Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Ike amiibo training guide! To start off, thank you for taking the time to visit: your support is very much appreciated. Huge thanks to MegaVGmaster for sharing his knowledge of Ike and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
One of the main characters from the Fire Emblem series. Having fought in the Mad King’s War, restored the fallen nation of Crimea, and taken on the Begnion Empire, Ike is rightly called a hero. He has the strength to back the title – his powerful blade makes him a match for any foe.
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
Ike’s claim to fame is his powerful moveset. In addition to inflicting huge damage and knockback, his jab, tilts, and smash attacks are also disjointed and have a lot of range. Ike also has a Counter, which is especially effective against common tournament fighters like Bowser and Charizard. If timed properly, Counter can turn the tide of a battle in his favor. Adding to Ike’s strengths is his recovery. Between his side and up specials, he generally has no problem returning to the stage. Finally, Ike is very resilient thanks to his heavy weight; this makes him more than capable of stomaching powerful hits.
However, Ike has plenty of flaws holding him back. His AI has an annoying tendency of overusing uncharged Eruption attacks. Not only are they weak, but they leave Ike vulnerable to attack. The AI also likes spamming Quick Draw. Furthermore, it is also quite stubborn when it comes to using its Counter: you really have to prioritize it during training. AI flaws aside, Ike’s attacks are generally slow and are punishable if missed.
Ike has some strange flaws, but with patience and proper training, they can be worked around. His redeeming qualities are just too good to pass up – his powerful moveset and decisive counter are the keys to victory.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Ike – 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
Ike – Recommended Custom Moves
- Close Combat: This is a custom move version of Ike’s side special, Quick Draw. Close Combat pierces opponents and launches them upward, and has increased recovery potential. However, it deals less damage and leaves Ike helpless when used in midair. The choice between Quick Draw and Close Combat is yours – Close Combat is generally the better move, but Ike is much more likely to spam Close Combat in comparison to Quick Draw.
- Aether Drive: This is a custom move version of Ike’s up special. It balances vertical and horizontal recovery, making it the superior recovery move.
- Smash Counter: This is a custom move version of Ike’s down special. Smash Counter has a larger hitbox and a much higher damage multiplier, but Ike counterattacks after a delay instead of instantly. This trait may seem counter-productive, but it can catch opponents off-guard and take a stock very easily.
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.
Ike Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: jab, up tilt, and down tilt. Ike’s jab has decent power and speed. Paired with Lifesteal, it can recover quite a bit of health if used repeatedly. His up tilt and down tilt are his most reliable tilts – forward tilt is easily punished due to its ending lag.
- Primary KO moves: up smash and Smash Counter. Ike’s up smash isn’t just strong, it’s also fast and has a lot of range. It should be your go-to kill move during training. When you have the chance, utilize Smash Counter. Ike’s attacks are very powerful, so as long as you time the counter right, you should have no problem getting a KO. Ike’s forward smash is even stronger, but it’s much slower. It should only be used to punish shield breaks.
- Moves to avoid: neutral special. Ike spams his neutral special (and any of its customs) even though it has no good use. Avoid using Eruption, even as a shield break punish, and make sure you don’t get hit by it during training.
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!