Knuckle Joe

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Knuckle Joe
Knuckle Joe SSBU artwork.png
Artwork of Knuckle Joe for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Franchise Kirby
First appearance Kirby Super Star (1996)
Super Smash Bros. appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Knuckle Joe is a recurring enemy in the Kirby franchise. He is a squat human-like character with blue clothes, a white bandana, and yellow, spiked hair.

Background information[edit]

Knuckle Joe first appeared in Kirby Super Star, where he grants Kirby the Fighter ability when inhaled. He is also the helper formed for the Fighter ability when Kirby summons him. Knuckle Joe has appeared in numerous games since, still granting Kirby the Fighter ability when inhaled.


Knuckle Joe appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an Assist Trophy. When summoned, Knuckle Joe hops to the nearest opponent and deliver a flurry of jabs and punches. He performs this one more time before finishing off the opponent with either a Rising Break or Smash Punch, both signature moves of the Fighter ability from the Kirby series. After unleashing one of these attacks, Knuckle Joe disappears. Knuckle Joe is also featured as a trophy.

Knuckle Joe reappears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U reprising the same role. However, his attacks are weaker, but he can perform two Rising Breaks or Smash Punches before disappearing rather than one like in the previous game. There is also a trophy of Knuckle Joe in both games, although each game has a certain condition that must be met to unlock it; in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the trophy is obtained for playing the game for ten collective hours, and in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the trophy is obtained by clearing Classic Mode at intensity 9.0 without any customizations.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Knuckle Joe returns as an Assist Trophy, and is also featured as a spirit.


Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Knuckle Joe SSBB Trophy Knuckle Joe.png SNES SSBB graphic.png Kirby Super Star A martial artist known for amazing attacks like the Vulcan Jab. With his bandana, he looks and fights the part of a Muay Thai boxer. When Kirby copies Knuckle Joe, he gains the fighting techniques of a hand-to-hand-combat expert. Knuckle Joe also engages in friendly block-breaking competitions with Kirby. His other famous techniques are the Smash Punch and Rising Break.

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

Name 3DS trophy Wii U trophy Category Appears in Trophy Box Description
Knuckle Joe SSB3DS Trophy Knuckle Joe.png SSBWU Trophy Knuckle Joe.png Assist Trophy SNES SSBWU graphic.png Kirby Super Star (08/1996)

Wii SSBWU graphic.png Kirby's Return to Dream Land (10/2011)

N/A Flag of USA.png A martial-arts master, Knuckle Joe can be inhaled by Kirby and his Fighter ability copied. If you summon him, he'll leap toward the enemy nearest you and unleash his powerful Vulcan Jab attack. He'll then finish off his target with a devastating Smash Punch or Rising Break.
Flag of Europe.png When Kirby copies this expert in all martial arts, he becomes a pro at hand-to-hand combat. Release Knuckle Joe in this game, and he'll jump towards the enemy nearest to you and unleash his mighty Vulcan Jab, then finish them off with a devastating Smash Punch or Rising Break!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

No. Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
379 Knuckle Joe SSBU Spirit Knuckle Joe.png Kirby Series Primary (1) Ace Attack
Fist Attack ↑
World of Light (Dracula's Castle);
Spirit Board
Ryu Rule: Assist Trophy Enemies (Knuckle Joe)
  • The enemy's punches and elbow strikes have increased power
  • The enemy's kicks and knee strikes have increased power
  • The enemy's physical attacks have increased power
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