amiibo Training Method: Squads

With the removal of the First to Five Wins (FtFW) method, amiibo trainers have been struggling for a way to train amiibo quickly, as it is quite a tedious process. Nothing on the market comes even close to the efficiency and results of FtFW, however the one I use currently does feel more efficient than any other method I have seen since, so I thought I would share it to the world.

This method requires any even number of amiibo, however I usually do groups of 4. Each amiibo is to be given four 5-minute mirror matches, at which point they should be Level 29-30. After this, all four amiibo are to be matched against each other in alternating 1v1 fashion with Learning set to Off, until they hit Level 50. Along the way, if you notice any moves being used that shouldn’t be (or any moves that should be used not getting enough usage), a quick three-stock match with Learning On should remedy this. I like to call this “spot training”. Once they are Level 50, I run another round of matches where I watch¬†very¬†closely, as this is the point at which they should start doing everything I’ve trained them to. A few more spot training sessions might be needed, but otherwise you now have four amiibo trained exactly the way you want them to be!

This method is very reminiscent Evrys‘ method from Smash 4, a trainer who did not partake in the competitive scene. As such, those guides didn’t have much value for amiibo tournaments. This is mostly because at least half of the training involved fighting amiibo against each other as they leveled up. Without the presence of the Learning button in Smash 4, there was no way to prevent this from watering down your training. In Smash Ultimate, however, such a thing exists, and we can remove the main downside from this method.

The main reason I love this method so much is that I like to attribute personality (no pun intended) to my amiibo. Even if it’s hollow, the slightest bit of backstory makes me more invested in them. Being part of a squad provides a sense of rivalry, or maybe camaraderie. Some of my squads are themed – characters with a four-step Rock-Paper-Scissors, or maybe a squad of only Mario characters. Some of my squads have no real meaning, but they were Squads back in Smash 4 and they have to remain together accordingly (Palu-Pika-ZSS-Diddy, “Squad 4”). The flair is entirely up to you, and how much you put in or take away from it is as well. Even if you don’t care about that stuff, it’s still a very efficient method for training multiple amiibo, and one I will always use until I only have one amiibo left to train.

That’s all I have for this post, I didn’t really have anything to accomplish aside from providing my method to the public. I hope it finds you good fortune, and I’ll see you next time I find time to write something!


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