Welcome to the casual Sheik amiibo training guide! Thanks for choosing Cloud Nine and for reading this guide! Before we get going, keep in mind that this is the casual Sheik training guide, which means we won’t be using equipment – instead, this guide aims to help you raise a Sheik amiibo who excels against human opponents. If you’d rather feed your Sheik equipment and go for the gold in the competitive amiibo vs. amiibo metagame, head over to the competitive Sheik training guide instead.
In the competitive Super Smash Bros. metagame, Sheik is revered for her excellent neutral game and combo potential. Unfortunately, at their core, amiibo are computer players – meaning they can’t use mindgames and complicated combos like human players can. But Sheik still has potential – with proper training, she can still be a powerful training partner who gives even the toughest of human foes a run for their money.
This guide is up-to-date as of version 1.1.6 of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
Table of Contents
- Section 1: Amiibo Overview / Pros & Cons
- Section 2: Leveling up your Amiibo
- Section 3: Post Level-50 Training
- Section 4: Conclusion & Credits
Overall, Sheik has a solid set of tools that allow her to do well against human opponents. She can rack up damage with her tilts, and even juggle foes with her forward tilt. Her aerial moves are useful, too, and her forward and back aerials can intercept recovering enemies with proper timing. Sheik’s smash attacks, while pitifully weak, come out fast and can help add up damage over time. Finally, Sheik has proficient recovery, as her up special grants her acceptable vertical and horizontal distance while protecting her from gimps.
However, without the aid of equipment, Sheik is extremely weak. She often fails to seal the deal with a KO due to her awfully low attack power, and her opponents will often live until absurdly high percentages due to this. Sheik’s AI is a bit of slippery slope, too, as it has some annoying tendencies. She likes to approach enemies with Burst Grenade of all things; the move is so slow that any opponent with decent reflexes will be able to dodge in time. This leaves her vulnerable to attack. Sheik is also one of the lightest characters in the game, meaning her durability is low relative to the rest of the Super Smash Bros. cast. Lastly, Sheik has no kill throws, which somewhat limits the usefulness of her grab game.
Training Difficulty: Challenging
Sheik’s main flaw is her lack of KO power, and there really isn’t much of a way to fix this. As mentioned before, vanilla amiibo don’t have the luxury of equipment to correct their flaws for them. She definitely takes a lot of work compared to other characters, but it’s certainly possible for her to rival even the strongest human players…maybe.
Raising your Amiibo to Level 50
Note: If your Sheik amiibo is already Level 50, please don’t reset her just to use this guide. Instead, skip to Section 3, where we talk about post-Level 50 training. If your Sheik is fresh out of the box or isn’t Level 50 yet, keep reading this section.
I won’t even make an attempt to sugar-coat the fact that raising an amiibo to Level 50 is (in my opinion) the most tedious part of training an amiibo. I think it becomes much more interesting once it reaches Level 50. Even so, it’s important that you raise your Sheik the right way, and that’s what this section is all about. You will be mirror matching your amiibo all the way to Level 50. A “mirror match”, also known as a “ditto match”, is when you fight your amiibo while playing as the character it represents – so, in this case, you’ll be playing as Sheik. I recommend playing timed matches (anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes will do) on stages without hazards, such as Battlefield, Final Destination, Dream Land, and Smashville.
Please note, in case you are wondering, there is no vanilla amiibo metagame. About 95% of tournaments allow equipment, and as you might expect, amiibo that enter these tours without equipment don’t perform well at all. If for some reason you’re intending to train a competitive vanilla amiibo, this guide isn’t going to do much for you. This guide is meant to help you raise your amiibo as a training partner – the kind you can jump into a match with if you don’t have any human players around to fight. If you’re looking to become part of the competitive scene, again, check out the competitive guide instead. If not, keep on reading!
Amiibo Training Tips
Since you’ll be playing as Sheik during your training sessions, you will need basic knowledge of how to properly use Sheik’s moves. I’ve prepared a list of character-specific tips you should play by as you train your amiibo. Follow these, and you’ll be well on your way to raising a powerful adversary worthy of your shelf space.
- Utilize Sheik’s throw combos. Sheik’s throws are generally quite weak, but they at least help put on some extra damage. Her down throw also true combos into an up aerial, so if you try this combo out, your amiibo will pick up on it very quickly.
- Make full use of Sheik’s aerial moveset. They’re not very powerful, but they still have their uses. Her forward aerial is quick and can link into itself, her neutral aerial is even quicker and can help cover her landing, and her back aerial can edgeguard opponents. Her up aerial is her strongest aerial attack, and can KO enemies close to the upper blast line. Sheik’s down aerial generally is her least useful aerial option, and possibly even her worst move period, so don’t prioritize this one at all.
- 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 Sheik with needles if her positioning is correct.
