Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Lucas 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 Lucas 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
To put it bluntly, Lucas is outclassed by Ness in almost every way. Lucas’ PK Fire doesn’t stick around and has no combo potential whatsoever, while his PK Thunder is weaker and less effective as an attack. But Lucas still has many advantages of his own – for one, he has a great set of smash attacks. His forward smash comes out fast and can reflect projectiles with proper timing, while his up smash is one of the strongest smash attacks available. His down smash hits multiple times and is the third strongest down smash in the game. As mentioned before, Lucas’ special moves aren’t quite as good as Ness’, but they still have their uses. PK Freeze can edgeguard opponents and temporarily immobilize them, while PK Fire can be used at a distance to keep enemies at bay. Lucas’ recovery also far surpasses Ness’ – in addition to having a tether grab, his PK Thunder flies much further.
Being a semi-clone of Ness, Lucas shares several of his flaws. Lucas’ amiibo aims his PK Thunder perfectly every time, but due to the nature of the move, it’s susceptible to being gimped by certain types of projectiles. Characters like Mario, Link, and King Dedede can use their projectiles to continuously delay Lucas’ recovery – in extreme cases, he won’t be able to make it back to the stage. Lucas also uses PK Thunder 2 as an attack – whereas Ness’ version of the move is extremely powerful, Lucas’ is not – occasionally, he even fires himself directly off-stage and to his death. Additionally, platforms on stages like Battlefield block PK Thunder, which leaves him vulnerable to attack if he tries to use it. Finally, Lucas may learn to overuse PK Fire, PK Thunder, and his grab aerial, which makes him a predictable opponent.
In contrast to his red-clad counterpart, Lucas has very little in terms of tournament results. He has a unique and powerful moveset, but his AI is strange and unorthodox, which ultimately makes him difficult to properly train. Training Lucas can be a bit of a pain sometimes, but it’s all worth it in the end.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Lucas – 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:
+70 Attack / +70 Defense / –20 Speed
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.
Lucas – Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: jab, forward tilt, and down tilt. Lucas’ jab is fast and can rack up damage very quickly, while his forward tilt can be angled and inflicts a deceptively high amount of damage and knockback. His down tilt can also combo into a jab, forward tilt, or up tilt. It’s susceptible to being blocked but is quick to the point where it isn’t an issue.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash and down smash. Lucas’ forward smash is powerful, disjointed, and can reflect projectiles if timed correctly. His down smash strikes three times and is able to KO as low as 60% depending on the opponent’s recovery capabilities. Lucas’ up smash is also incredibly strong, but its atrocious ending lag makes it a risky option. Your amiibo will try this move on his own, but it won’t often connect due to its sluggishness.
- Moves to avoid: PK Fire, PK Thunder, and grab aerial. If you overuse these moves during training, there’s a high chance that your Lucas will learn to spam them to no end. PK Fire is useful in specific circumstances, but it need not be taught – your Lucas will learn its proper timing on his own. As for PK Thunder, it’s fine to recover with it as long as you don’t attack with it. Your Lucas may sometimes give up during training and launch himself directly off the edge – if this happens, let him die and suffer the consequences of his actions. Eventually, he’ll get his act together. You’ll need to give him time, though. He’s just a boy.
- Utilize PK Freeze. PK Freeze is one of Lucas’ best moves, and it’s made even better with the Improved launch ability bonus effect. With proper spacing and timing, it can even get early KOs. If you freeze your amiibo with this move, follow up with repeated forward smashes.
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 Lucas’ information. Images are courtesy of the official Super Smash Bros. website.