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King Dedede (SSBU)

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King Dedede
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
King Dedede SSBU.png
Universe Kirby
Other Smash Bros. appearances in Brawl
in SSB4

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Dede-Rush
He's not very fast, but he's one of few heavyweight fighters with great recovery. Apparently, a defeat by Kirby inspired him to train hard to learn a move called Hovering, which allows him to float after taking a deep breath.
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

King Dedede (デデデ, Dedede) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was confirmed on June 12th, 2018. King Dedede is classified as fighter #39.

King Dedede’s voice clips from Smash 4, where he was voiced by series creator Masahiro Sakurai, have been repurposed for in Ultimate.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

With the exception of the third method, King Dedede must then be defeated on Fountain of Dreams.


King Dedede is tied for the third heaviest character in the game with Donkey Kong, making him a super heavyweight. King Dedede shares some typical attributes with other heavyweights, such as a high damage output, high KO potential, great endurance, quick falling and third fastest fast falling speeds (both tied for second and third fastest respectively), overall sluggish mobility, and a high susceptibility to combos. In addition to having an average initial dash and the thirtieth highest gravity, King Dedede has the twenty-eighth slowest walking speed, eleventh slowest dashing speed, the worst air speed in the game, and the fourth slowest air acceleration. To counteract these flaws, however, King Dedede is gifted with four midair jumps.

As a super-heavyweight, King Dedede has immense endurance, both vertically and horizontally. His massive weight makes him difficult to launch, and his incredibly fast falling speed lets him return to the ground quickly. Despite having the worst air mobility, his four midair jumps and Super Dedede Jump, the latter of which travels a very long vertical distance and has super armor during its ascent and descent gives him great recovery for a heavyweight. Super Dedede Jump also has a meteor smash hitbox during its descent, making it risky to intercept if he recovers high. His tech rolls are unusually long-distanced for a character of his size, making him difficult to tech-chase. Finally, King Dedede's trademark hammer grants him a long disjoint in many of his attacks, allowing him to safely space his opponents.

True to a heavyweight character, King Dedede is gifted with an abundance of KO options and finishers. King Dedede's dash attack is a notable example, dealing huge damage, high pressure to shields, and being able to KO at a mere 55% on middleweight opponents. King Dedede's smash attacks all possess good damage and knockback, while having their own perks: forward smash can KO at 30%, has deceptively short ending lag, allowing King Dedede to quickly react, while also being able to deal immense pressure to shields with only a slight charge; up smash KOs at 100% and sports transcendent priority, while coming with good range and speed, easily being able to hit even the smallest of opponents, while dealing great vertical knockback; lastly, down smash is the fastest smash attack in Dedede's arsenal, KOing at 80%, having transcendent priority, and easily punishing rolling opponents.

The rest of King Dedede's grounded moveset comes with merits: neutral attack can deal multiple hits, being able to combo into itself, while the finisher's unique vertical knockback allows this move to KO at 150% under rage. King Dedede's forward tilt sports good range and startup lag, while its multiple hits are effective for dealing damage and starting combos, while also trapping rolling or floor-bound opponents; up tilt has quick startup lag and good range, allowing it to combo into itself while dealing good damage and leaving King Dedede's body and head intangible; lastly, down tilt deals good damage and has good range, being able to pursue opponents or retreat from them.

King Dedede's aerial game is also decent, thanks to his multiple midair jumps which allow him to stall and bait reactions from opponents. Neutral air is his fastest aerial due to coming out on frame 7, which can help disrupt enemy combos, and its late hit can also set up combos for Dedede himself, such as up tilt or up air. Forward air has a lot of range in front of Dedede, which is good for spacing with its decent startup speed, and can wall of pain at lower percents. Back air is a potent kill option with a good range behind Dedede, which is also a good option for spacing and landing. Up air can beat out a lot of down aerials thanks to its long-range, and it also has strong KO potential. Down air, when sweetspotted, is a powerful meteor smash offstage, but its use in general is limited due to its slow startup and small awkward hitbox.

King Dedede's grab game is less overwhelming than his grounded and aerial attacks, but it is still sufficient. King Dedede's grab only has average range, but this problem can be mitigated by simply dash grabbing. King Dedede's pummel is good for racking up on damage, due to its quick speed, which is especially deadly at high percentages; forward throw has good edgeguarding potential, due to sending opponents forward, easily being able to follow up with Gordo Toss; back throw is Dedede's strongest throw, dealing the most damage and knockback while having limited degrees of damage racking and edgeguarding potential; up throw can also be used to launch opponents into previously thrown Gordos, and can follow up with an up aerial; lastly, down throw's low damage and knockback lend it great combo potential, easily stringing into itself, and initiating combos with Dedede's neutral, forward, and back aerials.

King Dedede's special moves have decent utility as well. Inhale acts as a strong command grab that can be B-Reversed for landing options against shielding opponents on the ground or on platforms above Dedede. The spit can force opponents into a recovery state by sending them offstage or even spit them under the stage, which is perhaps where Dedede is strongest. Inhale also doubles as a reflector, allowing him to contest against projectile campers. The Gordos from Gordo Throw act as powerful stage control options with KO potential in their own right at 140% and above and can set up deadly ledge traps. Lastly, Jet Hammer is an effective punishing tool with heavy armor that does very high damage and knockback, and with a max charge, it can break full shields.

In spite of these strengths, King Dedede still has noteworthy drawbacks. King Dedede's biggest problem is his approach, which is among the worst in the game. His mobility is sluggish, especially in the air, giving King Dedede immense difficulty catching up to or retreating from his opponents. King Dedede's below-average dashing speed also makes him over-reliant on fox-trotting to cover grounded distances, which itself is somewhat predictable.

