King Dedede Super Smash Bros Ultimate Guide - Unlock, Moves, Changes, King Dedede Alternate Costumes, Final Smash

King Dedede Super Smash Bros Ultimate Guide - Unlock, Moves, Changes, King Dedede Alternate Costumes, Final Smash

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Full Character Roster, plus guides on every fighter in the game, covering changes, moves and alternate outfits.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the first in the series since Super Smash Bros for Wii U, and a hell of a lot has changed since then. Firstly, every single character from Smash history will feature in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. There are also over 1000 audio tracks, and over 100 stages as well. To help you get settled in, we’ve been busy putting together character guides for every single fighter in the game. In this Super Smash Bros Ultimate King Dedede Guide, we’ll be looking at King Dedede. Specifically we’ll be looking at the changes that have been made since his last appearance. We’ll also detail his Final Smash, and the alternate Costumes that are available.

For more on every other character in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, you can head over to our Super Smash Bros Ultimate Characters Guide. You’ll find an ever-growing list of character profiles in the lead up to the launch of the new game.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate King Dedede Guide

King Dedede is back for Super Smash Bros Ultimate. He last appeared in SSB4, and has also been in Brawl—where he made his series debut. To help you decide whether he’s the fighter for you, we’ve pulled together all the key info you need to know below:

King Dedede Smash Bros. Ultimate Moves Set and Final Smash

Coming from the Kirby series, you can find a list of all of King Dedede’s moves in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate just below. Dede-rush is the name of his Final Smash move, where the king unleashes missiles.

Special Move ControlsSpecial TypeSpecial Move Name
BNeutral SpecialInhale
Left Stick Left/Right + BGreen MissileGordo Throw
Left Stick Up + BUp SpecialSuper Dedede Jump
Left Stick Down + BDown SpecialJet Hammer
B when FS Meter is FullFinal SmashDede-rush

How to Unlock King Dedede in Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Unlike previous Smash games, fighters are unlocked in the same way for all, rather than character-specific challenges. This means that while it can be a bit of a grind, all you need to do is play the game naturally and you’ll eventually unlock all of the characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. We’ve listed the three ways you can unlock characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate below:

  • Playing the World of Light single-player mode.
  • Completing Classic Mode with a character.
  • Playing the ‘Challenger Approaches’ fights that appear regularly, you will need to win them.

The fastest method involves triggering the Challenger Fights by reloading the game regularly. We’ve listed the method below:

  • Quit to the home screen and Restart the game.
  • Create a match with a custom rule set.
  • Make sure the match is 1 minute long, or 1 stock if you'd prefer.
  • After finishing the match (you can win or lose) you will offered a new Challenger Fight.
  • You'll need to win the Challenger fight
  • Repeat.

For more info on unlocking characters using the modes listed above, head over to our Super Smash Bros Ultimate Character Unlock Guide .

Super Smash Bros Ultimate King Dedede Changes

Nintendo has made a number of small changes to King Dedede for Super Smash Ultimate. He’s got a new Final Smash, several new animations, and a couple of new moves thrown in for good measure. Let’s see what’s new.

  • Several of King Dedede’s animations have been tweaked including Forward Smash, Dash, jumpsquat, victory, taunt and crouch.
  • New Final Smash, more on that later.
  • Dedede can now eat projectiles and fire them back out.
  • Forward Smash does more damage.
  • Jet Hammer can break shields now.
  • Down Smash does more.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate King Dedede Alternate Costumes

Dedede Alternate Costumes

King Dedede has a number of Alternate Costumes that players can choose from. These change the design on his robes with stars, fists, Kirby, Checker Flag and neon blue all being options. There’s also a grayscale version. We’ll be adding screens once embargo lifts on the game.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate King Dedede Final Smash

King Dedede has a new Final Smash called Dede-Rush. It spawns a caged boxing ring and a masked Dedede attacks opponents with rockets. It’s a pretty cool move, and we’ll add some footage of it once we have it.

That’s everything we know about King Dedede in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. We’ll be updating this guide as we learn more about the game, so stay tuned for further details. For more on the game, head over to our Super Smash Bros Ultimate Guides Hub.

Jake Green

Guides Writer

Jake is a former freelance writer who is still very much new to all of this. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and playing wonderfully silly VR games. He has an unhealthy obsession with Mega Man, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

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