Krow's artwork from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
|First appearance||Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES, 1995)|
|Latest appearance||Donkey Kong Land 2 (Game Boy, 1996)|
Krow is a giant Mini-Necky who leads the Mini-Neckies in the Donkey Kong series. This boss first appears in the Super Nintendo game Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. It has a dead variation called Kreepy Krow.
Krow's name is a pun on crow, but it appears to be based on a vulture more instead of a crow. Following the tradition that letters that start with a C are replaced with a K, Krow is one of the examples of this recurring gag in the series.
Appearances in video games
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
When it is battled, Diddy and Dixie drop their jaws when they first see Krow, like with many other bosses in the game. Krow then flies to the nest to grabs out an egg with its talons on which it plans to heave at Diddy and Dixie. Above the nest are two Banana Coins that can only be accessed by a team-up throw. Krow then heaves the egg down to the ground. The egg bounces repeatedly it is hopped on or stops bouncing as it bounces across nearly the whole surface of the stage. A Kong must pick up the egg and heave it at Krow. The pattern is cycled another time.
After Krow is hit a second time, it bumps its head into the nest to knock eggs out of the nest. Multiple eggs fall off the level boundaries, but one in specific lands on the ground. This cycle has to be repeated one more time so that Diddy and Dixie defeat Krow. The two Kongs then gain a Kremkoin is given after Krow's fourth hit and Crocodile Cauldron is open for exploration.
In the Game Boy Advance re-release, a cutscene involves Krow turning into a ghost and then it flies away to Gloomy Gulch, as revealed later in the game. This re-release makes it now cost ten Banana Coins for Krow to be battled a second time, like all the other boss battles in the game.
Donkey Kong Land 2
When Krow's Nest is accessed in the game, Krow starts by flying up to the nest, grabbing an egg, and then makes a swoop in a U-shaped pattern with the egg to the other side of the screen. It then drops the egg which, like in Donkey Kong Country 2, can be jumped on or reach the other side of the stage to stop bouncing. Diddy or Dixie must pick up the egg and throw it at Krow. This has to be repeated another time so that Krow uses a new tactic.
After the second hit, Krow flies back and forth to summon eggs to fall from above the nest. Most of the eggs fall below the stage's boundaries, although one in specific reaches the ground. The egg on the ground has to be picked up and thrown at Krow a third time. This cycle happens another time. After Krow is hit a fourth time, it is defeated and it relocates to Gloomy Gulch under the alias of Kreepy Krow (not seen in gameplay.) Access is then given to Krem Cauldron, a fusion between Crocodile Cauldron and Krem Quay and another Kremkoin is obtained.
Super Donkey Kong 2
While Krow's Nest does not appear as a stage in the bootleg Nintendo Entertainment System video game Super Donkey Kong 2, the area appears in the background of the game's world map which heavily resembles Gangplank Galleon.
Donkey Kong Country 2 (Game Boy Advance)