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

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posted May 1, 2019

Advantage offstage: dedede is hands down the best offstage character in the game. Given he can live on the ledge for an entire game, he can really make a presence in this zone. If you chase your opponent offstage, you have to guess if they are recovering high or low (or if they are far enough out, if you can pop them with a gordo) if high, go up air, if low, fair chain and gg. If you miss go for nair or upair. If you want to stay on stage, you have a ton of gordo trap options. There used to be a shield break with up Gordo to f smash, but now that it's gone, you have to choose between the remaining traps:
1. Up Gordo d-smash
2. Up Gordo up smash
3. Up Gordo dash attack 2 frame (lasts a long time)
4. Up Gordo down B
5. Up Gordo turnaround down B
The best part is all of these kill. Stupid. Early.
Disadvantage onstage: get to ledge. It's your best friend. With the only frame 1 airdodge in the game you'd be surprised what you can get out of. Also Nair can work wonders and a well placed Gordo hammer can give your opponent 30 percent when they aren't expecting it.
Advantage offstage. If low prepare to fair. It can block out your opponent from punishing. If they want the spike, up air. No move outranges it. If mid, plop a Gordo on the corner, but be wary if you can. If high try to hit a Gordo on the corner. A corner Gordo can make disadvantage into a stock lead for you. If your opponent is too deep, up b and charge f-smash at ledge, once they hit the Gordo, no matter the percent or character they won't survive. Also if offstage never forget suck and cuck is 100% tourney viable. Just make sure the opponent isn't playing with good recovery.
If playing against projectiles try to limit your spitout. It becomes readable if you use it too much. Not to mention a rushdown grappler Dedede will serve you very well in matchups like link or the belmonts.
Overall dedede is a good character with a good combo game. He's easily high mid tier and if he gets the shield break again he's low high. Don't count him out. I have been elite smash with dedede since my 4th game with him and have reached the top 10000 gsp with him. He's viable for sure. Just don't play against wolf, Pac man, samus, or Zelda. But do pick him up for pichu, pikachu, peach, daisy, palutena, olimar or snake because for some reason he has the top tiers covered.