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This article is about Banjo & Kazooie's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the characters in other contexts, see Banjo and Kazooie.
Banjo & Kazooie
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Banjo & Kazooie
Official symbol for the Banjo-Kazooie series.
Universe Banjo-Kazooie
Availability Downloadable
Final Smash The Mighty Jinjonator
Banjo&KazooieHeadSSBU.png
Banjo-Kazooie are Raring to Go!
—Introduction tagline.

Banjo & Kazooie (バンジョー&カズーイ, Banjo & Kazooie), formatted in their reveal trailer as Banjo-Kazooie, are a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and are the first third-party fighter from Microsoft. They were revealed alongside Hero during the E3 Nintendo Direct on June 11th, 2019 as the third downloadable fighter from Fighters Pass Vol. 1. Banjo & Kazooie were released as part of Challenger Pack 3 on September 4th, 2019 and are classified as Fighter #73.

Chris Sutherland reprises his role as both Banjo & Kazooie, with his portrayals from across the Banjo-Kazooie series being repurposed for Ultimate in all regions.

Attributes[edit]

Banjo & Kazooie, like Duck Hunt, are a tag team that fight together as if they were a singular character. Together, they are a heavyweight, and are tied with Snake and R.O.B. as the 18th heaviest fighter in the game. As Banjo handles the duo's walking, their walking speed is below-average, and their initial dash and traction values are among the worst in the game. Conversely, Kazooie handles the duo's dashing, in which she uses the Talon Trot to carry Banjo. In stark contrast to Banjo's walking speed, Kazooie's dashing speed is very fast; specifically, it is the 12th fastest in the game, and is only surpassed by Charizard among heavyweights.

With Kazooie hidden in his backpack when the duo are not attacking or dashing, Banjo has a relatively average height and a somewhat wide hurtbox, being rather small as far as heavyweights go; Kazooie, however, lacks a hurtbox of any kind outside of dashing and up tilt. This means that all standard attacks involving her (other than up tilt) are disjointed. Similar to Ridley and Pit, Kazooie's wings grant the duo a second midair jump. Additionally, they have a fast falling speed, high gravity, slow air speed, and average air acceleration.

The majority of Banjo & Kazooie's grounded arsenal makes use of moves from their first two games, Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie. Banjo's Claw Swipe and Kazooie's Rat-a-Tat Rap comprise their neutral attack. The former serves as a 3-hit gentleman jab, while the latter is a standard rapid jab. It should be noted that the hitbox of Kazooie's jabs is large enough to sometimes hit opponents standing directly behind the duo. This can cause the opponent to be continually jabbed into the duo's rear, keeping them locked in the hitbox and causing both of the fighters to be slowly moved backwards, often amounting to extremely high percentages by the time they reach the edge of a platform. Their forward tilt, Beak Bayonet, is a quick stab with Kazooie's beak, functioning similarly to Ridley's forward tilt. It can be angled and has a respectable amount of disjointed range, especially for its speed, making it useful for stopping predictable or vulnerable approaches. Their up tilt, a powerful upward kick from Banjo as Kazooie lifts him up from underneath, is an original move, and functions similar to Pac-Man's up tilt. It has barely any hitbox towards the duo's front or rear, making it very situational, but it hits through most platforms and can be a reliable follow-up from down throw. Their down tilt, Beak Barge, is a low-to-the-ground slide that launches at a very low semi-spike angle, making it a very potent edgeguarding and tech-chasing option. Their dash attack, the Forward Roll, is very similar to Donkey Kong's dash attack, but has more kill power and has fewer active frames.

Complementing their versatile tilts, Banjo & Kazooie sport very useful smash attacks. Their forward smash, the Breegull Bash, involves Banjo swinging Kazooie forwards into the ground, in a slow, long-ranged and powerful move that serves as a notable example of Kazooie's disjointed nature. The duo's up smash is the Bill Drill, a spinning attack with Kazooie's beak that is fairly useful as an anti-aerial and out-of-shield option, and is a reliable follow up to the duo's burying down throw, as the move is deceptively fast with a 7 frame startup. Their down smash is an original move, a wing-slam from Kazooie on both sides of them much like Ridley, albeit weaker and much faster, making it a useful tool for catching rolls. Notably, their forward and down smashes, especially the latter, have long-lasting hitboxes that slightly penetrate the stage downwards, making them both deadly 2-framing tools at the ledge.

Their aerial moveset also combines old and new moves. The duo's neutral aerial is the Twirling Wing Whack, a multi-hitting circular wing spin from Kazooie that is functionally very similar to Ivysaur's and Piranha Plant's neutral aerials. This move has respectable amount of combo potential, as well as being an easy way of scoring KOs offstage against vulnerable recoveries. Their forward aerial, an original move, is a slow but powerful haymaker punch from Banjo, much like Dr. Mario's and Ganondorf's forward aerials. The move's clean hit is almost always a guaranteed KO offstage; additionally, Banjo's hand is intangible during the active frames, making the move great for covering the duo's approach, pressuring shields and edgeguarding. Rat-a-Tat Rap makes a second appearance as a back aerial that hits three times, similarly to Ridley's forward aerial. This move has respectable power, and is a good out-of-shield option as well as a reliable (albeit unsafe due to its lag) KO option offstage. Banjo & Kazooie's up aerial is a two-hit move that has Kazooie close her wings together in a scissor motion that weakly launches opponents upwards, allowing the move to be chained into itself, but its awkward knockback direction combined with its weak power doesn't allow it much juggling or combo utility. Beak Buster makes an appearance as their down aerial; it is a stall-then-fall attack that meteor smashes opponents during its initial frames, and has a fairly large hitbox upon impacting the stage.

