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A Rocket Barrel is a type of Barrel originally found in the third Donkey Kong Country game, Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! in the level: Rocket Rush. It is a Barrel that can fly throughout the air to help Dixie and Kiddy progress. Fuel Barrels kept the rocket flying and the Ignition Barrel ignites the main engine of Rocket Barrel.

In Donkey Kong Country Returns, the Rocket Barrel's function is slightly different. It is used only in a few levels; if the player is hit once, they will lose a life, similar to Mine Carts. Rocket Barrels appear in the following levels: Peaceful Pier (Beach), Mole Patrol (Cave), Crowded Cavern (Cave), Gear Getaway (Factory), Lift-off Launch (Factory/R level), Hot Rocket (Volcano), and the beginning of Tiki Tong Terror (Volcano).

The Rocket Barrel acts in the same way in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze as it did in Returns; however, players can sustain two hits before losing a life. Rocket Barrels appear in the following levels: Rodent Ruckus (Autumn Heights), Twilight Terror (Bright Savannah), Reckless Ride (Juicy Jungle), Blurry Flurry (Donkey Kong Island), and Rocket Rails (Secret Seclusion).

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