Although King Dedede's high weight and falling speeds allow him to easily return to the ground, they also render him vulnerable to combos, juggling, and chain throws while hindering his recovery. King Dedede's recovery is further hampered by his low airspeed and jump height, often forcing him to use his Super Dedede Jump to return onstage. Super Dedede Jump itself, in spite of traveling high, also causes King Dedede to descend very quickly; this, coupled with its limited horizontal maneuverability, renders Super Dedede Jump unreliable for recovering at certain distances offstage.

King Dedede's other specials can work against him, as well. Inhale has high ending lag, allowing other characters to easily punish him. Gordo Toss' Gordos can be reflected back at King Dedede from any attack that does 2% or higher, dealing immense damage to him and potentially resulting in a self-induced KO, requiring him to exercise caution or utilize Inhale on his reflected Gordos. Jet Hammer also takes a long time to charge, leaving King Dedede susceptible to attack, and its high ending lag leaves him vulnerable to punishment from his opponents.

Overall, King Dedede's high weight, endurance, range, and power allow him to punish his opponents with relative ease from distances, but his poor overall mobility makes King Dedede's approach somewhat abysmal and renders his recovery somewhat predictable and overly reliant on Super Dedede Jump. Dedede players should be careful to not make a mistake, else his high weight would render him to heavy punishment.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

King Dedede was infamous for being one of the worst characters in SSB4, owing to a large number of considerable nerfs he received both at SSB4's launch and via game updates while not receiving a single buff in return, and his large amount of weaknesses, including notoriously poor frame data, his moveset's lack of power despite being a super heavyweight, and his special moveset's lack of utility outside of Gordo Throw. Possibly as a result of his very poorly regarded status, King Dedede has been buffed overall in the transition from SSB4 to Ultimate.

Among King Dedede's biggest buffs are those to the utility and consistency of his ground game. Neutral attack's KO power was significantly improved, and it has undergone adjustments that make it harder for opponents to fall from the move as easily. Forward tilt connects much better overall, allowing it to deal its maximum damage more frequently, whereas up tilt has increased KO power (though it's still not as powerful as it was in Brawl) and down tilt's hitbox was fixed, which when combined with the changes to jostling allows it to connect much more frequently. Dash attack now deals significantly increased knockback and has had its hitbox fixed, now making it a usable (albeit still rather slow) punish option. His smash attacks are also more useful, with both forward and up smash dealing more damage and knockback, and his forward smash is now slightly faster. Finally, his grab game has been slightly improved, thanks to his longer-reaching standing and dash grabs, and in spite of their increased startup and ending lag.

King Dedede's special moveset has also received several miscellaneous buffs, giving him options that either he previously lacked or were outclassed. Inhale has a much larger grabbox and has gained the ability to spit out inhaled projectiles with a one-time increase to their damage, effectively giving him a reflector, which helps alleviate his vulnerability to projectile camping. Gordo Throw's hitboxes are larger and more accurate and the move has less ending lag after a Gordo has been thrown. Additionally, Inhale's new ability to suck in projectiles to spit them out combines well with Gordo Throw, giving King Dedede another way to throw or re-launch Gordos at a faster speed, which gives the projectile much more utility. Lastly, Jet Hammer now deals more damage and knockback, has shield breaking potential, and it now has heavy armor before the move comes out that resists up to 14%, exponentially improving the move as a hard punish option.

Aside from direct changes, King Dedede also benefits from a few changes to universal gameplay mechanics. The universal increase to mobility has buffed his abysmal horizontal mobility (although it still remains among the worst across the series), while the reductions to landing lag, the streamlined jumpsquats and the new limitations to air dodge mechanics have increased the effectiveness of his aerial moveset, by giving him additional landing options, and improving both his combo ability (with his neutral aerial, in particular, being a more potent combo starter) and edgeguarding ability.

However, King Dedede is not without a few nerfs. His back aerial, despite having a visually more accurate animation, has smaller hitboxes, slightly decreasing its range. His up aerial, previously notorious for its lackluster KO potential due to its vulnerability to DI and LSI, sends at an even lower angle that makes it worse for KOing. His neutral attack and up tilt also deal less damage. Despite this, and aside from the changes to up aerial, the nerfs are all minor in comparison to his more useful buffs.

Altogether, King Dedede's entire kit has been improved from SSB4, making him function better compared to his previous incarnation, and was initially considered among the best super heavyweights in the game. However, it is important to note several points: King Dedede's playerbase, while having players across all levels of play, remains lackluster at the highest level, despite players such as ZAKI, Atomsk, and Peli achieving solid results in tournament. His vulnerabilities to projectile camping, rushdown, as well as having a lacking disadvantage state from the previous game have remained, which is compounded by most top-tier characters such as Palutena, Pikachu, and Mario. He has also received a few nerfs on game updates to his more useful moves. As such, players have debated on whether King Dedede is as effective as originally imagined, with the current general consensus is that he is a low-mid, low, or even bottom tier character because of his improvements compared to SSB4 haven’t entirely been addressed. In the end, King Dedede's true viability remains questionable.


  • Change Due to the aesthetic used in Ultimate, King Dedede's model features a more subdued color scheme. His clothing and general design is more cartoonish, with higher contrast colors and greater detail in his clothes; the fur on his coat and hat appears fluffier and more detailed, and his sash has more depth.
    • Change Normal map changes to the star textures on his hammer give the illusion that they protrude slightly more, as depicted in his official artwork.
  • Change Like many other characters, King Dedede is more expressive. For instance, he now squints in a humorously seductive manner during his crouching animation. King Dedede generally has more furious expressions during attacks, his Screen KO, and his helpless animation.
  • Change Down taunt now has a more exaggerated animation.
  • Change Two of King Dedede's victory poses were slightly altered:
    • His up-inputted victory pose now shows a Waddle Dee walking up to him. The ending animation is now more exaggerated, with Dedede bouncing while laughing gloatingly.
    • His right-inputted victory pose now finishes with him charging Jet Hammer.
  • Change King Dedede's star KO voice clip has been shortened, as it no longer extends past the KO's animation.
  • Change King Dedede's Boxing Ring alias has been changed to "Self-Made King", a direct translation of the Japanese title, for consistency with its appearance in Kirby Star Allies.


