Defense is by far and away the most important aspect of an amiibo’s success. With proper training, an amiibo can develop nearly perfect reaction skills. However, as your amiibo battles opponents, its defensive capabilities will slowly diminish – it will begin to “forget” them. That’s where this Defensive Training Session comes in: by playing this match archetype with your amiibo, its blocking and dodging abilities can be refreshed in just a few minutes.
To make this training session as simple as possible, I advise you create a custom character to play as against your amiibo. From the main menu, go to Games & More, then navigate to Custom, and then to Characters. Select your amiibo’s character and create a custom set with two Easy perfect shield bonus effects and one Improved escapability bonus. Using this custom set during training will make life much easier. Predicting and perfect shielding your amiibo’s attacks will be a breeze, and you’ll be able to escape from its grabs more quickly. Once you have your custom build set up, you’ll be all set and ready to begin.
Defensive Training Session (Wii U)
The defensive training session is most easily performed on the Wii U version of the game. If you have access to one, it is highly recommended that you use it. If you don’t have Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, its counterpart still works, but it will be more difficult without the use of Slow Mode.
Start by going into Special Smash and turning on Slow Mode. Set the match type to Timed and 3-5 minutes long (depending on how much time you have available to train). Turn on Custom Fighters, and then navigate into the More Rules tab and turn on Score Display. Once all of that is said and done, select the custom set you made earlier, and scan in your amiibo. If your amiibo’s defensive is particularly poor, set its handicap to 300%.
When the match begins, approach your amiibo and stand in front of it. It may not attack immediately – if that’s the case, stand and wait for it to make its move. You can also press the block button once to bait an attack. After pressing the block button, pause the game repeatedly and determine if your amiibo is going to attack or not. If it appears to be charging up a move, get ready to bring up your shield. Perfect shield your amiibo’s attack, and then:
- if your amiibo has taken 0-100%, respond with a jab, a tilt, or a special move, depending on the fighter you are training. Each amiibo character guide includes a list of primary damage-racking moves that are most effective for each fighter.
- if your amiibo has taken over 100%, respond with a KO move such as a smash attack. Once again, each amiibo character guide includes a list of KO moves that work best for each fighter.
- if your amiibo used an aerial move, respond with an up smash no matter what. Punishing an aerial amiibo with an up smash helps teach them to remain grounded.
Simply repeat this process until your amiibo is defeated. Keep in mind that it is optimal for certain characters to deviate from the process listed here: for example, for projectile-based fighters such as Toon Link and Samus, it is best to approach them with projectiles instead of simply walking up to them. Each training guide will give you a general idea of the moves and strategies that work best with each amiibo – make good use of the information provided within each one.
Repeat this training session as much as needed. It goes a long way in helping your amiibo to more accurately react to incoming attacks. If you have any questions, read the FAQ. You can also join Cloud Nine’s community Discord server to ask a question. Good luck!