On & Off Barrel

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Sprite of an on ON/OFF Barrel in Donkey Kong Country.Sprite of an off ON/OFF Barrel in Donkey Kong Country.
ON/OFF Barrels

On & Off Barrels,[1][2] also known as ON/OFF Barrels[3] (or On/Off Barrels),[4] are a type of barrel that appears only in Loopy Lights in Donkey Kong Country. As suggested by their name, On & Off Barrels act similarly to light switches. They are found either on the ground or in midair. By default, every On & Off Barrel has the white text "OFF" painted on it. If Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong touch an On & Off Barrel, all On & Off Barrels switch to "ON," lighting up the level for a few seconds, during which the Kongs can see the path and the enemies ahead. On & Off Barrels are similar to the Stop & Go Barrels from Stop & Go Station. In the Game Boy Color version, Loopy Lights is not as dark while the ON/OFF Barrels are turned off, and the Game Boy Advance version gives the level maroon tint while the On & Off Barrels are set to "OFF," making it even less dark.

Though On & Off Barrels make no other appearances, the Donkey Kong Land 2 iteration of Glimmer's Galleon features a similar type of barrel throughout, named Light Barrels, which temporarily brighten up the level.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Italian Barile ON / OFF[5] ON / OFF barrel


  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country Game Boy Advance instruction booklet, page 17.
  2. ^ Folsom, Jessica, and Steve Thomason (2003). Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide. Page 102.
  3. ^ M. Arakawa. Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide. Page 115. "This one’s got it all. Loopy Lights is a tester! Not only are you trying to get through a treacherous mine shaft, you have to worry about switching on the ON/OFF Barrels to see where you’re going."
  4. ^ Hodgson, David S. J. Donkey Kong Country Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 6.
  5. ^ Donkey Kong Country (GBA); European booklet, pag. 103