Banjo & Kazooie's special moves are fairly versatile as well. Their neutral special is Egg Firing / Breegull Blaster. Egg Firing, activated when the special button is tapped, sends blue eggs out of Kazooie's mouth that are affected by gravity in a similar manner to Mario's Fireball, and acts as their primary edgeguarding tool and gimping option; the move also briefly stalls the duo's aerial momentum when used in the air. Holding the special button causes the move to transition into Breegull Blaster, in which Banjo wields Kazooie like a gun as in Banjo-Tooie's first-person shooter segments, with low damage but faster and constant projectiles, all while being able to move and jump freely similar to holding items such as the completed Daybreak parts. This can be used to pressure enemies in a similar manner to Mega Man's neutral attack, and even start ladder combos, though because the move is a "mode" that takes a moment to be entered and exited, it is often difficult to use in close proximity. Wonderwing has Banjo charge forward while Kazooie shields him with her magic-infused wings. It does high damage and knockback if it connects within the first half of the distance it covers, and its full-body invincibility that lasts through the entirety of the hitbox's duration allows it to out-prioritize nearly every other move in the game (exceptions include grabs and command grabs such as Buster Wolf). Wonderwing's duration and the size of its hitbox also allows it to act as a fantastic 2-framing option on the edge, as the duo will run in place at the edge for some time. Wonderwing can be an easy and effective way to brute force an opponent out of projectile camping, though this may backfire if the opponent is baiting the move or otherwise ready for it. It also functions as an excellent recovery option with its horizontal speed and distance and does not induce helplessness either. However, the move runs on a limited stock of five golden feathers that are not replenished until Banjo & Kazooie are KO'd, so its usage must be carefully considered; additionally, despite crossing up shields, Wonderwing's high ending lag and long-lasting singular hitbox make it fairly unsafe in any case where the opponent can see it coming. Shock Spring Jump makes an appearance as their up special. It is a decent vertical recovery move that does not leave them helpless and preserves their midair jumps; it can be charged to increase its travel distance, and when used in the air, the Shock Spring Pad itself possesses a damaging hitbox that can be used to gimp some recoveries. Rear Egg, their down special, has Kazooie lay an explosive Grenade Egg behind them. It bounces in an unpredictable fashion due to its football-like shape and launches opponents upward. The egg also functions as an item; it is catchable and throwable despite its much shorter fuse compared to similar explosive-related attacks. All of these properties make Rear Egg an incredibly versatile projectile that can be used for ledge trapping, comboing, camping, and neutral in general. Overall, their four specials have impressive utility with both physical and projectile options.

Apart from slightly above-average reach, Banjo & Kazooie have an unremarkable grab game. While each of their throws have vastly different functions, only in very specific situations are they useful outside of getting the opponent away from them (with the exception of their back throw). Forward throw is only really useful for putting opponents off-stage, with its awkward angle and high base knockback making it useless for combos while its nearly nonexistent knockback growth prevents it KOing. Up throw is useful for setting up juggles with up air, but has too much end lag to actually have any true follow-ups. Down throw buries the opponent, leading into various guaranteed follow-ups at very high percentages, although it is generally inferior to King K. Rool's similar down throw due to less bury time. The only one of the duo's throws that has consistently good usage is their back throw, a spinning throw almost identical to Mario's but more powerful, and is an extraordinary KO option at the ledge at high percentages, while its damage and trajectory allow for powerful follow-ups or edgeguarding in other situations. As a whole, for Banjo & Kazooie, grabbing is a high-risk, low-reward undertaking that usually only sets stocks when their opponent is at a very high percentage; at other times, the best that their throws can do is to rack up damage and put distance between them, only subtracting from their options for getting out of the disadvantage.

Alongside their grab and throws, the pair have other considerable weaknesses to balance their strengths. Outside of their smash attacks, Wonderwing, and offstage aerials, Banjo & Kazooie's potential to KO is somewhat limited despite their status as a heavyweight fighter. Most of their moves are unremarkable among their weight class in terms of power, and unlike other fighters with poor KOing abilities, Banjo & Kazooie have a very limited combo game. The duo's range is also unremarkable, despite Kazooie's lack of an hurtbox, which means that they will generally have issues trading blows with conventional swordfighters. Similar to Wario, Banjo & Kazooie have a wide hurtbox, and they are susceptible to combos and juggles due to their heavy weight, fast falling speed, slow air speed, low jump height, and lack of fast escape options. Their overall mobility is unorthodox; their excellent run speed is offset by their poor initial dash speed, which is tied for the fifth-worst, their high vertical recovery options are hampered by their low jumps, poor air speed, and fast falling speed, and their grounded mobility is hindered by the lowest traction in the game alongside Mii Gunner. Additionally, the duo's special moves, while strong, have significant flaws. Egg Firing has a slow firing rate on its own, and weak power when the pair transitions to Breegull Blaster; also, Breegull Blaster's eggs become weaker with repeated use, discouraging excessive use of the move. If the pair runs out of golden feathers, they lose access to Wonderwing, eliminating a potent move with plenty of offensive and defensive utility; Wonderwing is also vulnerable to grabs despite its invincibility, although due to its speed, an opponent taking advantage of this is relatively rare, and is notoriously unsafe on shield and on whiff, further punishing heavily its misuse. Rear Egg, while being a relatively potent combo tool, can be turned against the duo as opponents can grab it and use it due to its status as an item, as well as the fact that that a previously-laid grenade egg must explode or reach the blast zone before a new one can be laid, meaning the player must wait a while to try again if an egg misses an opponent. Shock Spring Jump requires slight charge time to make their recovery reliable, and it also does not have a hitbox outside of the Shock Spring Pad itself, making it vulnerable to aggressive edgeguarding.

