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Star Barrels are types of barrels present in every level (excluding boss levels, Rickety Race and Stampede Sprint level) in the Donkey Kong Country series, Donkey Kong Land 2 and Donkey Kong Land III. In Donkey Kong Land, the checkpoints replace the Star Barrels.


It usually floats in midair, and cannot be lifted or used as a weapon- upon contact, it will shatter in a burst of sparkles (and wooden debris), indicating that the barrel was successfully used. It's purpose acts as a bit of a "checkpoint" or "continue point" in the levels, and are usually located around halfway through a level. When both Kongs die, they will break out of the barrel when they access the level again after breaking it.

In the recent Donkey Kong Country Returns, they were replaced by Pigs, which instead held flags when passed.

There is a Star Barrel in every Candy's Save Point, this variety saves the player's data, and is unbreakable.


Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
"These barrels are decorated with a star design. If you knock out one of these barrels, you will restart at the barrel's location instead of beginning of the level when you lose a life."
Donkey Kong Country (GBA)
"Break open a star-spangled Continue Barrel to restart at that location the next time you lose a life."
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (GBA)
"These barrels mark a midway point in the stage. If you break one, you'll continue at that point should you lose a life later in the level.
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (GBA)
"These mark a midway point in the level. Break one to continue from that point if you lose a life before reaching the end."




  • Initially, in DKC, the barrel's explosion had a different animation, with the sprites remaining in the game coding.[1]