  • Buff Like all characters, King Dedede's jumpsquat animation takes three frames to complete (down from 6).
  • Buff King Dedede runs faster (1.36 → 1.496).
    • Buff Initial dash is much faster (1.4 → 1.815), enabling foxtrotting for boosted ground mobility.
  • Buff King Dedede walks faster (0.98 → 1.029).
  • Buff King Dedede's air speed is much faster (0.63 → 0.735), now being nearly on par with Luigi's.
  • Change King Dedede's gravity is higher (0.08788 → 0.097).
    • Change His short hop and jump are shorter as a result (38 frames → 36 frames (short hop), 55 frames → 48 frames (jump).
  • Buff King Dedede is much heavier (119 → 127), allowing him to survive even longer.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff The first hit has less ending lag (FAF 38 → 33).
    • Buff The first two hits of neutral attack can now lock.
    • Buff Neutral infinite has less startup lag (8 → 5), is faster, and connects more reliably.
    • Buff Neutral infinite's finisher has less startup lag (6 → 4) and deals significantly more knockback (scaling 150 → 162).
    • Buff Neutral infinite's finisher has 2 hitboxes rather than 1 (10u → 7u/7u), and the hitboxes extend farther vertically (Y offset: 10u-12u → 7.5u-13u (both)). The finisher has more range overall as a result.
    • Nerf The finisher has more ending lag (FAF 47 → 50).
    • Nerf Except for the finisher, each hit of neutral attack deals less damage (first hit: 4% → 2.5%, second hit: 4% → 2.2%, neutral infinite: 1% → 0.5%).
    • Change The infinite has gained a shieldstun multiplier of 5×. This allows it to lock opponents into their shields between each hit, and thus pressure them more effectively, but also allows them to cancel shieldstun and punish King Dedede more easily if they shield 10 hits or more.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack deals more knockback (40 base/100 scaling → 65/92 (clean), 35 base/100 scaling → 55/92 (late)), improving its already potent KO potential. This is boosted further by the changes to the Sakurai angle on the ground.
    • Buff The clean hit and first late hitbox extend further inwards (Z offset: 7.8u-11.8u → 5u-11.8u), improving their ability to hit opponents at the edge, and combined with the changes to jostleing remove its blind spot.
    • Buff Dash attack hitbox duration lasts longer with 2 new sourspot hitboxes (Frame 26-36 → 26-42).
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt's looping hits have altered angles (25°/96° → 22°/100°) and have altered knockback (20 base/24/80/90 set/100 scaling → 60/50/30/26 set/100 scaling), allowing the move to connect more reliably.
    • Change Forward tilt has an altered animation.
  • Up tilt:
    • Buff Up tilt has less startup (9 → 7) and ending lag (FAF 44 → 39).
    • Nerf Up tilt does less damage (12%/10% → 10%/8%).
    • Buff Up tilt deals more knockback (50 base/80 scaling → 65/94), making the move much stronger despite the damage reduction.
    • Nerf Up tilt's hitboxes are smaller (7u/8u → 6u/6.5u), reducing its range.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff Down tilt's clean hitbox now extends inwards (Z offset: 12u → 12u-6u), removing its blind spot.
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash has less startup (42 → 40) and ending lag (FAF 82 → 78).
    • Buff Forward smash deals more damage (15%/24%/6% → 16%/18.5%/25%/11%), and all but the shockwave and early hitboxes deal more knockback (30 base/93 scaling → 50/70 base/85/74 scaling).
    • Buff There is now a hitbox on the handle during the early hit which instead of launching opponents pushes them into the sourspot of the main hit (which is still stronger than the early hit), making it slightly easier to land the main hit.
    • Nerf Forward smash has a new sourspot on the hammer's handle that's much weaker (though is still powerful in its own right), and the early hit deals less knockback (30 base/93 scaling → 85/55), hindering its KO potential despite its increased damage.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash deals more damage (14%/9% → 16%/10%) with no compensation on knockback, improving its KO ability.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (15 frames → 10 (neutral), 30 → 19 (forward/down), 21 → 14 (back), 22 → 14 (up).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial possesses much greater combo potential due to its reduced landing lag and King Dedede's shorter jumpsquat, especially when hitting with the late hit.
    • Change Neutral aerial causes King Dedede's belly to wobble around during the move.
  • Forward aerial:
    • Change Forward aerial has a snappier animation, with a significant delay on when King Dedede flips.
  • Back aerial:
    • Change Back aerial is now a horizontal hammer swing, which better matches the move's hitboxes.
    • Nerf Back aerial now has 3 unextended hitboxes rather than 1 extended one (10u → 6.5u/6.5u/6.5u). Compared to the previous hitbox, the new hitboxes have both less vertical range (Y reach: 20u–0u → 16.5u–3.5u), and less horizontal range (Z reach: -25u–1u → 0.5u–-24.5u).
    • Nerf Due to his reduced short hop duration, King Dedede can no longer jump out of a short hop back aerial before landing.
  • Up aerial:
    • Change Up aerial has altered knockback (50 base/150 scaling → 55/147).
    • Nerf Up aerial launches at a lower angle (70°/80° → 60°), greatly hindering its KO potential close to the upper blast zone, while also making it much more susceptible to DI and LSI.
  • Down aerial:
    • Change Down aerial has a more forceful animation.

