Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Olimar amiibo training guide! To start off, thank you for taking the time to visit: your support is very much appreciated. Huge thanks to Trainer Blue for sharing his knowledge of Olimar and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
Captain Olimar is a veteran spaceship pilot and the main character of the Pikmin series. After crash-landing on an enigmatic planet, Olimar met the mysterious and tiny beings known as Pikmin. He enlisted their aid to recover his spaceship parts, battle monstrous enemies, and help him escape. Recently, Olimar’s even been spotted teaming up with Pikmin in wild and frenetic matches of something called Bingo Battle!
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
Olimar is certainly an interesting amiibo to train – he breaks many of the fundamental rules of amiibo training. Unlike other characters, who actively try to KO their opponents with powerful attacks, Olimar prefers to stand around and wait. A well-trained Olimar can control the pace of the game by “intimidating” his opponent into standing completely still. At times, Olimar’s passive nature will freeze matches for minutes on end, meaning that he usually only wins through timeouts where he has the stock and percent lead. Olimar’s primary damage-racking move is his Pikmin Throw, which works effectively as a campable projectile depending on what Pikmin Olimar is using. His melee options are limited, but he has good tilts and a decent jab. But overall, Olimar nails passiveness – sadly, that’s really all he has going for him.
Olimar’s biggest problems come from his AI. Being passive isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but Olimar’s AI seems incapable of properly responding to direct attacks. Instead of consistently blocking, dodging, and countering active opponents, Olimar tries to use his grab, which is too slow to be effective. It’s also very difficult to teach Olimar’s amiibo to KO opponents, as he rarely ever uses his tilts or smash attacks. Furthermore, he sometimes forgets to pluck Pikmin when he runs out. If Olimar doesn’t have any Pikmin, he will only use his tilts and jab, but it may take him a few seconds to call his replacements. Finally, Olimar’s light weight means that he’ll be easily tossed around by heavy hitters such as Ganondorf and Bowser.
Olimar is a bit of a pain to deal with at times, but if you’re patient enough to train him, he can become a master of winning timeout games with his passive playstyle. If you’re hoping for a character who actively seeks to KO his opponents with well-timed attacks, though, I suggest you look elsewhere.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Olimar – 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:
+200 Attack / +120 Defense / -200 Speed
Olimar – Recommended Custom Moves
- Sticky Pikmin Throw: This is a custom side special that increases the amount of time that thrown Pikmin will latch onto their opponents. This makes Lifesteal even more useful.
- Mighty Winged Pikmin: If you use the default move, Olimar will throw all of his Pikmin off-stage to their deaths in an attempt to increase his recovery. Mighty Winged Pikmin removes this problem and helps Olimar return to the stage without issue.
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.
Olimar Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: jab, forward tilt, down tilt, and Sticky Pikmin Throw. Your go-to move with Olimar should be Sticky Pikmin Throw. It racks up damage quickly, and heals Olimar for additional health when paired with Lifesteal. If your amiibo approaches you at low percent, use jab, forward tilt, and down tilt. If your amiibo is far away, camp with Sticky Pikmin Throw.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash and up smash. Olimar is often hesitant to use his smash attacks. He’ll often have his opponent at upwards of 300%, but will fail to seal the deal with a KO. It’s important to teach Olimar to KO with his forward smash and up smash attacks.
- Moves to avoid: grab and down special. Olimar’s grab is horrendously slow, and he tends to overuse it rather than rely on his superior jabs and tilts. Pikmin Order is generally useless, as Olimar’s Pikmin will either be right next to him or latched onto an opponent. There’s no need to call them back.
- Keep three Pikmin plucked at all times. Olimar tends to forget to pluck his Pikmin after losing them. If you lose a Pikmin during training, pluck a new one immediately.
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!