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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Wii U Kind Dedede.png

The self-proclaimed ruler of Dream Land returns to clobber his foes with more hammer attacks! King Dedede is an odd character with a mix of several fighter archetypes. He fits perfectly in the lumbering heavyweight category, with his massive size, sluggish movement and powerful blows, but he also has improved reach owing to his hammer, and better air game due to his multiple jumps. King Dedede's horrendous speed but great strength and range makes him a mainly defensive character, using painful hammer swings to keep enemies at a distance and punishing reckless foes with a deadly clobbering. He also has several tools up his kingly sleeves, from a projectile with variable trajectories to a decent combo game off of his large grab range. King Dedede's speed makes him a very unwieldy character to play, but given time, he can be a fearsome powerhouse that rivals the likes of Bowser.

Basic attributes[edit]

King Dedede is one of the heaviest characters in the game, being just behind Bowser and Donkey Kong in terms of sheer girth. Unfortunately, this weight affects him much worse than the other heavyweights, giving him one of the worst run speeds in the entire game. Dedede has 4 midair jumps, unusual for a heavyweight, but their utility is undermined slightly by his poor air speed and rock-like falling speed.


Moveset Analysis[edit]

Standard Attacks

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) 2 button(+2 button2 button2 button) Hammer Blender King Dedede swings his hammer twice, then spins his hammer indefinitely, ending with a strong upward swing.
A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) A button(+A buttonA buttonA button)
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button (Left nunchuk or Right nunchuk)+A button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+2 button Distant Blender King Dedede sticks his hammer forward and spins it.
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button (Left control or Right control)+A button (Left cpad or Right cpad)+A button
Up lstick+A button Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+2 button Crowning Headbutt King Dedede jumps up for a quick headbutt.
Up lstick+A button Up control+A button Up cpad+A button
Down lstick+A button Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+2 button Royal Roll King Dedede rolls forward.
Down lstick+A button Down control+A button Down cpad+A button
A button while dashing A button while dashing 2 button while dashing Trip Tackle King Dedede falls over, striking with his whole body.
A button while dashing A button while dashing A button while dashing
A button while hanging A button while hanging 2 button while hanging King Dedede climbs up and kicks.
A button while hanging A button while hanging A button while hanging

Smash Attacks

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
Smash (Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button Smash (Left nunchuk or Right nunchuk)+A button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+1 button+2 button Mighty Hammer King Dedede swings his hammer down with all his might.
Smash (Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button Smash (Left control or Right control)+A button Smash (Left cpad or Right cpad)+A button
Smash Up lstick+A button Smash Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+1 button+2 button Hammer Arch King Dedede swings his hammer over him.
Smash Up lstick+A button Smash Up control+A button Smash Up cpad+A button
Smash Down lstick+A button Smash Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+1 button+2 button Hammer Cyclone King Dedede spins around with his hammer held low.
Smash Down lstick+A button Smash Down control+A button Smash Down cpad+A button

Air Attacks

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png 2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Dedede Dive King Dedede holds out all his limbs and falls belly first.
A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Right lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Rolling Swing King Dedede swings his hammer down in front of him.
Right lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Left lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Hammer Upper King Dedede swings his hammer up behind him.
Left lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Up lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Hammer Storm King Dedede sticks his hammer out over him and spins it.
Up lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Down lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Meteor Mallet King Dedede swings his hammer downward, dealing a meteor smash if hit early on with the center of the hammer.
Down lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png

Throws

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
A button after grab A button after grab 2 button after grab Head Hammer King Dedede headbutts the grabbed opponent.
A button after grab A button after grab A button after grab
Right lstick after grab Right nunchuk after grab Right dpad after grab Front Swing King Dedede knocks the grabbed opponent forward with his hammer.
Right lstick after grab Right control after grab Right cpad after grab
Left lstick after grab Left nunchuk after grab Left dpad after grab Back Swing King Dedede turns around and knocks the grabbed opponent away with his hammer.
Left lstick after grab Left control after grab Left cpad after grab
Up lstick after grab Up nunchuk after grab Up dpad after grab Palm Blast King Dedede holds the grabbed opponent over him and launches them up with a palm strike.
Up lstick after grab Up control after grab Up cpad after grab
Down lstick after grab Down nunchuk after grab Down dpad after grab King's Slam King Dedede slams the grabbed opponent onto the ground.
Down lstick after grab Down control after grab Down cpad after grab

Special Attacks[edit]

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
B button B button 1 button Inhale King Dedede sucks in foes, then spits them out after a while. This move is similar to Kirby's version, but King Dedede's has more range without the ability to copy enemy moves.
B button B button B button
Dedede Storm King Dedede exhales a whirlwind that traps foes for multiple hits.
Taste Test King Dedede spits out foes immediately after inhaling, dealing more damage with the spit. The move is overall slightly faster.
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+B button (Left nunchuk or Right nunchuk)+B button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+1 button Gordo Throw King Dedede takes out a Gordo and hits it forward. The Gordo travels in an arc, which can be altered by tilting the control stick left or right before King Dedede hits the Gordo.
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+B button (Left control or Right control)+B button (Left cpad or Right cpad)+B button
Topspin Gordo The Gordos travel really slow initially, then shoots forward after touching the ground.
Bouncing Gordo The Gordos are charged with electricity and bounce back and forth after being thrown.
Up lstick+B button Up nunchuk+B button Up dpad+1 button Super Dedede Jump King Dedede leaps straight up, then slams down with a butt stomp, burying grounded foes and meteor smashing aerial ones. Harmful stars shoot out on either side when he lands.
Up lstick+B button Up control+B button Up cpad+B button
Rising Dedede King Dedede attacks by leaping up, but doesn't do the butt stomp afterward.
Quick Dedede Jump King Dedede performs the whole move quicker, but at the cost of the move's strength and distance.
Down lstick+B button Down nunchuk+B button Down dpad+1 button Jet Hammer King Dedede charges up the rocket inside his hammer. When the charge is release, he will perform a powerful swing with the hammer. King Dedede can hold a full charge indefinitely, but it will deal gradual self-damage until he is over 100%.
Down lstick+B button Down control+B button Down cpad+B button
Armored Jet Hammer King Dedede gains super armor when charging, preventing attacks from interrupting him while charging. However, the attack is weaker and King Dedede takes more recoil damage.
Dash Jet Hammer King Dedede slowly moves back while charging, faster if it's at full charge, then rushes forward for the attack once the charge is released. The damage of the move is reduced compared to the default.

Taunts

Control Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
Up dpad 1 button Up dpad+A button King Dedede lifts his hammer up victoriously.
Up dpad Up dpad Up dpad
(Left dpad or Right dpad) 1 button+2 button A button King Dedede spins his hammer while facing the screen.
(Left dpad or Right dpad) (Left dpad or Right dpad) (Left dpad or Right dpad)
Down dpad 2 button Down dpad+A button King Dedede dances around while cheering.
Down dpad Down dpad Down dpad

Final Smash - Dedede Burst[edit]

King Dedede starts the attack off with a massive inhale that creates a whirlwind stretching over half of Battlefield. If he catches a foe or more in the whirlwind, he will draw them in and hit them with three consecutive hammer strikes, ending with a deadly bomb explosion. Dedede Burst is rather weak compared to other Final Smashes with similar mechanics like Triforce Slash, but Dedede Burst has the advantage of a massive and visually apparent initiating hit, which helps him draw in as many enemies as he can for the rest of the attack. The move usually KOs foes above 50%, doing so earlier or later depending on how close you are to the edges.