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Diddy Kong (SSBU)

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Diddy Kong
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe Donkey Kong
Other Smash Bros. appearances in Brawl
in SSB4

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Hyper Rocketbarrel
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Donkey Kong's trusty partner Diddy Kong uses his light weight and agility to get around quickly! For his Final Smash, Diddy takes to the air with his Rocketbarrel while firing his popguns. The final hit is seriously powerful!
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Diddy Kong (ディディーコング, Diddy Kong) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was officially confirmed on June 12th, 2018 alongside Olimar and the rest of the returning roster. Unlike his previous appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series, Diddy Kong is now an unlockable character instead of a starter character. Diddy Kong is classified as fighter #36.

Diddy Kong once again retains his realistic chimpanzee screeches that were used in both Brawl and Smash 4 instead of being voiced by Katsumi Suzuki.

How to unlock

Complete one of the following:

With the exception of the third method, Diddy Kong must then be defeated on Kongo Falls.

Attributes

Diddy Kong is a small low-middleweight with typical attributes for his weight class; he has very fast dash, run, and walk speeds, which allows him to move on the ground very well. In contrast, his air mobility is rather lacking, as his air speed and air acceleration are both below average. Overall, while Diddy outspeeds many characters on the ground, his air game is rather clunky due to his lackluster air attributes.

Similar to other characters of his weight and size, Diddy Kong has very fast frame data, which allows him to throw out a flurry of moves at his opponent while still being able to chase them with his strong grounded mobility. In fact, nearly all of his moves, with the exception of his forward smash, down aerial, and special moves, come out before frame 10, with many of them also having low endlag. Thanks to these attributes, Diddy has a strong, flexible combo game, allowing him to use multiple different moves to string into each other and continually pressure his opponent even if they escape his combos, as he has multiple ways to keep them in a disadvantageous position.

Another important aspect of Diddy's combo game is his excellent selection of combo starters, which lets him start combos reliably both in the air and on the ground and also lets him create mix-ups and play unpredictably. One of his main combo starters is from a grab, as both his down and up throws have low endlag and send at great angles for immediate follow-ups, as down throw can lead into a forward or back aerial and up throw can lead into any of his aerials except for down aerial. Up throw also has potential KO setups into up aerial, although these are inconsistent and unreliable. His dash attack has a long duration and extremely low endlag and sends the opponent upwards, which lets Diddy follow up with an up, back or forward aerial. His neutral aerial has a long lasting hitbox and can lead into another aerial from low to high percents, with the late hit being particularly useful at high percents due to its lower knockback. Diddy's up and down tilts are both excellent combo starters themselves, with the latter having the ability to KO confirm into an up-smash at high percents. Additionally, all of Diddy's aerials except for neutral and up aerial can lead into a grab when landed on grounded opponents thanks to their low knockback and landing lag.

Diddy's special moveset also comes with several unique options. His neutral special, Peanut Popgun, is a small projectile with low range and knockback when uncharged. It is useful for pestering the opponent in the neutral game and can be charged, giving it extreme power when fully charged, although it has extremely high lag, doesn't shoot at a distance, and its charge cannot be saved like other chargeable projectiles(such as Samus' Charge Shot). He can also cancel charging the move by shielding, dodging, or spotdodging. His side special, Monkey Flip, has Diddy leap forward and will act as a command grab when landed on the opponent or will be a fast kick if the player presses the attack button again during the duration of the move. Due to its fast speed and decent distance, low endlag, and ability to edge-cancel off platforms or the ledge of the stage, it can be used as both a movement option and a way to approach, as its speed can compensate for his poor air mobility. It can also be used for horizontal recovery. His up special, Rocketbarrel Boost, is Diddy's main vertical recovery option. Uncharged, the move has unremarkable distance, but when fully charged, it moves much faster and travels much further. However, this requires Diddy to stay in place while charging the move in the air, leaving him highly vulnerable to gimps or edgeguards. The move also has a unique property in that if the opponent hits Diddy while using the move, the barrels will fly off and will irregularly move around, with the player having a small amount of control over their trajectory before they lose control. This gives him a useful, although niche stage-controlling option and the barrels will deal high damage and knockback when landed on an opponent. Lastly, Diddy's down special, Banana Peel is his most useful special and one of his best moves. It has him pull out a Banana Peel over himself, which can be picked up and thrown by both Diddy and his opponent. If Diddy places it down before the opponent could grab it, then they will be tripped by it if they attempt to pick it up. This lets Diddy land almost any attack he wants on his opponent if he times it before the tripping animation is done and allows for a plethora of combo options and even KO confirms into his smash attacks. Thanks to its ease of use and low commitment due to him only having to throw it at the opponent for it to work, it is integral to his kit and lets him punish missed attacks, have a strong advantage in the neutral game, create extremely long combos, and take control of the stage. He can also use a held banana as an excellent out-of-shield option when thrown. The only true downside to his Banana Peel is that the opponent can also catch at throw it just like he can, which allows them to use it against Diddy and take away one of his most important tools. Additionally, only one Banana Peel can be used at a time and it disappears when hit by an opponent or thrown twice.

