Golden Balloon

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Golden Balloon
A Golden Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing DS
First appearance Diddy Kong Racing (1997)
Latest appearance Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007)

Golden Balloons are shiny balloons that appear in Diddy Kong Racing and its Nintendo DS remake, Diddy Kong Racing DS. These items are the game's equivalent to Power Stars from Super Mario 64. Golden Balloons are required to access all five worlds and their race courses. Each of them has its own minimum requirement for entry, which increases for the later courses and worlds.

The game features 47 Golden Balloons, 43 of which are awarded by Taj for either winning at a race, its Silver Coin Challenge (or Balloon Touch Challenge in the DS version), and the three vehicle races against him, either involving a Car, Hovercraft, or Plane.

Timber's Island locations[edit]

The remaining four Golden Balloons are scattered in specific locations of Timber's Island. They can be collected in no specific order, and usually require a specific vehicle to reach. The Plane can reach every Golden Balloon.

Image Location Vehicle(s)
Tiptup drives to the Golden Balloon lying outside of Dino Domain's entrance. Located on the bridge that leads to the Dino Domain hub. Car, Hovercraft, Plane
Tiptup flies to the Golden Balloon on a grassy ledge to the left of Wizpig's stone head in Diddy Kong Racing. On a grassy ledge to the left of the stone Wizpig's head. Plane
Tiptup flies to a Golden Balloon at the far end of the Timber's Island coast in Diddy Kong Racing. Hidden in the far left end of the ocean surrounding Sherbet Island's entrance. Car, Hovercraft, Plane
Tiptup finds a Golden Balloon behind the log path on Timber's Island in Diddy Kong Racing. Located between two pine trees behind the log bridge. It is reachable from the river connecting Snowflake Mountain and Sherbet Island. Hovercraft, Plane