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Having some trouble with gathering equipment for your amiibo? Can’t earn that one custom move that one of my guides recommend? Well, I think I have the solution for you. I’ve written up a free guide that details how to effectively farm and gather equipment, bonus effects, and custom moves to use on your amiibo. I’ve included multiple ways to effectively gather equipment in this guide – whether you have a the Nintendo 3DS version of Smash, the Wii U version, or both, there’s something for everyone here.
I’m going to be separating this guide into three sections: the first section will be for the Wii U, the second will be for the Nintendo 3DS, and the third will be methods that work for both of the game versions. Let’s start with the Wii U section.
WII U VERSION
It’s not easy to get custom moves and bonus effects for your amiibo. It requires patience and perseverance. There’s actually no reliable way to farm customs in the Wii U version. There are a few methods that can help you get equipment, though, so I’ll be going over the best ways to gather equipment, and the worst ways to gather equipment.
- Crazy Orders. This is a very risky mode that can really give you good stuff in the end. I have a very specific setup to Crazy Orders – I use a custom Ness build that’s loaded up on defense and has the bonuses “Auto-heal capability”, “Improved dodge ability”, and “Improved shield regeneration”. Crazy Orders lets you select from three ticket challenges – one of those challenges will almost always be a Giant Battle, where you’ll need to face a giant opponent. Using this Ness build, I go into giant battles and spam PK Fire and then follow up with a forward smash when the giant foe’s taken enough damage. Ness’ up smash also allows him to do well in horde battles, if you find that a giant battle isn’t available. It’s a noobish method that works…oddly well, so I’d recommend you give it a try, especially if you’re good with Ness.
- Master Orders: Not as effective as Crazy Orders since it’s a bit slower – but there is less risk involved. I like to use Little Mac and just plow my way through as many challenges as I can. Worth a shot, and who knows, maybe you’ll like this method better than Crazy Orders.
- Classic mode: Again, not as effective as the first method, but I like to go on 9.0 difficulty and defeat as many opponents as I can. This would be a good method if it wasn’t for Master Core – he’s the “final boss” of Classic mode, and you’ll likely die to him at least once (which means you’ll lose some of the prizes you gathered). Also worth a shot, but Crazy Orders and Master Orders are more reliable.
- Smash Tour. This mode doesn’t really net you many customs…at all. It’s also just not fun. I was honestly disappointed with this mode. I haven’t touched this mode once, and I advise you do the same.
- Trophy Rush: You can only get around 3 customs every 2.5 minutes, which isn’t worth it considering that it costs just under 1,000 gold and even then, the customs you get aren’t even guaranteed to be new.
The 3DS version doesn’t have as much ways to farm customs as the Wii U version does, but it has one saving grace: a single mode that’s fun and reliable for farming customs. I’ll be going over which methods are worth trying, and which methods aren’t even worth your time.
- Smash Run. This is a very fun mode that you can play with multiple players. It’s easy to get equipment and especially custom moves. If you’re looking to get a custom move for, say, Ganondorf, just play as Ganondorf in a few Smash Runs and you’ll be all set!
- Trophy Rush: Just like the Wii U version, you can only get around 3 customs every 2.5 minutes, which isn’t worth it considering that it costs just under 1,000 gold and even then, the customs you get aren’t even guaranteed to be new.
The best way to farm custom moves and equipment is by using a coin army! The term “Coin army” was COINED by Amiibo Trainer. A coin army is basically four amiibos that are trained specifically to earn rewards for their trainers. As you know, an amiibo will earn equipment, custom moves, and trophies (but mostly equipment) for their trainer as they battle.
I have four amiibo that exist only to fight each other to get rewards – they don’t fight any of my “competitive” amiibo. These characters are Sonic, Pac-Man, Yoshi, and Samus – four characters that I have not had much success with. I set the stock to 99 and just let them have at it while I go do something else. I even run it at night. I think this is just a really reliable way to farm customs that works on both systems, so I’d recommend you try it out!
Just keep in mind; if you’re training a “competitive” amiibo that you want to make awesome, don’t use that amiibo and three others as a coin army – it’ll water down the competitive amiibo’s ability. That’s why I dedicated four amiibo specifically to gathering rewards, so I’d recommend that you do the same.
Thanks for reading! Hope you learned something from this quick guide. Amiibo training has many challenges, one of which is earning appropriate equipment and custom moves, so hopefully this guide helped you to know a few ways to farm some equipment. As always, if you have any questions, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org!