Despite very strong strengths, Diddy isn't without his weaknesses. His 2 main flaws are his inconsistent KO power and unimpressive recovery. Despite having multiple ways to confirm into his smash attacks(which are all respectably strong), he often struggles to end the opponent's stock even at high percents if these options are unavailable to him(such as when the opponent takes away his Banana Peel). While his back and up aerials boast above average knockback, they still relatively weak unless used close to the Blast Lines. Additionally, while his down-tilt can set up into his up-smash somewhat reliably, the former move has short range and must be used close to the opponent for it to work. Diddy's other main weakness, his recovery, is arguably worse however. Monkey Flip has respectable distance and safety when the kick version is used, but has some endlag and also doesn't allow him to use Rocketbarrel Boost afterwards, with the non-kick version risks Diddy latching onto his opponent and being pushed back afterwards, which leaves him open even longer. Rocketbarrel Boost is also subpar as a recovery move by itself, as it leaves Diddy very vulnerable when being charged, which leaves him to rely on using the uncharged version sometimes, which has much less distance. Also, if Diddy accidentally hits the side of the stage after using it, he will crash and not be able to make it back to stage. Lastly, Diddy still has some other smaller issues, such as his up-aerial failing to hit much of the time due to having blindspots in front of him, his aforementioned lacking air attributes, and being slightly easier to combo than some other characters of his weight class due to a lack of combo breaking moves and an above-average fall speed(although his small size still gives him an edge over many other characters).

Diddy Kong falls into a quick, rushdown oriented playstyle. He must utilize his fast movement speed and frame data to overwhelm his opponent while also heavily utilizing his Banana Peel to put his strengths to good use while also maintaining stage control and capitalizing on his great neutral game. However, players must be smart in how they use his Banana Peel, as the opponent could potentially hinder his options by taking it away from him and also exploiting his linear recovery. Overall, his strengths outweigh his weaknesses and is generally considered to be at least an upper-mid tier character, with many thinking of him as a solid high tier. Diddy has also seen great results and representation in competitive play recently, indicating that he is still a very viable character, although not to the same extent as in Smash 4.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4

Having been one of the most notorious top tier fighters in early Super Smash Bros. 4 and remaining a dominant top-tier character throughout the game's lifespan, Diddy Kong was considerably nerfed in the transition to Ultimate. His staple moves have all been worsened in various ways, hindering his once excellent neutral game; the most notable example is his Banana Peel, which cannot be grabbed as quickly due to him releasing it at a higher arc, and although it can now be thrown twice at opponents before disappearing, this also gives them more opportunities to use it against him. Among other examples, Monkey Flip has more ending lag, up aerial is harder to hit due to possessing a large blind spot in front of Diddy, and his up tilt and down tilt, the latter having been previously infamous for easily setting up combos and KO setups into his up smash, have shorter range that makes them harder to take advantage of. Additionally, Rocketbarrel Boost travels a drastically shorter distance when fully charged, and the charge time itself was reduced by a third, to the point that the difference in distance between the uncharged and fully charged version is now barely notable, significantly worsening his already vulnerable recovery. Further exacerbating these nerfs, the universal changes hinder Diddy overall, as the more limited out of shield options and increased lag on grabs weaken his approach and defensive game with Banana Peel, while the faster knockback physics reduce his up throw's combo potential, no longer having reliable combos or KO setups at high percents. Lastly, Diddy's weight has been lowered, making him even easier to KO.

Diddy Kong did receive notable buffs, however. His neutral attack no longer has an infinite portion, which decreases its damage potential but allows it to connect much more reliably, improving its overall consistency and utility as a close range option. Some of his moves also have reduced lag that increases their combo ability, namely his dash attack, up tilt, down aerial, and down throw, the latter working better as an alternative to his up throw at lower percents. Game updates have further enhanced various aspects of Diddy's moveset: his up smash, down smash, and up aerial have increased KO power, his neutral aerial (previously his most situational aerial attack) is considerably more useful due to auto-canceling much earlier and having increased range, and Peanut Popgun deals more damage with a faster charge speed. However, these buffs do not fully compensate for the nerfs to more crucial aspects of Diddy's moveset.

Overall, Diddy Kong's nerfs outweigh his buffs, making him worse than his iteration in Smash 4. During Ultimate's early metagame, his overall perception was negative, since notable Smash 4 Diddy Kong players such as MVD, Zinoto and Nietono dropped him in favor of other characters, and he suffered from minimal tournament representation at the time. However, game updates (most notably version 3.1.0) have meaningfully buffed Diddy to a more substantial degree; furthermore, Diddy has started to show signs of competitive success thanks to the efforts of Dakpo, who placed 13th at Low Tier City 7 and 25th at GENESIS 7. Other players such as Aaron, Rivers, and Twinkle have also shown that Diddy still has potential to be a strong pick for tournaments. As a result, Diddy Kong is considered to be a high or even top-tier character overall, though his viability remains a subject of debate.

Aesthetics

  • Change Due to the aesthetic used in Ultimate, Diddy Kong's model features a more subdued color scheme. Like Donkey Kong, fur is less detailed and appears flatter. The fabric of his hat and shirt have subtle detail, and his facial proportions have been tweaked.
  • Change Diddy Kong faces the foreground at an angle, instead of facing directly forward. In addition, most of his animations are mirrored while some are slightly altered. However, he reverts to his previous idle animation while holding a small item.
  • Change Diddy Kong is more expressive, he appears angry during his up and down throw as well as grabbing onto a ledge.
  • Change Diddy Kong's hat has greater independent physics; it appears to be "looser" around his head, popping off slightly while performing many actions.
  • Change Up taunt has an altered ending animation. Diddy Kong now fixes his hat as it lands crooked on his head.

Attributes

  • Buff Like all characters, Diddy Kong's jumpsquat animation takes 3 frames to complete (down from 4).
  • Buff Diddy Kong runs faster (1.824 → 2.006).
    • Buff His initial dash is significantly faster (1.7 → 2.09).
  • Buff Diddy Kong walks faster (1.25 → 1.313).
  • Buff Diddy Kong's air speed is higher (0.88 → 0.924).
  • Buff Diddy Kong's traction is much higher (0.0484 → 0.093).
  • Nerf Diddy Kong is lighter (93 → 90), worsening his endurance.
  • Nerf Forward roll grants less intangibility (frames 4-15 → 4-14) and has more ending lag (FAF 28 → 29).
  • Nerf Back roll has more ending lag (FAF 28 → 34).
  • Buff Spot dodge has less ending lag (FAF 26 → 24).
  • Nerf Spot dodge has more startup and grants less intangibility (frame 2-16 → 3-14).
  • Buff Air dodge grants more intangibility (frames 2-26 → 2-27).
  • Nerf Air dodge has significantly more ending lag (FAF 32 → 45).