Throws and other attacks[edit]

  • Nerf All grabs have more startup (standing/dash/pivot: 7/9/10 → 8/11/12) and ending lag (standing/dash/pivot: FAF 36/45/42 → 40/48/43).
  • Change Pummel is faster but deals less damage (3% → 1.6%).
  • Buff Standing grab's grabbox extends farther (Z offset: 4u-11.5u → 4u-12.5u), improving its range, making it more similar to how it was in Brawl.
  • Buff Dash grab's grabbox extends slightly farther (Z offset: 4u-14u → 4u-14.4u), slightly improving its range.
  • Nerf Pivot grab's grabbox extends a slightly shorter distance (Z offset: 4u-19.5u → 4u-19.3u), which combined with the changes to jostling hinders its utility.
  • Buff Due to King Dedede's faster jumpsquat, Up throw possesses combo potential into moves such as up aerial.
  • Change Down throw has an altered animation, with him slamming his opponent face-first onto the ground.

Special moves[edit]

  • Inhale:
    • Buff Inhale has less startup lag (frame 17 → 14).
    • Buff Inhale acts as a reflector, giving a 1.5x damage boost to any projectiles spat out. Once Inhaled, the projectile is spat out almost immediately, and eliminates almost all of the move's ending lag.
      • Buff Inhale can catch and spit Dedede's own Gordos. This gives him an option to relaunch Gordos that are hit back at him, and manually allows him to launch Gordos forward much further and at a much faster velocity compared to throwing one with Gordo Throw.
    • Buff Inhale has a much larger grabbox.
    • Buff Inhale's spit deals more damage (10% → 12%).
    • Buff Spat out opponents deal more knockback to bystanders (70 base/70 scaling → 77/78).
    • Change Inhale has an updated, more opaque visual effect.
  • Gordo Throw:
    • Buff Gordos have significantly larger hitboxes that cover their bodies and spikes.
    • Change Gordos gain a surprised expression when deflected. Additionally, they have animated spines.
    • Buff Gordos stick to the edge more consistently, significantly improving their edgeguarding potential.
    • Buff Gordo Throw has less ending lag (FAF 64 → 61).
  • Super Dedede Jump:
    • Buff Super Dedede Jump's landing hit deals more damage (11% → 12%).
    • Buff Super Dedede Jump deals more knockback.
    • Buff Super Dedede Jump will snap to edge when reversed.
    • Buff Super Dedede Jump has far less ending lag when canceled.
    • Change Super Dedede Jump descends more quickly.
    • Change King Dedede has blue trails form around him when using Super Dedede Jump, indicating armor.
  • Jet Hammer:
    • Buff Jet Hammer breaks shields when fully charged.
    • Buff Jet Hammer deals more damage (grounded: 11%-38% → 12%-40%, aerial: 10%-27% → 11%-32%) and knockback.
    • Buff Jet Hammer has heavy armor during the swing (frames 1-14) when used on the ground.
    • Buff Uncharged and fully charged Jet Hammer's hammer head hitbox is larger (7.5u → 9u).
    • Change The fire from Jet Hammer is blue instead of red.
    • Change Fully charged Jet Hammer triggers Special Zoom upon hitting an opponent.
  • Final Smash:
    • Change King Dedede has a new Final Smash called Dede-Rush, which features King Dedede taking his "Masked Dedede" persona from Kirby Super Star Ultra before trapping opponents inside of a caged boxing ring, attacking them with a barrage of missiles, and launching them with his Jet Hammer.
    • Buff It deals more damage (46% → 59.6%) and knockback.
    • Buff Unlike Dedede Burst in SSB4, it is not possible for opponents to escape once trapped.
    • Nerf Dede-Rush cannot trap more than one opponent at a time for extra damage.

Update history[edit]

King Dedede has garnered a mix of buffs and nerfs via game updates, but was slightly buffed. The most notable nerfs were to Gordo Throw, as Gordos have smaller hitboxes and deal less shield damage, removing some shield break set-ups. Additionally, the Gordo-boosted Super Dedede Jump was removed altogether. Moreover, King Dedede's shield pressure was further toned down by removing forward smash's ability to hit grounded characters twice, which removed its ability to instantly break shields. It wasn't until 8.0.0 where King Dedede had some of his kit improved, the first time he got buffs via updates in Smash. Knockback was increased on many of his moves such as up tilt, down tilt, forward aerial, and up aerial. Inhale was also made safer, having reduced startup and a larger grabbox. Both up and down tilt give King Dedede strong, faster KO options that he didn't have before, and Inhale is better at catching approaches and projectiles. While King Dedede retains a lot of his fundamental flaws and hasn't been improved as much compared to other low tier characters, his buffs have given him more consistency despite his initial nerfs.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Bug fix Fixed King Dedede's knockback facial expression after Inhaling an opponent holding an explosive item.
  • Nerf Gordos' hitboxes on their spikes (4.8u→3.8u) and body (4.5u→4u) have been reduced.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Nerf Forward smash no longer hits grounded opponents twice. This significantly hinders its shield breaking potential.
  • Bug fix Fixed reflected Charge Shot from Samus that would launch the other way using Inhale.
  • Bug fix Opponents now properly gain intangibility when caught by Inhale; previously opponents would become stuck in hitstun during Inhale.
  • Nerf Gordo Throw deals less shield damage.
  • Nerf Gordo Boosted Super Dedede Jump was removed.
  • Change Aerial Gordo Throw's animation has been adjusted.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Bug fix Scenarios where the opponent would not escape from Inhale after King Dedede gets hitstunned at a specific frame has been fixed.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 4.0.0

  • Bug fix Fixed an issue where Inhaling certain projectile would become stuck at the center of the stage.
  • Bug fix Fixed an issue where Gordo would become stuck under King Dedede after catching it back during invulnerabily.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 7.0.0

  • Buff Overall shield size has been increased by 1.15×.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 8.0.0

  • Buff Up tilt deals more damage (10%/8% → 11.5%/9.5%) with no compensation on knockback, drastically improving its KO potential, to the point it is only slightly weaker than his up tilt in Brawl without rage.
  • Buff Down tilt launches at a lower angle (45° → 35°), allowing it to set up tech-chases more effectively at low percents and improving its KO potential at high percents.
  • Change Forward smash has had its jostling properties adjusted.
  • Buff Forward aerial has more knockback scaling (90 → 98).
  • Buff Up aerial's last hit has much more knockback scaling (147 → 167), greatly improving its KO potential, being able to KO under 150% from ground level without DI.
  • Inhale:
    • Buff The move has less startup (frame 17 → 14).
    • Buff The grounded version's grabboxes are larger (Z offset: 4u → 4u—7u (initial), 5u—9u → 5u—12u (vacuum), greatly improving its range.


