King Dedede
The Self Proclaimed King
Universe SSB Kirby SeriesKirby
Other Super Smash Bros. Appearances SSBB/SSB4
Recent Game Wii U Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Availability Starter
Final Smash Dedede Burst/Jet Hammer+

King Dedede makes his third appearance as a playable character to the Super Smash Bros. franchise in Super 5mash Bros. 5. A self-styled king and enemy to Kirby; he sometimes will lend a helping hand to Kirby when the need arises. He commands a wide assortment of subjects such as Waddle Dees, Waddle Doos, and Gordos who all basically revere him as a king. Aside from that, he can use his immense strength and size to combat his foes. Aesthetically, he retains his appearance from Super Smash Bros. for WII U and 3DS.

Changes from SSB4


Special Custom Set A

Name Damage Description
Neutral Special Inhale 5% (release), 10% (spit) Dedede sucks in opponents and can then walk around and spit them out.
Custom 1 Dedede Storm 2% (loop hits), 3% (outer hit) Instead of inhaling opponents, blows them outwards.
Custom 2 Taste Test 5% (release), 12% (spit) Inhales opponents faster than the default, which spits them out immediately.
Side Special Gordo Throw 10% (hammer), 14%/12.5%/11%/9.5% (Gordo) Dedede throws a bouncing Gordo forward. Its trajectory can be angled upwards, forward, or downwards. The Gordos disappear after 3 bounces. Additionally, they can be reflected by any attack dealing at least 2% damage.
Custom 1 Topspin Gordo 10% (hammer), 11% (Gordo) Throws Gordos that don't go far initially, but fly forwards upon bouncing. Disappears after a second bounce.
Custom 2 Bouncing Gordo 10% (hammer), 6% (Gordo) Throws electric Gordos that bounce back and forth. Cannot be angled.
Up Special Super Dedede Jump 15% (drop), 11% (landing), 5% (stars) Dedede performs his signature jump and launches upwards, rocketing down with a devastating stomp and burying grounded opponents on impact. Aerial foes hit by the stomp are meteor smashed.
Custom 1 Rising Dedede 15% (clean), 12% (late) A slower Extreme Speed with more control over Lucario's movement.
Custom 2 Quick Dedede Jump 10% (drop), 5% (stars) Faster, weaker, and lower than the default.
Down Special Jet Hammer 11% (uncharged ground), 10% (uncharged air), 38%/28% (fully charged ground), 27%/16% (fully charged air) Dedede charges up his hammer, which damages himself if he holds it at full charge. If released at full charge, he unleashes a powerful blow very capable of KO'ing opponents.
Custom 1 Armored Jet Hammer 9% (uncharged), 24%/20% (fully charged ground), 22%/15% (fully charged air) Makes Dedede immune to flinching while charging, though the attack is then weaker and Dedede takes self-damage faster.
Custom 2 Dash Jet Hammer 7%/6% (uncharged), 18%/16% (fully charged) Charging the attack pushes Dedede backwards, while unleashing it propels him forwards.

Special Custom Set B

Name Damage Description
Neutral Special Shockwave Pound 22% (0%), 15% (mid), 5% (100%+) King Dedede performs a powerful hammer pound attack that sends a shockwave in front of him. The size and damage output of the attack is larger if King Dedede has less damage percentage but gradually weakens the more damaged he becomes.
Custom 1 Reversed Shockwave Pound 5% (0%), 15% (mid), 22% (100%+) A reversed form that does more damage the more damage King Dedede has.
Custom 2 Charged Shockwave Pound 26% Does fixed damage but suffers from start up lag as King Dedede charges the attack.
Side Special Waddle Doo 2.5% (per hit) King Dedede pulls out Waddle Doo and can carry it around wherever he goes. When hit, it will release sparks from its eyes when hit by other attacks. Pressing the special button again puts away the Waddle Doo. He will also loose it if King Dedede gets damaged too much.
Custom 1 Waddle Doo Counter 8% Much like the default but stronger but King Dedede is unable to move. He will pull out Waddle Doo and then release sparks when it connects.
Custom 2 Waddle Doo Beam 12% (charged), 7% (uncharged) Waddle Doo will release a single energy beam that can be charged. Charging it causes it deal more damage and knockback when it connects; causing a freeze frame and then launching opponents.
Up Special Hammer Twirl 3.8% (per hit) King Dedede twirls in the air while holding out his hammer and moving upwards. He can control his movement slightly by moving the control stick. It will does hitstun and carry opponents along with the attack.
Custom 1 Heavy Hammer Twirl 12% Instead of doing multiple hits, it delivers a single hit that knocks opponents away with high damage. It has less recovery distance.
Custom 2 Gusty Hammer Twirl 5% It does significantly less damage and only one hit when King Dedede passes upwards. However, it has more recovery distance though harder to control. It is also faster.
Down Special Dedede Bomb 18% King Dedede pulls out a bomb and knocks it forward at an upward angle. It will then detonate when it hits a solid object or an opponent with high damage.
Custom 1 Dedede Bouncing Bomb 16% King Dedede throws the bomb but it does less damage but will bounce between four and six times before detonating.
Custom 2 Dedede Far Bomb 12% Does less damage but King Dedede hits the bomb even further than before.

