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ExitIsNearSign Hot-Head Hop/Hothead Hop ExitSign
Hot head hop
World(s) Crocodile Cauldron (in DKC 2),
Krem Cauldron (in DKL 2)
Type Lava Cave
Music Theme(s) Hot-Head Bop (in DKC 2),
Hothead Bop (in DKL 2)
Animal Buddies Squitter the Spider
Bonus Room(s) 3 (in DKC 2)
2 (in DKL 2)
Notable Feature(s) In both games, it is the first lava cave stage. The stage also features Krocheads/Krockheads, harmless enemies used for traversing lava pits. And the Animal Buddy Squitter the Spider is first found here.
Enemies Encountered Neeks, Klobbers, Krocheads/Krockheads, Klampons, Zingers, Kruncha
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest,
Donkey Kong Land 2
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (for SFC/SNES) (1995)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country 2 (for GBA) (2004)
Adjacent Stage(s) << Donkey Kong Country 2 >>
<< Donkey Kong Land 2 >>

Hot-Head Hop, or Hothead Hop, is the first stage of the world Crocodile Cauldron of the Crocodile Isle and the seventh stage overall in the game Donkey Kong Country 2, as well as the first stage of the world Krem Cauldron and the seventh stage overall in the game Donkey Kong Land 2. In both games, it is preceded by Krow's Nest and followed by Kannon's Klaim.


It is the first lava cave stage in both games. The Kongs must avoid to fall into lava pits. At some points, Krocheads/Krockheads, harmless enemies, must be used as stepping platforms for moving over pits.

Squitter the Spider first appears here, via an Animal Crate in Donkey Kong Country 2 or an Animal Barrel in Donkey Kong Land 2. The Animal Buddy allows the heroes to reach high places containing special collectables and Bonus Barrels.

In Donkey Kong Land 2, this is the first stage to feature a Kannon used for accessing a Bonus Room and activated by the primates throwing a Kannonball at it.

Other enemies found inside the stage in both games include Neeks, Klobbers, Klampons, Zingers and Kruncha.


Collectables and Secrets[]



  • The environment assets of this stage are reused in the boss stage Kleever's Kiln in both versions of the game Donkey Kong Country 2.