Overall, Banjo & Kazooie are a fairly unorthodox character that can be considered to fall in the heavyweight trapper archetype, similar to Link, R.O.B. and Snake, being centered on maintaining stage control with the help of a powerful explosive item, while at the same time being capable of fighting melee and having access to a strong finisher in Wonderwing. However, their capabilities fall somewhat short next to comparable characters; Grenade Eggs are not as good as they could seem at controlling space due to their limited lifetime, Wonderwing is very easy to punish if mistimed or read, and the duo's overall frame data and KO power is unimpressive for this archetype, limiting their potential to act aggressively. As such, they are a quite versatile fighter that can adapt to multiple playstyles even over the course of a single match, though they are more adept to turtling, or more methodical playstyles.

Update history[edit]

Banjo & Kazooie were buffed slightly via game updates. Their only noteworthy buffs were knockback increases for their up tilt and forward smash via update 12.0.0, slightly improving the moves' already respectable KO potential. Due to the other changes they received being strictly quality-of-life adjustments, Banjo & Kazooie's competitive reception has remained virtually unchanged since their release. While public opinion is uncertain, most competitive players believe that Banjo & Kazooie are low-tier or mid-tier at best, due to the amount of work required to earn results similar to their fellow heavyweights. Their competitive presence has been fairly minimal due to a lack of confidence from professional players, and the reliance on online tournaments across the board due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have further enforced their unimpressive status, though the duo have garnered some strong results from players such as Raito and Tearbear, both online and off.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 8.0.0

  • Buff Edge attack's hitbox stretches much farther backward (Z offset: 12u—2u → 12u—-2.5u), allowing it to hit behind the duo and fully cover the edge.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 9.0.0

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 11.0.0

  • Change Changed the length of vulnerability when crumpling to be consistent with other fighters.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 12.0.0

  • Buff Up tilt has more knockback scaling (114 → 119).
  • Buff Forward smash has more knockback scaling (94 → 97).
  • Change Back aerial's third hit launches at a lower angle (46° → 41°), but has less knockback scaling to compensate (144 → 136).

Moveset[edit]

  • Banjo & Kazooie, specifically Kazooie, can perform 2 double jumps, both of which are based on the Feathery Flap. Aesthetically, Banjo's animation in the duo's backwards jump is based on the Flap Flip, although it also resembles a "recoil" animation from Banjo-Kazooie and Tooie that is usually seen when the player activates a point of interest below the duo or after hitting an enemy with a weak attack.
  • As opposed to Banjo & Kazooie's standard walking and initial dashing which are handled solely by Banjo, in the duo's dash animation he flips onto his back and Kazooie takes over the run, performing the Talon Trot. Kazooie gains a hurtbox while she runs, but otherwise her taking over the dash has no gameplay repercussions.
  • The majority of Banjo & Kazooie's moves are inherently disjointed, as Kazooie does not possess a hurtbox outside of the duo's dash and up tilt.

For a gallery of Banjo & Kazooie's hitboxes, see here.

Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack Claw Swipe (ツメツメパンチ, Claw Claw Punch) / Rat-a-Tat Rap (キツツキアタック, Woodpecker Attack) 2.2% A combination of Banjo's Claw Swipe and Kazooie's Rat-a-Tat Rap. If the button is held, Banjo will perform two alternating Claw Swipes and then throw an uppercut. If pressed repeatedly, he will Claw Swipe twice before crouching on all fours in order for Kazooie to perform the Rat-a-Tat Rap that concludes with Kazooie performing a headbutt. The first hit starts at frame 4, making it the duo's fastest ground attack. The third hit of the Claw Swipe launches opponents vertically, which can allow it to set up juggles due to its reasonably low ending lag. Forward aerial and up aerial are consistent followups, especially if opponents miss a tech on platforms, though this can be air dodged out of. Unlike most neutral attacks, Banjo will not repeat the first claw swing if the attack button is held down. Rat-a-Tat Rap has very meager damage output for a neutral infinite, although this can be mitigated if an opponent is hit extremely close to the duo while they perform the infinite, specifically around where Banjo's backpack is. This can result in the opponent being pushed back alongside the duo while they attack, allowing the move to rack up large amounts of damage.
2.2%
3.7%
0.4% (loop), 1.6% (last)
Forward tilt Beak Bayonet (くちばしスピアー, Beak Spear) 9% (beak), 7% (close) The Beak Bayonet. Can be angled and has a sweetspot on Kazooie's beak. It has decent range and quick startup (7 frames), making it a useful spacing option, as well as being a good way of halting vulnerable or predictable approaches.
Up tilt   10% Kazooie props Banjo up in order for him to perform an upward roundhouse kick. It is somewhat slow on startup for a tilt attack (11 frames), but it has impressive knockback, being able to KO most grounded opponents under 140%. The move also has a fairly large hitbox above Banjo's body, which makes it effective as both an anti-air and as a follow-up from down throw for a KO confirm, although it has barely any hitbox towards the duo's front or rear, strictly limiting its usage to the aforementioned scenarios. Despite its respectable power, it has fairly low ending lag; when combined with its vertical launch angle, this can allow it to set up juggles, with it following into itself against some heavyweights at low percentages. Unlike their other attacks, Kazooie possesses a hurtbox during this move, preventing the duo from evading low-to-the-ground attacks.
Down tilt Beak Barge (くちばしアタック, Beak Attack) 6% (beak), 5% (close), 3% (late) Kazooie's Beak Barge. It is a semi-spike with good range and decent duration, all of which make it a good tool for onstage edge-guarding. It lowers the duo's profile to an even greater extent than their crouch, enabling them to duck under some moves like Wolf's Blaster shots. As a launched opponent will usually tumble onto the stage, this move often allows for read-dependent followups such as neutral aerial, down smash, or another down tilt; its disjoint distance also makes it a great tech-chasing option in other situations, although its power and speed are somewhat poor, being the duo's slowest tilt attack at 12 frames. Finally, it acts as a pseudo-crawl and can cross-up against shields when performed close enough to their opponent.
Dash attack Forward Roll (ローリングアタック, Rolling Attack) 12% (clean), 8% (late) Banjo's Forward Roll. Hits on frame 9 and sends the duo a respectable distance, allowing it to punish distant attacks. Its clean hit makes it fairly strong for a dash attack, as it can KO Mario at around 150% from the middle of Final Destination. Conversely, the late hit can be used for set-ups due at low to medium percentages, thanks to its launching angle and much lower strength. However, it is equally punishable as it has large ending lag, and only the front of the duo is covered by the hitbox, leaving the entire move decently vulnerable.
Forward smash Breegull Bash (ハリセンカズーイ, Harisen Kazooie[1]) 16% The Breegull Bash. This move is moderately slow (19 frames) and has high ending lag, but is very powerful, KOing at around 100% from center stage. Its speed and the size of its hitbox makes it mainly useful for punishing short-ranged attacks and catching rolls. Its hitbox is wide enough to hit aerial opponents diagonally above the duo, making it particularly useful for catching opponents on platforms, such as Dream Land and Pokémon Stadium. Additionally, similar to down smash, its large amount of active frames make it deadly for 2 frame punishing at the edge (although this move is more powerful and lasts shorter).
Up smash Bill Drill (くちばしドリル, Beak Drill) 1% (hit 1), 1.5% (hits 2-7), 3.5% (hit 8), 13.6% (total) A grounded, vertically inverted version of the Bill Drill. Hits multiple times and is powerful enough to KO at around 110%. It comes out decently fast (frame 9) and can act as a decent anti-air, though it has a very high ending lag and mediocre horizontal range. Generally a consistent follow-up after down throw at high percentages.
Down smash   15% Banjo slams one fist downward while Kazooie slams both of her wings downward on both sides, similarly to Palutena, Charizard, and Ridley's down smashes. Deals the same amount of damage and knockback throughout the move. Hits on frame 13 and has the fastest interruptibility out of the duo's smash attacks while having good power despite its speed, being able to KO at the edge at around 85%. As a result, it is the duo's most reliable smash attack for quick punishes. Its long-lasting, constant hitbox also makes it reliable as a deadly 2 framing tool, alongside forward smash (although this move is less powerful and lasts longer).
Neutral aerial Twirling Wing Whack (回転ウイングアタック, Spinning Wing Attack) 0.8% (hits 1-7), 4.1% (hit 8) Kazooie's Wing Whack. Functions similarly to Ivysaur and Piranha Plant's neutral aerials, covering all around the duo and hitting multiple times. Deals decent damage, but has a rather slow startup (frame 10). It has immense utility for approaching and interrupting vulnerable recoveries, as well as being arguably the duo's most reliable combo tool. Its looping hits can drag opponents downwards to follow into most of the duo's grounded moves, although this can be difficult due to the move's high landing lag (15 frames) and the looping hits' unpredictable launching trajectory; the move itself is also a very reliable followup from up or down throw. Autocancels from a full hop.
Forward aerial   15% (clean), 12% (late) Banjo throws a delayed overhand punch. It is tied with down aerial as the duo's slowest aerial attack with 15 frames of startup and has high ending lag. However, it has a slightly disjointed hitbox on his fist, autocancels from a short hop, has the lowest landing lag of Banjo & Kazooie's aerials (11 frames), is moderately safe on shield, and is very powerful, being able to KO Mario at 89% from the edge of Final Destination, while a clean hit offstage is an almost guaranteed to KO. Due to these strengths, it is great for pressuring shields, covering the duo's approach, and setting up combos. It can be followed up from neutral attack, up throw, or down throw.
Back aerial Air Rat-a-Tat Rap (空中キツツキアタック, Aerial Woodpecker Attack) 1.6% (hits 1-2), 4.8% (hit 3) An aerial three-hit version of Kazooie's Rat-a-Tat Rap. The first hit comes out on frame 8. It has a good overall range and startup, making it a reliable aerial for edgeguarding. The first two hits use the autolink angle; while it has extremely high landing lag (18 frames), making combos from the first two hits read-dependent, forward tilt is a decently reliable followup on most fighters. Autocancels from a short hop.
Up aerial   1.6% (hit 1), 5.8% (hit 2) Kazooie flaps her wings upwards in a scissoring motion, similarly to Sonic's up aerial. Hits twice, with the first hit leading to the second. Has a wide hitbox with good range, with the first hit being able to hit grounded opponents if performed while the duo is falling. Additionally, it is fast in general (frame 7) while also being interruptible extremely early; this allows the duo to perform up to four up aerials while using their jumps, similarly to Meta Knight's up aerial strings. Easily juggles into itself at low percentages, and can even lead into other aerials such as forward air. Even further boosting its utility is that its first hit can set up KO confirms into forward smash, forward aerial and Wonderwing on landing. However, it has very low hitstun due to its low damage, making the move easily escapable. The first hit may also occasionally launch opponents away from the second hit, and the move is extremely weak, having almost no KO potential even at extremely high percentages.
