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King Dedede
KF2 King Dedede.png
Artwork of King Dedede from Kirby Fighters 2
First appearance Kirby's Dream Land
Latest appearance Kirby Fighters 2
Other appearance(s) (click to navigate)
Related character(s) Masked Dedede
Shadow Dedede
Dedede Clone
King D-Mind
Parallel Dedede
Theme music

King Dedede's Theme

Portion of King Dedede's theme song

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King Dedede (King DeDeDe in some older games; sometimes shortened to Dedede) is a hammer-wielding portly blue creature with penguin-like qualities, who proclaims himself king of Dream Land. He is a recurring villain and/or ally, is usually confronted in a boss fight, and serves as Kirby's "arch frenemy". Though he often engages in trouble-making, mostly involving stealing other people's food, he has also done some noble acts, such as trying to seal away Nightmare, helping Kirby battle Queen Sectonia, and accompanying Kirby in a few of his adventures. King Dedede lives in a castle atop Mt. Dedede with a retinue of Waddle Dees acting as his servants.

Having first debuted in Kirby's Dream Land along with the game's namesake, King Dedede is arguably the second-most well-recognized character from the Kirby series. He is often portrayed as a comic foil in addition to his role as a villain, which makes him comparable to Bowser from the Mario franchise. King Dedede has appeared in one form or another in nearly every game in the series, and has even had a whole spin-off game devoted to him. In older games, he was seldom playable, but this changed in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards; with the king being playable in most of his subsequent appearances.

Physical appearance

King Dedede resembles an obese blue penguin creature, wearing a kingly red coat and a red hat with a yellow brim and a pompom, though Nintendo Power has referred to him on at least one occasion as an eagle[1]. The red coat itself sports a white hem and a portrait of King Dedede himself on the back. King Dedede himself is rather portly, is blue-skinned and has a yellow mouth (which has always been depicted as more of a beak). In most appearances, he wears a yellow tunic under his robe, which is also spanned by a sash with a triangular pattern on it resembling sharp teeth.

When he is possessed by Dark Matter, this sash will actually open up like a big mouth to fire projectiles. King Dedede, like Kirby, is able to inhale and hover by distending his belly. According to his trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee, King Dedede could not hover initially, but taught himself how after being beaten by Kirby the first time. However, King Dedede is not able to copy abilities like his pink rival. To make up for this, he carries a large wooden mallet, which he uses for most of his attacks. When that is not enough, the king can use his portly size to perform great leaps and body slams.


Dedede pinches Kirby's face when Kirby loses the Gourmet Race

King Dedede is portrayed as egocentric, stubborn, and also gluttonous. This is evidenced by the fact that he crowned himself as Dream Land's supreme ruler and occasionally steals food without caring for the victims. He sees Kirby as his rival and often competes with him for food and other reasons. Despite his egoistic nature, King Dedede is not evil. On rare occasions, he is shown to be a caring character who tries to save Dream Land from greater foes like Nightmare and Dark Matter.

Much of Dedede's personality in later games in the series stems from his portrayal in the anime--Kirby: Right Back at Ya!--where his bloated ego and regal persona often mask his jealousy of Kirby's power and popularity. The plot of Kirby Battle Royale in particular plays out very similarly to an episode from the anime, where King Dedede hatches a ludicrously complicated (and expensive) plot to lure Kirby into a public spotlight and try to humiliate the pink puffball in a series of games, only to have it backfire in his face, resulting in Kirby coming out on top once again. Ultimately, despite his misgivings, Dedede understands that Kirby is the true savior of Dream Land, and will not hesitate to assist him during times of peril.

King Dedede seems to have a passion for wrestling matches, since his battlefield of choice is a boxing ring.

Game appearances

King Dedede's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby series
Kirby's Dream Land Main antagonist and final boss
Kirby's Adventure Secondary antagonist and boss Antagonizes Kirby for most of the game, but assists him in defeating the true final boss.
Kirby's Pinball Land Main antagonist and final boss
Kirby's Dream Course Main antagonist and final boss
Kirby's Dream Land 2 Secondary antagonist and boss Possessed by Dark Matter in this game.
Kirby's Avalanche Main antagonist and final boss This is Dedede's first speaking role in the series.
Kirby's Block Ball Main antagonist and final boss
Kirby Super Star Secondary antagonist and boss Main antagonist and final boss of Spring Breeze, main antagonist of Gourmet Race, and an opponent in Samurai Kirby.
Kirby's Star Stacker Antagonist Randomly appears to drop more blocks.
Kirby's Dream Land 3 Secondary antagonist and boss Like in Dream Land 2, Dedede is possessed by Dark Matter.
Kirby's Super Star Stacker Main antagonist and boss While the main villain in the story, Dedede is not the final boss, as Gryll can be fought in a surprise encounter if certain conditions are met.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Supporting protagonist, playable character, and boss Initially possessed by Dark Matter, but joins Kirby's side when defeated.
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble Main antagonist and final boss
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Secondary antagonist and boss As this is a remake of Adventure, he has the same role here as he did in that game. Dedede is also the final boss of Meta Knightmare, as Nightmare is never fought.
Kirby Air Ride Playable character
Kirby: Canvas Curse Playable character and boss Dedede is in ball form when playable, but in normal form when faced in Cart Run.
Kirby: Squeak Squad Secondary antagonist and boss
Kirby Super Star Ultra Secondary antagonist and boss As this game is a remake of Super Star, his roles from that game are reused. In addition, he serves as the main antagonist and final boss of Revenge of the King.
Kirby's Epic Yarn Secondary antagonist and boss
Kirby Mass Attack Secondary antagonist and boss
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Supporting protagonist and playable character
Kirby's Dream Collection Roles vary between games
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Supporting protagonist, playable character, and boss Controlled by Taranza near the end of the game. Additionally, Dedede is playable in Dededetour!.
Kirby Fighters Deluxe Main antagonist and final boss
Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe Sole playable character
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Cameo Appears as a collectible figurine, and in one of the Secret Diary pages.
Kirby: Planet Robobot Cameo Appears in the intro cutscene. Additionally, Dedede Clone bears Dedede's likeness.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe Reference King D-Mind bears Dedede's likeness.
Kirby's Blowout Blast Main antagonist and final boss
Kirby Battle Royale Main antagonist, playable character, and final boss
Kirby Star Allies Supporting protagonist, playable character, and boss Initially controlled by the Jamba Heart, but joins Kirby's side as a Dream Friend once defeated.
Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Supporting antagonist, boss, and playable character As this is a port of Epic Yarn, his role from that game is reused. Additionally, he appears as the sole playable character in the sub-game Dedede Gogogo.
Super Kirby Clash Cameo, reference There are several stickers of King Dedede, and a set of gear is based on Masked Dedede. King D-Mind returns in this game.
Kirby Fighters 2 Playable character and boss King Dedede is playable and also teams up with Meta Knight as the final boss of Story Mode.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Cameo Appears in the background of the Dream Land stage.
Super Smash Bros. Melee Cameo Appears as a trophy and in the background of the Dream Land stage.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Playable character Dedede also has a role in the story mode.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Playable character
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Playable character Dedede also has a role in the story mode.
Other appearances
Super Mario Maker Reference Mario can use a special item to take on Dedede's 8-bit appearance in courses.
Yoshi's Woolly World Reference Yoshi can take on Dedede's appearance by tapping his amiibo.
BYE-BYE BOXBOY! Reference Qbby can take on Dedede's appearance if the player uses Dedede's amiibo.
Part Time UFO Reference One of the levels features a King Dedede plush doll.

