Bandana Dee (SSBV)BandanaDeeHeadSSBV
Bandana DeeSSBV
Bandana Dee! Spear Ready!
Universe Kirby
Other Super Smash Bros. Appearances Newcomer
Availability Starter
Final Smash Waddle Dee Army

Bandana Dee (バンダナワドルディ, Bandanawadorudi) appears as a newcomer in Super Smash Bros. V, revealed on May 29, 2019 after the announcement of the “King Dedede” game during the Nintendo Direct.

“Bandana Waddle Dee, otherwise known as Bandana Dee or simply Waddle Dee, is a Waddle Dee who wears a blue bandana first seen in Kirby Super Star. In the original game, he only made a brief appearance in Megaton Punch, though the remake extends this appearance to Revenge of the King and takes over the role of Arena Waddle Dee. He most often acts as King Dedede's sidekick. He wields a spear as his weapon. He is one of the few Waddle Dees depicted to be on par with Kirby in terms of skill and strength.”

He is confirmed to have no alternate costume.



Has 3 jumps

Quick tilts

Good range

Good aerial attacks

Fast regular attacks

Can crouch





Few moves with KO power

Some moves have noticeable ending lag


Bandana Dee basically feels like Kirby with a spear. He has 3 jumps opposed to Kirby’s 5. His tilts are quick. His moves have good range. He’s good in the air, he can crouch, and he’s floaty. He feels like Kirby but plays different. His spear gives him more range and a bit more power than kirby. He’s also a bit faster on the ground.

Bandana Dee is a lightweight character meaning that he can be KOed pretty early. He also has few moves with true KO power similar to Kirby and some have noticeable ending lag. To use him to his best, you must take advantage of the range he gets with his spear.


Ground Attacks

Name Damage Description
Neutral Attack 4% Pokes his spear forward. Good range and quick.
Neutral Combo
Dash Attack 10% (clean), 7% (late Slides forward poking his spear.
Forward Tilt 8% (base), 7% (tip) Kicks forward similarly to Kirby. Can be angled upwards or downwards.
Up Tilt 3% (first hit), 4% (second hit) Bandana Dee kicks upwards twice similarly to Sonic. Good juggle capability.
Down Tilt 6% Bandana Dee pokes his spear down.
Forward Smash Spear Thrust 16% (tip), 15% Bandana Dee thrusts the spear forward; this has slightly longer range than Sword's basic attack. Can go through opponents hitting multiple opponents.
Up Smash Skyward Thrust 15% Bandana Dee thrusts the spear upwards.
Down Smash 2% (hits 1-5), 3% (hit 6) Bandana Dee puts the sword on the ground and spins with it upside down in a break dance like manner.

Aerial Attacks

Name Damage Description
Neutral Aerial 10% (clean) or 6% (late) Extends his spear out forward. Similar to the sex kick neutral aerials. Loses power as it’s held out.
Forward Aerial 9% Pokes spear forward.
Back Aerial 10% Hits spear behind him. Good KO move at later percents.
Up Aerial 10% Pokes his spear upward. Combos into itself nicely. KOs at later percentages.
Down Aerial 1% (hits 1-5), 2% (hit 6), 2% (landing) Does a drill kick downwards.

Grabs and Throws

Name Damage Description
Pummel 2% *Grabs opponent with one hand, short range* Attacks opponent with a poke.
Forward Throw 7% (Both upwards and forwards) Carries opponent up similarly to Donkey Kong. He can only throw the opponent Up or Forward.
Back Throw 9% Throws opponent behind him aggressively.
Up Throw 8% Throws opponent up. Good follow ups.
Down Throw 0.8% (hits 1-9), 1% (hit 10), 2% (throw) Bandana Dee throws his victim into the ground, and then stomps on them several times quickly. The stomps also damage nearby opponents.


Name Damage Description
Floor Attack (front) 7% Attacks on both sides with spear.
Floor Attack (back) 7% Attacks on both sides with spear.
Floor Attack (trip) 5% Attacks on both sides with spear.
Edge Attack 7% Gets up attacking with sword

