Barrel Cannon Canyon

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Not to be confused with Cannon Canyon.
Barrel Cannon Canyon
Barrel Cannon Canyon
Level code 1 - 5
World Kongo Jungle
Game Donkey Kong Country
Music track DK Island Swing
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Barrel Cannon Canyon, also named Barrel Canyon,[1] is the fifth level of Donkey Kong Country. It is also the fifth and last regular level of Kongo Jungle.


Donkey Kong skips a majority of the level from a secret Barrel Cannon.

This level takes place in the jungle, and is considered the hardest level of its world, which it is the penultimate and longest one of. As its name suggests, Barrel Cannon Canyon involves blasting Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong across numerous abysses via Barrel Cannons and Blast Barrels. This also occurs in Tree Top Town and Snow Barrel Blast. The Kongs must carefully time when to fire from some of the Barrel Cannons, or otherwise they fall down a pitfall.

The Kongs can shortcut through portions of the level by blasting from a Blast Barrel on top of the level entrance, and then a few more from more Blast Barrels above treetops later in the stage. Each of these treetops are located in between two abysses with a chain of Barrel Cannons.

Upon completing this stage, Donkey and Diddy can enter Candy's Save Point (or Candy's Challenge and Candy's Dance Studio in the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance versions respectively) and the world boss, Very Gnawty in its lair.


Donkey and Diddy Kong begin the level by exiting a tunnel with a Blast Barrel above it, which can blast them to a treetop farther into the level, where another Blast Barrel is located that can blast them ahead to the second DK Barrel in the level. If the Kongs continue along the main path of the level, they can find two Kritters marching ahead of a Barrel Cannon that is able to fire them into the air and into the letter K. A ledge stands next to the barrel with a piece of the ground that the Kongs can land on to break it and reveal a DK Barrel. A cliff is ahead of here with a hidden area ahead of it, containing a Winky Token, and a piece of land is positioned behind the area that the Kongs can walk along. They are attacked by hopping Kritters as they move across this area, soon reaching a ledge with another Barrel Cannon at the bottom of it, which can blast them over a nearby abyss and into a pair of Kritters.

The characters shoot past some Zingers.

More Kritters walk in a lower area on the sides of a small pit. The pit is followed by a long, straight pathway with a few more Kritters and a raised piece of land on it. A Barrel Cannon sits on the raised ground, able to be used to blast into a barrel higher in the air that can carry the heroes into some bananas. An abyss containing four Barrel Cannons that move in horizontal paths when entered is ahead, and they can use them to cross it. As they blast over the pit, they fire past the letter O. The final barrel shoots them high into the air onto a treetop with a DK Barrel on it. The heroes can find an alcove ahead of here with a trio of Kritters hopping in it. They can also find an abyss soon after it that contains a mixture of many Barrel Cannons and Blast Barrels, which move in either horizontal or vertical paths. The final barrel in this area blast the heroes over a long pathway and into the level's Continue Barrel.

The primates can find an alcove with a Kritter hopping in it ahead of here. A DK Barrel wobbles on a slightly higher piece of ground next to it. Two smaller alcoves are ahead, with two Kritters jumping around them. The second alcove contains a TNT Drum that can be used to blast open the hidden entrance to a Bonus Level. A lower area consisting of a lone Kritter can be found nearby with a small pit after it. This pit is followed by a large area of land with a raised piece of ground in the center of it. Two Kritters jump on top of it, surrounding a barrel that can blast the heroes to a Blast Barrel, which then sends them to a second Blast Barrel. This barrel then blasts them onto a platform nearby, which contains the letter N that they can break out of it. If the primates do not shoot through these barrels, they come up to a pair of platforms in an abyss, the second platform being the one containing the letter N. A larger piece of land with a Kritter on it follows this area. If the Kongs manage to pass it, they can reach a wide abyss containing many Barrel Cannons and Blast Barrels that move in horizontal and vertical directions. As they shoot over the abyss with these barrels, several Zingers fly in their way. Once they pass the foes and cross the abyss, they find themselves on a long piece of land with a few Kritters hopping along it. A sign indicating that the level is almost done also can be found on the edge of this area. The final Kritter in the level front of a tunnel nearby, located immediately after an exit sign. The letter G can be found on the treetops above here. If the primates enter the tunnel, they complete the level and head to the boss battle against Very Gnawty.