Kirby's Dream Land

King Dedede first appears in Kirby's Dream Land, where he serves as the main antagonist and final boss. Prior to the game, King Dedede has stolen all of the food in Dream Land and left the population hungry. Kirby sets out to defeat him and give the people back their food. After traveling through the different regions of the land, Kirby finally confronts the king in his castle atop Mount Dedede. The two of them engage in battle in a boxing ring. Kirby manages to defeat him and the food supplies of Dream Land are saved.

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

Kirby battling King Dedede at the Fountain of Dreams (Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land)

In Kirby's Adventure and its remake Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, King Dedede reappears as the apparent final boss of the game. The game begins with him stealing the Star Rod from the Fountain of Dreams, divides it into seven pieces, and gives them to six of his trusted friends while keeping the last one. This causes Kirby to assume ill will from his enemy, and he sets out and tries to restore the broken artifact.

However, unknown to Kirby, King Dedede stole the Star Rod in order to save Dream Land from the clutches of Nightmare. The misunderstanding results in Kirby defeating King Dedede at Rainbow Resort and retrieving all seven pieces of the Star Rod. As Kirby walks towards the Fountain of Dreams to return the Star Rod, King Dedede tries to hold him back and begs him to drop his ambitions. However, Kirby refuses to listen and releases Nightmare as a result. Kirby manages to defeat Nightmare with the Star Rod's help, and at the end, King Dedede's motivations of stealing it are finally revealed. He and Kirby can be seen flying next to each other during the credits.

King Dedede also has minor appearances during some of the game's sub-games and appears on the top of every boss level door.

Kirby's Pinball Land

King Dedede can conjure lightning in his boss fight in Kirby's Pinball Land

King Dedede serves as the primary antagonist of Kirby's Pinball Land, escaping from Kirby via a series of bumpers in the intro cut-scene. Once all three of the Pinball Lands have been cleared, Kirby can take a Warp Star from the main level hub to encounter Dedede in a special boxing ring stage.

This fight takes place in two phases. In the first, King Dedede poses in a spotlight and tosses bombs at the flippers to temporarily disable them. After five hits, the spotlight gives way to the fully-lit boxing ring. Here, King Dedede has two different methods of attack. He can either puff up and chase Kirby around, or cast lightning from his hands to disable the flippers while held. He can also use his Super Dedede Jump to reposition himself. After 18 more hits, Dedede is defeated. He lands out in a checkerboard field, and Kirby has him cornered, when a Kabu jumps from behind and flattens Kirby, allowing Dedede to escape with his entourage. From there, the game resets.

This is one of the few games in the series where King Dedede is without his hammer.

Kirby's Dream Land 2

Dedede does not appear until the final level of Kirby's Dream Land 2, Dark Castle. He acts as the final boss if Kirby has not collected all of the Rainbow Drops yet. If all have been collected and Kirby emerges victorious, the piece of Dark Matter that had possessed Dedede will leave the defeated king's body, enabling Kirby to fight it.

Kirby's Block Ball

King Dedede being battled in Kirby's Block Ball

In Kirby's Block Ball, King Dedede is the main villain, having once again stolen the Sparkling Stars and hidden them in his castle. King Dedede is the final boss in this game, and is encountered in the seventh round of Stage 11. King Dedede has 24 hit points in this game, as opposed to other bosses which only have 12.

King Dedede has a number of different methods of attack, which he uses at different intervals of remaining health. King Dedede starts by pulling out and tossing bombs at the paddles to shrink them. Further in, he puffs up and starts hovering around the area. While doing this, he will eat Kirby if he approaches from below and then spit him out again. In the final phase, King Dedede jumps from place to place, and uses a rocket launcher to shoot missiles at the paddles to shrink them.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra

King Dedede, as seen in the opening for Gourmet Race

King Dedede reappears as an antagonist in two main games of Kirby Super Star and its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra, namely Spring Breeze and Gourmet Race, as well as Revenge of the King in the remake.

Spring Breeze

Spring Breeze, being a reimagining of Kirby's Dream Land, features King Dedede in his old role as the food-stealing villain. He engages Kirby in a boxing ring inside his castle on Mt. Dedede, acting as the final boss of Spring Breeze. Much like in Kirby's Dream Land, King Dedede attacks Kirby with his hammer, as well as by attempting to jump on or inhale the pink hero, requiring Kirby to inhale the stars created by some of his attacks and spit them back or make use of a Copy Ability. As Dedede gets stunned briefly and stops what he is doing whenever he takes damage, using a fast Copy Ability makes it possible for Kirby to entirely keep him from attacking.

