Amiibo Training Guide: Dark Pit (Wii U & 3DS)

Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Dark Pit 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 and LittleFang for sharing their knowledge of Dark Pit and for contributing to the completion of the guide!

Dark Pit first appeared in the Kid Icarus: Uprising game, and is Pit’s mysterious, black-clad doppelgänger. Some call him Pittoo, but he really doesn’t like that. He can soar through the skies without being granted the power of flight. When he first appears, he immediately goes after both Pit and the Underworld Army.

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

Dark Pit is a balanced character. He has no gimmicks or special traits: he’s just a legitimate, fair fighter. The jack of all trades, master of none. He has a solid set of smash attacks, with a relatively powerful forward smash that strikes twice. Dark Pit also has a good jab and a good set of tilts: they both help him to rack up damage quickly. His recovery potential is very high, and he can even gimp recovering opponents with his neutral special.

But none of Dark Pit’s moves are particularly strong. His forward smash, as mentioned before, is relatively strong, meaning that it’s the most powerful move in his arsenal. Even so, it doesn’t always seal the deal. Dark Pit also has a few flaws in his AI: he may overuse his aerials, self-destruct with his side special, and use his up special at random.

The Verdict

Dark Pit will either turn out horribly or turn out great. It’s all up to how you train him. Given time, Dark Pit can become a powerful contender capable of slaying any opponent.

Section 2: Recommended Equipment

Dark Pit – 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

Yoshi Bonuses

Dark Pit – Recommended Custom Moves

  • Guiding Arrow: This is a custom move version of Dark Pit’s neutral special. It makes Dark Pit’s neutral special function like Pit’s. The arrow can be more easily aimed, but is weaker. It’s better for gimping opponents.
  • Amplifying Orbitars: This is a custom move version of Dark Pit’s down special. The Amplifying Orbitars are faster, and deal increased damage when they reflect a projectile. This is a direct upgrade to the default version of the move, so it comes highly recommended (but not necessary).

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.

Dark Pit Training Tips

  • Primary damage-racking moves: jab, forward tilt, down tilt, and down smash. Dark Pit’s standing jab might not have a lot of range, but it does have a lot of power and utility. Dark Pit’s forward tilt is quick and surprisingly strong, and can even KO opponents at high percentages. Down tilt is Dark Pit’s fastest grounded option, while down smash covers both sides and inflicts decent knockback.
  • Primary KO moves: forward smash. In addition to being fast, Dark Pit’s forward smash also hits twice. The second hit is most powerful.
  • Moves to avoid: up smash. Dark Pit tends to whiff his up smash due to its poor range. It also hits multiple times, but the multiple hits of the attack do not always link together properly. Forward smash is a superior KOing option.

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 Trainer Blue and LittleFang for compiling all of Dark Pit’s information. Images are courtesy of the official Super Smash Bros. website and SmashWiki.



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