Weapon Balloon

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The five types of Weapon Balloons

A Weapon Balloon[1] is a type of balloon in Diddy Kong Racing and its Nintendo DS remake, Diddy Kong Racing DS. As their name suggests, Weapon Balloons, when touched, grant the racers with items to attack their opponents or improve the racers' performance. Many Weapon Balloons appear in every course in the game. When touched, the balloons break and disappear for a short amount of time, but appear soon after for another player to grab.

Weapon Balloons come in five different colors: red, blue, yellow, green, and rainbow, and the type of item given by them depends on their color. For example, Green Balloons give the player an oil slick, while Blue Balloons give them a speed boost. Additionally, balloons of the same color can be hit multiple times to earn powered up versions of the items earned from them. However, if a balloon of a different color is hit, the weapon from this balloon replaces the previous item, downgrading it. In the DS version of the game, this is changed so that the previous item is not changed when a balloon of a different color is hit, and the balloon instead simply breaks.

Items[edit]

Red Balloon
Number Weapon (Nintendo 64) Weapon (Nintendo DS)
DKR64 BalloonRed.png RedMissile 1.png
A missile
RedMissile 1 DKRDS icon.png
A missile
DKR64 BalloonRed.pngDKR64 BalloonRed.png RedMissile 2.png
A homing missile
RedMissile 2 DKRDS icon.png
Five missiles
DKR64 BalloonRed.pngDKR64 BalloonRed.pngDKR64 BalloonRed.png RedMissile 3.png
Ten missiles
RedMissile 3 DKRDS icon.png
A homing missile
DKR64 BalloonRed.png + Poweruptoken.png None Three missiles circle the racer and launch themselves at nearby opponents.
Blue Balloon
DKR64 BalloonBlue.png BlueBoost 1.png
A speed boost, with an orange blast
BlueBoost 1 DKRDS icon.png
A speed boost, with an orange blast
DKR64 BalloonBlue.pngDKR64 BalloonBlue.png BlueBoost 2.png
A stronger speed boost, with a light blue blast
BlueBoost 2 DKRDS icon.png
A stronger speed boost, with a light green blast
DKR64 BalloonBlue.pngDKR64 BalloonBlue.pngDKR64 BalloonBlue.png BlueBoost 3.png
An even stronger speed boost, with a purple blast
BlueBoost 3 DKRDS icon.png
An even stronger speed boost, with a purple blast
DKR64 BalloonBlue.png + Poweruptoken.png None Activates auto-pilot and enables the racer to gain up to three speed boosts from the Touch Screen.
Green Balloon
DKR64 BalloonGreen.png GreenDropper 1.png
An oil spill (Cars and Hovercrafts)
Gas cloud (Planes)
GreenSlick 1 DKRDS icon.png
An oil spill (Cars and Hovercrafts)
Gas cloud (Planes)
DKR64 BalloonGreen.pngDKR64 BalloonGreen.png GreenDropper 2.png
A land mine (Cars and Hovercrafts)
Floating land mine (Planes)
GreenSlick 2 DKRDS icon.png
A land mine (Cars and Hovercrafts)
Floating land mine (Planes)
DKR64 BalloonGreen.pngDKR64 BalloonGreen.pngDKR64 BalloonGreen.png GreenDropper 3.png
A bubble that traps a racer that rides into it, floats upward, and pops
GreenSlick 3 DKRDS icon.png
A bubble that traps a racer that rides into it, floats upward, and pops
DKR64 BalloonGreen.png + Poweruptoken.png None Five fake Silver Coins
Yellow Balloon
DKR64 BalloonYellow.png Shield 1.png
A short-lasting shield that protects the user against items. It also spins out other racers.
Shield 1 DKRDS icon.png
A short-lasting shield that protects the user against items. It also spins out other racers.
DKR64 BalloonYellow.pngDKR64 BalloonYellow.png Shield 2.png
A longer-lasting shield
Shield 2 DKRDS icon.png
A longer-lasting shield
DKR64 BalloonYellow.pngDKR64 BalloonYellow.pngDKR64 BalloonYellow.png Shield 3.png
A shield that lasts even longer
Shield 3 DKRDS icon.png
A shield that lasts even longer
DKR64 BalloonYellow.png + Poweruptoken.png None Makes the racer invisible with a long lasting shield
Rainbow Balloon
DKR64 BalloonRainbow.png RainbowMagnet 1.png
A weak, yellow magnet that pulls the user towards a nearby racer
Magnet 1 DKRDS icon.png
A weak, yellow magnet that pulls the user towards a nearby racer
DKR64 BalloonRainbow.pngDKR64 BalloonRainbow.png RainbowMagnet 2.png
A stronger, red magnet
Magnet 2 DKRDS icon.png
An stronger, red magnet
DKR64 BalloonRainbow.pngDKR64 BalloonRainbow.pngDKR64 BalloonRainbow.png RainbowMagnet 3.png
A powerful magnet that pulls back opponents to the user
Magnet 3 DKRDS icon.png
A powerful magnet that pulls back opponents to the user
DKR64 BalloonRainbow.png + Poweruptoken.png None A homing missile that the player can choose the target of from the Touch Screen

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References[edit]

  1. Diddy Kong Racing Instruction Manual (UK) pg. 23