The Kritter subspecies (and other Kremlings derived from it) are some of the most common Kremlings around.
Leader King K. Rool
Homeland Crocodile Isle
Sub-Species Kritter
Affiliations Zinger
Enemies Kongs
The Kremlings are a race of anthropomorphic crocodiles in the Donkey Kong Series that have conflicts with the Kongs. They are often the main enemies in the series. The vast majority of them are members of the Kremling Krew, led by King K. Rool (with the sole exception being K. Lumsy).


The Kremling species is characterized by crocodile heads, sharp teeth, scaly skin, yellow bellies, tails, and 3 toes with pointy nails. Physical differences between Kremlings can be quite varied. For example, the Kritter subspecies is bipedal[1], and the Klaptrap subspecies is quadrupedal[2]. Kremlings come in a wide variety of colors, perhaps the most common of which being the following: green, purple, blue, brown, yellow, gray, orange, red, and pink. They can also have features that reptilians do not naturally have: nipples, ears, horns, and hair are all things that Kremlings can be seen with.

Certain subspecies of Kremlings have been shown to be capable of breathing underwater, such as the Klomp in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (as demonstrated in Lockjaw's Locker, the very first water level in said game). They could possibly all be capable of breathing underwater. Kremlings have also been shown to be immune to toxic waste (best demonstrated in the Toxic Tower level of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest).

Most all Kremlings either are or resemble a male. The only two known female Kremlings in the entire Donkey Kong series are Kass and Kalypso.

Society And Culture

According to Lost World corners and statues, the Kremlings have a primitive society. They have set wooden spears in pits, which were possibly meant to protect Krocodile Kore's power source, albeit in a crude manner. Like most reptilians, the Kremlings live in swamps from Crocodile Isle[3]. Krocheads are primitive Kremlings that are also native to these marshes.[4] Despite their primitive nature, however, the Kremlings have built a floating complex located nearby Crocodile Isle.[5]

Evil Kremlings founded a pirate society known as Kremling Kuthroats, where they established a town[6] and built two Kremling Galleons. They kept valuables looted in underground storage. Undead Kremlings, such as Kleever, Kloak, Kackle and Krossbones, were part of the pirate group. The Kremling Kuthroats supremacy possibly began to implode by the time of the Kremean War, where two galleons were wrecked.

The Kremling Krew formation, which was lead by King K. Rool, turned them into a race of toughened soldiers[7]. They were treated very poorly[8] by his cruel dictatorship. During the reign of the Kremling Krew, they were characterized as technologically advanced. They had created numerous machines. For example: robots, airships, amusement parks, submarines, warships, laser weapons and spacecrafts. They are shown as very environmentally uncaring, as they establish harmful factories, waste natural resources from their own island, release toxic waste into their castles, and cause deforestation. They are also chemists, creating gases and poisons.

Some Kremlings were even Wrinkly Kong's students[9]. However, they were shown to be difficult to educate, as they often had incorrect sums[10]. One of them was even caught bringing his sword to class.[11]

Notable Kremlings



  1. Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1994, p. 12
  2. Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1994, p. 13
  3. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1995, p. 50
  4. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1995, p. 15
  5. Donkey Kong Land Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 1995, p. 15
  6. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1995, p. 20
  7. K. Lumsy's words: "Sniff... K. Rool says I'm too soft to be a Kremling and I'm to stay in here until I've toughened up." - Donkey Kong 64
  8. Klubba's words: "Kap'n K. Rool treats us rotten. I hope yer scupper his plans!" - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
  9. Wrinkly's words: "I've found life too hectic at school with all those naughty Kremlings pestering me all the time!" - Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble
  10. Wrinkly's words: "Well! Just look at those sums those Kremlings have done. Disgraceful!" - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
  11. Wrinkly's words: "I hope you're better behaved than those reptiles. Why, I even caught one sharpening his sword in class yesterday!" - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest