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Donkey Kong (SSBU)

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Donkey Kong
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe Donkey Kong
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His charged punch is one of the strongest attacks in the game! In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, his Final Smash has been updated from Konga Beat to a flurry of punches!
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Donkey Kong (ドンキーコング, Donkey Kong) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Donkey Kong is classified as fighter #02.

Donkey Kong retains his realistic gorilla grunts and roars from Super Smash Bros. 4, instead of using his voice actor, Takashi Nagasako.


Donkey Kong is unsurprisingly a large super heavyweight, having the same weight value as King Dedede, and is the third-heaviest character in the game behind Bowser and King K. Rool. Despite this, he is one of the faster heavyweights in the game: his ground speed, aerial movement and attack speed are all quite fast, as he has the 9th fastest walking speed, the 28th fastest dashing speed, the 15th highest traction, above average falling speed, and is tied with Mario, Sonic, Little Mac, and Inkling for the 12th fastest air speed, but in contrast has below average gravity and moderately slow air acceleration.

A typical heavyweight is expected to possess moves with much power and Donkey Kong is no exception to this and is possibly his greatest attribute. Donkey Kong has no problem with setting up into KOs with moves that have both high power and decent range at worst: his sweetspotted up tilt, smash attacks, aerials, back throw, Giant Punch, and grounded Spinning Kong are his primary examples. His ability to take stocks due to powerful attacks is made easier with his decent approach. His aforementioned mobility and large size gives him an effective grounded approach and allow longer range for a character of his size, combined allows him to have an easier time to fight in close range and land his attacks on opponents. He also has very solid survivability thanks to his aforementioned extremely high weight and above average falling speed, which is also common for his archetype. All in all, Donkey Kong's attributes give him some of the best overall endurance in the game, with only Bowser and King K. Rool surpassing him horizontally.

Donkey Kong works well with his grounded moveset: His neutral attack has decent damage and startup. Forward tilt's long range makes it one of his main spacing tools and works better with its intangibility. Up tilt is a safe move to interrupt his opponents, with the move covering Donkey Kong's entire body, act as an anti-air, and hits through low platforms such as the ones on Battlefield. Down tilt allows him to have a long range crouching option and has a chance to trip opponents. His dash attack works as a combo starter and a situational KO option at low and very high percentages, respectively. All of his smash attacks are notoriously strong and aren't all that slow, making them his go-to options for hard reads and scoring KOs. His grounded options having their own utility can also be said for his aerial game. His forward and down aerials are some of his best edgeguarding tools due to both of them being meteor smashes. His neutral aerial is his fastest aerial, hard to interrupt, helps him break out of combos, and is one of the strongest of its type in the game when hit clean. His up aerial serves well as a vertical KO option (if the specific situation he's in allows for it) thanks to its high knockback, and it is also safe, as his head is intangible during it, and the move itself doesn't have that much ending lag. His back aerial is up there with his forward tilt for his most effective spacing tool and is debatably even better, being fast, long-ranged, and having a sex kick-like hitbox with a long duration and high knockback when hit clean. His air speed allows his aerial moves to be used at their fullest potential and, with the exception of forward aerial, they’re all decently fast.

Another part of his playstyle, which is very well-known, is his grab game, allowing set-ups into his moveset and having above-average range. Although his down throw has little to no usage, everything else suffices: His pummel is slower compared to many others in the cast, but deals decent damage, up throw allows some combo potential into his moves, back throw is his primary throw to close out stocks, but his forward throw is easily his most useful one and possibly the most unique part of the character. During his forward throw, Donkey Kong can move, jump and walk off the stage while having the opponent in his hands, acting like he usually would outside of a typical grab (with the exception of being able to use his other moves and having a double jump). Forward throw also gives Donkey Kong different types of throws for the certain direction basically giving him eight throws, these ones are commonly known as the "cargo throws". Cargo forward and down throw work as niche edgeguarding options, with cargo down throw even being a semi-spike. Cargo back throw has a large damage output and is a very solid kill throw. It also has its utility as a stage spike unless his opponent is able to properly tech the throw. Finally, cargo up throw allows more combo potential than his vanilla up throw being able to combo into his aerials at low percents.

Donkey Kong's special moves are also helpful for his gameplan. Giant Punch is his surprise KO and punish move, be used to pressure the opponent, and if fully charged has super armor upon using it. Headbutt can bury opponents which can allow him to setup into KOs, and spikes in the air. It has super armor during the move's startup and also does deceptively high shield damage, allowing him to have a shield pressure option or call out poor shield positioning. Grounded Hand Slap has very long range and allows for stage control, but has no usage for aerial opponents as it leaves Donkey Kong immobile on the ground and its hitbox only deals damage on the ground. The aerial Hand Slap is his last move which can meteor smash and is fast, making it an effective and easy one to land. His final special move, Spinning Kong, acts similar to Bowser's Whirling Fortress as his primary out of shield option, it's hard to disrupt and is a multi-hit with high damage. In the air, it works as a incredibly fast horizontal recovery option and deals a lot of damage if all the hits connect.

However despite his versatile moveset and high power, Donkey Kong falls into a plethora of problems. His defensive game is very poor, a commonality for a character of his size. While his massive size and weight gives him very high endurance and the reason his range is better when compared to other characters like Mario and Squirtle, it becomes a problem when having to dodge attacks which is hard for him because he is a very large target. His tie hurtbox is also extremely large, exasperating the issue. Funnily enough, just like those two previously mentioned fighters, he commonly has trouble dealing with characters that have disjoints mainly due to his lack of projectiles, mainly swordfighters such as Shulk and Ike, hitboxes on moves such as Mewtwo's up and back aerials, or fast multi-hits such as Palutena's neutral air. Donkey Kong's large size also causes him to be extremely vulnerable to combos and juggling, worsened by his lack of combo breakers (outside of neutral aerial) and the reintroduction of directional air dodges makes his aerial defense even more linear, having it made worse with its higher ending lag for all characters, but it debatably hurts a character such as Donkey Kong the most.

In spite of having fast startup in many moves, Donkey Kong's moveset is made much slower by its ending lag and most of his moves not safe to hit with at low percents. This forces him to be more careful with the moves he uses as he can be heavily punished for just putting out one attack, and this is made even harder to stop due to his aforementioned limited defense. A lot of his moves are also rather limited despite their strengths: his smash attacks are slow and have very linear hitboxes, a chunk of his throws despite their variety don't have much utility, Giant Punch forces Donkey Kong to get up-close to the opponent to land the attack and needs to be charged for it to be effective, Headbutt and Hand Slap are both slow causing them to be very hard moves to use for their initial purpose, and Spinning Kong, while having decently long horizontal recovery distance, gets almost no recovery distance vertically, and is prone to edgeguarding against moves like Captain Falcon and Falco's down aerials.

