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Artwork of a Steel Keg

Steel Kegs, also known as Steel Barrels, Iron Barrels or Metal Barrels, are a special kind of Barrel found in the Donkey Kong series. Steel Kegs are rollable, useful, and in some cases, rideable barrels for the Kongs to use. Their use has changed throughout the series.



Artwork of Donkey Kong riding a Steel Keg

Donkey Kong Country[]

Steel Kegs debuted in the very first level of Donkey Kong Country, Jungle Hijinxs. By jumping up to the top of the trees and jumping down the arrow-shaped banana cluster, Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong would break the soft area in the floor, revealing a Steel Keg. Steel Kegs function similar to Wooden Barrels, as they can be thrown and they roll on the ground the same way, but they also bounce off walls, and when bounced off a wall, can be jumped on for a ride. Unlike their wooden counterparts, Steel Kegs cannot reveal hidden entrances to Bonus Stages.

It's most useful appearance was in the level Orang-utan Gang, where a large portion of the level can be rolled through on a Steel Keg.

Donkey Kong Land[]

Steel Kegs return in Donkey Kong Land with no significant changes from Donkey Kong Country.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![]

After being absent from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Steel Kegs reappear in each level of the following game in the trilogy. They are the only viable weapon to use against Koins, as they are able to protect themselves against any physical attacks. By throwing a Steel Keg behind a Koin and letting it ricochet back into it, the Kongs are able to defeat them and claim their DK Coins.

Bazukas can sometimes be found using Steel Kegs as ammo for their bazooka-like weapons. Direct contact with one will hurt a Kong, though they can be jumped on.

Donkey Kong Land III[]

Steel Kegs (also known as Steel Barrels, according to the instruction manual) return in Donkey Kong Land III with the same purpose as in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. One major difference here is that the Kongs can no longer ride on them.

Donkey Kong 64[]

In Donkey Kong 64, three Steel Kegs appear in the mill of Fungi Forest. Chunky Kong needs to destroy the barrels using a grinder to obtain a Golden Banana.

Donkey Konga[]

In the game Donkey Konga, the player uses a Steel Keg to bash King K. Rool in the head.

DK: Jungle Climber[]

Steel Kegs appear in DK: Jungle Climber, as obstacles instead of items, usually floating in the air. These Steel Kegs can block passages and can only be destroyed by using Diddy Kong's hammer, detonating a TNT Barrel near it, or throwing a Bomb at it.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[]

Steel Keg's latest appearance was in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. They reappear as obstacles, and were renamed "Iron Barrels".

Manual descriptions[]

Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
"Unlike regular barrels, Steel Kegs are basically unbreakable. Once you throw one, it will keep on rolling, knocking out any enemies it runs into. You can also throw one of these barrels against a wall and jump on top of the rebound. You'll be in for a wild ride if you can pull off this move!"
Donkey Kong Country (GBA)
"Roll steel kegs to take out several enemies at a time. You can also bounce one off a wall, then hop onto it for a smooth ride."
Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA)
"Throwing one of these is a fantastic way to clear and area of enemies. And they're reusable, too, if you're careful!"