Plus and Minus Barrels

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Plus and Minus Barrels.

Plus and Minus Barrels[1] (also called + and - Barrels in an issue of Nintendo Power[2]) are barrels that can affect the amount of time on a timer. They make an appearance in only one level in the game, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, which is Haunted Hall.

A Plus Barrel has a green plus sign on it and is used to increase the time on the timer in the level. A Minus Barrel, identified by a red minus sign on its side, decreases the amount of time.

Additionally, a single Plus Barrel can be found at the beginning of "Rickety Race". This Plus Barrel works differently; it speeds up the Kongs' Skull Cart. Similarly, another Plus Barrel is found in one of Haunted Hall's bonus levels, which causes the Skull Cart to travel backwards at a high speed.

In Target Terror, there are similar barrels.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プラス&マイナスバレル
Purasu & Mainasu bareru
Plus & Minus Barrel


  • The Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Instruction Booklet jokingly states that the Minus Barrel can send the Kongs to the Minus World.


  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet, page 18.
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Vol. 79, page 17