Down aerial Beak Buster (くちばしバスター) 10% (dive), 2% (landing) Kazooie's Beak Buster. It is a stall-then-fall that meteor smashes at its beginning, with the later hitboxes dealing vertical knockback. The move has a very weak landing hit that has little use apart from granting minimal protection. The move lasts for an extremely long time, usually making offstage use an inevitable self-destruct, though it is possible to recover if it is used from high enough. It is mostly useful for returning to stage quickly, as the non-meteor smashing hitbox is unable to KO past realistic percentages. However, the meteor smashing hitbox can be used for follow-ups on grounded opponents at high percentages and can act as a powerful sacrificial KO offstage.
Grab   Banjo reaches out.
Pummel   1.4% Kazooie pecks the opponent's head.
Forward throw   5.4% (hit 1), 3% (throw) Banjo faces away and Kazooie performs a double-footed stretch kick. Very low knockback growth even at very high percentages, making it mostly used for sending opponents off-stage. Overall, it is the duo's least useful throw.
Back throw   11.4% (throw), 8% (collateral) Banjo performs a giant swing, similarly to Mario's back throw. Deals collateral damage to nearby opponents. The duo's only throw with KO potential, it is very powerful, KOing at around 105% at the sides of the stage.
Up throw   5.4% (hit 1), 3% (throw) Banjo throws the opponent overhead and Kazooie pecks them upwards. It allows for more consistent follow-ups when down throw would otherwise be ineffective, most notably at very low percentages. Can combo into neutral and up aerials, although its high ending lag limits its true combo potential.
Down throw   5.6% Banjo performs a powerbomb. It buries an opponent and functions similarly to King K. Rool and R.O.B.'s down throws: it is ineffective and easily escapable at very low percentages, but grants a read-dependent followup based on the opponent's reaction at medium percentages, and guaranteed KO confirms at extremely high percentages, such as into up smash and up tilt. Its combo potential, however, is somewhat limited if the opponent mashes well due to the low base burying time; generally, forward and up aerials are the most reliable follow-ups.
Floor attack (front)   7% Banjo kicks behind and then in front of himself before getting up.
Floor attack (back)   7% Banjo kicks around himself before getting up.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Banjo claps behind and then in front of himself. One of the only attacks to use a "slap" sound effect, with the others being Pound and Peach and Daisy's neutral attacks.
Edge attack   10% Banjo pulls himself up before performing an inwards swipe.
Neutral special Egg Firing / Breegull Blaster 5.4%-3.8% (egg), 2.4% (Breegull Blaster hits 1-6), 1.6% (Breegull Blaster hits 7-12), 0.8% (Breegull Blaster hits 13+) For Egg Firing, Banjo gets down on all fours while Kazooie spits out an egg. These eggs will obey gravity, bounce off the ground and linger for quite some time (around the length of half of Final Destination) before breaking on their own, and become weaker as time passes. It is rather slow to fire, making the projectile mostly suited for stage control. If the special button is held, the duo will instead perform the Breegull Blaster, where Banjo takes Kazooie out of his backpack and uses her in a manner similar to the Super Scope. In this mode, pressing either attack button will cause Kazooie to quickly fire smaller and weaker eggs that travel in a straight line and as far as a third of Final Destination's length; subsequent eggs gradually deal less damage. These smaller eggs cause minimal flinching at long range and weak vertical knockback at close range. Banjo can move and triple jump freely while in this mode, and can turn around (the latter is not possible while firing). Crouching or shielding will put Kazooie away, which has minimal ending lag; this allows Breegull Blaster to start aerial combos. Due to the mechanics of this move, Egg Firing can only be done repeatedly if the player button mashes, since holding the button transitions into the Breegull Blaster. To compensate for the lack of a dash while Kazooie is out, Banjo's walking speed is 10% faster than normal when Breegull Blaster is being used (although the duo maintain their two midair jumps).
Side special Wonderwing 22% (clean), 16% (late) Kazooie covers Banjo with her magic-infused wings while he charges forward at high speed. It is only usable up to 5 times per stock, which is denoted by the amount of Golden Feathers above their heads. Each successful use consumes 1 Golden Feather, although interrupting the move before the hitbox begins will not use up a feather. To compensate, it has a large amount of strengths: the move grants full invincibility from the start of the dash (frame 18) to the end, including immunity to almost all Final Smashes that do not grab the opponent, the clean hit deals a high amount of damage, shield damage, and knockback, and can KO at the edge at 60%, while the late hit is still powerful and can KO effectively offstage or catch options of edge-hanging opponents. It works very well as a horizontal recovery option, as it does not cause helplessness and travels an excellent amount of horizontal distance. However, the move is specifically designed to be out-prioritized by grabs, and grabbing the duo out of the move causes it to only deal 0.25× damage to the grabber. Its high startup and ending lag also makes it punishable if it misses or is shielded, which is compounded by the move's reduced shieldstun, especially on the late hit. If they attempt to use it without any feathers remaining, they simply stumble over; an aerial use will cause them to fumble in midair, and using it close to the ground will cause Banjo to land face-first in his floored animation. The number of Golden Feathers available will vary in Stamina Mode depending on starting HP.
Up special Shock Spring Jump 3% (Shock Spring Pad) Banjo & Kazooie spawn a Shock Spring Pad beneath them to propel themselves upward. The longer the special button is held, the more height they gain. Slows the duo's descent upon starting up if used in the air. Midair jumps and air dodges are still usable, as the duo are not rendered helpless. In the air, the pad itself acts as a projectile after its use like Spring Jump's spring, which can gimp recoveries; unlike that move, however, a grounded Shock Spring Pad cannot be reused by opponents or the duo.
Down special Rear Egg 9.22% Banjo bends over and Kazooie appears out of Banjo's backpack to lay a Grenade Egg from the backpack's rear flap behind the duo. The Grenade Egg has a fixed timer of ≈2 seconds and has a floaty, slightly unpredictable bouncing trajectory that varies based on where the egg lands when it hits the ground. The Egg explodes after this timer ends or upon contact with an opponent. Only one Grenade Egg can be fired at a time; if the move is used while an Egg is already active, Kazooie will pop her head out from the backpack and shake her head. Much like Hand Grenade, it can be picked up, thrown, and Z-dropped like an item, and can be used against Banjo & Kazooie in this way. Grenade Eggs do very little knockback, although their short fuses allow for creative item play. Using the move in midair will stall the duo slightly and makes it easy to catch an airborne Grenade Egg, and can be used to stall in midair similarly to C4.
Final Smash The Mighty Jinjonator 10% (initial hit), 54.3% (total) The duo summons the Mighty Jinjonator statue in front of them, dealing damage to anyone it hits. A cutscene then shows Banjo & Kazooie watching the Jinjonator burst from the statue before the opponent is tackled multiple times by it, followed by a final tackle that is accompanied by multiple Jinjos. Notably, it can only catch one opponent in the cutscene despite the initial hit from the Jinjonator being able to hit multiple opponents.

