Rocket Barrel

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"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![edit]

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.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

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.


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