All in all, Donkey Kong's mixture of fast mobility, decently long range, high weight, decent combo potential, and excellent kill power make him somewhat adept and flexible in many different situations, but killing and pressuring opponents stand out as his biggest strengths. Despite this, DK's high weight, large hurtbox and lack of a good escape tool make him vulnerable to many combos; his recovery is extremely poor, and his moveset is moderately punishable due to its overall ending lag. As such, Donkey Kong has to capitalize upon his powerful and ranged moveset to limit opponents' approaches and win matches.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Donkey Kong received a mix of buffs and nerfs in his transition from SSB4 to Ultimate, though despite receiving more buffs than nerfs, the latter are more prominent than the former, as they either weakened or removed the traits that he had in the previous game. Because of this, Donkey Kong has been nerfed overall.

Donkey Kong received has several useful buffs, among the most notable ones being to his special moves. Giant Punch no longer leaves him helpless when used in the air, giving him a new edgeguarding option. Headbutt now grants him super armor before the hit comes, and moves deal their full damage when opponents are buried, which improves the moves' versatility and alleviates some of his difficulty with landing safely, as he can now opt to directly contest a powerful move while he's being juggled. Grounded Spinning Kong has less difficulty at linking its multi-hits and has faster super armor. while the aerial Spinning Kong is now a proper multi-hitting move with a finishing hit, making it more safe. Hand Slap is generally faster and the aerial version has reduced landing lag, which gives Donkey Kong a very useful combo starter and allows it to confirm into KOs at high percentages.

His biggest buff, however, comes from a vastly improved forward throw (cargo throw), which now grants him much more options and turns it into his most versatile throw, as well as one of the very best throws in the game overall. His dash attack also has less ending lag, giving him another combo starter if the late hit is landed and making it much safer if shielded. Donkey Kong's already impressive KO power has been further increased as well, as most of his moves deal more knockback. Finally, Donkey Kong also benefits to some of the universal changes, as his already great mobility has improved from faster walking and dashing speeds, the universal 3-frame jumpsquat change improves his ground-to-air out of shield game and allows him for with combo opportunities, and the increased shieldstun and reduced landing lag on aerial attacks makes his attacks even safer on shield (the latter despite the reduced shieldstun on aerials).

However, the fewn direct nerfs Donkey Kong received are severe enough to eclipse his buffs. Like Bowser, his biggest nerf is to his previously infamous combo throw, his cargo up throw - it now has more knockback, which severely hampers both its combo ability (now mostly limiting it to up aerial) and its infamous "Ding Dong" KO confirm at high percentages. Although his grab game was overall buffed, Donkey Kong is one of the characters who suffers the most from the universal nerfing of grabs, making them less safe for him to use. His pummel was also nerfed as well, making it less reliable for racking up damage. Thus, this makes it less feasible to rely on his grab as his main way to rack up damage, forcing Donkey Kong to use other methods to rack up damage. Other nerfs include his up aerial having shorter range, which hinders its versatility, and Spinning Kong gaining less horizontal distance and no longer granting intangibility on startup, overall worsening his already poor recovery. Many of his attacks no longer have disproportionately long intangibility, now only matching the hitbox duration of attacks such as his tilts and his up aerial.

Although he has gained some notable benefits from them, the universal changes to gameplay mechanics hamper Donkey Kong more than they help him overall. While the universal increase in mobility, faster jumpsquat and reduced landing lag on aerials improve his own mobility and combo game, it also means opponents are more likely to close in the distance on Donkey Kong, allowing them with more combo opportunities on him. The increased shieldstun, reduced landing lag and the universal nerfing of grabs also make it harder for Donkey Kong to react to a shielded attack; the universal nerfing of grabs is especially harmful, as it one of his key points to his gameplan. Altogether, this hinders Donkey Kong's grounded out of shield game, limiting him to directly contesting them by making use of his moves' super armor to muscle through them, which can be risky despite his large weight. Lastly, the changes to air dodging worsen Donkey Kong's recovery, as they give him less protection and make him easier to edgeguard. Overall, all of these changes worsen Donkey Kong's defensive game, which is further notable since the game's engine prioritizes more aggressive playstyles than defensive ones, and thus forces him not only to approach more, but to be more unpredictable at doing so.

In the end, Donkey Kong has potentially received many more options for racking up damage and be less predictable, but the worsening of his KO confirm and grabs means Donkey Kong can no longer close out stocks as early as before. While both his strengths and weaknesses are more defined than before, the gameplay mechanics accentuate more his weaknesses compared to his strengths, which has subsequently caused his nerfs to overshadow his buffs. As a result, Donkey Kong fares worse in Ultimate than in Smash 4, and is one of the characters to be nerfed the most in the transition. His overall perception in competitive play has been inconsistent; while he was initially believed to be improved from his already good standing from Smash 4 (doing exceptionally well in early tournaments), as the metagame has evolved, his tournament representation went down significantly to the point in which it is rather poor. Many of his players have either dropped him or become inactive, with his most noticeable player, Konga, gathering average to somewhat lackluster placements in tournaments and temporarily quitting competitive play, while others like HIKARU and Tweek have also dropped him (though HIKARU would pick him back up as a co-main at the start of 2020). Currently, top players generally see Donkey Kong as a mid or low tier character; nevertheless, he has seen respectable success and representation from players such as DKwill, Doctor A Ness, Runes, ShiNe, Sou and YMCA, which is further compounded with the buffs he received in 6.0.0. Until further notice, Donkey Kong's tier placement remains debatable.


  • Change Due to the aesthetic used in Ultimate, Donkey Kong's model features a more subdued color scheme. His fur appears flatter overall, while his tie features subtle detailing. His facial proportions have also been tweaked.
  • Change Donkey Kong faces the foreground at an angle, instead of facing directly forward. In addition, he now faces the screen regardless of whether he's facing left or right, resulting in all of his animations being mirrored and many of them being tweaked.
  • Change Like most of the returning roster, Donkey Kong has become much more expressive than in the previous games. For example, he scowls during multiple attacks, he also appears furious when he fully charged the Giant Punch, with his face turning red and veins being visible.
  • Change Up taunt has a new animation where he moves his body much less, more closely resembling how real-life gorillas beat their chests.
  • Change Ledge-hanging animation has changed.
  • Change Two of Donkey Kong's victory poses have been tweaked:
    • Change His up-inputted victory pose now has him look at the camera at the freeze frame and shakes his hands as opposed to his whole body afterwards.
    • Change His right-inputted victory pose has him strike a different pose while maintaining an angrier expression.


