"Rocket what? In my day, we had to walk uphill both ways to get around the island." -Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong Country Returns Instruction Manual.
A Rocket Barrel is a type of barrel that can fly through the air to help the Kongs get through certain levels.
 Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Rocket Barrels were exclusively found in the Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! level, Rocket Rush. Fuel Barrels keep the rocket flying and the Ignition Barrel ignites the main engine of the Rocket Barrel.
In said game, Rocket Barrels are used by every playable character. Each character's barrels are customized in their colors, rocket powered, and have bongos on top, which they drum to boost their speed.
 Donkey Kong Country Returns
After a long absence from the main series, Rocket Barrels reappear in Donkey Kong Country Returns, where they are once again used to get through certain levels. Unlike in its previous appearance, Rocket Barrels no longer need ignition and fuel barrels to stay airborne, and their levels are now side-scrolling, as opposed to vertical, (with Liftoff Launch being the only exception). In addition, their altitude and movement can be controlled by pushing the jump button.
Rocket Barrels are set to return in the upcoming Wii U title, where they behave as they did in the previous game. They now have a new look, as they appear to be more rocket-shaped, (unlike their DKCR appearance), and have more pronounced noses and landing-feet.
|Throw-able||DK Barrel • TNT Barrel • Mega TNT Barrel • Steel Keg • Wooden Barrel|
|Enemy-influencing||Check and X Barrels • Krochead Barrel • Stop & Go Barrel • Switch Barrel • Plus and Minus Barrels|
|Transformation||Animal Barrel • Invincibility Barrel • Tag Barrel|
|Transportation||Auto-Fire Barrel • Barrel Cannon • Biplane Barrel • Booster Barrel • Diddy & Dixie Barrels • Fuel Barrel • Funky Barrel • Ghost Barrel • Golden Barrel • Ignition Barrel • Rocket Barrel • Rotatable Barrel • Steerable Barrel • Tracker Barrel• Warp Barrel • Wooden Barrel|
|Bosses||Belcha • Dumb Drum|
|Misc.||Barrel Shield • Bonus Barrel • Button Barrel • Dumb Drum • Kong Barrel • Oil Barrel • Oil Drum • Star Barrel • Style Barrel|
|General vehicles||Mine Cart • Skull Cart • Toboggan • Rocket Barrel|
|Funky Kong vehicles||Funky Barrel • Biplane Barrel • Motor Boat • Hover Craft • Turbo Ski • Gyrocopter|
|Diddy Kong Racing vehicles||Car • Hovercraft • Plane|
|Mario Kart vehicles||Barrel Train • DK Jumbo • Rambi Rider • Wildlife|