Hot Air Balloon

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This article is about a form of transportation in the Donkey Kong games. For the recurring object in the Mario Kart series, see hot-air balloon. For the Yoshi transformation, see Hot-Air Balloon Yoshi.
Hot Air Balloon
Hot Air Balloon DKC2.png
Artwork of a Hot Air Balloon for Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

First appearance

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)

Latest appearance

Donkey Kong Country 2 (Game Boy Advance) (2004)

Hot Air Balloons[1] (also parsed Hot-Air Balloons[2]) are objects that are used for crossing large portions of lava in both Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2.


Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

The Kongs riding on a Hot Air Balloon in Red-Hot Ride in Donkey Kong Country 2

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Hot Air Balloons only appear in the level, Red-Hot Ride, where they are a main feature. Hot Air Balloons are large, about the size of Diddy and Dixie Kong. The Kongs can stand on a Hot Air Balloon and control the direction that it moves in by leaning either left or right. By default, a Hot Air Balloon slowly floats back down to lava, but can be slowly suspended back into midair if it is floating from a thermal column. Each thermal column is at a different height, and the Hot Air Balloon can stop rising when it reaches the top of the thermal column.

The Kongs must maneuver the Hot Air Balloon past a series of enemies until reaching the next Hot Air Balloon or land. Diddy and Dixie usually do this process a few times before reaching land. Most Hot Air Balloons are initially positioned at the top of a thermal column, which gives the Kongs time to move onto. A couple of Hot Air Balloons have a DK Barrel or an enemy such as a Kruncha or Neek. The former enemy can only be defeated via Team-up or by using an object carried by the Kongs.

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

In their second appearance, Donkey Kong Land 2, Hot Air Balloons have the same purpose as in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, although have a slightly wider appearance. They only appear in two levels, both of which are volcano-themed, Redhot Ride and Fiery Furnace.


Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

  • Virtual Console manual bio: "Jump on these to cross perilous gaps. Press +Control Pad left or right to move left or right. The balloons will gradually start to descend after you jump on them."



  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest SNES instruction booklet, page 16.
  2. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2 GBA instruction booklet, page 15.