Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Bowser 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 Bowser and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
Bowser is the king of the Koopas and Mario’s eternal rival. He breathes fire, hurls hammers, and uses all sorts of weapons in hopes of taking out Mario. As his size suggests, he’s immensely powerful. His plans aren’t always the best, and sometimes he even finds himself on Mario’s side.
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
Bowser is one of the most powerful amiibo available and is considered a titan of the metagame. He’s one of the heaviest fighters in the game, and his resilience is nearly unmatched. Alongside that, his “Tough Guy” ability prevents him from being flinched by weak attacks. Bowser’s smash attacks are incredibly strong, and can KO opponents at absurdly early percentages. He has a good set of tilts as well – his forward tilt and down tilt come out fairly quickly, and deal great damage to boot. Bowser’s recovery isn’t bad either: it grants acceptable horizontal and vertical distance. But Bowser’s most notable advantage is his side special, Flying Slam. Flying Slam is quite possibly the greatest move available to any amiibo, as its speed and power make it nearly unbeatable.
Bowser has many promising strengths, but not very many flaws to balance them out. His AI is somewhat jumpy at times, and likes to use its forward aerial out of nowhere. His smash attacks are also slow, meaning that Bowser is left vulnerable if he misses.
Bowser is an absolutely lethal contender – he possesses many overwhelming strengths and very minor flaws. Flying Slam is ultimately Bowser’s biggest claim to fame and is what helps cement his role as a top-tier threat.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Bowser – 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
Bowser – Recommended Custom Moves
- Fire Shot: This is a custom move version of Bowser’s neutral special. It unleashes large shots of fire that travel a long distance. Fire Shot isn’t essential to Bowser’s success, but is definitely an option to consider.
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.
Bowser Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: forward tilt, down tilt, and Flying Slam. Bowser’s forward tilt and down tilt are both strong and come out quick. While Bowser’s tilts are useful, Flying Slam should be your go-to attack. Flying Slam is arguably the greatest move in the amiibo metagame, and its use is absolutely essential to Bowser’s success.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash and up smash. Bowser’s forward smash and up smash are both powerful, and can possibly KO an opponent at low percentages. Flying Slam works as a KO move as well – however, your amiibo will be using it so often that its damage and knockback will become stale from overuse.
- Moves to avoid: down smash. Bowser’s other KO options – his forward smash and up smash – are far superior. Down smash should be avoided so that he prioritizes his superior kill moves instead.
- Utilize Fire Shot sparingly. When you’re far away from your amiibo, use Fire Shot to shoot a few fireballs. Don’t use this attack too often, though, as your Bowser must be able to prioritize his melee options.
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!