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Gorillas are rare enemies that appear in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. Their bodies contain different shades of purple and they have a larger body compared to most enemies encountered in Cortex Strikes Back. The gorillas primarily appear in the death and gem routes of the ancient ruin levels like Road to Ruin and Ruination.


The Gorillas are buff enemies with very large torsos and arms, but very short legs. Despite their name, they have dark blue fur with a lighter patch of fur on their shoulder and a small lock of hair on top of their heads. The face and torso has visibile dark-yellow skin.


Gorillas stand on a stone pillar and constantly throw logs in front of them that bounce over the other stone pillars in front of them. While it may not seem obvious, these logs can be spun away with proper timing. They receive their logs from a mysterious source in the darkness under them, probably another gorilla. They can be defeated by a spin attack, making them loose balance and fall backward in the dark under the platform they were previously standing on.

The gorillas act similar to Pinstripe's henchmen in the original Crash Bandicoot game, where they throw barrels towards Crash's direction in Toxic Waste. Crash must use the same method to defeat them as he did with the gorillas, in which he must dodge the barrels and spin the minions away when he gets close to them.



Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Don Chan
From Donkey Kong, and Chan (a Japanese honorific)


  • It's possible that the gorilla is a homage to the ape Donkey Kong in the arcade classic Donkey Kong, where Donkey Kong throws barrels at Mario, in which he must try to avoid.
  • In Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, a gorilla would have kidnapped Coco, with the intention of throwing her into the volcano, in Crash and Burn and Crash would presumably come to the rescue and defeat the gorilla.
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