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Snaps DKCR
Pinchily as seen in the game Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii.
Homeland Donkey Kong Island
Residence(s) Beach world levels,
Ruins level Mast Blast,
Cliff level Tippy Shippy
Origin of Species Crab
Family Snaps,
Scurvy Crew
Powers/Abilities Suddenly appearing by coming out of sand,
Walking towards the same direction constantly,
Pinching enemies upon contact,
Using claws against physical attacks by enemies

Enemies Kong Family,
Donkey Kong,
Diddy Kong
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country Returns,
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
First Game Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)

Latest Game Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)

Pinchlies are red crab enemies appearing in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. They are capable of pinching the Kongs upon contact, and the position of their claws protect them against specific physical attacks by the primates.


Pinchlies can be found in almost every Beach world level of the Donkey Kong Island, the Ruins level Mast Blast and the Cliff level Tippy Shippy. They are similar to Snaps, orange/yellow crab enemy variants from the same games, but they have a darker shade of orange/red, and they are wearing a pirate scarf tied around their heads. Pinchlies also use their claws as protection while harming the heroes upon contact. Initially, they will walk towards the same direction, keeping the claws sideways and making them immune against roll attacks by the Kongs. During this stance, they also possess certain resistance against the ground-pound move, being just slightly push away by it. However, after the primates jump once on them or Diddy Kong uses his Peanut Popguns to shoot peanuts at them, the Pinchlies will stop, rise their claws and resume their walking. This movement makes them invincible against a second jump attack and peanut projectiles by the heroes, but vulnerable against roll attacks, being easily defeated by them. After the claws are risen, the Kongs can also ground-pound close by them in order to flip them over, leaving them temporarily stunned and open to all physical attacks. Pinchlies also can be defeated instantly by the primates throwing single barrels at them at any moment.

For a brief moment, after the second Tutorial Pig's checkpoint of the Ruins level Mast Blast, a single Pinchly is shown wearing a captain's hat (see Gallery section below). However, it is is crushed when the heroes land on it after they being blasted from a barrel cannon in order to progress. Similar enemy variant is never seen again elsewhere in both games.