Ground attacks

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff The first and second hits have significantly less ending lag (FAF 34 → 20 (hit 1), 37 → 21 (hit 2)), no longer being among the slowest to interrupt.
    • Buff The first and second hits have altered angles (105°/78°/45° (hit 1), 100°/78°/45° (hit 2) → 361°/180°) and knockback (16/18/24 set/100 scaling → 25/20 base/25/15 scaling (hit 1), 20 base/25/15 scaling (hit 2)) to keep opponents on the ground and closer to Diddy Kong, akin to other neutral attacks. This allows them to connect better and jab lock.
    • Buff The first hit transitions into the second hit faster (frame 9 → 6), which transitions into the third hit faster (frame 9 → 7). The third hit also has less startup lag (frame 9 → 5).
    • Buff The first hit can be held for a consecutive jab.
    • Change The infinite portion has been removed; the third hit instead launches at a different angle (90°/85°/60° → 361°) and no longer deals set knockback (25/37 set/100 scaling → 60 base/80 scaling).
      • Buff This makes the neutral attack much more consistent, no longer risking opponents escaping it before the final hit and punishing Diddy Kong. The third hit also has less ending lag compared to the previous neutral infinite's finisher (FAF 39 → 35).
      • Nerf However, the move deals much less damage overall as a result, despite all three hits having their damage values increased (1.2% → 2% (hit 1), 1.2% → 1.5% (hit 2), 2% → 4% (hit 3)). The third hit is also weaker compared to the previous neutral infinite's finisher, no longer KOing under 300% from the center of Final Destination.
    • Nerf All hits have a shorter hitbox duration (2 frames → 1 frame).
    • Change All hits have a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.6× (hit 1), 1.2× (hit 2), 2× (hit 3)).
    • Change The third hit has an altered animation, being a side kick rather than a back kick.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt's arm hitboxes have a longer duration (1 frame → 2 frames), and the hand hitboxes retain full damage for longer before transitioning to sourspots (1 frame → 3 frames), improving the consistency of both the range and damage output of the move.
    • Nerf Forward tilt has more base knockback (10 → 60), but less knockback scaling (100 → 60), and launches at a higher angle (361° → 45°). This increases it safety on hit at low percents, but more drastically reduces its KO potential, and removes its ability to lock.
  • Up tilt:
    • Buff Up tilt has less ending lag (FAF 33 → 30), improving its combo potential.
    • Nerf It has an altered animation where Diddy Kong does not leap as high, decreasing its vertical range. It can no longer hit opponents on the middle platforms in Battlefield.
  • Down tilt:
    • Nerf Down tilt's farthest hitbox is noticeably smaller (4.2u → 3u), reducing its range.
      • Change It is also lower down (Y offset: 2.25 → 1.8).
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack has less startup (frame 9/18/24 → 8/16/22) and ending lag (FAF 46 → 41), improving its combo potential.
    • Buff Due to the changes to jostle mechanics, it can no longer whiff if initiated too close to an opponent.
    • Buff The first and second hits have lower hitlag multipliers (1× → 0.5× (hit 1), 0.8× (hit 2)) and an additional hitbox, as well as different launch angles for aerial opponents, with the second hit's also being larger (3.5u → 4u), allowing the move to connect more reliably.
    • Buff The second and third hits have a longer hitbox duration (1 frame → 2 frames).
    • Change The third hit launches at a slightly higher angle (78° → 83°).
    • Change Diddy Kong sports an angry expression at the third hit.
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff The first hit uses different angles (90°/60°/30° → 10°/45°/80°/22° (clean), 0° (late)) and set knockback values (28/35/42 → 20/35/25/42 (clean), 20 (late)), as well as weight-independent knockback, allowing it to connect more reliably into the second hit.
    • Buff The second hit has one frame less startup (frame 22 → 21).
      • Nerf However, its total duration remains unchanged, giving it one frame more ending lag.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff The first and second hits have received various changes to their angles and set knockback, and the second hit uses weight-independent knockback like the first, allowing the move to connect more reliably.
    • Buff The third hit deals more knockback (50 base/129 scaling → 55/131).
  • Down smash:
    • Buff Down smash deals more knockback (40 base/72 scaling → 46/77 (hit 1), 35 base → 38 (hit 2)).
    • Buff The second hit has less startup (frame 16 → 14).
      • Nerf However, it has a shorter hitbox duration (frames 16-18 → frame 14), and the move's total duration remains the same, giving it more ending lag.
    • Nerf Both hits have two hitboxes instead of three, which are smaller (4u/4u/5u → 3.9u/3.3u).
    • Nerf The first hit has more startup (frame 6 → 9).

Aerial attacks

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (13 frames → 8 (neutral), 26 → 16 (forward), 12 → 7 (back), 21 → 9 (up), 28 → 17 (down)).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial has regained its much faster auto-cancel window from Brawl (frame 59 → 27), allowing it to auto-cancel in a short hop fast fall once again.
    • Buff It has noticeably larger hitboxes (2u → 3.5u).
  • Forward aerial:
    • Nerf Forward aerial's late hit has much smaller hitboxes (5u → 2.7u).
    • Change It has an altered animation where Diddy Kong does not spin as much.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff Up aerial has less ending lag (FAF 39 → 36), matching its ending lag from Smash 4 prior to update 1.0.8. This allows it to combo slightly better into itself.
    • Buff It deals more damage (6% → 7%) with only base knockback compensated (64 → 57), slightly improving its KO potential.
    • Nerf The animation at the beginning of the move has been sped up with its hitbox duration unchanged, creating a blind spot in front of Diddy Kong.
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial has less startup (frame 17 → 15), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 49 → 47).
    • Buff The removal of teching for grounded meteor smashes improves down aerial's combo potential onstage, compounded further by its reduced landing lag.

