Diddy Kong (SSB4)

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This article is about Diddy Kong's appearance in Super Smash Bros. 4. For the character in other contexts, see Diddy Kong.
Diddy Kong
in Super Smash Bros. 4
Diddy Kong
Universe Donkey Kong
Other Smash Bros. appearance in Brawl

Availability Starter
Final Smash Rocketbarrel Barrage

Diddy Kong (ディディーコング, Diddy Kong) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. He was confirmed on February 21st, 2014, coinciding with the international release date of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Diddy Kong retains his realistic chimpanzee screeches from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.[1]


Diddy Kong falls into the "quick and weak" archetype, however has many strong finishers. He has notably long reach for a character of his size, and when combined with his remarkable frame data, makes it easy for him to string together attacks. Diddy Kong has excellent camping, approach, and neutral courtesy of his Peanut Popgun, Monkey Flip, and Banana Peel. His grab and throw game, despite having been overwhelmingly nerfed over time, is also decent, with his up and down throws capable of leading to long combos at low percents. As mentioned, he has decent KO power, with his smash attacks and down aerial (additionally formerly his up aerial) capable of KOing below 130%.

However, Diddy Kong has some flaws. Arguably his biggest weakness is his very poor recovery; although the distance of it is potentially very long, it is one of the most linear in the game, and Rocketbarrel Pack needs to be charged to go far at all, and as such Diddy Kong can SD simply by being too far below the stage, and has very small ledge sweetspots, and if it hits the stage, it will leave Diddy Kong helpless and stage spike him. Diddy Kong does, however, possess wall jump and wall cling. He also has a poor damage output, meaning his combos have to be very long to rack up the same damage most other characters will be able to deal in far fewer hits. However, his strengths significantly overpower his flaws, and Diddy Kong is one of the most highly represented characters in the game along with Sheik. However, after being subsequently nerfed by updates 1.0.6 and 1.0.8, his success has noticeably decreased.

Diddy Kong receives very few benefits from customs, with only one noteworthy alternative: Rocketbarrel Attack. Although it makes his already poor recovery one of the worst in the game, it has significant KO power even when uncharged (capable of KOing under 60%), and is consistently powerful throughout the attack. However, most of his other custom specials are either only subtle improvements (such as Shocking Banana Peel) or direct downgrades (such as Exploding Popgun).

Changes from Brawl[edit]

Initially, Diddy Kong was heavily buffed in his transition from Brawl to SSB4 despite already being a top or high-tier character, but as of patch 1.0.8, he is considered to be slightly nerfed overall. He has received a major nerf to his Banana Peel move, which was previously the key to his past success, and many attacks deal less damage, weakening his damage racking abilities. To make up these nerfs however, he has attained many new easily usable combos, which are further benefitted by the removal of hitstun canceling, and some of his moves were buffed to KO better. Overall, he is still seen as one of the most successful characters in competitive play, albeit not nearly as much as in early versions of the game.


  • Notice.png Like Donkey Kong and Fox, Diddy has more stylized fur than he did in Brawl. His proportions have been tweaked to match his more recent appearances in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. For example, Diddy's head is smaller in proportion to his body, and his cap matches the one with the differently-colored Nintendo logo as shown in Tropical Freeze. However, his arsenal of weaponry (namely his Peanut Popgun and Rocketbarrels) are not from these recent installments and remain aesthetically unchanged. Like other veterans, Diddy Kong's pigments are more prominent than they were in Brawl, with the visual sharpness of his red attire and brown fur increased. This coincidentally makes Diddy Kong similar to his appearance in Donkey Kong 64. Diddy's general expressiveness has also been exaggerated, like Donkey Kong. Many of his animations are now accompanied with look of distraught surprise.
  • Notice.png Diddy's teeth are no longer visible while performing his side taunt.


  • Buff.png Diddy Kong's more elastic limbs stretch out farther in his attacks, which gives a significant increase in the reach of his attacks.
  • Buff.png Diddy dashes slightly faster (1.721 → 1.824).
  • Buff.png Diddy's air speed is slightly higher (0.82 → 0.88).
  • Notice.png Diddy's falling speed is faster (1.43 → 1.75).

