Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Luigi amiibo training guide! To start off, thank you for taking the time to visit: your support is very much appreciated. Huge thanks to Arklaine for sharing his knowledge of Luigi and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
Luigi is shy, quiet and often overshadowed by his sibling, but he’s actually quite talented. His jumping ability surpasses Mario’s, and his all-around skills let him overcome any problem. He’s a bit cowardly and really afraid of ghosts. Even so, in the Luigi’s Mansion games, he was charged with cleaning up poltergeist problems.
This guide is up-to-date as of Version 1.1.7 of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
Table of Contents
Section 1: Amiibo Overview / Pros & Cons
Luigi is a tricky opponent to fight. His jab is one of the most efficient available thanks to its perfect blend of speed and power. The rest of his moveset retains that perfect blend of speed and power, giving Luigi many viable options. His special moves also come in handy: he has Fireball, a projectile that can harass opponents from afar; Green Missile and Luigi Cyclone, two helpful recovery moves; and Super Jump Punch, a powerful uppercut with a sweetspot that can KO enemies at mid-to-high percentages. His recovery (which consists of his side, up, and down specials) is decent, meaning that he usually has no problem returning to the stage when knocked away.
Unfortunately, Luigi suffers from several flaws that somewhat hold him back. Although his smash attacks are strong and swift, they lack the range to be fully reliable counterattacks. He also has a tendency to overuse his aerials: in such a defensive metagame, this makes Luigi an easy target for grounded opponents. Another annoying habit is that he may spam his side and down specials, Green Missile and Luigi Cyclone. These moves should only be used for recovery; using them as attacks is inefficient and leaves Luigi vulnerable. Last but not least, Luigi tends to edge-guard with his down taunt. This sounds hype on paper, but in practice, it rarely ever hits and leaves him wide open to ledge attacks.
While Luigi requires a good bit of training and work, he has a lot of potential waiting for those patient enough to work around his flaws. With the right stats, bonuses, and training methods, Luigi can contend with and even outmatch the titans of the amiibo metagame: namely Bowser, Ganondorf, and Lucina.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Luigi – Recommended Stats & Bonuses
For more information on equipment, including instructions on how to farm for custom parts, please read the amiibo equipment guide.
Before you begin training your amiibo, you must equip it with a viable setup of stats and bonuses. The following build has been extensively tested and proven effective:
+40 Attack / +70 Defense / +10 Speed
Luigi – Recommended Custom Moves
- Quick Missile: This is a custom move version of Luigi’s side special, Green Missile. It charges up quickly, and flies much faster and farther, making it a superior option for recovery. It’s also weaker, but that’s okay, because Luigi should be using this attack for recovery purposes only.
Once your amiibo’s equipment setup is refined and ready to go, your training will officially begin! If you ran into some sort of problem while feeding your amiibo, feel free to jump into Cloud Nine’s Discord server to ask a question.
Section 3: Leveling Up Your Amiibo
Amiibo training is a very specific task, and for the best possible results, you will need to go about it very carefully. You can’t just go all-out and use combos and aerials: both of these are frowned upon in the amiibo metagame. Instead, you should remain grounded at all times, punishing your amiibo for every aerial move it uses against you.
To help your amiibo properly utilize its moveset, you will mirror match it from Level 1 all the way to Level 50. Playing timed matches on Ω-form stages is highly recommended.
Luigi Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: jab and forward tilt. Luigi actually has one of the most effective jabs in the game, as it deals impressive damage and knockback for an otherwise unassuming attack. His forward tilt is slower, but slightly stronger, making it another good option.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash and up smash. Once your Luigi has taken a lot of damage, go in for the kill with either a forward or up smash. Luigi’s forward smash lacks range, but it’s worth the risk thanks to its above-average power and speed. As for up smash, it’s best to relegate it to an aerial punish move and nothing more.
- Moves to avoid: side special and down special. These two moves are best used for recovery purposes only. As attacks, they don’t inflict much damage and leave Luigi vulnerable. Your amiibo will get in the habit of spamming these moves if you use them too often, so be careful.
- Utilize Super Jump Punch sparingly. This is one of Luigi’s most powerful attacks – as long as he lands the sweetspot, that is. The amiibo will almost always land this move with perfect accuracy. Even so, don’t teach him to rely on it completely: if he misses, he’s left open to attack for quite some time.
When your amiibo finally reaches Level 50, its training will truly begin. Just like a real player, amiibo need match experience and practice against different characters.
Section 4: Post-Level 50 Training
Now that your amiibo has reached Level 50, its training will become a bit more involved. Defense and counterattacks are important to your amiibo’s success, but its match experience is even more important. Your amiibo will need to be exposed to as many fighters, stages, and situations as possible.
Your Amiibo’s Match Experience
Every character in the Super Smash Bros. roster has their own unique playstyle and a variety of attacks to use. Ideally, your amiibo will learn to play against all 58 fighters. Training guides for every amiibo are now available: so if any of yours are untrained, raise them with their own personalized character guide. You can then pit the two amiibo against each other in a battle, and they’ll both become stronger.
Mirror Matches, Defense, & Counterattacks
As your amiibo’s knowledge of other fighters grows, its grasp on its own moveset slowly fades away. More specifically, your amiibo’s fighting skills will wear down over time. Match experience is great, but too much of it at once is a bad thing. Mirror matching your amiibo between battles against other characters is a great way to refresh its skills while retaining its match experience. In the previous section was a list of tips that specifically applied to your amiibo’s character – refer back to that list if necessary. Once again, be sure to stay grounded and to play defensively.
If your amiibo begins acting aggressively during battles or starts to use too many aerial attacks, there is a perfect solution: the defensive training session. In just a few minutes, you can retrain your amiibo to dodge, perfect shield, and counterattack with impeccable speed and timing. To keep your amiibo fresh and at its best, rotate both mirror matches and defensive training sessions as needed.
Section 5: Conclusion & Credits
Thank you so much for reading this guide! It was a long one, but you made it through! Although the guide may be coming to a conclusion, your training most certainly isn’t: there’s always a way to make an amiibo stronger, and yours is no exception. If you ever need additional help training your amiibo, stop by Cloud Nine’s Discord server.
If your desire to read amiibo training guides and articles hasn’t been entirely fulfilled, there are some more posts here that you might like. The official amiibo tier list ranks every amiibo’s overall capabilities – you might even learn something new if you take a look at it. The FAQ is another good resource worth checking out. Alternatively, you can head to the master list of guides for even more amiibo training methods!