For a gallery of King Dedede's hitboxes, see here.

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

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   2.5% A pair of hammer swings, followed by thrusting his hammer forward while twirling its head, followed by an upward swing. Unlike most neutral infinites, its finisher launches opponents at a nearly vertical trajectory and has KO potential, as it KOs around 150% without rage. It is much faster than it was in SSB4, and connects more reliably.
0.5% (loop), 3% (last)
Forward tilt   2% (hits 1-4), 3% (hit 5) Thrusts his hammer forward while twirling its head. Very good range, though its fourth hitbox can only connect if the move lands at the tip of the hammer. However, its rather long ending lag makes this move unsafe if it does not connect at its farthest range. It is very useful for Dedede's ledge traps as its speed, range, and long-lasting hitbox allows it to trap rolls and neutral get-ups, but this is less rewarding than using his smash attacks. Also good for catching landings when reversed out of a run, and can stuff out punish attempts for a landed back aerial.
Up tilt   11.5% (head & neck), 9.5% (tip of head) An upward headbutt. King Dedede's head and upper body are intangible while its hitbox is active. It has fast start-up lag with low ending lag. This move can combo into itself at low percents, and has KO potential at high percents. Its high knockback makes it the fourth strongest up tilt in the game, being able to KO Mario at 103% in Final Destination at 85% rage and no DI.
Down tilt Rolling 10% (early), 6% (late) A cartwheeling tackle. Dedede's fastest move, coming out on frame 6. It is capable of being used after most defensive options and attacks, as a good out of shield option, or for disrupting opponents. It can also lead to itself and other attacks if the opponent does not tech.
Dash attack Belly Flop 16% (clean), 13% (late) His signature belly-flopping tackle. A slow and powerful KOing option, it is the strongest dash attack in the game and is even stronger than some of the cast's smash attacks, KOing middleweights at around 55% near the edge due to its exceptionally high knockback. The attack can be used for a hard read or setting up tech-chases. Can hit every character on the ledge after their ledge invincibility has ended. However, its high ending lag causes the attack to be very punishable when missed. Originates from Kirby's Dream Land.
Forward smash   16% (head, early), 25% (head, late), 18.5% (handle), 11% (shockwave) Rears his hammer back and slams it down. The most damaging and strongest forward smash in the game {and the second strongest forward smash overall, behind Lucario's at max aura). It can KO as early as 30% near the edge, even when uncharged, and when fully charged, it is even capable of OHKOing some lighter characters like Pichu near the edge of Final Destination. It has a very slow startup, but a deceptively short end lag and a long-ranged quakebox. It can break shields point blank with only a little bit of charging. Originates from Kirby's Dream Land.
Up smash   16% (hammer), 10% (body) An upward hammer swing. A decent anti-air option with great vertical knockback, KOing at middleweights at 100%. Has good range in front and behind Dedede with consistent power throughout the duration, being able to hit short characters unlike in SSB4. It also has a transcendent priority.
Down smash   13% A spinning hammer swing around himself. King Dedede's fastest kill move, sending foes at a low angle and can KO around 80% near the edge. Best used for catching rolls as well as ledge attacks. It also has a transcendent priority. Appears very similar to the Giant Dedede Swing from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Neutral aerial   12% (clean), 7% (late) A splash. Dedede's fastest aerial, coming out on frame 7. Functions like a sex kick, but unlike the majority of them, it has transcendent priority, meaning that it cannot cancel out projectiles. When coupled with a fast fall, its late hit has follow-up potential, such as an up tilt at low percents, neutral, forward or back air at mid percents, and up air at higher percents.
Forward aerial   12% Somersaults to perform a downward hammer swing. Has good range in front of Dedede, but can be unsafe on hit at lower percents if spaced poorly. This move does not autocancel in a short hop and has more landing and ending lag than his back aerial, but starts much earlier. Is capable of performing a pseudo wall of pain while edgeguarding. It can also lock and fend off edgeguard attempts while recovering, due to its long-range reaching through ledges.
Back aerial   16% A horizontal hammer swing behind himself. One of Dedede's best moves for spacing and KOing, doing so reliably below 120%. Can be autocanceled in a short hop, and is also relatively safe on shield when spaced at max range.
Up aerial   1% (hits 1-7), 5% (hit 8) Thrusts his hammer upward while twirling its head. It has tremendous reach above Dedede and can beat out numerous down aerials. It is quite strong for a multi-hit move, being able to KO below 130%. Like his forward aerial, it can hit edgeguarding opponents through ledges.
Down aerial   15% (middle of head), 8% (edge of head) A downward hammer swing. The sweetspot is a very powerful aerial-only meteor smash. The meteor smash only activates at 28% or higher. On grounded opponents, it deals high horizontal knockback, KOing at around 100% near the edge. However, its usage is very limited due to its high startup, causing it to be Dedede's slowest aerial.
Grab   Reaches out. King Dedede's grab range is average.
Pummel   1.6% A headbutt. Quicker but less damaging than it was in Smash 4. Good for racking damage.
Forward throw   4% (hit 1), 6% (throw) Strikes the opponent forward with his hammer. It can be used to set up an edgeguard or launch the opponent into a previously thrown Gordo. King Dedede's second strongest throw. It can KO middleweights at around 160% at the edge of Final Destination.
Back throw   4% (hit 1), 9% (throw) Strikes the opponent backward with his hammer. King Dedede's strongest throw, but due to the fact that it launches at a very high angle, it does not KO until very high percentages, it can KO middleweights at around 148% at the edge of Final Destination with no DI, but around 30% later with good DI. It is better at damage racking due to these factors. Like forward throw, it can be used to launch the opponent into a previously thrown Gordo.
Up throw   4% (hit 1), 5% (throw) A jump set, a technique used in volleyball. It can lead to up aerial at low to medium percentages, but down throw is generally more rewarding and consistent. Like forward throw, can be used to launch the opponent into a previously thrown Gordo. It is King Dedede's weakest throw, as it only starts KOing middleweights at around 261% on Final Destination.
Down throw   6% A one-handed body slam. King Dedede's best combo starter, it can initiate true combos into a neutral or forward aerial at very low percents and back air at low to mid percents. At medium percentages, down throw to up aerial is a KO combo if the opponent DIs incorrectly. It also has slight KO potential at very high percents, as it can KO middleweights at around 235% on Final Destination.
Floor attack (front)   7% Gets up and kicks in front of himself and then behind himself.
Floor attack (back)   7%
Floor attack (trip)   5% Swings his hammer in of himself and then behind himself while twirling the hammer's head.
Edge attack   10% Performs a kick while climbing up.
Neutral special Inhale 12% (spit) Inhales the opponent. While they have been Inhaled, King Dedede can then walk around and spit them out to inflict damage. He will also receive a 0.25x Received Knockback Multiplier, making it almost impossible to KO him while someone is inhaled. Inhale can also be used to swallow items and spit back projectiles, acting as a reflector. The reflector property is quite notable as unlike the rest of the cast, it has no reflect limit. Inhale is also a good landing mix-up to catch sidesteps and shields.
Side special Gordo Throw 10% (hammer), 14%/12.5%/11%/9.5% (Gordo) Hits a bouncing Gordo with his hammer. Its trajectory can be angled upward, forward, or downward, which can be used for mindgames. By extension, his throws can be used to launch the opponent toward a previously thrown Gordo. The Gordos disappear after almost 3 seconds. An upward-angled Gordo can be used to deny most options at the ledge or even all when combined with an attack. Gordo can also stick to any surface that allows wall jumping, and is much more consistent than it was in SSB4. They can also be reflected by any attack dealing at least 2%. Of further note is that Dedede can hit opponents with the hammer swing used to serve the Gordo, potentially leading into a hit by both the hammer and Gordo for a considerable amount of damage. Dedede can also inhale his own Gordo and spit it out at a considerable speed.
Up special Super Dedede Jump 15% (drop), 12% (landing), 5% (stars) His signature jump. It concludes with a diving double foot stomp that buries grounded opponents and meteor smashes aerial ones. Like Yoshi Bomb, it emits stars on both sides after the diving double foot stomp hits the ground, which can make it difficult to punish, especially against characters that lack a projectile. While it cannot grab edges during its descent, it can do so upon being canceled. However, if it is canceled too late before landing, Dedede will endure landing lag that lasts for more than a second.
Down special Jet Hammer 12% (uncharged grounded), 11% (uncharged aerial), 40% (fully charged grounded), 32% (fully charged aerial) Activates the afterburner in his hammer to charge up a very powerful swing, which is released when the special button is released. Dedede can walk around slowly and jump once while charging. It has heavy armor during the swing, and it can hit opponents hanging from the ledge after their invincibility wears off. The jet hammer will inflict the most amount of knockback if released just before the full charge. Dedede can hold the hammer out indefinitely, but it slowly does recoil damage if he holds it when fully charged up until 100%. A fully charged Jet Hammer can easily KO opponents below 50% near the edge, and is able to break shields with a full charge.
Final Smash Dede-Rush 8% (hit 1), 1.8% (missiles), 20% (hammer hit), 10% (last hit) Strikes the opponent with his hammer sending them into his trademark boxing ring with a cage set up. Adopting his Masked Dedede persona, he attacks his opponent with a barrage of missiles, followed by a powerful spinning hammer swing. Deals approximately 60% in total with considerable knockback, but can only trap one opponent at a time.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Is carried in on a palanquin by four Waddle Dees, then jumps off, scattering them.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Puts his hammer on his shoulder, briefly tapping against his shoulder twice.
  • Smacks his belly twice.


