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Not to be confused with Pufftup from the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
Swellbelly DKC
Inflated red Puftup's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Country 2.
Homeland Crocodile Isle
Origin of Species Puffer Fish

Notable Specimen(s) Puftoss
Leader(s) Kaptain K. Rool
Affiliations Kremling Krew
Enemies Kong Family,
Enguarde the Swordfish
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country (beta),
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest,
Donkey Kong Land 2,
Donkey Kong 64,
DK: Jungle Climber
First Game Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (for SNES) (1995)

Latest Game DK: Jungle Climber (2007)

Puftups are blowfish enemies that first appeared in the game Donkey Kong Country 2. They have made various appearances since. Puftup's name comes from the fact that it is "puffed-up."


Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Land 2[]

Puftups appear as semi-common underwater enemies of the "Submerged Seadogs" class in Donkey Kong Country 2. Their main attack pattern was to either inflate largely, posing as obstacles, or inflate and quickly explode, sending spikes in various directions. As with most underwater foes, Enguarde's bill stab will make quick work of it, though Enguarde himself is vulnerable to the Puftup's spikes.

Puftups also appear in the game Donkey Kong Land 2 for Game Boy. As such, there are no major changes aside from some of them not being able to puff up, and they not being able to explode at all, likely due to hardware limitations.

Donkey Kong 64[]

The game Donkey Kong 64 marked the next appearance of the enemy. Puftups in this game are purple and do not move, but if approached by a Kong they will explode, as if an underwater mine.

The boss of the level Gloomy Galleon, is a giant Puftup named Puftoss. During the boss fight, Puftups appear usually after Lanky Kong has damaged Puftoss three times and they chase Lanky around very quickly. Lanky must keep going in order to avoid damage.

Puftups also appear during the boss fight against King Kut Out in the level Creepy Castle, where a few can be seen in the water around the arena.

DK: Jungle Climber[]

Puftups make their most recent appearance in the game DK: Jungle Climber. Using the charge attack against them when they are deflated defeats them.





  • Puftups do not appear in the game Donkey Kong Country for Super Nintendo Entertainment System, however hacking shows unused sprites for the enemy type, which were probably carried over to Donkey Kong Country 2.[1] It is unknown why they were removed, though likely for suiting the overall easiness of the first game.
SwellBelly Puffed

A Swellbelly as seen in the game Banjo-Tooie.

  • Apparently, Puftups were recycled as enemies called Swellbellies for the game Banjo-Tooie, also developed by Rare, the developer of the earlier Donkey Kong Country games, Donkey Kong Land games and Donkey Kong 64. Despite the red coloring, the Puftups were refurbished from the previous game, Donkey Kong 64, but with a bit of red coloring on the spots of its body. Swellbellies appear in some locations inside the level Jolly Roger's Lagoon, such as Atlantis, Smuggler's Cavern, and Sea Bottom Cavern. They are aptly to explode if a Talon Torpedo is used against them or shooting Grenade Eggs at them.

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

  • There is a similar puffer fish enemy type called Pufftup that appears in the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. It has orange coloring as well as the spikes being short when not attacking. The spikes extend if the Kongs get close to them.