Tracker Barrel Trek

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Tracker Barrel Trek
Kiddy Kong jumping into a Tracker Barrel in the level Tracker Barrel Trek from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Level code 3 - 4
World Cotton Top Cove
Game Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Music track Cascade Capers
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Tracker Barrel Trek is the fourteenth level in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and the fourth level of Cotton Top Cove. It is a vertical level taking place at a waterfall, and Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong frequently have to use the Tracker Barrels to progress, either by crossing gaps or reaching higher ledges. Green Buzzes serve as both the main enemy and obstacle of the level, and each of them are behind the waterfalls during Tracker Barrel sections. Shortly after the Star Barrel, the Kongs can optionally jump into an Ellie Barrel to transform into Ellie the Elephant. Ellie can suck in water from her trunk and spit out water projectiles at enemies. It is the only way that Buzzes cat be defeated in the level. A No Animal Sign is just before the end of the level. By crossing it, the Kongs return to normal, and a Steel Barrel appears from the sign. The Kongs have only one chance to use the Steel Barrel to defeat the level's Koin.


Ellie the Elephant shooting a water projectile at a Buzz in Tracker Barrel Trek in the Game Boy Advance version
Tracker Barrel Trek in the Game Boy Advance version

The level begins with the Kongs heading down a long pathway behind a large waterfall. If they move farther into the level, they find the first Tracker Barrel, which assists them into grabbing the letter K and crossing a small gap. After this, the group travel to a couple of Krumples, whom can only be defeated by Kiddy Kong. Heading in front of the large waterfall, the monkeys move across a rather straight pathway to a small platform behind the waterfall. The platform leads to a Tracker Barrel, which blasts the heroes over a large abyss, dodging a lone Buzz. Soon, the Tracker Barrel blasts them into a Barrel Cannon, which then fires them to a higher area of land. There, the apes need to take the route behind a waterfall to grab the letter O, guarded by a Buzz. After moving around the falls, they head into another Tracker Barrel, and it takes them over a Buzz to an area with the Star Barrel.

About halfway into the level, the Kongs curve along a short pathway to find another Tracker Barrel. The barrel blasts them up and down until they reach a Barrel Cannon above them. Still behind the waterfall, Dixie and Kiddy run out from behind the falls to find an Animal Barrel. Entering the barrel turns them into Ellie. Ellie then passes a few Krumples and Re-Koils as she travels down the long pathway. Soon, the elephant take a small pathway stretching behind a waterfall to grab the letter N and shoot through an Auto-Fire Barrel. Once she lands in a higher area, she finds herself moving to a separate slant of land and get into a nearby Tracker Barrel over a waterfall. While shooting over the falls, Ellie finds a few Buzzes to defeat. If she manages to avoid the enemies safely, she gets back on land to spot the next Tracker Barrel. Attacking some Buzzes as she blasts over the waterfall with the barrel, she grabs the letter G and some bananas to find another Auto-Fire Barrel. It shoots her to another Tracker Barrel, which she must use to get back on land. After hitting a DK Barrel there, she hops into another Tracker Barrel and blasts over the next abyss. Back on land, the Animal Friend uses a curvy pathway to travel behind a large waterfall. At the end of the pathway, she passes the No Ellie sign, turning her back into the Kongs. Once this is done, the apes need to get back into a Tracker Barrel to the right. This time, they blast over a large waterfall without any way to defeat Buzzes, who infest the whole area around the monkeys. Shooting around the several Buzzes surrounding them, Dixie and Kiddy soon find refuge near a flagpole, which takes them out of the level once its flag is raised.


The following enemies appear in the following quantities:

Items and objects[edit]

The following items and objects appear in the following quantities:

a - The Blue Balloon is hiding behind a waterfall to the left of the Star Barrel

K-O-N-G Letters[edit]

Letter N in Tracker Barrel Trek
The letter N
  • K: On a rail that the Kongs can reach by jumping on the first Knik-Knak.
  • O: Underneath a Buzz, who is centered between two vents.
  • N: Located below the first railing after the Star Barrel, right next to the opening below.
  • G: Shortly after two Knik-Knaks, the Kongs can find the letter G on a platform between two openings. They must jump over the vent to receive it.

DK Coin[edit]

Dixie Kong holding a Steel Barrel to the Koin of Tracker Barrel Trek in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
The Koin of Tracker Barrel Trek

At the end of the level, Ellie must cross the No Animal Sign to transform back into the Kongs, along with releasing a Steel Barrel. Dixie or Kiddy must pick up the Steel Barrel and throw it to the left from the platform above Koin. The Steel Barrel bounces off a wall behind Koin, who must face the right toward the Kongs, and then hits Koin from behind, thus defeating him. The Kongs are rewarded with the DK Coin.

Bonus Levels[edit]

Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong collecting stars in the first Bonus Level of Tracker Barrel Trek Tracker Barrel Trek.png
The first and second Bonus Levels respectively

Tracker Barrel Trek has two Bonus Levels, listed by type:

  • Collect 70 Stars!: Just before the letter O, the Kongs must go to the right at the edge of a cliff. Dixie must be in the lead to use her Helicopter Spin to hover right into a hidden Bonus Barrel following after four bananas. In the Bonus Level, the Kongs must collect 70 stars within 25 seconds by blasting from two Tracker Barrels over a chasm. Once the Kongs collect every star, the Bonus Coin appears for them to obtain.
  • Bash the Baddies!: Shortly the Kongs transform into Ellie, she can find a small slope leading behind a waterfall. Ellie must jump into a Tracker Barrel to the left and go to two Buzzes in front of a Bonus Barrel. She must shoot water projectiles at the Buzzes and enter the Bonus Barrel. In the Bonus Level, Ellie must defeat seven Knik-Knaks within 25 seconds. The Knik-Knaks are hovering over a gap, and Ellie can only move across it inside a few Tracker Barrels. She can defeat the Knik-Knaks by either jumping onto them or spitting water projectiles at them. Once Ellie defeat every Knik-Knak, the Bonus Coin appears on a platform to the right.


Super Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese たきのぼり ふたたび
Takinobori futatabi
Waterfall Climb Again

French Poursuite en Tonneaux
Pursuit in Barrels
German Fässer-Gewässer
Barrel Waters
Italian Trekking di Barili
Barrel Trekking
Spanish Barriles de Rastreo
Tracker Barrels