A complete summary of Pikachu’s performance in Super Smash Bros. 4 can be found on the character’s information page. It includes strengths and weaknesses, AI quirks, and an archive of tournament representation and results.
Stats & Bonus Effects
Pikachu’s best equipment setup focuses heavily on Attack (+100 Attack / +100 Defense / -80 Speed) at the cost of Speed. In terms of bonus effects, Auto-heal capability, Lifesteal, and Improved escapability are essential.
Pikachu benefits from the Quick Feet and Thunder Burst custom moves. The former only moves once, but travels much farther and reduces the chance of the AI self-destructing, while the latter is absolutely required and serves as the character’s primary attack.
An amiibo becomes strongest if it is mirror matched all the way to Level 50. This is done to teach the AI which moves to rely on; after reaching Level 50, it will use this training as a base and expand upon it with matchup experience. While training your amiibo, do not play aggressively or go off-stage; instead, remain grounded and keep the following moves in mind:
- Main move: down special (Thunder Burst). If your amiibo is at low percentage, use Thunder Burst. If your amiibo is within KO range, use Thunder Burst. If your amiibo is above you and about to land, use Thunder Burst. If there’s one thing to take away from all of this, it’s that you should be using Thunder Burst.
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