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Flotsam
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Blue Flotsam's artwork from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest for SNES.
Homeland Crocodile Isle





Enemies Kong Family, Enguarde the Swordfish
Game(s) Donkey Kong Land,
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest,
Donkey Kong Land 2
First Game Donkey Kong Land (as Wild Sting) (1995)


Latest Game Donkey Kong Country 2 (for GBA) (2004)

Flotsam are stingray enemies that are usually found in the aquatic stages of the games Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2. Flotsam mainly live in the waters of Crocodile Isle, particularly the "sunken ship" stages. The word "flotsam" means leftovers from a shipwreck.
A boss named Wild Sting that looks like a Flotsam appears as the first boss in the game Donkey Kong Land, and lives on Donkey Kong Island.

History

Donkey Kong Land

Flotsam made its first appearance as the first boss of Donkey Kong Land, at the end of the first world, Gangplank Galleon Ahoy! (although under a different name, Wild Sting). Unlike the aquatic Flotsam, this one appears to be able to move and fight above water. It also is defeated like any other boss too: jumping on top of it several times. It is not confirmed if this is directly a boss version of Flotsam or an inspiration for the enemy in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

Flotsam came in two colors: blue and green. Blue Flotsam swim in one direction, even going through walls, while the green Flotsam can change their direction, usually when they reach a wall or a solid object. Flotsam were common water enemies, practically every water stage had them. Like most water enemies, they do not go directly after the Kongs, merely swim casually, but contact with them will injure a Kong or Enguarde. They bear the usual aquatic foe's weakness: Enguarde's ever reliable bill. Kongs under the Invincibility Barrel effect can also defeat Flotsam by touching them.
In the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 2, the blue and green variants of Flotsam are colored purple and light green, respectively, instead.

Donkey Kong Land 2

The Flotsam return, as with most aquatic enemies in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest's follow-up game, Donkey Kong Land 2. Flotsam remain relatively unchanged, with no major differences in appearance or attack style. However, there is only a single type of Flotsam capable of swimming back and forward at the same place, and quickly changing directions. They do not have green and blue variants because of the basic Game Boy hardware can only generate black and white colors. In the Super Game Boy for Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Flotsam possess the same brown/golden color palettes as the Kongs, other enemies, and items in the game.

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Trivia

  • In the German version of Donkey Kong Country 2, this enemy is named "Floatsam".
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