  • Buff Like all characters, Donkey Kong's jumpsquat animation takes 3 frames to complete (down from 6).
  • Buff Donkey Kong is heavier (122 → 127). However, he is no longer the second heaviest character in the game (claimed by King K. Rool) but instead tied with King Dedede for the third heaviest. Nevertheless, this noticeably improves his survivability.
  • Buff Donkey Kong walks faster (1.3 → 1.365).
  • Buff Donkey Kong dashes faster (1.7031 → 1.873).
  • Buff Donkey Kong's air speed is faster (1.15 → 1.208).
  • Buff Donkey Kong's traction is much higher (0.0529 → 0.123), going from the 37th highest to the 15th highest.
  • Change Donkey Kong's gravity is very slightly lower (0.08505 → 0.085). It is also much lower relative to the cast, going from the 35th highest to the 53rd highest.
  • Nerf Forward roll grants less intangibility (frames 4-16 → 4-15) and has more ending lag (FAF 30 → 31).
  • Nerf Back roll has has more startup (frame 4 → 5) and ending lag (FAF 30 → 36).
  • Buff Spot dodge has less startup (frame 4 → 3) and ending lag (FAF 29 → 27).
  • Nerf Spot dodge grants less intangibility (frames 4-19 → 3-17).
  • Buff Air dodge grant more intangibility (frames 4-29 → 4-32).
  • Nerf Air dodge has significantly more ending lag (FAF 35 → 49).

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff The first hit transitions into the second hit faster (frame 11 → 8).
    • Buff The second hit comes out faster (frame 6 → 4), which alongside the previous change allows it to connect better from the first hit.
      • Nerf However, its total duration remains unchanged, giving it more ending lag.
    • Nerf Both hits have a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.5× (hit 1), 1.8× (hit 2)), giving opponents more time to SDI the first hit and DI the second hit.
    • Change The first hit deals less knockback (0/35/45 base/100/25/25 scaling → 25/20/20 base/35/20/20 scaling) and its outermost hitbox launches opponents closer to Donkey Kong (110° → 180°), allowing it to connect better, but hindering its jab cancel setups.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff The move has less startup (frame 8 → 6) and ending lag (FAF 38 → 35).
    • Buff Its hitboxes are larger (4.5u/5u/3.2u → 5.5u/5u/3.5u).
    • Nerf It deals less damage when angled up (11% → 9%) and not angled (10% → 8%).
    • Nerf It grants much less intangibility on Donkey Kong's arm (frames 7-11 (up), 1-25 (forward, down) → 6-9 (all)), being in line with the duration of the hitboxes.
    • Change For all angles, it has higher base knockback, but lower knockback scaling (10 base/100 scaling → 50/78). This makes it much safer on hit at low percents, but weakens its KO potential.
      • Nerf Due to its higher base knockback, it can no longer lock opponents, and the down angled variant can no longer cause tripping.
    • Change It has an altered animation where Donkey Kong keeps his other arm planted on the ground rather than it twisting with the rest of his body.
  • Up tilt:
    • Nerf The move deals less damage (11%/10%/9% → 10%/9%/8%) without compensation on knockback, hindering its KO potential.
    • Buff The sweetspot is on the hand instead of the shoulder, making it easier to land overall.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff The move has less startup lag (frame 7 → 6).
    • Nerf The hitbox duration is shorter (3 frames → 2 frames).
    • Nerf It has more ending lag (FAF 23 → 25).
    • Nerf It grants much less intangibility on Donkey Kong's arm (frames 1-9 → 5-7), being more in line with the duration of the hitboxes.
    • Nerf The hitboxes on Donkey Kong's arm deal less damage (7% → 6%), matching the sourspot.
      • Buff However, their knockback was not compensated, allowing them to trip opponents for longer.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff The move has less ending lag (FAF 42 → 35).
    • Buff It deals more damage (10% → 12% (clean), 8% → 9% (late)), with knockback scaling compensated (53 → 46 (clean), 65 → 60 (late)).
    • Buff Its hitboxes are larger (6u → 7u (clean), 4u → 5.5u (late)) and further out (Z offset: 7 (clean)/4.2 (late) → 8/5.2), improving its range.
    • Nerf It deals more hitlag (1x → 1.25x), making it easier to DI.
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff The move deals more damage (20%/19% → 22%/21%) without proper compensation on knockback (30/25 base/91 scaling → 21/18 base/88/86 scaling), improving its KO power.
    • Change Its animation has been altered: Donkey Kong no longer brings his arms behind him as much when charging the move, doing so before releasing the move.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff The move deals more damage (18% → 19%) and has increased knockback (30 base/83 scaling → 40/84), improving its KO potential.
    • Buff Up smash's hand hitbox is higher up (Y offset: 26 → 28) and the arm hitbox is lower down (Y offset: 20 → 18) and extends further outwards (Z offset: -3—3 → -5—5). This improves the move's range above and next to Donkey Kong, allowing it to hit larger fighters on the ground.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (17 frames → 11 (neutral), 29 → 17 (forward), 18 → 11 (back), 25 → 15 (up), 24 → 14 (down)).
  • Buff The removal of teching for grounded meteor smashes improves the combo potential of Donkey Kong's forward and down aerials onstage, compounded further by their reduced landing lag.
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff It deals more damage (11% → 12% (clean), 8% → 9% (late)) with no compensation on knockback, improving its KO potential.
    • Buff It has larger hitboxes (5u/4u → 5u/5u/5.7u), and the clean hit has received an additional hitbox during its first active frame that is placed further vertically (Y offset: 8u) and horizontally (Z offset: 15u), greatly improving the move's range.
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff The late hit lasts one frame longer (frames 21-22 → 21-23), allowing it to reach farther below Donkey Kong.
    • Nerf It has a slightly altered animation, with Donkey Kong spinning at an angle after performing a downwards punch. This new animation is longer (55 frames → 62) increasing the amount of time DK cannot grab the ledge after using it, although its interruptibility and late auto-cancel window were compensated.
  • Up aerial:
    • Nerf The move grants less intangibility on Donkey Kong's head (frames 1-10 → 5-10), being more in line with the duration of the hitboxes.
    • Nerf The move has an altered animation where Donkey Kong doesn't bring his head as far backwards as before, reducing its coverage behind him.