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On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Banjo hops out of a dark Jiggy silhouette with Kazooie visible, and then the duo both bow twice. The silhouette, the appearance of which is accompanied by a slide whistle-like descending sound, is a reference to the cutout wipe seen as the player moves from one area to another in the Nintendo 64 games, and the bows refer to the second half of the animation seen when all 10 Jiggies in a world are collected or when a Note Door is unlocked in Banjo-Kazooie.

Taunts[edit]

  • Up taunt: Banjo stretches and Kazooie appears out of his backpack, yawning. Based on an idle animation from Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.
  • Side taunt: Kazooie pops out of Banjo's backpack and the duo looks at each other, then Banjo strikes a thumbs up while Kazooie happily opens her wings. Based on their introductory pose in the opening sequence of Banjo-Kazooie.
  • Down taunt: Banjo bows twice, saying his signature "Guh-huh!" each time. Identical to the latter half of the animation seen when all 10 Jiggies in a world are collected or when a Note Door is unlocked in Banjo-Kazooie. Unlike the other two taunts, Kazooie is not present.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Kazooie pops out of Banjo's backpack, rests her wing on his head as she looks around, then retreats back inside. Banjo looks at Kazooie while she is out.
  • Kazooie playfully pecks Banjo on the head twice. Banjo rubs his head afterwards. It is similar to an idle animation seen in Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie.

Crowd cheer[edit]

Cheer (English) Cheer (Japanese/Chinese) Cheer (Italian) Cheer (Dutch) Cheer (French)
Cheer
Custom combination of the flags of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

Source, tweaked to fix rendering issues
Description Ba-Ba-Ba-Ban - jo! Ka-Ka-Kazoo - ie! Ban - jo! (high voices) Ka - zoo - ie! Bannnn - jo! Kazoooo - ie! Bannnn - jo! Kazoooo - ie! Ban - jo! (high voices) Ka - zoo - ie!
Cheer (German) Cheer (Spanish) Cheer (Russian) Cheer (Korean)
Cheer
Custom combination of the flags of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

Source, tweaked to fix rendering issues
Description Bannnn - jo! Kazoooo - ie! Bannnn - jo! Kazoooo - ie! Ban - jo! *claps 3 times* Ka - zooie! *claps 3 times* Banjo - Kazooie!

