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. When a racer picks up a second balloon of the same color, their item is upgraded. A third balloon of the same color upgrades the item again to its maximum level. Battle stages only allow up to the first upgrade.

If a differently colored Weapon Balloon is hit, its weapon replaces the previous item, downgrading it. In the Nintendo DS version, the Weapon Balloon only breaks without replacing the item.

Items[edit]

Red Balloon
Number Weapon (Nintendo 64) Weapon (Nintendo DS)
A sprite of a red Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. A level 1 item from a red Item Balloon.
A missile
Level 1 missile from a red Weapon Balloon in Diddy Kong Racing DS
A missile
A sprite of a red Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing.A sprite of a red Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. A level 2 item from a red Item Balloon.
A homing missile
Level 2 missile from a red Weapon Balloon in Diddy Kong Racing DS
Five missiles
A sprite of a red Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing.A sprite of a red Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing.A sprite of a red Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. A level 3 item from a red Item Balloon.
Ten missiles
Level 3 missile from a red Weapon Balloon in Diddy Kong Racing DS
A homing missile
A sprite of a red Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. + Poweruptoken.png None Three missiles circle the racer and launch themselves at nearby opponents.
Blue Balloon
A sprite of a blue Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. A level 1 item from a blue Item Balloon.
A speed boost, with an orange blast
Level 1 boost icon from the Blue Balloon in Diddy Kong Racing DS
A speed boost, with an orange blast
A sprite of a blue Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing.A sprite of a blue Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. A level 2 item from a blue Item Balloon.
A stronger speed boost, with a light blue blast
Level 2 boost icon from the Blue Balloon in Diddy Kong Racing DS
A stronger speed boost, with a light green blast
A sprite of a blue Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing.A sprite of a blue Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing.A sprite of a blue Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. A level 3 item from a blue Item Balloon.
An even stronger speed boost, with a purple blast
Level 3 boost icon from the Blue Balloon in Diddy Kong Racing DS
An even stronger speed boost, with a purple blast
A sprite of a blue Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. + Poweruptoken.png None Activates auto-pilot and enables the racer to gain up to three speed boosts from the Touch Screen.
Green Balloon
A sprite of a green Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. A level 1 item from a green Item Balloon.
An oil spill (Cars and Hovercrafts)
Gas cloud (Planes)
Level 1 of an oil slick from green Weapon Balloon in Diddy Kong Racing DS
An oil spill (Cars and Hovercrafts)
Gas cloud (Planes)
A sprite of a green Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing.A sprite of a green Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. A level 2 item from a green Item Balloon.
A land mine (Cars and Hovercrafts)
Floating land mine (Planes)
Level 2 of an oil slick from green Weapon Balloon in Diddy Kong Racing DS
A land mine (Cars and Hovercrafts)
Floating land mine (Planes)
A sprite of a green Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing.A sprite of a green Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing.A sprite of a green Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. A level 3 item from a green Item Balloon.
A bubble that traps a racer that rides into it, floats upward, and pops
Level 3 of an oil slick from green Weapon Balloon in Diddy Kong Racing DS
A bubble that traps a racer that rides into it, floats upward, and pops
A sprite of a green Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. + Poweruptoken.png None Five fake Silver Coins
Yellow Balloon
A sprite of a yellow Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. A level 1 item from a yellow Item Balloon.
A short-lasting shield that protects the user against items. It also spins out other racers.
Level 1 of a shield from a yellow Weapon Balloon in Diddy Kong Racing DS
A short-lasting shield that protects the user against items. It also spins out other racers.
A sprite of a yellow Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing.A sprite of a yellow Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. A level 2 item from a yellow Item Balloon.
A longer-lasting shield
Level 2 of a shield from a yellow Weapon Balloon in Diddy Kong Racing DS
A longer-lasting shield
A sprite of a yellow Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing.A sprite of a yellow Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing.A sprite of a yellow Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. A level 3 item from a yellow Item Balloon.
A shield that lasts even longer
Level 3 of a shield from a yellow Weapon Balloon in Diddy Kong Racing DS
A shield that lasts even longer
A sprite of a yellow Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. + Poweruptoken.png None Makes the racer invisible with a long lasting shield
Rainbow Balloon
A sprite of a rainbow Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. A level 1 item from a rainbow Item Balloon.
A weak, yellow magnet that pulls the user towards a nearby racer
Level 1 of a magnet from a rainbow Weapon Balloon in Diddy Kong Racing DS
A weak, yellow magnet that pulls the user towards a nearby racer
A sprite of a rainbow Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing.A sprite of a rainbow Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. A level 2 item from a rainbow Item Balloon.
A stronger, red magnet
Level 2 of a magnet from a rainbow Weapon Balloon in Diddy Kong Racing DS
A stronger, red magnet
A sprite of a rainbow Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing.A sprite of a rainbow Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing.A sprite of a rainbow Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. A level 3 item from a rainbow Item Balloon.
A powerful magnet that pulls back opponents to the user
Level 3 of a magnet from a rainbow Weapon Balloon in Diddy Kong Racing DS
A powerful magnet that pulls back opponents to the user
A sprite of a rainbow Item Balloon from Diddy Kong Racing. + 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