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Not to be confused with the enemy Kannon from the games Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Land 2.
Kannon (item)
Artwork of a Kannon from the game Donkey Kong Country 2.
User(s) Kong Family,
Diddy Kong,
Dixie Kong
Purpose(s) Providing means for accessing Bonus Rooms by loading it with single Kannonballs,
Shooting kannonballs upwards at the boss Kleaver (only in DKL 2)
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest,
Donkey Kong Land 2
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (for SNES) (1995)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country 2 (for GBA) (2004)

Kannons are types of special cannons that connect to Bonus Rooms from the games Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Land 2.


If the player picks a Kannonball up and throws it at a Kannon, it will become active. The active Kannon will blink between its natural colors and the green color in the Super Nintendo Entertainment System version of the game Donkey Kong Country 2 or it will shake and release sparks in the Game Boy Advance of the same game. However, in Donkey Kong Land 2, Kannons do not display visual effects when they are active. Upon the Kongs touching the active Kannon, it will shoot them upwards and grant access to a Bonus Room. In fact, the primates just touching the inactive Kannon while still carrying the Kannonball will immediately trigger the object and shoot them, simplifying the process during gameplay. The Bonus Room usually requires the player to use Kannonballs to defeat the enemies inside it in order to earn the Kremkoin. If the player fails to clear the Bonus Room, they will need to find a Kannonball again to activate the same Kannon.

The Kannons are not so common as Bonus Barrels, but they can be found in some of the stages of both games. If the player spots a Kannon, a Kannonball required for activating it is usually someplace near the same cannon. However, in some cases, the player must traverse through obstacles while holding the Kannonball to reach the Kannon.

In Donkey Kong Land 2, during the second half of the boss battle against Kleaver, a giant sword boss of the world Krem Cauldron, after the boss receiving two hits by the player throwing Kannoballs at it, loaded Kannons will appear at the corners of the arena. While the boss floats at the top of the screen over each Kannon, constantly moving between back and forward, the player must control the primates, approach the Kannon, and press the "B" button at the right time in order to shoot a Kannoball upwards and hit Kleaver. By being successful, the player must quickly move to the other side of the stage to find another Kannon ready to shoot. To defeat Kleaver for good, the player must successfully hit the boss twice by using these Kannons.

In the GBA version of Donkey Kong Country 2, a Kannon also appears at the bottom of the main menu screen. Upon the player accessing the screen, Diddy Kong will always walk towards the Kannon and jump inside it. By the player selecting any of the options at the same screen, the Kannon will quickly target the chosen one and shoot Diddy at it, and the game will access the option.



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  • In the games Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Land 2, there is also an enemy type called Kannon, a Kremling who holds a cannon and constantly shoots Kannonballs and/or wooden barrels at the left, right or downward direction.
Bonus Coin Static Items (excluding mostly Barrels) Bear Coin Static
General Animal TokenBananaBanana FairyBanana MedalBoss KeyCogCrestCrystal CoconutCrystal StarExtra Life BalloonGiant BananaGolden BalloonGolden BananaGolden FeatherHeadphonesK-O-N-G LettersPuzzle PieceRare OrbSupply CrateWatermelon
Coins Banana CoinBear CoinBonus CoinDK CoinKong TokenKremkoinNintendo CoinRareware CoinSilver Coin
Vehicles GyrocopterHot Air BalloonHover CraftMine CartMotor BoatRocket BarrelSkull CartTobogganTurbo Ski
Coconut ShooterCrateFeather BowGrape ShooterKannonballOrange GrenadePeanut PopgunPineapple LauncherTreasure ChestWatermelon Bomb
Shop Banana JuiceDK Barrel (DD, DX, CK & FK Barrels) • Heart BoostMap KeyRed BalloonSquawks the Parrot
Others Animal CrateEnd of Stage TargetHookKannonMelon CrateNo Animal SignRopeStage FlagTire
Miscellaneous Brothers Bear Items (Bowling BallMirror)