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Banjo throws a Jiggy in the air, catches it, jumps, and poses. This references his brief dance scene when he collects a Jiggy in Banjo-Kazooie. Afterward, Banjo gives a thumbs-up while performing his signature "Guh-huh!", similar to the beginning of Banjo-Kazooie's intro movie.
  • Up: Banjo marches in place briefly before bowing twice, saying "Guh-huh!" both times, ending with Kazooie poking out of his backpack. The animation is almost identical to that seen when all 10 Jiggies in a world are collected or when a Note Door is unlocked in Banjo-Kazooie.
  • Right: Both dance around while playing their respective instruments, and then end in a pose referencing the ending of Banjo-Kazooie's intro movie. Their poses are also identical to the ones they assume in their reveal trailer (save for Kazooie's expression).
A remix of the jingle that plays when Banjo & Kazooie collect a Jiggy in Banjo-Kazooie.

In competitive play[edit]

Banjo & Kazooie were initially met with a mildly positive reception due to their strong and flexible moves (such as forward aerial, forward tilt, smash attacks, Wonderwing, and Rear Egg), their ability to zone and edge trap effectively, and their versatile recovery. Their viability was strengthened with Tweek's 5th place at Glitch 7 - Minus World. However, the duo's flaws, including their below-average speed, problems with juggling and scoring KOs, fairly noticeable lag on their moves, and a barely adequate grab game, quickly became a problem. Despite their flaws and Tweek dropping the duo almost immediately after Glitch 7, opinions on Banjo & Kazooie's viability remained somewhat positive, as they garnered a sizeable playerbase that included huto, Raito, and Trela, the latter of whom defeated VoiD at The Big House 9. As a result, the early consensus among professionals, such as Mew2King and ESAM, was that the duo was between mid tier and the lower end of high tier.

However, ever since the end of 2019, Banjo & Kazooie have seen a decline in both results and reception, with several players such as the aforementioned 3 dropping them. Many players believe that they are only at their strongest in an online environment, while others believe that they are low tier overall. While Banjo & Kazooie are generally considered a respectable fighter, their viability as a solo main is widely disputed due to their competitive results being quite lacking compared to metagame-relevant fighters.

Most historically significant players[edit]

See also: Category:Banjo & Kazooie professionals (SSBU)

Classic Mode: Perfect Partners[edit]

Banjo & Kazooie's congratulations screen.

Banjo & Kazooie's Classic Mode comprises opponents featured as a duo, akin to themselves being partners. Several of the music and stage combinations reference various worlds from the first Banjo-Kazooie game.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 DuckHuntHeadRedSSBU.png Duck Hunt Spiral Mountain Main Theme - Banjo-Kazooie Duck Hunt's color scheme references Banjo & Kazooie themselves.
2 RosalinaHeadSSBU.png Rosalina & Luma Tortimer Island Treasure Trove Cove References Treasure Trove Cove.
Rosalina could be a reference to Brentilda, Gruntilda's polar-opposite sister who gossips Gruntilda's secrets to Banjo & Kazooie.
3 IceClimbersHeadSSBU.png Ice Climbers Summit Freezeezy Peak References Freezeezy Peak, with the Ice Climbers matching its polar climate.
4 LinkHeadGreenSSBU.png Link and ZeldaHeadSSBU.png Zelda Mushroomy Kingdom Gobi's Valley References Gobi's Valley.
5 FoxHeadPurpleSSBU.png Fox and FalcoHeadBlackSSBU.png Falco Luigi's Mansion Mad Monster Mansion References Mad Monster Mansion.
Fox and Falco's color schemes are likely meant to resemble a wolf and a raven respectively, which are animals that would appear in a typical haunted setting.
6 DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png Diddy Kong and DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png Donkey Kong Jungle Japes Donkey Kong Country Returns References the Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country series' shared origins, both having been created by Rare Ltd., as well as Banjo and Diddy Kong's friendship being mentioned in Diddy Kong Racing.[1]
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand and Crazy Hand Final Destination Master Hand / Crazy Hand Much like Banjo & Kazooie, Master Hand and Crazy Hand work together as a duo. Additionally, they bear a resemblance to Motzand, a disembodied hand who appears in Mad Monster Mansion. Both Hands are fought in any difficulty.

Note: Every stage until Round 6 plays a track from the Banjo-Kazooie universe, no matter what universe the stage originates from.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Banjo & Kazooie has Spiral Mountain accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light[edit]

The message that shows Banjo & Kazooie's availability in World of Light

Due to their status as downloadable content, Banjo & Kazooie do not have a legitimate role in World of Light. Instead, they are unlocked for use in the mode after freeing 10 fighters from Galeem's control. If loading an existing save file that meets this condition prior to downloading Banjo & Kazooie, they are immediately unlocked.

However, in Sephiroth's reveal trailer, they are shown amongst the many fighters facing Galeem, which suggests that they too canonically face Galeem and Dharkon in World of Light.

Spirit[edit]

Banjo & Kazooie's fighter spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 300 Gold, but only after Banjo & Kazooie have been downloaded. Unlocking Banjo & Kazooie in World of Light allows the player to preview the spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a fighter spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. Their fighter spirit has an alternate version that replaces it with their artwork in Ultimate.

