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ExitIsNearSign Spinning Spines ExitSign
World(s) Sea Breeze Cove
Type Key Temple
Music Theme(s)
Animal Buddies None
Bonus Room(s) None
Puzzle Pieces 5
Notable Feature(s) There are many rotating structures in the background moving small platforms which the Kongs must step on in order to progress. However, during the same sections, the primates must also avoid contact with spinning spike traps on the walls and moving grinders. At the second half of the level, the heroes must progress quickly through sinking platforms above lava, and move upwards when the same hazard is rising.
Enemies Encountered Tucks, Pointy Tucks, Hootzes, Puffton, Fish Poker Pops, Buzzies
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)

Spinning Spines is the Key Temple level of the world Sea Breeze Cove, as well as the third Key Temple level overall in the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. This level is only unlocked by the player collecting all the K-O-N-G Letters in every regular level in Sea Breeze Cove.



At first, the Kongs will encounter a Tuck to bounce over, along with a platform connecting to a grinder that also has spines on it that must be avoided while also having that moves. A Pointy Tuck and a Hootz can be found after this, with sharp skewers underneath it. There is another grinder with two platforms after this, along with some Hootzes and a Puffton. There is then another grinder with two levels on it, and a skewer on the first level. A Pointy Tuck is after this, along with a grinder with two levels, and a wall of spikes in the middle. Barrel Cannons are after this, with spines shooting out in multiple directions in the trajectory of them, along with huge mashers, Barrel Cannons, and more spines. There is another grinder with six sections and Buzzies along spikes on the walls after this, with a Barrel Cannon at the top, which fires them into a lower section with lava and sinking platforms. There is a grinder with two sections after this, along with a Barrel Cannon and spines. There are then more sinking platforms with more spines, along with Hootzes. There is then a grinder that when landed on, rapidly sinks into the lava. It has a Barrel Cannon, and also non-moving platforms, and another Barrel Cannon, followed by three paths, and a masher at the end.



Puzzle Pieces[]

  1. Where the Fish Poker Pops is, the Puzzle Piece will be in a vase that must be ground-pounded nearby to be opened.
  2. Below the grinder after the Barrel Cannon section. A Buzzy must be jumped on to get it and get back to land.
  3. On the top left of the grinder in the volcano section. Barrel roll jump over there on the highest platform to the right.
  4. After the section with three Hootzes, which the third needs to be a high jump to be reached.
  5. On the last grinder, in the Barrel Cannon, when it aims left, shoot.


Time Attack Medals[]

  • Shiny Gold:
  • Gold: 1:14.00
  • Silver: 1:24.00
  • Bronze: 1:41.00