Amiibo Training Guide: Wario (Wii U & 3DS)

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!

A living embodiment of gross, this villain hates Mario and loves money. He claims to have known Mario since childhood, but who can tell if that’s true? Aside from adventuring, he’s also the chairman of game maker WarioWare, Inc. He can also store up his trademark Wario Waft for explosive results in the Super Smash Bros. games. Did we mention he’s gross?

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

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Section 1: Amiibo Overview / Pros & Cons

Amiibo Overview

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.

The Verdict

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 / Speed

Mario Bonuses

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 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.

Wario Training Tips

  • Primary damage-racking moves: jab, forward tilt, up tilt, and Chomp. 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.

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

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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!


Thanks again to Arklaine and Trainer Blue for compiling all of Wario’s information. Images are courtesy of the official Super Smash Bros. website and SmashWiki.



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