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Donkey Kong

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This king of the jungle really, really loves bananas. His adventures usually start with people stealing his hoard of them. In Smash Bros., he's known for his incredible strength and long reach. Despite his size, he's still pretty quick. He can even jump carrying heavy items! Use this knowledge well.

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

A basic but strong one-two punch

Side Attack

DK lunges forward with a good reach.

Up Attack

DK swipes his hand over his head.

Down Attack

DK crouches and swings his massive hand at the opponent's legs.

Dash Attacks

Dash Attack

DK will roll towards the target in front of him.

Smash Attacks

Side Smash

DK claps both of his massive hands. When fully charged up, this move can deal high damage and launch the enemy farther.

Up Smash

DK claps upwards instead. When fully charged up, this move can deal high damage and launch the enemy farther.

Down Smash

DK slams both of his clenched fists on the ground beside him.

Special Attacks

Giant Punch (Neutral Special)

DK winds up to release a powerful punch. You can cancel this move by evading or moving. After winding up, you can press the special button again to release the punch.

Headbutt (Side Special)

DK headbutts the target. If it hits an enemy on the ground, it will temporarily bury the opponent on the ground, rendering it immobile and helpless. If this move hits an enemy in mid-air, it will cause a meteor effect.

Spinning Kong (Up Special)

Dk spins with his arms outstretched, capable of covering a lot of ground and hitting multiple enemies at once. When used in the air, DK will spin like a helicopter blade, capable of uplifting him a few feet off the ground. This is one of his recovery moves.

Hand Slap (Down Special)

DK will start slamming the ground with both hands, dealing small AoE (area-of-effect) damage around him.

Air Attacks

Neutral Air

DK performs a short-range spining punch attack

Up Air

DK headbutts the enemies in mid-air

Side Air (forward)

DK will strike enemies with his double-clasped fists

Side Air (back)

DK will kick an enemy to the side while in the air.

Down Air (back)

A mid-air stomp that can bounce enemies on the ground.

Final Smash

Konga Beat

This special will activate a small rhythm minigame while DK is playing his drums. You need to press the attack button in time to hit the circular notes appearing above him. The shockwave produced by the drums can push enemies back and damage them. The timing on the notes are crucial in making this attack stronger and better. Landing "GREAT" hits will make the shockwave stronger.



Dk's only reliable recover move is the Spinning Kong. While this allows him to cover more ground horizontally, it doesn't give him much lift vertically. That said, DK must be very careful when timing his double-jumps and Up Special moves.


Dk is one of the heavier but sturdier fighters in SSSB. He can endure a considerable amount of damage before being in danger of being launched off. His attacks are kind of slow but they all pack a punch. His large arms and hands give him a slight reach advantage when attacking. One good combo is by Headbutting an enemy on the ground then followed up with a charged Giant Punch. The higher the opponent's damage, the longer it stays buried, and the higher the chance that you can deliver a fully wound up punch to your helpless opponent. DK's aerial attacks are not to be ignored either. These attacks have good reach and considerable damage per hit.

Being a heavy hitter, expect a lot of openings that fast opponents can exploit after DK finishes his attacks. DK can particularly excel in Final Form stages since his default reach is already wide, allowing him to dish heavy damage to multiple enemies in almost any direction. Like what was mentioned in the Recovery section of this page is that DK has poor aerial recovery capability. That said, don't do risky moves that may force you off the stage and prevent you from climbing back up.

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