Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Meta Knight 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 Meta Knight and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
Kirby’s mysterious rival, this masked swordsman appears in several Kirby games. His giant cape transforms into wings, giving him the power of flight. He also captains a giant battleship, the Halberd, in order to take control of Dream Land. Meta Knight has shown his face briefly before, but his relationship to Kirby is still a mystery.
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
Meta Knight has a solid moveset. His jab is a good neutral option, and his tilts are fast and consist of several hits. Meta Knight also has a unique set of special moves: all four aid his recovery in addition to functioning as powerful attacks. Further complimenting Meta Knight’s recovery is his access to multiple midair jumps.
However, Meta Knight suffers from many flaws, and is often seen as a poor choice in competitive play. His AI is plagued with several crippling flaws: in general, it makes poor decisions and prioritizes the wrong moves. It overuses its down smash (which is horribly weak) and may self-destruct with its special moves. Meta Knight’s attacks have low knockback, and he often struggles to KO opponents as a result. His forward smash would be a viable KO option if not for its heavy startup lag.
Overall, Meta Knight is a difficult fighter to recommend. Perhaps it is possible to win a tournament with Meta Knight, but at the time of writing, that has not yet happened.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Meta Knight – 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
Meta Knight – Recommended Custom Moves
- High-Speed Drill: Hence its name, High-Speed Drill flies faster and farther than the default version of the move. It will help prevent your Meta Knight amiibo from using its side special to self-destruct off the ledge.
- Shield Piercer: This is a custom move version of Meta Knight’s down special. Its slash penetrates shields and covers more vertical distance, making it superior for 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.
Meta Knight Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: jab, forward tilt, and down smash. These are all fast, strong moves that can help Meta Knight rack up damage in a pinch. Rely primarily on jab and forward tilt, and use down smash sparingly.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash. Despite its heavy startup lag, forward smash is still Meta Knight’s most optimal KO move (though that is not saying much). Be careful with your timing of this attack – only use it when you know for sure that it will land.
- Moves to avoid: side special and down special. Both of these attacks move Meta Knight forward, but his control of this movement is limited. If your amiibo uses these moves, it may self-destruct.
- Recover exclusively with Shuttle Loop. Meta Knight amiibo tend to use down special to recover, which can lead to it self-destructing. Do not use Mach Tornado, High-Speed Drill, or Shield Piercer to recover.
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!