Rocket Barrel

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Rocket Barrel
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A Rocket Barrel from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

First appearance

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (1996)

Latest appearance

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)
This article is about a type of barrel in Donkey Kong Country Returns. For Diddy Kong's jetpack, see Rocketbarrel Boost.
“Rocket what? In my day, we had to walk uphill both ways to get around the island!”
Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong Country Returns instruction booklet

The Rocket Barrel is a special barrel that allows the Kongs to fly through the air.


Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![edit]

The Rocket Barrel over a few red Buzzes in the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 3

In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! a Rocket Barrel is used throughout the final level, Rocket Rush. Here, Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong must use the Rocket Barrel to slowly descend the cliffside. The Rocket Barrel runs on limited fuel, and a meter is displayed on the right side of the screen show the amount of fuel remaining. The fuel supply can only be replenished by Fuel Barrels. In the Game Boy Advance version, the fuel meter was expanded and made more visible: the red represents how much fuel was used while green represents the amount remaining.

The Rocket Barrel slowly descends in the level, and the Kongs can move the Rocket Barrel either left or right, and the player can press A Button to release exhaust fuel from the Rocket Barrel, though doing so causes it to run out of fuel faster. At the end of the level, the Kongs hit into an Ignition Barrel, causing the Rocket Barrel to rapidly blast upward. During this part, the player must control the Rocket Barrel through the small gaps of the cliffside. If the Rocket Barrel hits into any of the walls, it runs out of fuel much faster. Dixie and Kiddy eventually reach the landing platform, where they get out of the Rocket Barrel and finish the level.

In the Super Nintendo Entertainment System version, the Rocket Barrel can defeat both green and red Buzzes. In the Game Boy Advance version, the player can only defeat green Buzzes by pressing left or right on the +Control Pad or A Button to use exhaust near them. The red Buzzes are unaffected by the Rocket Barrel entirely and must only be avoided by the Kongs. If the Rocket Barrel hits into either type of Buzz, the player loses a Kong.

A similar type of barrel, the Booster Barrels, appear in the level Rocket Barrel Ride.

Donkey Kong Country Returns[edit]

Donkey Kong moving a Rocket Barrel between pistons in Gear Getaway

The Rocket Barrel reappears in Donkey Kong Country Returns where it is entirely redesigned with red-colored hoops and fins, and it no longer runs on Fuel Barrels. Initially, the Rocket Barrel takes the shape of a Barrel Cannon, waiting in place for the Kongs to drop inside it. The player has to repeatedly press the A Button button to power it up, after which it launches and brings the Kongs outward, gaining a rocket-like pointy top.

The Kongs can hold the A Button button to rise up, and let go of A Button to let the Rocket Barrel descend. Doing so is necessary to avoid obstacles and collect items. If the Kongs crash into something, the Rocket Barrel explodes, and the Kongs will instantly lose a life. When using the Wii Remote alone, the Two Button button is used to ascend.

The Rocket Barrel only appears in side-scrolling levels except for Lift-off Launch. The are two themes associated with the Rocket Barrel, titled "Mine Menace" and "Mole Patrol", which play in different levels. The latter has a variation, titled "Red Rockin'", which only plays in Tiki Tong Terror.


Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

The Kongs on the Rocket Barrel in Blurry Flurry

The Rocket Barrel also appears in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. It is mostly the same as in Donkey Kong Country Returns but can take up to two hits before exploding. Likewise, the player can collect Hearts on the way to restore part of the vehicle's hit points. In Hard Mode, the Rocket Barrel explodes from taking one hit just like in Donkey Kong Country Returns.


Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, a fleet of Rocket Barrels appear in the background in Cosmic Highway, where they attempt to fire homing missiles at the racers and slow them. The Rocket Barrels cannot be destroyed. During a part of the course, the racers enter inside a giant Rocket Barrel and exit out the other since.

Other appearances[edit]

The Donkey Kong Country television series also features a rocket-like barrel referred to as the Barrel Rocket. In the episode "Barrel, Barrel... Who's Got the Barrel", it is used by Bluster Barrelworks to deliver barrels. In the later episode "To the Moon Baboon", the Rocket Barrel is used to transport several items to the moon as a time capsule.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ロケットバレル
Rocket Barrel
Spanish Barril cohete Rocket barrel