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A Rocket Barrel.
Usage To fly the Kongs through a level.
Location Donkey Kong Island
Northern Kremisphere
Game appearances Donkey Kong Country 3
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
"Rocket what? In my day, we had to walk uphill both ways to get around the island."
Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong Country Returns instruction booklet

A Rocket Barrel is a barrel that rockets in the air to help the Kongs through a level. It is similar to a Booster Barrel.

Appearances in video games

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!

The Rocket Barrel in the Game Boy Advance version.

A single Rocket Barrel appears in Rocket Rush, the final level of Donkey Kong Country 3. It has a window that a Kong can look out of.

In the level, Dixie and Kiddy have to embark a Rocket Barrel, accompanied by a fuel gauge. It then rapidly collapses down the level. The Kongs can steer the barrel left and right or momentarily keep it airborne. The Rocket Barrel has to constantly be refuelled from Fuel Barrels. If all of the fuel is used up or collides into a cliff, the Rocket Barrel detonates and the Kongs lose a life. There is an Ignition Barrel at the bottom of the level that ignites the Rocket Barrel, causing it to fly upward. It exhausts more fuel by doing this. It eventually stops on a landing platform at the top of the level.

In the original Super Nintendo version, the player can defeat a Buzz with the Rocket Barrel. In the Game Boy Advance version, green Buzzes are only defeated if exhaust fuel is released over them, while red Buzzes are completely invulnerable to the Rocket Barrel. If the Rocket Barrel collides in either variation in this version, a Kong is injured.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, Rocket Barrels are used by every playable character. Each character's Rocket Barrel is specifically colored, is rocket-powered, and has bongos on top, which they drum on to boost their speed.

Donkey Kong Country Returns

After a long absence from the main series, Rocket Barrels reappear in Donkey Kong Country Returns, and are again used to navigate through certain levels. Unlike Donkey Kong Country 3, Rocket Barrels no longer need Fuel Barrels to stay airborne. They appear in side-scrolling levels, as opposed to vertical ones, (Liftoff Launch being the only exception). Their altitude and movement can be controlled with the A button.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Rocket Barrels return in the Wii U title Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, where they behave like in Donkey Kong Country Returns. They are more rocket-shaped, unlike their previous role, and have more pronounced noses and landing-feet.