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Artwork of Klaptrap's Assist Trophy from the game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Switch.

Residence(s) Crocodile Isle (presumably),
K. Rool's Mobile Island Fortress
Species Kremling
Sub-Species Klampons, Krimps
Gender Varies
Affiliates Kremling Krew
Powers/Abilities Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Land:
Walking (sometimes, back and forward),
Constantly biting,
Jumping at same time as the enemies (only purple type in Donkey Kong Country),
Immunity to roll attacks

Donkey Kong 64:
Pursuing enemies nearby,
Biting enemies,
Leaving toothing behind to attack enemies
Enemies Kong Family
Game(s) Donkey Kong Jr. (game)

Donkey Kong Country,
Donkey Kong Land,
Donkey Kong 64,
Super Smash Bros. Melee,
Diddy Kong Pilot (2003 build) (replaced by Humba Wumba in Banjo-Pilot),
Super Smash Bros. Brawl,
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

First Appearance “Donkey Kong Jr. (game)” on Arcades (1982)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)

Klaptraps are small Kremling enemies that first appeared in the game Donkey Kong Country. They are crocodile-like creatures with large mouths (hence the name).


The Klaptraps are quadrupeds, have huge mouths with sharp teeth and four legs. In the game Donkey Kong Country, the common Klaptraps' trademark is the yellow stripes on the back. They come with a variety of colors on their scales, such as blue, purple, green and red. They mainly appear blue with yellow spots.

In the game Donkey Kong 64, Klaptraps are completely green or purple, and their mouths are proportionally smaller to their counterparts in Donkey Kong Country. Also, they growl and whimper like dogs in that game.


This subspecies is physically smaller to the Kremling species as shown in several games, where they are trained by the dominant subspecies Kritters. Like most Kremlings, the Klaptrap subspecies probably originated on the Crocodile Isle.

Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Land[]

The Klaptraps have a mouth full of sharp teeth that it uses these teeth to harm the Kongs. In Donkey Kong Country, purple Klaptraps that are more formidable, since they have the ability to jump once Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong jumps, but they can be defeated by trampling, or by being hit by anything throwable, such as barrels. Blue and purple Klaptraps are also immune to roll attacks, instantly harming the heroes if they try to use the move. However, a well timed Hand Slap executed by Donkey Kong can still defeat these enemies.

Donkey Kong 64[]

In Donkey Kong 64, Klaptraps are regular enemies in the game. They will patrol around at the same area, and they will regularly stop, growl and bite. If the Kongs approach them, the enemies will become agitated and pursue the primates, trying to bite them. The Klaptraps can be defeated by any Kongs' physical attacks, weapons or musical instruments. However, after receiving a single hit and being defeated, the Klaptraps will always leave some leaping toothing behind. The toothing will follow the heroes to harm them until the primates break them or lead them towards pits or hazards.

Also in the game, several Klaptraps provide other types of service, for example: a purple served to drive K. Rool's Mobile Island Fortress as shown in the opening scene, half of them were used by King K. Rool to not let his minions escape their duties, and even a red giant was held by the crocodilian dictator to punish them.[1][2] Inside one of the Bonus Stages in the game, the player will take control of a Klaptrap to able scare certain number of Gnawties and make them to fall into a hole at the center of the room within a time limit, in order to receive a Golden Banana.

Super Smash Bros. series[]

Klaptraps also appear as enemies in the stages Kongo Jungle and Jungle Japes of the games Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a Klaptrap can be summoned by an Assist Trophy, and Klaptrap is also present as a Spirit.

List of Klaptraps[]


Names in Other Languages[]

Language Name Meaning/Translation
Italian Trappidrillo[4] -


  • The name is pun from Claptrap.
  • Klaptraps, along with Gnawties, Slippas, and Armys are able to be avoided completely by Expresso the Ostrich walking over them on flat ground. This is due to his long legs: as long as Expresso's body does not touch these enemies, he is out of reach from their attacks.
  • Krusha and Klaptrap are the only playable Kremlings of the game Donkey Kong 64.


  1. "Guards! Make sure no one leaves until my machine is ready!"
    K. Rool in the game Donkey Kong 64 for Nintendo 64
  2. "Fatso, is it? I'd choose my last words more carefully if I were you."
    K. Rool in the game Donkey Kong 64 for Nintendo 64
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kevin Bayliss on Twitter (retrieved on September 19, 2019)
  4. Mario Power Tennis (GameCube) Italian instruction booklet, page 28