A complete summary of Bowser’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
Bowser’s best equipment setup involves a concentration in Attack and Defense (+100 Attack / +100 Defense / -80 Speed) at the cost of Speed. In terms of bonus effects, Improved launch ability, Lifesteal, and Improved escapability are essential. Bowser does not benefit from any custom moves.
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: forward tilt, down tilt, and side special (Flying Slam). Bowser’s forward and down tilt attacks are both strong and come out quick. As useful as they may be, Flying Slam should be your go-to. It’s the single greatest move in the amiibo metagame and is absolutely crucial to Bowser’s success.
- Main KO moves: forward smash and up smash. Bowser’s forward smash has considerable startup, but is extraordinarily powerful and can shatter a full shield. His up smash is generally more reliable, however, as its strength and speed are more consistent. Flying Slam is capable of netting KOs as well but functions better as a damage-racker.
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