Gourmet Race

In Gourmet Race, Kirby confronts King Dedede in three different stages, Pumpkin Grand, Corn Hall, and Onion Garden, where the two of them then engage in a race for snacks. In order to emerge victorious, Kirby must collect more food than the king and beat him to the finish line.

Revenge of the King

Main article: Masked Dedede

Exclusively in Kirby Super Star Ultra is a game mode called Revenge of the King. It is a reimagining of the Extra Mode of Kirby's Dream Land, with the return of those enemies from the original Extra Mode and the Flying Fortress Kabula (who is absent in Spring Breeze). When Kirby enters the ring in Castle Dedede, Dedede challenges him to a revenge fight. During his boss battle, Dedede takes up a persona known as Masked Dedede. In this form, he wears a mask, and fights with a special metal hammer that can shoot flames and missiles.

Kirby's Dream Land 3

Ado's drawing of King Dedede seen in the ending of Dream Land 3

When Dark Matter takes control of Pop Star during Kirby's Dream Land 3 it possesses several of the planet's denizens, one of which is King Dedede. He serves as the boss fought in level 5, Iceberg, and is simultaneously the last boss of the game if the player didn't complete all of the errands in the numerous stages.

The fight against King Dedede is separated in two different phases: A battle on the ground, and a battle in the air. While being on the ground, Dedede uses his usual strategy of lunging at Kirby, trying to crush him with his mallet, and using his powerful suction attack. After taking several hits, the King switches to the second phase and begins floating in the air. His move pattern strikingly departs from his usual behavior in that phase, and he is capable of performing some gruesome attacks like opening his stomach area like a maw with pointy teeth and chasing Kirby, trying to eat him, or shooting black orbs of energy from a giant eyeball in his belly. The battle ends once Kirby manages to defeat King Dedede in this state.

Usually, the game ends at that point, but if Kirby managed to complete all the errands from the previous levels, he will get access to the actual final fight of the game, located in Hyper Zone. King Dedede can then be seen in the Hyper Zone introduction scene, and once Kirby defeats the final boss, Dedede will appear in some of the drawings shown during the credits.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, King Dedede is first fought as a mini-boss, but then ends up becoming an ally of Kirby and Ribbon in their cause to collect the Crystal Shards and save Ripple Star. He is first seen in the game when he finds a Crystal Shard on top of his castle. He snatches it away right before Kirby can pick it up, much to the king's enjoyment. Before the group can convince him to return the shard, however, King Dedede gets possessed by Dark Matter, which forces him to fight Kirby. The battle itself is reminiscent of the two phases of the King Dedede battle in Kirby's Dream Land 3, albeit not as hard to complete. Kirby manages to defeat him, drive out Dark Matter, and get back the Crystal Shard, but King Dedede snaps after the battle and refuses to look at the group any further. After they leave, he can be seen visibly struggling, until he makes the decision to follow them along.

After that he becomes playable in some level segments, allowing Kirby to ride him piggyback and to use his hammer to break through obstacles. He is also playable in the Sub-Games that are accessible from the main menu.

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble

King Dedede serves as the main villain and final boss of Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble. The intro cut-scene and the instruction booklet explains that he has robbed Popstar of its stars once again, so Kirby must venture to defeat him and get the stars back.

In Level 8-4, King Dedede can be found. He can be defeated by slamming into him repeatedly with a cannon blast. Once defeated, he starts crying, prompting Kirby to go and comfort him.

King Dedede also appears in the Sub-Game Kirby's Hurdle Race, as the main opponent.

Kirby Air Ride

Main article: King Dedede/Kirby Air Ride

King Dedede makes a relatively minor appearance in Kirby Air Ride as an unlockable character. After unlocked, he can be selected as an Air Ride Machine in the game's Air Ride mode. Unlike Kirby, he cannot inhale enemies nor copy their abilities. However, he rides a powerful bike, and is capable of wielding his hammer as an effective weapon at all times.

Aside from his role as a playable character, a larger and more powerful version of the king appears as an antagonist in Vs. King Dedede, a Stadium of the game's City Trial mode.

Kirby: Canvas Curse

Eddy Dedede Ball Curse.png
In-game sprite of Ball King Dedede
Eddy Dedede CanvasCurse.png

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, King Dedede appears as a boss painted by Drawcia to engage Kirby in a Gourmet Race-esque fight. Kirby needed to fight Dedede twice on two different worlds in order to move on.

Further, if purchased in the Medal Shop, Dedede can become a playable character, being inflicted with the same curse as Kirby has. As a ball, King Dedede moves slower than the other characters, and can use his hammer to attack enemies.

Kirby: Squeak Squad

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, when Kirby's strawberry shortcake was stolen, Kirby immediately blames Dedede for the theft of his cake. However, upon defeating Dedede, it turns out that he didn't have anything to do with Kirby's cake. Suddenly, the titular Squeak Squad comes in and steals the treasure chest believed to hold Kirby's cake. Suddenly, King Dedede grabs Kirby and throws him at the Squeaks, leading the bunch to a tunnel. Dedede doesn't appear for the rest of the story from that point on.

King Dedede serves as the first boss in this title. His moveset is largely the same as it has always been, but he has been weakened, and suffers more recoil from damage, in order to make him a more manageable first encounter.

Kirby's Epic Yarn/Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn

Main article: King Dedede (boss stage)
King Dedede's battle in Kirby's Epic Yarn

In Kirby's Epic Yarn (and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn) King Dedede is initially seen through cut-scenes in Dream Land having his Waddle Dees managing his treasure horde. Yin-Yarn starts making fake Waddle Dees which try to blend in at first, but then start to take over once enough of them appear. They tie up all of the real Waddle Dees, then tie up King Dedede as well. This done, Yin-Yarn captures King Dedede with his Magic Sock and forces the king to serve him.

