How to train a King Dedede amiibo in Smash Ultimate

by Dreamy Jay, Guest Contributor

Dreamy Jay might not have the greatest Palutena, Duck Hunt, Kirby or Lucina. But one things for sure, the best Dedede is his trusty Mr. Mallet. He won PAL (Professional Amiibo League) with MANY wins and barely any loses. And Mr. Mallet’s journey is just beginning as we speak…

A.I. Issues

Dedede’s A.I. flaws, at least in my opinion, can be pretty extreme if not handled carefully. Once spotted, it’s important that these flaws don’t stay with Dedede or at least aren’t with him at all. For example, Dedede will try to needlessly use Up B on stage to his detriment. This is bad for so many reasons, such as a very long end lag. In addition, Dedede almost always misses his target, making Up B a bad risk in general. And worse, he spams the heck out of it! Thinking about it now, a lot of Dedede’s moves, at least the spamming ones, have slow end lag. These include Forward Smash, Jet Hammer and Inhale. You’ll want to avoid these moves too.

Of course, this makes sense since Dedede is a heavyweight character, and most of them have bad frame data. However, Dedede has some moves which have fast end lag despite being a heavyweight character. 

Playstyle

Dedede, like all penguins, doesn’t belong in the sky, simple right? Wrong! Yes, Dedede must stay grounded, that’s obvious. However, Dedede has some techniques that must be taught as told in this guide. He must be sharp as a tack! Willing to push through his limits! Also, he must be treated like a fine wine… Perfecto. You mainly want to use the quickest moves Dedede has: Forward/Down/Up Tilt are some of his fastest moves. I would suggest Down Tilt a little less though, as it does have a habit of leading Dedede into opponent’s attacks. Down Smash and Up Smash are great at K.O.’s so I would use it sparingly. The only aerial attacks I suggest are Up Air and Forward Air since Dedede likes opponents above him and Forward Air covers a lot of space. 

Of course, we need to talk about Gordos. How it should properly be used is easy, just throw the Gordo at your opponent while they’re Off-Stage and Off-Stage only. The only problem is Dedede sometimes uses it on stage. Make sure Gordo is only used when the opponent is Off-Stage. Now that all of Dedede’s moves have been discussed with a good analysis, what is the training method to use on Dedede or strategy for his Amiibo?

How to Train King Dedede

This training method might seem a bit… Simple? That’s how I can describe it, although it has many benefits for Dedede and other Amiibo with long ranged attacks. I tried this against my Dedede Amiibo and saw good progress after a while. This method is called the “Wait… Attack!” method. How it works is easy, when close to Dedede it’s important to keep your shield up before his attack (Assuming you used a lot of Forward Tilt recently). After your shield blocks the attack, you punish with Forward Tilt and this could either lead into combos or you start the process over when Dedede gets up. Now something this simple couldn’t possibly be taken this seriously, right? Trust me, it has its benefits and I’m here to name a few.

Why It Works

The method above that was discussed might be simple, but save your critiques for after this section. First off, Dedede’s Forward Tilt has such a long range that it can punish rolls given practice, and it’s super quick too. This also gives your Dedede Amiibo a boost as well, he’ll react much quicker and use that specific tool given to him. One of the best outcomes is Dedede develops a higher awareness during “Wait… Attack!” All of this will lead him to fight better in battle and become a great Dedede Amiibo although it may take some time.

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