Diddy Kong (SSBB)
- This article is about Diddy Kong's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For other uses, see Diddy Kong.
| Diddy Kong|
in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
|Final Smash||Rocketbarrel Barrage|
Diddy Kong (ディディーコング, Didī Kongu) is a character for Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He is unique, distinct among the cast for his charm and gaiety. Unlike in most Donkey Kong games and Mario spinoffs, where Diddy Kong has a cartoonish voice, Brawl has him using a high-pitched chimpanzee-like voice. He is also the first playable character to be introduced from the Donkey Kong universe since the original game, much like Lucas' appearance from the EarthBound universe.
He currently ranks 4th on the tier list (the highest-ranked of any Mario character including sub-series characters). This is, of course, thanks to his solid Bananas which can penetrate even the tightest defenses. He also handles his trusty Peanut Popgun and recovers when his Rocketbarrel Boost bursts upward in an explosive climax. Additionally, he has many quick attacks, good agility, a solid down aerial meteor smash, good grab range, powerful throws for his size, and an impressive number of tournament wins. However, his recovery travels in a linear fashion and can be stopped by stage lips. Additionally, his KO moves, while fast and reliable when fresh, stale quickly and are largely dependent on his Banana Peels for a setup. Regardless of the flaws, Diddy Kong has excellent matchups, having very few disadvantageous matchups.
Diddy Kong is a quick, lightweight character. He is capable of wall clinging and crawling. Diddy Kong has a sliding DACUS, which racks up a lot of damage. Many of his attacks have good speed and have decent power to back them. His KO power is low due to his few KO moves and a general weakness in his smashes, which stale very quickly if he uses them too much for racking damage, which forces a reliance on meteor smashes for early KOs.
Diddy also has two projectiles: his Peanut Popgun and Banana Peels. Peanut Popgun, while not particularly strong, is a decent mid-range move for racking up easy damage. In comparison, his Banana Peels, which have the property of tripping opponents, form a much more integral part of his metagame, as they combo well into his other moves, and allow him to setup KOs. The glide toss option provided by the Banana Peels is invaluable, as it allows Diddy to rapidly approach and retreat. If an opponent is tripped by a thrown Banana Peel, Diddy can follow up with another glide tossed Banana to continue the combo, and end with a down or forward smash for a KO. In conjunction with his quick dash attack, large grab range, and powerful throws, Bananas provide Diddy with excellent ground options and stage control. Banana Peels can also help him escape certain chaingrabs, such as King Dedede's, and certain grab releases. However, as Banana Peels are items, they can be used against Diddy even by opponents without reflectors.
Diddy's other special moves Monkey Flip and Rocketbarrel Boost comprise his above average recovery. Besides being a useful move to rack up damage, Monkey Flip can sacrificial KO the opponent if Diddy uses its grab option in midair; it also can be used to gain horizontal distance in tandem with Rocketbarrel Boost to make up for Diddy's poor air speed. Diddy will not be able to use Rocketbarrel Boost if he uses Monkey Flip's attack option in midair, but he will retain his midair jump. The former move provides great vertical distance if sufficiently charged, but it leaves Diddy vulnerable while charging. Potential edgeguarders will still have to watch out for the meteor hitbox on the bottom of Rocketbarrel Boost, as well as the rocketbarrels themselves, which function as powerful explosive projectiles if the attack is interrupted after releasing the charge. Diddy's barrel jump can also improve his recovery.
Diddy possess a decent aerial game. His forward aerial has above average knockback and surprising range, making it a viable KO move, though it has the most landing lag out of all of his aerials. His back aerial, up aerial, and neutral aerial are all relatively fast, though the latter is rarely used in competitive play. His down aerial is a solid meteor smash with some startup lag.
In summary, Diddy Kong is a fast, medium-weight character with agile moves that combo well from his versatile Banana Peels. His KO power is below average, forcing a reliance on racking up damage for KOs. On counterpick stages, his Banana Peels are not as useful as on neutral stages, making it more difficult for a Diddy player to win a set if they do not win the first match.
