A complete summary of Wario’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
Wario’s best equipment setup consists of a balance between Attack and Defense (+60 Attack / +60 Defense / 0 Speed). In terms of bonus effects, Auto-heal capability, Lifesteal, and Improved escapability are essential.
Wario benefits from the Corkscrew Leap and Rose-Scented Waft custom moves. The former goes farther but deals no damage, while the latter charges faster and has a bigger hitbox.
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, up tilt, and neutral special (Chomp). Wario’s jab is a bit on the slow side, but is a good “get-off-me” move that can temporarily repel opponents. Forward tilt and up tilt are stronger, and can even get KOs at the right percentages. Chomp, however, should be your go-to move. Its power and speed are unmatched, and although it has low knockback, its ability to quickly rack up damage is invaluable.
- Main KO moves: up smash. Wario’s forward smash is slow in its startup and ending lag, leaving up smash as his primary KO option. For this move, Wario performs a standing headbutt. During the attack, his head is intangible, meaning that it can’t take damage or knockback.
- Moves to avoid: down smash and side special (Wario Bike). Wario’s amiibo tends to overuse its down smash if left unchecked. To minimize this chance, do not use down smash at all during training. Wario Bike should be used for recovery purposes only.
- Situational moves: down special (Rose-Scented Waft). With proper training, Wario can learn to use this move effectively. At first, though, he’ll frequently miss the attack. It’s your job to teach him to accurately time his farts to secure KOs on his opponents.
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