Barrel Train

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This article is about the kart in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. For the full-sized locomotive with the same name, see Barrel Train (Mario Party 8).
Barrel Train
Barrel Train from Mario Kart Tour
Barrel Train in Mario Kart Tour
Size Class MKDD: Light
MK7 and MKT: Any
Strong stats Speed, Weight
Weak stats MKDD: Acceleration
MK7: Handling
Appearances Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Super Smash Bros. Brawl (sticker cameo), Mario Kart 7, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (trophy cameo), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo), Mario Kart Tour

The Barrel Train is a kart from the Mario Kart series. The kart is a traction engine with elements of a railroad locomotive and a barrel, and it resembles the train from Kalimari Desert as well as the K64 from Paper Mario. Its horn makes the sound of a train whistle. Like any steam engine, the Barrel Train's exhaust pipe is a smokestack.


Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

The Barrel Train first appears in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! as Diddy Kong's lightweight kart and is unlocked by completing the Star Cup in 150cc. It is the heaviest lightweight kart in the game; its weight is tied with the Red Fire and Heart Coach karts, which are middleweight. It is also the only lightweight kart that can push around the middleweight Green Fire and Bloom Coach karts. According to the game stats, it is tied with the Bullet Blaster as the fastest lightweight kart. However, it also has the weakest acceleration of its weight class.

Although the game shows a four star speed stat, the Barrel Train's top speed is tied with that of the Bullet Blaster, DK Jumbo, and Piranha Pipes, and its small size enables it to avoid most hazards more easily. It also has the weakest traction of all karts, as it still maintains its speed briefly after getting hit by the Lightning item. However, while it has a two star acceleration stat, the Barrel Train accelerates equally to the Green Fire and Wario Car. Finally, the Barrel Train is one of the two four star speed karts to lose the least amount of speed upon going off-road, with the other being the Piranha Pipes.

The Barrel Train's small size, weak traction, and high top speed make it a popular choice for getting good times in the Time Trials game mode.

This kart is also one of the four karts to have stats "out of the ordinary" for its weight class, with the others being the Green Fire, the Boo Pipes, and the Turbo Birdo. The Barrel Train is one of the only four karts to have a unique engine sound, the other three being the DK Jumbo, Koopa King, and Parade Kart.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

The Barrel Train kart part in Mario Kart 7

The Barrel Train appears again in Mario Kart 7 as an unlockable kart body. The main difference is that it can be ridden by anyone - not only small but also medium and large-sized characters - and it now lacks the green platform, and only contains four wheels of the player's choice, thus eliminating the second racer's place, and making the kart only for one racer. The star decals on the front and the sides are also removed, filled in by the selected character's emblem.

The Barrel Train offers a small speed and weight boost, while hindering handling. In fact, it is tied with the Bumble V and Bruiser for having the lowest handling of all kart bodies. In terms of its hidden stats, the Barrel Train offers one of the highest mini-turbo boosts (tied with the Bumble V and Koopa Clown), but it also has the lowest sea speed of all kart bodies.

Equipping the Barrel Train with Slim tires makes it resemble the original version, despite the missing platform.

Similar to the Tiny Tug, the kart has a low-revving diesel engine, and its sound is derived from an actual steam train.

CPU Donkey Kong can occasionally be seen driving in this body with the Wood tires.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The Barrel Train returns in Mario Kart Tour, classified as a Super kart. It uses its design from Mario Kart 7, making it the only kart originating in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! to not retain the item user's handlebar. The star decals return on the sides of the kart. It uses the Off-Road tires from Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (although a pre-release screenshot showed it with the Pipe Frame's tires instead). The Barrel Train increases the duration of Rocket Start boosts and the amount of points earned upon performing one. The Paris Tour introduces a gold variant of the vehicle, named the Gold Train, which is classified as a High-End kart.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

The Barrel Train appears as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In The Subspace Emissary, it can be used on any fighter to increase their leg attack power by 19 points.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

A trophy depicting Donkey Kong in the Mario Kart 7 incarnation of the Barrel Train appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

