Competitive Amiibo Guide: Rosalina

Welcome to Cloud Nine’s competitive Rosalina amiibo training guide! Blakers here, and thanks for joining me today! Before we begin, keep in mind that this is the competitive guide – if you’d rather train your Rosalina amiibo without using equipment, follow this link to read the casual training guide instead.

Rosalina travels through space in a starship called the Comet Observatory. Motherly and protective of the many Lumas that she travels with, she guards the cosmos against any and all threats. Wielding a Star Wand and her signature blue dress, Rosalina always seems cool even in the face of danger.

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
  • Section 2: Recommended Equipment
  • Section 3: Leveling up your Amiibo
  • Section 4: Post Level-50 Training
  • Section 5: Conclusion & Credits

Amiibo Overview

rosanew.PNGIn the competitive amiibo metagame, Rosalina has a lot going for her. Luma is a huge asset to her utility, magnifying her attack power by a considerable amount and providing an obstacle that can be tough for opponents to play around. Luma aids Rosalina in racking up damage with her infinite jab and tilts and adds to her KO potential by boosting the power of her smash attacks. Furthermore, if Rosalina’s shield is broken, Luma can still attack to prevent opponents from landing the finishing blow. Rosalina also has a great recovery in her up special, Launch Star, which grants high vertical and horizontal distance in any direction.

However, Rosalina is not without her flaws. She’s the fourth lightest character in Super Smash Bros., proving easy to KO and making other top-tier amiibo with high damage outputs (such as Bowser, Ganondorf, and Lucario) very threatening. Rosalina is also much weaker without the assistance of her Luma – it takes around fifteen seconds for another Luma to respawn, and in that time span, Rosalina will have a harder time keeping opponents away. Without Luma to help her, she won’t be inflicting much damage and could miss crucial knockouts.

The Verdict

In spite of her top-tier status, Rosalina hasn’t had a lot of representation in the amiibo metagame. However, the results she does have are top-notch, leaving most trainers with the notion that she’s definitely among the fifteen best amiibo available. Training a Rosalina amiibo can be daunting due to her immense individuality as a character, but she has many strengths that are entirely unique to her. In the end, you’ll be happy you decided to invest the time in raising this character because Rosalina is incredibly rewarding to train.

Rosalina – Recommended Stats & Bonuses

It’s time to begin your journey to train a tournament champion! The first step is to set your amiibo up with equipment. Equipping an amiibo is a daunting task to first-timers due to its many components and caveats – luckily, this section is dedicated to providing tips, tricks, and setups for your amiibo’s stats and bonuses. Here’s my recommended loadout for Rosalina:

Point Distribution: +120 Attack / +200 Defense / -200 Speed

This setup may look intimidating since it isn’t very common in the metagame right now. Rosalina does well with this spread because she’s one of the lightest characters in the game; maxing out her defense gives her a much-needed increase in her longevity. 120 points in strength enhance the attack power of both Rosalina and Luma, allowing the two of them to rack up incredible damage and KO opponents much earlier. Even with -200 points in speed, Rosalina’s recovery is safe and she will still have no problem successfully recovering.

Bonus Combination:

  • Auto-heal capability
  • Lifesteal
  • Improved escapability

Being one of the most common bonus combinations in competitive play, this setup works well with just about every amiibo, and Rosalina is no exception. Auto-heal capability heals her for 2% of health every three seconds, while Lifesteal has a 50% chance of activating with every strike and heals Rosalina for half of the damage she inflicts with a single hit. Rounding out the set is Improved escapability, enabling her to escape from grabs and throws twice as quickly. This improves her in-game durability by allowing her to avoid taking damage from throws.

If for some reason you aren’t confident in the bonus combination I’ve presented, there’s another page here at Cloud Nine that goes more in-depth on several different setups you could potentially use on Rosalina. You can check that out by following this link.