Throws and other attacks

  • Grabs:
    • Nerf All grabs have more startup (frame 6 → 7 (standing), 8 → 10 (dash), 9 → 11 (pivot)) and ending lag (FAF 32 → 37 (standing), 39 → 45 (dash), 37 → 40 (pivot)).
    • Nerf All grabs have less range (Z2 offset: 8.3u → 7.8u (standing), 9.9u → 9.5u (dash), 13.9u → 13.6u (pivot)).
    • Change Diddy Kong uses one hand to grab instead of both. He also has a surprised expression if he misses his grab.
  • Pummel:
    • Buff Pummel deals more hitlag (4 frames → 11), but has less startup (frame 2 → 1) and significantly less ending lag (FAF 17 → 7), shortening its effective duration.
    • Nerf It deals less damage (2% → 1%).
    • Change It has an altered animation where Diddy Kong no longer hops off the ground while pummeling.
  • Up throw:
    • Nerf The faster knockback physics hinder up throw's combo potential at high percents, no longer having a KO setup into up aerial unless initiated at the top platform of Battlefield.
  • Down throw:
    • Buff Down throw has less ending lag (FAF 35 → 32), improving its combo potential.
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attack deals more damage (7% → 9%).

Special moves

  • Peanut Popgun:
    • Buff Peanut Popgun has less startup lag (frame 18 → 16) and charges much faster (frame 120 → 94 (full charge), 123 → 97 (explosion)).
      • Nerf However, its total duration remains unchanged, giving it more ending lag.
    • Buff It has gained a melee hitbox that deals 3%, increasing its utility at point blank range by allowing it to rack up more damage and negate reflectors.
    • Buff The peanuts deal more damage (3.6%-12% → 4.8%-13.8%).
    • Change Diddy Kong's animation for Peanut Popgun is mirrored, and he can fire with either his left or right hand.
    • Change Peanuts bounce once upon hitting the ground, and float upwards before exploding upon hitting an opponent, although these animations are only aesthetic.
  • Monkey Flip:
    • Buff Monkey Flip has less startup lag (frame 20 → 18).
    • Buff The grab has more horizontal range (Z offset: 3u/2u → 4.5u/4u).
    • Buff The jump attack now immobilises the opponent for a minimum of 20 frames if the hitstun is less than 20 frames, improving its gimping potential and its safety when used onstage.
    • Nerf It has more ending lag (FAF 44 → 48).
    • Change The grab's automatic pummel has Diddy Kong repeatedly scratch the opponent instead of simply latching onto them.
  • Rocketbarrel Boost:
    • Buff Rocketbarrel Boost's clean hit has larger hitboxes (3.5u → 4u).
    • Buff It grants slightly more distance when uncharged.
    • Nerf Its maximum charge time has been significantly reduced (90 frames → 60), to the point the fully charged version barely grants more distance than the uncharged version if used while falling, greatly hindering Diddy Kong's recovery.
  • Banana Peel:
    • Nerf Diddy Kong throws the Banana Peel in a higher arc, causing it to take longer to pick up afterwards.
    • Change The Banana Peel can hit opponents twice before disappearing rather than only once, bouncing off in a high arc on the first hit. This allows Diddy Kong to pick it up and throw it again, but shielding opponents can likewise punish Diddy Kong and steal the Banana Peel, leaving him more disadvantaged.
    • Change The move has a snappier animation.
  • Final Smash:
    • Change Diddy Kong has a new Final Smash, Hyper Rocketbarrel, which functions differently from Rocketbarrel Barrage. Diddy Kong flies through the stage in an erratic fashion to punch his trapped opponents. The final hit is where Diddy Kong does a delayed, aimed punch, dealing heavy knockback. Diddy Kong then lands and deactivates his Rocketbarrel Pack at the spot where he first used the move.

Update history

Due to the engine changes and the direct nerfs to his most useful tools in the transition from Smash 4 to Ultimate, which overall significantly hindered his viability, Diddy Kong has been heavily buffed in game updates. He recieved a major nerf to his banana peel that extends the time he can respawn another banana removing a zero-to-death.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Neutral air autocancels earlier (frame 50 → 27). It is now early enough to buffer short hop and fastfall with no landing lag.
  • Bug fix Monkey Flip release glitch has been fixed.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Buff Dash attack has less startup lag (frame 9/18/24 → 8/16/22) with identical ending lag, shortening its duration (FAF 43 → 41).
    • Nerf However, due to a frame speed multiplier being used, the first hit has a shorter hitbox duration (frames 8-9 → 8).
  • Buff Forward tilt has a new late hit that deals less damage (10% → 7%) but increases its duration overall.
  • Buff Down smash deals more knockback.
  • Buff Neutral aerial has more range.
  • Buff Up aerial deals more damage (6% → 7%) with knockback compensated.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Buff Neutral attack 2 has more range and connects more reliably from neutral attack 1.
  • Change Dash attack's final hit sends at a slightly more vertical angle (78° → 83°).
  • Buff Up smash's hits connect more reliably.
  • Buff Up smash's final hit deals more knockback (50 base/129 scaling → 55/131).
  • Buff Up aerial has less ending (FAF 37 → 36) and landing lag (13 frames → 9).
  • Buff Down aerial has less startup lag (frame 17 → 15) with identical ending lag, shortening its duration (FAF 49 → 47).
  • Buff Peanut Popgun's peanut projectile deals more damage (with shield damage compensated) (3.3%-15% → 4.3%-13.8%) and charges faster (max charge: frame 121 → 94, explosion startup: 123 → 97).
    • Nerf However, they deal less damage at full charge (15% → 13.8%).
  • Buff Diddy Kong falls slower while charging Rocketbarrel Boost. This only applies for the first charge, Diddy will not stall using it repeatedly without landing.
  • Buff Rocketbarrel Boost travels more vertical distance when charged.
  • Buff Hyper Rocketbarrel's explosion and jet at the start deal more damage.
  • Nerf Hyper Rocketbarrel's tackle deals less damage.
  • Nerf Hyper Rocketbarrel's final tackle launches opponents at lower percentages less reliably.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 4.0.0