King Dedede appears in-game as the boss of Snow Land and as a yarn outline. Here, Kirby and Prince Fluff will have to battle him and try to pull the puppet strings off his back. Meanwhile, King Dedede will be using his hammer attacks as usual to attack with. Once defeated, Kirby and Fluff can obtain the next piece of Magic Yarn and gain access to Space Land. If enough beads were collected during the fight, they can also get the Penguin Patch to unlock Frigid Fjords.

In Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, King Dedede is playable in the Sub-Game Dedede Gogogo. Here, he runs along four different courses themed after stages from the main game, collecting Fuse Beads by jumping, sliding, and slamming enemies with his hammer.

Kirby Mass Attack

Main article: Dedede Resort
Eddy Dedede MassAttack.png

King Dedede appears in Kirby Mass Attack as the boss of his own resort, Dedede Resort, riding a hot air balloon and armed with two types of time bombs. Waddle Dees help by throwing bombs from the sidelines. After being defeated by his own technology, he resorts to the old method of doing it alone. After being defeated, he gives up the key to Volcano Valley.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

King Dedede from Kirby's Return to Dream Land

King Dedede appears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, but acts as a playable protagonist rather than an antagonist, controllable by the second, third or fourth player. Alongside Meta Knight and Bandana Waddle Dee, King Dedede assists Kirby in finding parts to the Lor Starcutter and defeating several bosses, including the final boss.

King Dedede's Moveset in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Midair Hammer Swing
1 in midair
Hammer Twirl
↓ + 1
Dedede Hammer Flip
↑ + 1
Triple Dedede Hammer
Hold 1, release
Dedede Hammer Throw
Dash + -
Giant Dedede Swing
Dash + 1
Underwater Hammer Swing
1 underwater

Although King Dedede never appears as a boss per se, a mechanized version can be fought in the Sub-Game Scope Shot.

Kirby's Dream Collection

In Kirby's Dream Collection, King Dedede appears in the intro cartoon that carries into the title. When he is transformed from his 2-D sprite into his 3-D model form, he briefly laments about the belly he was given. From there, he helps launch Kirby into the title screen so he can become part of the emblem.

Dedede does not appear in the New Challenge Stages Sub-Game, but naturally can be found in the main titles featured in the collection. The couple of episodes of the anime that are bundled with the collection also feature Dedede to some extent.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Story Mode

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, King Dedede is first shown in the opening sequence, being captured by Taranza, who mistook Dedede as the hero of Dream Land. Throughout the first 5 worlds, he is seen in every boss level, being carried by Taranza. In the final world, Taranza turns Dedede into Masked Dedede. After both his and Queen Sectonia's defeat, Dedede comes back to his senses and helps Kirby defeat Queen Sectonia when she merges with the Dreamstalk as a last resort.


Main article: Dedede's Drum Dash
Main article: Dededetour!

Dedede has his own Sub-Games, Dedede's Drum Dash (a rhythm action game) and Dededetour! (a time attack mode, similar to the Meta Knightmare series).

His move-set in Dededetour! is largely the same as it was in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, but he is made larger in size, comparable to Bonkers, and is given a few projectile moves to aid his journey through Dededetour!. Firstly, like Sword Kirby, Dedede can shoot a projectile from his hammer if he has full health just with his normal Hammer Swing. Secondly, he can charge up and release an aimed projectile similar to Archer Kirby that can cut ropes.

Kirby Fighters Deluxe

Main article: Team DDD

In Kirby Fighters Deluxe the standalone spin-off, King Dedede with his smaller clones are fought as Team DDD (the number varies on difficulty, the hardest being Team DDD64) in the Final Round of Single Player mode.

He also serves as a stage hazard in the stage Dedede Arena.

Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe

Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe is the first game to feature King Dedede as the main character instead of Kirby. The game has him bouncing across drums in seven distinct stages to earn as high a score as possible. This is a standalone upgrade to Dedede's Drum Dash the Sub-Game from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

While King Dedede himself does not feature in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, he is represented by one of the Figurines. His absence is explained in the Play Nintendo comic In the Name of Fashion, where he and Meta Knight are revealed to have lost their colors at the beginning of the game.[2]

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Dedede's chess game is interrupted by a sudden alien invasion

In the opening cut-scene for Kirby: Planet Robobot, King Dedede is seen playing a game of chess with his Waddle Dees at his castle when the Haltmann Works Company invasion begins. He orders his Waddle Dees to fire cannonballs at the invading ship, but to no avail. His castle is later destroyed by a laser from the ship.

Dedede himself does not feature in the game after this point, but his genetic information is stolen by Haltmann Works to create the Dedede Clone. By the end of the game, he is shown to have been knocked unconscious the entire time, and wakes up in his castle's rubble after Pop Star is returned to normal.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash

King Dedede himself does not feature in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe or Super Kirby Clash. However, an alternate universe doppelganger is encountered as a powerful boss in both games.

Kirby's Blowout Blast

In Kirby's Blowout Blast, King Dedede is faced as the last boss of the main series of levels. He battles Kirby using his hammer and other techniques as usual, though in a 3-D space. When defeated, he uses one of the Sparkling Stars to grow giant, and renew his attacks. When defeated again, he returns to normal size.

At the end of Secret Path, King Dedede also dons his mask when he grows giant, for the final encounter.

Kirby Battle Royale

Main article: Dedede's Cake Royale

King Dedede is the host of the grand tournament featured in the story mode of Kirby Battle Royale. He oversees the Kirby Printer, which creates copies of Kirby to fight the real thing, and engages Kirby himself at the end of the Platinum League. When Kirby beats him, he pilots a giant robot, the Dededestroyer Z, in a last ditch effort to stop Kirby from claiming his cake.

King Dedede is a playable character in this title, unlockable after completing Dedede's Cake Royale. He fights similarly to Hammer Kirby, but has a unique B charge special.

