Check and X Barrels

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Check and X Barrels
Artwork of Check and X Barrels.
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES) (1995)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country 2 (GBA) (2004)
A Check Barrel in Donkey Kong Country 2.A X Barrel in Donkey Kong Country 2.

Check and X Barrels[1] are types of barrels that appear in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2. A Check Barrel has a check mark painted on it, and an X Barrel has an X painted on it (the symbols are colored green and red, respectively, in Donkey Kong Country 2). Check and X Barrels are featured in the level Target Terror, either in midair or on the track. Their purpose is to open or close a gate. Check Barrels open a gate, while X Barrels close it. Therefore, Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong must hit the Check Barrels and avoid the X Barrels, to avoid losing a Kong or a life.

Haunted Hall features similar types of barrels, the Plus and Minus Barrels. They are similar in that they are respectively marked with a green and red symbol. Rather than opening gates, these barrels increase or decrease the timer during each Kackle chase. The Kongs must hit the Plus Barrels while avoiding their Minus variant. They also make the same sound effect as Check and X Barrels do when the Kongs run into one.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese オープンバレル&クローズバレル[2]
Ōpun Bareru to Kurōzu Bareru
Open Barrel & Close Barrel

Italian Barili di Controllo e Barili X[3]
Barili porte aperte e porte chiuse[4]
Barile apri; Barile chiudi[5]
Control Barrel and X Barrel
Open and closed doors barrels
Open barrel; Close barrel



  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet, page 18.
  2. ^ Super Donkey Kong 2: Dixie & Diddy instruction booklet, page 23.
  3. ^ Donkey Kong Land 2 Italian manual, pag. 18
  4. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2 European manual, pag. 114
  5. ^ Donkey Kong Land 2 e-manual, pag. 13