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
The Kongs stand beneath an Off ON/OFF Barrel.

On & Off Barrels,[1][2] also known as ON/OFF Barrels[3] (or On/Off Barrels),[4] are a type of barrel in Donkey Kong Country that appear only in Loopy Lights.

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 of the On & Off Barrels change to "ON." This causes the level to illuminate for a few seconds, allowing the Kongs to 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 remake, Loopy Lights is not as dark while the ON/OFF Barrels are turned off. In the Game Boy Advance remake, the level has a maroon tint while they are off, making it even less dark.

In Donkey Kong Land 2, during the level Glimmer's Galleon, there is a type of barrel similar to the On & Off Barrels. These barrels have a small lightbulb icon displayed on them, and when Diddy and Dixie touch one of these barrels, they temporarily brighten up the level.



  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.