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General information
Variant of Kremling
Homeland Crocodile Isle
Portrayed by Mark Betteridge (1994)[1]
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Similar entities

A Klaptrap is a four-legged Kremling enemy which makes its first appearance in Donkey Kong Country. These crocodilian creatures are known as ideal companions of Kritters and commonly used as attack dogs by Kremling Krew.


The common Klaptraps are quadrupeds, huge mouths with sharp teeth and they come in a variety of skin colors like blue, purple, green, red and pink. The Klaptraps' trademark is the yellow stripes on the back (except for Donkey Kong 64 and Donkey Konga).


Background information

Like all Kremlings, Klaptraps originated from the Lost World on Crocodile Isle where all their culture was stored.[2]

Donkey Kong franchise

Main series

In Donkey Kong Country, the blue Kritters walk and purple Kritters walk & jump (when the pair jump first). They can be defeated by any attack, except frontal attacks because of their sharp teeths.

In Donkey Kong Land, Klaptraps are one of the three Kremling enemies to appear, the other two being Kritters and Krushas.

In Donkey Kong 64, green and purple Klaptraps chase the Kongs and attack with bites, but there is a difference in them. Green Klaptraps are easily defeated leaving a watermelon piece and their dentures. Purple Klaptraps can only be defeated by Orange Grenades leaving three Orange Grenades. Several Klaptraps provided other types of service, for example: A purple one served to direct the K. Rool's Mobile Island Fortress, half of them were used by K. Rool to not let his minions escape their duties and even a red giant was kept by the Kritter dictator to punish them. In Beaver Bother, a Klaptrap is domesticated by Kong Family to scary the Gnawties and put them in the hole.


In Donkey Konga, Klaptraps are obstacles in a minigame called 100M Vine Climb along with Zingers. They can have different colors (blue and pink), but the attacks are the same. They only come down from the vines and walk in the foliage.

Mario franchise

In Mario Power Tennis, green & red Klaptraps appears as enemies in Donkey Kong's Jungle Court and Balloon Panic. In Mario Superstar Baseball, green Klaptraps are obstacles in the Donkey Kong Jungle stadium. In Mario Party 7, Klaptraps appear in Pyramid Park as enemies.

Super Smash Bros. franchise

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Brawl and Ultimate, Klaptraps appear as harzards in Kongo Falls & Jungle Japes, trophy, sticker and spirit.

Profiles and statistics

Donkey Kong Country

“His huge teeth will dissuade you from roll attacks!”
Donkey Kong Country SNES instruction booklet, page 28
“Small in comparsion to other baddies, Klap-Traps scurry along the ground, muching on air or whatever happens to come in contact with their razor-sharp, manic jaws. They usually cover a small patch of trail, patrolling back and forth along it. A quick hop and bop does the trick.”
Donkey Kong Country SNES Player's Guide, page 13
“Don't even bother with roll attacks, or you'll end up right in his klamp-like jaws.”
Donkey Kong Country GBA instruction booklet, page 23
“Klap Traps are snappy lizards that scurry along the ground, biting at anything in their way. The chompers move fast, so jump as they approach you to land on their backs instead of in their jaws. Blue Klap Traps run along the ground and are easy to predict, but red Klap Traps jump when someone draws near-they take a more strategic approach.”
Donkey Kong Country GBA Player's Guide, page 16

Donkey Kong 64

“This little guy will nip at your ankles, even if it's lost its skin. After you hit this barking croc, get ready to smash the teeth that come snapping toward you. An Orange grenage is a painless alternative to battling it out with a Klaptrap.”
Donkey Kong 64 Prima's official game guide, page 15
“Unlike the regular Klaptrap, you can't touch this one. The only way to send it packing is to toss a Orange at it. For your trouble, it leaves behind three Oranges.”
Donkey Kong 64 Prima's official game guide, page 16



Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Land

Donkey Kong 64

List of appearances

Title Description Release date System/format
Donkey Kong Country Enemy 1994 SNES
Donkey Kong Land Enemy 1995 Game Boy
Donkey Kong 64 Enemy; Playable character in Beaver Bother 1999 Nintendo 64
Donkey Kong Country (remake) Enemy 2000 Game Boy Color
Super Smash Bros. Melee Stage hazard in Kongo Jungle and Jungle Japes; cameo as trophy 2001 GameCube
Donkey Kong Country (remake) Enemy 2003 Game Boy Advance
Donkey Konga NPC 2003 GameCube
Mario Power Tennis Enemy 2004 GameCube
Mario Superstar Baseball Enemy 2005 GameCube
Mario Party 7 Enemy in Pyramid Park 2005 GameCube
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Stage hazard in Jungle Japes; cameo as sticker 2008 Wii
New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis Enemy 2009 Wii
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Stage hazard in Jungle Japes 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Assist Trophy; Stage hazard in Kongo Falls and Jungle Japes; cameo as spirit 2018 Nintendo Switch



  • It name is a pun of the word Claptrap.