Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Yoshi amiibo training guide! To start off, thank you for taking the time to visit: your support is very much appreciated.
Yoshis come in all sorts of colors, but Mario’s close buddy debuted in green. Kind-hearted, naturally protective of others, and perpetually hungry, Yoshi is always up for adventure…especially if there are snacks involved. Yoshis can flutter their legs to jump incredibly high. They also have extremely long tongues that they use to snare fruit and even enemies—anything they swallow gets turned into throwable eggs.
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
Yoshi is currently regarded as one of the worst amiibo in the competitive metagame. Whereas most low-tier amiibo fighters are considered unviable due to flaws in their AI, Yoshi suffers from no such issues. His AI is actually quite solid and knows how to perfectly balance melee and ranged attacks. Instead, it’s Yoshi’s character design that ultimately brings him down; his playstyle and moveset simply don’t translate into an effective amiibo. Yoshi’s main finishers, his forward and up smashes, are slow, predictable, and lack range; these traits extend to his jab, tilts, and grab as well. When it comes to KOs, Yoshi lacks options, and he often struggles to seal the deal even against heavily damaged opponents.
Fortunately, Yoshi has a few redeeming qualities that just barely make him worth your time and effort. His smash attacks, while slow, are moderately powerful and can potentially get a KO if timed just right. His recovery, which consists of his extended double jump and up special, is decent; Yoshi’s neutral special also serves as a somewhat slow command grab that allows him to get free damage on opponents. Finally, Yoshi classifies as a heavyweight, meaning his in-battle durability is high relative to the rest of the Super Smash Bros. cast.
By all accounts, Yoshi is one of the most difficult amiibo to train. For him to succeed, he must play nearly perfectly – there’s no way around his flaws, which all stem from his incompatible character design. Raising a champion Yoshi amiibo requires excellent skill and patience, and I sincerely hope you decide to take on the challenge of training him. There’s nothing more I’d like to see than a Yoshi win a tournament for the first time in recorded history.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Yoshi – 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:
+60 Attack / +60 Defense / 0 Speed
Yoshi – Recommended Custom Moves
- Egg Launch: This is a custom move version of Yoshi’s neutral special. It deals more damage and has less start-up lag, and the Yoshi Egg is fired away from Yoshi. However, the egg itself is much easier to break out of. Since most amiibo run Improved escapability anyway, the egg’s reduced durability isn’t much of an issue. Egg Launch’s faster start-up and launching utility are just too good to pass up.
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.
Yoshi Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: forward tilt, Egg Launch, and Egg Throw. Yoshi’s forward tilt is his best standard attack. It’s fast and deals decent damage, but lacks range. Egg Launch should be used very often, as its quick start-up and enhanced damage make it an effective option at close range. Yoshi’s amiibo is extraordinarily accurate with Egg Throw – during training, encourage your amiibo to use this move at far range and against recovering opponents.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash and up smash. As mentioned before, Yoshi has immense trouble getting KOs. His forward smash is powerful, but has punishable ending lag and only hits directly in front of him. Up smash, on the other hand, is faster but deals less damage and has even poorer range. Rotate both of these moves as you see fit.
- Moves to avoid: grab. Yoshi’s grab is absolutely horrible. It’s sluggish and brings him no notable benefit. Use Egg Launch instead – it’s somehow faster (even though Egg Launch and grab both involve eating the opponent) and inflicts more damage overall.
- Utilize down aerial sparingly. Yoshi’s down aerial is the only aerial attack worth using. It deals over 30% of damage if all hits connect, and can pressure shields to the point of breaking them. Even with all of its advantages, it should be used infrequently. Prioritize forward tilt, Egg Launch, and Egg Throw at low percentages, and forward smash and up smash at high percentages.
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!