King Dedede's Moveset in Kirby Battle Royale  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Dedede Hammer Throw
Hold/release B
Hammer Twirl
B during jump
Giant Dedede Swing

Kirby Star Allies

As a Boss

Artwork of Buff King Dedede in Kirby Star Allies

In Kirby Star Allies, King Dedede serves as one of the Bosses. Here, possessed by a dark force, he orders his Waddle Dees to start gathering large stockpiles of food. Kirby and co. corner him at his castle, where he's eating the food. From here, the battle begins.

The first phase of the battle plays out as usual, with Dedede attacking using Head Slides, Dedede Jumps, his hammer and inhale.

However, once the second phase begins, Dedede is consumed by the power possessing him, and becomes considerably beefier, his arms becoming huge and ripping through his robe. In the second phase, Dedede will be using his arms to pummel Kirby and friends, as well as toss food, swing around columns, and break the floor away. This form is called macho/buff King Dedede.[3][4]

Main article: King Dedede's Theme#Macho of Dedede

King Dedede's boss battle theme in Star Allies is titled Macho of Dedede in Japanese. This version is a remix of his iconic two-section theme, and adds a new section at the beginning.

Once defeated, a piece of the Jamba Heart pops out of King Dedede, and he returns to normal (his robe also being inexplicably repaired), then faints. Kirby and co. do their victory dance, then pursue the heart, which flies off.

The following lists all of King Dedede's attacks during his boss battle.

King Dedede's Boss Attacks in Kirby Star Allies  
First phase: King Dedede wields his hammer and attacks in a similar fashion to previous Kirby Games.
Attack Description
Head Slide Dedede runs and dives into Kirby or an ally. He always begins with this attack in this boss battle, similar to many previous Kirby games.
Unlike previous Kirby games, Head Slide leaves a Recoil Star on each side this time.
Hammer Dedede slams his hammer in front of him. This leaves a star from his hammer. He may also jump into the air and slam it down.
Dedede Jump Dedede jumps into the air and attempts to land on Kirby or an ally. He leaves a star on each side when landing.
Big Bang Inhale ~ Spit Dedede inhales in the range of about half the stage. If he captures someone, he will then spit them out as a star.
  • 'Big Bang' is also the Japanese name of Hypernova.
Hover Dedede takes in air and starts flying. Once he is finished, he releases an Air Bullet.
Second phase: When King Dedede's stamina is below about 65%, his hammer is destroyed and lost.
Now his body gets buffed under the influence of the dark heart and he attacks with his giant beefy arms.
Attack Description
Dedede Jump In this phase, Dedede jumps into the air and slams the ground with his beefy arms. He leaves two stars on each side when landing. His hands may get stuck into the floor momentarily.
Desperate Dum Dum Dedede attacks with his beefy arms, slamming the ground in succession. Every slam leaves a star.
At the end of Dedede's combo, a rock is flipped out from the floor, which can be swallowed for the Stone ability.
  • 'Desparate Dum Dum' has three first letters of D.
Floor Slam Break When Dedede's stamina is lowered to two given moments (about 45% and 25% left), he slams the floor with his beefy arms, causing it to break and sending everyone to a lower level.
Kirby & Friends are separated into different sides of the poles. The bottom of the poles can be destroyed so Kirby can reunite with his allies.
The first level below has one pole and the second level below has two poles.
Dispose Food Dedede collects some rotten food from the pile and tosses it at Kirby or an ally. This food is dangerous if swallowed, but can be cleaned using the Water or Splash-augment ability.
  • This attack also begins with the letter D.
Disaster Guru Guru Dedede spins around the poles, jumping from one to the other.
  • This attack also begins with the letter D.
  • グルグル (guru guru) means "spin"/"twirl" in Japanese. Its synonym can be found in the names of some Copy Ability attacks like ぐりぐりハンマー (Hammer Twirl) and ぐりぐりパラソル (Parasol Twirl).
Attack names are taken from Japanese guide book.

As a Dream Friend

King Dedede also appears as a Dream Friend, recruitable from a Dream Palace. In this form, he can help Kirby, and travel with him using a moveset similar to the one he had in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. However, he is now able to use the Head Slide attack, which formerly could only be seen in his boss battles. In the latest update, the same can be said for the Super Dedede Jump (although he could use it as his up special in the Super Smash Bros. games earlier).

King Dedede can also be recruited as an ally right after his defeat as a Boss if a Friend Heart is tossed at him at the right moment in Story Mode and Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!.

King Dedede's Dream Friend Moveset in Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution
Dedede Hammer Throw
Dash + Y
Hammer Twirl
↓ + B
Head Slide
Dash + ↓ + B, release
Giant Dedede Swing
Dash + B
Super Dedede Jump
↓, and then ↑ + B (Added in v4.0.0 update)
Giant Swing
B in midair
Underwater Hammer Swing
B underwater
Ultra Giant Swing
Dash + B in midair
A in midair
Dedede Hammer Flip
↑ + B
Air Bullet
B during Hover
Move While Charging
During Dedede Hammer Flip ↔

King Dedede as the playable Dream Friend can deal more damage than Hammer Kirby and Bonkers when using the same moves.[5] What's more, King Dedede has a larger attack range than those two characters thanks to Dedede being taller (i.e. better aerial range).

King Dedede is the fastest character to beat The Ultimate Choice on his own (i.e. solo with no Friend) so far (World Record: 8:36.37 on 'Soul Melter').[6] This is achieved by the lag cancel technique of performing 'Giant Swing' when almost landing. (This technique also works on other moves like 'Super Ice Sprinkle' of Ice Kirby/Chilly, and was first introduced in Kirby: Planet Robobot since which the invincible frames of bosses have been drastically reduced.)

Kirby Fighters 2

King Dedede plays a prominent role in Kirby Fighters 2, both as a playable character and as a boss, paired up with Meta Knight. King Dedede is unlocked as a playable fighter after Story Mode: The Destined Rivals is completed. His move-set is largely the same as it is in Kirby Star Allies. Notably, he has 15% more health than other playable characters, perhaps to help compensate for his larger size.

