67 King K Rool

First appearance :
Donkey Kong Country (1994 - SNES)

King K Rool is a character who imposes his power and who can be compared to a kind of tank. Indeed, he has armor and projectiles which can be used to give him a very good advantage, especially when he edgeguards where he can show how fearsome he can be ! A character who thus distinguishes itself from the other heavy characters of the game.




  • Resistant
  • Powerful
  • Good projectiles
  • Fearsome in advantage


  • Very weak in disadvantage
  • Usable recovery
  • Slow attacks



  • icône de little-mac
  • icône de ganondorf
Easy to edgeguard
  • icône de pichu
  • icône de rondoudou
All or nothing


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  • icône de mario
  • icône de pikachu
  • icône de lucina
Talented juggler  



  • It depends on the MU
  • Against the lightweights


  • Hard against a zoner


Pro Tips


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K Rool is a character with armor on his belly. This armor has 18 health points but reduces the damage by twice so that it actually has 36 health points. When these health points are exhausted, the armor breaks, leaving K Rool totally vulnerable. Note that the belly recovers 0.3 health points per second, so it takes 47 seconds to regenerate its whole armor points. This belly is very useful in particular to approach or to defend himself.

Best moves

  • GRAB

    All of his Throws are very useful. The Down Throw, Back Throw and Up Throw are used to kill, knowing that the Up Throw is also used to deal very big damages. Back Throw or Forward Throw can be used to put the opponent at a disadvantage and Down Throw and Forward Throw can be used to start combos ! We should also mention the Down Throw which can be used to bury and to kill his opponent.


    This is King K Rool's best move. The move has super armor on it which allows him to override the opponent's attacks while dealing damages to an enemy, making of it his best edgeguard tool. The move also has few ending lag which makes of it a pretty safe or useful tool to start combos.

  • SIDE B

    This is one of the best projectiles in the game, which can lead to combos on just about any K Rool's attack. The crown inflicts a lot of percentages and shield's damages, making of it a good pressure and spacing tool. A very good tool for neutralizing and getting out of a complicated situation.

  • JAB

    It is a very fast attack that allows him to launch low percentage combos, especially with the crown.


    The Forward Air is also a very interesting attack since it is a fast attack that is useful in combos, to inflict heavy damages or simply to eject his enemy especially in edgeguard situations. On top of that, the attack is rather safe when it is well spaced on a shield.

  • Contextual Options

    Quick Moves

    Safe on Shield

    OOS Options


    Up Tilt, Down B

    Up Smash

    Neutral Air

    Forward Air

    Back Air

    Up Smash

    Neutral Air, Up Air

    Up B


    Before leaving

    Last tips

    Aboard the Flying Krock !

    When playing with King K Rool, we can often be tempted to use his Neutral Air to get close because the move has armor on it with the belly and lasts for a long time, in order to land in a rather safe way. However, you must be careful to space it well because it can be very punishable if it is badly done. It's a very good attack, but you still have to be careful not to use it too much on an opponent's shield.

    Krocodile's tears

    King K Rool has a ventral armor that allows him to withstand a lot of attacks and make some of his attacks safer. However, its extended use is rather risky so you should not overuse it because you are never safe from an attack much more powerful than others.

    Until the ending Klaptrap

    Contrary to what you might think, you really have to be patient and to play fairly safely with King K Rool. Gaining some space is often the key to a victory with King K Rool. So, be patient again, be careful to space your attacks well and to manage your landings well, especially because the crocodile has a lot of difficulty to properly land on the field.

    In a nutshell

    By playing King K Rool, pleasure will come from his attacks which are so satisfying to land and from the fact that you can always quickly kill your opponent when he is at low percentage ! Beyond that, he's a very polyvalent and versatile character who stands out from other heavy characters with his projectiles game. A character that will make you feel a great sense of power thanks to his size and his totally enjoyable attacks ! A really endearing character but whose big weaknesses make him generally more useful as a secondary than as a main.

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