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General information
Homeland Crocodile Isle
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Similar entities
Rock Kroc
Kuff 'n' Klout
Notable members
K. Rool
K. Lumsy

Kremlings (also known as Krems or Krocs)[1] are a crocodilian species native to Crocodile Isle. They are an antagonistic species who serve in the Kremling Krew, as K. Rool's minions, and often cause trouble for the Kongs to gain their resources, such as bananas. Kremlings first appear in Donkey Kong Country. The most common type of Kremling is Kritter, which have sometimes been named Kremlings themselves.

Kremlings also made a few appearances in various sports titles in the Mario series. Kremlings can be seen in the background of the DK Jungle Court in Mario Power Tennis; they take on the role of goalies in Super Mario Strikers and Mario Strikers Charged, while in Mario Super Sluggers, they appear as team players.


Kremlings are characterized by crocodile heads, sharp teeth, scaly skin, yellow bellies, tails, and three toes with pointy nails.

A majority of Kremlings are Kritters, which move on both legs and have arms with four fingers.[2] Creatures such as Klaptraps walk on all fours, like real-world crocodiles.[3] Krockheads are a type of Kremling found only in the swamp, and their head resembles that of a real-world crocodile's.[4]


Background information

The origin of the Kremling species was kept in a hidden place of Crocodile Isle called the Lost World where the Kritter race was a tribe and built traps with spears to protect the Krocodile Kore.[5][6][7] Just like any reptile, the Kremlings lived in the swamps of the home island.[8][9]

Another part of the Kremling population built a city called Kremlantis to hide from Snaps that invaded their homeland until it was wiped out by the flood.[10][11][12]

The evil Kremlings formed a pirate society called Kremling Kuthroats where they turn their home island into a pirate lair with the establishment of a town.[6][13][14] Undead Kremlings as the Kloak, Kackle and skeletal Kritters wear the worn out pirate outfits.[15] They also kept the stolen valuables in chests and stored them in caves where it shows in Krocodile Kore and Gloomy Galleon.[16] Kremlings would fight against Bears led by Bazooka during the Kremean War where it resulted in the eradication of the pirate class.[17][18][19]

During the Kremling Krew supremacy founded by K. Rool, they were characterized as a race of tough soldiers, wasters and conquerors.[6][20][21] This species has become advanced and able for produce machines and chemicals.[22] According to Klubba, the Kremlings are treated poorly by K. Rool.[23]

Donkey Kong franchise

Main series

Enmity with the Kongs began when the Kremlings supervised by Klump invade the Kong Island in search of resources.[24][25][26][27] Hard to know how, but Cranky Kong has knowledge about the Kremlings, K. Rool, and the home island.[28][29][30][31][32][33] At the combat in Crocodile Isle, the Kremling forces loyal to K. Rool suffered a devastating defeat at the hands of the Kong Family and losing their home island.

After of their home island was destroyed, most Kremlings had the technological advantage where they built their bases and fully advanced weaponry.[34][35][36] Even K. Rool had this advantage by creating the puppet leader KAOS to gather the remaining Kremlings that were sheltering in the Mekanos forming the temporary group called Kremling Kreeps.[37][38][39]

Despite being treated as the antagonistic race, there is a Kremling who has become an ally of the Kongs named K. Lumsy that is the K. Rool's younger brother.[40]

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Donkey Kong Country

  • Instruction booklet (page 28): Kremlings, Kremlings everywhere! Kremlings are the tribe of reptilian rascals who have ripped off Donkey Kong's banana horde. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and shades:
  • GBA Player's Guide (page 14): The largest enemies you'll encounter are the Krocs that work for King K. Rool. The Krocs come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common-their number-one directive is stop the Kongs. Some of the tough-skinned reptiles can be a bit much for Diddy, so be on your guard.


Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クレムリン



  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU), Vol. 44, November, 1996, p. 20 - "HERE COME THE KREMLINGS!: As well as plenty of the old pros from DKC2, whole new kinds of Kremling are there to be discovered, from bazooka wielding manics like the Krems to old favorites like the Krunchas and the king sized Zingers, there's enough in here to test your gameplay skills to the very limits!"
  2. ^ Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1994, p. 12 - "KRITTER: Kritters come in several colors, but other than that, they basically look the same. You can take them out easily by jumping on their heads or rolling through them and bowling them over. Depending upon their color, they have different jumping abilities and patterns of movement. That's what makes them a little unpredictable. Another member of Kritter family, Krash, is the type that likes to hide out in mine carts."
  3. ^ Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1994, p. 13 - "KLAPTRAP: 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."
  4. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1995, p. 15 - "KROCKHEAD: These primitive Kremlings inhabit swamps and are not quick to attack. With their springy jaws, they make great stepping stones and catapults, but be careful that they don't sink out of sight just as you're making your leap."
  5. ^ Gregg Mayles on Twitter (retrieved on January, 2, 2019)Media:Greg Mayles' Twitter (1, 2, 2019).png
  6. ^ a b c Gregg Mayles on Twitter (retrieved on May, 4, 2018)Media:Greg Mayles' Twitter (5, 24, 2018).png
  7. ^ Jungle scenery in Donkey Kong Countru 2Media:Jungle (DKC2).png
  8. ^ M. Arakawa. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Player's Guide. p.50 - "BARREL BAYOU: What is it about this place that Kremlings like so much?"
  9. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest German Player's Guide. p.46 - "BARREL BAYOU: Wo fühlen sich Kremlings am wohlsten? Genau, in stinkig dampfigen Sümpfen."
  10. ^ Donkey Kong Land Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 1995, p. 14 - "KREMLANTIS: This gigantic complex of ancient ruined temples is almost completely submerged. That means that there are planty of Chomps and other biting fish swimming about, waiting to take a piece out of the Kongs."
  11. ^ Donkey Kong Land Nintendo Magazine System, page 13. "KREMLANTIS: Rock hewn and rock solid is Kremlantis, ancient home of K. Rool's masterful predecessors. Slight worse off for water than the good ship Gangplank, seeking as the entire kingdom is submerged! The majority of Kremlantis' wards have survived through being trapped in air pockets, though mutant winds roam freely about so beware! Of course it's inevitable that some areas are flooded by ice-water too, and it is here that DK and Diddy encounter the worst of their fears..."
  12. ^ Adrian Smith's like on Twitter (retrieved on December 25, 2023)Media:Like of Adrian Smith in Twitter (12, 25, 2023).png
  13. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1995, p. 20 - "GLOOMY GULCH: Don't count on meeting another living soul in this dilapidated ghost town, where even the ropes fade in and out of existence like phantoms. Not even the town of Tombstone was terrifying!"
  14. ^ Nintendo Power, Vol. 79, December, 1995, page 26 - "GLOOMY GULCH: The last stretch of road leading to K. Rool's Keep passes though the ghost town of Gloomy Gulch, and you'll be up to your hips in ghosties, beasties and bogles."
  15. ^ Nintendo Power, Vol. 76, September, 1995, page 26 "CAPTURED: Keep a watch out for Klobber when he's barreling ahead and the Ghost Pirate who haunts the forest shadows."
  16. ^ Donkey Kong 64 Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1999, p. 66 - "THE PIRATE'S HOARD: Transform into Enguarde and leap out of the water and through the star three times to open the way into the pirate's treasure room."
  17. ^ Bazooka: "I fought in the Kremean War, don't you know, but I've retired from the service along with 'Big Bessie'." - Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble
  18. ^ Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1996, p. 123 - "BRIGADIER BAZOOKA BEAR: Kremean War veteran Bazooka Bear has been posted to the barracks on Mekanos to command the old artillery piece, Big Bessie."
  19. ^ Adrian Smith's like on Twitter (February 9, 2024)Media:Like of Adrian Smith in Twitter (2, 9, 2024).png
  20. ^ "K. Lumsy: Sniff... K. Rool says I'm too soft to be a Kremling and I'm to stay in here until I've toughened up.." - Donkey Kong 64
  21. ^ Nintendo Power Magazine Vol. 126, November, 1999, p. 22 - "MEET K. LUMSY: The giant Kremling has been booted out of K. Rool's service for the crime of kindness."