  • Bug fix The glitch that resulted Rocketbarrel Boost to disappear instantaneous when hit by a certain move (ex. Palutena's neutral aerial) during the release has been fixed.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 7.0.0

  • Buff Diddy Kong's right arm is briefly intangible when activating his shield.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 8.0.0

  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff The move launches at a lower angle (45° → 35°), improving its ability to set up tech-chases and edgeguards.
    • Buff The clean hit's hitboxes on Diddy Kong's fists are larger (2.7u → 3.8u).
    • Buff The late hit has a longer duration (frames 13-14 → 13-16).
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff The second hit has more consistent set knockback (55/40/70 → 45/45/70), allowing it to link more reliably into the third hit.
    • Buff The third hit has a larger hitbox (4.5u → 5.5u).
  • Down smash:
    • Buff The move has less startup (frame 9/14 → 7/12), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 52 → 50).
    • Buff The second hit has a longer duration (frame 14 → frames 12-13).
  • Buff Forward aerial's clean hit has larger hitboxes (4u → 5u).
  • Bug fix Rocketbarrel Boost no longer launches Diddy Kong at an unusually high speed if he is hit during the charge frames.
  • Nerf The time until Diddy Kong can produce another Banana Peel after releasing the previous one has been significantly extended (12 frames → 61), removing his "pyramid scheme" infinite combo.

Moveset

For a gallery of Diddy Kong's hitboxes, see here.

