A complete summary of Ganondorf’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
Ganondorf’s best equipment setup involves a balance between Attack, Defense, and Speed (+40 Attack / +70 Defense / +10 Speed). In terms of bonus effects, Improved trade-off attack, Lifesteal, and Improved escapability are essential.
Ganondorf benefits from the Warlock Blade and Dark Fists custom moves. The former deals less damage but has enhanced range and can shatter a full shield, while the latter grants super armor during startup and defends against projectiles from opponents like Mario and Link.
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:
- Neutral options: jab, forward tilt, down tilt (Leg Sweep), and side special (Flame Choke). Ganondorf’s jab and forward tilt are his fastest options for quickly racking up damage. His side special, Flame Choke, is perhaps his best neutral attack; it true combos into a down tilt to inflict major damage and knockback. Be sure to use jabs, forward tilts, and Flame Choke combos during your training.
- Main KO moves: forward smash, up smash, and side special (Flame Choke). Each one of Ganondorf’s smash attacks is extraordinarily powerful: his forward smash, while slow, can net early KOs; up smash, on the other hand, is a perfect blend of power and speed and serves as Ganondorf’s most reliable KO option. Flame Choke into down tilt is another option that can bypass shields.
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