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Buff.png Neutral attack hit 3 now transitions into a finisher, making it much safer overall.
  • Nerf.png All of Diddy Kong's standard ground attacks (except down smash's back hit and dash attack's final hit) deal less damage (ranging from a 1-3% decrease).
  • Nerf.png Dash attack final hit does more damage, but has more endlag, making the move slightly less reliable for quick setups.
  • Buff.png Forward smash does more knockback (40 base/90 growth → 40 base/116 growth).
  • Buff.png Up smash's last hit has much stronger knockback (70 base/70 growth → 50 base/126 growth), no longer being the weakest.
  • Notice.png Down smash hits are reversed with the front hit being weaker and the back hit being stronger.
  • Nerf.png Due to this change down smash's front hit is much weaker, dealing less damage (16 → 12) and knockback (40 base/72 growth → 40 base/69 growth).
  • Buff.png Down smash's back hit does more damage (12% → 15%) and slightly more knockback (35 base/72 growth → 35 base/74 growth).

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff.png Forward and down aerials have slightly less ending lag.
  • Buff.png Forward and down aerials have slightly less landing lag (30 → 26, and 30 → 28 respectively).
  • Nerf.png Forward and up aerials deal less damage (14/11 → 10/8%, and 11 → 6% respectively).
  • Notice.png Diddy Kong has a new up aerial; he now swings his leg up and halfway across his head.
  • Buff.png New up aerial sends at a better angle for combos (sending at a 75 degree angle), now being able to rack up damage quickly and reliably set up other aerials out of a down throw or short hop.
  • Buff.png Down aerial's sweetspot deals slightly more damage (12 → 13%).
  • Nerf.png Down aerial now has a sourspot, which deals less damage (10%).

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Buff.png Grab is slightly quicker and more reliable.
  • Nerf.png Forward and back throw's animations are much slower making them easier to DI.
  • Nerf.png Forward throw deals 2% less damage.
  • Buff.png Back throw deals 2% more damage.
  • Buff.png Up throw has slightly lower knockback, allowing it to set up aerials more reliably.
  • Buff.png Down throw now sends opponents overhead instead of behind which makes it much more reliable for setting up aerials, now being able to set up any aerial until percentages as high as 135% (depending on the opponent's character) and start highly damaging combos.
  • Nerf.png Down throw deals 3% less damage and has less hitstun.

Special moves[edit]

  • Buff.png Peanut Popgun's explosion from overcharging now has a very powerful hitbox.
  • Nerf.png Peanut Popgun deals 5% less damage when fully charged, and has more endlag per shot, essentially slowing its rate of fire down.
  • Buff.png Monkey Flip now allows Diddy to pummel the opponent once he grabs onto them. The launch is also more powerful and can now KO at around 200%.
  • Nerf.png Monkey Flip's 2nd ground attack release deals less damage.
  • Buff.png Rocketbarrel Boost is now able to move at horizontal trajectories, opening up more recovery options and making Diddy's recovery less linear in general.
  • Nerf.png Rocketbarrel Boost needs to be charged longer to cover more distance than it did in Brawl.
  • Nerf.png Diddy can now only have one Banana Peel out at a time, significantly reducing Diddy's ability to control the stage, and completely removing the double banana lock and the move's ability to 0-death opponents in Brawl. In addition, Banana Peels can now be destroyed by opponents and will disappear after touching the ground twice.
  • Buff.png Rocketbarrel Barrage no longer puts Diddy into helpless upon completion.
  • Nerf.png Rocketbarrel Barrage deals less damage.
  • Nerf.png The peanuts fired from the Peanut Popgun and Rocketbarrel Barrage no longer breaks into pieces, making the peanuts no longer consumable. It also hinders Diddy's potential of recovering damage this way.

Update History[edit]

Likely as a result of his dominance in early competitive play, Diddy Kong was significantly nerfed overall. In particular, Diddy was nerfed in patches 1.0.6 and 1.0.8, which greatly weakened the hitstun, damage, and knockback of several of Diddy's then-most frequently used moves, particularly the aforementioned down throw to up aerial combo, bringing Diddy's competitive usage more in line with other frequently used SSB4 characters. The changes on shield mechanics slightly hinder him, too, as banana out of shield comes out slower and he has to space a bit more his other moves in the neutral.

Nevertheless, while Diddy Kong initially seemed to be much less effective after the nerfs, his neutral game has not been nerfed significantly in these updates, and he has obtained slight buffs in other areas, so he is still seen as a popular and successful character in competitive play.

In patch 1.1.1, Diddy Kong had a glitch that had rendered him invulnerable to grabs of any kind until he performed any kind of dodging maneuver. This was later fixed in patch 1.1.2, nine days after 1.1.1's worldwide release.

SSB4-3 Icon.png 1.0.4

  • Buff.png Range at end of rapid jab: 4 → 5
  • Bugfix.png Fixed bug where Diddy could use Peanut Popgun to cancel hitstun.
  • Notice.png Certain special attack properties have been removed and adjusted.