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

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   2% Diddy Kong does two alternating inward slaps, followed by an outward sidekick. Holding the attack button will have Diddy Kong repeat the first hit. The first 2 hits can lock.
1.5%
4%
Forward tilt   10% (clean), 7% (late) Diddy Kong leans to the side and thrusts both of his arms forward in a double punch. It can be angled upwards or downwards.
Up tilt   6% Diddy Kong swats in the air above him with a slap in a similar fashion to an uppercut. Hits quite quickly and can combo into most of Diddy Kong's aerial attacks at low to mid percent ranges. It can also kill at around 160%.
Down tilt Hand Clap 5.5% Diddy Kong claps in front of himself while crouching. An extremely versatile combo starter, as it can combo into a variety of moves at nearly any realistic percentage, including down tilt to up smash as a KO confirm.
Dash attack   2% (hits 1 and 2), 3% (hit 3) Diddy Kong performs his signature Cartwheel attack from Donkey Kong Country, concluding with a double-handed ground-slap. The final hit has largely vertical knockback and can combo into aerials at low to mid percent ranges.
Forward smash   5% (hit 1), 11%/9% (hit 2) Diddy Kong jumps forward while spinning, and performs an open-handed slap followed by a spinning back fist with his opposite arm. The first hit combos into the second, which has good knockback and KO power. However, it is easily punishable if whiffed or on shield. Often only used in combination with his banana peel.
Up smash   2.5% (hits 1 and 2), 6% (hit 3) Diddy Kong leaps upward and performs a stationary cartwheel, attacking upwards with an open-handed slap, a reverse heel kick, and an uppercut. It is the fastest up smash in the game, coming out on frame 5. However, it is somewhat weak, not KOing until around 130%. It is mostly used as a follow-up from down tilt or as a close-range out-of-shield option.
Down smash   12% (hit 1), 15% (hit 2) Diddy Kong performs a flare, kicking in front and then behind himself. A fast smash attack with respectable power, KOing opponents at around 110% at the ledge. The back hit is stronger than the front hit KOing around 10% sooner.
Neutral aerial   6% Diddy Kong does an aerial cartwheel similar to his dash attack. Very high ending lag, so much so that Diddy Kong should avoid using this move offstage. However, it does a low amount of vertical knockback, which makes it an excellent combo starter on landing. It can combo into all of Diddy's aerials (even down aerial, which can KO at around 50% if done by the ledge). Additionally, it has a very generous autocancel window, being able to do so in a short hop fast fall.
Forward aerial Screw Kick 10% (clean), 8% (late) Diddy Kong does a dropkick while spinning. A moderately powerful aerial, KOing at around 145% at the edge. However, it has a bit of ending lag, making it unable to combo into itself unless landing with it. Autocancels within a short hop fast fall.
Back aerial   9% Diddy Kong does a reverse spin kick behind himself. Has fast start-up and ending lag, allowing it to be used twice in one short hop and combo into itself at low to mid percents. It also has decent KO power killing at around 130% at the edge, although it is somewhat weak compared to other moves of its type.
Up aerial   7% Diddy Kong performs an overhead kick in an arc. Tied for the fastest in the game (frame 4 startup) with good coverage above and behind Diddy. However, it posseses a blindspot in front of Diddy, making it unable to hit most characters in a rising up air. Despite its hitbox issues, it is a great juggling tool, as it has above average base knockback, giving it strong combo potential at low percents and KO Potential at higher percents.
Down aerial   13% (fists), 10% (arms) Diddy Kong swings both arms downward in a double ax-handle punch. A strong meteor smash and Diddy Kong's strongest aerial overall, though it is also his slowest. It has a large auto-cancel window at the beginning of the attack before the hitbox starts, which makes it a good tool for landing provided that the move is inputted shortly before touching the ground. It can also jab lock opponents at low percent ranges. It also combos into his other aerials on landing.
Grab   Diddy Kong reaches out in front of himself.
Pummel   1% A headbutt.
Forward throw 9% Diddy Kong tosses his opponent forwards. The throw is based on Diddy Kong's barrel toss animation from Donkey Kong Country. Diddy Kong's second strongest throw, KOing middleweights around 156% at the edge of Final Destination. It also has low ending lag, which allows it to combo into dash attack, forward- and back aerial at very low percentages.
Back throw 12% Diddy Kong tosses his opponent backward. Diddy Kong's strongest and most damaging throw, KOing middleweights around 140% at the edge of Final Destination .
Up throw 1% (hit), 4% (throw) Diddy Kong throws his opponent up and handstand kicks them. It works as a decent combo starter at a wide range of percents and can even potentially set up KO confirms into up aerial in specific circumstances.
Down throw 7% Diddy Kong throws the opponent onto the ground and hops over them. This is among his best combo starters, as it has extremely low ending lag and low knockback. It can set up into back aerial and up aerial very reliably depending on the opponent's DI, and can continue this string, especially on platforms. It can be used as a kill confirm into back air at the edge at around 110%, and into up aerial for the "Hoo Hah" KO confirm at around 90%-145% depending on weight, rage, and DI. However, the timing is somewhat strict.
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   9% A spinning tail slap.
Neutral special Peanut Popgun 4.8%-13.8% (peanuts), 3% (close range), 23% (explosion) Diddy Kong shoots a peanut from his Popgun. A safe projectile attack that is rather useful in neutral. It can also be canceled in the air if the shield button is held before inputting the special button, which is useful for B-reversing to make Diddy Kong's movement harder to predict. The peanuts have the property of items and can be caught and thrown. The peanuts also bounce off of opponents and solid surfaces, but they lose their hitbox afterward. The longer Diddy Kong charges the attack, the farther and quicker the peanut will fly. If Diddy Kong overcharges the attack, however, it will cause a very powerful explosion that leaves him vulnerable but possesses massive knockback.
Side special Monkey Flip 14% (clean mid-air kick), 12% (mid midair kick), 10% (late midair kick), 1% (grab loop), 3% (grab attack, hit 1), 7% (grab attack, hit 2), 3% (jump attack, hit 1), 8% (jump attack, hit 2) Diddy Kong performs a back-flipping forward leap that has him cling onto an opponent. Inputting the move as a smash attack increases the distance of the jump. Once he has clung onto the opponent, he will continuously scratch them. During this time, he can perform an action depending on what button is pressed: pressing the attack or special move button will cause Diddy Kong to attack them with a double-handed chop them and then leap away while pressing the jump button will cause him to perform a pseudo footstool jump, which can meteor smash at high percentages. If the attack or special button is pressed during the jump, Diddy Kong will attack with a flying kick instead of latching on to his opponent. However, if Diddy Kong chooses to use the flying kick he will not be able to use his rocketbarrel pack unless he touches the ground first, making it a risky option offstage. This move is very useful in the neutral to pressure shielding opponents alongside the Banana Peel.
Up special Rocketbarrel Boost 10% (launch explosion), 8% (early collision), 6% (late collision), 18% (collision explosion; detached Rocketbarrel Pack) 3.75%~4.33% (flying Rocketbarrel Pack); 5% (crash recoil) Diddy Kong charges his rocket barrel pack from Donkey Kong 64 in a powerful attack. Can potentially fly very far and very fast when charged, however hitting a surface, or being hit, will make Diddy Kong lose his rocket barrels before falling a huge distance while being unable to perform any action, often falling too far to survive. Diddy Kong will also take recoil damage for hitting a surface. It travels significantly more horizontal/diagonal distance than it does vertically.
Down special Banana Peel 3.8%~5.3% Diddy Kong tosses a Banana Peel over his shoulder and into the air to have it fall onto the ground. Grounded opponents who touch the peel while on the ground or are hit by the peel when thrown will slip and trip on the floor. An integral part of Diddy Kong’s kit, as it allows him to take control of the stage, extend and create combos, set up KOs, easily punish missed attacks from his opponents even if they are spaced properly, and otherwise dominate the neutral game. A held banana also serves as one of the best out of shield options in the game when thrown. Only one banana peel can exist at one time, and it disappears when hit by an opponent or when thrown twice.
Final Smash Hyper Rocketbarrel 0.5% (startup loop), 2.5% (per collision), 20% (final hit), 15% (collateral final hit), 10% (explosion) Diddy Kong activates his Rocketbarrel Pack and flies up. He then dashes across the screen in multiple directions, doing damage to whoever he touches. After a while, he will lock on to whatever opponent has taken the most damage and unleash one final dash attack that launches the targeted opponent, as well as any other nearby opponents. After this last attack, Diddy Kong descends back to his original position. His Rocketbarrel Pack explodes before he lands, which damages nearby opponents.

On-screen appearance

Bursts out of a DK Barrel and claps his hands above his head.

Taunts

  • Up taunt: Tosses his cap in the air and has it land on his head. This is a reference to his victory pose in Donkey Kong Country after he defeats a boss or wins in a Bonus Area.
  • Side taunt: Angrily does a playful fighter's stance while growling, trying to assert his dominance.
  • Down taunt: Claps his hands above his head four times, switching feet in the process.

