Canopy Cannons

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Not to be confused with Canopy Chaos.
Canopy Cannons
Canopy Cannons DKCR screenshot.png
World-Level 1-5
World Jungle
Game Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D)
Music King of Cling
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Canopy Cannons is the fifth level in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, as well as the fifth level in the Jungle world.

Similar to Barrel Cannon Canyon, the fifth level of Donkey Kong Country, this level involves Donkey and Diddy Kong shooting through many Barrel Cannons, some of which move back and fourth or tilt. Many large, stone structures are also around the level, and most of them are in the path of the barrels, so the Kongs have to smash through them. Other obstacles that appear as the Kongs shoot through the barrels are large, spiky stone blocks that bounce on drum-like trampolines, along with giant Screaming Pillars called Giant Pillars that try to fall on them, and cause the Kongs to lose a life if they come into contact with them. Enemies in this level include Awks, Frogoons, and Tiki Zings.

In the Time Attack mode of the game, a time of 1:02:00 is needed to get a gold medal, a time of 1:13:00 for silver, and a time of 1:35:00 for bronze.


The Kongs aim at a spiky, bouncing object

The level begins in the jungle, where there are many strange, item bearing plants growing all over the place. Some stone blocks are also on the pathway through the jungle, as well as a Frogoon that is followed by an Awk. The edge of a cliff is immediately after the Awk, but a Barrel Cannon floats near it. If the Kongs get in and shoot themselves out of it, they land in a barrel in the background that shoots them through a stone wall to a moving barrel. The barrel can be missed, causing the heroes to plummet to their death. The barrel can move the Kongs upwards through another stone wall and to the letter K of the K-O-N-G Letters. A barrel on the other side of this stone wall to catch and shoot them to a barrel in the foreground. This moving barrel can aim the Kongs at another barrel, which can then blast them to the following barrel when it has moved in the correct area. They barrel it shoots the primates to does not move, but it aims directly at the target: the next barrel. This barrel is surrounded by many bananas, a Banana Coin, and a Tiki Zing. When the Kongs shoot to the barrel, the foe and the objects fall, allowing the barrel to move under the next barrel, which they must shoot to. This barrel aims directly at the following barrel, but a bouncing, spiky object is between them.

The Kongs come up to an Awk

When the object falls downwards, they can shoot to the next barrel, which can them blast them on solid ground on an Awk. In this area, there are many red, helicopter-like plants at the edge of the cliff and another strange plant next to a dandelion. After a group of spikes, the primates come up to two Frogoons and a DK Barrel. Barrels are in the gap ahead of this tree canopy area. The three barrels each tilt in three different directions; when they are aiming at the correct angle, the Kongs can shoot to reach the next barrel. The first barrel in this group can shoot the group to the letter O, which is right above it, or the barrel positioned above it to the right. This barrel can then shoot them down to the third barrel that is to the right of it. This final barrel in the area is next to a stone wall that supports the above platform which can be shot to in order to progress. If the heroes shoot at the wall here, they can also bounce back while grabbing a Banana Coin. On the platform above this, the primates can find two red Rawks and a strange plant that can be broken open to reveal and item. Spikes are ahead of here, along with an Awk. At the end of the area is the Tutorial Pig, who marks the checkpoint.

A DK Barrel is immediately after this, followed by a few large, bouncy, red flowers. A trail of bananas are above each of them, and a Barrel Cannon is above the last of the flowers. It can shoot the Kongs past a bouncing, spiky object, when the obstacle jumps upwards, to get to another barrel. This cannon can shoot them farther into the background, where there is another barrel that is surrounded by bananas, a Banana Coin, and a Tiki Zing. The two barrels following this are surrounded by similar objects, including the letter N and an Extra Life Balloon, which fall when the barrels are reached. Eventually, the heroes reach a barrel that can shoot them under a bouncing object to access another cannon that aims into a wall. They can shoot through this wall and come up to a moving barrel while in mid-air, which they must try to land in. This barrel, along with the barrels following it, moves back and fourth, so the Kongs must shoot out only when it is aiming towards the next barrel to avoid falling. After blasting through many different barrels, the Kongs reach an Auto Fire Barrel that blasts them to a barrel that is able to shoot them into the background through some stone structures.

