Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Falco 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 for sharing his knowledge of Falco and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
A talented pilot and part of the Star Fox team, Falco can be a bit rough around the edges. He once led his own galactic gang before joining up with Fox. He affects an air of cool disdain and is sometimes uncooperative, but in reality his passion for Star Fox is second to none.
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
Compared to Fox, Falco’s amiibo is a direct upgrade on nearly all fronts -that is to say, you will likely have more success training a Falco amiibo than a Fox amiibo. Falco has better AI and a stronger skill set. His smash attacks are powerful and have decent range: his forward and up smashes serve as particularly potent KO moves. Falco’s recovery is also better than Fox’s. His up special travels farther, and his jumps are higher. Falco also has a solid set of tilts as well as a useful infinite jab that can help him rack up damage fast.
However, Falco is not without his flaws. His AI, while undeniably stronger than Fox’s, has its own glaring issues. It may overuse its neutral special, side special, and especially its forward aerial. Falco is also a lightweight character, meaning that his in-game durability is rather lacking.
Overall, Falco is a decent contender. It will take some time to hone his skills, but with enough match experience, he can completely outshine his opponents.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Falco – 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:
+70 Attack / +70 Defense / -20 Speed
Falco – Recommended Custom Moves
- Burst Blaster: Functions similarly to Fox’s Blaster. Compared to the default version of the move, Burst Blaster fires faster, but has decreased power and range.
- Distant Fire Bird: Falco charges up for a bit longer, but will travel farther in return. It is a superior recovery move that is more useful than its default version.
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.
Falco Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: jab, forward tilt, up tilt, and down tilt. Falco’s jab and tilts are best used at lower percentages. Each one is quick and inflicts respectable damage. Forward tilt and down tilt are best against grounded opponents, while up tilt can be used as a light aerial punish. With good timing, it can also juggle foes.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash and up smash. Falco has two solid KO moves – his forward and up smashes. Forward smash has deceptive range due to moving Falco forward, and is the strongest move in his arsenal. Up smash is slightly faster, but is not quite as strong.
- Moves to avoid: down smash, neutral special, side special, and up special. Fox amiibo overuse their down smash – and Falco amiibo may get into this habit if left unchecked. Avoid down smash at all costs. Burst Blaster does not bring Falco much benefit, and is still somewhat laggy even with its increased speed. Falco Phantasm and Distant Fire Bird should be used for recovery purposes only.
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!