 Brawl Manual Description
"DK's buddy toys with foes using nimble acrobatic moves."
|Neutral attack||Combo Swat||Slaps twice, then turns around and kicks with one foot and keeps it raised, while repeatedly hitting by lashing his tail out. First hit can set-up a grab if jab-cancel or even a buffered down smash.||Hit 1||Hand||3%||80||3||4||0||100||10|
|Infinite||Tail||2%||60||2, 8, 13,
15, 20, 23
|Forward tilt||Lean Punch||Places both arms together above his head. Stands on one foot, leaning to the side and punching with both fists together above his head. Good KO move at high percentages.||Fists||11%||*||10||13||10||100||0|
|Up tilt||Jump Swipe||Swats in the air above him with a slap and looks similar to an uppercut. Quick and can combine with other attacks. This can be used to juggle at low damage percentages and KO at very high percentages with higher knockback than his up smash.||7%||80||6||12||28||130||0|
|Down tilt||Low Clap||While crouching, slaps forward. Combos well into more down tilts and even a down smash. Extremely useful for racking up damage at low percentages. Has a trip chance of 40%.||Hands||7%||60||4||6||15||75||0|
|Dash attack||Cartwheel||Does a cartwheel spin, resembling the one from the Donkey Kong Country games. A great move due to having almost absolutely no ending lag and combines well with his up smash.||Hit 1||Grounded||3%||270||9||13||70||50||0|
|Up smash||Fliparound||Hops a little and does a sort of cartwheel, hitting three times with extremely low knockback. Fills in combos.||Hit 1||Hand||5%||95||5||7||0||30||30|
|Down smash||Breakdance Kick||Performs a sweeping kick. It has less knockback than his forward smash, but it's still his most reliable smash attack.||Hit 1||16%||*||6||7||40||72||0|
|Forward smash||Spinning Punch||Spins, slapping forward twice. The first hit has no knockback, comboing into the second hit; however this can be escaped rather easily. The second hit does an extra 3 damage if shielded.||Hit 1||Hand||5%||90||12||13||0||100||28|
|Neutral aerial||Air Cartwheel||Sticks out hands and feet and spins. Only hits once with decent knockback, making it a sex kick. Looks similar to his dash attack.||Arms||6%||80||6||20||60||75||0|
|Forward aerial||Two-Legged Kick||Kicks both feet forward. Diddy's strongest aerial.||Clean||14%||*||6||9||30||80||0|
|Back aerial||Rear Kick||Sticks leg out and spins it behind him. His fastest aerial.||9%||*||5||8||30||100||0|
|Up aerial||Flip Kick||An overhead flip kick. Decent knockback, fairly fast.||11%||100||3||7||30||90||0|
|Down aerial||Two-Fisted Pound||Punches both arms down, meteor smashing powerfully as soon as it connects, but with some start-up lag.||12%||270||13||15||30||100||0|
|Pummel||Headbutt||Headbutts his target, angled from the side of his body. Hits almost instantly.||2%||*||2||0||100||40|
|Forward throw||Toss||Tosses opponent forward. Strongest throw. Based on how Diddy Kong would throw barrels in Donkey Kong Country.||11%||42||11||69||55||0|
|Back throw||Rear Toss||Tosses opponent backward.||10%||38||9||66||55||0|
|Up throw||Vertical Kick||Throws opponent up and kicks them. Can be comboed with Rocketbarrel Boost. If animation is interrupted by something like a projectile, Diddy Kong will freeze in place.||Hit 1||4%||75||15||30||100||0|
|Down throw||Ground Bounce||Performs a leapfrog-like manoeuvre and throws the opponent underneath him. Has fair backwards knockback.||9%||130||11||85||40||0|
|Floor (back)||Swirl Kick||Gets up and kicks to both sides.||Hit 1||6%||*||16||17||80||50||0|
|Floor (front)||Spin Swipe||Gets up and punches on both sides.||Hit 1||6%||*||16||17||80||50||0|
|Floor (trip)||Spin Kick||Another two kicks to either side.||Hit 1||5%||*||19||20||60||50||0|
|Edge (<100%)||Quick Flick||Spinning tail slap.||Base||8%||45||28||30||0||100||110|
|Edge (100%+)||Slow Kick||Short kick.||10%||*||50||54||0||100||110|
|Neutral special move||Peanut Popgun||Diddy shoots a peanut. Damage depends on either speed or charge level (unknown).||Shot||1%||*||10||100||0|
|Side special move||Monkey Flip||A sideways hop, which grabs opponents and can be kicked out of. In the Subspace Emissary, does repeated damage to enemies it passes through instead of grabbing.||SSE||2%||20||0||100||60|
|Up special move||Rocketbarrel Boost||Diddy charges up his barrels and launches himself upwards.||Hit 1||Grounded opponents||10%||*||1||85||40||0|
|Down special move||Banana Peel||Pops a peel into the air.||3||20|
|Final Smash||Rocketbarrel Barrage||Diddy flies around shooting explosive peanuts.||Ram||18%||30||30||100||0|
- Breaks out of a DK barrel and claps his hands above him.
