- Not to be confused with Barrel
Wooden Barrels (also known as "Regular Barrels" or simply "Barrels") are the most basic and common barrels seen the entire DK series as a whole. Debuting in the original Donkey Kong arcade game, they were then used as a base weapon in games.
Impact and History
Barrels in the original Donkey Kong were rolled down the construction site, down support beams and ladders, by Cranky Kong, or Donkey Kong Snr. Barrels were the main weapon used in 25m. Jumpman had to jump over them, with each successful jump earning 100 points. If he missed the jump, he would lose a life. Their only weakness was a Hammer, usable by Jumpman.
Donkey Kong Country series
Donkey Kong would later carry on the tradition of throwing barrels as weapons in the popular Donkey Kong Country trilogy. Here, the base wooden barrels appear commonly, here DK or Diddy could pick them up and toss them, which would roll into enemies or walls, and could break bonus rooms. Barrels here came in many different forms, such as the TNT Barrel, a destructive and explosive version, or the Auto-Fire Barrel, that could launch Kongs across levels.
Enemies in the DKC games would use the types of barrels as their own weapons, such as the exiled Manky Kongs in Donkey Kong Country, which would toss unlimited amounts. Unlike Manky's successor, Kannon, even landing on top of the barrels that Manky threw would knock out a Kong. In later games, Klobbers and Knockas would hide in barrels and ram into Kongs with them.
- Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
- "These common barrels make a great projectile weapon against enemies. They smash into splinters upon contact. Steel rimmed barrels roll over enemies until they hit a wall."
- Donkey Kong Country (GBA)
- "Use regular barrels to knock out enemies or uncover secret bonus areas."
Vine Barrels are a type of wooden barrel exclusive to Donkey Kong Country. Their hoops have small vines wrapped around them.
Like normal barrels, Vine Barrels can be carried and tossed by DK and Diddy, but unlike them, Vine Barrels break when tossed onto the floor, whereas regular barrels roll on the floor continuously until it collides into a wall or an enemy. Vine Barrels appear less often than wooden barrels do.
Vine Barrels are featured prominently in the Queen B. battle, ("Bumble B. Rumble") where the Kongs must toss them at Queen B. to attack her. They are also scattered throughout Platform Perils; they must be tossed individually at gray Krushas on a moving platforms to defeat them, allowing DK and Diddy to use the platforms.
- Donkey Kong Country (GBA)
- "Similar to regular barrels, but one knock will cause the vine barrel to shatter."
The old wooden barrel render from DKC
Donkey Kong from DKC about to toss a barrel.
Kiddy Kong tossing a wooden barrel.
Wooden Barrel from Donkey Kong 64
|Throw-able||CK Barrel • DD Barrel • DK Barrel • DX Barrel • Mega TNT Barrel • Steel Keg • TNT Barrel • Vine Barrel • Wooden Barrel|
|Enemy-influencing||Check and X Barrels • Krockhead Barrel • Plus and Minus Barrels • Stop & Go Barrel • Switch Barrel|
|Transformation||Animal Barrel • Cranky's Kong Barrel • Invincibility Barrel • Tag Barrel|
|Transportation||Arrow Barrel • Auto-Fire Barrel • Barrel Cannon • Biplane Barrel • Blast Barrel • Bonus Barrel • Booster Barrel • Button Barrel • Diddy & Dixie Barrels • Fuel Barrel • Funky Barrel • Ghost Barrel • Golden Barrel • Ignition Barrel • Rocket Barrel • Rotatable Barrel • Steerable Barrel • Tracker Barrel • Warp Barrel|
|Enemies||Belcha • Dumb Drum • Klasp • Klobber • Knocka • Kracka • Kuchuka|
|Misc.||Barrel Shield • Oil Barrel • Oil Drum • On & Off Barrels • Slot Machine Barrel • Star Barrel • Style Barrel|