For more information about his role as a boss, see King Dedede & Meta Knight.


King Dedede move-set in Kirby Fighters 2  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage (unmodified)
King Dedede pounds the ground in front of him with his hammer, dealing large damage to foes in the way. 32
13 (indirect hit)
Hammer Twirl
↓ + B
King Dedede jumps on his hammer and twirls is head-down on the ground or while falling, drilling into foes caught in the motion. 34 (if all hits connect)
Giant Dedede Swing
Dash + B
King Dedede slides forward while spinning with his hammer out, dragging foes along with his motion. 41 (if all hits connect)
Giant Swing
B in midair
King Dedede performs a somersault with his hammer out, hitting foes around him. 24
Ultra-Giant Swing
Dash + B in midair
King Dedede performs several somersaults with his hammer out, hitting foes around him. 32 (if all hits connect)
Dedede Hammer Flip
↑ + B
King Dedede charges his hammer, and can release a powerful upward swing at varying levels of charge, sending his opponent flying and dealing massive damage when fully charged. If Dedede charges for too long, his hammer head breaks, and he can only swing the handle for small damage. 36 (uncharged)
48 (partially charged)
76 (fully charged)
8 (overcharged)
Move While Charging
During Dedede Hammer Flip ←/→
King Dedede can slowly shuffle left or right while charging Hammer Flip. He can also jump a short distance. N/A
Dedede Hammer Throw
Dash + ↑ + B
King Dedede performs a spin with his hammer out, then tosses it forward, where it explodes upon hitting an enemy. 36 (if all swing hits connect)
35 (thrown hammer)
Head Slide
Dash + ↓ + B
King Dedede leaps forward and crashes into his opponent. 24 (initial hit)
7 (subsequent hits)
Super Dedede Jump
↓, then ↑ + B
King Dedede jumps high into the air, then crashes back down, creating stars on impact. King Dedede can steer himself left or right while jumping. 17 (rising hit)
30 (impact)
13 (stars)

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros.

King Dedede makes a cameo appearance in Super Smash Bros.. In the background of Dream Land, a King Dedede sprite can be seen flying around. In addition, King Dedede was planned to be a playable character but was scrapped later in development.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

King Dedede makes another cameo appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee, appearing as a random trophy and reprising his previous role as a sprite in Dream Land.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

As a Playable Character
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Artwork of King Dedede from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

King Dedede makes his first appearance as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl alongside Meta Knight, who is also a new fighter, and Kirby, who has been a fighter since the first game. His attacks are especially strong, particularly his side Smash Attack, though the fact that he is slow can greatly lower the player's chance of winning. Like Kirby, he has the ability to jump multiple times.

Despite King Dedede's heavyweight status, his four mid-air jumps and very long-range up-special 'Super Dedede Jump' can allow him to come back from even the deepest parts of off-stage. As such, his survivability is quite high, even if he is often unable to get a hit against speedier characters. His ability to 'chain-grab' certain opponents (by grabbing and throwing them over and over again) makes him very dangerous in certain matchups, and in many cases makes up for his otherwise lackluster move-set. King Dedede is also infamous for his forward-tilt attack, where he juts his hammer out forward in a motion that can hit much farther than any other attack of its type in the game.

Role in The Subspace Emissary
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In the Adventure Mode of Brawl, The Subspace Emissary, King Dedede plays a major role in the story.

At the beginning of the gameplay, he is seen turning other protagonists into trophies and putting his badges on them. However, it turns out Dedede is actually on the good side.

In the prologue, he has noticed the presence of Tabuu, the final boss of the story who can turn any character into a trophy with his Off Waves. Dedede has then developed these badges called Dedede Brooches, which can revive the character trophies at a set time.

The protagonists later face Tabuu, but all get knocked out and turned into trophies by his Off-Waves. Thanks to the Dedede Brooches, they revive one after another, and they reunite for the final battle with Tabuu.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

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King Dedede in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.

King Dedede was confirmed during the Super Smash Bros. Direct on April 8, 2014 as a veteran fighter. As his creator Masahiro Sakurai stated, the king is now more expressive. Another major difference is that he throws Gordos instead of Waddle Dees. However, the Waddle Dees and Parasol Waddle Dees appear as enemies in Smash Bros 3DS' Smash Run, and the Gordos the king throws can be deflected back by his enemies.

Additionally, his Final Smash was changed to Dedede Burst, which involves him trapping his opponents using his Inhale, then hitting them with a giant bomb that pops out of his hammer. Unfortunately, whether by a bug or otherwise, this is the only trapping-type Final Smash in the game that can be jumped out of before all of the attacks connect.

Once again, King Dedede reprises his role from Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee in Dream Land, which has been reintroduced as DLC content. However, if King Dedede is present in the battle, then the King Dedede sprite will not appear.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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King Dedede in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

King Dedede returns in Ultimate, though this time he must be unlocked before he can be used. Although retaining his essential characteristics as a slow heavyweight with five jumps, he has had many important improvements to his move-set to help offset his status as one of the worst fighters in Smash 4. His main improvements come in the form of stronger and safer hammer attacks, which can now properly ward off opponents in most cases. His mobility has also been improved somewhat and his already heavy weight increased even further.

King Dedede has had a couple of fundamental changes to his move-set as well. His Inhale can now catch projectiles and spit them back for increased damage, acting as a sort of reflector much like Kirby's. In addition, he was once again given a new Final Smash (this one known as 'Dede-Rush'), which allows him to throw his opponents into a caged boxing ring and assault them as Masked Dedede before launching them away.

Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

Main article: King Dedede (anime)
King Dedede from the anime

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, King Dedede serves as one of the villains of the story, though the role of true villain belongs to eNeMeE. He rules over Dream Land, which includes the residents of Cappy Town, though said residents do not treat him with must respect or loyalty. His castle is situated on a high cliff overlooking the town, with residents including his main lackey Escargoon, Meta Knight and his apprentices Sword Knight and Blade Knight, Sir Ebrum, Lady Like, and their children Tiff and Tuff, and a retinue of Waddle Dees led by the Captain Waddle Doo.