Throws and other attacks[edit]

  • Grabs:
    • Nerf All grabs have increased ending lag (FAF 31 → 39 (standing), 39 → 47 (dash), 37 → 42 (pivot)).
    • Nerf Dash and pivot grab have slightly more startup lag (frame 10 → 11 (dash), 11 → 12 (pivot)).
    • Nerf Dash and pivot grab have less range (Z2 offset: 17 → 15.9 (dash), -24.5 → -21.5 (pivot)).
  • Pummel:
    • Nerf Pummel deals less damage (2.1% → 1.6%).
    • Nerf It has much less startup (frame 9 → 2) and ending lag (FAF 16 → 8), but deals considerably more hitlag (4 frames → 15), increasing its effective duration.
      • Change Relative to the rest of the cast, Donkey Kong's pummel is among the slowest but most damaging, rather than average on both accounts.
    • Change Its animation has been slightly changed. Donkey Kong chops the opponent's body rather than their head.
  • Change Donkey Kong's throws are no longer weight-dependent. This improves their combo potential on heavyweights, but reduces it on lightweights.
  • Forward throw (cargo throw):
    • Change Cargo throw involves Donkey Kong hauling the opponent over his shoulder, similarly to his grandfather in the Donkey Kong arcade game and his own carrying animation in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
    • Cargo forward throw:
      • Buff The move deals more damage (10% → 12%) without proper compensation on knockback (80 base/50 scaling → 90/46), slightly improving its KO potential.
    • Cargo back throw:
      • Buff Donkey Kong has a new cargo back throw: he holds the opponent with both hands by the legs and hurls them behind himself. This new throw deals more damage (12% → 13%) and knockback (70 base/50 scaling → 85/52), improving its KO potential to the point it can KO middleweights under 150% in the air.
    • Cargo up throw:
      • Buff The move deals more damage (10% → 12%).
      • Nerf The move has increased knockback (58 base/52 scaling → 65/53). While this slightly improves its combo potential at low to mid-percentages due to Donkey Kong's faster jumpsquat, it also limits its combo potential into only up aerial. It also noticeably worsens its combo potential past mid-percentages, no longer leading into guaranteed KOs off the top blast line except if initiated on platforms.
        • Buff However, this grants the move KO potential, especially when combined with a jump.
    • Cargo down throw:
      • Change Donkey Kong has a new cargo down throw: he performs a bearhug instead of throwing the opponent downward.
      • Buff This new throw deals more damage (7% → 11%).
      • Buff It grants Donkey Kong a slight boost upwards if used in the air, giving it more offstage utility.
      • Change It has altered knockback (50 base/80 scaling → 70/45). Combined with its upward boost, this makes it safer to use at low percentages and keeps its KO potential at high ones if used offstage, but removes its ability to chain grab opponents on moving platforms (such as Smashville's) or against walls, while still lacking KO ability if not used offstage.
  • Down throw:
    • Buff Down throw releases the opponent earlier (frame 24 → 19), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 60 → 55), making it harder to DI in time.
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attack deals more damage (8% → 10%).

Special moves[edit]

  • Giant Punch:
    • Buff The move has less lag when charge-canceled by shielding (8 frames → 4), making it safer to charge. It can also be charge-canceled by jumping or spot dodging, with the same amount of lag beforehand.
      • Nerf However, this lag applies to rolls out of the move as well, instead of them being immediate, making it riskier to charge-cancel by rolling.
    • Buff It no longer causes helplessness when used in the air, much like in Smash 64.
    • Buff The move reaches its full charge much faster (frame 154 → 121).
    • Change The move gains damage at a different rate (2% per 14 frames → 1% per 6.77 frames). This makes it closer to other chargeable moves.
    • Nerf Uncharged Giant Punch deals less knockback (15 base/100 scaling → 45/70). This makes it weaker than the fully charged version regardless of charge.
    • Buff Fully charged Giant Punch deals more knockback that is consistent throughout (10 base/80/50 scaling → 35/73), making it stronger than the almost fully charged version.
    • Buff Fully charged Giant Punch's mid-arm hitbox is larger (5u → 6.5u).
    • Nerf The move no longer has a hitbox that hits behind Donkey Kong, removing its situational ability to KO off the top blast line.
    • Change Donkey Kong charges Giant Punch with either arm due to his mirrored animation. Previously, it was charged with his right arm in Smash 64 and his left arm in the other games.
    • Change Donkey Kong charges up Giant Punch with more circular arm motions, and trails of electricity appear on Donkey Kong's arm and fist during the charge up and punch of the move (reminiscent of Lightning Punch, one of his custom moves in Smash 4). Additionally, he makes an angry expression when he gets a full charge (including maintaining the expression throughout other animations after its charge), and he winds up faster the closer the move is to being fully charged. He also has an altered pose upon using the punch.
    • Change Fully charged Giant Punch triggers the Special Zoom upon hitting an opponent.
  • Headbutt:
    • Buff The move has super armor on frames 5-14.
    • Buff It has one frame less ending lag (FAF 64 → 63).
  • Spinning Kong:
    • Buff The move's loop hits connect more reliably, especially for the aerial version, which uses the autolink angle (20°/180°/180° → 366°). The grounded version's loop hits hold the opponent in place rather than knocking them back and forth.
    • Buff The move has less landing lag (40 frames → 38).
    • Buff The grounded version's super armor starts earlier and has a longer duration (frames 8-17 → 5-17).
    • Buff The grounded version's last hit has more base knockback (40 → 60), but less knockback scaling (170 → 157), slightly improving its KO potential overall.
    • Buff The aerial version has a final hit that launches opponents away with more knockback (0 base/100 scaling → 72/80), improving its utility.
    • Nerf The grounded version has more ending lag (FAF 93 → 105).
    • Nerf Both versions of the move deal less total damage, most significantly the aerial version (17.5% → 16% (grounded), 36% → 19% (aerial)). The grounded version deals more damage on its loop hits (1.3% → 1.4%), but less on the first hit (7% → 5%), and the aerial version has 14 hits instead of 8, but they deal drastically less damage (10% (hit 1), 5%/4% (hits 2-5), 2% (hits 6-8) → 5% (hit 1), 1% (hits 2-13), 2% (hit 14)) and have inconsistent timing, only dealing full damage to opponents that are very close to Donkey Kong.
    • Nerf The aerial version no longer grants intangibility on frames 3-6 upon startup.
    • Change Donkey Kong glints and strikes a pose upon ending a grounded Spinning Kong, doing another spin before coming to a full stop.
    • Change The aerial version travels a shorter distance horizontally, but also goes slightly higher overall.
    • Change The aerial version has a shorter duration due to its animation being sped up (94 frames → 54).
    • Change Unlike Grounded Spinning Kong, the aerial version no longer produces a visual "blue ring" effect upon startup.
  • Hand Slap:
    • Buff The grounded version has less startup lag (frame 18 → 12).
    • Buff Both the grounded and aerial versions have drastically less ending lag (FAF 75 → 47 (grounded), 62 → 50 (aerial)).
    • Buff The aerial version has significantly less landing lag (30 frames → 10), greatly improving its ability to set up combos and tech-chases.
    • Nerf The grounded version's hitboxes are smaller (13u → 10.3u).
    • Nerf The grounded version has gained a shieldstun multiplier of 0.58×, thus dealing less shieldstun than in Smash 4 despite it being increased for moves other than smash attacks and aerials. This allows shielding opponents to escape between hits more easily, worsening the move's shield breaking ability.
  • Final Smash:
    • Change Donkey Kong has a new Final Smash called Jungle Rush, which replaces Konga Beat. It consists of a single punch that, if successfully landed, leads to a barrage of rapid punches that traps the opponent, concluding with an uppercut that launches them. The move, alongside the comical bongo noises it produces, are based off Donkey Kong's attacks in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.
    • Nerf Since the move's first hit only hits in front of Donkey Kong, Jungle Rush can no longer hit opponents behind, above and below him as Konga Beat could, giving it significantly less range.
    • Change Jungle Rush's hits deals less damage than a perfectly inputted Konga Beat (7% initial shockwave/1% "miss" shockwave/7% "good" shockwave/12% "great" shockwave/15% fourth "great" shockwave → 12% hit 1/1.2% hits 2-19/1.1% hits 20-32/14% hit 33). This makes the Final Smash deal potentially deal less damage than Konga Beat (150~% → 61.9%), but makes it more consistent.
    • Buff Jungle Rush's last hit has stronger knockback than a fourth "great" shockwave from Konga Beat (55 base/90 scaling → 90/96), making it much more powerful and consistent at KOing.
    • Change Jungle Rush's last hit sends at a vertical angle compared to Konga Beat's horizontal one for the fourth "great" shockwave (361° → 70°).