Idle poses

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

Victory poses

  • Left: Shoots the air with his Peanut Popguns, rolls towards the camera, and fires one more shot.
  • Up: Spins with his Rocket Barrels then faces the screen, dancing with hands on his head and chin.
  • Right: Does a small dance, then holds still in a breakdance-like pose, clapping his feet together.
A cover of the short track that plays in Donkey Kong Country and subsequent games whenever a playable Kong defeated a boss or completed a bonus game.

In competitive play

Diddy Kong's role in Ultimate competitive play has fluctuated over its lifetime. Top professionals immediately noticed his weaknesses. They include inconsistent KO'ing at higher percents, banana having a higher startup, and Monkey Flip dealing less knockback. Many of Diddy Kong's top players either dropped him in favor of other characters (MVD and Zinoto) or quit competitive play altogether (ZeRo). In the early months of Ultimate, Diddy was perceived as a mid tier.

When Patch 3.1.0. dropped, Diddy received a multitude of buffs to kit to compensate for his main problem of KOing. Some players further optimized Diddy's moveset, such as an infinite being discovered on platforms, which was named the Pyramid Scheme. In recent times, many of Diddy's players have consistently done well in larger tournaments compared to the past. Aaron, Dakpo, Rivers, and Legit have attained respectable placements. In addition, Dakpo has notably upset Glutonny while even utilizing the infamous pyramid scheme infinite in GENESIS 7, and Player-1 has upset Marss in CEO Dreamland 2020. Because of this, the general opinion of Diddy Kong has been on a noticeable rise lately, with some players, such as Samsora, Maister, and ZeRo, viewing him as a solid high tier, with Dabuz going as far to say that he is top tier.

Notable players

Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the Fall 2019 PGRU, which recognizes the official top 50 players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from July 13th, 2019 to December 15th, 2019.

Active

Inactive

Classic Mode: Hey, Little Buddy!

Diddy Kong's congratulations screen.

In Diddy Kong's path, he serves as the "little buddy" to the hero of various Nintendo franchises and fights the respective villains or final bosses. In the penultimate stage he finally teams up with his true partner, Donkey Kong, to defeat their nemesis King K. Rool. Donkey Kong is also Diddy Kong's partner for the final fight against Master Hand and Crazy Hand. The title originated from the manual of Donkey Kong Country and was popularized by the Donkey Kong Country TV series; Diddy Kong is also referred to as Donkey Kong's "little buddy" in games such as Brawl and Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Bowser BowserHeadSSBU.png and Bowser Jr. BowserJrHeadSSBU.png Princess Peach's Castle King Bowser - Super Mario Bros. 3 Mario MarioHeadSSBU.png is a CPU ally.
2 Ridley RidleyHeadMetaSSBU.png and Dark Samus DarkSamusHeadSSBU.png Norfair Nemesis Ridley Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png is a CPU ally.
3 Ganondorf GanondorfHeadSSBU.png Unova Pokémon League (Battlefield form) Death Mountain Zelda ZeldaHeadSSBU.png is a CPU ally.
4 Mewtwo MewtwoHeadSSBU.png Spear Pillar Battle! (Dialga/Palkia) / Spear Pillar Pokémon Trainer PokémonTrainerHeadSSBU.png is a CPU ally.
5 King Dedede KingDededeHeadSSBU.png and Meta Knight MetaKnightHeadSSBU.png Fountain of Dreams King Dedede's Theme (Brawl) Kirby KirbyHeadSSBU.png is a CPU ally.
6 King K. Rool KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png Jungle Japes King K. Rool / Ship Deck 2 Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png is a CPU ally.
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand and Crazy Hand Final Destination Master Hand / Crazy Hand Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png is a CPU ally.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Diddy Kong has Stickerbush Symphony accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light

Finding Diddy Kong in World of Light

Diddy Kong was among the fighters that were summoned to fight the army of Master Hands.

During the opening cutscene, Diddy Kong was present on the cliffside when Galeem unleashed its beams of light. He attempted to fly away with Rosalina & Luma using his activated Rocketbarrel Pack, but a beam of light hit him and he was vaporized and placed under Galeem's imprisonment along with the other fighters, excluding Kirby.

To find Diddy Kong, the player must access the Kongo Jungle sub-area reminiscent of the first Donkey Kong Country game, where he's found right at the end.

Fighter Battle

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
36
Diddy Kong SSBU.png
Diddy Kong
Grab
Grab
9,000 Kongo Jungle (Ω form) Stickerbush Symphony


Spirit

Diddy Kong's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Diddy Kong 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. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.

