Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Wario amiibo training guide! To start off, thank you for taking the time to visit: your support is very much appreciated. Huge thanks to Arklaine and Trainer Blue for sharing their knowledge of Wario and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
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
Wario isn’t your typical heavyweight fighter – sure, his attacks pack a punch (with his smashes being among the strongest in the game), but he also has a small frame, high mobility, and a deceptively good recovery potential. Wario’s neutral special, Chomp, is another interesting tool that serves as a fast command grab. In addition to dealing damage to enemies, Chomp allows Wario to eat certain projectiles to recover health. Wario also has a solid jab and even better tilts: forward tilt has decent range and power, while up tilt is a flashy way to catch falling opponents.
However, Wario’s many strengths come with a few drawbacks. As you might expect from a heavyweight fighter, Wario’s smash attacks are quite slow: his forward smash suffers from particularly heavy ending lag. This limits Wario’s KO options, leaving his up smash as his primary finisher. Finally, Wario’s amiibo suffers from several flaws in its AI. It tends to overuse its down smash and aerials, and has trouble successfully timing Wario Waft.
Wario is an effective amiibo whose unique strengths break the norm of heavyweight fighters. It might take a bit of extra work to hone Wario’s skills, but with patience and proper training, he can meet and even exceed the abilities of any opponent.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Wario – 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
Wario – Recommended Custom Moves
- Corkscrew Leap: This is a custom move version of Wario’s up special. Wario will jump higher than usual, but the maneuver deals no damage. Corkscrew Leap isn’t instrumental to Wario’s success, but considerably improves his recovery potential.
- Rose-Scented Waft: This is a custom move version of Wario’s down special. Wario lets out a pink, pleasant-smelling fart that plants a flower on his opponent’s head. The waft itself deals less damage and knockback, but charges faster, making it the superior option.
Once your amiibo’s equipment setup is refined and ready to go, your training will officially begin! If you encountered a problem while feeding your amiibo, feel free to jump into Cloud Nine’s Discord server to ask a question.
Section 3: Training 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.
Wario – Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: jab, forward tilt, up tilt, and neutral special. Wario’s jab is a bit on the slow side, but is a good “get-off-me” move that can temporarily repel opponents. Forward tilt and up tilt are stronger, and can even get KOs at the right percentages. Chomp, however, should be your go-to move. Its power and speed are unmatched, and although it has low knockback, its ability to quickly rack up damage is invaluable.
- Primary KO moves: up smash. Wario’s forward smash is slow in its startup and ending lag, leaving up smash as his primary KO option. For this move, Wario performs a standing headbutt – during the attack, his head is intangible, meaning that it can’t take damage or knockback.
- Moves to avoid: down smash and side special. Wario’s amiibo tends to overuse its down smash if left unchecked. To minimize this chance, do not use down smash at all during training. Wario Bike should be used for recovery purposes only.
- Utilize Rose-Scented Waft sparingly. With proper training, Wario can learn to use this move effectively. At first, though, he’ll frequently miss the attack. It’s your job to teach him to accurately time his farts to secure KOs on his opponents.
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. For more information on training your amiibo past Level 50, follow this link.
Section 4: Conclusion & Credits
Thank you so much for reading! Although the guide may be coming to an end, your training most certainly isn’t: there’s always a way to make an amiibo stronger, and yours is no exception. If you need additional help, give the Amiibo Mechanics & Metagame Guide a read. If you want to ask specific questions, you can also 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. Cloud Nine’s ongoing series, Amiibo Training Analysis, analyzes a specific aspect of the metagame in great detail. Meanwhile, 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!
Thanks again to Arklaine and Trainer Blue for compiling all of Wario’s information. Images are courtesy of the official Super Smash Bros. website.