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This article is about Donkey Kong's appearance in Super Smash Flash 2. For general information about the character, see Donkey Kong.
Donkey Kong
in Super Smash Flash 2
SSF2 Donkey Kong.png
Donkey Kong symbol.svg
Donkey Kong's official artwork.
Universe Donkey Kong
Stock icon SSF2 Donkey Kong stock icon.png
Availability Starter
Final Smash Arcade
Tier A+ (10)

Donkey Kong is a veteran starter character in Super Smash Flash 2. He was the last newcomer announced in the original teaser, and could only be seen at the very end after the credits; here, he was seen with his sprites from DK: King of Swing. However, his appearance in the game has him using custom-made sprites which are based on his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and once again retains his realistic-gorilla grunts as his voice clips which are ripped directly from the same game. His moveset is similar to his Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U counterpart.

Donkey Kong is currently ranked 10th on the tier list in the A+ tier, a noticeable increase from his 19th place in the last tier list. Donkey Kong has amazing range on the majority of his attacks, highly damaging combos, an outstanding grab and throw game, good momentum canceling, and very powerful finishers in all of his smash attacks, forward aerial, back aerial, back throw, and Giant Punch. His main recovery tool, Spinning Kong, covers great horizontal distance, has high priority, and gives him super armor in the move's initial frames. Donkey Kong has a strong air game due to his good air mobility and strong aerials overall.

However, his large size, heavy weight, and being a high faller make him arguably the most vulnerable character to combos and chain grabs in the game. He has difficulty dealing with projectiles due to a lack of his own, which limits his ability to approach camping characters. Additionally, Spinning Kong, in spite of its good horizontal distance, covers the lowest vertical distance in the game, which leaves him completely and utterly incapable of recovering if meteor smashed offstage, even at 0%.

However, Donkey Kong has a rather large player base due to how strong he is for a low amount of effort. This has caused some players to dislike the character, as well as the people who use him, due to how easy it is to exploit his strengths online. Donkey Kong players have continually taken high placings in online tournaments, though he is not as prominent as he once was, due to the rise of characters such as Lloyd, Zero Suit Samus, and Sheik.


MG icon.svg See also: Donkey Kong (Super Smash Flash 2)/Hard data

Donkey Kong certainly has his slew of positive attributes; he has good range in most of his attacks which are also fast, amazing combo ability and above average mobility. He posses strong finishers in all of his smash attacks, a sour spotted forward aerial, Giant Punch, back aerial, the initial hitbox of Spinning Kong and back throw.

Donkey Kong has great horizontal endurance due to his weight (being the heaviest character in the current demo) and good vertical endurance due to his high accelerated falling speed. His recovery, Spinning Kong, covers good horizontal distance and gives him knockback resistance in the move's initial frames.

His greatest advantage is his grab game; he possesses a large grab range and his throws serve a variety of purposes. Forward throw allows him to carry enemies off-stage, back throw serves as a high-percentage finisher near the ledge, up throw sets up juggling combos and can chain grab certain characters. Donkey Kong's down throw is also a good combo starter and good for setting up chain grabs.

However, Donkey Kong's size, weight and being a high faller leaves him vulnerable to juggling, combos, chain grabs and zero-to-death combos himself, as his stature makes it highly difficult to avoid combo starters.

His recovery covers little vertical distance, giving him extreme vulnerability to meteor smashes in general, and if used at the wrong time can result in a fatal edgeguard, as the move offers no protection after the initial frames have passed.

Donkey Kong lacks a projectile and a reliable way to deal with them; although he can deflect those close to the ground with Hand Slap, it is only a situational maneuver at best, and he is still helpless against projectiles with more volatile trajectories; these attributes make it hard for Donkey Kong players to escape pressure.

Due to his aforementioned lack of a projectile and his lack of disjointed hitboxes, Donkey Kong also has trouble approaching; although his short hopped neutral aerial can out-prioritize weaker attacks thrown at him while he is moving towards the foe, he can still be shut down by characters with greater range in their attacks. Also, due to his great range not being disjointed, each range attack is also an extension of his hurtbox which can leave him vulnerable if not properly spaced.


Ground attacks

Attack Description Damage
Standard attack Performs a swipe, then an uppercut. 4%
Forward tilt Swipes his arm out in front of him. Decent knockback and good for spacing. 10%
Up tilt Swats his hand over his head. Fast, good range, great for jugging and a good combo starter. Sends opponents into a good deal of hitstun. 11%
Down tilt Low swipe across the ground with his arm. 10%
Dash attack His signature forward roll attack taken from Donkey Kong Country. It is also his dash attack in Project M and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U; however, unlike Project M, this iteration does not allow DK to pass the ledge. 11%
Forward smash Slaps both hands together. Fast for a heavyweight. 22%
Up smash Claps his hands together above his head. Hard to hit on grounded opponents due to low horizontal range, yet excellent vertical range. 20%
Down smash Slams down his fists on both sides of him. 19%