In Spirit battles

As the main opponent

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
147
Lanky Kong Spirit.png
Lanky Kong Donkey Kong Series Diddy Kong Team DiddyKongHeadBlueSSBU.png (×6)
Grab
3,900 Kongo Falls •Item: Bananas •The enemy is easily distracted by items
•Defeat an army of fighters
DK Rap
148
Tiny Kong.png
Tiny Kong Donkey Kong Series Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadBlueSSBU.png
Grab
9,500 Jungle Japes •Tiny
•Hazard: Low Gravity
•Hazard: Heavy Wind
•Dangerously high winds are in effect
•Timed battle
•Gravity is reduced
DK Rap
155
Squitter the Spider.png
Squitter Donkey Kong Series Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadPinkSSBU.png
Grab
3,600 Jungle Japes •Move Speed ↓ •You have reduced move speed Ice Cave Chant
165
TikiTak.PNG
Tiki Tak Tribe Donkey Kong Series Diddy Kong Team (×4) (DiddyKongHeadGreenSSBU.pngDiddyKongHeadBlueSSBU.pngDiddyKongHeadYellowSSBU.pngDiddyKongHeadCyanSSBU.png)
Neutral
1,700 Kongo Falls N/A •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Jungle Hijinxs
179
Octorok.png
Octorok The Legend of Zelda Series Diddy Kong Team DiddyKongHeadGreenSSBU.png (×4)
Grab
1,800 Great Bay N/A •The enemy's neutral special has increased power
•The enemy favors neutral specials
Termina Field
207
Deku Link.png
Deku Link The Legend of Zelda Series Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadGreenSSBU.png
Grab
3,700 Distant Planet (Battlefield form) •Item Tidal Wave
•Item: Lip's Stick
•The enemy favors neutral specials
•Certain items will appear in large numbers after a little while
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Saria's Theme
320
Ukiki Spirit.png
Ukiki Yoshi Series Diddy Kong Team DiddyKongHeadPinkSSBU.png (×4)
Grab
2,000 Yoshi's Story •Item: Food •The enemy becomes more powerful after eating Obstacle Course - Yoshi's Island
397
Andrew Oikonny spirit.png
Andrew Oikonny Star Fox Series Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Grab
1,700 Corneria •Attack Power ↑ •The enemy has increased attack power when the enemy's at high damage Star Wolf (Brawl)
406
DashBowman.png
Dash Bowman Star Fox Series Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Fox FoxHeadBlackSSBU.png
Neutral
1,500 Corneria (Battlefield form) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Return to Corneria - Star Fox Zero
586
Salsa Spirit.png
Salsa EarthBound Series Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadBlueSSBU.png
Wario WarioHeadRedSSBU.png
Grab
1,700 Gerudo Valley (Battlefield form) •Item: Banana Peel •The enemy favors special moves Mother 3 Love Theme
861
Leif.png
Leif (Animal Crossing) Animal Crossing Series Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadGreenSSBU.png
Attack
3,500 Yoshi's Island •Item: Timer •The enemy is easily distracted by items Title Theme - Animal Crossing
992
Dee Jay Spirit.png
Dee Jay Street Fighter Series Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png (×3)
Grab
1,600 Wuhu Island (Frisbee Dog Park) •Jump Power ↓ Stamina battle
•The enemy favors side specials
•All fighters have reduced jump power
Dee Jay Stage Type B
1,139
Goku & Chao.png
Goku & Chao Famicom Mukashibanashi Series Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Villager VillagerHeadBlueSSBU.png
Shield
1,600 Town and City •Item: Golden Hammer •Reinforcements will appear during the battle
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Yūyūki Medley Goku
1,239
Prince Saruno Spirit.png
Prince Saruno Tsukutte Utau: Saru Band Diddy Kong Team DiddyKongHeadPinkSSBU.png (×4)
Attack
2,000 New Donk City Hall •Defense ↑
•Item: Banana Peel
•The enemy has increased defense after a little while PERFORMANCE
1,338
Tooty Spirit.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
1,369
Grookey, Scorbunny, Sobble.png
Grookey, Scorbunny, & Sobble Pokémon Series Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadGreenSSBU.png
•Bunny Incineroar IncineroarHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Squirtle SquirtleHeadSSBU.png
Attack
9,600 Onett (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy has increased attack power when badly damaged
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
•The enemy starts the battle with a Lip's Stick
Road to Viridian City - Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue Grookey

As a minion

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
82
Barrel Train Spirit.png
Barrel Train Mario Kart Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadBlackSSBU.png
Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
Shield
3,500 Spirit Train •Item: Bullet Bill •The enemy can deal damage by dashing into you
•The enemy has increased attack power
•The enemy has increased move speed
Rainbow Road - Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Diddy Kong
141
Funky Kong Spirit.png
Funky Kong Donkey Kong Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlueSSBU.png
Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
Neutral
9,000 Kongo Jungle •Item: Bullet Bill •The enemy is easily distracted by items Funky's Fugue Diddy Kong
145
Dixiekong.png
Dixie Kong Donkey Kong Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadPinkSSBU.png
Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadPinkSSBU.png
Grab
9,100 Jungle Japes •Item: Banana Peel •The enemy is easily distracted by items Swinger Flinger Diddy Kong
912
Roll Caskett Spirit.png
Roll Caskett Mega Man Legends Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadRedSSBU.png
Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Shield
3,700 Pilotwings •Item: Hocotate Bomb •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Light Plane (for 3DS / Wii U) Data
1,070
Fleature.png
The Creature & Flea Man Castlevania Series •Giant Mii Brawler MiiBrawlerHeadSSBU.png (Moveset 1333, Hockey Mask, Business Outfit, Low Voice Type 11)
Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
Shield
4,500 Dracula's Castle (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Zap Floor •The floor is electrified
•The enemy is giant
Out of Time Flea Man
1,130
Donbe hikari.png
Donbe & Hikari Famicom Mukashibanashi Series Young Link YoungLinkHeadCyanSSBU.png
Villager VillagerHeadPinkSSBU.png
Falco FalcoHeadOrangeSSBU.png
Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadBlueSSBU.png
Duck Hunt DuckHuntHeadTanSSBU.png
Neutral
3,500 Duck Hunt (hazards off) N/A •Defeat an army of fighters Shin Onigashima Medley Matsunosuke
1,396
Goda.png
Goda River City Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadGreenSSBU.png
Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
Neutral
2,000 Onett •Item: Battering Types •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy's side special has increased power
•The enemy favors side specials
Golden Forest Godai

Alternate costumes

Diddy Kong Palette (SSBU).png
DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png DiddyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png DiddyKongHeadPinkSSBU.png DiddyKongHeadPurpleSSBU.png DiddyKongHeadGreenSSBU.png DiddyKongHeadBlueSSBU.png DiddyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png DiddyKongHeadCyanSSBU.png

Gallery

Character Showcase Video

Trivia

  • Diddy Kong's blog mentions his Final Smash utilizing his popguns. However, his new Final Smash, Hyper Rocketbarrel, no longer utilizes the popguns he wielded like in Rocketbarrel Barrage.
  • Diddy Kong's Classic Mode route is vaguely similar to Zelda's, as both characters fight villains and/or final bosses of various series for opponents.