Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Mario 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 Mario and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
Mario never hesitates to leap into action when there’s trouble in the Mushroom Kingdom. Known for saving the world (and Princess Peach) countless times from Bowser, Mario is a true super star. He’s got amazing jumping skills and makes use of a wide range of transformations. Mario has also powered up into countless roles: referee, doctor, sportsman, dancer, kart racer, and many more.
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
Mario is considered to be the jack of all trades, and the master of none: this actually translates into an effective amiibo fighter. Mario’s arsenal may not be as immediately threatening as Bowser or Ganondorf’s, but the advantages he does have make him a formidable foe. His tilts are fast and can be chained together, allowing the red-clad plumber to quickly rack up damage on his opponents. His smash attacks are quite strong – particularly, his forward smash has a sweetspot that can allow Mario to nab early KOs. Mario also has two specific special moves that may allow him to easily KO an opponent: Fireball, which Mario can use to harass enemies off-stage; and Cape, which allows him to gimp foes by reversing their momentum. With a moveset that perfectly blends speed and power, Mario can handily perform well in any situation and even excel against the right opponents.
Unfortunately, being average has its drawbacks. Many of Mario’s moves lack range, which leads to his attacks occasionally missing their target. Mario also suffers from poor recovery: while his double jump grants acceptable height, his up special, Super Jump Punch, does not. However, Mario’s most notable disadvantage is his notoriously flawed AI. Mario’s AI is difficult to work with due to its tendency to overuse its down smash and side special. These two moves are frustrating to consistently avoid and punish, and due to these quirks, many trainers cast Mario aside in favor of a more cooperative character.
If you want to train a champion Mario amiibo, you will need an extreme amount of time, patience, and skill. In a tournament environment, Mario runs hot and cold – his effectiveness depends entirely on the skill and ability of his trainer.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Mario – 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
Mario – Recommended Custom Moves
- Gust Cape: This is a custom move version of Mario’s side special, and it adds a powerful windbox that can push opponents away. Since Mario’s AI has a notorious reputation of jumping and using its Cape in midair, this custom move is helpful in that it creates a gap so that enemies cannot run in and attack.
- Scalding F.L.U.D.D.: This is a custom move version of Mario’s down special. It’s also entirely optional, and not at all essential to your Mario amiibo’s success. Rather than repelling its victims, Scalding F.L.U.D.D. inflicts damage.
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.
Mario Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: jab, forward tilt, up tilt, and down tilt. Mario’s jab and tilts are his fastest tools to rack up damage. Down tilt in particular can link into another tilt at low percentages, and up tilt can juggle opponents if used repeatedly. Put all of Mario’s tilts to great use.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash and up smash. Mario’s smash attacks are moderately fast and powerful, and can KO at realistic percentages. When using forward smash, try to hit your amiibo with the tip of the flame in order to inflict the most damage and knockback. Meanwhile, up smash is best used as an aerial punish.
- Moves to avoid: down smash, side special, and down special. As mentioned before, Mario’s AI has a tendency to spam its down smash and Cape nonstop. Once he starts overusing them, it’s incredibly difficult to get him to stop. To avoid this problem, do not use down smash or Gust Cape at all. As for F.L.U.D.D. and its custom move versions, don’t bother trying to teach your amiibo to use them. They bring no notable benefit and the amiibo rarely uses it correctly.
- Utilize Fireballs. Fireballs are Mario’s best way to gimp an opponent. When your amiibo is recovering low, stand at the edge of the stage and throw Fireballs until he either successfully returns or is KO’d.
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!