Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Charizard 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 Charizard and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
Charizard is the iconic Fire- and Flying-type Pokémon. Its scorching fiery breath can melt anything in its path. Charizard is known to fly around the sky in search of powerful opponents. However, it never turns its fire on opponents weaker than itself.
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
Charizard is a popular choice in competitive amiibo play – and for good reason: its attack power and durability are among the highest in the game. The Flame Pokémon also packs a useful set of smash attacks, including a forward smash that renders it intangible. Charizard’s jab is one of the best available – its blend of power and speed makes for a great get-off-me move. Its special moves come in handy as well, with Dragon Rush (a side special custom move) greatly aiding its recovery.
However, Charizard is held back somewhat by an array of flaws. The speed of its moves (bar jab) is below average, meaning that its attacks must be timed and space perfectly – otherwise, Charizard is left vulnerable. Its large frame also makes it easy to hit and an optimal target for multi-hit moves like Ness’ PK Fire. Finally, Charizard’s AI has a few strange tendencies – it’s a bit jumpy, uses its up special on stage at random, and may learn to over-rely on its down smash.
Charizard is a menace on the amiibo battlefield. Its deadly strength, great longevity, and tough-to-intercept recovery make it a top-tier threat. If you’re willing to put up with some minor AI quirks, then Charizard is the Pokémon for you!
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Charizard – 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:
+100 Attack / +100 Defense / -80 Speed
Charizard – Recommended Custom Moves
- Fire Fang: This is a custom move version of Charizard’s neutral special. Instead of attacking with a long stream of fire, Charizard will use a short-ranged spurt of flames that deals repeating damage. Charizard overuses its default Flamethrower at times, and this custom move version fixes this issue. While not vital to your amiibo’s success, it is an alternative worth looking into.
- Dragon Rush: This is a custom move version of Charizard’s side special. It is a direct upgrade to the default Flare Blitz, functioning as a safe recovery move. Charizard won’t take any damage from using the move, and will not stop flying after hitting an opponent.
- Fly High: This is a custom move version of Charizard’s up special, and another direct move upgrade. Fly High has increased distance compared to the default, but deals no damage. Dealing no damage is no problem because it discourages Charizard from using the move at random.
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.
Charizard Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: jab, forward tilt, and down tilt. Charizard can quickly rack up damage on unsuspecting opponents. Its jab is its fastest move available, and deals a lot of damage for being a neutral attack. Forward tilt has a lot of range as well as a sweetspot on the tip of its tail. Down tilt is faster than forward tilt, but has less range.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash, up smash, and down smash. Forward smash is Charizard’s most reliable KO move – it grants it intangibility, meaning that it can’t take any damage or knockback while using it. Unfortunately, it suffers from high ending lag, so use this move with proper timing. Charizard’s up smash is a great aerial punish and strikes multiple times. Down smash is faster and has less ending lag, hits on both sides, and can even catch recovering opponents, but is much weaker in exchange.
- Moves to avoid: neutral special. Fire Fang can be seen as a decent edge-guarding tool, but Charizard’s amiibo AI has a tendency to use this attack too often. It’s best to shelf this attack during your training.
- Utilize Dragon Rush and down special sparingly. Dragon Rush is a powerful move, and aids in Charizard’s recovery – but it’s best if you limit your use of this move. Rock Smash might not seem like an important move on paper, but your Charizard amiibo may choose to use it during a vital situation – for example, its super armor allows it to interrupt Marth’s Dancing Blade. That being said, you don’t want your Charizard to overuse this attack, as there are better moves for it to focus on.
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!