Special Moves

Name Damage Description
Neutral Special Spear Throw 8% (clean), 7% (late) Bandana Dee throws a spear forward that has average knockback and damage. Can be reflected.
Alternate 1 Triple Throw 3% (each) Waddle Dee throws three smaller spears forward. Small knockback but good for racking up quick damage. Can be reflected.
Alternate 2 Spear Thrust 10% (each) Bandana Dee throws 2 larger spears forward that do more damage but leave him a bit more open to attack than the Spear Throw. Can be reflected.
Side Special Dashing Spear 1.4% (loop hits), 4% (last hit) Dashes forward attacking opponent with a flurry of spear attacks. The final hit has a lot of knockback and KOs at higher percents. The midair version is good for recovery.
Alternate 1 Aggressive Spear 1.6% (loop hits), 6% (last hit) Waddle Dee dashes forward with more force. Slower but does more damage and knockback and KOs a bit easier than the regular Dashing Spear. Has less range overall as well.
Alternate 2 Boosting Spear 10% A faster version of dashing spear but Waddle Dee only hits once instead of the flurry of attacks. He simply dashes through the opponent with the attack. Has more overall range as well.
Up Special Charge Leap 13% Bandana Dee begins to charge and when released he leaps poking spear up. The more its charged, the more range it has. But he moves down slowly as it charges. The spear has a lot of knockback as well.
Alternate 1 Spear Copter 2% (each hit) Bandana Dee twirls the spear above his head and hovers like a helicopter. Anything touching the spinning spear takes damage. The hover ends after a while and Bandana Dee slows the twirling and lands.
Alternate 2 Flip Leap Similar to Charge Leap but Bandana Dee does multiple flips while moving upwards. Doesn’t attack with spear but has more overall range than Charge Leap.
Down Special Moon Drop 3% (first hit upwards), 1% (twirling loop up and down), 4% (hit down) Bandana Dee boost twirls upwards with the spear and follows up with a twirling attack downwards towards the ground.
Alternate 1 Moon Barrage 5% (each hit, 15% total) Bandana Dee doesn’t drop to the ground but hits any opponent in the air with a string of spear attacks. Very good anti-air attack.
Alternate 2 Ground Drift 8% Bandana Dee doesn’t move up at all but stays on the ground twirling from side to side doing damage. Has super armor.
Final Smash Waddle Dee Army 12% (each spear) Bandana Dee points upward and summons various Waddle Dees that throw large spears in all directions across the stage. The spears have very, very high knockback.

Animations and Misc.


Same size as Kirby


SIDE - Bandana Dee stamps on foot down and holds one hand forward while the other hand spins his spear a few times behind his back. He then holds his spear in both hands and glances back and forth with an embarassed expression.

UP - Bandana Dee puts his spear on his back, then waves his hands at the camera while looking around with a joyful look in his eyes.

DOWN - Bandana Dee thrusts his spear into the ground and wipes his brow while exhaling a sigh. He then pulls his spear out of the ground to resume fighting.

Character Selection Screen Animation

Bandana Dee twirls his spear around.

On Screen Appearance

Bandana Dee is carried onto the scene by many Waddle Dees and drops off pointing spear forward as they scatter away.

Victory Animations

Shuffles along then points his hand forwards with his spear up.

Bandana Dee is seen celebrating with other Waddle Dees.

Bandana Dee runs forward and balances on his spear with his hand.

Losing Animation

Bandana Dee is seen waving his sword forward

Crowd Cheer

“Ban - da - na! (pause) Waddle - Dee!”

Victory Theme

A remix directly from Smash 4. It is a remix of the short recurring theme that plays when Kirby completes a stage or defeats a boss, debuting in Kirby's Dream Land. It is shared with King Dedede and Kirby.

Fighting Stance

Very similar to Kirby’s, with the exception of the side to side jump that Kirby does occasionally, holding his spear

Idle Poses

Points spear forward

Scratches ground with spear


Walks similarly to Kirby


Runs similarly to kirby holding his spear up

Palette Swaps and Alternate Costume w/Palette Swap


Color Origin/Description
Default Red Bandana Dee’s Regular Appearance
Second Yellow Based off the Yellow Bandana Dee. Also very similar to the coloration of Arena Waddle Dee
Third Green Based off the Green Bandana Dee
Fourth Pink Based off Kirby
Fifth Blue A coloration of Bandana Dee that could be based off Ice Kirby from Superstar
Sixth Gray Based off Tough Waddle Dee
Locked First Dark Blue Based off Meta Knight
Locked Second Black Based of the Halcandran Waddle Dee

Reveal Trailer

Loyal Associate

The reveal trailer starts off in a sunny plain-like area. A figure is seen walking. The figure is laughing as it's walking accompanied by Waddle Dees. The figure is then revealed to be King Dedede. He then lets out a huge laugh as the Waddle Dees jump and run around him. At that moment, he gets sneak attacked by Mario and Sonic. Dedede falls back and leaves the Waddle Dees to take care of Mario and Sonic. As Dedede is running Sonic catches up with him quickly as Mario joins later. Dedede is then cornered and Sonic quickly dashes and snatches his hammer from him. Mario and Sonic then start laughing as they're attacked by 2 small spears skilluflly dodging them. They then look up above the cliff and Bandana Dee is seen pointing his spear at them looking angry. The comes his reveal promo - "Bandana Dee wields his Spear!". Mario and Sonic look at each other laughing. Then at that moment, Bandana Dee is joined by many other Waddle Dees holding large spears. Mario and Sonic then get in a ready stance as Waddle Dees come and pick up King Dedede taking him up the cliff. Then Bandana Dee and the other Waddle Dees charge at Mario and Sonic as Mario and Sonic do the same.

It then goes to the gameplay portion which shows Bandana Dee executing various attacks, taunts, special attacks. It also reveals most of his palette swaps. At the end he does his final smash on Mario, Sonic, and Kirby. In the post-trailer scene, King Dedede, Bandana Dee, and other Waddle Dees are seen partying with Mario and Sonic.