Aerial attacks

Attack Description Damage
Neutral aerial Spins quickly, swinging his arms around himself. Fast and good for approaching. 11%
Forward aerial Clenches his fists together and swings them forward. It is a meteor smash when the fists come down, but does decent knockback when sourspotted. Very risky to do. 14%
Back aerial Backwards kick. Good for spacing, good edgeguarding tool and does good knockback. 13%
Up aerial Headbutts. Excellent for juggling and is capable to kill at high percentage if above a platform. 13%
Down aerial Stomps downwards, powerfully meteor smashing anyone hit. 16%

Grab and throws

Attack Description Damage
Grab Reaches out with both arms. N/A
Pummel Karate chops the opponent. 3%
Forward throw Picks up and carries opponent. No damage, but Donkey Kong can walk forwards, jump, and throw the carried opponent forward, back, down, and up. This is called Cargo. 0%
Back throw Flings opponent backwards. Powerful horizontal knockback. 11%
Up throw Throws opponent upwards. Can chain grab fast and high fallers. 9%
Down throw Slams opponent into ground. Can chain-grab fast and high fallers, while also allowing great follow ups for all accelerated falling speeds. 7%

Other attacks

Attack Description Damage
Floor attack Claps behind him, then in front of him. Has deceptive range. 6%
Ledge attack Gets up and hits his opponent with his back. 8%

Special moves

Attack Name Description Damage
Standard special move Giant Punch Donkey Kong begins charging by winding up his fist. When pressing the special move button again, Donkey Kong releases a massive punch. The power of this move is determined by the amount of time spent charging it up. When charged for at least 45 frames, the move grants Donkey Kong Super Armor. This move is able to stack charges. 8-23%
Side special move Headbutt Donkey Kong smashes his head into his opponent, burying them in the ground. If the opponent is in the air, it will meteor smash them instead. 10%
Up special move Spinning Kong Donkey Kong spins around rapidly, causing him to rise slightly and boosting his horizontal control significantly. Donkey Kong has Super Armor during the first 4 frames (ground) or 10 frames (air) of the attack. Vertical range can be increased by mashing or holding the special button. 14%
Down special move Hand Slap Donkey Kong slams his fists down, damaging the grounded characters that are close to him. By continually pressing the special move button, the player can have Donkey Kong slap the ground multiple times. Cannot be used in the air. 11%
Final Smash Arcade Donkey Kong jumps onto a steel girder and begins throwing barrels everywhere, in the classic Donkey Kong fashion. 14%


Misc. Description
On-screen appearance Donkey Kong bursts out of a DK Barrel.
Taunts Standard Faces camera and shrugs shoulders.
Side Holds out banana with mischievous look.
Idle poses N/A
Victory theme A remix of the theme that plays when Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong wins a bonus round or defeats a boss in Donkey Kong Country.
Victory pose Does a backflip, then shows his muscles and smiles.

Changes from v0.9a

MG icon.svg Main article: Donkey Kong (Super Smash Flash 2)/Changelog


  • Nerf Due to shields depleting faster this demo, it makes Donkey Kong more susceptible to shield stabbing.
  • Nerf Donkey Kong's air speed has been decreased but it is still among the best.

Ground attacks

  • Buff Donkey Kong's second jab can now jab lock until 40%.
  • Buff Up tilt send opponents into a lot of hitstun. This makes it a good combo starter and an excellent tool.

Aerial attacks

  • Nerf Forward aerial deals less knockback.

Special moves

  • Nerf Giant Punch is a slightly weaker. However, it is still one of the strongest moves in the game.
    • Nerf Giant Punch no longer receives super armor when the move is not fully charged.
  • Buff Spinning Kong can now gain additional distance by mashing the special button.

In competitive play

Match up

Notable players


  • Prolific
  • 1smash18


  • PPStyle

Tier placement history

When first introduced in demo v0.8, Donkey Kong was seen as character with great potential. He was ranked 10th of C tier for the list of demo v0.8b. He dropped to 24 of what could be considered C tier in demo v0.9a. However, he rose to 15th of what of A tier where he is seen as a high tier character. Changes in the metagame for v0.9b, has led to Donkey Kong's position rising to 13th of A tier where he is still seen as a high tier character. However, after 1.0.3. Donkey Kong has shown better results that ultimately ranked him 6th of A tier on the second Beta tier list. In the current tier list, Donkey Kong is ranked as 19 of B.





Early designs



  • Donkey Kong's third DOJO!!! art is based off his artwork in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
    • In addition, his current artwork is taken directly from his artwork in Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  • Steven stated that Donkey Kong, Bowser, and Sheik were his hardest character projects. In Donkey Kong's case, it was due to his inexperience with spriting.
  • Donkey Kong is currently the only character to have a different Final Smash from the ones he has in the official Super Smash Bros. games. However, before the roster change and before Donkey Kong's redesign, his Final Smash was intended to be Konga Beat, his Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and in the following installment.