  • Up taunt: Holds up his hammer in celebration, twirling it and hoisting it upwards 3 times.
  • Side taunt: Twirls his hammer and laughs.
  • Down taunt: Spins around in a circle, slapping his belly and chanting.

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Swings his hammer twice before turning to the camera and posing.
  • Up: Laughs and repeatedly slaps his belly while a Waddle Dee walks into the scene. The Waddle Dee doesn't appear in Team Battles.
  • Right: Twirls his hammer with a grimace, then activates the Jet Hammer.
The victory theme of the Kirby universe is a cover of the short recurring theme that plays when Kirby completes a stage or defeats a boss, debuting in Kirby's Dream Land, though the shortened version that this track is based on debuted in Kirby's Adventure.

In competitive play[edit]

At the beginning of Ultimate's metagame, many professionals noticed Dedede's improvements from the previous installment, albeit still retaining some of his weaknesses there. This led to most of the community considering him as a low-mid or even low tier character. However, as professionals such as ZAKI and Atomsk began making notable impacts in major tournaments, most players' perception changed, citing his positive qualities such as his great edge trapping with Gordos, resilient endurance, disjointed range, and stronger KO power in comparison to SSB4. This led to Dedede becoming a popular choice among all levels of play in comparison to his release, most notably in local and regional tournaments, with the general perception casting him as an upper mid-tier or even high tier character.

