Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Marth 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 for sharing his knowledge of Marth 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
Marth possesses two specific tools that make him an extremely formidable opponent: his down special, Counter, and his side special, Dancing Blade. Counter is especially effective against powerful foes like Bowser and Ganondorf, and it can even turn the tide of battle in Marth’s favor. Marth’s AI uses Dancing Blade brilliantly, never failing to link all four hits together; the attack is so fast that his opponents will often to fail to block it in time. When tipped, Marth’s smash attacks are incredibly strong, and can KO enemies at disgustingly early percentages. In general, Marth’s tipper mechanic works in his favor – but only as long as his trainer can properly use them.
While Marth has many strengths, he has just as many flaws holding him back from greatness. Marth’s AI has a few minor flaws; he gets greedy with his tipped aerials, and he eventually learns to spam them unless proper precautions are taken. He can also become too reliant on his counter at times, and this may lead to him whiffing the hitbox and getting punished hard in return. Marth’s tipper mechanic can also be a bit of a double-edged sword; if Marth is unable to properly space his tippers, KOing enemies becomes very difficult.
Overall, Marth is a great amiibo who can tear unprepared opponents to shreds and easily turn the tide of battle thanks to his powerful tipper mechanic and fast attacks. It’s difficult to get him into the habit of properly spacing his tippers, but if he learns to master this skill, he’ll go very far – maybe even all the way to grand finals.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Marth – 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 / +60 Defense / 0 Speed
- Iai Counter: This is a custom move version of Marth’s down special. Iai Counter inflicts more damage, launches foes backwards, and is much quicker. It also deals electric damage. However, its trigger window is much stricter, being almost twice as difficult to activate compared to the default Counter. Since amiibo can react so fast, the shorter activation period is not much of an issue for Marth, and he gets a stronger counter, so it’s a win-win.
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.
Marth – Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: Dancing Blade and up tilt. While Marth’s jab and forward tilt are useful, Dancing Blade outclasses them both. Its incredible speed means that opponents will have trouble blocking or dodging it. This is Marth’s most important move, so teaching him to use it properly is key. If you can’t consistently link all four hits together, don’t worry. As long as you can do it sometimes, you’ll be good to go.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash and down special. Marth’s forward smash is immensely powerful when tipped – if there’s any one move you need to teach your Marth to space properly, it’s his forward smash. Use it against your amiibo when he’s at high percentages. The tipper on his forward smash is at the very edge of his blade, just a smidgen away from the blue trail it creates. Counters are also a big threat in the competitive amiibo metagame. If Marth can pull off just one Counter against a powerful character like Bowser or Marth, they’re either going to be KOed or suffer major damage. Use Iai Counter several times per mirror match to ensure he learns it. Use slow mode if you’re having trouble getting the timing correct.
- Moves to avoid: neutral special. Marth may learn to randomly use this attack while in midair, so ignoring Shield Breaker entirely is your best bet to ensure he doesn’t use the move at an inappropriate 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. 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 Trainer Blue for compiling all of Marth’s information. Images are courtesy of the official Super Smash Bros. website.