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Xylobone's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii.

Homeland Donkey Kong Island
World(s) Cliff
Residence(s) Thugly's Highrise
Species Tiki
Gender Unknown
Affiliation(s) Tiki Tak Tribe
Occupation(s) Tiki Tak Tribe Leader
Powers/Abilities Hypnotizing and possessing creatures,
Using airships for transportation
Enemies Kong Family,
Donkey Kong,
Diddy Kong
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)

Xylobone is a leading member of the Tiki Tak Tribe, who appears in the Cliff world of the Donkey Kong Island in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. It hypnotizes and possesses Thugly, the sixth boss in both games.


Some time after the Tiki Tak Tribe being free over Donkey Kong Island, following a volcanic eruption, and their leaders hypnotizing animals to steal Bananas, Xylobone is first seen in the boss level Thugly's Highrise of the Cliff world. It hypnotizes and possesses Thugly to fight Donkey and Diddy Kong. Thugly's attacks include ramming, munching, jumping over and spitting fire at the enemies. Similar to Mugly, the first boss, the Kongs must jump on Thugly's back when it is unprotected by his heated backplates. The creature will be dealt with after receiving nine hits. After that, Xylobone, like all of the other Tiki Tak Tribe leaders, will leave the possessed boss' body and stay dizzy for a few moments. Once again, the player can jump towards the tiki and send it flying by pounding multiple times or wait for it to leave.

Later, Xylobone and the other Tiki Tak Tribe leaders appear again in the Tiki Tong Tower, where they use the stolen bananas to turn themselves into hands for Tiki Tong. After Tiki Tong is defeated by the heroes in the final boss battle of both games, Xylobone is presumably destroyed along the other leaders.


Some members of the Tiki Tak Tribe have easy to see personalities. Xylobone is one of them. Apparently, Xylobone is rather energetic and feistier than other Tikis.

Physical Appearance[]

Xylobone has large eyebrows and brownish/yellowish eyelids. It has a triangle shaped head turned on its axel, which has four visible slits inside the bottom of it, as well as a vivid arrow on its forehead. The tiki also has a long, skeletal body, with five rows of bone-like structures. These structures have holes on the end and have signs of burns on the ends. A small detail is that the tiki has a pointed end at the bottom of its "spine". The last noticeable thing about the tiki is that is has circle shaped hands, like Gong-Oh.


Names in Other Languages[]

Language Name Meaning/Translation
European French Xylos -Portmanteau of xylophone and os (bone)
Spanish Huesófono Bonephone


  • Xylophone[1] is a percursion instrument composed by wooden bars and played with mallets. It originated from Southeast Asia.
  • Being an amalgamation of xylophone and bones, Xylobone also resembles a trilobite[2], probably because of the extinct animal fossils theme of the Cliff world.
  • Xylobone's tune is the Krazy Kalimba's base tune with a xylophone playing in the background.
  • Xylobone is the only Tiki Tak Tribe leader who acts like it can still fight after its possessed creature is defeated.
  • Presumably, it is Xylobone's airship fleet that attacks the Kongs in the Cliff level Tippy Shippy.
  • Xylobone is the sixth largest tiki, being smaller than Gong-Oh, and being bigger than all three members of the Maraca Gang.
  • Xylobone is the fourth most damaged tiki in the games, showing signs of burn marks on its body, and beating Krazy Kalimba by a small amount, while losing to Gong-Oh.
  • Xylobone has the second smallest limbs in the group, just beating Gong-Oh by a small amount.