Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Villager 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 Villager and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
An energetic young man from a peaceful town in Animal Crossing, he is eager to make new discoveries each day. Some of his hobbies include planting trees, fishing, digging for fossils, and catching insects with his net. Sometimes, he likes to just sit back and enjoy the scenery with friends.
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
Throughout the history of the amiibo metagame, Villager’s placement has been strange – no one knew what to do with the character for the longest time, and lingered in the amiibo tier list’s bottom rankings. Thankfully, times have changed, and Villager has now shown that he’s worth more than he originally credited with. He has a good jab and a great set of tilts that deal a surprisingly large amount of damage for being so fast, as well as a forward smash that can effectively gimp recovering opponents. Villager also has access to Lloid Rocket, a useful projectile that can help him maintain a distance from his enemy. Additionally, his recovery is one of (if not the) best in the game due to its distance and versatility.
Villager has a promising set of strengths, but he’s unfortunately far from perfect. His AI seems bent on spamming its down smash – this draws him away from his other moves and gets him punished. He also cannot learn to effectively use his down special – he’ll plant the sapling, but fails to follow up by watering it into a tree and then chopping it down. Villager’s range, specifically on his smash attacks, is quite poor – though his smashes are powerful, they often whiff their target and leave him vulnerable in return. This means that Villager has trouble landing his strongest kill moves. Furthermore, Villager has a slow grab that is difficult to land – if he misses, his opponent will have a great opportunity to strike back.
Villager has much unseen potential – if you can iron out the quirks present in his AI, it’s possible for him to be a competent fighter with a real shot at victory.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Villager – 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:
+80 Attack / +80 Defense / -40 Speed
Villager – Recommended Custom Moves
- Pushy Lloid: This is a custom move version of Villager’s side special. Lloid will be larger and will also strike opponents multiple times, pushing them away before exploding. This custom move isn’t vital to Villager’s success, but it does help him to more easily rack up damage from afar.
- Timber Counter: This is a custom move version of Villager’s down special, and quite possibly one of the most powerful custom moves in Super Smash Bros. The sprout can trip opponents, and the tree itself inflicts damage to its attackers. As mentioned before, Villager’s AI cannot learn to consistently attack with a four-stage down special – he’ll only plant the sapling, which in this case will trip foes and help your amiibo establish control over the stage.
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.
Villager Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: jab, forward tilt, down tilt, Pushy Lloid, and Timber Counter. Villager’s jab is decent, and can be used to great effect multiple times in a row. It can also combo into one of Villager’s tilts. Both his forward tilt and down tilt are fast and strong, and are vital to his success. Pushy Lloid is best used from afar to close the gap between you and your amiibo – it can also be fired off-stage to catch a recovering opponent. During training, you should also try to keep a Timber Counter sapling on the field at all times. Don’t worry about watering it – as long as you plant it every so often, you’re good.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash and up smash. Villager can learn to get exciting KOs with his forward smash off the ledge, so use this edgeguarding technique as your primary KOing strategy. Don’t use it as an on-stage kill move, though – its limited range and slow speed don’t work out very well. Up smash isn’t quite as strong and has a strange hitbox, but with proper spacing, can help Villager pick up a KO in a pinch.
- Moves to avoid: down smash and grab. Villager’s problem with spamming his down smash can potentially break this amiibo – you’re better off avoiding the move entirely. You should also avoid using Villager’s grab, as its sluggish startup and ending lag leave him horribly vulnerable.
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!