Spinner Barrel

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Not to be confused with Spin Barrel.
Spinner Barrel
Spinner Barrel artwork in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
Artwork from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance DK: Jungle Climber (2007)
“You can control where Spinner Barrels blast you. Change the direction with +Control Pad left and +Control Pad right. Then press A Button to blast out of there! You can also press +Control Pad left or right to change where you're aiming. When you blast out of a Spinner Barrel, it's just like you're attacking. You can blast right through enemies! Easy, eh? Now, give it a try!”
Cranky Kong in Cliffy Peak, DK: Jungle Climber

A Spinner Barrel, also called a Rolling Barrel,[1][2] Rotatable Barrel,[3][4] or Rotater Barrel,[5] is a type of barrel that first appears in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, where it first appears in the level Barrel Bayou. Spinner Barrels are similar to the Blast Barrel, although this type of barrel can actually be rotated and fired in any direction. However, some of them have a time limit (indicated by a number that appears on the barrel) to how long the Kongs can stay in the barrels. After this limit, the Kongs are launched automatically. Steerable Barrels are similar, except that their aim cannot be changed, and the player can move them around instead.

Spinner Barrels also appear in Donkey Kong Land 2, Donkey Kong Land III, DK: King of Swing, and DK: Jungle Climber, where there is no time limit regarding how long the Kongs can be in the barrels.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ローリングバレル
Rōringu Bareru
Rolling Barrel
Italian Barile ruotabile[6]
Barile orientabile[7]
Barile rotante[8][9]
Rotatable barrel
Orientable barrel
Rotating barrel


  1. ^ DK: King of Swing instruction booklet, page 16.
  2. ^ DK: Jungle Climber North American instruction booklet, page 14.
  3. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet, page 18.
  4. ^ Donkey Kong Land 2 instruction booklet, page 15.
  5. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 79, page 17.
  6. ^ Donkey Kong Land 2 Italian manual, pag. 17
  7. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2 European instruction booklet, pag. 115
  8. ^ DK: King of Swing European instruction booklet, pag. 114
  9. ^ Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber Italian instruction booklet, pag. 14