Update history[edit]

Donkey Kong has been buffed via game updates. Initially, his most noteworthy buffs were to inconsistencies of two moves: forward aerial now autocancels properly (an issue that had been present since Melee) and Giant Punch's hitbox no longer shifts into the Z-axis, which would result in it missing opponents at point-blank range. Donkey Kong also benefits from the universal nerf on projectiles dealing less shield damage in 3.0.0.

After only receiving minor buffs for the first few game patches, update 6.0.0 gave Donkey Kong more noticeable buffs. His forward tilt deals significantly more knockback to the point of becoming a viable KO move, his neutral aerial deals more damage and knockback and has more range, and his Giant Punch reaches the maximum charge even faster than before and deals slightly more knockback. Spinning Kong was also improved, as the move's super armor starts three frames faster, it connects more reliably against airborne opponents, and the last hit deals more knockback. Finally, Hand Slap on the ground has less startup and less ending lag.

Overall, Donkey Kong has improved by a decent margin compared to how he fared during Ultimate's initial release. However, in comparison to the buffs gained by other lukewarmly received characters, Donkey Kong's buffs are fairly minor, so how much he has benefited from these changes is debatable.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 1.2.0

  • Donkey Kong has been affected, although the changes are currently unknown.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Forward aerial autocancels earlier (frame 63 → 56), matching the move's interruptibility.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Buff Giant Punch has more range, no longer missing opponents up close.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 4.0.0

  • Change The lag upon waking up from the sleep effect has been adjusted, matching the rest of the cast.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 6.0.0

  • Buff Forward tilt has much more knockback scaling (55 → 78), KOing at around 160% at the edge of Final Destination.
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial deals more damage (11% → 12% (clean), 8% → 9% (late)) with no compensation on knockback.
    • Buff It has larger hitboxes (4.5u/4.5u/5.5u → 5u/5u/5.7u), and the clean hit has received an additional hitbox during its first active frame that is placed further vertically (Y offset: 8u) and horizontally (Z offset: 15u), greatly improving the move's range.
  • Buff Giant Punch reaches its full charge faster (frame 131 → 121), and the fully charged punch has more base knockback (20 → 35), but less knockback scaling (78 → 73), slightly improving its KO potential overall.
  • Spinning Kong (grounded):
    • Buff Spinning Kong's super armor starts earlier and has a longer duration (frames 8-17 → 5-17).
    • Buff The looping hits have received hitboxes that use the autolink angle (80° → 366°) against aerial opponents, allowing them to connect more reliably.
    • Buff The last hit has more base knockback (40 → 60), but less knockback scaling (170 → 157), slightly improving its KO potential overall.
  • Buff Grounded Hand Slap has less startup (frame 15 → 12) and ending lag (FAF 58 → 47).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 7.0.0

  • Buff Overall shield size has been increased.
  • Buff Donkey Kong's head is briefly intangible when activating and deactivating his shield.


