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Artwork of a Zinger from Donkey Kong Country
General information
Species origin Wasp
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018) (cameo)
Similar entities
Mechanical Zinger
Notable members
King Zing
Queen B.
“Where does K. Rool keep getting these giant Zingers from?”
Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong Country 2 (Game Boy Advance)

Zinger are an insect fauna native to an islet on DK Isles and are the most complicated pests as they are the toughest obstacles in the Donkey Kong franchise. They make their first appearance in Donkey Kong Country.


All Zingers have a black head, brown antennae, brown paws, brown tusks, gray wings, black stripes, and stingers on the back & rump. They have different colors on their bodies like: yellow, orange, pink, green and red.



In Donkey Kong Country & Donkey Kong Land, most Zingers are used by the Kremling Krew to disrupt the Kong Family's journey.[1][2] In Donkey Kong Country, Zingers have four color variants, each having differences in their movements; yellow Zingers (which are the main type) fly vertically, orange Zingers fly horizontally or stationary, pink Zingers fly in circular path and green Zingers in U-shape formation. They can be defeated by other means.

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest/Donkey Kong Land 2, several Zingers were taken in by K. Rool on Crocodile Isle where they built hives in Krazy Kremland and Gloomy Gulch. In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, yellow Zingers can be defeated by other means and red Zingers are immune to any attack.

In Donkey Kong 64, Zingers can attack the Kongs by advancing on them and throwing green Orange Grenades. They are encountered on DK Isles, Jungle Japes, Angry Aztec, Gloomy Galleon mechanical fish, Fungi Forest daytime and Crystal Caves.

In DK: King of Swing & DK: Jungle Climber, Zingers are protected from the back because of their stingers, but can be defeated from the front.


In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, Zingers had many different functions. They appear as obstacles on DK Jungle, DK Jungle Falls, DK Jungle Sunset, Scorching Canyon and Cranky's Temple. Smaller versions of them appear as one of the blue balloon items. They also appear as targets in Challenge #7 from Candy's Challenges.


Donkey Kong Country

  • SNES instruction booklet (page 29): Avoid touching the stinging spikes on Zinger's back!
  • SNES Player's Guide (page 15): These bees are usually quite busy protecting their assigned! They buzz back and forth, often in an arcing pattern. The spikes on their backs make them almost impervious to contact attacks. Their stingers are deadly. Only Winky can take them on one-on-one and come out the victor. Either avoid the Zingers altogether or toss a barrel at them. The latter is preferable, but the former is what usually will happen.
  • GBA Player's Guide (page 15): All Zingers have one thing in common-neither Donkey nor Diddy can harm them without help. Toss barrels or use Winky to defeat the menacing bees. Similar to Kritters, Zingers come in diferent colors that indicate their flight pattern. Zingers often hover where you need to jump, so look before you leap!

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

  • SNES instruction booklet (page 29): The bugs are back! Zingers return to endlessly buzz about and cause the Kongs all kind of problems.
  • Player's Guide (page 15): Watch out for this stinker's stinger! Zinger often sands guard over a particular spot or flies a search pattern whithin a given area. The yellow Zinger can withstand most attacks, but you can shoot him down with a barrel or one of Squaek's eggs. The red Zinger is truly invincible, so don't even try to take him on.
  • Australia Nintendo Magazine System vol. 35 (page 22): Buzz buzz! Not even the Kaptain messes with these guys. They're big nast honey bees and have nothing to do with sweetness and light!

Donkey Kong 64

  • Prima Official Game Guide (page 15): Be wary of these high-flying soldiers. They can swoop down for a sting or release a grenage toward you. Shoot a Zinger out of the air for a Melon Slice.

DK: King of Swing

  • Instruction booklet (page 22): A pesky little enemy with a nasty sting in his tail. Make skillful use of Going Bananas to flick him away.


Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Land

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest/Donkey Kong Land 2

Donkey Kong 64

DK: King of Swing

DK: Jungle Climber


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  • This furious fauna was created by Steve Mayles because he hates wasps in real life.[3]


  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1994, p. 13 - "THE BADDIES: All baddies on the island are under King K. Rool's control. It was the Kremlings that stole Donkey Kong's banana hoard, but it's the combined efforts of baddies that are trying to stave off Donkey Kong's attempt to recover the bananas."
  2. ^ Donkey Kong Country (GBA) Player's Guide, Nintendo, 2003, p. 15 - "AIR SUPPORT: King K. Rool has sert out some flying foes to meddle in your plans."
  3. ^ [https://twitter.com/WinkySteve/status/781238831693561856 Steve Mayles in Twitter (retrieved on September 28, 2016)