King K. Rool has multiple attacks with armor properties in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate but three cracks will stun him

His gold-plated belly appears to regenerate very quickly

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • November 11, 2018 at 6:12 a.m. PST

There's no doubt that Donkey Kong's old nemesis, King K. Rool, is one of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's most anticipated newcomers by fans. Like Bowser, King Dedede, Ganondorf, and Ridley, King K. Rool appears to be a super heavy weight — despite the fact that Sakurai stated they had to tone his size down for this game.

Traditionally, super heavy weight characters have had a hard time climbing their way into the high tier ranks. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might give these type of fighters their best chance in the series so far as it is increasing everyone's overall speed. For example, jump squats are universally three frames.

In the case of King K. Rool, he appears to have a mechanic that is unique to him — which is impressive considering the 74 character roster before the Piranha Plant and DLC. That belly of his isn't just for show.

While performing certain attacks that involve that gold-plated stomach, King K. Rool is granted some very generous armor frames. This means that he'll blow through most attacks if he has the correct read on the opponent.

There is a downside to this mechanic though. Each time King K. Rool absorbs an attack like this, his armor will generate a crack. Should he receive three cracks like this, he'll be stunned as though his shield was broken.

In other words, King K. Rool players will be punished if they attempt to overuse the armor mechanic. A stunned combatant will generally result in a loss of a stock.

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During Nintendo's Treehouse stream, King K. Rool managed to absorb one of Diddy Kong's attacks with his neutral aerial. This was demonstrated by the crack in King K. Rool's belly.

Notably, this crack completely disappeared after a brief period of time. It looks like the three strike rule will be replenished after a delay.

So far it looks like King K. Rool's forward tilt, dash attack, and neutral air are confirmed to have armored properties. If I had to guess, I'd say that his forward smash, down smash, and up smash also benefit from this.

Apparently his crown toss special move has armor too? It's exceedingly rare to see a projectile attack have armor in a fighting game.

You can check out the full matches where these clips came from below:

Sources: Game Mania Streams and SmashBrosSpain.

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