A complete summary of Lucas’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
Lucas’ best equipment setup consists of a balance between Attack and Defense (+70 Attack / +70 Defense / -20 Speed) at the cost of Speed. In terms of bonus effects, Improved launch ability, Lifesteal, and Improved escapability are essential. As with all downloadable fighters, Lucas does not have 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: jab, forward tilt, and down tilt. Lucas’ jab is a simple but effective neutral option; it racks up damage quickly and can get him out of tight situations. Compared to his jab, forward tilt deals more damage, has increased range, and can be angled. Down tilt serves as a reliable combo starter, and can link into a jab, forward tilt, or forward smash.
- Main KO moves: forward smash and down smash (PK Blow). Lucas’ forward smash is powerful, disjointed, and can reflect projectiles if timed correctly. His down smash strikes three times and launches opponents at a horizontal angle; this can spell doom for fighters with poor recoveries. Lucas’ up smash is incredibly strong, but its atrocious ending lag makes it a risky option.
- Moves to avoid: grab aerial (Rope Snake), side special (PK Fire), and up special (PK Thunder). If you overuse these moves during training, there’s a high chance that your amiibo will learn to spam them to no end. PK Fire is useful at specific distances, but it need not be taught: your Lucas will learn the proper timing on its own. Use PK Thunder for recovery purposes only. The AI may sometimes launch itself off-stage and to its death – if this happens, don’t quit the match – let it suffer the consequences of its actions.
- Situational moves: neutral special (PK Freeze). PK Freeze is one of Lucas’ best moves, and it becomes even stronger with the Improved launch ability bonus. With proper timing and spacing, it can score early KOs. If you successfully freeze an opponent, follow up with repeated forward smashes.
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