Blast Barrel

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Not to be confused with Booster Barrel.
Blast Barrel
Artwork of a Blast Barrel from Donkey Kong Country
A Blast Barrel
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Mario Strikers: Battle League (version 1.2.0) (2022)

A Blast Barrel,[1][2][3] also known as an Auto-Fire Barrel,[4][5] Auto-blast Barrel,[6] Cannon Barrel,[7] or Booster Barrel,[8] is a common type of Barrel Cannon that appears throughout the Donkey Kong Country series. It is represented by a symbol on the side of the barrel depicting a white outline of an explosion.


Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

A regular and a skull Blast Barrel
Both variants of the Blast Barrel in Donkey Kong Country Returns

Blast Barrels first appear in Donkey Kong Country. When a character jumps into a Blast Barrel, it automatically launches them in a predetermined direction. The Blast Barrel can launch the Kongs at great distances and often allows them to reach a location that cannot be reached by other means. The Kongs cannot control when or in what direction they are fired, as the launch is purely automatic. In Donkey Kong Country, Blast Barrels are also used to send the Kongs to bonus rooms or near the end of the level; the Game Boy Advance version and sequels replace them with Bonus Barrels and Warp Barrels, respectively, although Blast Barrels with the former's functionality are reused as of Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Blast Barrels lack the explosion symbol in Donkey Kong Land 2 and Donkey Kong Land III. The steel rims on their entrances are also colored white in those games as well as Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. In Donkey Kong 64, all Barrel Cannons look like Blast Barrels, even though only a few function like them.

Blast Barrels return in Donkey Kong Country Returns, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and its Nintendo Switch port, looking and acting the same as in the original version of Donkey Kong Country. These games also contain Blast Barrels with skull heads displayed on them, which instantly self-destruct after they launch the characters.

Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge[edit]

Blast Barrels also appear in Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge, where they are present alongside Barrel Cannons in Barrel Blast Jungle and one level of the Star World. They function just like in the past games, automatically shooting a character in a certain direction once entered.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle[edit]

Blast Barrels appear in the Donkey Kong Adventure mode of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. They can be used by pressing A Button while standing next to them, and are used to launch Donkey Kong, Rabbid Peach and Rabbid Cranky to a certain part of the area they are in.

During the final battle with Mega Rabbid Kong, the heroes must unlock and reach a golden Blast Barrel to deliver the final blow to Mega Rabbid Kong.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Barrel Hanafuda from Mario Kart Tour
The Barrel Hanafuda

A Blast Barrel makes a cameo on the Barrel Hanafuda glider in Mario Kart Tour, which itself uses the same Blast Barrel artwork from Mario Hanafuda.





Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 自動式タル大砲[citation needed]
Jidō-shikitaru Taihō
Taihō Bareru
Automatic Barrel Cannon

Cannon Barrel; compare Barrel Cannon
German Kanonenfass Cannon Barrel
Italian Barile-cannone automatico[10]
Barile auto-fuoco[11]
Barile a scoppio[12]
Barile Autopilota[13]
Barile a reazione[14]
Barile esplosivo[15]
Automatic barrel-cannon
Auto-fire barrel
Burst barrel
Autopilot Barrel
Reaction barrel, same as Booster Barrel
Exploding barrel



  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet, page 18Media:DKC2 Manual 18-19.jpg.
  2. ^ Donkey Kong Country Returns instruction booklet, page 18.
  3. ^ "It's a Blast Barrel that puts you into a 1-Up Balloon guessing game." Nintendo Power Issue 66, page 11.
  4. ^ Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! instruction booklet, page 24.
  5. ^ Donkey Kong Country 3 (Game Boy Advance) instruction booklet, page 28.
  6. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #51, page 60.
  7. ^ DK: Jungle Climber American instruction booklet, page 14.
  8. ^ Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber European instruction booklet, page 14.
  9. ^ Donkey Kong: Jungle Cimber Japanese instruction booklet, page 19.
  10. ^ Donkey Kong Country Italian manual, pag. 16
  11. ^ Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Spanish-Italian booklet, pag. 52
  12. ^ Donkey Kong Land III Spanish-Italian manual, pag. 49
  13. ^ Donkey Kong Country 3; European booklet, pag. 121
  14. ^ Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber Italian manual, pag. 14
  15. ^ Donkey Kong Country Returns Italian manual, pag. 23