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Kabooms (also known as TNT Barrels) are the red Kremlings and the TNT Barrel-wearing variant of Klobbers. They first appeared in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Kabooms disguise themselves as ordinary TNT Barrels and pop out when a character gets close. They do not return in Donkey Kong Land 2.
Krackas were originally planned to be the successors to Kabooms in Donkey Kong Country 3 but were later removed. However, in the Game Boy Advance remake, they did appear in one level, Stormy Seas. Klasps, the rope-climbing variation of Krackas, ended up being their only successor.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Kabooms are common enemies the later worlds of Donkey Kong Country 2. They first appear in the Gloomy Gulch level, Ghostly Grove, and are mainly found in the Lost World and K. Rool's Keep. Their behavior is shared with Klobbers: they both hide in their Barrel, then pop out when Diddy and Dixie get close, and run after them, attempting to collide into them. Kabooms' TNT Barrels are distinguishable from normal ones, because the "N" of TNT is flipped. This is fixed when Diddy or Dixie jumps on it.
The only major change between Klobbers and Kabooms is that the latter's barrel explodes when it crashes into the lead Kong. Both of them are defeated from the TNT blast. Diddy and Dixie have a few other ways to defeat Kabooms without injury. One method is by throwing a Barrel or a Kannonball at a Kaboom. Another way is when Diddy or Dixie jumps on it and then throws it like a normal TNT Barrel. As with Klobbers, the barrel Kaboom hides in can be grabbed before the enemy emerges from it, but only if players do so fast enough. Kabooms also get defeated if they run onto the spikes in Klobber Karnage, but they do not explode.
Kabooms are last seen in the end credits, and are under the "Kremling Kuthroats" class.
Donkey Kong 64
Kabooms have the same attack pattern as in Donkey Kong Country 2. They occasionally say "C'mon" in a high-pitched voice while charging. Given their larger size, Kabooms are easily identifiable in their TNT Barrels, which do not reappear as projectiles either. The Kongs can defeat Kabooms by throwing an Orange at them, by using a musical instrument, or by firing at them from their weapon. They can also use a shockwave attack, but at a cost of being injured from the explosion. Lastly, Kabooms self-destruct after five seconds of running after the active Kong, saying "Uh oh" momentarily before detonating. Upon being defeated, Kabooms turn into a pile of ash, with two blinking eyes on top.
Kabooms are obstacles in the later segment of Diddy's Mine Cart Ride. They randomly jump out from edges and attempt to crash into him. Diddy loses DK Coins if one successfully collides into him. Three Kabooms also appear in Diddy's segment of the DK Rap, where Diddy explodes them from throwing an Orange.
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