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Not to be confused with Barrel
The updated Wooden Barrel in Donkey Kong Country Returns.

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

Early Donkey Kong getting ready to throw a wooden barrel.


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 Impact. 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 Barrel

Vine Barrel DKC.png

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."