A Pinchley in Donkey Kong Country Returns.

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A Pinchley in a Beach level.

Pinchleys are enemies in Donkey Kong Country Returns. They first appear in the Beach (Donkey Kong Country Returns), Mast Blast, the third level of the Ruins (Donkey Kong Country Returns) and later in the Cliff (Donkey Kong Country Returns). They are a red sub-species of Snaps. They are large, red crabs. Pinchleys move to side and can only hurt the Kongs (Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong) if they come in contact with one. However, Pinchleys move faster than their weaker sub-species, Snaps. To defeat a Pinchley, the Kongs have to jump on its head, then Ground Pound the area next to it when its claws are up. Then the Kongs can jump on it or roll into it to take it away for good.


  • In the Concept artwork of Pinchley, which is titled Pinchley and Pal, it is seen next to an unknown red crab with a sword replacing its claw. However, this specific crab does not appear in any of the levels in the game.

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