The Barrel Train returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an Advanced-class support spirit that takes up one support slot. When used on a fighter, it boosts the power of their dash attacks. In World of Light, the spirit appears in the badlands region on the east side of the Light Realm map. The spirit's puppet fighters are Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong faced on the Spirit Train stage.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

  • Speed Gold star.pngGold star.pngGold star.pngGold star.png
  • Acceleration Gold star.pngGold star.png
  • Weight Gold star.pngGold star.pngGold star.png

Mario Kart 7[edit]

  • Speed: +0.25
  • Sea Speed: -0.75
  • Air Speed: -0.25
  • Acceleration: 0
  • Weight: +0.25
  • Handling: -0.5
  • Sea Handling: 0
  • Air Handling: 0
  • Off-Road: 0
  • Mini-Turbo: +1.5
  • Stability: 0
  • Drift: -0.25

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Special skill Rocket Start Plus icon from Mario Kart Tour Rocket Start Plus
Favorite courses
(Bonus points ×2)
GCN Dino Dino Jungle R from Mario Kart Tour
GCN Dino Dino Jungle R
3DS Rock Rock Mountain from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Rock Rock Mountain
3DS Rock Rock Mountain R from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Rock Rock Mountain R
N64 Kalimari Desert T from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Kalimari Desert T
N64 Kalimari Desert R/T from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Kalimari Desert R/T
Favored courses
(Bonus points ×1.5)
GCN Dino Dino Jungle from Mario Kart Tour
GCN Dino Dino Jungle
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar R from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar R
3DS Rock Rock Mountain T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Rock Rock Mountain T
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach R from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach R**
N64 Kalimari Desert R from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Kalimari Desert R*
New York Minute from Mario Kart Tour
New York Minute
RMX Mario Circuit 1T from Mario Kart Tour
RMX Mario Circuit 1T

* indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 3. ** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 6.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

Image Game Effect
Barrel Train Sticker Mario Kart: Double Dash!! [Leg] - Attack +19

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophy[edit]

Name Image NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Donkey Kong + Barrel Train BarrelTrainTrophy3DS.png This mean machine may look like it was meant for the tracks, but really it was made to soar. That fine wood finish isn't so great in the water, though. I bet more than a few players have fond memories of the Barrel Train and its first driver, Diddy Kong. This kart might look like it needs to be on rails, but it's actually great in mid-air. Like any barrel, though, it has a tendency to float. In a race that comes down to speed in water, it'll get left behind. The name "Barrel Train" might ring a bell for Mario Kart veterans - it was Diddy Kong's kart!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Barrel Train Artwork of the Barrel Train from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, also a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Mario Kart Series Support (1) Advanced Dash Attack ↑ World of Light (Light Realm) Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong Rule: Item: Bullet Bill
  • The enemy can deal damage by dashing into you
  • The enemy has increased attack power
  • The enemy has increased move speed
Spirit Train Rainbow Road - Mario Kart: Double Dash!!


Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タルポッポ
Barrel Poppo (Poppo may be derived from shuposhupo, a Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound a steam engine makes)
Chinese 木桶嘟嘟
Mùtǒng Dūdū
From Mùtǒng (Barrel) and Dūdū (An onomatopoeia for train sounds).
Dutch Locomobiel Pun on locomotive and mobiel (mobile, moveable).
French Loco Tonneau From locomotive and tonneau (barrel)
German Kokoloko Kokoloko, a combination of Kokosnuss (coconut) and Lokomotive (locomotive).
Italian Barile Ciuf-Ciuf Choo-Choo Barrel
Korean 나무통기차
Wooden Barrel Train
Portuguese (NOA) Locomokong Pun on locomotiva (locomotive) and Kong.
Portuguese (NOE) Locomopipa Pun on locomotiva (locomotive) and pipa (barrel).
Russian Паровозик
Diminutive from паровоз (train).
Spanish Locomokong Pun on locomotora (locomotive) and Kong.


  • The train whistle that the horn makes is the same as the train from Animal Crossing.