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Artwork of the five types of Weapon Balloons—red, blue, green, yellow, and rainbow—from Diddy Kong Racing
A Weapon Balloon, also referred to simply as a Balloon, is a type of balloon in Diddy Kong Racing and its Nintendo DS remake, Diddy Kong Racing DS. As their name suggests, Weapon Balloons, when touched, grant the racers items to attack their opponents or improve the racers' performance. Many Weapon Balloons appear in every course in the game. When touched, the balloons break and disappear for a short amount of time, but they appear soon after for another player to grab.
Weapon Balloons come in five different colors: red, blue, yellow, green, and rainbow, and the type of item given by them depends on their color. For example, Green Balloons give the player an oil slick, while Blue Balloons give them a speed boost. When a racer picks up a second balloon of the same color, their item is upgraded. A third balloon of the same color upgrades the item again to its maximum level. Battle stages allow only up to the first upgrade. Most kinds of Weapon Balloons have printed stars on them. While the red, blue and green balloons have yellow stars on them, the yellow balloon has purple stars on it.
If a differently colored Weapon Balloon is hit, its weapon replaces the previous item, downgrading it. In the Nintendo DS version, the Weapon Balloon only breaks without replacing the item. The Blue Balloons collected once, twice or three times can allow the driver/pilot to speed up with green fire and rainbow smoke if the player lets go of .
In Timber's Balloon Pop, red Weapon Balloons (named red balloons and red Baloons[sic] in the in-game instructions) are featured as both the main item and the most common out of them. If Timber collects one, the player earns 200 points.