DK Barrels are items in Donkey Kong Country Returns. They are a type of Barrel that have the DK logo on them. When this barrel is grabbed and thrown, Diddy Kong is rewarded to the player, allowing the player to jump longer with his help and have 2 more Hearts. If two Hearts are lost, Diddy will fall off Donkey Kong's back. Throwing a second DK Barrel will reward Diddy Kong back to the player. If DK passes a level with Diddy Kong, he won't need to release Diddy Kong in another level. If a DK Barrel is thrown when the player loses a Heart with Diddy Kong, they will regain the lost Heart. Most levels have two to three DK Barrels, however some, such as those in the Volcano, have only one. Red Red Rising, however, lacks a DK Barrel in the entire level. DK Barrels also appeared in Mario Party 8 and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In Mario Party 8, when the player steps on a DK Space or reaches a cannon in DK's Treetop Temple, Donkey Kong will appear before him/her by bursting out of a DK Barrel. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Donkey Kong's and Diddy Kong's On-Screen Appearances show them bursting out of a DK Barrel during a match. The DK Barrel also has a Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
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