Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Link 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 Link and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
Link is the main character in The Legend of Zelda games. A young boy living in Hyrule, Link is often given the task of rescuing Princess Zelda and Hyrule from the Gerudo thief Ganondorf. Humble to the end, Link is known not merely as a hero but as a symbol of courage, strength and wisdom as well.
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
Link has several unique attacks that can surprise and disorient his opponents. A prime example of this is his jab, which comes out swiftly and hits surprisingly hard. His smash attacks are even stronger: his forward smash consists of two separate hits instead of one, and his up smash (one of the most effective aerial punishes in the game) hits multiple times while dealing incredible damage. Link is not only threatening at close range, but at a distance as well: he has a wide range of projectiles that allow him to rack up damage from afar and keep enemies at bay. He can even use his arrows to gimp recovering foes! His recovery is also quite good – while his up special doesn’t go very far, his tether recovery is a fast and reliable option. Finally, Link is very resilient thanks to his heavy weight, and this makes him more than capable of stomaching powerful hits.
Unfortunately, Link’s grab is horribly slow, and leaves him vulnerable to attack if missed – and since amiibo usually rely on their grab as a primary option (and hence use it frequently, regardless of its speed), opponents will have many opportunities to attack. Rounding out his cons is a minor flaw in his AI – he doesn’t use his Bombs very well. He’ll either toss them upwards to no effect or hold onto them for too long and damage himself with the resulting explosion.
With proper training, Link can work wonders in competitive play; the key is to teach him to play defensively and to strike a balance between melee and ranged attacks. It takes some effort to sharpen his skills, but as long as you follow the information presented in this guide, you’ll be on the right track to turning your Link into a champion.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Link – 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:
+50 Attack / +50 Defense / +20 Speed
Link – Recommended Custom Moves
- Boomerang: Link’s side special is actually called Gale Boomerang. Gale Boomerang and regular Boomerang are two different moves. Boomerang, Link’s second custom move option, doesn’t have the wind effect that the default attack has, but deals more damage and is easier to aim. It’s a more traditional projectile and is better at racking up damage from afar. Your Link amiibo will use this move to great effect.
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.
Link Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: jab, forward tilt, and Boomerang. Link’s most reliable method of racking up damage is his jab: it’s fast, moderately powerful, and has low ending lag. Forward tilt is a less effective option, but packs additional power and knockback at the cost of being slightly slower. Link’s AI doesn’t have the greatest grasp on its arrows and bombs, but it can use its Boomerang to great effect – almost to a point of spamming. Encourage the use of Boomerang by frequently attacking with your own.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash and up smash. When you use Link’s forward smash, be sure to use both hits of it by pressing the attack button twice. Up smash is one of the best aerial punish moves available. When your amiibo jumps, strike with a well-timed up smash.
- Moves to avoid: grab, grab aerial, neutral special, and down special. Since Link doesn’t benefit from using his grab, it’s best to stay far away from it. When recovering, use up special and not the tether recovery – using it anyway will encourage your amiibo to jump around more often. As mentioned before, Link’s amiibo struggles to properly use its Hero’s Bow and Bomb attacks – Boomerang is the only projectile it can consistently put to good use. As a result, it is best that you avoid attacking with any projectile other than Boomerang.
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!