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Rambi the Rhinoceros

Official artwork in Donkey Kong Country Returns
Gender Male
Species Rhinoceros
Homeland Donkey Kong Island
Powers/Abilities Great Strength,
High Endurance,
Possesses a very sharp horn
Allies Animal Buddies,
The Kong Family
Enemies Gnawties (natural foes)
King K. Rool
Kremling Krew
Tiki Tong
Tiki Tak Tribe
Lord Fredrik
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Donkey Kong Land 2, Donkey Kong 64, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

"Keep your eyes peeled for Rambi the Rhino! He can crash into almost any hidden room."
Cranky Kong

Rambi the Rhinoceros is a long-time recurring Animal Buddy. He is the first Animal Buddy to appear in the franchise and has the second most appearances in Donkey Kong Country games, before Squawks the Parrot.

According to the select menu from Donkey Kong 64, Rambi's natural foes are the Gnawties.


Rambi can defeat nearly every enemy in any game, such as Awks, Frogoons, or Hopgoons. He is also capable of smashing boulders, walls and blocks to get puzzle pieces and find hidden Bonus Stages.


Rambi is vulnerable to fire, so he cannot attack fire-flinging enemies, he cannot defeat enemies like Flaming Tiki Buzzes, Flaming Tiki Zings, Tiki Bombers and Tiki Torches. If he gets touched by fire, he will run away and Donkey Kong or Diddy will lose a heart. You can catch Hornsfellows again if you jump on his back.


Rambi is a large grey rhino with a large horn. He has four rather stubby legs and a short tail. He often has a grumpy expression.


Donkey Kong series

Donkey Kong Country/ Land

Diddy riding Rambi.

Rambi is considered one of the more useful buddies due to his incredible power to rampage through a level, destroying enemy in his way, including the feared Zingers. Any enemy directly in front of him will be hurt by his horn, but he can also simply jump on enemies. Despite the brute strength, he can only endure one hit, as with the other animal buddies, and will try to flee when he gets hurt.

Rambi reappeared alongside Expresso in Donkey Kong Country's follow up game Donkey Kong Land. He appears in slightly more levels than in Donkey Kong Country. He has not changed much aside from color and detail degrading; he easily rams through enemies and can open up secret bonus levels with his horn.

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

Rambi also makes his first appearance in the first level of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest named Pirate Panic. His function is also similar to his Donkey Kong Country debut, though he now has a "super move",[1] allowing his to charge very quickly through any enemy that comes in direct contact. He even has his own theme, "Run Rambi, Run!", in a level named after him: "Rambi Rumble", heard when he is chased by King Zing. The most major change is now that Rambi must use his charge attack to break open secret bonus areas, and the breakable bonus level areas are far less common due to the introduction of Bonus Barrels.

Rambi once again appeared in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest's semi-sequel Donkey Kong Land 2. As with his Donkey Kong Land incarnation, he has no major changes aside from color and detail degrading.

He did not reappear in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! or Donkey Kong Land III, instead, he has been replaced by Ellie the Elephant.

Donkey Kong 64

Rambi's model in Donkey Kong 64

In Donkey Kong 64, he reappears and is exclusive to the levels Jungle Japes and Hideout Helm and can only be used when playing as Donkey Kong via Animal Crate with Rambi's symbol on it. Rambi is also usable in a minigame in the game, unlocked by pictures of a certain number of Banana Fairies. If you're going too far from Rambi's area, a red "no" symbol, accompanied by K. Rool's laugh will appear and Rambi will change back into Donkey Kong.

Diddy Kong Pilot

Rambi was going to appear as an item in Diddy Kong Pilot and allows the player to become invincible and attack others when touched.

Donkey Kong Racing

Rambis were going to appear in Donkey Kong Racing as rideable creature in the game. They come in various sizes, small, medium, and big. Taj the Genie can also be seen riding a Rambi in the trailer.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

Rambi is usable in the race track Mt. Dynamite of Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. In this game, the Kongs and Kremlings can ride him via freeing him from an Animal Crate. He will then proceed to smash any obstacles in his path, similar to Enguarde the Swordfish.

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Rambi makes his fifth appearance in Donkey Kong Country Returns being the only ridable animal buddy in the game. He is found in a large Animal Crate that requires a ground pound to break. Rambi is known to be very destructive and helpful; he can smash down blocks with his new symbol on them and can charge through hordes of enemies and even break spikes. His weakness is known to be fire. His first level appearance is the third level, Tree Top Bop but must be used in other levels like Temple Topple. In these levels, many crates are spread in the level, usually near checkpoints so the player can ride Rambi once again after having lost a life. When Diddy Kong controls Rambi he can use his jet pack to make Rambi hover briefly when jumping. Rambi and Squawks are the only animal buddies that appear in this game, with Rambi being the only one that the Kongs have control over.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Rambi returns as a ridable Animal Buddy in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze having the same function as in the previous installment for the Wii. When Dixie Kong rides Rambi, she can make him fly for a short moment before dropping down again. Cranky Kong can also use his Cane Bounce when riding Rambi, however, both Dixie's and Cranky's moves are less effective when riding Rambi.


Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24

In the Club Nintendo comic "Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24", DK rides Rambi to an airport.

Mario Kart DS

In Mario Kart DS, Donkey Kong's first car is called Rambi Rider. The vehicle is a kart with a Rambi head in front and wooden-box sitting area in the back. The kart has moderate speed and poor handling and acceleration; however, the drift and item quality are quite high.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Rambi's trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Rambi cameos as a collectible trophy and sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Sticker Information:
Rambi: Donkey Kong Country [Arm] Attack +13 All
Trophy Description
A rhino friend who appears to help the Kongs in their adventures... from a wooden box, even! His destructive power lets his rider plow through enemies and super-dash to break through walls and other obstacles. Know what that means? It means uncovering more hidden bananas and life balloons
  • Donkey Kong Country


Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Land

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

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze






  • In Donkey Kong Country, if you stay off of Rambi for long enough, he will pant like a dog.
  • The instrument of Rambi's theme in Donkey Kong 64 is a trombone, which is also Lanky Kong's instrument.
  • Curiously, when hurt, he uses the same scream as the Kremlings do when they are defeated. In the first name, he sounds like Krusha; in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, he sounds like most of the Kremlings.
  • In Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Rambi is Featured as a spirit


  1. The Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest manual refers to it as his "super move", page 11, the "R" button