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Artwork of Oil from Donkey Kong.
First appearance Donkey Kong (1994)
Latest appearance Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004)

Oil[1] is an obstacle in the game Donkey Kong on the Game Boy. It first appears in Stage 1-1 in the Big-City, later appearing in Stage 1-2 and much later in Stage 8-11 in Rocky-Valley. It consists of fire in a tin resembling an oil drum with the text "oil" written on it. It floats up and down in place without trying to attack Mario, but touching it is deadly. It can be defeated with the hammer.

MvsDK OilDrum.png

Oil reappears in Mario vs. Donkey Kong and behaves the same way, with the can now even more resembling an oil drum.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese オイル[2][3]
Oiru Kan

Oil Can
Dutch Oil[5] -


  1. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong English instruction booklet, page 21.
  2. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Japanese instruction booklet, page 19.
  3. ^ Kazuki, Motoyama. Volume 29 of the KC Deluxe manga, page 68.
  4. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong Shogakukan book
  5. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Dutch Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, tab 15: "Tips".