  22. ^ Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1996, p. 64 - "LOW-G LABYRINTH: The Kremlings have somehow reduced the force of gravity in this maze, which will both slow down and exaggerate all of your movements."
  23. ^ "Klubba: Kap'n K. Rool treats us rotten. I hope yer scupper his plans!" - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
  24. ^ Donkey Kong Country Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 1994, p. 5 - INTRODUCTION: The enormous bulk of Klump the Kremling landed on top of Diddy, knocking him senseless."
  25. ^ Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1994, p. 13 - "KLUMP: Klump is quite a character. He's like a big, overweight drill sergeant. He's not fast — how could he be? He waddles along like a duck, blocking every ape in his path. Donkey Kong has no trouble putting Klump out of his misery, but here again, lack of size counts against Diddy as he has to hit Klump twice to off him. If Diddy jumps on Klump's head, Klump will back up and prepare for battle. Diddy can then just do a powerful cartwheel right through him."
  26. ^ Donkey Kong Country Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 1994, p. 23 - MINES: The vast mines of Donkey Kong Country have been stripped of any ore they may have once contained. All the tools of the miners remain, however, from mine carts to rickety scaffolding. There are special barrels that turn the lights on and off, and risky mine elevators full of slag. Without a hard hat, mine exploration is not recommended, but Klump is not about to give up his!"
  27. ^ Kevin Bayliss on Twitter (retrieved on October, 19, 2019)Media:Kevin Bayliss in Twitter (10, 19, 2019).png
  28. ^ "Cranky Kong: Klump's hard hat protects him against your jump attack. You'll have to roll him!" - Donkey Kong Country
  29. ^ "Cranky Kong: Klaptrap's teeth are too big to use the roll attack! You need to jump on him!" - Donkey Kong Country
  30. ^ "Cranky Kong: Krusha is the toughest Kremling-- only a barrel will knock him out!" - Donkey Kong Country
  31. ^ "Cranky Kong: Surely K. Rool can come up with better than that, maybe a bucket or perhaps a really nasty fridge!" - Donkey Kong Country (GBA)
  32. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2 Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 2004, p. 26 - CRANKY KONG: Even old Cranky Kong is getting on the entrepreneurial spirit! He's opened a small outlet where you learn more about the "history" and "culture" of Crocodile Isle."
  33. ^ "Cranky Kong: I reckon I'd found all the Kremkoins and completed the so called 'Lost World'. Oh well, can't expect everything from our first game, can we?" - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
  34. ^ Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1996, p. 54 - "FIRE-BALL FRENZY: The Krem Company factory operates around the clock, and Karbine is there to ensure that the Kremlings keep their noses to the grindstone. A productive Kremling is a happy Kremling!"
  35. ^ Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1996, p. 62 - "BLAZING BAZUKAS: Take a tiptoe through the TNT in this high-tech, high-explosive factory!"
  36. ^ Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1996, p. 76 - "KRACK-SHOT KROC: After the Kaos debacle at Mekanos, a subsidiary of Kremling Industries relocated to K3. Security is tight at the factory. There’s even talk about a hired gun working there."
  37. ^ "K. Rool: I used all of her best pots and pans to make him and then you just cast him aside as if he were a stack of empty tins!" - Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble
  38. ^ Queen Banana Bird: "Then he commanded a bunch of his wicked Kremlings to hide the only ones that could split the crystal key - my poor children. Only all of them together have the power to break the spell." - Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble
  39. ^ Nintendo Power Magazine Vol. 89, 1996, p. 35 - THE ARMY OF KAOS: No diabolical plan would be complete without a bevy of baddies. KAOS has an army of Kremling kreeps. These fanatical followers will obey any order given by their mechanized master of mayhem."
  40. ^ Character page. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
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  42. ^ Kev_Bayliss (October 13, 2015). Twitter. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
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  44. ^ GameXplain (November 22, 2021). Talking to Kiddy Kong's Creator for DKC3's 25th Anniversary! (Kiddy Origins, DK64 & More!). YouTube. Retrieved March 2, 2022.