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DK Barrel

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DK Barrel
via DK Wiki
Symbol of the DK series.

Official artwork of a DK Barrel from Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Universe Donkey Kong
Debut Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Smash Bros. appearances SSB4
Most recent non-Smash appearance Mario Kart Tour (2020) (Cameo)
Console/platform of origin Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Article on Super Mario Wiki DK Barrel

The DK Barrel (DKバレル, DK Barrel) is an item from the Donkey Kong universe.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Donkey Kong bursts out of a DK Barrel as his on-screen appearance.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

A DK Barrel appears as a sticker. Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong both appear out of DK Barrels as their on-screen appearance.


Name Game Effect Fighter(s)
DK Barrel Donkey Kong Country SpecialLaunchPower+053StickerIconLaunchPower.png +53 Donkey Kong Diddy Kong DonkeyKongHeadSSBB.pngDiddyKongHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker DK Barrel (Donkey Kong Country).png
DK Barrel
(Donkey Kong Country)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong's on-screen appearances once again feature them breaking out of these barrels. DK Barrels appear in SSB4 in two main roles.

In Smash Tour[edit]

In Smash Tour, DK Barrel is a red item. A player can use a DK Barrel at the beginning of a battle to have another one of their acquired characters join them in the battle as a CPU ally.


The DK Barrel trophy appears in both versions.

Trophy of a DK Barrel in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
DK Barrel's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
DK Barrel
NTSC Little known fact: the "DK" on a DK Barrel stands for "Donkey Kong"... What? You mean you already knew that? In that case, you must also know that hopeful feeling you get upon seeing one of these in a really tough stage. Break one to release a helpful partner!
SNES: Donkey Kong Country (11/1994)
Wii: Donkey Kong Country Returns (11/2010)
PAL Did you know that the "DK" on a DK Barrel stands for "Donkey Kong"? ...You did? Well then, maybe you also know what a beautiful and hopeful feeling it is to see one of these when you're toughing it out alone, all sad and forlorn. Break it and a partner will show up to lift you out of your doldrums and help you on your way.
SNES: Donkey Kong Country (11/1994)
Wii: Donkey Kong Country Returns (12/2010)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong once again break out of DK Barrels during their on-screen appearances.


DK Barrels appear in every game of the Donkey Kong Country series. In the first DKC game, breaking a DK Barrel would allow Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong to regain the other Kong as a partner. Later games would have other Kongs that could be retrieved from DK Barrels to serve as partners, including Dixie Kong, Kiddy Kong, and Cranky Kong.

DK and Diddy being able to burst out of the DK Barrels on their own in Smash Bros. contrasts their home games, in which they, and the other Kongs, could only break out of the barrels when they are thrown by another Kong.