Using Ganondorf CPUs to train your amiibo

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So, there’s this really old training trick. I don’t even know who it was “discovered” by, but it seems to work. After some extensive testing, I’ve found that I really like this method – training amiibo from Level 1 to Level 50 is, in my eyes, very boring – it’s post-Level 50 training that really intrigues me. The Ganondorf method that I’m going to talk about in this post can run in the background while I do something else, and this makes things way easier on me.

Before we begin, I’d like to make it very clear that you should not use this trick on an amiibo that is already Level 50. I prefer to use this method for the sole purpose of leveling up my amiibo. You see, I find raising an amiibo from Level 1 to Level 50 to be kind of boring – it’s the post-Level 50 training that really intrigues me. Using this trick, I’m able to write guides as my amiibo levels up in the background, and I can then focus on improving my new Level 50 amiibo.

What is the Ganondorf Method?

For this trick, you’ll need to set the game rules to 99 stock and turn the Friendly Fire option on. Your amiibo will be fighting a team of three Level 9 CPU Ganondorf. The idea is that your amiibo will learn to use a wide variety of its moveset and [mostly] stay grounded in its approach. That’s really all there is to it!

Advantages of the Ganondorf Method

One clear advantage with the Ganondorf trick is that you don’t have to do a single thing. Just scan in your amiibo and create a team of 3 Level 9 CPU Ganondorf, and you can leave them to battle while you go do something else. After two 99-stock games or so, your amiibo will be Level 50. For those of you who don’t have a lot of time (or are just lazy like me), this method will give your amiibo a good foundation. Another pro to this trick is that your amiibo will learn to use [most of] its whole moveset, which will allow it to mix up its attack and get hits in on its opponent.

Disadvantages of the Ganondorf Method

There’s a couple of disadvantages to using this method, unfortunately. First is that by using the Ganondorf trick, you can’t teach your amiibo what to do – how it acts depends on how the Level 9 CPUs act during battle. Second, this method does not instantly create a great amiibo. It’s more of a “free pass” to Level 50 so you can start with post-Level 50 training. And lastly, the trick does take a long time – each match generally takes an hour or longer.

Whether you want to use this trick to train your amiibo is up to you. I’ve used this trick on my Charizard, and he’s just as good as my other self-trained amiibo, so if you’re looking for a practical way of raising your amiibo to Level 50, you may want to give the Ganondorf method a try.

Training your amiibo with the Ganondorf Method

If you’re interested in training your amiibo to Level 50 using the Ganondorf method, the process is really simple. Again, all you do is have your amiibo go up against a team of three Level 9 CPU Ganondorf. Be sure to set the game rules to 99 stock and turn Team Attack on. Choose an omega stage, start the match, and you’ll be all set to go do anything else while your amiibo loses horribly! After approximately two 99-stock games, your amiibo will be Level 50.

Once your amiibo reaches the big five-o, you’ll want to check out my guide on post-level 50 training. Despite the fact that your amiibo just reached its highest level, it’s probably not ready to win a tournament. You see, part of the beauty of amiibo training is that you’re never truly done. There’s always going to be that one opponent your amiibo struggles with, and as a trainer, it’s up to you to teach your amiibo how to contend with strong foes.


All in all, the Ganondorf method is a safe, practical way of raising your amiibo to Level 50. If you’re on a crunch for time, this is a good way for your amiibo to level up. Is it better than raising an amiibo yourself? No, but it’s certainly more convienient. Thanks for reading this analysis post – your support is much appreciated, as always. If you liked this article, check out Amiibo Dojo on Twitter and the Amiibo Dojo Forums (note: link defunct). Until next time!


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