Donkey Kong Wiki

To see the disambiguation page for barrels, see Barrel.

Wooden Barrel
artwork of a Barrel from Donkey Kong Country Returns
Purpose(s) defeating enemies, discovering Bonus Rooms
Game(s) Donkey Kong (arcade)
Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
First Appearance Donkey Kong (arcade) (1981)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)

Wooden Barrels (also known as simply "Barrels") are the most basic and common barrels seen in the entire DK series as a whole. Debuting in the original Donkey Kong arcade game, they were then used as a base weapon in games.

Impact and History[]

Donkey Kong (GB)

Early Donkey Kong getting ready to throw a wooden barrel.


Barrels in the original Donkey Kong were rolled down the construction site, down support beams and ladders, by Cranky Kong, or Donkey Kong Snr. Barrels were the main weapon used in 25m. Jumpman had to jump over them, with each successful jump earning 100 points. If he missed the jump, he would lose a life. Their only weakness was a Hammer, usable by Jumpman.

Donkey Kong Country series[]


Donkey Kong would later carry on the tradition of throwing barrels as weapons in the popular Donkey Kong Country trilogy. Here, the base wooden barrels appear commonly, here Donkey or Diddy Kong could pick them up and toss them, which would roll into enemies or walls, and could break bonus rooms. Barrels here came in many different forms, such as the TNT Barrel, a destructive and explosive version, or the Auto-Fire Barrel, that could launch Kongs across levels.

Enemies in later versions of the DKC games would use the types of barrels as their own weapons, such as the exiled Manky Kongs, which would toss unlimited amounts. Klobbers and Knockas would hide in barrels and ram into Kongs with them, and the TNT Knockas were much worse, as the slightest touch when they're running would explode them.


Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
"These common barrels make a great projectile weapon against enemies. They smash into splinters upon contact. Steel rimmed barrels roll over enemies until they hit a wall."
Donkey Kong Country (GBA)
"Use regular barrels to knock out enemies or uncover secret bonus areas."