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Artwork of a blue Toothberry from the game Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii.
Homeland Donkey Kong Island
Residence(s) Ruins level Itty Bitty Biters,
Forest level Clingy Swingy (regular variants only)
Origin of Species Unknown
Family Cageberry,
Powers/Abilities Appearing from the ground, hidden passages and statues in the background,
Jumping around the same spot randomly (regular variants only),
Biting enemies upon contact

Enemies Kong Family,
Donkey Kong,
Diddy Kong
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country Returns,
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
First Game Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)

Latest Game Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)

Toothberries are enemies that jump around and bite the Kongs upon contact, found in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.


The regular type of Toothberries appear in their own level, Itty Bitty Biters, in the Ruins world of the Donkey Kong Island, as well as the Forest level Clingy Swingy. They are blue, small, aggressive and will jump out of walls, statues and panels in the floor. Blue Toothberries usually can be found in large groups, however they do not pursue the primates, they will just randomly leap around certain spots. They can be defeated by a single jump attack, roll attack or barrel throw. Blue Toothberries cannot be stunned by the ground-pound move or peanuts shot by Diddy Kong's Peanut Popguns.


Cageberries are blue Toothberries trapped in pointy cages. They are invincible against any attacks by Donkey and Diddy Kong. If the primates ground-pound close by, roll into them or throw a barrel at them, the Cageberries will turn upside-down, and get stunned briefly. It allows the heroes to step on the cages. By the primates pounding on the cage base two times, after the cage is buried on the ground for a few seconds, the Cageberries will throw the Kongs high into the air, allowing them to reach switches, items and platforms.

Acks are red variants of Toothberries which are larger, more aggressive, less common, and jump higher than their blue counterparts. They are slightly harder to beat than regular Toothberries due to the fact that they jump around and actively pursue the Kongs. Acks can be defeated by two jump attacks, a single roll attack or throwing a barrel at them. They are also immune against the ground-pound move and peanut shots.

Ackstacks are another form of Toothberries which are larger and colored yellow, and they are found only in stacks of five. As stacks, they are effective living barriers, being invincible against all Kongs' attacks, including the ground-pound move and Diddy Kong's Peanut Popguns. However, an entire stack can be instantly defeated by a barrel thrown at it. Upon noticing the heroes, Ackstacks will stop, bend back slowly, and throw themselves in an attempt to bite the primates. It leaves them very vulnerable with their mouths stuck in the ground. Even in this state, each individual Ack is still immune against all attacks, except for jump attacks or barrels. With all five of them lying on the ground it is rather easy for the player to earn some Banana Coins by bouncing over three or more of them consecutively.



  • Many statues sculpted after the Toothberries and their variants can be seen, and some of them can be broken by the ground-pound move, in the Ruins level Itty Bitty Biters of the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.
    • These statues could indicate that the enemies have been inside the ruins of the same level for some considerable time.
    • It can be speculated that whoever build the same statues feared and/or worshipped the Toothberries.
  • The Toothberries and their variants' overall design, a round shape covered in fur, and tiny, sharp teeth, resembles Krites, evil carnivorous aliens, from the Critters[1] franchise.