King Dedede is characterized in the anime as a jealous, short-tempered, and foolish tyrant who tries constantly to remove Kirby from Dream Land, whether that be by attempting to destroy him with a monster purchased from Night Mare Enterprises or by attempting to subvert Cappy Town's support of the pink Star Warrior. Most of his rage when these plans are foiled is directed at his assistant Escargoon, who puts up with this abuse on the regular. Despite this, Dedede himself is often saved by Kirby, and eventually comes to terms with him by the end of the story arc. In the Japanese version of the show, King Dedede ends most of his sentences with "zoi".


King Dedede was first voiced by Masahiro Sakurai in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Since then, while Sakurai continued to voice Dedede in the Super Smash Bros. series since Brawl, he has been voiced by Shinya Kumazaki in all of his Kirby series appearances since Kirby Super Star Ultra. Interestingly, however, Kumazaki is never credited in-game for his voice work.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, King Dedede is voiced by Kenichi Ogata in the original Japanese version and Ted Lewis in the English dub.


Flavor text

Image Game Flavor text
Kirby Canvas Curse box art.png Kirby: Canvas Curse Big, heavy, and mallet-toting!
KRtDL Boxart L.jpg Kirby's Return to Dream Land The king of Dream Land! This big dude is one tough cookie. With his trusty hammer, it’s aim once, WHAM once!
TD Boxart NA.jpg Kirby: Triple Deluxe At long last--Dededetour! This land will not be ruled by Queen Sectonia. No! It will be ruled by the king! The self-proclaimed Great King of Dream Land embarks on his own adventure!
Star Allies Cover.jpg Kirby Star Allies As a boss:

Surely King Dedede would never steal all the food in the kingdom and hoard it for himself... Why would he do such a vile deed?! Such questions will have to wait, as the king is coming for his eternal rival with all the fury of a wild beast!

As a Dream Friend:
The rival to rival all rivals, ever since Kirby's Dream Land! This tough guy calls himself a king and can take a friend's power and add it to that of his hammer... Wait, rather than reading about it, you should just try it out! Go on! You know you can't resist!

Guest Star King Dedede:
"I'll be the one to keep the peace!"
Kirby's first rival, from Kirby's Dream Land, wants to clean up his image, so he's set off to save his people. There's no stopping this self-made king, so watch out, world!

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy

King Dedede's Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee  
Name Image Appears In Description
King Dedede DededeTrophyMelee.png Kirby's Dream Land (08/92) Dedede's the self-proclaimed king of Dream Land. While he says he's king, Dedede performs no administrative functions and the citizens of Dream Land continue to live as they always have. He's able to suck in air and fly like Kirby does, but only as a result of the vigorous training he undertook after being bested by Kirby.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy

King Dedede's Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl  
Name Image Appears In Description
King Dedede DededeTrophyBrawl.png GB Kirby's Dream Land
N64 Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
The self-styled king of the amazingly peaceful Dream Land. He continually does things unbecoming a king, like stealing the kingdom's food supplies or all the stars from the sky. He's not all bad, though, and sometimes performs good deeds. While he and Kirby often battle, they've been known to compete good-naturedly at speed-eating contests and minigames.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophies

King Dedede's Trophies in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U  
Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears In American English description British English description
King Dedede
DededeTrophyWiiU.png GB Kirby's Dream Land (8/1992)
3DS Kirby: Triple Deluxe (5/2014)
He calls himself the King of Dream Land, but he doesn't have a lot of interest in ruling. He really loves to eat, so it's no surprise he's a heavyweight fighter. Despite his size and low speed, he can easily recover with his four jumps. His Jet Hammer will leave a mark on everyone he meets. Being a self-proclaimed king, Dedede clearly doesn't care too much about the whole "politics" things. He's just a bit greedy. In this game, his weight and hefty hammer make him slow, but he can still jump four times in mid-air anyway, making it easy for him to get back to the stage. Fully charge his Jet Hammer for ultimate destruction.
King Dedede (Alt.)
DededeAltTrophyWiiU.png GB Kirby's Dream Land (8/1992)
3DS Kirby: Triple Deluxe (5/2014)
For the Gordo Throw side special, King Dedede sends a Gordo bouncing with a hammer strike. It bounces off walls—or sometimes gets stuck in them. After a while it'll disappear. If an enemy hits one, it'll bounce back toward you. Use the special again to whack it back at them! For the Gordo Throw side special, King Dedede hits a Gordo with his hammer, sending it bouncing along the stage. It'll bounce off walls, or sometimes get stuck in them. Then, after a while, it'll disappear. If an enemy hits the Gordo with an attack, it'll fly back towards you. Use the special again to whack it back at them!

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

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Every hero needs an arch frenemy, and King Dedede is Kirby’s!
The self-proclaimed king of Dream Land, King Dedede just loves stirring up trouble. His other hobbies include yelling orders at his loyal Waddle Dees and bashing things with his huge hammer.

Kirby Portal

  • The greedy, self-proclaimed king of Dream Land, King Dedede is Kirby’s “arch-frenemy”. Armed with a giant hammer, King Dedede often causes trouble, but sometimes helps Kirby out in a pinch.