Sprite Name Count
A Kritter in Donkey Kong Country.A blue Kritter.A red Kritter. Kritter 8 (green)
13 (brown)
7 (blue)
28 (total)
Sprite of a yellow Zinger in Donkey Kong Country.An orange Zinger. Zinger 5 (yellow)
2 (orange)
7 (total)

Items and collectables[edit]

Name Count
Sprite of a DK Barrel in Donkey Kong Country.
DK Barrel
A Life Balloon in Donkey Kong Country.
Life Balloon
2 (in Bonus Levels)
Sprite of a TNT Drum in Donkey Kong Country.
TNT Drum
An animal token of Winky in Donkey Kong CountryAn animal token of Rambi in Donkey Kong CountryAn animal token of Enguarde in Donkey Kong Country
Winky, Rambi, and Enguarde animal tokens
Winky Token: Early in the level, after the first DK Barrel, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong can walk to the right if it to find a cliff. Roll over said cliff and jump to reach a secret area containing the Token.
Rambi Token: In the area with three jumping Kritters, jump on top of one to reach the tree above and proceed to the upper right to find the Token.
Enguarde Token: In the second Bonus Level, accessible by blasting up the far left.

K-O-N-G Letters[edit]

Letter Location
The K in Barrel Cannon Canyon from Donkey Kong Country The Kongs must blast upwards in the first Barrel Cannon down the trail. The letter K is located at the very top of their blast.
One of the O's in Barrel Cannon Canyon from Donkey Kong CountryOne of the O's in Barrel Cannon Canyon from Donkey Kong Country There are two letter O's, and only one is obtained based on which path the Kongs take. One of them is found by taking the Barrel Cannon shortcuts above the level, specifically located after the Rambi Token. The other one is located at the end of the first abyss to have both Barrel Cannons and Blast Barrels.
The N in Barrel Cannon Canyon from Donkey Kong Country Shortly after the Continue Barrel, the Kongs can find a Barrel Cannon that blasts upward in the direction of a moving Blast Barrel. It is surrounded by two brown Kritters. If they blast into the Blast Barrel, they automatically blast to another one, which then fires them down onto an item cache revealing the letter N.
The G in Barrel Cannon Canyon from Donkey Kong Country The letter G is located on two treetops right before the exit.


Bonus Levels[edit]

Image Type and location
The first Bonus Level in Barrel Cannon Canyon from Donkey Kong Country Find the Exit!
Right after the letter O, the Kongs must hop in a Barrel Cannon facing a wall while avoiding a nearby barrel across from them. The Kongs must shoot out of their barrel and slam into the wall. The wall breaks open and the Kongs enter the first Bonus Level. Here the Kongs must blast through several Barrel Cannons to the end. Items such as bananas, Life Balloons, and an Expresso Token are located between the Barrel Cannons.
The second Bonus Level in Barrel Cannon Canyon from Donkey Kong Country Collect the Prizes!
Shortly after the Continue Barrel, the Kongs must find a TNT Drum. They should pick it up and carry it to the nearest wall to the left while passing a Kritter They must break open one of the walls and enter a Bonus Level, where they begin in a barrel. As it moves them back and forth through the area, they must shoot out of it and grab some items in the three rows of collectibles. After claiming their prizes, the Kongs can miss the Barrel Cannon and fall below it to exit the Bonus Level.

Warp Barrel[edit]

Sprite Name Location
Sprite of a Warp Barrel in Donkey Kong Country for the Game Boy Advance. Warp Barrel At the beginning of the level, the Kongs should pass the first two Kritters and shoot out of a Barrel Cannon to reach a higher ledge. If they roll jump off of the bottom-end of this ledge, they can reach a hidden platform holding a Blast Barrel and a Winky Token. They should jump over the barrel to reach the hidden Warp Barrel, which takes them to a sign near the end of the level that indicates that it is almost over. This warp is only present in the Game Boy Advance version of the game.


Super Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Game Boy Color[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タルたいほうの谷
Taru taihō no tani
Barrel Cannon Valley
French Canyon du Tonneau Canon Barrel Cannon Canyon
German Knaller Tal
Kanonen-Canyon (GBA)
Bangers Valley
Canon Canyon
Italian Canyon di Cannoni Cannon Canyon
Portuguese Canhões de Barril Barrel Cannons
Spanish Cañón Barril Cañón Barrel Cannon Canyon


  • An additional DK Barrel was added near the letter N in the Japanese version.


  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) issue 26 (NMS Special), page 12.