Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Pac-Man amiibo training guide! To start off, thank you for taking the time to visit: your support is very much appreciated. Huge thanks to Trainer Blue and Keeth for sharing their knowledge of Pac-Man and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
Pac-Man is a cultural icon whose popularity has crossed the globe for more than 30 years. The yellow, circular hero first starred in the game PAC-MAN, which is recognized as the “Most Successful Coin-Operated Arcade Game” by Guinness World Records. His journey through the maze of gaming infamy is far from over! Waka waka!
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
Pac-Man has a solid skill set with decent options across the board. His best option, however, is actually his jab. It hits multiple times and comes out so fast that most opponents won’t have time to block the attack. His smash attacks, while not at all outstanding, are effective enough to get the job done. Each one has disjointed range, but are somewhat lacking in power and speed. Pac-Man actually has an excellent set of special moves – unfortunately, his AI has trouble utilizing them, but they still have their uses. Bonus Fruits give Pac-Man access to several different types of projectiles, which all come in handy in different situations. Power Pellet, his side special, serves as a useful attack that strikes multiple times and doubles as a great recovery move. Speaking of recovery, Pac-Man’s is quite good, but again, his AI often misuses his up special unless he’s given a specific custom move.
Unfortunately, Pac-Man suffers from a multitude of flaws. Most of these flaws stem from problems in his AI. First, Pac-Man’s amiibo is nigh incapable of using his Bonus Fruits. Most of the time, he’ll throw the cherry, even if you try and teach him to charge the move. Next, Pac-Man will almost never use Power Pellet to recover, instead choosing to use his up special even though it is possible to use both of these moves in tandem with each other. On the subject of Pac-Man’s up special, his AI butchers it occasionally, bouncing on the trampoline just once before falling to his death. He also has trouble using his Fire Hydrant: once placed, Pac-Man can’t recognize where he dropped the Hydrant. This means that he’ll never launch it at opponents on purpose, only on occasion and by accident. But Pac-Man’s biggest flaw is his grab – it’s both the slowest and least useful grab available, and leaves him horribly vulnerable if missed.
Pac-Man’s amiibo has long been notorious among trainers for being difficult to work with. He was once considered one of the toughest amiibo to train due to his slow grab and flawed AI. As it turns out, though, he does have potential after all – with the help of Keeth, a fellow amiibo trainer, I was even able to win a tournament using my Pac-Man amiibo. In the competitive metagame, most amiibo to prepare to fight top-tier characters like Bowser and Ganondorf; no one really prepares to fight Pac-Man because he’s so seldom seen. As a result, the element of surprise is certainly on his side, and this gives him a slight advantage.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Pac-Man – 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:
+60 Attack / +50 Defense / +10 Speed
Pac-Man – Recommended Custom Moves
- Power Pac-Jump: This is a custom move version of Pac-Man’s up special. Power Pac-Jump acts as a more traditional recovery: Pac-Man will only jump once, and the trampoline won’t stick around. Pac-Man’s AI messes up the default version of the move, and choosing Power Pac-Jump ensures that he successfully recovers each and every time.
- Dire Hydrant: This is a custom move version of Pac-Man’s down special. It’s 100% mandatory that you equip your amiibo with this custom move: instead of lingering, the Hydrant will explode on contact with an opponent or a surface. Pac-Man literally cannot function unless he has Dire Hydrant, so make sure you have it before training him.
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.
Pac-Man Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: jab, forward tilt, and neutral special. Thanks to its perfect blend of power and speed, Pac-Man’s jab is one of his most important attacks. His forward tilt is slightly stronger, but slower. When using Bonus Fruits, fully charge it as often as you can. That means you’ll only ever use the key.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash and up smash. Pac-Man’s forward smash is his strongest attack, but it’s still quite lacking in power. His up smash should be used solely as an aerial punish.
- Moves to avoid: grab and down special. Pac-Man’s grab is the slowest in the game and does not bring him any benefit whatsoever. Do not grab your amiibo, and be sure to dodge any grabs your Pac-Man tries to use. As for Dire Hydrant, your amiibo will use it enough on his own, without being taught.
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!