Duck Hunt (character)

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DuckHunt Emblem.png
Super Smash Bros. character
Duck Hunt
DuckHunt SSBU.png
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Standard:  Trick Shot
Side:  Clay Shooting
Up:  Duck Jump
Down:  Wild Gunman
Final Smash:  NES Zapper Posse
Battle entrance
The dog leaps into an 8-bit sprite of grass with the duck on his back before they both rise from the grass while the dog performs his signature laugh.
“Duck Hunt Takes Aim!”
Introduction tagline, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Duck Hunt (known as Duck Hunt Duo in European languages, and individually referred to as Dog and Duck) is the name that refers to the playable tag team of a hunting dog and a duck in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. True to their team name, the dog and duck hail from the NES video game Duck Hunt. In addition to their appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series, the dog and variants of the duck have made other crossover guest appearances within the Mario franchise in other instances, mainly within the WarioWare series.


WarioWare series[edit]

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$![edit]

In WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, a microgame called Duck Hunt appears, and has overall the same gameplay as the original NES game, with the player using the Game Boy Advance to shoot ducks.

WarioWare: Twisted![edit]

A Duck Hunt microgame similar to the one from WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! appears in WarioWare: Twisted!, this time using the Game Boy Advance cartridge's tilt sensor to aim.

WarioWare: Touched![edit]

While the dog does not appear in WarioWare: Touched! at all, the Duck Hunt microgame uses clay pigeons from Duck Hunt's Game C. The original sprites of the ducks are also occasionally released from the ball in the microgame Clawing for More after clearing it.

WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase[edit]

The Duck Hunt microgame returns in the WiiWare game WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase, and utilizes the Wii Remote's motion controls.

Tetris DS[edit]

Gameplay of Duck Hunt can be seen on the Nintendo DS' top screen in stage 19 of Standard Marathon mode in Tetris DS, where the dog and duck make a cameo. The dog also appears as a sprite on the touch screen during this stage.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

SmashWiki article: Duck Hunt (SSB4)
Duck Hunt in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Duck Hunt appear as unlockable newcomers in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Although they fight as a duo,[1] Duck Hunt do not truly adhere to the tag team archetype first used by the Ice Climbers and perpetuated by Rosalina & Luma. This is due to the duck's own hurtbox being directly next to the dog's hurtbox at almost all times. Duck Hunt's moveset largely consists of moves based around the NES Zapper and games that use it, particularly Hogan's Alley and Wild Gunman, while incorporating physical attacks from both the dog and duck.

Duck Hunt's standard special move is Trick Shot, in which the dog kicks a tin can from Hogan's Alley forward that can be subsequently fired at with the Zapper. Their side special move is Clay Shooting, in which the dog throws out a clay pigeon from Duck Hunt's Game C that will then explode upon being fired at by the Zapper. Their up special is Duck Jump, in which the duck flies upward while carrying the dog. Their down special is Wild Gunman, which spawns one of the five titular gunmen to attack. Lastly, their Final Smash is NES Zapper Posse, which consists of a flock of ducks from Duck Hunt ramming the opponent into a field before the gunmen from Wild Gunmen fire at them and the cutouts from Hogan's Alley.

In regard to character customization, Duck Hunt are the only fighters who can use the Collar and Feather equipment to boost their defense and speed, respectively. The duo can also use the Zapper equipment to boost their attack strength, which is another reference to their home game. A Duck Hunt-themed stage simply called Duck Hunt also appears in both games. In the stage, the sprite versions of the dog and the ducks appear, even if Duck Hunt themselves are fighting on the stage. In addition, Duck Hunt are the only playable characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U to break the fourth wall in their trailer.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

SmashWiki article: Duck Hunt (SSBU)

Duck Hunt return as unlockable veterans in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In the transition to Ultimate, they received noticeable improvements to their moveset and the dog can run faster, although they are now noticeably lighter. The dog is also much more vocal, as he barks and yelps in a number of instances instead of solely during their star KO animation. Along with several other characters, Duck Hunt retain their victory theme from the previous game, albeit sped up.

Duck Hunt reappear in Banjo & Kazooie's announcement trailer "Best Friends", with a similar role to King Dedede in the King K. Rool announcement trailer, "The Rivals".

Classic Mode route[edit]
Dog, Duck, Zapper
Round Opponent(s) Rule Stage Song
1 Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong Kongo Jungle Swinger Flinger
2 Sonic Windy Hill Zone Wonder World
3 Fox, Falco, Wolf Garden of Hope Garden of Hope
4 Giant King K. Rool Kongo Falls Snakey Chantey
5 Mii Brawler ×2, Mii Gunner ×2, Mii Swordfighter Horde Battle Green Greens Floral Fields
6 Duck Hunt ×6 Living Room Duck Hunt Medley (for 3DS / Wii U)
Final Rathalos Roar/Rathalos

Special moves[edit]

Trick Shot[edit]
Trick Shot in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Trick Shot

Trick Shot (named Trick Shooting in British English) is Duck Hunt's standard special move. The move involves the dog kicking out a tin can from Hogan's Alley, which bounces forward for every time the special move button is pressed. The player can press the button eight times before the can automatically explodes the next time. It also explodes when it hits an opponent, the explosion able to damage both them and Duck Hunt. The direction the can moves can be changed by attacking it from the other side. Finally, the number of times the special attack button is pressed before it explodes determines how powerful the explosion is.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, this move has two custom variants: High-Explosive Shot, which makes the can fly out more quickly, but explodes it after two button presses; and Zigzag Shot, which sends out a can that moves back and forth after every button press, and the explosion sends any players caught upward.

Clay Shooting[edit]
Clay Shooting in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Clay Shooting

Clay Shooting is Duck Hunt's side special move, based upon the clay shooting mode in Duck Hunt. The dog throws a clay pigeon that flies across the screen, exploding when the player presses the special attack button a second time to shoot it, the Zapper firing three shots that also deal damage. The pigeon only explodes once the player presses the button, though it still damages opponents.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the first custom variant for this move is Rising Clay, which causes the pigeon to arc downward and then fly up when tossed; however, the pigeon does not explode, meaning that it deals less damage. The second is Clay Break (named Clay Destruction in British English), which tosses the clay farther and at a higher arc but the pigeon itself does not damage opponents and the shots are more spaced when detonating, though are more powerful.

Duck Jump[edit]
Duck Jump in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Duck Jump

Duck Jump (named Duck Jump Duo in the British English version) is Duck Hunt's up special move. The duck starts to fly up into the air, carrying the dog with it. Players can control their horizontal movement while the duck flies, but cannot end the move early on their own.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Duck Jump's first custom variant is Duck Jump Snag, which involves the dog also biting any nearby fighters, but the duck cannot fly as high. The second is Super Duck Jump, which pushes the duo high into the air, creating a whirlwind that pushes away opponents, but the player cannot move as far horizontally.

Wild Gunman[edit]
Wild Gunman in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Wild Gunman

Wild Gunman is Duck Hunt's down special move. The dog pulls out one of the five titular gunmen from Wild Gunman, which each have different properties, such as damage output and speed of firing. Attacking them momentarily stuns them, and if they receieve 5% or more, they do not fire at all. Each gunman appears at least once during a match, but when all five have appeared, the gunman that spawns when using this move the sixth time and beyond will be chosen randomly for the remainder of a match.

The gunman with the red scarf is the weakest gunman of the gang, while the skinny gunman has better range with his shots; the gunman with the black suit can fire shots that send opponents flying at a horizontal trajectory; the gunman with the sombrero fires shots that have a fire effect, but he has the worst range of the five gunmen; and the leader of the gang fires the quickest.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Wild Gunman's first custom variant is Quick Draw Aces (parsed Quick-Draw Ace in the British English version). This variant speeds up how quickly the gunmen can fire and slightly increases their damage outputs, but their shots have less range and less knockback. The gunmen also have only 1 HP, and will not fire at all if they are damaged by any kind of attack.

Wild Gunman's second custom variant is Mega Gunman, which summons giant versions of the gunmen that have 40 HP. However, the gunmen take longer to fire, and their shots deal slightly less damage.

Final Smash[edit]

NES Zapper Posse[edit]
NES Zapper Posse in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
NES Zapper Posse in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
SmashWiki article: NES Zapper Posse

NES Zapper Posse is Duck Hunt's Final Smash. The dog summons a flock of ducks that fly through the stage, trapping any opponents caught by them. They are then taken to an area where they are caught between the Wild Gunmen shooting at the cutouts and tin cans from Hogan's Alley. After taking repeated damage from the barrage of bullets, the opponents are then launched and Duck Hunt returns to the stage. If the flock of ducks do not connect with any opponents, the Final Smash fails.

Every character in the Final Smash (except the opponents) uses 2D sprites, including the dog and duck (who otherwise appear with their updated 3D models). Also, no matter what color Duck Hunt is, they will always be shown in their default appearance during the attack.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

SMM Duck Hunt.png

In Super Mario Maker, Duck Hunt make an appearance as a Mystery Mushroom costume, which plays sound effects from Duck Hunt for certain actions. Upon transforming into Duck Hunt, the perfect score tune plays, and whenever they jump, the dog barks. If they fall into a pit or lava, the dog's laughter can be heard. The costume can be unlocked by scanning the Duck Hunt amiibo, or unlocked randomly after completing the 100 Mario Challenge on the Normal setting or higher.

Other appearances[edit]


In Pixels, the dog appears as a trophy awarded by the aliens for defeating the Centipede army in London.


Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy information[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Ducks Trophy277.png Duck Hunt
These friendly fowl are the targets in the game Duck Hunt, which utilizes the Nintendo Zapper Light Gun. They appear and randomly fly about trying to escape after your faithful (if slightly clamorous) hunting dog flushes them out. Once you drop the ducks, your dog dutifully fetches them by the napes of their necks and grins at you.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker information[edit]

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary
Duck Duck Sticker.png Duck Hunt Launch Resistance +20
Usable by: Ice Climbers, Pit, Mr. Game & Watch, R.O.B.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy information[edit]

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in American English description British English description
Duck Hunt DuckHuntTrophy3DS.png DuckHuntTrophyWiiU.png NES Duck Hunt (10/1985) You could call these two the stars of the NES 1985 launch title Duck Hunt. The goofy dog would chase down any ducks hit by the Zapper. In Smash Bros., these two work as a team to fight. When a can or a clay pigeon is in play, hit the button again to fire at it. Show your foes how the ducks felt! Back in 1987, when Duck Hunt came out, these two might not have had the best relationship. That all seems to have changed now, and this unlikely pair are here to fight together. After throwing a can or a clay pigeon, press the button again to have a little helper fire the NES Zapper for extra damage!
Duck Hunt (Alt.) DuckHuntAllStarTrophy3DS.png DuckHunt(alt)TrophyWiiU.png NES Duck Hunt (10/1985) Duck Jump, an up special, has the charming twosome float up in an adorable fashion. It also makes getting back to the stage much easier. Their side smash can hit up to three times at close range, depending on your shooting skills. By charging up the attack, you can increase the range even further! Duck Jump Duo, an up special, has the charming twosome float up in an adorable fashion. It also makes getting back to the stage much easier. Their side smash can hit up to three times at close range, depending on your shooting skills and by charging up the attack, you can increase the range even further!
NES Zapper Posse N/A NESZapperPosseTrophyWiiU.png N/A In this Final Smash, three games from the Light Gun Series team up: Duck Hunt, Hogan's Alley, and Wild Gunman. A flock of ducks fly by, warping anyone they hit to the Wild West. There, a posse of gunmen will use foes for target practice! If the ducks don't hit anyone, though, nothing happens besides some birds passing through.
Dog N/A DogTrophyWiiU.png NES Duck Hunt (10/1985) In the NES game Duck Hunt, the dog is your trusty hunting partner. He scares the ducks and then picks up the ones you hit. If you don't hit any, though, he'll laugh at you. So much for man's best friend... In the Duck Hunt stage in this game, he'll occasionally pop up in his 8-bit glory and let you use him as a platform!
Duck N/A DuckTrophyWiiU.png NES Duck Hunt (10/1985) In the classic NES game Duck Hunt, you hunt, er...ducks. The dog flushes them into the air, and then you aim and fire. Taking down ducks get you points in the Duck Hunt stage in this game too. It has no effect on the battle, but the alternative Duck Hunt action might be a refreshing change from constantly punching your friends in the face.

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Duck Hunt SSBU Duck Hunt Spirit.png Duck Hunt series Fighter N/A N/A Classic Mode as Duck Hunt N/A N/A N/A N/A

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Pit: I don't want to fight that cute dog!
  • Palutena: Oh, you won't. You'll be fighting the dog AND the duck.
  • Pit: So...if I win...
  • Pit: is duck on the menu for dinner?!
  • Palutena: Let's take things one step at a time, Pit. These two may seem like a duo, but they're actually a trio! Together, they're known as "Duck Hunt."
  • Pit: So where's the third team member?
  • Palutena: Listen, just be careful. You could get shot out of nowhere.
  • Pit: A mysterious sharpshooter, eh? Well, that does make things more exciting!


  • These two were the stars of the NES launch title Duck Hunt, way back in 1985. This goofy dog would chase down any ducks hit by the Zapper accessory, but wasn’t shy about laughing at missed shots. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, these two work as a team to fight. Quack! Bark? Both!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Super Smash Blog bio[edit]

  • This duo excels at long-range attacks, like kicking exploding cans and throwing clay pigeons. For their Final Smash, three games from the Light Gun Series team up: Duck Hunt, Hogan's Alley, and Wild Gunman!

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダックハント
Dakku Hanto
Duck Hunt
Chinese 獵鴨狗
Lièyā Gǒu
打獵 (Traditional)
打猎 (Simplified)
Dǎliè (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Duck-Hunting Dog

Lit. "to hunt"
Dutch Duck Hunt-duo Duck Hunt Duo
French (NOA) Duck Hunt
French (NOE) Duo Duck Hunt Duck Hunt Duo
German Duck Hunt Duo Duck Hunt Duo
Italian Duo Duck Hunt Duck Hunt Duo
Korean 덕 헌트
Deok Heonteu
Duck Hunt
Portuguese Duo Duck Hunt Duck Hunt Duo
Russian Дуэт Duck Hunt
Duet Duck Hunt
Duck Hunt Duo
Spanish (NOA) Duck Hunt
Spanish (NOE) Dúo Duck Hunt Duck Hunt Duo


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