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] a type of barrel that appear in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Check Barrels have a green check mark painted on them, and X Barrels have a red "X" painted on it.

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 and Dixie must hit the Check Barrels and avoid the X Barrels.

Haunted Hall features a similar type of Barrel, 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 into 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.


  • The manual's description of the Check and X Barrels incorrectly refers to the Check Barrels as "U Barrels."
  • In Donkey Kong 64, during Chunky Kong's Mine Cart challenge in Fungi Forest, there are green and red Bells that function similarly.


  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet, page 18.