King Dedede is often associated with the following musical themes:


  • King Dedede's appearance in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is the only one in which he does not wear gloves in-game, though his artwork for Kirby's Dream Land 2 also depicts him without gloves.
  • King Dedede is often subject to possessions and other forms of mind control. In every game in the Dark Matter trilogy and in Kirby Star Allies, he is possessed by the main villain. Additionally, King Dedede has been puppeted and controlled by both Yin-Yarn and Taranza.
  • As a playable character, King Dedede's hitbox is the same size as Kirby's, despite his model being much larger. Due to this, he can squeeze through the same gaps that Kirby can, even when it appears as though he shouldn't.
  • Since Kirby: Triple Deluxe, the inhale attack of King Dedede (including his other forms) has got a significantly increased range, and has been titled ビッグバンすいこみ (Big Bang Inhale, Big Bang being the Japanese name of Hypernova) in the Japanese version.
  • King Dedede became the "Osaka Station Master", the icon for the Osaka fair of Japan's Pupupu Train merchandise event during June 15-25, 2018.[7]


Main article: King Dedede/gallery


Quotes from King Dedede in the Kirby series  
  • "Kirby!! Your dream has carried you far, but here it ends. The Dream Fountain Cup will be mine!"
  • "Nyehehehe! There was one left!"
  • "You mean Kirby is coming here now?!"
  • "R-right... Well... Here's what we do! Kirby will be OURS!"
  • "First, test him... Go, my servants!"
  • "Argh! We'll see how he likes the next!"
  • "Unthinkable! He beat that one, too?!"
  • "Cursed pink lump! I can't believe it!"
  • "Third one's the charm! Get him, Phan Phan!"
  • "Grr! All right, call the cavalry!"
  • "Enough, Kirby! Face Twin Fire Lions!"
  • "Ack! Can't anyone beat that guy?!"
  • "(...We're done for... Only one option...)"
  • "...O-OK then. I guess it's your turn."
  • "...Fine, you can go. You've been spared."
  • "(...I'm sorry.)"
  • "(It's time for my secret weapon...)"
  • "Now you pay, Kirby!"
  • "You made it here... Now, arm yourself!"
  • "Our grudge will be settled at last..."
  • "Meet my powerful secret weapon..."
  • "The brand-new Dedede Hammer!"
  • "Let's go! Hup hup!"
  • "No slacking off!"
  • "What is going on here?!"
  • "You can't be mean to my Waddle Dees!"
  • "Only I can be mean to my Waddle Dees!"
  • "Hey, that tickles!"
  • "OK, that hurts!"
  • "UNCLE!"
  • "It seems you've unlocked a new stage, youngster!" *quote exclusive from Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
  • "Finally, Kirby! I thought you'd never get here. Ha! You're going to love this. I've got a DELICIOUS treat for you. A truly DELUXE delight. A triple helping of DANGER. Welcome to Dedede's Cake Royale! My tournament here is jam-packed with crazy battles. Try hard enough, and you might just win a battle or two."
  • "About time you noticed. All right, let's show 'em our big surprise."
  • "You see, this here machine is my fancy new Kirby Printer. It spits out Kirby copies, good as the original. Maybe better."
  • "Ha! You've got it. Kirby versus Kirby versus Kirby. Nothing better! There's a deluxe hunk of cake for the winner of this whole thing. Ha! A Kirby tourney with only one cake. Let the mayhem begin!"
  • "So, Kirby's not doing all that bad, huh? I guess it'd be dull for the crowds if he didn't win once in a while. It's time to put a stop to Kirby though. Fire up my printer!"
  • "Heh. That should do it. Kirby's losing streak begins NOW."
  • "What? They're STILL winning?"
  • "That pip-squeak! I made up these battles to bust him down to size. So he'd better get to losing already—or else!"
  • "Well, no one makes a fool of King Dedede... NO ONE! Hey, you! Get to cranking! We've got to turn up the heat."
  • "That should do it. Kirby's streak of luck is over and done!"
  • "What's that? Meta Knight just keeps on winning?!"
  • "That chump thinks he can do as he pleases in MY tournament?!"
  • "That's even WORSE. He'd make my Kirby Printer scheme look bad! I guess we'll just have to pulverize the both of them. Crank this thing up to 10! I NEED STRONGER KIRBYS!"
  • "Don't tell me that pink twerp beat Meta Knight! Argh... I guess it's showtime then."
  • "Both of you have gotten WAY too far."
  • "But that's the end of that! I'll take you on myself."
  • "For your Championship Battle, you'll be fighting ME! You two aren't half bad, but you're no match for me. Or for my HAMMER."
  • "NO WAY. NOT YET. You think you won? This is FAR from over."
  • "So? Who cares? This is my tournament. I'll do what I want!"
  • "Now, if you want that cake, Kirby, you'll have to do one last thing. You've got to beat my strongest team...all by yourself! All right, off to the Battle!"
  • "NO WAY! NOT YET!"
  • "I worked hard to put Dedede's Cake Royale together. It's my right to crush you in a one-on-one battle! There's NO way you're going to win, Kirby. You think you can take victory from ME?! Ha! I've got something special for you up my sleeve. Follow me, Kirby! Only ONE of us is a real winner. About time you see it's me."
  • "Get in the elevator, Kirby. It's behind my throne!"

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese デデデ大王
Dedede Daiō
Great King Dedede
Traditional Chinese 帝帝帝大王 (Kirby Star Allies onwards)
Dìdìdì Dàwáng
嗲嗲嗲大王 (Anime)
Diēdiēdiē Dàwáng
Great King Dedede
  • The character 帝 also means "king" or "emperor".
Simplified Chinese 帝帝帝大王 (Kirby Star Allies onwards)
Dìdìdì Dàwáng
狄狄大王 (Super Smash Bros.)
Dìdì Dàwáng
迪迪迪大王 (Super Mario Odyssey)
Dídídí Dàwáng
Dutch Koning Dedede King Dedede
French Roi DaDiDou King Dedede
German König Dedede (games)
King Dedede (anime)
König Nickerchen
King Dedede
King Snooze
Italian King Dedede -
Korean 디디디 대왕
Dididi Daewang
Dididi The Great (King)
  • 대왕 is the Hanja transliteration of 大王
Brazilian Portuguese Rei Dedede[8] King Dedede
Russian Король Дидиди
Korol' Dididi
King Dididi
Spanish Rey Dedede King Dedede
Danish Kong Dedede King Dedede
Swedish Kung Dedede King Dedede