SSB4 Icon.png 1.0.6

  • Nerf.png Up air damage: 8% → 6%
  • Nerf.png Up air's knockback is also significantly weaker, no longer KO'ing until well beyond 150%
  • Nerf.png Forward air damage: 12/10% → 10/8%
  • Nerf.png Forward air is weaker.
  • Notice.png Up throw deals less damage (from 10% to 8%), but it also has less knockback, which allows Diddy Kong to combo into up aerial more efficiently.
  • Nerf.png Down throw damage: 7% → 6%. Its hitsun is also reduced.
  • Buff.png Monkey Flip (kick) now has an extra hitbox that deals 10% damage near the end of the kick.
  • Nerf.png Monkey Flip (grab) damage: 12% → 10%
  • Nerf.png Monkey Flip (jump) damage: 10% → 8%
  • Nerf.png Forward smash's ending lag increased.

SSB4 Icon.png 1.0.8

  • Buff.png Jab improved; it transitions through to the second hit 2 frames faster, to the third hit 1 frame faster, and to the rapid-hitting portion 7 frames faster. The rapid hits additionally have reduced SDI capacity, and the final hit of the jab has increased reach, increased base knockback, and 4 less frames of ending lag.
    • Nerf.png The complete jab deals marginally less damage.
  • Nerf.png Down tilt's damage was reduced by .5%, with decreased knockback, now only allows him to combo into his KO moves from down tilt later, preventing him from securing KOs early.
  • Nerf.png Up aerial is worse. Its startup was increased by 1 frame, and can no longer hit opponents below and horizontal to Diddy, lessening its usefulness for spacing attacks. Its base knockback was increased, making it more difficult to combo. Its knockback scaling was additionally decreased, weakening its KOing capabilities, and it also autocancels 12 frames later. These changes have it perceived as now being situational or useless.
  • Nerf.png All of Diddy's grabs have 3 more frames of ending lag.
  • Nerf.png Up throw's damage was reduced by 3%, and its knockback was increased, reducing its followup capabilities, and removing his KO follow-ups.
  • Buff.png Down throw damage: 6% → 7%.
  • Nerf.png Down throw has increased knockback scaling and a very slightly more diagonal knockback trajectory, reducing its followup capabilities and removing all guaranteed follow ups around 135%. Despite its higher knockback scaling, it still cannot KO at realistic percentages.

SSB4 Icon.png 1.1.0

  • Buff.png Down smash has increased knockback growth on both hits: 69/74 → 72/76
  • Buff.png Up smash links better with stronger knockback: 45 → 48.
  • Notice.png Second hit of up smash sends opponents at a different angle and the third hit has adjusted hitboxes.

SSB4 Icon.png 1.1.1

  • Notice.png Created glitch where Diddy Kong cannot be grabbed if he shield jumps or shield grabs a multihit attack.

SSB4 Icon.png 1.1.2

  • Bugfix.png Fixed glitch induced by the previous update where Diddy Kong cannot be grabbed if he shield jumps or shield grabs a multihit attack.

Technical changelist[edit]


