Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Palutena amiibo training guide! To start off, thank you for taking the time to visit: your support is very much appreciated. Huge thanks to Supernova and Trainer Blue for sharing their knowledge of Palutena and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
Palutena, the goddess of light and ruler of Skyworld, hails from the Kid Icarus series of games. She goes to great lengths to protect her people and those who dwell on the surface lands below. She watches over Pit as he does battle, sending him messages telepathically and using her powers to help him.
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
In spite of being a goddess, Palutena has very few advantages in the current metagame. Her jab is fast and inflicts decent damage, while her tilts are slightly stronger and have lasting hitboxes. Palutena’s recovery potential is also above average. But really, that’s about it. These traits might seem underwhelming, but that’s because Palutena is an underwhelming character.
As you might expect, Palutena has several flaws holding her back. Her attacks are slow: her smashes are among the most sluggish in the game, and are not strong enough to compensate for their low speed. Since Palutena’s most powerful moves suffer from high startup lag, she often struggles to KO opponents. Palutena’s amiibo also has a few odd tendencies in its AI: most significantly, it will never use its Counter move. No matter how hard you try, Palutena will never use it, no matter what.
Palutena is an extremely difficult character to train. Her weaknesses outweigh her strengths, and it’s honestly sad that a “goddess” is entirely outmatched by a giant monkey. Regardless, you will need a lot of patience to train this fighter, which will be especially tricky without the aid of her Counter move (if Palutena would use it, she’d at least be decent).
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Palutena – 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:
+80 Attack / +80 Defense / -40 Speed
Palutena – Recommended Custom Moves
- Angelic Missile: This is a custom version of Palutena’s side special. For some reason, Palutena’s amiibo uses its Reflect move at random: equipping it with Angelic Missile prevents this from happening.
- Jump Glide: This is a custom version of Palutena’s up special. Of all Palutena’s recovery options, Jump Glide is most optimal due to its balance between horizontal and vertical distance.
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.
Palutena Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: jab, forward tilt, down tilt, and Autoreticle. Palutena’s jab is good at racking up damage on its own. This trait is supported by Palutena’s tilts. Although they’re slow, they have lasting hitboxes that can catch foes off-guard. Autoreticle is a useful three-hit projectile helps apply shield pressure.
- Primary KO moves: up smash. All three of Palutena’s smash attacks are slow and tough to land, but Palutena’s up smash is the least slow and tough to land. It lacks horizontal range but has huge vertical range. Forward smash is another option for grounded opponents: just be wary of its startup and ending lag.
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!