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!
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 encountered a problem while feeding your amiibo, feel free to jump into Cloud Nine’s Discord server to ask a question.
Section 3: Training 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. As silly as it might sound, Luigi’s jab is absolutely fantastic. Simply put, if your amiibo is not within KO percentage, attack with jab and nothing else.
- 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. Forward smash and up smash are Luigi’s most reliable kill moves, but Super Jump Punch works with precise timing and spacing.
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. For more information on training your amiibo past Level 50, follow this link.
Section 4: Conclusion & Credits
Thank you so much for reading! Although the guide may be coming to an end, your training most certainly isn’t: there’s always a way to make an amiibo stronger, and yours is no exception. If you need additional help, give the Amiibo Mechanics & Metagame Guide a read. If you want to ask specific questions, you can also 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. Cloud Nine’s ongoing series, Amiibo Training Analysis, analyzes a specific aspect of the metagame in great detail. Meanwhile, 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!
Thanks again to Arklaine for compiling all of Luigi’s information. Images are courtesy of the official Super Smash Bros. website.