- Juggle with forward tilt. Sheik’s forward tilt is fast, but doesn’t deal much damage. Juggling with forward tilt does help her to rack up a good amount of damage on unwary enemies.
- Use Burst Grenade, Bouncing Fish, and jab sparingly. Neither of these moves bring her much value – in case you’re wondering, your Sheik will most likely never use Bouncing Fish as an off-stage gimp – however, she will use it on-stage, so it’s worth it to teach her the move’s correct timing. As for her jab, she may end up spamming it if you’re not careful. Sheik has a great jab, but most trainers don’t like their amiibo using the same move over and over again. For your own sake, try to avoid jabbing.
- KO with forward smash and down smash. For being smash attacks, they’re pitifully weak, but can still KO a heavily damaged opponent. Forward smash is generally Sheik’s most optimal KO move, but down smash is a decent option as well.
If you started reading this guide with a Level 1 amiibo, it will take some time for it to reach Level 50. If your amiibo started anywhere in between, it shouldn’t take too long depending on how much training it had prior to this guide. As long as you play by these tips, you will be creating a strong foundation for your amiibo to build on later. Keep in mind that you can refer back to this list at any time in case you want to mirror match your amiibo to refresh its skills after it reaches Level 50.
When your Sheik amiibo finally hits Level 50, don’t assume that your training is done. In fact, it will have just begun. When you are finished leveling up your amiibo, it’ll be time to move on to the next section of the guide, which is all about improving your amiibo after it reaches Level 50!
Post-Level 50 Training
After reaching Level 50, several things change within your amiibo. The most important change being that your amiibo will now learn more from being defeated in battle. With this knowledge, it’s still possible to further improve your Sheik even if she isn’t all that great right now. Just like a real player, your amiibo will need practice and match experience in order to become strong.
Fighting Other Characters
From Level 1 to Level 50, we mirror matched your Sheik. This means that your amiibo was not exposed to any other characters. Now’s the time to start doing that. If you’re good as any fighters other than Sheik, fight your amiibo while playing as them. You could even call a friend over if you have one that’s good as a certain character. I like to give my amiibo experience against every character on the roster. If possible, it’s a great idea to have your Sheik face human opponents playing as every character on the roster. Try not to have your amiibo go up against CPU characters, though, as she might pick up some bad habits from them.
Playing On Every Stage
Again, during our time raising your Sheik to Level 50, we had her play on only stages without hazards. If you have time, mirror matching your Sheik on every stage in the game will help her to adapt more quickly to future battles. He’ll essentially become more aware of her surroundings, and this will help her to more easily secure victories against human players.
Common Training Problems
Vanilla amiibo are more difficult to train than amiibo with equipment, so you’re more likely to encounter a problem while training your Sheik. While the amiibo training FAQ does a great job at answering your training questions, there are a few common training issues in particular that you may or may not run into at some point, and I figured I’d put them here for your convenience:
- Your amiibo starts to spam its up smash. If your Sheik starts to use her up smash too often, it’s because you’re using too many aerials. You see, amiibo do learn to adapt to their opponents, and if you’re in the air for 75% of a match, he’s going to learn to punish your approach with an up smash. Try using more grounded approaches to help mix up your Sheik’s tendencies.
- Your amiibo is too passive, and just stands around and waits. If this is the case with your Sheik at some point, you were likely playing too aggressively, and she has learned to play defense to counter your playstyle. To fix this, you’ll need to play defense to trick your Sheik into becoming aggressive to counter your playstyle.
- You aren’t satisfied with your amiibo, and want to reset it. Resetting an amiibo usually isn’t a very good idea, because it loses all of the training and match experience you’ve put into it. There’s always a way to correct your amiibo’s annoying tendencies, so if you keep at it, you’ll find a way eventually!
It’s hard to train a vanilla amiibo that lives up to all of your expectations. At the end of the day, amiibo are essentially beefed-up CPU characters, but it’s still possible to manipulate their tendencies and battle styles to your will. If your amiibo starts doing something you don’t like, and you have trouble fixing it, there’s several resources here at Cloud Nine that can help you. The FAQ contains answers to common training questions as well as solutions to common training problems. If you’re having a problem that isn’t on the FAQ, you can either join the community Discord server to ask a question, or you could use the forums instead.
Thank you for reading all the way to the end of the guide! I hope I helped you start your amiibo training journey on the right foot. Again, if you ever need any help with training your amiibo, check out either Discord or the forums (or both)!
If your desire to read amiibo training guides and articles hasn’t been completely satisfied, there are some more posts here at Cloud Nine that you might like. The official amiibo tier list ranks every amiibo’s overall capabilities, and you might learn something new if you take a look at it. The FAQ is another good resource worth checking out. Alternatively, you can head to my master list of guides for even more amiibo training methods!