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

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

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   4% A hook followed by an uppercut.
Forward tilt   9% A backhanded slap. Can be angled to deal more damage. It grants intangibility to his attacking arm (frames 6-9).
Up tilt   10% (hand), 9% (arm), 8% (elbow) An overhead arcing swipe. It deals more damage and knockback if the target is hit near DK's shoulder. It grants intangibility to his attacking arm (frames 5-11).
Down tilt Slouch Slap 6% A crouching swat. It has a 40% chance to trip opponents, making it one of his best combo starters. Grants intangibility to his attacking arm (frames 5-7).
Dash attack Roll Attack 12% (clean), 9% (late) The Roll Attack, his signature attack from Donkey Kong Country. It deals less damage towards its end, granting it combo potential.
Forward smash   22% (hands), 21% (arms) A lunging clap. It deals slightly less damage if it hits with Donkey Kong's arms. It grants intangibility to his head and arms (frames 6-12). Has fast startup but very high end lag. One of the more powerful forward smashes, KOing Mario at 44% at the center of Final Destination without DI.
Up smash   19% An overhead clap. It grants intangibility to his head and arms (frames 6-9). Has immense power, capable of killing Mario as low as 52% without DI, but is hard to hit as it lacks the grounded hitbox other up smashes have (ex. Marth's and R.O.B.'s up smashes).
Down smash   14% (arms), 17% (early, fists), 18% (late, fists) Raises his arms overhead and then quickly swings them downward to perform forearm clubs. It grants intangibility to his arms (frames 9-12), and is his fastest smash attack to come out (frame 11), though it has the highest amount of endlag out of all his smash attacks. Decent kill power, capable of killing Mario at 68% without DI.
Neutral aerial   12% (clean), 9% (late) Quickly spins around to perform discus clotheslines with both arms, similarly to Spinning Kong.
Forward aerial   16% (clean), 15% (late, hands), 13% (late, arms) A double axe handle. If sweetspotted, the opponent is meteor smashed. One of the strongest meteor smashes in the game, KOing at around 35%. It appears similar to his midair attack from Donkey Kong 64, which itself was inspired by this attack due to SSB debuting before Donkey Kong 64.
Back aerial   13% (clean), 8% (late) A back kick.
Up aerial   13% An upward headbutt. It grants intangibility to his head (frames 5-10).
Down aerial   16% (foot), 13% (leg) A stomp. Its sweetspot is a strong meteor smash, while its sourspot, which is close to Donkey Kong's chest, deals diagonal knockback. Slightly weaker than his forward aerial, but has faster start up.
Grab   Reaches out.
Pummel   1.6% A slap. A slow but strong pummel.
Forward throw Kong Karry 12% (forward, up), 13% (back), 11% (down) Hauls the opponent on his shoulder, allowing him to move and jump around while still holding the opponent. Appears to be based off of when DK holds an item in Donkey Kong Country, such as a Steel Keg. This gives him access to forward, back, up, and down throws that are distinct from his normal grabs. He also gains Knockback-based Armor when he starts a throw instead of gaining Throw Invulnerability, of which allows him to resist up to 16 Units of Knockback, akin to Bowser's Tough Guy.

Forward: Launches foes away from DK at a high angle.

Back: Heaves the opponent backward using both hands, launching them at a slightly higher trajectory.

Up: Heaves the opponent upward. It can be used to start combos.

Down: A bear hug.

When the opponent is too damaged to escape in time, all of these throws allow for easy stage spikes. Donkey Kong can simply walk off the edge, pull back and throw them against the underside. However, this carries significant risk, as the opponent can tech it and thus result in DK ending up too far below the edge to recover if his timing is off.

Kong Karry has its own unique Grab mash frame equation, that being 163 + Ceiling[3.2 * Opponent's %] - 18 * N (valid inputs) - n (time held before cargo + previous mash before cargo). For the time held and the previous mash, the Ultimate grab equation would have to be used, which is 89 + Ceiling[1.7 * Opponent's %] - floor[14.4 or 8 (Button or Directional mashing) * N (valid inputs)] holding frames.

Back throw   11% Flings the opponent backward. DK's most damaging throw, it KOs even the heaviest characters in the game below 170% near the edge without rage.
Up throw   9% Heaves the opponent upward with one arm.
Down throw   7% Shoves the opponent into the ground with one arm. It launches opponents horizontally in front of DK.
Floor attack (front)   7% Performs a swat before getting up.
Floor attack (back)   7% Claps behind himself and then in front of himself before getting up.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Throws a spinning, wind-up punch while getting up.
Edge attack   10% Performs a forearm club while climbing up.
Neutral special Giant Punch 10% (uncharged), 28% (tenth wind-up/fully charged grounded), 25% (tenth wind-up/fully charged aerial) A wind-up punch which fully charges after ten wind-ups. When fully-charged, the punch deals excellent damage, grants super armor and is overall faster than if used uncharged. Its charge can charge canceled and saved, and chosen when to be released after being fully charged. Unlike in Melee, Brawl and Smash 4, it will not put him in a helpless state, similar to Smash 64.
Side special Headbutt 10% (grounded/sweetspot aerial), 8% (sourspot aerial) A headbutt. The move buries the opponent, who will remain submerged longer if the opponent has already been dealt a fair amount of damage. The aerial version will meteor smash the opponent if they are hit by its sweetspot. The move has super armor from the startup until the hitbox appears. It has a deceptively large range and high shield damage, so full power shields will barely manage to avoid breaking against this move.
Up special Spinning Kong 5% (grounded hit 1), 1.4% (grounded hits 2-6), 4% (grounded hit 7), 5% (aerial hit 1), 1% (aerial hits 2-13), 2% (aerial hit 14) Rapidly spins around, trapping opponents and damaging them with a series of discus clotheslines and spinning backfists before launching them. It has good horizontal distance, but very little vertical distance. The grounded version grants Donkey Kong super armor on frame 5, making it a reliable tool for powering through many moves. The Grounded version is also a potent KO option, especially at ledge, being able to even KO heavy characters around 70%-80% when used on Battlefield's ledge.
Down special Hand Slap 14% (ground), 5% (midair hit 1), 6% (midair hit 2) Slaps the ground to cause earth-shaking vibrations. When grounded, Donkey Kong can keep pounding by repeatedly pressing the special button. The attack gives him some protection from opponents while grounded and has good range, but is unable to KO until extreme percentages due to its very low knockback growth. In midair, Donkey Kong will perform two midair slaps, the second hit being a powerful meteor smash that combos from the first slap. Can combo into a KO confirm with up smash at 60%-80%. Originates from Donkey Kong Country.
Final Smash Jungle Rush 12% (initial hit), 1.2% (rapid hits), 14% (final hit), 61.9% (maximum) Punches forward. If the initial hit connects, Donkey Kong will then perform a long series of rapid punches. Has about the same range as his forward smash, but extremely powerful, KOing Mario as low as 24% on Final Destination.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Bursts out of a DK Barrel, frontflips thrice, lands and strikes a flexing pose.


  • Up taunt: Beats his chest rapidly while scowling.
  • Side taunt: Shakes himself as if he is drying off, with a humorous expression.
  • Down taunt: Faces the camera and shrugs while making a humorously shocked expression.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Makes a cross-eyed expression, as if trying to stare at his own nose.
  • Fist claps his hand and makes a rotational shoulder stretch.

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Does a backflip and flexes his arms (his "character chosen" animation in Super Smash Bros.).
  • Up: Holds his hands above his head and shakes them (his animation upon completing a bonus game in Donkey Kong Country)
  • Right: Angrily beats his chest then looks at the camera.
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[edit]

Donkey Kong was met in the E3 demo build with a degree of cautious optimism. Although players could no longer easily perform the "Ding Dong" combo (now requiring much more precise timing), along with similar throw-based kill confirms from Smash 4, Donkey Kong players were willing to do away with this in favor of better frame data, speed, damage, and hitboxes, most notably on his tilts and dash attack, and hoped that he would play differently from Bowser. Though DK was considered one of the worst heavyweights from the demo, thought to be only marginally better than Ridley, players were excited for this new Donkey Kong's opportunities in competitive play.

