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Smash Ultimate: How To Play Donkey Kong – Combos And Moves

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong, the classic video game, was released in 1981. In that game, the heroine called Lady is kidnapped and he tries to stop Mario from rescuing her.

This particular guide, if you’re in doubt, is all about his great ape. He … is no different from all his incarnations before in Smash Ultimate. He is still a bruiser with incredible damage. In fact, his biggest change has to do with a particularly cruel Final Smash match.

Donkey Kong moveset

Donkey Kong

Neutral Special – Giant Punch

Charging one punch can continue charging after dodging or shielding.

Side Special – Headbutt

Buries opponents when they are hit on the ground. Cannot be interrupted by weaker attacks.

Up Special – Spinning Kong

Spin with a whirlwind of punches. Can Switch left or right in the air and transition on the ground.

Down Special – Hand Slap

Sends out shock waves by smashing the ground, sending enemies into the air. Has a meteor effect when flying in the air.

Side Smash

Donkey Kong spread his arms wide and clapped his giant hands to the side.

Up Smash

He clapped his hands up.

Down Smash

Raising his fist up and down, Donkey Kong slammed the ground to the sides.

Final Smash – Jungle Rush

He defeated opponents with a series of punches before launching the finishing blow. If the first hit is not making contact, the entire attack will fail, so make sure to receive it.

Strengths & Weaknesses


DK brings pain in Ultimate with a tried and true arsenal of powerful moves. The earth dam, the hedge weeding, the ding-dong, are all here. If you’ve ever wanted to literally clap your hands, he is your guy.


However, being a big boy has its downsides. You are a much bigger target, especially among the crazy masses of celebrities, and he has some problems getting back on stage after being eliminated. A DK player wants to be in control of the game, so don’t let the speed controllers push you.

Changes to Donkey Kong in Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Different from the previously mentioned Final Smash move, Donkey Kong seems to play quite similarly to the gameplay in Super Smash Bros for Wii U. That means he still has Hand Clap, Spinning Kong, and Giant Punch moves. Like many characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, he has also received an update to his facial animation to make his emojis more obvious.

Fighter tips

  • Note that these changes can be changed as Nintendo provides patches and updates to the game.
  • His Final Smash has changed dramatically. You no longer play drums from Donkey Konga to a beat – instead, you have to lay a single hit to turn into a series of automatic punches – also from Donkey Konga.
  • Donkey Kong’s Up B won’t lift you up but has a great horizontal distance

How To Unlock Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong

You can Unlock Donkey Kong while playing VS. Matches, Classic Mode, and World of Light Game Mode in Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

  • How to Unlock World of Light – Marth Route (World of Light)
  • Cassic mode unlocking method – Original 8
  • Method of unlocking VS mode – Play Zelda