A complete summary of Mii Swordfighter’s performance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 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 & Spirit Effects
Mii Swordfighter has not seen much success in the Spirits metagame; this is because players shifted to vanilla play before the character was properly represented. Based on experimentation and common themes with other characters, it is not a far cry to predict that Mii Swordfighter benefits from Armor Knight and Move Speed ↑.
In terms of stats, Mii Swordfighter does not have the recovery potential to justify a fully defensive setup. Instead, running a balanced (2100 / 2100) or slightly defensive setup (1800 / 2400) is recommended.
The best combination of custom moves for Mii Swordfighter is Gale Strike, Chakram, Stone Scabbard, and Power Thrust. Custom moves do not need to be farmed in Ultimate; they are all unlocked from the beginning.
An amiibo becomes strongest if it is mirror matched all the way to Level 50 with its Learn button switched on. Playing a best-of-five match (configurable via the rules menu) will cause it to level up much faster.
Mii Swordfighter is a potent contender with a variety of options for any and all situations it may face. It can be trained with almost any fighting style so long as the proper attacks are prioritized. Here is a complete breakdown of Mii Swordfighter’s moveset and which moves to focus on during training:
- Neutral attack: A three-hit combo that ends with an upward slash. It can potentially combo into other moves, but isn’t consistent enough for the Figure Player to effectively learn.
- Forward tilt: Decent power and high speed. Alternate forward tilt and forward smash, prioritizing forward tilt in more time-sensitive situations.
- Up tilt: An overhead arc. Solid defensive and anti-air move.
- Down tilt: A powerful poke that can be used to edgeguard. It can follow up into a forward aerial. Important to teach for spacing.
- Dash attack: Run-of-the-mill in terms of dash attacks. Decent ending lag and should be used sparingly, but has enough power to be worth throwing out on occasion.
- Forward smash: Impressive range and knockback. Notable startup and ending lag, but serves as one of the character’s primary punish and KO options.
- Up smash: It can be used against aerial opponents to keep them airborne and link into an up tilt, an up aerial, or another up smash.
- Down smash: It can cover edge options and punish dodges, but should not be overused.
- Neutral aerial: Reminiscent of Marth and Lucina’s down aerials. Excellent for edgeguarding and ducking through platforms.
- Forward aerial: Awkward to land, but is quite powerful and useful for edgeguarding. Definitely a move to teach.
- Back aerial: One of Mii Swordfighter’s more reliable kill moves. It should be taught both on-stage and off-stage.
- Up aerial: Surprisingly strong and vital to the character’s success. Use it often.
- Down aerial: It can be used off-stage to knock opponents downward (though it does not meteor smash victims). Outclassed by neutral aerial as an on-stage damage racker.
- Forward throw: Only serves to create distance.
- Back throw: See above.
- Up throw: Doesn’t accomplish much. Avoid this one.
- Down throw: Mii Swordfighter’s most useful throw. It can combo into an aerial at practically any percentage and leads into a powerful up aerial at high percentages. Practice these combos and teach them to the FP.
- Neutral special (Gale Strike): It can be used from afar to combo into an up aerial, but is essentially useless as an off-stage interrupt. Use it sparingly, but often enough that the FP knows the move’s follow-ups.
- Side special (Chakram): Its lingering hitbox can trap opponents and can protect Mii Swordfighter from incoming projectiles. Essential to the character’s success, but only when the enemy is at a distance.
- Up special (Stone Scabbard): More reliable than Hero’s Spin, as it deals high damage and the AI uses it in an effective combo routine (which it learns by itself).
- Down special (Power Thrust): Mii Swordfighter’s greatest neutral option and a must-have move for the character. Power Thrust can rack up damage and KO and should be used very frequently while grounded.
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