Watermelons are items that appear in Donkey Kong 64 to refill the Kongs' life meter so they can advance throughout their adventure. This item also refills the Kongs' lives. Each Kong can have up to three slices of watermelon for their life meter. If a Kong's life meter is empty, the Kong dies and the player will have to start their adventure over from the last save point or last checkpoint.
- Bananas are not the symbol for the life meter, which is odd considering the fact that bananas are the Kongs' favorite food.