King Dedede (SSBU)
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.
How to unlock
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 fast falling speeds (both tied for second-third fastest in the game), overall sluggish mobility, and a high susceptibility to combos. In spite of having an average initial dash and the thirtieth highest gravity, King Dedede has the twenty-eighth slowest walking speed, eleventh slowest dashing speed, and the worst air speed in the game. Lastly, King Dedede is also tied for having the sixty-first through seventy-first highest air acceleration in the game. To counteract these flaws, however, King Dedede is gifted with four midair jumps.
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, easily killing 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 destroy full shields, due to hitting them twice; 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 is very quick and deals 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. The 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 start up speed, and can Wall of Pain at lower percents. Back air is a potent kill option with 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 sweet spotted, is a powerful Meteor Smash offstage, but its use onstage is somewhat limited due to its slow startup.
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 degress 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 initating 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, which is perhaps where Dedede is strongest. The Gordos from Gordo Throw act as powerful stage control options with KO potentional in their own right at 140% and above, and can set up deadly ledge traps. However, they can easily be reflected by attacks which deal at least 2% damage, so caution is needed for effective use of this move. Super Dedede Jump is a fantastic recovery tool that is very difficult to disrupt as it has Super Armor during the ascent and descent, and it travels a very long vertical distance. Lastly, Jet Hammer is an effective punishing tool that deals very high damage and knockback, and with a max charge it can break full shields. Since the move now has Super Armor during the swing, it is a much more viable option in certain situations than it was in previous installments.
In spite of these strengths, King Dedede still has a few noteworthy drawbacks. King Dedede's biggest problem is his approach, which is among the worst in the game. Despite being buffed, his walking, dashing, and air speeds are still rather sluggish, which is further compounded by his terrible air acceleration. As a result, King Dedede still has immense difficulty catching up to or retreating from his opponents; his mobility issue, combined with his large hurtbox, renders King Dedede extremely vulnerable to combos. 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 falling and fastfalling speeds allow him to easily return to the ground, they also render him vulnerable to chain throws, while hindering his recovery. King Dedede's recovery is further hampered by his low air speed and jump height, sometimes 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 manueverability, renders Super Dedede Jump unreliable for recovering at certain distances offstage.
King Dedede's other specials can work against him, as well. Inhale still has high ending lag, allowing other characters to easily punish him, while his lost ability to swallow projectiles allows other characters to attack King Dedede with them. Gordo Toss' Gordos can be reflected back at King Dedede, dealing immense damage to him, potentially resulting in a self-induced KO. Jet Hammer also takes a long time to charge, leaving King Dedede susceptible to attack; additionally, 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 reliable on Super Dedede Jump. King Dedede's frame data can only be seen as average; a decent slew of his attacks have low or normal startup and ending lag, though some, such as his forward smash, are heavily laggy and predictable.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Given his notoriety as one of the worst characters in Super Smash Bros. 4, King Dedede has been significantly buffed in the transition from Smash 4 to Ultimate. King Dedede's previously abysmal horizontal mobility has been buffed (although it is still among the worst across the series), while the effectiveness of his aerial moveset has been buffed even further as the reduced landing lag on his aerial attacks gives him landing options, while their increased knockback makes them more effective KO options. Additionally, due to his Inhale gaining the ability to spit out inhaled projectiles, he has effectively gained a reflector, alleviating his vulnerability to projectile camping. The new reflecting abilities of his Inhale also gives him more safety when using Gordo Throw.
King Dedede's biggest buffs, however, were to the utility of his ground game. His already good neutral attack has been improved even further, his up and down tilts can now be reversed upon startup (with the former now regaining its Brawl strength), his already strong smash attacks are stronger overall, and his previously slow forward smash is much faster overall. Altogether, King Dedede is clearly much better than in the previous game, although his viability in tournaments is still unknown. He, however, has achieved great results, thanks to players zaki, Big D and Peli.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
Classic Mode: Royal Rumble
King Dedede faces off against characters with royal titles such as kings and princesses.
Role 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 11 amounts of scattered food for him to appear.
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
As the main opponent
As a minion
Character Showcase Video
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