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“Where did you get these shorts? I want them!”
Ticker, Banjo-Kazooie

Tickers are an enemy in Banjo-Kazooie.


Tickers are large termite enemies appearingly mainly in Mumbo's Mountain, where they inhabit a giant termite mound named Ticker's Tower, near the village where Mumbo's Skull is located. Despite being classified as termites, Tickers more closely resemble ants. When Banjo enters Ticker's Tower, a Ticker tells him that he is not welcome. The slopes are too steep for Banjo and Kazooie to climb, even if they use Talon Trot. Once Banjo has transformed into a termite, he can move up the slopes. Along the way, the Tickers are jealous of Banjo's shorts and backpack and demand he give it to them. As such, Termite Banjo also takes damage from Tickers just like his usual form does. If Banjo and Kazooie have visited Mumbo's Mountain at least once, a Ticker is found in the world's lobby in Gruntilda's Lair. There are also three Tickers inside Freezeezy Peak's large Christmas tree.

Other appearances[edit]

A model for Tickers was created for the canceled remake of Banjo-Kazooie titled Banjo X. Steve Mayles shared a brief animation of its model on Twitter in 2016, erroneously referring to the enemy as Termites.[1]


  • Hey ugly! No bears allowed in Ticker's Tower!
  • Where did you get these shorts? I want them!
  • Give me that cool backpack or else!



Language Name Meaning
Japanese ティッカー