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A Skellirex skulking around as seen in the game Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii.
Alias(es) Skullyrex

Residence(s) Beach Key Temple Tumblin' Temple, Cliff world levels, Cloud level Tar Ball Fall
Family Skullyrex, Bonehead Jed, Firehead Ned
Species Dinosaur
Gender Unknown

Powers/Abilities Being resurrected from the dead,
Walking back and forward,
Biting enemies,
Keeping leaping around and biting only with its skull after taking damage once,
Riding mine carts
Enemies Kong Family
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)

Skellirexes are enemies found mostly in the Cliff world of Donkey Kong Island in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.


They look like skeletons of small parasaurolophus dinosaurs[1], presumably having perished in the lethal tar pits of their biome during the prehistorical age.


Given the chance, Skellirexes will bite Donkey and Diddy Kong, dealing damage. They can be damaged by jumping on top of their heads or rolling through them. If they are damaged once, their bodies will shatter, leaving only their skulls behind, turning into Skullyrexes, which will continue to leap around, snapping at the player. The player can jump or roll into these skulls again, and they will shatter too, defeating the enemy for good.