Diddy Kong (SSBU)
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 most of his realistic chimpanzee screeches that were used in both Brawl and Smash 4, though they are much less animalistic.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
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 significantly nerfed from his SSB4 iteration. His Monkey Flip most notably travels a shorter distance, which worsens his overall movement and neutral. The move also ultimately renders him helpless after some time when latching on his opponents in midair, making edge guard and stage spike KOs a much riskier option if the opponent is not pummeled quick enough. Rocketbarrel Boost travels a shorter distance, worsening his recovery. Banana Peel also has more startup lag, making it harder for him to instantly grab bananas after 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 infamous up aerial has a smaller hitbox. His grab game was also toned down, with his grab having more startup and endlag, and his combo throws have either more endlag or more knockback, which significantly hinders their combo potential. Diddy Kong also suffers from having less weight, making him even easier to KO.
He did get some notable 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 and up/down throw have less ending lag and knockback. This makes most of his aerials quicker to perform as before in early Smash 4 metagame before they were noticeably nerfed.
Diddy Kong's nerfs seem to outweigh his buffs, making him worse than his iteration in Smash 4. His overall perception has been negative since notable Smash 4 Diddy Kong players such as MVD, Zinoto and Nietono have dropped him in favor of other characters. However, recent game updates (most notably version 3.1.0) have meaningfully buffed Diddy Kong to a slightly more substantial degree, and ZeRo has come back to maining him again; furthermore, Diddy Kong has started to show signs of competitive success thanks to the efforts of Dakpo, who recently placed 13th at Low Tier City 7. As a result, Diddy Kong’s viability in the competitive scene remains questionable.
Likely as a result to his negative perception as a lower tier character, Diddy Kong has been heavily buffed in game updates.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
Bursts out of a DK Barrel and claps his hands above his head.
In competitive play
Classic Mode: Hey, Little Buddy!
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.
Role in World of Light
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 Country game, where he's found right at the end.
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
As a minion
Character Showcase Video
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