Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Ganondorf 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 Ganondorf and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
Ganondorf, The King of Evil, is Link’s arch-nemesis in most games in The Legend of Zelda series. As the embodiment of all evil, Ganondorf seeks to take control of Hyrule. He plundered a piece of the sacred Triforce from the Temple of Time when Link pulled the Master Sword from its pedestal. With the Triforce of Power in Ganondorf’s possession, Hyrule was plunged into darkness until Link and Zelda defeated the fiend.
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
The King of Evil’s arsenal of moves is as deadly as they come, as he has many powerful tools to work with. His most famous (or infamous, depending on who you ask) move is Flame Choke, a command grab that bypasses an opponent’s shield and deals heavy damage. Foes caught by this move are forced to the ground, leaving them open to Ganondorf’s down or forward tilt for even more damage. These two tilts, alongside his jab, possess great power and knockback and are some of Ganondorf’s fastest moves. His smash attacks are some of the most powerful of their kind, all with extremely high KO potential – forward smash in particular has the power to break shields even when uncharged! His special moves, while not as spectacular as his smash attacks and tilts (barring Flame Choke, of course), also have good KO potential; his down special, Wizard’s Foot, is his second most reliable special attack and approach option. Finally, Ganondorf is a heavyweight, making him a bulky and resilient fighter.
Unfortunately, Ganondorf is held back by a few (albeit minor) flaws that could possibly hinder his battlefield prowess. His smash attacks, while powerful, are quite slow, meaning they can be dodged or shielded with the right timing, but this problem is easily circumvented by teaching Ganondorf to rely on his tilts for damage. His recovery is another problem: neither his jump nor his up special grant much height. Ganondorf’s large and slow frame is quite possibly his biggest problem, however – he’s easily caught in jab combos from the likes of Link, Luigi, Pac-Man, and just about any other fighter with a quick jab.
Ganondorf’s numerous strengths definitely outweigh his weaknesses, and he’ll likely become one of, if not the best amiibo in your collection. He requires a bit of training to perfect, but once he reaches Level 50, you’ll see for yourself why he’s one of the most feared characters in the competitive metagame.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Ganondorf – 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
Ganondorf – Recommended Custom Moves
- Warlock Blade: This is a custom move version of Ganondorf’s neutral special, Warlock Punch. It’s one of the coolest custom moves available: instead of a punch, Ganondorf strikes with the Sword of Sages! It deals less damage overall, but has enhanced range and can shatter a full shield.
- Dark Fists: This is a custom move version of Ganondorf’s up special, Dark Dive. Dark Fists grants super armor during startup and has enhanced KO power. The super armor prevents Ganondorf from being gimped offstage by projectiles from opponents like Mario, Link, and King Dedede.
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.
Ganondorf Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: jab, forward tilt, down tilt, and Flame Choke. Ganondorf’s jab and forward tilt are his fastest options for quickly racking up damage. His side special, Flame Choke, is perhaps his best neutral attack – it true combos into a down tilt to inflict major damage and knockback. Be sure to use jabs, forward tilts, and Flame Choke combos during your training.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash, up smash, down smash, forward tilt, and Flame Choke. Each one of Ganondorf’s smash attacks is extraordinarily powerful. His forward smash can be aimed, his up smash is a fantastic aerial punish, and his down smash is the strongest in the game if both hits connect. For a faster kill move, forward tilt is viable at high percentages. As mentioned before, Flame Choke true combos into down tilt: this can also get KOs at high percentages.
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!