  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   1.5% Diddy Kong slaps forward twice, turns around to quickly kick the foe, and proceeds to repeatedly whip them with his tail. The attack finishes with an upward tail flick.
0.6% (infinite), 3% (last hit)
Forward tilt   10% (clean), 7% (late) Diddy Kong leans to the side and thrusts both of his arms forward in a double punch. This attack can be tilted upwards or downwards.
Up tilt   6% Diddy Kong swats in the air above him with a slap and looks similar to an uppercut.
Down tilt   6% Diddy Kong claps forward while crouching.
Dash attack   2% (hits 1-2) 3% (hit 3) Diddy Kong performs a cartwheel from Donkey Kong Country. The final hit has largely vertical knockback. Its adjusted animation from Brawl now has it end with a ground-slap with both hands.
Forward smash   5% (hit 1), 11% (sweetspot hit 2), 9% (sourspot hit 2) Diddy Kong spins and slaps forward, then swings his fist immediately after. The first hit has no knockback.
Up smash   2.5% (hits 1-2), 6% (hit 3) Diddy Kong hops briefly and performs a stationary cartwheel. The attack's vertical reach is greater and his hand now forms a fist in the final hit.
Down smash   12% (front), 15% (back) Diddy Kong performs a sweeping kick around himself. It has less knockback than his forward smash.
Neutral aerial   6% Diddy Kong does an aerial cartwheel similar to his dash attack. Has vertical knockback.
Forward aerial   10% (clean), 8% (late) Diddy Kong kicks both feet forward while spinning, similar to Mario and Luigi's old forward aerial in Super Smash Bros.. It hits at the Sakurai angle, and has good power for how fast and ranged it is, making it a useful move for edgeguarding.
Back aerial   9% Diddy Kong thrusts his leg backward and spins it behind him. Has fairly strong knockback.
Up aerial   6% Diddy Kong performs an overhead kick. Since the 1.0.6 and 1.0.8 updates, it has had low knockback and little range, though it can still combo into itself and Diddy Kong's other aerials at lower damages.
Down aerial   13% (clean), 10% (late) Diddy Kong swings both arms downward in a double axe-handle punch. A strong meteor smash and Diddy Kong's strongest aerial, though it is also his slowest.
Grab   Diddy Kong grabs his opponent in a bear hugging style.
Pummel   2% Diddy Kong jumps up to headbutt his target, angled from the side of his body.
Forward throw   9% Diddy Kong tosses his opponent forwards. The throw is based on Diddy Kong's barrel toss animation from Donkey Kong Country. Can combo into Fair and Uair at very low percentages.
Back throw   12% Diddy Kong tosses his opponent backwards.
Up throw   1% (hit 1), 4% (throw) Diddy Kong throws his opponent up and handstand kicks them. Good combo tool before 110%.
Down throw   6% Diddy Kong throws the opponent onto the ground and hops over them. Can combo into aerials, such as the infamous link into up air.
Floor attack (front)   7% Diddy Kong gets up and kicks on both sides.
Floor attack (back)   7% Diddy Kong gets up and kicks on both sides.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Diddy Kong gets up and kicks on both sides.
Edge attack   7% A spinning tail slap.
Neutral special Default Peanut Popgun 3-12% (Peanuts), 23% (explosion) Diddy Kong shoots a peanut from his Popgun. The longer Diddy charges the attack, the farther and quicker the peanut will fly. If Diddy overcharges the attack, however, it will cause a very powerful explosion.
Custom 1 Exploding Popgun 1% (Shot), 25% (explosion) Diddy Kong charges his Popgun, solely for exploding, and it charges faster. If released early, Diddy Kong will then do a shot without a Peanut firing and it will hurt when up close.
Custom 2 Jumbo Peanuts 7-11% (Peanuts), 18% (explosion) Diddy Kong shoots a giant peanut from his Popgun. The peanuts don't fly as far, but are more powerful than normal. Requires slightly less time to fully charge.
Side special Default Monkey Flip 14% (clean midair kick), 12% (mid midair kick), 10% (late midair kick), 1% (pummel), 3% (grab attack hit 1), 7% (grab attack hit 2), 3% (jump attack hit 1), 5% (jump attack hit 2) Diddy Kong performs a sideways hop that has the potential to launch Diddy onto an opponent's face if timed correctly. Once Diddy has clung onto his foe's face, he can double chop them and leap away with the attack button, or can perform a footstool jump with the jump button. Finally, tapping the special button while he is flipping will cause Diddy to attack with a flying kick instead.
Custom 1 Back Flip 17% (clean), 12% (mid), 8% (late) Diddy Kong hops backwards, and can perform a flying kick forwards with another button press. Can't grab however.
Custom 2 Flying Monkey Flip 10% (clean midair kick), 8% (late midair kick), 1% (pummel), 3% (grab attack hit 1), 5% (grab attack hit 2), 7.5% (jump attack hits 1-2) Diddy Kong jumps higher, but his flying kick and regular grab attack is weaker. The jump attack, however, is a much stronger meteor smash.
Up special Default Rocketbarrel Boost 10% (launch explosion), 6-8% (collision with opponent) Diddy Kong charges his rocketbarrels from Donkey Kong 64 in a powerful attack. Can potentially fly very far and very fast, but hitting a surface (or being hit) will make Diddy Kong lose his rocketbarrels and will fall helplessly. Diddy Kong will gain 5% damage for hitting a surface.
Custom 1 Rocketbarrel Attack 18% (launch explosion) A more powerful attack than Rocketbarrel Boost, but has less maneuverability. Requires slightly more time to fully charge.
Custom 2 Rocketbarrel Kaboom 7% (launch explosion), 6-8% (collision with opponent) Charges faster and controls better than Rocketbarrel Boost, but will explode if Diddy Kong hits any terrain during the move.
Down special Default Banana Peel N/A Diddy Kong tosses a banana peel over his shoulder and into the air to have it fall onto the ground. Opponents who touch the peel will slip and trip. Unlike in Brawl, only one banana peel can exist at one time, and it disappears when hit by an opponent.
Custom 1 Shocking Banana Peel N/A Diddy Kong tosses a banana peel into the air to have it fall onto the ground. Opponents who come in contact with the peel will be stunned momentarily. The stun time is longer if the opponent steps on the peel as opposed to getting hit by it.
Custom 2 Battering Banana Peel N/A Diddy Kong tosses a banana peel straight up. Opponents who come in contact with the peel will be launched upwards as well.
Final Smash Rocketbarrel Barrage 5-10% (Peanuts), 12% (collision) Diddy Kong flies around on his rocketbarrels, shooting explosive peanuts everywhere. The peanuts fly great distances and have great power, but crashing into enemies does more damage. Has greater movement speed than it does in Brawl, but is even harder to control. It no longer puts Diddy Kong into a helpless state when ended in the air.


