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Barrel Cannon
Barrel Cannon - Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze.png
Artwork of a Barrel Cannon from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

First appearance

Donkey Kong Country (1994)

Latest appearance

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)

The Barrel Cannon, also spelled Barrel Kannon[1], is an item usually found in the Donkey Kong franchise. Once entered, the barrel will shoot the character in the direction indicated by its arrow.


Donkey Kong franchise[edit]

All four types of Barrel Cannons appearing in Donkey Kong Country Returns
All four types of Barrel Cannons appearing in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Barrel Cannons appear in all Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Land games. In these games, if a Kong goes into the barrel, it will either stay still, move horizontally or vertically, or spin around and the Kong will have to press a button at the right time (taking any obstacles, items, and/or other Barrel Cannons into account) to blast to their destination.

They come in many varieties in the Donkey Kong Country games, especially in the first three games. These include Arrow Barrels[1], Blast Barrels, Tracker Barrels, Rotatable Barrels, Steerable Barrels, Booster Barrels, and more. In Donkey Kong Country Returns, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Barrel Cannons only come in four varieties: Barrel Cannons, skull Barrel Cannons, Blast Barrels, and skull Blast Barrels. The skull versions destroy themselves when they fire the Kongs. In Tropical Freeze, Barrel Cannons gain a more rugged appearance, having chipped or faded paint in many places.

In Donkey Kong 64, Barrel Cannons take the appearance of red Blast Barrels, though most are not automatic. They are only used by Donkey Kong in the Baboon Blast courses, as well as during the final battle with King Krusha K. Rool.

Barrel Cannons can be encountered in New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, replacing the cannon flowers from the original GameCube game. They are completely stationary in this game, and once entered, they will only shoot Donkey Kong in one direction. In order to blast DK out of a Barrel Cannon, the player has to swing the Wii Remote.

They also appear in the game Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, along with new varieties in red and gold. In DK: King of Swing, they appear where the player has to jump into a cannon, as it turns left to right, and press the L or R button to burst into the air. In DK: Jungle Climber, they are easier to aim with.

Mario Kart series[edit]

In DK Mountain, which appears in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and returns in Mario Kart Wii, there is a giant Barrel Cannon (referred to in the former as Donkey Cannon and in the latter as DK Cannon) that blasts competitors to the top of the mountain. DK Summit / DK's Snowboard Cross, also in Mario Kart Wii, features a Barrel Cannon. Another Barrel Cannon appears in the Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7 course Maple Treeway, where it serves the same function, but does not include the DK initials. Another Barrel Cannon is featured in the Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe overhaul of N64 Yoshi Valley replacing the Long Route.

Mario Tennis series[edit]

Mario Power Tennis / Mario Tennis: Power Tour[edit]

In Mario Power Tennis and Mario Tennis: Power Tour, Donkey Kong mounts and shoots from a Barrel Cannon as part of his Offensive Power Shot, the Barrel Cannon Blast.

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

Donkey Kong shooting between Barrel Cannons to prepare a Special Shot in Mario Tennis Aces

In Mario Tennis Aces, several Barrel Cannons appear when Donkey Kong's Special Shot animation is triggered, enabling him to perform the shot by launching him from one to another.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 9[edit]

The players using Barrel Cannons in Diddy's Banana Blast, Mario Party 9

Barrel Cannons are present in Mario Party 9. In DK's Jungle Ruins, if the player lands on a Lucky Space, they will be launched to a floating island to increase their Bananas counter. Many Barrel Cannons appear in the boss minigames Diddy's Banana Blast and DK's Banana Bonus, where the players use them to reach Bananas.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Mario Party 10 marks the appearance of just one giant barrel cannon on the Donkey Kong Board. It is located at the top of the board; whenever the player's amiibo comes across this cannon, they will be offered the possibility to enter the cannon and get launched to one of the spaces the other players are on.

Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

Barrel Cannons return in Mario Party: Star Rush, in the minigame Leafboard Hoard. The player must choose a Barrel Cannon that has the most coins and launch out of that one.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee, it appears in the Kongo Jungle stages, where it moves back and forth and occasionally rotates underneath the stage. If a character falls into the cannon, they can press the A button to fire themselves out of the cannon in the direction of the arrow. If they wait too long, they will be shot out anyway. Since the cannon sometimes rotates, this action can sometimes save players from falling, or it can launch them to their doom. Only one character may occupy the Barrel Cannon at any time. The Melee version can also be used by Klaptraps that fall into it; they inflict damage if the cannon is touched while they are inside it, or if they are fired towards the stage.

In Melee, it is also a usable item. Aside from always rotating and destroying itself upon firing, it works just like the stage variation. This item is quite heavy, thus only Donkey Kong can move around freely while holding it. When thrown, the barrel rolls until it touches a character or falls off the arena. If anyone else touches the barrel while it is occupied, they will take moderate damage. Also, Barrel Cannons disappear much faster than any other item if left alone.

Viewing the Barrel Cannon trophy from the bottom reveals the message "2L84ME" ("too late for me"), also seen on a crate in official artwork of Cranky's Cabin.

From Super Smash Bros. Brawl onward, Barrel Cannons no longer a regular item. Instead, several Barrel Cannons can be found in several levels of the Subspace Emissary and Smash Run. Characters use these to get shot up higher or break Brick Blocks in their way. The Barrel Cannon from the first Kongo Jungle stage also returns with the stage in the Wii U game.

Mario Baseball series[edit]

Barrel Cannons make a minor appearance in Mario Super Sluggers in adventure mode. When the player travels to DK Jungle, Donkey Kong meets him and says that there is a waterfall too far for him to jump across. Nearby, in a bush, is a barrel cannon which will launch the player across this waterfall.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story[edit]

Mario and Luigi using the Yoo Who Cannon.

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Mario and Luigi obtain a Special Attack called Yoo Who Cannon where the bros. jump into Barrel Cannons and are shot at enemies. This same attack was planned for the sequel but was removed.

Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge[edit]

Many Barrel Cannons and Blast Barrels in the first level of Barrel Blast Jungle in Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge

Barrel Cannons appear in Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge as part of Mini Donkey Kong's levels. Barrel Cannons display a light-emitting disc, which turns red when Mini Donkey Kong is inside the cannon. The game contains stationary Barrel Cannons, which spin around continuously, as well as Barrel Cannons that do not rotate but follow certain paths. Mini Donkey Kong gets shot from a Barrel Cannon if players tap the barrel's disc using the GamePad. Alongside Barrel Cannons, there are also Blast Barrels.

WarioWare Gold[edit]

In the Donkey Kong Country microgame from WarioWare Gold, the player has to fire Donkey Kong from a Barrel Cannon onto a row of bananas. The Barrel Cannon takes the form of a Blast Barrel, although it only fires the character at the player's command. In the first two difficulties, the Barrel Cannon moves up and down, while in the third difficulty, it rotates 90 degrees in one place.

Trophy information[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Barrel Cannon Trophy113.PNG Donkey Kong Country
The Barrel Cannons were used in Donkey Kong games as a vital means of transportation, and their explosive nature is used similarly in Super Smash Bros. Melee. On the Kongo Jungle stage, one can catch characters as they fall from the main platform. Careful! The Barrel Cannon rotation may accidentally send you flying off the screen.


Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タル大砲
Taru taihō
Barrel Cannon
Spanish Barril cañón Cannon Barrel


  1. ^ a b Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet, page 18.