Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Sheik 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 Sheik and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
Sheik is a mysterious, masked warrior who played an important role in Link’s quest in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time game. Disguised as part of the Sheikah tribe that populates Hyrule, Sheik taught Link essential ocarina melodies and then vanished in an instant. Why does Sheik look so familiar?
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
As an amiibo, Sheik is out of her element. Her moveset is catered to combos and aerials – both of which are frowned upon in the current metagame. Yet Sheik still has a skill set strong enough to make her a threat: for example, her jab hits multiple times and helps rack up a lot of damage in a short span of time. Her recovery is quite good as well, granting acceptable vertical and horizontal distance. Sheik can also juggle opponents with her forward tilt and attack with a fast set of smashes.
Unfortunately, Sheik suffers from several flaws, the most notable of which being her low attack power. Her moves are fast, but not the slightest bit strong, making it tough for her to seal the deal with a KO. This issue can, in part, be patched up with boosts to her attack stat, but her KO power will still pale in comparison to stronger fighters like Bowser and Ganondorf. Sheik’s AI also has a few odd tendencies: she may use her side and up specials improperly and at random, giving foes a great opportunity to strike. Finally, Sheik is a lightweight. Not only are her attacks weak, but she herself cannot take many hits before getting KO’d.
Sheik has her fair share of flaws, but thankfully, she has enough advantages to make her worth training. She’s a rare sight in tournament play, and most tourney entrants will not have prepared to fight this character. This can put Sheik at a tactical advantage – with the element of surprise on her side, her chances of victory increase.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Sheik – 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:
+80 Attack / +80 Defense / –40 Speed
Sheik – Recommended Custom Moves
- Gale: This is a custom move version of Sheik’s up special, Vanish. Gale deals no damage but is much quicker. It’s Sheik’s safest recovery move, and its high speed prevents her from getting gimped by projectiles from characters like Mario and Link.
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.
Sheik Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: jab and forward tilt. Sheik’s jab is fast. Really fast. Its blinding speed can catch opponents off guard. Jab is one of Sheik’s most important moves, so be sure to use it often during training. Forward tilt is fast but doesn’t deal much damage. However, it links into itself and can juggle enemies with proper timing.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash and down smash. These moves are pitifully weak, but they’re Sheik’s only options. Forward smash is most consistent, but down smash works in certain situations as well.
- Moves to avoid: side special and down special. Neither of these moves bring Sheik much benefit. She tries to use Burst Grenade to approach, but this never does her any good. She also can’t learn to use Bouncing Fish as an off-stage gimp.
- Utilize Needle Storm. Always keep Needle Storm fully charged, even if you don’t intend to use it. When you’re far away from your amiibo, fire the needles to close the gap. You can also kind of gimp your amiibo with needles if its positioning is correct.
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!