  • Up Taunt: Tosses his cap in the air and has it land on his head. This is a reference to his winning pose from Donkey Kong Country.
  • Side Taunt: Claps his hands above his head four times, switching feet in the process.
  • Down Taunt: Does a playful fighter's stance and cackles.

On-Screen Appearance[edit]

Diddy Kong bursts out of a DK Barrel and briefly strikes a pose.

Idle Poses[edit]

  • Jumps in place twice.
  • Scratches his rump, gets down on all fours, and shakes his fur.


Diddy Kong!

Victory Fanfare[edit]

A flourished remix directly from Brawl based on the jingle that would play whenever Diddy Kong completely cleared a bonus room or defeated a boss in Donkey Kong Country. He shares this with his uncle/best friend, Donkey Kong.

Victory Poses[edit]

  • Does a little dance and claps his feet while standing on one hand.
  • Shoots the camera lens with his Peanut Popguns.
  • Spins around with his Rocketbarrel and does a jig.

In Competitive Play[edit]

Official Custom Moveset Project[edit]

Character Custom sets available
DiddyKongHeadSSB4-U.png Diddy Kong 1121 1123 1113 1131 1133
1211 3111 1213 1112 3121

Notable players[edit]


Diddy Kong
ntsc Donkey Kong's trusty partner. He sports his signature look: red hat, red shirt, Rocketbarrel Pack. In Smash Bros., he's incredibly agile. Charge the Rocketbarrel Pack by holding down the button before launch, and you can steer with left and right. Don't forget to drop banana peels—enemies love it!
pal Red cap? Red T-shirt? Rocketbarrel Pack? Yep, it's Diddy Kong. His agility lets him get attacks in quickly in this game. Fire up his Rocketbarrel Pack and keep the button held down to fly further. You can even steer him in the air! Tip: If you don't mind fighting dirty, make you opponent slip on a Banana Peel, then hit 'em while they're down.
SNES: Donkey Kong Country (11/1994)
SNES: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (11/1995)
Diddy Kong (Alt.)
The Banana Peel Diddy throws when you use his down special can be picked up and used against you, so be careful. His Monkey Flip side special is a rolling leap followed by a grab (or a kick if you press the button again midjump). If you grab someone, press the button again to attack or jump off them to go high into the air.
SNES: Donkey Kong Country (11/1994)
SNES: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (11/1995)
Rocketbarrel Barrage
ntsc Diddy Kong's Final Smash is an attack on all fronts! Diddy takes to the air with his Barrel Jet, tackling opponents as he fires explosive shots from his Peanut Popguns. His Final Smash is nearing its end when he begins flashing, so get as close to your foes as you can-the Barrel Jet will explode at the end of this Final Smash!
pal With a Peanut Popgun in each hand, Diddy showers his foes with a hail of explosive destruction. This Final Smash lets him fly freely through the air, dealing damage to anyone in his way. When his body starts to flash, that means the Final Smash is about to end, so try to catch your foes in the Rocketbarrel Pack's explosion!

Alternate costumes[edit]

Diddy Kong Palette (SSB4).png
DiddyKongHeadSSB4-U.png DiddyKongHeadWhiteSSB4-U.png DiddyKongHeadPinkSSB4-U.png DiddyKongHeadPurpleSSB4-U.png DiddyKongHeadGreenSSB4-U.png DiddyKongHeadBlueSSB4-U.png DiddyKongHeadYellowSSB4-U.png DiddyKongHeadCyanSSB4-U.png



  • Diddy Kong's confirmation was the first time a character was revealed for an international release of a game as opposed to just the Japanese release.
  • The elastic quality of Diddy Kong's limbs is similar to another Donkey Kong character, Lanky Kong.
  • Prior to update 1.0.6, Diddy Kong's down-throw to up-air combo had quickly gained notoriety as a quick KO string. It gained the name "Hoo-Hah" after StaticManny interrupted a set between Hungrybox and Player-1.