Diddy Kong (SSBU)

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This article is about Diddy Kong's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Diddy Kong.
Diddy Kong
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Diddy Kong SSBU.png
Universe Donkey Kong
Other Smash Bros. appearances in Brawl
in SSB4

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Hyper Rocketbarrel
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, officially confirmed on June 12th, 2018. 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's voice is once again comprised of his realistic chimpanzee screeches that were used in both Brawl and Smash 4.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

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

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Having been the most notorious top tier in early Super Smash Bros. 4 and remaining a dominant top-tier character throughout the game's lifespan, Diddy Kong was nerfed from his SSB4 iteration. His Monkey Flip most notably travels a shorter distance which worsens his overall movement and neutral. Banana also has more startup lag making it harder for him to instantly hold bananas when he pulls one out. Down tilt was also nerfed which prevents Diddy from being able to combo into up smash and combo off of the move reliably. His grab game was also toned down as his grab has more startup and endlag and his combo throws have either more endlag or more knockback which significantly hinders their combo potential. His up special also travels a shorter distance which nerfs his recovery as well as his weight being lowered.

He did get some small buffs however. Diddy's already impressive mobility was improved as his initial dash, run speed, walk speed, and airspeed are significantly better. Diddy also slightly benefits from the game's mechanics as his aerials have less ending lag (Although Up Air has a worse hitbox).

Diddy Kong's nerfs seem to outweigh his buffs and he is worse than his iteration in Smash 4, but to what extent is currently unknown.


  • Change As with all veterans returning from SSB4, Diddy Kong's model features a more subdued color scheme. Like Donkey Kong, his fur is less detailed than the previous installment.
  • Change Diddy Kong is more expressive. His hat also appears to be "looser" around his head, popping off slightly while performing many actions.
  • Change Diddy Kong now faces more towards the screen. As a result, his stance, moveset, and animations are now mirrored.
  • Change Up taunt has an altered ending animation. Diddy Kong now fixes his hat as it lands crooked on his head.


  • Buff Like all characters, Diddy Kong's jumpsquat animation now takes three frames to complete (down from 4).
  • Buff Diddy Kong runs faster (1.824 → 2.006).
    • Buff Diddy Kong's 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).
  • Change Diddy Kong is lighter (93 → 90). This makes him less susceptible to combos at the expense of worse endurance.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff Neutral attack no longer has a multi-jab and instead finishes with a quick side kick. This makes the move much more consistent.
      • Nerf The loss of the multi-jab hurts its overall damage potential.
    • Buff The first hit can now be held for a consecutive jab.
    • Buff The third hit of neutral attack has less startup (frame 9 → 5).
  • Forward tilt
    • Nerf Forward tilt deals less knockback, diminishing its KO potential.
  • Up tilt
    • Buff Up tilt has less ending lag (FAF 33 → 30).
  • Down tilt:
    • Nerf Down tilt has greater knockback, reducing its combo potential at higher percents while still failing to KO at realistic percentages.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack has less ending lag (FAF 46 → 43).
    • Buff Since opponents can no longer run each other, dash attack can no longer accidentally whiff at extremely close ranges.
  • Nerf Down smash has more startup lag (5 → 8).
  • Buff Down smash hit 1 deals more knockback.

Aerial Attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag.
  • Change Forward aerial has an altered animation where Diddy Kong does not spin as much.
  • Nerf Up aerial has less range in front of Diddy Kong.
  • Buff Up aerial has less ending lag (FAF 39 → 37)

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Change Diddy Kong now uses one hand to grab instead of both.
  • Change Diddy Kong now has a surprised/shocked expression if he misses his grab.
  • Change Pummel has a altered animation. Diddy Kong no longer hops off the ground while pummeling.
  • Nerf Pummel deals less damage (2% → 1%).
    • Nerf Standing grab has increased startup (frame 6 → 7).
    • Nerf Standing grab and dash grab have increased ending lag.
    • Nerf Up Throw has more ending lag, and slightly more knockback, which reduces its combo potential.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Peanut Popgun:
    • Change Diddy Kong's animation for Peanut Popgun is now mirrored, and can now fire with both his left and right hand.
    • Buff Peanut Popgun has less startup (17 → 15)
  • Monkey Flip:
    • Nerf Monkey Flip travels a shorter distance.
    • Buff Monkey Flip's attack throw has significantly more knockback growth, now being capable of KOing at reasonable percents onstage.
    • Change If Diddy successfully lands Monkey Flip on his opponent, he starts to scratch his opponent instead of just latching onto his opponent.
  • Rocketbarrel Boost:
    • Nerf Rocketbarrel Boost's recovery appears to be shortened.
  • Banana Peel:
    • Change Banana Peel has a snappier animation.
    • Change Diddy Kong appears to throw the Banana Peel much higher than before.
    • Change If the Banana Peel is thrown at an opponent once with the respective peel, it no longer disappears until thrown at again, allowing Diddy Kong to quickly pick it up again and reuse it. However, this also means his opponents can do the same when it is out.
  • Final Smash:
    • Buff Hyper Rocketbarrel, Diddy Kong's new Final Smash, functions differently from Rocketbarrel Barrage. Diddy Kong now 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.

Classic Mode: Hey, Little Buddy![edit]

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 and Bowser Jr. Princess Peach's Castle King Bowser - Super Mario Bros. 3 Mario is a CPU ally.
2 Meta Ridley and Dark Samus Norfair Nemesis Ridley Zero Suit Samus is a CPU ally.
3 Ganondorf Unova Pokémon League Death Mountain Zelda is a CPU ally.
4 Mewtwo Spear Pillar Battle! (Dialga/Palkia) / Spear Pillar Pokémon Trainer is a CPU ally.
5 King Dedede and Meta Knight Fountain of Dreams King Dedede's Theme (Brawl) Kirby is a CPU ally.
6 King K. Rool Jungle Japes King K. Rool / Ship Deck 2 Donkey Kong is a CPU ally.
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand and Crazy Hand Final Destination Master Hand / Crazy Hand Donkey Kong is a CPU ally.

Role in World of Light[edit]

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

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 Coutry game, where he's found right at the end.

Alternate costumes[edit]

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


Character Showcase Video[edit]


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