Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Little Mac amiibo training guide! To start off, thank you for taking the time to visit: your support is very much appreciated. If you’re a regular to the site, you might know that Little Mac is banned from the amiibo metagame: but for the sake of completion, this guide has been made available anyway.
This little boxer from the Punch-Out!! series makes up in heart what he lacks in height. Under the guidance of his coach Doc Louis, Little Mac took on opponents several times his size on his way to winning the WVBA championship belt! No matter his opponent, Little Mac always puts his best fist forward.
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
Despite being a character designed to have very polarized strengths and weaknesses, Little Mac is by far and away the most powerful character in the entire metagame. He can end games in a matter of seconds thanks to his forward smash: it is immensely powerful, and can break a full shield in one hit. And if for some reason forward smash doesn’t finish the job, his Counter move and KO Uppercut will. Many trainers take the cheap route to victory and train a Little Mac to use its forward smash and nothing else. To prevent that from happening, Little Mac has been banned from all amiibo tournaments.
Little Mac’s poor recovery is his only setback, but even then, it isn’t nearly as problematic as you might think. Most trainers maximize their Little Mac’s defense stat, and because he hits so hard, his opponents generally won’t have time to knock him off-stage.
Calling Little Mac “the best” is an understatement. If you train him correctly, you will win – unless you go up against another Little Mac, in which case it’s anybody’s game. Although Little Mac is banned from all online amiibo tournaments, some physical tourneys use altered rules that allow him: and if you plan on entering one of those, you might as well use Little Mac. He’s your best shot at winning.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Little Mac – 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:
+200 Attack / +120 Defense / -200 Speed
Little Mac – Recommended Custom Moves
- Tornado Uppercut: This is a custom move version of Little Mac’s up special, and it’s quite important to his success. Tornado Uppercut travels farther than the default version of the move, slightly improving Little Mac’s recovery.
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.
Little Mac Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: forward smash. As mentioned earlier, all you need to do with Little Mac is spam forward smash. Just forward smash. Over and over. Aiming your forward smash downwards will reduce its knockback, but heavily increase its shield damage. Aiming it neutrally will increase its knockback, but decrease its shield damage.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash, up smash, KO Uppercut, and Slip Counter. In addition to forward smash, there are a few other attacks that can work well as finishers. Up smash is a great aerial punish, while KO Uppercut is a one-time nuke that ignores shields. Slip Counter can be used against powerful attacks for a decisive comeback.
- Moves to avoid: neutral special. Straight Lunge leaves Little Mac vulnerable and brings him no notable benefit. When Straight Lunge is powered up into the KO Uppercut, then you can let the finishing blow loose. But until then, avoid Straight Lunge.
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!