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Hot Top Volcano
Location Dino Domain
Requirement(s) 5 Golden Balloons (regular course),
10 Golden Balloons (Coin Challenge course)
Vehicle Type(s) Hovercraft & Plane
Game(s) Diddy Kong Racing,
Diddy Kong Racing DS
First Appearance Diddy Kong Racing (1997)
Latest Appearance Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007)
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Hot Top Volcano is the fourth track in set for the game Diddy Kong Racing and its remake, Diddy Kong Racing DS. 5 Golden Balloons are required to enter the course, and after Tricky the Triceratops is defeated the first time, 10 are required to reenter and compete in the second challenge. It is the first course to have the Plane as a default vehicle type.

Course Layout[]

The course starts out on a cliff. After falling down, a stone pillar is found. Players can go left or right, but both ways lead to the same tunnel. The right path is slightly longer. They will then enter a tunnel with a lava flow in the middle and two small roads on the sides. After a few curves, the exit can be seen, which leads to another cliff. After falling down, they will enter another tunnel filled with lava. A zipper can be found here. After a curve, players will see the exit and enter a valley, where they must make another turn. A lava flow can be seen, along with a zipper above it. The lava flow contains a few platforms that can serve as ramps. Another zipper appears above the last platform. A ramp inside a tunnel follows, which leads to the finish line.

Coin Challenge Locations[]

Hot top volcano map

Map of Hot Top Volcano showing Silver Coin locations.

Like other levels, Hot Top Volcano is filled with eight Silver Coins, scattered all around the area. The coins only appear after player has beaten Tricky the Triceratops for the first time.

  1. On the right hand side of the pillar just past the starting line
  2. Through the left hand tunnel entrance to lava part of the course
  3. in the middle of the course above the lava between two red balloons
  4. In the middle of the course over the first ramp
  5. Above the land bridge above four balloons
  6. Centre of the exit from the lava tunnel
  7. In the first zipper beyond the dinosaur
  8. In the second zipper


  • This was the only course in the original where the Car type vehicle is not available as an option, due to the course's incompatibility for it. In the DS game version, Everfrost Peak removes the option for a Car, making them the only two courses in that one to not have that option available.
Diddy Kong Racing (DS) Tracks
Dino Domain
Ancient LakeFossil CanyonJungle FallsHot Top VolcanoFire Mountain (T.T. Trial)Tricky's Course
Snowflake Mountain
Everfrost PeakWalrus CoveSnowball ValleyFrosty VillageIcicle Pyramid (T.T. Trial)Bluey's Course
Sherbet Island
Whale BayCrescent IslandPirate LagoonTreasure CavesDarkwater Beach (T.T. Trial)Bubbler's Course
Dragon Forest
Windmill PlainsGreenwood VillageBoulder CanyonHaunted WoodsSmokey Castle (T.T. Trial)Smokey's Course
Future Fun Land
Spacedust AlleyDarkmoon CavernsSpaceport AlphaStar City
DS Exclusive Unlockable Tracks
Thunder CoveMeandering MountSplashdown PassStrangled Shrine