A complete summary of Sheik’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
Sheik’s best equipment setup involves a focus on Attack and Defense (+80 Attack / +80 Defense / -40 Speed) at the cost of Speed. In terms of bonus effects, Auto-heal capability, Lifesteal, and Improved escapability are essential.
Sheik benefits from the Gale custom move. Compared to its original version, Gale deals no damage but executes much faster. It is Sheik’s safest recovery move and its high speed defends her against projectiles from Mario and Link (among others).
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 and forward tilt (Cycle Kick). Sheik’s jab is fast. Really fast. Its blinding speed can catch opponents off guard. Jab is one of Sheik’s most important moves, so be sure to use it often during training. Forward tilt is fast but doesn’t deal much damage. However, it links into itself and can juggle enemies with proper timing.
- Main KO moves: forward smash and down smash. These moves are pitifully weak, but they’re Sheik’s only options. Forward smash is most consistent, but down smash works in certain situations as well.
- Moves to avoid: side special (Burst Grenade) and down special (Bouncing Fish). Neither of these moves bring Sheik much benefit. She tries to use Burst Grenade to approach, but this never does her any good. She also can’t learn to use Bouncing Fish as an off-stage gimp.
- Situational moves: neutral special (Needle Storm). Always keep Needle Storm fully charged, even if you don’t intend to use it. When you’re far away from your amiibo, fire the needles to close the gap. You can also kind of gimp your amiibo with Needle Storm if its positioning is correct.
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