Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Pikachu 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 Pikachu and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
Pikachu has charmed fans and given a jolt to opponents for nearly 20 years—whether in the Pokémon TV series, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, or Pokémon video games, Pikachu has always been there as a stalwart companion for any Pokémon Trainer willing to take on the challenge of becoming the very best.
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
As you may or may not know, combo-oriented characters like Sheik and Fox do not translate into strong amiibo. Pikachu is a combo-oriented character, but surprisingly translates into a highly capable amiibo fighter. Pikachu has a good set of smash attacks – its forward smash, while slow, is powerful and has a lot of range. Its up smash comes out fast and packs respectable strength. Its special moves are among its most useful tools – specifically, Thunder Burst (a custom down special) is an unblockable, multi-strike attack that serves as one of its main KO moves. Pikachu can even gimp off-stage opponents with its neutral special, Thunder Jolt!
However, Pikachu is held back by several flaws. Its AI is somewhat strange – it often whiffs its up smash, and occasionally self-destructs by using Quick Attack to leave the stage. As previously mentioned, Pikachu’s forward smash (one of its strongest attacks) is slow and punishable, making it susceptible to counters from fighters like Marth and Ike. Pikachu is also one of the lightest characters in the game, and as a result, is easily knocked around by stronger enemies.
In spite of Pikachu’s flaws, it is still a powerful contender who can perform shockingly well in the right hands. Its AI is difficult to work with at times, but it can certainly prove with patience and match experience.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Pikachu – 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
Pikachu – Recommended Custom Moves
- Thunder Burst: A custom move version of Pikachu’s down special, and one of the most effective attacks in the entire metagame. It is absolutely essential to Pikachu’s success. Rather than calling upon a projectile thunderbolt, Pikachu itself will explode with a burst of electricity. This attack pierces shields and is extremely strong to boot
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.
Pikachu Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: forward tilt, up tilt, down tilt, and neutral special. Pikachu’s tilts nicely balance both speed and power, and are great neutral options. Thunder Jolt is more useful from a distance, and can also be used to gimp recovering opponents.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash, up smash, and Thunder Burst. Pikachu’s forward smash is slow, but can be devastating when used decisively. Due to its increased speed, up smash is generally Pikachu’s most reliable KO option. Thunder Burst is a catch-all kill move that hits on all sides.
- Moves to avoid: jab. Pikachu’s jab is fast, but it is also pitifully weak and has poor reach.
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!