Upon the game's release, however, DK fell out of favor very quickly, for a number of reasons. The biggest issue is his low-percent safety: many of Donkey Kong's moves are punishable on hit at early percents, making his neutral rather egregious in a meta favoring speed and punish games. Although Donkey Kong has been buffed in patches, none of Donkey Kong's biggest flaws were addressed. As a result, in the current metagame, he sees use as an occasional counterpick, but not much beyond that; however, some players have been able to come to terms with his flaws and get impressive results nonetheless, namely YMCA, ShiNe, Sou, DKwill, and Doctor A Ness.

Notable players[edit]

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.



Classic Mode: Journey to New Donk City[edit]

Donkey Kong's congratulations screen.

Donkey Kong's path chronicles Donkey Kong traveling from his home to New Donk City via plane. After defeating Diddy Kong, he becomes Donkey Kong's partner for the rest of the mode, referencing the original Donkey Kong Country.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png Kongo Jungle Jungle Level (64)
2 King K. Rool KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png Kongo Falls Gang-Plank Galleon DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png Diddy Kong is a CPU ally.
3 Wario WarioHeadSSBU.png and Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadSSBU.png Pilotwings Gear Getaway
4 Ness NessHeadSSBU.png and Lucas LucasHeadSSBU.png Onett The Map Page / Bonus Level (Remix)
5 Inklings InklingHeadSSBU.pngInklingHeadBlueSSBU.png Moray Towers Donkey Kong / Donkey Kong Jr. Medley
6 Mario MarioHeadSSBU.png and Luigi LuigiHeadSSBU.png New Donk City Hall New Donk City
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand New Donk City Hall (Ω form) Master Hand (Less than 7.0 intensity)
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (Intensity 7.0 or higher)
DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png Diddy Kong is a CPU ally.
On intensity 7.0 and higher, Crazy Hand fights alongside Master Hand.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Donkey Kong has Donkey Kong Country Returns (Vocals) accompany the credits.

Note: Every stage until Round 6 plays a track from the Donkey Kong universe, no matter what universe the stage originates from.

Character unlock tree[edit]

Donkey Kong's Classic Mode character unlock tree includes the following characters in order:

  1. Bowser
  2. Pokémon Trainer
  3. Rosalina & Luma
  4. King Dedede
  5. Sheik
  6. Greninja
  7. Diddy Kong
  8. Duck Hunt

Each character can be unlocked by clearing Donkey Kong's Classic Mode, or the Classic Mode of any preceding character, if all preceding characters have been unlocked. Once all the above characters are unlocked, clearing Classic Mode with any of them will default to Mario's character unlock tree, starting with Sonic.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Finding Donkey Kong in World of Light

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

During the opening cutscene, Donkey Kong was present on the cliffside when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. Galeem's light beams vaporized Donkey Kong offscreen, placing him under Galeem's imprisonment along with the other fighters, excluding Kirby.

He can be rescued in a jungle segment of the Light Realm, on a space that looks like the treehouse where he lives on his series.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
Donkey Kong SSBU.png
Donkey Kong
3,300 Kongo Jungle (Ω form) Jungle Level (64)


Donkey 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 Donkey Kong in World of Light allows the player to preview the first 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.

Additionally, Donkey Kong makes an appearance in a few Primary and Support Spirits.

