A Tuff Tuck is regularly a Tuck but it wears a helmet, wristbands, and a belt with a Snowmad Insignia. It also arm guards that have four metal duds on them. The helmet has four nails in it, and has two wings on the sides. The penguin also has three digits on its feet.
Tuff Tucks appear roaming in the levels of Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. Tuff Tucks can attack with both hands or slap from behind. When jumping with a Kong on a Tuff Tuck, instead of defeating it simply, it will be flipped on its back, dizzy. A Kong can be able to pick up and throw the Tuff Tuck at another enemy, a target, or simply a hanging bag that can reveal a Puzzle Piece.