Screaming Pillars as seen in the game Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii.
|Homeland||Donkey Kong Island, |
|Residence(s)||Jungle level Jungle Hijinxs, |
Jungle level Canopy Cannons,
Volcano Key Temple Five Monkey Trial,
DK Jungle courses,
Cloud level Crushin' Columns,
Bright Savannah level Scorch 'N' Torch
|Origin of Species||Tiki|
|Family||Flaming Falling Totem Pole|
Throwing themselves at the enemies' plane when they approach,
Destroying platforms and objects upon colision (only giant variant),
Being covered in flames (only flaming variant)
|Affiliations||Tiki Tak Tribe|
|Enemies||Kong Family, |
|Game(s)||Donkey Kong Country Returns, |
Mario Kart 7,
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D,
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze,
Mario Kart 8,
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
|First Game||Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
|Latest Game||Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (for Switch) (2018)|
Screaming Pillars (さけぶ柱, Sakebu Hashira in Japan) are tiki statues enemies found in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. They throw themselves at the plane of the Kongs when they approach. Flaming variants of the enemy later appear in the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
In Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Screaming Pillars' first appearance is in the very first level of the Donkey Kong Island, Jungle Hijinxs. They are also present in some Ruins levels and the Volcano Key Temple Five Monkey Trial. Screaming Pillars are gray stone pillars with sleeping faces seen in the background of levels. When Donkey and Diddy Kong get close, they will wake up, scream and fall down, trying to crush the primates or any enemies close by. If the heroes are unable to avoid the colision, they will be crushed and harmed, and the stone pillars will break apart soon afterwards. By the Kongs avoiding the falling enemies, new stone platforms will be created on the ground. Then the primates can step on the pillars and pound thrice on them in order to destroy them and reveal any collectables inside.
Screaming Pillars also possess giant-sized variants found over pits only in the Jungle level Canopy Cannons and Cloud level Crushin' Columns. These enemies demand the heroes to move forward quickly and avoid them because, after falling down, the giant pillars are capable of defeating the Kongs instantly and also destroying any platforms or barrel cannons below them.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, there are variants of regular-sized Screaming Pillars called Flaming Falling Totem Poles. They only appear in the Bright Savannah level Scorch 'N' Torch. They are very similar to the regular variants from the two previous games, except for them being engulfed in flames. When the primates approach, Flaming Falling Totem Poles will wake up, scream and throw themselves at the ground. Upon landing and being avoided by the heroes, the flames will extinguish, creating new stone platforms safe for the Kongs to step on. The same platforms will also break down after the primates pound on them thrice, sometimes, revealing collectables inside.
Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8 (Deluxe)
Regular Screaming Pillars appear at the gliding section of the DK Jungle course from the game Mario Kart 7. There, they scream but do not fall, and they try to blow on any racers gliding nearby. In the same course from the game Mario Kart 8 (Deluxe), Screaming Pillars are replaced by their giant-sized variants, and they also exhale some smoke when screaming.
- Flaming Falling Totem Poles, the flaming variants of Screaming Pillars, are the only tiki enemies to appear in the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. It could indicate that the Tiki Tak Tribe is still active at some capacity even after the defeat of Tiki Tong and the other leaders in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. However, these variants are only found in the Bright Savannah, an entirely separated island from Donkey Kong Island. It is unknown if they have the same origin of the Tiki Tak Tribe members meet in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.