A handful of Animal Buddies featured throughout the Donkey Kong Country series.
|First Appearance||Donkey Kong Country|
|Further Appearances||Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Donkey Kong 64, Donkey Kong Country Returns|
|Abilities||Varies from strength, speed, jumping, etc.|
|Enemies||King K. Rool, Kremling Krew|
Animal Buddies are special types of animals that appear in the Donkey Kong Country series and Donkey Kong 64. They are rare creatures who have sided with all of the Kongs and will do literally anything, even put themselves in the worst of danger, to help them prevail in their quest to overthrow the evil Kremling empire.
Put simply, the Animal Buddies grant the Kong who rides on top of it a drastic ability upgrade for the duration of the level until the Animal Buddy gets hit by an enemy and if the Kongs hop back on them, it restores. These powers can range from super strength, increased speed, and even super jumping. Animal Buddies can always be found in the particular levels in which they're needed for a job that one Kong couldn't handle alone, depending on how drastic the situation is.