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Gnawty's artwork from Donkey Kong Country.
Homeland Donkey Kong Island

Sub-Species Millstone Gnawty

Leader(s) King K. Rool
Really Gnawty
Very Gnawty
Affiliations Kremling Krew
Enemies Kongs
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Land
Donkey Kong 64

Gnawties are beaver-like enemies in the Donkey Kong series. They made their first appearance in Donkey Kong Country, but they have made minor appearances since their debut, such as in Donkey Kong 64.


There have been several enemies in the DK series that have very similar characteristics to them, such as the Neeks. They can be defeated easily, from the classic method of jumping on their head to using any type of barrel to the usage of Animal Buddies.

However, their sub-specie Millstone Gnawty is considered the toughest enemy in DKC, due to being invincible and far larger than a Mincer.

There is a larger boss version called Very Gnawty, as well as Really Gnawty, which can be defeated by jumping on their head. Gnawties appear in different colors, though there isn't any difference between the alternate colors. They are usually colored lime green and resemble a beavers.



  • Some fans consider them Donkey Kong's equivalent to the Goombas in the Mario series. This is supported by how they both only take one hit, and require jumping on their heads to defeat them.
  • It should be noted that in the Rare game Banjo-Kazooie, there is a beaver that lives in Click Clock Wood who is named Gnawty. It is possible that he is of the same race as the Gnawties located on Donkey Kong Island and some believe him to be the same species as Very Gnawty and Really Gnawty.
  • In Donkey Kong 64, Gnawty's are only found on Donkey Kong Isle, Jungle Japes, and Crystal Caves. However, more are found in Jungle Japes while a few are found on Donkey Kong Isle. One is also found in Crystal Caves, making them the least common enemy in the entire game.
  • There are a total of 98 Gnawties in Donkey Kong Country.