Final Smash

Name Damage Description
Final Smash 1 Dedede Burst 10% (hits 1-3), 1% (hit 4), 15% (hit 5) Dedede sucks in the opponent, smashes them three times with his hammer, and shoots a bomb out of it, sending the victims flying diagonally.
Final Smash 2 Jet Hammer+ Varies King Dedede causes his Jet Hammer to grow to a huge size. He can swing it with great power and each swing does a vacuum effect. It is extremely powerful and does high damage and knockback with every attack.


Italics means they have to be unlocked.

  • Holds up his hammer in celebration. For some reason, when done facing left (in Brawl), the movement and sound are played out of sync. (Up)
  • Spins around in a circle, chanting. (Right)
  • Takes out Gordo and spins it on his finger. (Left)
  • Twirls his hammer and laughs. (Down)

Character Selection Screen

  • King Dedede slaps his belly and laughs.
  • King Dedede swings his hammer forward and laughs.
  • King Dedede laughs while spinning in a circle.

On Screen Appearance

  • Is carried in on a palanquin by four Waddle Dees, then jumps off, scattering them.
  • Floats slowly down while puffed up and exhales.
  • King Dedede appears, spins around, and readies his hammer.

Victory Animations

  • Slaps his belly twice, and rests his hand on it as a Waddle Dee stands nearby.
  • Slams his hammer down on both sides of him, then looks at the camera.
  • Spins his hammer into the air and finishes with a pose.
  • King Dedede takes out Waddle Doo and throws it up in the air; bouncing it off its chest and then catches it.
  • King Dedede twirls on one foot and swings his hammer forward.
  • King Dedede jumps up and down while laughing.

Losing Animation

  • King Dedede claps his hands while facing forward and smiling.
  • Takes his hammer and hits it against his hand while angry.
  • King Dedede slams his hand on his belly with an angry face.

Victory Fanfare

A flourished remix based the "King Dedede Theme" from Kirby's Dream Land; utilizing the first 10 seconds of the theme as well as traditional Japanese instruments such as the shamisen.

Idle Poses

  • Puts his hammer on his shoulder.
  • Smacks belly.
  • Pats his hammer.
  • Jiggles his belly up and down.


King Dedede's trophies can be earned by completing Classic Mode, Adventure Mode, All-Star Mode, and Boss Battle mode. In addition, further trophies can be found during matches and at the Trophy Shop.

King Dedede

Unlock: Classic Mode

King Dedede (Alt)

Unlock: Adventure Mode Console/Green

King Dedede (Alt)

Unlock: Adventure Mode Handheld/Brown

Masked Dedede

Unlock: Boss Battle Console

Yarn Dedede

Unlock: Boss Battle Handheld

King Dedede (Super Dedede Jump)

Unlock: Complete a Character Challenge Cyan

King Dedede (Dedede Bomb)

Unlock: Complete a character challenge Yellow

King Dedede (Purple)

Unlock: Complete a character challenge

'King Dedede (Brown)

Unlock: Complete a character challenge

King Dedede (Down) Navy

Unlock: Match or Trophy Shop

Dedede 64

Unlock: Complete a Wolf Character Challenge

Dedede Burst

Unlock: All Star Mode

Jet Hammer+

Unlock: Unlock all Lucario's trophies

Alternate Costumes

Color Title Color Notes Status
Red Red King Dedede's default outfit. Starter
Pink Pink Resembles an outfit from Kirby 64. Starter
Green Green Based on an outfit from Kirby's Air Ride. Starter
Purple Purple Based on an outfit from Kirby's Air Ride. Starter
Cyan Light Blue --- Starter
Brown Black Resembles King Dedede from Kirby's Dream Land. Starter
Blue Blue Resembles an outfit from Kirby 64. Starter
Black Black Based on an outfit from Kirby's Air Ride. Starter
Purple Purple Resembles Dark King Dedede. Starter
Yellow Yellow --- Starter
Masked Dedede Gray Based off of Masked Dedede. Locked
Dedede 64 Blue Based off King Dedede from Kirby 64. Locked
Yarn Dedede Blue Based off of the Yarnified version of King Dedede. Locked