However, updates removing Dedede's shield break combinations as well as shrinking the Gordos' hitboxes hurt Dedede's success: ZAKI's results failed to reach his prior success, Atomsk reduced him to a co-main, Big D rarely uses the character anymore, and Peli went through a short retirement followed by a several months-long character crisis and is currently co-maining the character with Palutena. Because of this, Dedede's representation has significantly dropped, with some players reconsidering him to be strictly a mid-tier character instead of a high tier character or, in some instances, a low tier character. In addition, Dedede's poor disadvantage state, inconsistent KO potential, and laggy frame data have caused him to struggle against most top tier and/or high tier characters, such as Palutena, Mega Man, and Fox. Although King Dedede is seen as a better character than he was in SSB4, his first definitive tier placement in Ultimate remains to be seen.

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: Royal Rumble[edit]

King Dedede's congratulations screen.

King Dedede faces off against characters with royal titles such as kings and princesses.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 King K. Rool KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png Pirate Ship Gang-Plank Galleon
2 Marth MarthHeadSSBU.png and Roy RoyHeadSSBU.png Castle Siege Fire Emblem Theme
3 Zelda ZeldaHeadSSBU.png Hyrule Castle Overworld Theme - The Legend of Zelda (64)
4 Peach PeachHeadSSBU.png and Daisy DaisyHeadSSBU.png Princess Peach's Castle Underwater Theme - Super Mario Bros.
5 Bowser BowserHeadSSBU.png and Bowser Jr. BowserJrHeadSSBU.png Find Mii (Battlefield form) King Bowser - Super Mario Bros. 3
6 Ganondorf GanondorfHeadSSBU.png Bridge of Eldin Calamity Ganon Battle - Second Form
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand Final Destination Master Hand (Less than 7.0 intensity)
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (Intensity 7.0 or higher)
On intensity 7.0 and higher, Crazy Hand fights alongside Master Hand.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as King Dedede has King Dedede's Theme (Brawl) accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Finding King Dedede in World of Light

King Dedede was among the fighters that were summoned to fight against the army of Master Hands.

During the opening cutscene, King Dedede was present on the cliffside when Galeem unleashed its beams of light. He was vaporized offscreen and placed under Galeem's imprisonment along with the other fighters, excluding Kirby.

Dedede can only be accessed in a sub-area themed after the Gourmet Race minigame from Kirby Super Star, where the player must collect exactly 11 pieces of food for him to appear on the podium.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
King Dedede SSBU.png
King Dedede
9,000 Fountain of Dreams (Ω form) King Dedede's Theme (Brawl)


King Dedede's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking King Dedede 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, King Dedede makes an appearance as a Primary Spirit under his Masked Dedede alter ego.

In Spirit battles[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music
Moblin The Legend of Zelda Series King Dedede Team KingDededeHeadGreySSBU.png (×4)
1,900 Skyloft (Battlefield form) •Move Speed ↓ •The enemy favors down specials
•The enemy has reduced move speed
Overworld Theme - The Legend of Zelda
Raven spirit.png
Raphael the Raven Yoshi Series •Giant King Dedede KingDededeHeadBlackSSBU.png
4,000 Mario Galaxy N/A •The enemy is giant Yoshi's Island (for 3DS / Wii U)
Pak E Derm Spirit.png
Pak E. Derm Yoshi Series King Dedede KingDededeHeadGreySSBU.png
3,900 Yoshi's Story •Jump Power ↓ •You have reduced jump power
•Timed battle
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Alolan Exeggutor)
Yoshi's Story (Melee)
Don Bongo.png
Don Bongo Yoshi Series •Giant King Dedede KingDededeHeadGreenSSBU.png
3,900 Yoshi's Story •Move Speed ↑
•Move Speed ↓
•The enemy has increased move speed after a while
•The enemy is giant
•The enemy has reduced move speed
Yoshi's Story (Melee)
Kracko Kirby Series King Dedede KingDededeHeadGreySSBU.png
Pikachu PikachuHeadBlueSSBU.png (×2)
3,500 Skyworld (clouds only) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win Boss Theme Medley - Kirby Series
Gordo Kirby Series •Clear King Dedede KingDededeHeadCyanSSBU.png (×3)
3,800 Green Greens (hazards off) N/A •The enemy's side special has increased power
•The enemy favors side specials
•The enemy is invisible
Kirby Retro Medley (Castle Lololo)
Peppy Hare Spirit.png
Peppy Hare Star Fox Series •Bunny King Dedede KingDededeHeadGreySSBU.png
Fox FoxHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Falco FalcoHeadWhiteSSBU.png
8,800 Venom N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Main Theme - Star Fox 64 (Melee)
Dyntos Spirit.png
Dyntos Kid Icarus Series King Dedede KingDededeHeadGreySSBU.png
7,500 Palutena's Temple (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy is easily distracted by items Lightning Chariot Base
Yellow Wollywog Spirit.png
Yellow Wollywog Pikmin Series King Dedede KingDededeHeadGreenSSBU.png (×3)
3,800 Distant Planet N/A •The enemy favors up specials Garden of Hope (Remix)
Lyle Spirit.png
Lyle Animal Crossing Series King Dedede KingDededeHeadBlueSSBU.png
1,700 Smashville •Defense ↑
•Attack Power ↑
•The enemy has increased attack power when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy has increased defense when the enemy's at high damage
Town Hall and Tom Nook's Store - Animal Crossing: Wild World
Fish Spirit.png
Fish Balloon Fight Series King Dedede KingDededeHeadCyanSSBU.png
3,900 Balloon Fight N/A •The enemy's neutral special has increased power
•Timed battle
•The enemy favors neutral specials
Balloon Fight Medley
Chef (Personal Trainer: Cooking) Personal Trainer: Cooking Series King Dedede KingDededeHeadGreySSBU.png
3,500 PictoChat 2 •Item: Food •The enemy becomes more powerful after eating
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Personal Trainer: Cooking
Gruntilda Spirit.png
Gruntilda Banjo-Kazooie Series King Dedede KingDededeHeadGreenSSBU.png
•Giant Dr. Mario DrMarioHeadGreenSSBU.png (×3)
13,900 Find Mii (Ω form) •Hazard: Poison Floor •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The floor is poisonous
Stamina battle
Vs. Klungo

