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Giant Donkey Kong

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Giant Donkey Kong
Giant Donkey Kong in the 1P Game in Super Smash Bros.
A boss in SSB
Universe Donkey Kong
Console of origin Nintendo 64
Location Kongo Jungle
Jungle Japes

Giant Donkey Kong, also referred to as Giant DK, is a recurring minor boss in the Super Smash Bros. series.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Giant DK first appeared as a non-playable character in Stage 6 of Super Smash Bros.' 1P Game. Giant DK has a large amount of knockback resistance, while his own attacks have increased knockback capable of KOing opponents more easily on top of having increased range due to his size, making him a formidable opponent; however, the player is given two regular-sized AI partners to help out. On higher difficulties, Giant DK behaves more similarly to a level 9 CPU while the player's partners are lower in level. It is possible to exploit Giant DK's AI, making him walk back and forth on the top platform, similar to Metal Mario along with his size making him a larger target to attacks. However, it is harder due to AI partners jumping into him or attacking him which will often interfere with his pattern.

Due to being considered as a character separate from regular Donkey Kong, Giant DK does not appear in a different color when a player- or AI-controlled regular DK fights him. While Giant DK has all of regular DK's color variations (including the Team Battle-exclusive green palette), they are only accessible through the debug menu.[1]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Giant Donkey Kong (SSB)

It is possible to play as Giant DK using a debug menu code or GameShark. He is distinguished by having drastically increased attack range and being heavier than the regular Donkey Kong, notably with regards to his jab. He is, however, prone to being chain grabbed, such as by Captain Falcon or Pikachu, and his grab doesn't reach directly in front of him. Despite being his own unique, separate character, he has the exact same head icon as the original.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

In Melee, Giant DK is essentially regular Donkey Kong with a permanent Super Mushroom upgrade (and can thus be temporarily playable that way or played permanently using Action Replay's Auto-Mushroom cheat). Giant DK appears at the end of the Stage 2 of Adventure Mode, after defeating two tiny Donkey Kongs. Giant DK is also very exploitable; by standing perfectly still or moving slightly towards the edge, depending on character, it is possible to bait him into using an f-air or n-air and falling into the water, resulting in a free win. This is much more likely on higher difficulties due to the more aggressive AI, and is a common speedrunning tactic for this stage. Additionally, in Classic Mode, like all giant characters, Giant DK has a chance of appearing on Stage 5 as a random giant opponent.

Giant DK appears controlled by the player in Event 2: Lord of the Jungle.

Additionally, Event 25: Gargantuans features an immensely large Donkey Kong (over twice as large as the normal Super Mushroom DK) as an opponent, while the player is a Giant Bowser, with a super tiny Mario and Peach also present.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Giant DK returns in Brawl in a similar fashion as in Melee, as a regular Donkey Kong permanently equipped with a Super Mushroom. Giant DK appears in four event matches: in Event 9: The Monster Beneath the Earth, if the player can't KO the two Diddy Kongs in time, they must fight Giant DK; in Event 22: Monkeys Unite, Giant DK appears as Diddy Kong's ally to defeat Sheik and Lucario; in Event 27: Three-Beast Carnage, Giant DK returns with Giant Bowser and Giant Charizard, attacking New Pork City; finally, in Co-Op Event 14: The Dark Guardians, Ganondorf and Wolf must defeat Giant Charizard and Giant DK, again on New Pork City. If counting both events and co-op events in Brawl, the aforementioned events are Giant DK's only appearances in Brawl.

Unlike the other playable characters (along with the The Legend of Zelda characters and Diddy Kong), Giant DK does not appear as an opponent in Classic Mode, making this the only game in which he does not appear in Classic Mode.

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Giant DK is once again one of the possible random giant characters in Classic Mode. Giant DK can appear in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in a giant Special Smash or Special Orders.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Giant DK appears as the boss of Jigglypuff's Super Smash Bros.-themed Classic Mode route, in reference to his original 1P Game role.

In spirit battles[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
SSBU spirit Pauline.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
The enemy tends to avoid conflict
Jump Up, Super Star! Original Donkey Kong (currently known as Cranky Kong)
SSBU spirit Flies & Hand.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 (1:00)
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
Mario Paint Medley Hand
SSBU spirit Donkey Kong & Lady.png
Donkey Kong & Lady Donkey Kong Series •Giant Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png (250 HP)
•Ally: Peach PeachHeadRedSSBU.png (120 HP)
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 (1:30)
Donkey Kong / Donkey Kong Jr. Medley Original Donkey Kong
SSBU spirit Donkey Kong Jr..png
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
Image used for the Master Giant Spirit. Ripped from Game Files
Master Giant Super Smash Bros. Series •Giant Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadBlackSSBU.png (160 HP)
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
Sumo Brothers
Sumo Brothers Rhythm Heaven Series North America
Rhythm Paradise Series PAL
•Giant Donkey Kong 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


The closest analogue to Giant Donkey Kong in the Donkey Kong series is the final boss battle of Donkey Kong for Game Boy, where the title character used Super Mushrooms to become much larger and fought Mario atop the Tower that comprised World 9. In this appearance, however, Giant Donkey Kong was significantly larger relative to Mario than his depiction in Smash.

Alternatively, Giant Donkey Kong's size may simply be a reference to one of Donkey Kong's inspirations, King Kong.