Keep in mind that both Critical-hit capability and Explosive perfect shield are banned in the online competitive amiibo scene. That’s why I haven’t mentioned them. While these two bonuses are banned online, some real-life tournaments do not ban them. If you’re reading this guide because you want to prepare for a real-life tournament that allows all types of equipment, you should use this setup instead:

Point Distribution: +120 Attack / +200 Defense / -200 Speed

Bonus Combination:

  • Critical-hit capability
  • Explosive perfect shield
  • Improved escapability

This is undoubtedly the greatest bonus combination in the game – Critical-hit capability and Explosive perfect shield are incredibly powerful in tandem with each other, as a single perfect shield can inflict up to 45% on an opponent. With this setup, all you really have to do is teach your Rosalina to block with perfect accuracy, and she wins – unless her opponent blocks better. Improved escapability rounds out the set, and is just as important in real-life tournaments as it is in the online scene.

Rosalina is an excellent choice for real-life tournaments, as she is one of the few characters who can contend with Little Mac. Little Mac is universally banned from online tournaments because his forward smash breaks a shield in one hit, and Critical-hit capability allows him to then score a one-hit KO with a fully charged smash attack. If you want to see how scary Little Mac really is, check out this video.

Be sure to carefully read the rules of any amiibo tournament you enter. Again, Critical-hit capability and Explosive perfect shield are both banned in online tourneys, so be sure to carefully read the rules of each one before entering. You certainly don’t want your Rosalina getting disqualified after all of your hard work! If you’d like to learn more about online amiibo tournaments and how to enter them, take a look at this page.

Rosalina – Recommended Custom Moves

  • Luma Warp: This is a custom move version of Rosalina’s neutral special. Rather than charging up Luma before firing it, Luma is immediately teleported a set distance away. This allows Rosalina to attack much faster and for Luma’s position to be more consistent.

Feeding your Amiibo

By now, you should know exactly what stats and bonuses you want to equip your amiibo with. Now it’s time to go ahead with your plan and get your amiibo all set up with her proper equipment pieces! Once you’re ready to begin, open Super Smash Bros., navigate to the Games & More menu, and then to the amiibo section. Tap in your Rosalina amiibo (on Wii U, tap her to the left side of the Gamepad; on the Nintendo 3DS, you must use an NFC reader (sold separately), on the New Nintendo 3DS, tap the figurine to the console’s bottom screen), and you’ll see a status menu that details her current stats and bonus effects.

Don’t worry about your amiibo’s current level, or if you have trained her before. Don’t reset your Rosalina just to use this guide – remember, it’s always possible to correct an amiibo’s bad habits.

Step 1: Equipping Three Bonus Effects

First things first – we’re going to set your amiibo up with her three bonus effects. From your amiibo’s status screen, click the “Feed Equipment” option, and sort your equipment stash alphabetically. You’ll notice that each piece has a “prefix”, and this prefix determines what bonus effect it yields. Here’s a list of some common bonuses and the prefixes you should search for – find the three bonus effects you decided on from the list below, and then feed them to your amiibo in-game. The bonus effects I recommended for Rosalina will be underlined.

  • All-Around Trade-off (Improved trade-off ability)
  • Auto-Healer (Auto-heal capability)
  • Escape Artist (Improved escapability)
  • Gluey Edge (Easier edge grabs)
  • Hyper Smasher (Hyper smash attacks)
  • Moon Launcher (Improved launch ability)
  • Nimble Dodger (Improved dodge ability)
  • Perfect-Shield Helper / Perfect-Shield Whiz (Easy perfect shield)
  • Shield Healer / Healing-Shield (Health-restoring shield)
  • Shield Reflector / Shield Counter (Mirror shield)
  • Shield Regenerator / Speedy Shield Recharge (Improved shield regeneration)
  • Trade-off Attacker (Improved trade-off attack)
  • Trade-off Defender (Improved trade-off defense)
  • Trade-off Speedster (Improved trade-off speed)
  • Vampire (Lifesteal)

If you scroll up a bit, you’ll see a visual example image of what the equipment menu looks like. If you realize you actually don’t have one of the bonuses you had wanted to give to your amiibo, leave one of her bonus slots blank, and you can feed her the missing bonus effect later. If you’d like more information on amiibo equipment, including how to farm for bonus effects and custom moves, check this page before moving on.

Step 2: Rounding Out Stat Values

For many, this is the most difficult step in feeding your amiibo: evenly distributing her stat points. If you decided to follow my recommendation, your ultimate task is to give your amiibo 120 points in attack, 200 points in defense, and -200 points in speed. Don’t worry if your numbers aren’t exact – we’re aiming for a ballpark range with your Rosalina’s stats. If you don’t know this already, each piece of equipment has one of three different colors: orange, blue, or green. Orange pieces will increase an amiibo’s attack power but decrease its defense. Blue pieces will increase its defense but lower its speed. A green piece will increase its speed, but lower its strength. You’ll need to use these equipment pieces to balance your amiibo’s stats to the values you want them to be.

