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Diddy Kong

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Donkey Kong's trusty partner. He sports his signature look: red hat, red shirt, Rocketbarrel Pack. In Smash Bros., he's incredibly agile. Charge the Rocketbarrel Pack by holding down the button before launch, and you can steer with left and right. Don't forget to drop banana peels—enemies love it!

Move Guide

Neutral Attack / Special Press the attack or special button only without using the Circle Pad.
Side Attack / Special Hold the circle pad to the left or right then press the attack / special buttons
Down Attack / Special Hold the circle pad down and press the attack / special buttons
Up Attack / Special Hold the circle pad up and press the attack / special buttons
Up/ Side / Down Smash Hold the circle pad to the corresponding direction and press the attack button at the same time. Smash attacks can be charged. It can be released prematurely or the character will release it after charging the move enough.
Dash Attack Tap left or right to dash then press the attack button.
Air Attacks Similar to basic attacks and specials, most characters perform different air attacks by using similar button and circle pad combinations.
Recovery This is the recommended move to get back to the edge of the stage ledge if ever you get blown off but not KO'd
Final Smash After successfully destroying a Smash Ball, press and hold the special button to unleash your character's Final Smash attack.

Basic Attacks

Neutral Attack

Diddy Kong punches twice, followed by a rapid tail whips by holding the attack button.

Side Attack

Diddy Kong leans forward and strikes the enemy with both arms.

Up Attack

Diddy Kong swipes upward in an arc. This can launch enemies upward.

Down Attack

Diddy Kong "claps" at the enemy, aiming for the lower body.

Dash Attacks

Dash attack

Diddy runs then rolls, hitting the opponent multiple times

Smash Attacks

Side Smash

Diddy hits opponents with a powerful two-hit strike

Up Smash

Diddy flips, then immediately followed up by an uppercut

Down Smash

Diddy breakdances, sweeping enemies in a wide, low attack

Special Attacks

Peanut Popgun (Neutral Special)

This fires a peanut from a wooden gun. You can charge it to make the projectile travel farther and deal more damage. Overcharging it may cause it to explode and cause damage to Diddy.

Monkey Flip (Side Special)

Monkey Flip (Side Special)

Diddy leaps forward and grabs the enemy. While holding on the enemy, you can hit the attack button to launch the enemy or press up to hop on top of the opponent's head.

Rocketbarrel Boost (Up Special)

Diddy launches himself using a rocketbarrel. While charging, his direction can be pointed at and while in flight, he can be steered a bit. This move can be charged to increase the distance of the rocket boost. Enemies caught in the explosion during take off will take damage and can be launched as well.

Banana Peel (Down Special)

Diddy throws a banana peel that will cause opponents to slip upon stepping on it or after getting hit by it. You can only have one peel at a time. You can still pick up a thrown peel.

Air Attacks

Neutral Air

Diddy flips in mid-air that can hit enemies from all directions.

Side (Forward) Air

Diddy performs a spinning dropkick in mid-air

Side (Back) Air

Diddy kicks behind him.

Up Air

Diddy kicks upward while in mid-air

Down Air

Diddy clasps both its hands and smashes down the target on the ground.

Final Smash

Rocketbarrel Barrage

Diddy Kong flies in the air using his Rocketbarrel for around 15 seconds. You can fire peanut shooter and freely steer him in any direction. The peanut projectiles that can deal 5% damage per hit while ramming enemies a bit higher damage. When the special ends, the Rocketbarrel explodes, capable of damaging enemies close to the explosion but won't hurt Diddy. This special can be annoying and effective in keeping launched opponents from recovering with the proper timing.


Diddy's main recovery move is his Rocketbarrel Boost. This move can be charged in mid-air, allowing him to hover for a good 2 seconds while charging. Not only that, you can use this in vertical or horizontal recovery since you can point the direction where you want to blast off while charging. You can also steer him to a small degree while in flight.


Due to his size, Diddy is one of the agile and fast characters in the Smash roster. His side attacks whether basic or special have good reach and his Up attacks can launch opponents considerably in the air. His projectiles doesn't hit that hard but can be a good deterrent in most enemies while you prepare for them to approach you. His Banana Peel is a bit tricky to use but can be quite useful in stopping enemies on their tracks since getting hit by it instantly tips over the target. However, these can backfire since peanuts can be caught and eaten to recovery health and banana peels can be picked up by an opponent and use it against Diddy Kong.

Diddy also has some good attacks while in the air, like his Forward Air Attack that has good reach and his Down Air attack that can have a meteor effect. His Monkey Flip can be used as a recovery move since it covers a good distance and you can follow it up with another jump or Rocketbarrel Boost. It can even stop an opponent's charge if used at the right time.

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