This article is about King Dedede's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see King Dedede.

He's not very fast, but he's one of few heavyweight fighters with great recovery. Apparently, his first defeat by Kirby inspired him to train hard to learn a move called Hovering, which allows him to float after taking a deep breath.
—Description from the Super Smash Blog.

King Dedede is a veteran fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, first playable in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He was confirmed to return on June 12, 2018 during E3 2018.

When he challenges the player, he is fought at Fountain of Dreams.



  • Extremely high weight.
  • Powerful smash attacks with great range.
  • All of his attacks save for up tilt, down tilt, neutral aerial, and dash attack have disjointed hitboxes.
  • All smash attacks, neutral Aerial, Jet Hammer and Super Dedede Jump have transcendent priority.
  • Forward tilt has the highest range of all forward tilts in the whole game.
  • Very strong dash attack.
  • Decent standard ground and aerial attacks which have good damage and range.
  • Powerful combo throw potential.
  • Has many attacks that inflict high shield damage.
  • Has one of the highest vertical recoveries in the game.
  • Can perform sacrificial KO's with Inhale.
  • Gordo Toss can be launched at different speeds and angles, forcing opponents to be on their guard. If it hits a ledge corner it can be stuck for a few seconds, making it useful for edge guarding.
  • Jet Hammer can land KOs at early percentages, especially when fully charged.
  • Down aerial and Super Dedede Jump can meteor smash opponents.
  • Inhale can be used to inhale or reflect most projectiles.


  • Large frame, having big hurtboxes.
  • Poor frame data overall.
  • Despite having multiple jumps, King Dedede has atrocious air speed.
  • Very slow running speed.
  • Considerable lag on his most powerful attacks.
  • High landing lag in most aerials.
  • Very high falling speed, which combined with his massive size makes him an easy combo target.
  • Has problem dealing with other zoners and campers.
  • His Smash Attacks are slow. Additionally Forward and Up Smashes deal very low knockback if they hit with the sourspots on the handle.
  • Predictable recovery. Also, Dedede becomes helpless if the player cancels Super Dedede Jump, leaving him extremely vulnerable.
  • Super Dedede Jump, while providing massive vertical recovery, will not allow Dedede to cling onto ledges after he starts descending, even when he is within close range of one.
  • Gordo Toss has low priority, and can be easily reflected back at Dedede by practically any attack in the game.


King Dedede has changed a lot in this game being even heavier and having a new final smash.

Changes from SSBWU/3DS


Ground Attacks

  • Down tilt can move left or right no matter the direction he faces when he crouches.

Grabs and Throws

Special Attacks


Ground Attacks


  • Neutral Attack: Swings his hammer in front of him twice and then spins the hammer before launching the opponent with a final upward swing. Has high power for a neutral attack, killing most characters at around 150%.
  • Forward Tilt: Thrusts his hammer forward while spinning it. Has extremely high range and hits multiple times, making it a good spacing tool.
  • Up Tilt: Sets his hammer down to perform a headbutt upwards. One of the strongest up tilts in the entire game.
  • Down Tilt: King Dedede rolls himself forward to tackle opponents. His fastest move overall, coming out at frame 6.
  • Dash Attack (Belly Flop): His signature belly flop tackle. Is extremely slow and powerful, easily killing opponents at low percentages.

Smash Attacks

  • Forward Smash: Rears back and slams his hammer down in front of him. It is the strongest forward smash in the game in terms of both damage and knockback, being surpassed only by Lucario with maximum aura.
  • Up Smash: Swings his hammer above him. Deals high vertical knockback and can hit opponents behind Dedede.
  • Down Smash: Swings his hammer around himself. Dedede's fastest but weakest smash attack. It launches opponents at a low angle.

Other attacks

  • Floor Attack (Front): Sweeps his foot around himself from front to back.
  • Floor Attack (Back): Kicks in front of himself and then behind himself.
  • Floor Attack (Trip): Swings his hammer in front of himself and then behind himself.
  • Ledge Attack: Kicks with his foot while climbing up.

Aerial Attacks

  • Neutral aerial: A splash. The clean hit has KO potential at high percentages while the late hit has plenty of follow-ups, especially when fast falled.
  • Forward aerial: Swings his hammer downward in front of himself. Effective for edgeguarding purposes.
  • Back aerial: Swings his hammer horizontally behind himself. Very strong, KOing reliably around 120%.
  • Up aerial: Thrusts his hammer above himself while spinning it. It is good at juggling opponents and also quite strong for a multi-hit move.
  • Down aerial: Swings his hammer downward below himself. The sweetspot meteor smashes aerial opponents while launching grounded opponents horizontally. King Dedede's slowest aerial.

Grabs and Throws

  • Grab: Reaches out with his hand. Average range.
  • Pummel: Headbutts the enemy. Slow but damaging.
  • Forward Throw: Hits the opponent with his hammer forward. Can launch opponents into a thrown Gordo and has KO potential at very high percentages.
  • Back Throw: Turns around and hits the opponent with his hammer behind himself. Dedede's strongest throw, but good DI heavily reduces its kill potential.
  • Up Throw: Hits the opponent upward with a jump set, a volleyball technique. Easily combos into up aerial at low percentages. King Dedede's weakest throw.
  • Down Throw: Slams the opponent into the ground with one hand. It has loads of combo potential, mainly into aerial attacks.

Special Moves

King Dedede's Special Moves
Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Inhale
Side Special Waddle Dee Toss Gordo Throw
Up Special Super Dedede Jump
Down Special Jet Hammer
Final Smash Waddle Dee Army Dedede Burst Dede-Rush


  • Up Taunt: Hoists his hammer upwards in celebration.
  • Side Taunt: Spins his hammer while laughing.
  • Down Taunt: Dances around in a circle while slapping his belly.

On-Screen Appearance

King Dedede is carried on a palanquin by four Waddle Dees. He then jumps off, scattering them.

Idle Poses

Victory Poses

In competitive play

At the beginning of Ultimate's metagame, many players noticed how, despite retaining some of his weaknesses, King Dedede was overall buffed from Smash 4 thanks to improvements to Gordo Throw and stronger KO options, as well as retaining his resilient endurance and disjointed range. This perception would further improve thanks to players such as ZAKI and Atomsk, both of whom made notable impacts at major tournaments, with the former placing 2nd at Sumabato SP 2 and the latter placing 25th at Pound 2019. As a result, King Dedede became a more popular choice when compared to his Smash 4 incarnation, most notably in local and regional tournaments, and the general perception casted him as an upper mid-tier character, with potential to be high-tier.

However, as the metagame progressed, updates removing King Dedede's shield break combinations and shrinking the Gordos' hitboxes started to hurt his perception. Both ZAKI and Atomsk saw a decline in results while other players either dropped the character in favor of others (Big D) or relegated the character to a secondary (Peli). Due to the decline, King Dedede's representation has significantly dropped, with most players reconsidering him to be a low-tier character. In addition, King Dedede's poor disadvantage state, inconsistent KO potential, and laggy frame data have caused him to struggle against most top-tier and high-tier characters, including Palutena, Mega Man, and Fox. Although King Dedede is widely considered to be better than his previous incarnation, his true viability in Ultimate remains to be seen.

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 exactly 11 pieces of food for him to appear on the podium.

Palette Swaps

King Dedede Palette (SSBU).png


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