Rocketbarrel Boost

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Rocketbarrel Boost in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Rocketbarrel Boost (Boostum Highus) is an attack that Diddy Kong can utilize once he drinks one of Cranky Kong's potions in Donkey Kong 64; once Diddy jumps into a barrel with his face on it, he will gain the Rocketbarrel Boost and be able to fly around using his Jetbarrel[1] (also known as Barrel Jet or Rocketbarrel Pack). This attack utilizes Crystal Coconuts as fuel. However, this ability is also barred in a few sections of the game. In both Mario Power Tennis and Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Diddy is also capable of using the Rocketbarrel Boost to fly.

Diddy Kong also uses Rocketbarrel Boost in the Super Smash Bros. series. Rocketbarrel Boost is Diddy's up special move, and allows him to fly with only his jetpack. Diddy Kong can charge this attack up, and if it is charged, he will be able to fly farther. Tilting the control stick allows Diddy to curve his flight path, allowing him to fly in several different directions. Diddy Kong can ram into opponents to damage them, and if used in mid-air the initial burst of height acts as a meteor smash. However, if Diddy Kong is attacked while flying, he will lose his jetpack, and fall down. The jetpack will then fly away, and has a chance of hitting another player. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, two custom variants can be unlocked for this move. The first one is Rocketbarrel Attack, which deals more damage when Diddy hits an opponent, but his flight path cannot cannot be controlled as easily. The second is Rocketbarrel Kaboom, which charges faster and can be steered easier, but doesn't travel as far and explodes if it hits terrain. The Rocketbarrel Boost is also used during Diddy Kong's Final Smash, Rocketbarrel Barrage.

While Diddy does not use this specific move to fly, he does utilize the Barrel Jet to hover in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, as well as use it as a Power Shot in Mario Power Tennis and as a Special Shot in Mario Hoops 3-on-3.

Trophy information[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Rocketbarrel Pack BrawlTrophy338.png N64 Donkey Kong 64 An item that looks like regular barrels but becomes a rocket-powered jet pack when Diddy Kong straps them on his back. It's a convenient gadget to have when adventuring, but for whatever reason, Diddy also uses it when playing tennis and basketball. The moves he can pull off with the rocketbarrel pack are so cool that they're almost not fair. Almost.
Wii Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Name Image Appears In
(Wii U version only)
Rocketbarrel Pack RocketbarrelPackTrophyWiiU.png N64 Donkey Kong 64 (11/1999)
Wii Donkey Kong Country Returns (11/2010)
Two barrels modified into jet engines - throw them on and you're airborne! You can charge them up for a bigger, more accurate boost, but be careful while using these. If you get hit while you're powering up on the ground or zipping around the sky, you'll lose all control of this jet pack!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バレルジェット
Bareru Jetto
Barrel Jet
French Rapido Rocket Fast Rocket



  1. ^ Donkey Kong 64 instruction booklet, page 7.