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Reference
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
Dark Matter Kirby Series Meta Knight MetaKnightHeadNavySSBU.png
King Dedede KingDededeHeadGreySSBU.png
13,500 Halberd (Ω form) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Nightmare) •The enemy's melee weapons have increased power
•The enemy can unleash powerful critical hits at random
Stamina battle
02 Battle Possessed King Dedede (Kirby's Dream Land 2)
Captain Syrup.png
Captain Syrup Wario Land Series Bayonetta BayonettaHeadPinkSSBU.png
•Giant King Dedede KingDededeHeadGreySSBU.png
3,500 Pirate Ship N/A •Items will be pulled toward the enemy
•The enemy is giant
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
The Great Sea / Menu Select Genie
Yusuke Persona 5.png
Yusuke Kitagawa Persona Series Chrom ChromHeadBlackSSBU.png
King Dedede KingDededeHeadCyanSSBU.png
2,500 Suzaku Castle (Battlefield form) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Vince) •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Hostile assist trophies will appear after a little while
Last Surprise Goemon
Hero's Comrades Spirit.png
Hero's Comrades DRAGON QUEST Series Ike IkeHeadBlackSSBU.png
•Tiny King Dedede KingDededeHeadPinkSSBU.png
Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadShortsBlueSSBU.png
Sheik SheikHeadRedSSBU.png
•Tiny Robin RobinHeadRedSSBU.png
Zelda ZeldaHeadGreenSSBU.png
Link LinkHeadTealSSBU.png
13,300 Yggdrasil's Altar N/A •The enemy has increased melee-weapon damage and move speed
•The enemy's smash attacks have increased power
Stamina battle
The Hero Goes Forth with a Determination Rab
Kim Kaphwan.png
Kim Kaphwan Fatal Fury Series Ken KenHeadWhiteSSBU.png
•Giant King Dedede KingDededeHeadBlackSSBU.png
•Tiny Ridley RidleyHeadGreenSSBU.png
1,800 King of Fighters Stadium •Jump Power ↓ •The enemy's kicks and knee strikes have increased power
•Reinforcement will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•All fighters have reduced jump power
Let's Go to Seoul! - FATAL FURY 2 Chang Koehan

Alternate costumes[edit]

King Dedede Palette (SSBU).png
KingDededeHeadSSBU.png KingDededeHeadPinkSSBU.png KingDededeHeadGreenSSBU.png KingDededeHeadPurpleSSBU.png KingDededeHeadCyanSSBU.png KingDededeHeadGreySSBU.png KingDededeHeadBlueSSBU.png KingDededeHeadBlackSSBU.png


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • During the segment of the Nintendo E3 Direct that focused on King Dedede's Final Smash, his eyes are normal colored while he is wearing his mask. In the final game, his eyes are yellow.
  • King Dedede is one of four characters that has appeared in all games with Final Smashes to have a different Final Smash in all of them; the other three are Pit, Zero Suit Samus, and R.O.B..
  • King Dedede's pose in his official render resembles one of his idle poses.
  • King Dedede's prank to the Kongs in King K. Rool's reveal trailer is considered an in-joke within the fandom, as it is perceived as his voice actor, series director Masahiro Sakurai, making a practical joke at the expense of the fans.
    • Ironically, both King Dedede and King K. Rool are opponents for each other's Classic Mode route.
  • In the Korean version of the game, the Announcer calls him "King Dedede", despite having a slightly different name in Korean, "Dedede Daewang", which translates to "King Dedede the Great".
  • In the Chinese version of the game, the Announcer calls him "King Dedede" in the Simplified version, while the Traditional version has the "Dedede!" announcement from the Japanese version.
  • In the French and European Spanish versions, the name tag and voice clip from the announcer on the victory screen is slightly different from the one used on the character select screen, instead featuring a noticeable translation of "the" (le Roi Dadidou and el Rey Dedede, respectively). This trait is shared with Wii Fit Trainer, Pokémon Trainer, Villager, Ice Climbers, Inkling, Hero, and the Mii Fighters. Additionally, he and Duck Hunt are only two fighters having this trait in the European version, but not in the American version.
  • King Dedede is one of the only two antagonists that can be unlocked in the Light Realm, the other being Bowser.
  • Prior to 3.0.0, if King Dedede threw a Smart Bomb at his opponent and tried to Inhale them, the Inhale would not affect anyone until the bomb explosion was over. This glitch may likely have been caused by opponents stuck during the hitstun. When this happened, anyone caught in the Inhale from before will teleport into King Dedede's mouth once the explosion ended. Kirby could do this too. This was patched, where characters can now no longer be put into hitstun during Inhale.
  • King Dedede is one of the five veterans from Smash 4 to have their Boxing Ring alias changed in Ultimate, the others being Link, Kirby, Mega Man, and Ryu.
  • King Dedede appears in the most DLC Spirit Boards with the exception of Fire Emblem, appearing in the Yusuke Kitagawa, Hero's Comrades, Gruntilda, and Kim Kaphwan spirit battles.
  • Dedede has his own damage effect known simply as Dedede, which applies to all hammer-related moves with the exception of Jet Hammer. It is identical to normal.