In Spirit battles[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
Goomba Spirit.png
Goomba Super Mario Series •Tiny Donkey Kong Team DonkeyKongHeadRedSSBU.png (×5)
1,800 Mushroom Kingdom (Battlefield form) N/A •Defeat an army of fighters Ground Theme - Super Mario Bros.
Barrel Train Spirit.png
Barrel Train Mario Kart Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadBlackSSBU.png
Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
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!! Donkey Kong
Flies Hand Spirit.png
Flies & Hand Mario Paint Series •Giant Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
•Tiny Dark Pit DarkPitHeadBrownSSBU.png (×4)
4,000 Living Room •Assist Trophy Enemies (Flies & Hand)
•Item: Food
•Survive until the timer runs out
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
Mario Paint Medley Hand
Rabbid Kong Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle •Bunny Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
1,700 3D Land N/A •The enemy's punches and elbow strikes have increased power Arcade Bunny's Theme
Donkey Kong & Lady.png
Donkey Kong & Lady Donkey Kong Series •Giant Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
•Ally: Peach PeachHeadRedSSBU.png
13,500 75m •Item Tidal Wave •You lose if your CPU ally is KO'd
•The enemy has super armor and is hard to launch or make flinch
•Timed stamina battle
Donkey Kong / Donkey Kong Jr. Medley Original Donkey Kong (currently known as Cranky Kong)
Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
•Giant Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
9,000 Kongo Jungle (hazards off) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy's throws have increased power
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Donkey Kong / Donkey Kong Jr. Medley Original Donkey Kong (Giant Donkey Kong)
Cranky Kong Donkey Kong Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
9,700 Jungle Japes •Hazard: Slumber Floor •The floor is sleep-inducing Opening - Donkey Kong
Swanky Kong.png
Swanky Kong Donkey Kong Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadRedSSBU.png
1,700 Kongo Jungle •Item: Beastball •The enemy is easily distracted by items Funky's Fugue
Wrinkly Kong Spirit.png
Wrinkly Kong Donkey Kong Series •Clear Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
3,500 Luigi's Mansion •Hazard: High Gravity
•Hazard: Low Gravity
•Your jumping power decreases when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy is less affected by gravity
•The enemy starts with damage but is more powerful
The Map Page / Bonus Level (Remix)
Chunky Kong Spirit.png
Chunky Kong Donkey Kong Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
3,800 Jungle Japes N/A •The enemy's punches and elbow strikes have increased power DK Rap
Rambi Donkey Kong Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
9,100 Kongo Falls (Ω form) N/A •The enemy can deal damage by dashing into you Jungle Level (Brawl)
Professor Chops Spirit.png
Professor Chops Donkey Kong Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
1,700 Kongo Falls •Item: Banana Peel •The enemy can instantly escape from movement-disabling moves Jungle Hijinxs Super Kong
Ninja Kong Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadBlackSSBU.png
1,900 Distant Planet (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy's kicks and knee strikes have increased power
•The enemy favors side specials
Battle for Storm Hill
Goron Spirit.png
Goron The Legend of Zelda Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
1,700 The Great Cave Offensive (Battlefield form) •Item: Bob-omb •The enemy's dash attacks have increased power
•The enemy favors dash attacks
Hidden Mountain & Forest
Darunia Spirit.png
Darunia The Legend of Zelda Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
Jigglypuff JigglypuffHeadBlueSSBU.png (×8)
1,400 Gerudo Valley (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Lava Floor •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The floor is lava
•The enemy starts the battle with a Hammer
Hidden Mountain & Forest
Daruk The Legend of Zelda Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
4,300 Find Mii (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Lava Floor •The floor is lava
Stamina battle
•The enemy's shield has extra durability
Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer BGM
Bonkers Kirby Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadBlueSSBU.png
8,400 Kongo Jungle N/A •The enemy starts the battle with a Hammer
•The enemy can swing the Hammer for a long time
Forest Stage
Gengar Pokémon Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadBlueSSBU.png
4,300 Luigi's Mansion (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Slumber Floor •The floor is sleep-inducing Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue Medley
Abomasnow Pokémon Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
2,300 Summit (Battlefield form) •Item: Freezie
•Hazard: Ice Floor
•The floor is frozen
•The enemy is weak to fire attacks
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Abomasnow)
Battle! (Wild Pokémon) - Pokémon Diamond / Pokémon Pearl
Landorus Therian Spirit.png
Landorus (Therian Forme) Pokémon Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadRedSSBU.png
9,200 Gerudo Valley (hazards off) •Earthquake •Periodic earthquakes will shake the stage after a little while N's Castle
Bewear Pokémon Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadPinkSSBU.png
3,500 Kongo Jungle N/A •The enemy has super armor but moves slower
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Bewear)
Battle! (Trainer) - Pokémon Sun / Pokémon Moon
SSBU Spirits Polar Bear.png
Polar Bear Ice Climber Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
9,300 Summit (Battlefield form) •Earthquake
•Item: Freezie
•The enemy has super armor but moves slower
Stamina battle
•Periodic earthquakes will shake the stage
Ice Climber (Melee)
Purple Pikmin Spirit.png
Purple Pikmin Pikmin Series •Tiny Donkey Kong Team DonkeyKongHeadBlueSSBU.png (×10)
3,500 Distant Planet N/A Stamina battle
•The enemy deals damage when falling
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
Forest of Hope
Mr sandman.png
Mr. Sandman Punch-Out!! Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadRedSSBU.png
9,700 Boxing Ring •Hazard: Slumber Floor •The floor is sleep-inducing
•The enemy's smash attacks have increased power
Stamina battle
Minor Circuit (Original)
Blanka Street Fighter Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadGreenSSBU.png
3,700 Jungle Japes •Jump Power ↓ Stamina battle
•All fighters have reduced jump power
•The enemy starts the battle with a Screw Attack
Blanka Stage Type A
Spirits master giant.png
Master Giant Super Smash Bros. Series •Giant Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadBlackSSBU.png
9,900 Final Destination Bob-omb Festival •Bob-ombs will rain from the sky after a little while
•The enemy has super armor and is hard to launch or make flinch
Stamina battle
Master Core
Muddy mole mania.png
Muddy Mole Mole Mania Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadRedSSBU.png
1,700 The Great Cave Offensive (Battlefield form) •Item: Pitfall •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Kirby Retro Medley (Float Islands)
Sumo Brothers.png
Sumo Brothers Rhythm Heaven Series •Giant Donkey Kong (×2) (DonkeyKongHeadRedSSBU.pngDonkeyKongHeadBlueSSBU.png)
1,900 Arena Ferox (Ω form) •Earthquake •The enemy's physical attacks have increased power
•Periodic earthquakes will shake the stage
•The enemy loves to taunt
E. Honda Stage Type B
Bottles Spirit.png
Bottles Banjo-Kazooie Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadBlackSSBU.png
3,900 Spiral Mountain (Bottles) •Invisibility
•Item: Pitfall
•The enemy is invisible
•The enemy favors side specials
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Spiral Mountain
Goda River City Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadGreenSSBU.png
Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
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
Master Mummy ARMS Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
3,400 Dracula's Castle (Ω form) N/A •The enemy has super armor but moves slower
•The enemy favors grabs and throws

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
Pauline spirit.png
Pauline Super Mario Series Peach PeachHeadRedSSBU.png
Mario MarioHeadWhiteSSBU.png
•Giant Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadRedSSBU.png
13,700 75m (hazards off) •Jump Power ↓ •Defeat the main fighter to win
•You have reduced jump power
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Jump Up, Super Star! Original Donkey Kong
Funky Kong Spirit.png
Funky Kong Donkey Kong Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlueSSBU.png
Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
9,000 Kongo Jungle •Item: Bullet Bill •The enemy is easily distracted by items Funky's Fugue Donkey Kong
Zelda (Breath of the Wild) The Legend of Zelda Series Zelda ZeldaHeadBlueSSBU.png
Link LinkHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Inkling InklingHeadPinkSSBU.png
Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
Falco FalcoHeadBlueSSBU.png
Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadShortsBlueSSBU.png
9,200 Great Plateau Tower N/A Stamina battle
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•Defeat an army of fighters
Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Daruk
Hockey Players Spirit.png
Hockey Players Ice Hockey Dr. Mario DrMarioHeadBlueSSBU.png
Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Luigi LuigiHeadWhiteSSBU.png
1,500 Pokémon Stadium (Ω form) •Slippery Stage •The stage's platforms are very slippery Core Luge Large hockey player
Kyo Kusanagi.png
Kyo Kusanagi THE KING OF FIGHTERS Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBU.png
Pikachu PikachuHeadSSBU.png
Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
9,500 King of Fighters Stadium •Jump Power ↓ •The enemy's explosion and fire attacks have increased power
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•All fighters have reduced jump power
ESAKA!! - KOF 2002 UM Goro Daimon

Alternate costumes[edit]

Donkey Kong Palette (SSBU).png
DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png DonkeyKongHeadBlackSSBU.png DonkeyKongHeadRedSSBU.png DonkeyKongHeadBlueSSBU.png DonkeyKongHeadGreenSSBU.png DonkeyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png DonkeyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png DonkeyKongHeadPinkSSBU.png


Character Showcase video[edit]


  • Donkey Kong and Joker's Classic Mode routes are the first and only time in the Super Smash Bros. series where Master Hand is not fought on the respective game's Final Destination, not counting the Master Hand glitch in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
    • Donkey Kong is also one of only two characters whose final round takes place on New Donk City Hall's ᘯ form. The other is Bowser, who faces Mario (before transforming into Metal Mario upon defeat); the latter of which is the first character unlocked in the former's unlock column of Classic Mode.
  • Though Donkey Kong's Final Smash has been updated to Jungle Rush, the DK Bongos from his previous Final Smash, Konga Beat, remain within his character files. Despite being unused, the model's textures have been updated.[3]