Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Greninja amiibo training guide! To start off, thank you for taking the time to visit: your support is very much appreciated.
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
Greninja is just about as average as you can get – its abilities aren’t particularly outstanding, and its strengths and weaknesses perfectly balance each other out. Even so, “average” is still good enough to work with. Greninja has a powerful set of smash attacks; each one has fast startup and can KO most opponents by 140%. It also has a fantastic infinite jab – it deals great damage and is very difficult to escape from. Greninja also has a useful projectile in Water Shuriken; its power and distance can be adjusted depending on how long the attack is charged. Its down special, Substitute, serves as a pseudo-counter that deals consistent damage each time. Greninja’s up special, Hydro Pump, also grants good horizontal and vertical distance.
However, Greninja is held back somewhat by several flaws in both its character design and AI. Though its smash attacks come out fast, they have high ending lag, making them punishable if missed. Greninja’s grab is the slowest non-tether grab in the game and brings it no notable benefit if successfully executed. Greninja’s amiibo may occasionally recover too high, leaving it vulnerable to attack; it may also use Shadow Sneak at close range and leave itself open.
Greninja’s amiibo is somewhat awkward because it has no overwhelming strengths nor any crippling weaknesses. That being said, training a champion Greninja amiibo is still a very realistic goal – just as long as it doesn’t get hit by a Blast Burn from Mega Charizard X.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Greninja – 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
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.
Greninja – Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: jab, forward tilt, down tilt, and neutral special. Greninja’s infinite jab is one of the most efficient available – it deals a lot of damage and is difficult for opponents to escape from. Jab should be your go-to move for damage-racking. Its forward tilt is stronger but slower, while down tilt can combo into a forward smash. It’s also a good idea to occasionally use Water Shuriken from a distance. Uncharged shurikens travel far, whereas charged shurikens hit multiple times and inflict more damage. Be sure to fully charge Water Shuriken before firing so that your amiibo learns to do the same. If you gave your Greninja the Shifting Shuriken custom move, charge the attack each time so that you fire the piercing shuriken – the uncharged Shifting Shuriken is far too slow and has pitiful range.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash, up smash, and neutral special. Greninja’s forward smash is its most reliable KO option. It’s moderately fast, but has punishable ending lag. When sweetspotted, Greninja’s up smash is its strongest attack. Unfortunately, this sweetspot is difficult to land, which relegates its utility to an aerial punish. The Ninja Pokémon’s fully charged Water Shuriken also has decent KO potential near the edge.
- Utilize down special. Greninja’s Substitute isn’t very effective as a counter due to its delayed reaction time, but it can be aimed in different directions to disorient opponents. Greninja’s amiibo is extraordinarily accurate in its aim, so encouraging the use of Substitute is a good plan. If you gave your Greninja the Exploding Attack custom move, don’t use it as often – in fact, don’t use it at all. Your Greninja may learn to overuse it unless proper precautions are taken.
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!
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