amiibo Wiki: King K. Rool

King K. Rool is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Super Smash Bros. series King K. Rool amiibo was released on February 15, 2019 as part of Wave 12.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Owing to his large size and iron stomach, King K. Rool is the second heaviest character in the game and is only surpassed by Bowser. In addition to possessing an extraordinarily powerful moveset, K. Rool boasts two projectiles and a great recovery. The king also possesses a fighter-specific mechanic in Belly Super Armor; if his belly is attacked while he is using his forward tilt, up smash, down smash, dash attack, neutral aerial, or down aerial, he will suffer no knockback and only minor damage. This allows King K. Rool to use brute force to intercept enemy attacks and rack up damage or go for a KO. Finally, despite being a heavyweight, K. Rool’s off-stage game is rather potent; his back aerial and down aerial are both spikes which opens potential for early kills.

Although King K. Rool breaks the tradition of heavyweights in several ways, he suffers from many of the same issues. His overall moveset is relatively slow and he can be easily overwhelmed by fighters with faster frame data. If the king’s Belly Super Armor is activated too many times in a row, his stomach will shatter and render him completely immobile akin to a shield break. Furthermore, the amiibo AI is hard-coded to use its forward smash after burying an opponent with down throw past 70%; since amiibo can mash out at maximum speed, they almost always escape before K. Rool’s attack connects. The AI cannot be trained to consistently use a forward tilt or up tilt past 70%.

Despite his flaws, King K. Rool has achieved fantastic tournament results and is considered one of the best Figure Players in the game. Cloud is one of King K. Rool’s premier trainers, with his amiibo Gravyboat having helped prove the character’s viability.

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