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"Lurchin's hard, spiny shell is something that not even Enguarde's blade can't pierce. Wait until Lurchin exposes his soft insides before you try to take a swipe at him." --Nintendo Player's Guide, page 12


Artwork of a Lurchin.
Homeland Northern Kremisphere
Origin of Species Urchin

Leader(s) Barbos

Game(s) Donkey Kong Country 3 (SNES/GBA)
Donkey Kong Land III

Lurchin are common sea-urchin enemies found in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!'s stages that feature water. Lurchin are green-colored urchins with spiky, harmful shells. A larger Lurchin called Barbos also appears as a boss.


Donkey Kong Country 3[]

Lurchins appear in various stages that feature water. Their attack pattern is to stay in place and slowly open and close their shell, or swiftly swim up and down, trying to touch the Kongs with its spiky shell, which will injure a Kong or Enguarde the Swordfish upon impact. Lurchin's weakness is its flesh; when it opens its shell, Enguarde can stab his bill at the Lurchin and defeat it. The blue Nibbla can also eat it; however, when it does, it becomes angrier. Enguarde's way of defeating it is also exploited with its larger boss form, Barbos.

In the Game Boy Advance exclusive level Ripcurl Reef, Lurchins with yellow shells, purple spikes and green flesh can be seen. They do not differ from the regular-colored Lurchins.

Donkey Kong Land III[]

Lurchins remain relatively unchanged in Donkey Kong Land III. The larger boss form, Barbos, also reappear and can summon them.