On the other side of the structures is another cannon, which can shoot them into the air so they can reach a moving Auto Fire Barrel, which has the letter G above it. This barrel can fire them to the next barrel, which then blasts them through a wall. When they shoot through this, the heroes area attacked by many giant Sleeping Pillars behind them. They must quickly shoot through several Barrel Cannons towards the foreground to avoid them. The last two of these barrels aim at different angles, while the ones before it only aim to the next barrel. When the heroes shoot to land, they crash into a structure that they cause to fall over. They can use this to help them reach a higher area, where there are two dandelions, followed by several bouncy, red flowers. The primates can bounce along these to get to a Barrel Cannon at the end of the area. Auto Fire Barrels are positioned between the flowers to help the Kongs in case they fall between the plants. The Barrel Cannon at the end of the area can shoot the group into the mouth of a nearby structure, which has a Barrel Cannon in it. This cannon can blast them to other cannons inside the structure. Eventually, they shoot out of the statue and blast to the level's final Barrel Cannon, which aims past a bouncing, spiky object to the Slot Machine Barrel, allowing the level to be completed.


Image Name Amount
Awk.png Awk 5
Giant Pillar.png Giant Pillar 5
Frogoon screenshot.png Frogoon 3
Rawk.png Rawk 3
Tiki Zing.png Tiki Zing 1


Image Name Amount
BananacoinDKCR.png Banana Coin 7
DKBarrelDKCR.png DK Barrel 2
BalloonDKCR.png Extra Life Balloon 1

K-O-N-G Letters[edit]

Image Letter Location
CanopyCannonsK.png K When the Kongs reach the third Barrel Cannon in the level, they should shoot towards the cracked part of the stone wall of come across the letter K.
DKCR Canopy Cannons Letter O.png O Immediately after the first Puzzle Piece and the first DK Barrel, the Kongs can find a Barrel Cannon with the letter O above it. They can shoot to the letter with the barrel.
DKCR Canopy Cannons Letter N.png N In the third sequence of Barrel Cannons, the heroes shoot to some Barrel Cannons that are surrounded by collectibles. One of these barrels has the letter N orbiting it.
DKCR Canopy Cannons Letter G.png G After the Kongs blast into the background before coming up to the Giant Pillars, the barrel they are in aims upwards towards the letter G. They heroes should try to miss the Auto Fire Barrel hovering past the letter to grab it.

Puzzle Pieces[edit]

Image Number Location
DKCR Canopy Cannons Puzzle Piece 1.png 1 When the Kongs reach the first area of land after shooting through Barrel Cannons, they should pound on a gourd to reveal a Puzzle Piece.
DKCR Canopy Cannons Puzzle Piece 2.png 2 In the area of barrels where the letter O is located, the heroes should blast to the second barrel that is above the middle of a large gap. If they shoot downwards into this gap, they can find a hidden Auto Fire Barrel that can blast them to a Puzzle Piece. It then shoots them to a barrel that fires them back up to the first Barrel Cannon in the area.
DKCR Bonus Room 5.png 3 When the Kongs reach the area of land after the area with the letter O and the second Puzzle Piece, they can find a cracked part of the ground. If they pound on it, they fall through the ground and enter a Bonus Level, where they must collect many bananas and two Banana Coins while shooting back and forth between barrels. An Auto Fire Barrel moves around in the middle of the area to shoot the heroes out of the bonus. If they collect everything, a Puzzle Piece appears at the exit.
DKCR Canopy Cannons Puzzle Piece 4.png 4 After the Kongs exit the first Bonus Level, they should head backwards and pass a few Awk enemies. A strange plant grows near some spikes that contains a Puzzle Piece.
DKCR Canopy Cannons Puzzle Piece 5.png 5 In the third sequence of barrels, the Kongs can find a banana hanging out of the corner of the screen while they are in a certain part of the area. If they shoot to this banana instead of the next barrel, they can find a hidden barrel that blasts them to the fifth and final Puzzle Piece.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese さけぶ柱とタルたいほう
Sakebu Hashira to Taru Taihō
Crying Pillars and Barrel Cannons
Spanish Cañones y Columnas Cannons and Columns
French (NOA) Canons de la Canopée Cannons of the Canopy
German Baumkronen-Kanonen Tree Top Cannons
Italian Chioma cannone Cannon Foliage
Chinese 吼吼石柱和木桶大炮
Hǒuhǒu Shízhù hé Mùtǒng Dàpào
Crying Pillars and Barrel Cannons