Step 3: When Your Amiibo Gets Full

Your amiibo can only eat so much equipment before she becomes full and can’t eat anymore. It’s possible to feed your amiibo more equipment by battling her. You don’t want to formally start your training until your amiibo is complete with the correct stats and bonuses, so if your amiibo becomes full midway through the feeding process, hop into a quick 1-stock game as any character. When the match begins, run off the stage and KO yourself. Your amiibo’s tendencies and habits won’t be negatively affected, regardless of whether she is Level 1, Level 50, or anywhere in between. Your amiibo will then be ready to eat more equipment, and you’ll be one step closer to completing this whole process.

Completing the Feeding Process

Once your amiibo is all set with her stat points, bonus effects, and custom moves, you’ll be ready to begin your training (or continue it, if your amiibo is already Level 50 and is using this guide for the first time). It’s easy to make mistakes while feeding your amiibo, however, and if you run into a problem of some sort that you can’t resolve, you can always hop into the community Discord server to ask a question.

Raising your Amiibo to Level 50

Note: If your Rosalina amiibo was trained prior to using this guide, please do not reset her. This section does talk about raising your amiibo to Level 50, but it also contains helpful tips to use when mirror matching your amiibo. They’ll be helpful to you even if your amiibo is already at Level 50. You should also be sure to take a look at Section 4 of the guide, which talks about post-Level 50 training techniques.

Unfortunately, I find raising an amiibo to Level 50 to be somewhat boring and tedious. Aerials are a big no-no in the competitive metagame due to how easy they are to block, so you can’t just go all-out against your amiibo with combos and edgeguards and expect her to become strong. You have to play against your Rosalina very carefully. For this step, you will be mirror matching your amiibo all the way to Level 50. A “mirror match”, known by some as a “ditto match”, is when you fight your amiibo while playing as its character – so in this case, you’ll need to play as Rosalina. I recommend playing timed matches (anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes will do) on Ω-form stages only.

I haven’t talked much about defense in this guide yet, but it’s one of the most important components of an amiibo’s success. You see, in the competitive Super Smash Bros. metagame (human players vs. human players), success is all about getting off the strongest combos, playing a good neutral game, and outsmarting your opponent. But in the amiibo metagame, the key components are defense and counterattacks. To support these components, I’ve put together a list of defensive training tips. Be sure to play by them at all times during your training.

Defensive Training Tips

  • Do not jump or use aerials. Amiibo can be trained to block incoming attacks within a fraction of a second – faster than any human. If your Rosalina is airborne, she can’t block at all, so if she misses an aerial move, she’ll be left vulnerable to a counterattack. Remaining grounded at all times is every amiibo’s best option and safest playstyle. There have been over 100 tournaments thus far, and each one has shown that amiibo who use or rely on their aerial attacks do not perform well at all.
  • Block and dodge attacks as often as you can. Since amiibo can react so quickly, you shouldn’t teach yours to randomly throw out different attacks – instead, her approach should be calm and calculated. During training, block as many of your amiibo’s attacks as you can. After perfect shielding or dodging, respond with a move of your own. When your Rosalina is at low damage, use tilts and jabs more often. When she’s taken a lot of damage, start using more smash attacks.
  • Do not make any attempt to combo. Amiibo can only use combos that are hard-coded into their AI, and even these combos aren’t very effective tools in the amiibo metagame. Plus, since amiibo can block and dodge with incredible accuracy, combos will usually be ineffective against them. Focus on well-timed blocks, dodges, and counterattacks instead.
  • Don’t be too picky. If you mess up during training, don’t get frustrated and reset your amiibo. In fact, you should never reset your amiibo, because it’s always possible to correct bad habits. If you do make a mistake, shrug it off and just keep going. The level-up process isn’t too important; at the end of the day, it’s the training you execute on your amiibo after she has reached Level 50 that counts.

The defensive training tips apply to every amiibo character. However, there are some tips that apply specifically to Rosalina that you will need to play by to ensure your amiibo’s success.

