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ChillyG's advice for King Dedede in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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posted May 1, 2019

After playing about 3000 games with this character, I find the fact he is rated bottom tier on this site as utter garbage. Dedede is a character that is very sensitive to certain matchups and stages but in the right hands kicks ass. Overall he wants an open stage. Kalos, FD, PS2 are all good. This is because of his dominating neutral on these stages.
Dedede neutral:
At low percents a down throw into forward throw as well as fastfall nair-uptilt-upair/nair is the main goal with the first doing 22 percent and the next doing 32. Also at low percents Nair combos into itself like crazy so if your opponent is off guard you can utterly destroy them with a nair chain of about 6 nairs. Gordo works well at low percents and you should follow all gordos for follow ups. If the Gordo hits, you can combo into Nair off of the hitstun. This may lead to a fair chain that will take your opponent off the stage and into the blastzone. If your opponent has more percent than you, this neutral is generally preferred.
At mid percents Gordo should be your best friend. Pair it with suck to launch it. After enough practice you should be able to aim your Gordo at any point on the stage. Also your Nair continues to combo into moves like fair and upair and maybe bair at this point. Your down throw fair should work up to 70 for most characters and into about 100 for heavies.
Dedede has a bunch of extra campy options he can do as well. His ledge camp is the best in the game with jump Gordo throw, ledge drop fair, ledge drop up air, jump suck, and you can do neutral getup to refresh invincibility. And yes, this is 100% tourney viable.
At high percents your Nair will start having kill confirms. Fastfall Nair to upair, bair, and fair all kill based on DI. If they ever bring back the shield break, then use it to put the fear of God in your opponents for spamming an unpunishable move (you can dtilt out of it) that kills at 40. Once you hit 150 your gordo, up air, and back throw will kill. Spam Gordo now. It works.
Advantage onstage: dedede becomes a rushdown character with smash 4 bayo levels of combos. I've gotten combos that do 70 percent once I've gotten advantage state, though normally I'lll only get 30-50% or so. Your main goal at this point is to get the opponent to offstage.