In Spirit battles[edit]

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
1,338
SSBU spirit Tooty.png
Tooty Banjo-Kazooie Series Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadPinkSSBU.png
Banjo & Kazooie Banjo&KazooieHeadSSBU.png
Neutral
3,500 Spiral Mountain N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy shields often
•Magic attacks aren't as effective against the enemy
Main Theme - Banjo-Kazooie Banjo & Kazooie

Alternate costumes[edit]

Banjo & Kazooie Palette (SSBU).png
Banjo&KazooieHeadSSBU.png Banjo&KazooieHeadPinkSSBU.png Banjo&KazooieHeadBlackSSBU.png Banjo&KazooieHeadRedSSBU.png Banjo&KazooieHeadWhiteSSBU.png Banjo&KazooieHeadYellowSSBU.png Banjo&KazooieHeadBlueSSBU.png Banjo&KazooieHeadGreenSSBU.png

Reveal trailer[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Banjo & Kazooie are referred to within the game files with the codename "buddy", alluding to the fact that the duo is almost always seen paired with each other when they make appearances. Additionally, files that pertain to Kazooie specifically often refer to her with the codename "partner".
  • According to Masahiro Sakurai, Banjo & Kazooie were highly requested in the Smash 4-era Fighter Ballot, closely following the overall winner, Sora.[2]
  • Banjo & Kazooie were created by British video game company Rare Ltd., making them the first DLC fighter that was created outside of Japan. They were followed by Steve, created by the Swedish company Mojang.
    • Coincidentally, both companies are subsidiaries of Microsoft.
    • Their introduction tagline is a reference to their aforementioned company of origin.
  • The picture revealing Banjo & Kazooie's second alternate costume on Summit is a nod to Freezeezy Peak, the fifth level in Banjo-Kazooie, with the Super Launch Star in the image referencing the star on top of the Christmas tree in said level. The picture featuring their fifth alternate costume, also on Summit, might be another nod, with Banjo's white appearance and the Polar Bear both referencing Boggy.
  • Not counting ports and cameos, Banjo & Kazooie's inclusion in Ultimate marks their first physical appearance in almost a decade, since the Xbox 360 version of Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, released in 2010.
    • It also marks their first physical appearance on a Nintendo console in 14 years since Banjo-Pilot was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2005.
  • In Banjo & Kazooie's battle portrait next to their damage meter, Kazooie leans in slightly closer to Banjo than she does in their full artwork, to fit both of their faces into the frame. The Ice Climbers are the only other fighter with such an edit.
  • On their victory screen, Banjo & Kazooie's name will only take up one line in the American and PAL versions of the game while it takes up two lines in the Asian versions. Excluding Olimar, whose character name is changed to "Pikmin & Olimar" in the Japanese version, they are the only fighter with this distinction.
  • When KO'd by reaching 0 HP during their last stock in Stamina Mode, Banjo & Kazooie use a unique voice clip (uttered by Banjo) not taken from either their KO or high damage voice clips, though its low volume makes it difficult to discern. Joker in all languages, in addition to Byleth in the Japanese language, are the only other fighters with unique final stamina KO voice clips.
    • Additionally, their stamina KO voice clip unusually does not begin with a slight pause, an oddity shared only with Erdrick.
  • When Banjo & Kazooie successfully perfect shield an attack, Banjo assumes a flexing pose resembling both the Extra Life statues from Banjo-Kazooie and an idle animation from Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.
  • Banjo & Kazooie, Meta Knight, Inkling, Hero, Sephiroth, Pyra, Mythra, and Sora are the only fighters to use their walking animation when navigating through the map in World of Light.
  • Banjo & Kazooie and Hero are the only fighters that only appear as minion puppet fighters. Piranha Plant, Terry and Sephiroth do not appear in any Spirit Battles, and the rest of the fighters appear as the main opponent.
  • Banjo & Kazooie, the Ice Climbers, and Pyra/Mythra's Classic Mode routes all share the same theme, having dynamic character duos as opponents.
  • As Banjo is the one who consumes food items, when Banjo & Kazooie dash while under the effect of Superspicy Curry, the flames shoot backward instead of forwards.
    • Oddly, the frantic expression caused by Superspicy Curry (where the character's pupils shrink and their mouth opens) applies to Kazooie as well as Banjo, despite Kazooie not eating the curry or breathing fire.
  • Banjo & Kazooie are one of the few fighters to receive a unique feature on their amiibo that is not taken from their official render, with Banjo's raised leg being supported by a large Jiggy. The only other characters to have a unique feature for their amiibo are Mr. Game & Watch (interchangeable poses), Ridley (plastic impact effect), the Ice Climbers (plastic iceberg support), Joker (plastic flame support), and Min Min (plastic impact support).
  • During the brief time that Sakurai plays as Banjo & Kazooie in Mr. Sakurai Presents "Byleth", Banjo's nose does not protrude out of his damage meter like it does in the released game.
  • Banjo & Kazooie are the first playable characters to be from a formerly second-party Nintendo franchise.

Notes[edit]

1.^ As noted in Mr. Sakurai Presents "Banjo & Kazooie," ハリセン does not have an english translation, as a harisen is a large paper fan used in manzai comedy. Coincidentally, this is also the japanese name for the fan item in the Super Smash Bros. series.

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