Crystalline Cave