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Golden Balloon's artwork from the game Diddy Kong Racing DS for DS.

Golden Balloons are items used for unlocking worlds and courses in the game Diddy Kong Racing and its remake, Diddy Kong Racing DS.

Overview

Golden Balloons are vital items to the Diddy Kong Racing games. The player needs to collect a specific amount to unlock each course and world. Initially, four of the Golden Balloons can be found in Timber's Island, allowing the player to access the first world and begin unlocking other courses in both games. Once the player finds these balloons, the only way to earn more Golden Balloons is through winning races against Taj the Genie. However, the player will receive the opportunity to race Taj himself only after winning first place in each race. Besides regular races, Golden Balloons can also be used for unlocking Silver Coin Challenges in Diddy Kong Racing or Balloon Pop Challenges in Diddy Kong Racing DS. In both games, there is a total of forty-seven Golden Balloons.

Required Number of Golden Balloons for Unlocking Worlds and Courses

  • Dino Domain: 1 Golden Balloon
    • Ancient Lake: 1 Golden Balloon for regular race, and 6 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Fossil Canyon: 2 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 7 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Jungle Falls: 3 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 8 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Hot Top Volcano: 5 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 10 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Tricky's Course: 6 Golden Balloons for first race, and 11 Golden Balloons for second race
  • Snowflake Mountain: 2 Golden Balloons
    • Everfrost Peak: 2 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 10 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Walrus Cove: 3 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 11 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Snowball Valley: 6 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 14 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Frosty Village: 9 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 16 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Bluey's Course: 10 Golden Balloons for first race, and 17 Golden Balloons for second race
  • Sherbet Island: 10 Golden Balloons
    • Whale Bay: 10 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 17 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Crescent Island: 11 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 18 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Pirate Lagoon: 13 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 20 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Treasure Caves: 16 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 22 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Bubbler's Course: 17 Golden Balloons for first race, and 23 Golden Balloons for second race
  • Dragon Forest: 16 Golden Balloons
    • Windmill Plains: 16 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 23 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Greenwood Village: 17 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 24 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Boulder Canyon: 20 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 30 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Haunted Woods: 22 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 37 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Smokey's Course: 23 Golden Balloons for first race, and 38 Golden Balloons for second race
  • Future Fun Land
    • Spacedust Alley: 39 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 43 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Darkmoon Caverns: 40 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 44 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Spaceport Alpha: 41 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 45 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Star City: 42 Golden Balloons for regular race, and 46 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge
    • Wizpig Strikes Back: 47 Golden Balloons for Silver Coin Challenge/Balloon Pop Challenge

Gallery

Bonus Coin Static.gif Items (excluding mostly Barrels) Bear Coin Static.gif
General Animal TokenBananaBanana FairyBanana MedalBoss KeyCogCrestCrystal CoconutCrystal StarExtra Life BalloonGiant BananaGolden BalloonGolden BananaGolden FeatherHeadphonesK-O-N-G LettersPuzzle PieceRare OrbWatermelon
Coins Banana CoinBear CoinBonus CoinDK CoinKong TokenKremkoinNintendo CoinRareware CoinSilver Coin
Vehicles GyrocopterHot Air BalloonHover CraftMine CartMotor BoatRocket BarrelSkull CartTobogganTurbo Ski
Weapons/
Projectiles
Coconut ShooterCrateFeather BowGrape ShooterKannonballOrange GrenadePeanut PopgunPineapple LauncherTreasure ChestWatermelon Bomb
Shop Banana JuiceDK Barrel (DD, DX, CK & FK Barrels) • Extra Life BalloonHeart BoostMap KeySquawks the Parrot
Others Animal CrateEnd of Stage TargetHookKannonMelon CrateNo Animal SignRopeStage FlagTire
Miscellaneous Brothers Bear Items (Bowling BallMirror)
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