- Up: Throws his hat into the air, which lands on his head. This is actually his victory pose from DKC, after he defeats a boss or wins in a bonus room.
- Side: Does a playful fighter's stance and cackles threateningly showing his teeth.
- Down: Claps his hands four times, changing feet as he does so.
- Looks around and briefly twitches. (a reference to Donkey Kong Country)
- Jumps in place.
- Scratches his rump and shakes his fur.
- Does a little dance and claps his feet while standing on one hand.
- Shoots the camera lens with his Peanut Popgun.
- Spins around with his Rocketbarrel Boost and dances.
 In Competitive play
 Notable players
- See also: Category:Diddy Kong professionals
 Role in the The Subspace Emissary
When Donkey Kong has three Bullet Bills fired at him by the vehicle escaping with his banana hoard, Diddy Kong leaps from behind Donkey Kong and unleashes his Peanut Popguns onto the Bullet Bills, destroying them. He then joins Donkey Kong in pursuit of their stolen bananas. At one point, after getting their bananas, they encounter Bowser, who aims the Dark Cannon at the two. Donkey Kong, realizing what is about to happen, then Giant Punches Diddy Kong, sending him flying away and star KO'd (but he didn't turn into a trophy as Mario and Luigi did). Donkey Kong is shot instead and captured.
Then, Diddy Kong comes out of the forest to a lake. When he gets to the lake where a crashed Arwing is seen, Rayquaza comes out of the water and grabs Diddy Kong. Then Fox jumps out of the Arwing which is now on fire due to an attack from Rayquaza. Fox uses his Fox Illusion and Reflector to send Rayquaza back into the lake and save Diddy Kong. Fox then makes a hand signal for Diddy to come with him to fight Rayquaza until it faints. After Rayquaza's defeat, Fox begins to leave, but Diddy drags him along to help rescue DK. They battle a Shadowbug clone of Bowser, but upon defeating it, the real Bowser attacks them and Fox flees, dragging Diddy to safety.
Later, Fox and Diddy get ambushed by Bowser again, who fires a shot at both of them from his Dark Cannon. Diddy is hit and cloned by Shadowbugs, while Fox dodges the shot. Falco arrives just in time and destroys the Dark Cannon, but Bowser gets away in his Koopa Clown Car while the Shadowbug Diddy grows twice its normal size. Fox revives Diddy, who is shocked at what has happened. Diddy Kong and the two Star Fox pilots then fight the Giant Shadowbug Diddy Kong Clone. After the fight, Diddy drags Falco along with him and Fox as they continue through the jungle. Eventually they see Donkey Kong's trophy on a ship in chains. Diddy is mad at this as he, Fox and Falco board the Great Fox.
After, Diddy Kong is ejected out of Falco's Arwing and shoots peanuts at the Primids on the skiff that has DK's trophy on it. He lands on the skiff while Captain Falcon and Olimar jump to the aid of the little chimp. They revive Donkey, then the Kongs and Captains fight a horde of Primids on the little platform. After they have defeated them, Diddy and Donkey Kong do a little dance as Falcon and Olimar watch. As Falco gives a thumbs-up to Diddy, Diddy makes a "thank-you" screech. The four then head into the Subspace Bomb Factory.
After meeting up with Samus and Pikachu, Diddy Kong tries to stop the R.O.B. Squad members who are setting off Subspace Bombs. He shrieks at R.O.B. to do something, but R.O.B. is melancholy and won't attack his people. Captain Falcon calls his Falcon Flyer to escape the doomed factory. They all pile into the ship while Meta Ridley appears. Diddy can be chosen to fight this boss. After Meta Ridley is defeated, Diddy helps the heroes as the continue their journey into Subspace.
At the entrance to Subspace all the characters (except Wario, Dedede, Bowser, Luigi, Ness, Ganondorf, Sonic and, to a lesser extent, Wolf, Toon Link and Jigglypuff) are all preparing to invade the subspace. After Ganondorf and Master Hand are defeated by Tabuu, Diddy and the rest of the heroes catch a glimpse of the evil power among them. In a single blow Tabuu defeats all of the characters and turned them into trophies. He is later revived by Kirby, Ness, King Dedede and Luigi and joins them to defeat Tabuu.
