A complete summary of Bowser’s performance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can be found on the character’s information page. It includes strengths and weaknesses, quirks in artificial intelligence, and an archive of tournament representation and results.
An amiibo becomes strongest when it is mirror matched all the way to Level 50 with its Learn button switched on. For more information on effectively raising an amiibo, follow this link. Here is a complete breakdown of Bowser’s moveset and which options to focus on during training:
- Neutral: Bowser’s neutral attack is one of his fastest moves and, true to its category, serves as a solid neutral option. Forward tilt is slightly stronger and can punish rolls, up smash is a strong aerial punish, and down smash can be used at the edge.
- On-stage KOs: Up smash is Bowser’s strongest kill move. Not only does it pack huge power, but it also renders Bowser’s shell intangible. Forward smash, down smash, and Flying Slam are three additional options to consider, but up smash should be prioritized first and foremost.
- Above-stage: If Bowser is above the opponent, he should be using down aerial or Bowser Bomb. This might not seem like a sound strategy, but AI opponents tend to hold their shield against Bowser Bomb. If the opponent is above Bowser, he should wait for them to land and then strike with a powerful up smash.
- Off-stage: Bowser does not need to go off-stage. When the opponent is knocked away, wait at the edge and then strike with a smash attack.
Stats & Spirit Effects
By all accounts, the best Spirit effects in the game are Super Armor, Slow Super Armor, Armor Knight, and Autoheal. Unfortunately, these bonuses are prohibited in competitive play; if you do not intend on entering online tourneys, all of them work well with Bowser. For trainers looking to participate in tournaments where these Spirit effects are banned, here are a handful of alternate options: Physical Attack ↑, Side Special ↑, and Toss & Meteor. In terms of stat spreads, setups between 2100 / 2100 and 1000 / 3200 are viable options to consider.