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Scurvy Crew
The Scurvy Crew as seen in the game Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii.
Alias(es) Cap'n Greenbeard (red crab)
Homeland Donkey Kong Island
World(s) Beach
Residence(s) Pinchin' Pirates
Family Snaps,
Species Crab
Gender Male (all three)
Affiliation(s) Tiki Tak Tribe
Powers/Abilities Sand digging,
Walking over,
Pinching enemies,
Rising claws,
Stacking over each other
Enemies Kong Family,
Donkey Kong,
Diddy Kong
Music Theme(s) Pinchin' Pirates
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country Returns,
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)

The Scurvy Crew are three pirate crabs that act as the second boss in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, as well as the boss to Beach world of Donkey Kong Island. They are composed by: a blue crab with a sword-hand, a yellow crab with a fork-hand, and their leader, Captain Greenbeard, a red crab with a hook-hand. They were hypnotized by the Maraca Gang.

Level Pinchin' Pirates[]


At the beginning, if necessary, the player must throw the DK Barrel to summon a second Kong. Then they must walk towards right to start the cutscene showing the Scurvy Crew lazying around and eating bananas. Soon the group will be possessed by the Maraca Gang.

To start the battle, the crabs will dig into the sand. After a few seconds, the yellow crab will come up and walk around, trying to pinch Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. The player needs to jump on his head to make his claws go up to protect his head and then ground-pound close by him. This will cause him to roll over with his belly exposed. Then the Kongs need to jump on his belly to make him dig back into the sand. Next, the blue crab will come up. The Kongs must repeat what they did to the yellow crab and then Captain Greenbeard will come up. After the Kongs defeat him, all of the crabs will come out and stack on top of each other. They will walk around for a while and then they will put their arms up. The Kongs must roll into them when they do that and they will all topple to the ground. Then, they will have to jump on them all before they get up and then they will start the battle again, starting with yellow one, then the blue, Captain Greenbeard, and they will stack on top of each other again. The Kongs must roll into them and jump on them again, and they will complete the fight.

The crabs will fall over in a pile and the Maraca Gang will come out dizzy. The heroes can to knock them out or let them run away (as pounding the Tiki Tak Tribe leaders is entirely optional). This way, the Kongs will be able to go to the third world, Ruins.


Defeating the Scurvy Crew adds Poppin' Planks, Aquatic Ambiance Returns (or Whale Waters), Tidal Terror and Sloppy Sands music themes to Beach Music of the Music Gallery in the Extras menu. Collecting also all five Puzzle Pieces in the Key Temple level Tumblin' Temple adds the Beach diorama to the Diorama Gallery in the Extras menu.

Time Attack Medals[]

  • Shiny Gold: 01:07.00
  • Gold: 01:11.00 (01:09.00 in the Japanese version)
  • Silver: 01:18.00
  • Bronze: 01:29.00 (01:35.00 in the Japanese version)

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[]

The Cap'n Greenbeard appears as a trophy in the game Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

  • Trophy descriptions:
    • North American version: "Lots of vitamin C won't do you much good against the Scurvy Crew. These are some crabby pirates! Even before the Tiki Tak Tribe hypnotized them, these sailors were scary. Just look at that hook! Or that sword! Or that...fork? OK, back to the sword!"
    • European version: "Pirates...who are also crabs... Let's just sidestep that whole issue. These guys have been hypnotised by the Tiki Tak Tribe and are filled with rage! Having said that, considering they have a sword, a fork and a hook instead of left pincers, maybe they were pretty crabby to begin with."



Names in Other Languages[]

Language Name Meaning/Translation
European French Marins Malins Tricksters Marines
German Die Fiese Landkrabbencrew The Nasty Land Crab Crew
Italian Barbachele Beard-Pincers
Japanese パイレーツクラブ
Pairētsu Kurabu
Pirates Crab
Spanish Marinos Dañinos Harmful Sailors


  • The blue and yellow crabs of Scurvy Crew are voiced by Jane Corly and Captain Greenbeard is voiced by Russia Fory.[citation needed]
  • Even though the leader of the Scurvy Crew's name is Captain Greenbeard, his beard appears more black than green.
  • The Scurvy Crew make an appearance before the boss level, in the Beach level Peaceful Pier making them the only boss in both games to do so.