Skowl, the Startling is the second boss in the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. He is the boss of Autumn Heights area, appearing in the level Mountaintop Tussle. Before the battle, Skowl is seen smashing a banana with a large mallet, much to the Kongs' dismay. Skowl is a large, gray owl with a thick, braided beard and a brown chest plate. He has thick, white eyebrows, yellow eyes, and orange talons and beak. Skowl wears a Viking helmet with antler horns and the Snowmad symbol in the middle. As he takes on damage, the tips of Skowl's feathers gain a red coloration that progresses in brightness upon losing a third and then two thirds of his health, respectively.