Artwork of the barrel variants from Brawl.
|Universe||Super Smash Bros.|
|Article on Donkey Kong Wiki||Barrel|
A barrel is a container item which can hold various items that has appeared in all three games of the Super Smash Bros. series. This makes it similar to a crate. When one picks up a barrel, because they are so heavy, one will not be able to jump, attack, and one will move very slowly while holding it (with the exception of Donkey Kong). After one has picked up a barrel, one can throw it up, forward, or down. If a standing barrel is hit with a weak attack or lands on a sloped surface, it will roll across the stage.
 Super Smash Bros.
In the original Super Smash Bros., the player cannot move while holding a barrel, unless they are playing as Donkey Kong. Interestingly, Donkey Kong can not throw Barrels below him. There is a 12.5 chance barrels, crates, and capsules will have explosives, so it is a good idea to throw them so they won't come back and possibly explode on the player.
 Super Smash Bros. Melee
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, barrels can also very rarely release an Adventure Mode enemy, such as a ReDead, an Octorok, or a Goomba. When they are thrown at opponents, they can deal 18 to 22% damage and good knockback. When they explode once they have hit an opponent, they can deal around 45% damage and strong knockback. They contain only one item.
 Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, barrels, along with Crates, have a different appearance depending on what stage the player is playing on. On a more futuristic stage, e.g. Lylat Cruise, they take on a futuristic appearance, and on more fantastical stages, e.g. Yoshi's Island, they look like wrapped-up presents. Barrels also fly much farther and faster when struck. Additionally, if a rolling barrel comes to a rest, it stops being harmful to players and can be picked up a re-thrown, or attacked to send it flying/break it.
 Damage throughout the series
|Up tilt throw||N/A||15%|
|Up tilt throw explosion||N/A||37%|
|Down tilt throw||N/A||20%|
|Down tilt throw (hands)||N/A||29%|
|Down tilt throw explosion||N/A||41%|
|Down tilt throw explosion (hands)||N/A||51%|
|Forward smash throw||21%||20-21%|
|Explosion forward smash throw||41%||43%|
|Up smash throw||N/A||15%|
|Up smash throw explosion||N/A||37%|
|Down smash throw||N/A||21%|
|Down smash throw explosion||N/A||43%|
|Down smash throw (hands)||N/A||32%|
|Down smash throw explosion (hands)||N/A||55%|
|Air throw (DK)||21%||22%|
|Air throw explosion (DK)||41%||44%|
|Air up tilt throw (DK)||N/A||15%|
|Air up tilt throw explosion (DK)||N/A||37%|
|Air down tilt throw (DK)||N/A||22%|
|Air down tilt throw explosion (DK)||N/A||44%|
|Air down tilt throw (hands) (DK)||N/A||29%|
|Air down tilt throw explosion (hands) (DK)||N/A||51%|
|Air forward smash throw (DK)||21%||23-24%|
|Explosion air forward smash throw (DK)||41%||45%|
|Air up smash throw (DK)||N/A||15%|
|Air up smash throw explosion (DK)||N/A||37%|
|Air down smash throw (DK)||N/A||22%|
|Air down smash throw explosion (DK)||N/A||44%|
|Air down smash throw (hands) (DK)||N/A||29%|
|Air down smash throw explosion (hands) (DK)||N/A||51%|
In Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong would roll barrels at Mario. If Mario got hit by the barrels, he loses a life. Barrels also appeared in Donkey Kong Country. There is an enemy in Donkey Kong Country called Manky Kong that throws barrels at the player. If the player or his team mate gets hit by a barrel, the person who got hit runs away leaving the other player. There are also barrels that can be picked up and thrown at enemies. In Melee and Brawl, the barrels contain items and they can be thrown at other players to cause damage or even a KO. 
 Description from the Super Smash Bros. Instruction Booklet
Attack it or pick it up and throw it to break it open and release its contents.
 Melee trophy
Like Crates, Barrels are often filled with items and occasionally explosive. Thrown Barrels may break on contact or go rolling along the ground to smash into characters. Like the Crate, the Barrel is heavy, so it will restrict the speed at which the character carrying it can move. This speed differs between characters.
- Super Smash Bros., 04/99
 Brawl trophy
Item holders similar to crates-- their appearance will also change to fit the area. When you throw a barrel, it won't shatter, but rather roll across the stage. When a rolling barrel hits a character, that character gets sent sailing. Barrels are heavy, so you'll need two hands to pick them up, and your foot speed will decrease too.
 See also
Items in Super Smash Bros. (N64)
|Normal||Beam Sword · Bob-omb · Bumper · Fan · Fire Flower · Green Shell · Hammer · Heart Container · Home-Run Bat · Maxim Tomato · Motion-Sensor Bomb · Poké Ball · Ray Gun · Red Shell · Star Rod · Starman|
|Containers||Barrel · Capsule · Crate · Egg|
Items in Super Smash Bros. Melee
|Normal||Barrel Cannon · Beam Sword · Bob-omb · Bunny Hood · Cloaking Device · Fan · Fire Flower · Flipper · Food · Freezie · Green Shell · Hammer · Heart Container · Home-Run Bat · Lip's Stick · Maxim Tomato · Metal Box · Motion-Sensor Bomb · Mr. Saturn · Parasol · Poison Mushroom · Poké Ball · Ray Gun · Red Shell · Screw Attack · Star Rod · Starman · Super Mushroom · Super Scope · Warp Star|
|Containers||Barrel · Capsule · Crate · Egg · Party Ball|
Items in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
|Normal||Assist Trophy · Banana Peel · Beam Sword · Blast Box · Bob-omb · Bumper · Bunny Hood · Cracker Launcher · Deku Nut · Dragoon · Fan · Fire Flower · Food · Franklin Badge · Freezie · Golden Hammer · Gooey Bomb · Green Shell · Hammer · Heart Container · Home-Run Bat · Hothead · Lightning Bolt · Lip's Stick · Maxim Tomato · Metal Box · Motion-Sensor Bomb · Mr. Saturn · Pitfall · Poison Mushroom · Poké Ball · Ray Gun · Screw Attack · Smart Bomb · Smash Ball · Smoke Ball · Soccer Ball · Spring · Star Rod · Starman · Super Mushroom · Super Scope · Superspicy Curry · Team Healer · Timer · Unira · Warp Star|
|Containers||Barrel · Capsule · Crate · Party Ball · Sandbag · Rolling Crates|
|Key · Stock Ball · Trophy Stand|
|Collectibles||CD · Coins · Sticker · Trophy|
|Other||Smash Coins and Bills|
Super Smash Bros. universe
|Fighting Polygon Team · Fighting Wire Frames · Fighting Alloy Team · Giga Bowser · Sandbag|
|Master Hand · Crazy Hand · Galleom · Duon · Tabuu|
|Stages||SSB: Battlefield · Final Destination|
SSBM: Battlefield · Final Destination
SSBB: Battlefield · Final Destination
|Items||Barrel · Beam Sword · Capsule · Crate · Fan · Home-Run Bat · Motion-Sensor Bomb · Ray Gun|
SSB: Bumper · Egg
SSBM: Egg · Flipper · Food · Party Ball
SSBB: Assist Trophy · Bumper · Cracker Launcher · Food · Gooey Bomb · Party Ball · Sandbag · Rolling Crate · Smash Ball · Smoke Ball · Team Healer
|Trophies||in Melee · in Brawl · in Brawl (SSE)|
|Music||Super Smash Bros. Brawl series · Super Smash Bros. series in Brawl|