Rosalina Training Tips

  • Primary damage-racking moves: jab, forward tilt, and down tilt: All three of these attacks have minimal start-up, and with Luma’s help, are great at keeping opponents at bay. The recommended large attack investment helps Rosalina to quickly rack up damage while simultaneously recovering health with Auto-heal capability and Lifesteal.
  • Primary KO moves: forward smash, up smash, and down smash: Rosalina’s smash attacks also have minimal start-up, and inflict a lot of damage with Luma active. Forward smash is great at edge-guarding when aimed downwards, and can prematurely end stocks against unwary opponents. Her up smash is a great aerial punish, and should be used against your amiibo when she tries to land an aerial attack.
  • Moves to avoid: Star Bits. Star Bits are weak and situational, and should not be used during training. You don’t want to mess up her consistency with other moves, so do not prioritize Star Bits at all.

If you started using this guide with a Level 1 amiibo, it will take some time for her to reach Level 50. If your Rosalina began her training anywhere in between Level 1 and Level 50, it shouldn’t take too long to level her up depending on how much training she originally had. As long as you play by the tips I’ve provided, you’ll be well on your way to 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 her skills after she hits Level 50.

When your Rosalina amiibo finally reaches Level 50, her training will truly begin. Just like a real player, amiibo need match experience and practice against different characters, stages, and situations. When you’re all done here, we’ll move on to the most important section of the guide – honing your Level 50 amiibo’s skills and turning her into a champion!

Are you ready for things to get interesting? Your amiibo has reached Level 50, and her journey has just begun. It’s time to take off the training wheels and really make her great. Defense and counterattacks are very important to your amiibo’s success, but her match experience is even more important. Your Rosalina will need to be exposed to many possible situations she could face in a tournament setting.

Your Amiibo’s Match Experience

Each character in the Super Smash Bros. roster has their own unique playstyle and a variety of different moves to use. It’s a good idea to expose your Rosalina to as many different fighters as possible. The best way of doing this is to have your Rosalina fight other amiibo characters. Set the stock to 2, the time to 6 minutes, and have them play three matches. The first character to win 2 matches wins the set, just like a real tournament! Here at Cloud Nine, we have guides for every amiibo character – so if you have any other amiibo characters left untrained, train them up with their own personalized character guide.

Mirror Matches, Defense, and Counterattacks

As your amiibo’s knowledge of other characters expands, her knowledge of her own moveset will diminish. That is to say, your Rosalina’s fighting skills will wear down. Don’t get me wrong, match experience is great – but your Rosalina will require your intervention now and then in order to be successful. Mirror matching your amiibo every so often is a great way to refresh its skills. Remember Section 3 of this guide? We went over a list of tips you should use as you mirror match your amiibo. Refer back to that list if you want to. Be sure to stay on the ground at all times, and to play defensively.

Speaking of playing defensively, now that your amiibo is Level 50, you can put her through some advanced defensive training. The aptly-named defensive training session will help your amiibo to more accurately block incoming attacks and then counter with a move of her own. It’s also a great way to refresh your amiibo’s skills, in addition to the mirror match above. To keep your amiibo fresh and at her best, repeat both mirror matches and the defensive training session as needed.

Training a champion amiibo isn’t a simple feat, and it certainly isn’t as easy as following a step-by-step guide from start to finish. It requires innovation, creativity, and a lot of patience. Amiibo are finicky things at times, and yours will likely develop a habit you aren’t so fond of. She might use too many aerials, or walk right into attacks. Luckily, I’ve set up some resources that will help you to correct these problems. The FAQ will answer most of your questions, but if your question isn’t there, you can join Cloud Nine’s Discord server for additional help.

Thanks for sticking with me all the way to the end! It’s been a long guide, but you toughed it out – I really appreciate that! Although the guide may be wrapping up, your training most likely won’t be done anytime soon. There’s always a way forward with an amiibo, and Rosalina is no exception to this rule. Again, if you run into any roadblocks along the way, check out Cloud Nine’s Discord server.

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!

If you noticed any spelling, grammar, or formatting errors while reading this guide, please either join the aforementioned Discord server or send an email to to tell us about the mistake. Your help is much appreciated – thank you in advance!


All of the images you see in this guide were taken in-game by Cloud.



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