 Exclusive stickers
These stickers can either only be used by Diddy, or by a select few who include him.
- Barkle: [Tail] attack +32
- Blathers: [Tail] attack +7
- Bowser Jr. (Super Mario Sunshine): [Tail] attack +25
- Chihuahua: [Tail] attack +12
- Chunky Kong: [Throwing] attack +31
- Diddy Kong (Donkey Kong 64): Launch power +20
- Diddy Kong (Donkey Kong Country): [Tail] attack +28
- Diddy Kong (Mario Hoops 3-on-3!): [Leg] attack +28
- Diddy Kong (Mario Superstar Baseball): [Leg] attack +12
- Dixie Kong: Launch resistance +39
- DK: [Head] attack +27
- DK Barrel: Launch power +53
- Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong Jungle Beat): [Arm] attack +22
- Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong Country): [Electric] resistance +10
- Donkey Kong Jr.: [Arm] attack +14
- Enguarde: [Body, Spin] attack +15
- Fairy: [Tail] attack +7
- Funky Kong: [Leg] attack +13
- Karate Kong: [Battering] resistance +25
- Lanky Kong: [Throwing] attack +6
- Manky Kong: [Arm] attack +10
- Party Monkey: [Head] attack +6
- Pauline & Donkey Kong: [Arm] attack +18
- Rouge the Bat: [Tail] attack +10
- Spitz: [Tail] attack +12
- Stafy (Densetsu no Stafy): [Tail] attack +7
- Tiny Kong: [Arm] attack +4
- Wrinkly Kong: [Battering] resistance +4
- Diddy Kong, Captain Falcon, Ike, King Dedede and Olimar are the only characters who use a Final Smash in the Subspace Emissary (when he attacks the skiff carrying Donkey Kong's trophy after ejecting from Falco's Arwing).
- He is one of the few characters (the others being Pokémon Trainer, Ice Climbers and Jigglypuff) to have a "Defeated/No Contest" pose different from the traditional hand clapping. Instead, in a reference to his defeated pose from Donkey Kong Country, he removes his cap and shakes his head while scratching the back of his scalp.
- In the Subspace Emissary, the Giant False Diddy Kong uses his third costume (which resembles Dixie Kong), unlike other false characters which have their neutral colors.
- In the Subspace Emissary, the peanut shells fired from the Peanut Popgun do not release edible peanuts upon breaking open unless the player shoots the peanuts at jet bursts of flame.
- Diddy Kong, King Dedede, Ness, Mario and R.O.B. are the only characters to wear their default costumes when on the red team in Team Battles.
- Diddy Kong's voice borrows some sound clips from the Ukiki in Super Mario 64.
- Diddy Kong's page at Smash Bros DOJO!!
- Diddy Kong Character Guide on SWF
- Diddy Kong's hitbox size of each of his moves
- Diddy Kong's Moves - History Behind Super Smash Bros. Brawl, by CrappyCaptureDevice (main video) (addendum)
Characters in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
|Veterans||Bowser · Captain Falcon · Donkey Kong · Falco · Fox · Ganondorf · Ice Climbers · Jigglypuff · Kirby · Link · Luigi · Mario · Marth · Mr. Game & Watch · Ness · Peach · Pikachu · Samus · Yoshi · Zelda (Sheik)|
|Newcomers||Diddy Kong · Ike · King Dedede · Lucario · Lucas · Meta Knight · Olimar · Pit · Pokémon Trainer (Charizard · Ivysaur · Squirtle) · R.O.B. · Snake · Sonic · Toon Link · Wario · Wolf · (Zero Suit Samus)|
Donkey Kong universe
|Characters||Donkey Kong (SSB · SSBM · SSBB · SSB4) · Diddy Kong (SSBB)|
|Stages||SSB: Congo Jungle|
SSBM: Kongo Jungle · Jungle Japes · Past Stages: Kongo Jungle
SSBB: 75 m · Rumble Falls · Melee Stages: Jungle Japes
|Items||SSB: Hammer |
SSBM: Barrel Cannon
SSBB: Spring, Peanut
|Trophies & Stickers||Trophies in Melee · Trophies in Brawl · Stickers in Brawl|
|Music||Music in Brawl|
|Related universes||Mario · Wario · Yoshi · R.O.B.|