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~ Ghastly King in New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.
Ghastly King
Ghastly King
Ghastly King's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.
Alias(es) Cactus King
Final Kong

Residence(s) Fruit Kingdoms
Species Kong

Affiliation(s) Final Boss Pig Poppo,
Dread Kong (formerly),
Karate Kong (formerly),
Ninja Kong (formerly),
Sumo Kong (formerly)
Occupation(s) Supreme Emperor
ruler of the Fruit Kingdoms
Powers/Abilities Immense strength
Large size
Unnatural endurance
Supernatural attacks
Uncontrollable anger
Intimidating appearance
Slow speed
Demonic Reflexes
Enemies Donkey Kong
Game(s) Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
First Appearance Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (for GameCube) (2004-2005)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (for Wii) (2008-2009)

Ghastly King (ファイナルコング, Final Kong in Japan), also formerly known as Cactus King, is the true antagonist and final boss of the game Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. He is the evil ruler of the Fruit Kingdoms before being overthrown by Donkey Kong.

Physical Appearance

Ghastly King is a monstrous gorilla-like beast with dark purple fur mixed in with dark magenta on his arms, a silver belt around his waist (which is shaped like a Silver Crest), green and bronze colored skin, he has five fingers with black finger nails on each finger, five toes with black toe nails on each toe, and a giant ruff around his neck made of black feathers, he has yellow eyes with no eyelids, pointy ears and a massive gaping jaw that resembles a jack-o-lantern's mouth (with reddish energy in his mouth, with a small yellow circle center surrounded by a thick orange ring), he has white spiky hair on his head that are thorns. In terms of size, he is ten times larger than Donkey Kong, the four Kong bosses and the four Hog bosses, and is even larger than the Rocs and Tusks bosses.

Boss Battle

Before reaching him, Donkey Kong must go through the same exact level he went through to fight Cactus King, only much harder with new added placed enemies and hazards in the level.

At the chamber, Ghastly King will be mounted on top of a large Final Boss Pig Poppo, when the fight begins. The large pig will launch a continuous stream of red flames from its snout, Donkey Kong must use the Sound Wave Attack to deflect the flames and eventually stun it by doing so. He can then attack the stunned Hawg by punching it; it takes fifteen punches to defeat it. After doing so, Ghastly King will destroy his mount by landing on it and will fight Donkey Kong head on, much like all of the other bosses fought before hand, Ghastly King has 500 HP, at first, Ghastly King will fight in a similar way to Cactus King, he can do a low kick at Donkey Kong, can do a high kick at Donkey Kong and can use his claws to swipe at Donkey Kong when he attempts to do a Punch Out!![1]-esque style at Ghastly King similar to the Kong bosses (all three of these attacks are powerful enough to send Donkey Kong flying into a wall), this time however, he has three new attacks, Ghastly King can now do a down kick sweep at Donkey Kong, can do a high jump kick at Donkey Kong, and can now spew out green and purple energy balls at Donkey Kong from his mouth, he can also fire them at any angle such as down or up and can sometimes spew two to three energy balls at a time, Donkey Kong can defect them by using Sound Waves, other wise, fight him as you would with Cactus King.

After all of his health has been depleted, Ghastly King will roar in defeat twice, before falling on his knees and dropping head-first to the ground, thus Donkey Kong will beat on his chest in victory, the Fruit Kingdoms are saved and the player has completed the game and meets the Kongs that seemed to be mind controlled.


  • Ghastly King is one of the strongest and most powerful villains in the entire Donkey Kong game series.
  • Much like his later ego, Cactus King, if the Final Boss Pig Poppo is considered as part of the boss fight, then Ghastly King has the most health out of any boss in the game.
  • Ghastly King is the second Kong boss fight in the game with the gameplay that isn't a Punch-Out!!-esque fight, the first being Cactus King.
  • It could be assumed that the other Kong bosses in the game Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, Dread Kong, Karate Kong, Ninja Kong and Sumo Kong, were forced to follow the Ghastly King or even being brainwashed by him. At the end of the game, the former bosses are seen celebrating Ghastly King's defeat and cheering Donkey Kong for having taken the villain down.
  • In the game Donkey Kong Jungle Beat for the Nintendo Wii, Ghastly King shrieks "THE WORLD IS MINE! ALL MINE!", as revealed by an eavesdropping Helper Monkey, as he threatens to take over the whole world before finally getting defeated by Donkey Kong.