Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Cloud 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 Cloud and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
The protagonist of FINAL FANTASY VII, Cloud wields the enormous Buster Sword, a memento from his comrade Zack. Once a SOLDIER of Shinra, he now fights as a mercenary against the corporation he originally served. His decision to join AVALANCHE’s insurgence, however, will transform his destiny.
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
Judging by the large size of Cloud’s Buster Sword, you can imagine that just one swing of it would hurt a lot. This is exactly the case; Cloud’s smash attacks are his defining traits, and all inflict huge damage on his opponents. His forward smash, which is his strongest smash attack, hits three times in quick succession for massive amounts of damage and can greatly wear down shields. In fact, with the right amount of points allocated into his attack stat, it can even break full shields! His up smash is just as useful, as it covers a wide radius around Cloud and is a great way to catch aerial amiibo off-guard. Cloud also packs an always-helpful set of tilts and a jab, with both coming out extremely quick and having decent power to boot. Since Cloud is a swordfighter, and thus will be fighting in close proximity to his opponent most of the time, these moves’ varied speed and power are essential to his success during combat.
Cloud has some weaknesses that hinder or even destroy his chances of winning, with the most notable of which being his poor usage of Limit Break, Cloud’s unique trait. The amiibo can be taught to manually charge up its Limit Gauge, but has problems registering when it has reached full charge – more often than not, it’ll waste its Limit Gauge by firing the Limit Break variant of Blade Beam, his only projectile and a move that the amiibo often spams to no end. Cloud’s AI is unusually jumpy as well, and given the relative difficulty of punishing his aerial attacks, it can be hard to train him grounded at times. And though Cloud’s best attacks are undoubtedly his smash attacks, they are quite slow in startup time – his forward and up smashes may be powerful, but opponents will have the chance to easily avoid them. Cloud also has one of the worst recoveries in the game, with his non-Limit Break up special, Climhazzard, having average vertical range and even poorer horizontal range with the added hindrance of it having trouble snapping to the ledge, making him susceptible to gimps.
Though Cloud has a slew of flaws that may make him a challenging amiibo to train, the payoff is worth it – you’ll have a strong tournament contender on your hands, given you prepare him with proper training.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Cloud – 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
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.
Cloud Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: jab and tilts. Cloud’s jab and tilts are unarguably his best way to rack up damage quickly, with his jab coming out extremely fast and his tilts having a good mix of speed and power. For Cloud’s tilts, emphasize on his down tilt – it works almost like a dash attack and is his best move out of his fantastic arsenal of tilts.
- Primary KO moves: forward and up smash, and Limit Break Cross Slash. Cloud’s forward smash is a reliable kill move that has a high damage output and knockback, and thus should be utilized. Up smash is great for catching your amiibo if it jumps above you, and should be used just as much. And while Cloud isn’t the best at aiming his Limit Break Cross Slash, it’s a much better option for killing than his Limit Break Blade Beam. Try your best at hitting your amiibo with it.
- Moves to avoid: Blade Beam and Climhazzard. Cloud painfully spams Blade Beam to no end, which is a bad option since with this problem he’s more prone to wasting his Limit Break on this move. Cloud also uses his up special, Climhazzard, onstage as an attack, but more often than not he doesn’t use the second hit of it to safely land back on the ground. Avoid these two moves like the plague.
- Utilize Limit Charge. Though Limit usage is Cloud’s biggest flaw, it wouldn’t help at all to not have him manually charge it during breathers. Charge the Limit Gauge when there is a good distance between you and your amiibo.
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!