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The Snowmad symbol from the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
Leader(s) Leader:
Lord Fredrik, The Snowmad King
Pompy, The Presumptuous,
Skowl, The Startling,
Ba-Boom, The Boisterous,
Fugu, The Frightening,
Bashmaster, The Unbreakable
Other Members Tucks,
Tuff Tucks,
Pointy Tucks,
Trench Tucks,
Boom Birds,
Speedy Tucks,
Painguin Tucks,
Papa Painguins,
Big Sphens,
Hot Hootzes,
Blue Hootzes,
Base of Operations Lord Fredrik's galleon,
Lost Mangroves,
Autumn Heights,
Bright Savannah,
Sea Breeze Cove,
Juicy Jungle,
Donkey Kong Island (formerly)

Enemies Kong Family,
Donkey Kong,
Diddy Kong,
Dixie Kong,
Cranky Kong,
Funky Kong,
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (for Wii U) (2014)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (for Switch) (2018)

The Snowmads are a tribe of seafaring animals and the main villains in the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Hence their name, the Snowmads invaded and conquered many islands around the oceans, like real-life vikings[1].


The Snowmads first begin their plot of the game confronting Donkey Kong Island as their leader Lord Fredrik blows his horn, creating an Ice Dragon which unleashed strong winds, blowing the Kongs away from their island home. The Lord's ship then took flight, landing on top of the volcano of Donkey Kong Island as the Ice Dragon creates a blizzard all over the island, turning it into a frozen home for the Snowmads.

Although it seems like a wasteland, the Snowmads have made infrastructure of their own, including houses, taverns, and even a fortress seen in the level Clifftop Climb, as well as the level Seashore War, where they have many fisheries, all while they have ruined other parts of Donkey Kong Island, such as the ruins, and have caused multiple caves to become stressed to the point where the slightest loud noise could cause them to collapse. The forest has been mostly unaltered in appearance, but giant snowflakes are there, that can destroy wooden platforms, probably because they have become brittle. The factory has been frozen over, causing it to shut down, and there are multiple parts of the cliff that have gotten huge icicles to form. The volcano has been turned into a hallway leading to the summit of Donkey Kong Island.

After the Kongs have traversed five islands, defeating the generals of the Snowmads, they finally return to their island. Barrel Cannons are the only means of transportation between locations, because the terrain is covered in thick snow. Later on, the primates face Lord Fredrik inside the volcano and defeat him, throwing the Snowmads into the sea. By using Fredrik's magic horn, Donkey Kong is able to restore the original climate of the Donkey Kong Island.








Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning/Translation
European French Les Givrés Literally "The Frosted", and givré is an informal synonym for "insane".
German Die Viehkinger aus dem Eismeer The Beastkings of the Arctic Sea (Viehkinger is a portmanteau of Vieh (Beasts) and Vikings.)
Italian Nevichinghi Portmanteau of neve (snow) and vichinghi (Vikings).
Japanese ザ・スノーマッズ
Za Sunōmazzu
The Snowmads
Russian Снежники[2]
From снег (snyeg, snow).
Spanish Frigómadas A portmanteau of frigo which means fridge and nómadas, nomads


  • Their name "Snowmads" is a portmanteau of "snow" and "nomads"[3].
  • The Snowmads are the second group of villains in the Donkey Kong Country game series to replace the Kremling Krew, following the Tiki Tak Tribe, from the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.