Swellbelly DKC

Puftup's artwork from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
Leader Kaptain K. Rool
Homeland Crocodile Isle
Origin of Species Puffer Fish

Affiliations Kremling Krew
Enemies Kongs, Enguarde
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country (beta),
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Donkey Kong Land 2
Donkey Kong 64
Banjo-Tooie (as Swellbellies)
DK: Jungle Climber

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


Donkey Kong Country

Puftups do not appear in-game, however hacking shows unused sprites for Puftup, which were carried over to Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. It is unknown why they were removed, though likely for suiting the overall easiness of Donkey Kong Country.[1]

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest/Land 2

Puftups appear as semi-common underwater enemies of the "Submerged Seadogs" class in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. 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 return in Donkey Kong Land 2, a semi-sequel to Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. As such, there are no major changes aside from not being able to puff up and explode, likely due to hardware limitations.

Donkey Kong 64

Donkey Kong 64 marked their next appearance after an absence from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. Puftups in this game are purple and do not move, but if approached by a Kong they will explode, as if an underwater mine. Also, the boss of the area, 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. Also, Puftups appear during the boss fight against the King Kut Out where a few can be seen in the water.


The Puftups were recycled as Swellbellies for the game "Banjo-Tooie" that's entirely outside of the Donkey Kong universe. 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. They appear in the depths of Jolly Roger's Lagoon like Atlantis, Smuggler's Cavern, and Seabottom. They are aptly to explode if a Talon Torpedo is used or shooting Grenade Eggs at them.

Out of most enemies from the Donkey Kong series, Puftups are the only enemies of the submerge seadogs to appear on the Banjo Xbox console re-release.

DK: Jungle Climber

Puftups make their most recent appearance after eight years of absence in DK: Jungle Climber. Using the charge attack when they're deflated defeats them.




  1. Unused Puftup sprites


  • There is a similar puffer fish entity that appears in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze which have orange coloring as well as the spikes being short when not attacking. The spikes extend if the Kongs get close to them.
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