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Not to be confused with Puftup from the game Donkey Kong Country 2 or Pufftons from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

Four Pufftups as seen in the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

Pufftups are pufferfish enemies from the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.


Pufftups are usually found in underwater sections of the levels of the Sea Breeze Cove world. They are capable of inflate and deflate themselves at regular intervals. When they are at their deflated state, the Pufftups resemble orange/yellow fishes with white fins, and displaying a round shape, a noticeable belly, and smooth skin. At their inflated state, they expose tiny white spikes around their bodies.

If the Kongs get nearby any of them, the Pufftups will also inflate instantly in response once. At this state, they are immune against all attacks. They can only be defeated by the heroes executing a spin attack towards them, when the Pufftups are deflated.


  • Similar puffer fish enemies called Puftups previously first appeared in the games Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Land 2. However, in Donkey Kong Country 2, there are some variations of Puftups capable of inflate themselves until they explode, releasing spikes in multiple directions.