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After a few failed attempts on Lord Fredrik, I went back to Funky's to purchase a hoard of Dixie barrels for extra health. Unfortunately, whenever I enter the level without a companion (usually because I died to lava), Dixie immediately pops out of one of my reserve barrels even though there's a perfectly good regular barrel just a few steps ahead.

Is there a way to prevent the game from automatically using the barrels I brought in my inventory?

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If you have a companion with you as you immediately enter a level, the companion barrel you bought won't activate until you've lost your current companion. As a result, you can do this:

  1. Enter a level with a companion barrel near the beginning.
  2. Get your companion.
  3. Immediately exit the level.
  4. Buy a companion barrel and use it on the level or boss giving you a hard time.
  5. Profit.
  • This doesn't solve the main issue. If I die without using up all my barrels (again, by falling into lava), I reenter the level without a companion, wasting a spare barrel. Your solution works when goingback to Funky's to refill barrels and it's what I did when I needed to do that, but it doesn't solve the wastage when restarting the level. – 3Doubloons Jul 10 '15 at 15:00

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