A complete summary of Wario’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 Wario’s moveset and which options to focus on during training:
- Neutral: Wario’s moveset includes a variety of decent neutral options. Forward tilt is particularly strong, being able to rack up damage and even KO at higher percentages. Up tilt chains into itself and can link into an up aerial. Chomp deals respectable damage but, more importantly, can heal Wario for a bit of damage — use it frequently to take advantage of this unique property.
- On-stage KOs: As with most fighters, (most of) Wario’s smash attacks can finish a stock rather easily. Up smash is his strongest option, having a large hitbox and brief intangibility. Forward smash is slower but stronger and should be used a bit less than up smash. Wario Waft is another solid kill option, though it requires excellent timing and spacing.
- Above-stage: Wario’s up aerial is great for juggling, and the AI will learn to do this early on. Back aerial can also be used to knock opponents horizontally to set them up for a gimp.
- Off-stage: Back aerial, down aerial, and forward aerial can keep enemies away from the stage. These moves are especially effective against characters with poor recoveries.
- Moves to avoid: Wario’s AI does not use its Wario Bike properly. It will use it to recover, but if lands on-stage while recovering, it will not accelerate or hop off; instead, it will wait for the bike to lose momentum (which leaves Wario horribly vulnerable). Avoid using Wario Bike wherever possible.
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 Wario. For trainers looking to participate in tournaments where these Spirit effects are banned, here are a handful of alternative options: Air Attack ↑, Physical Attack ↑, Move Speed ↑, and Landing Lag ↓. In terms of stat spreads, setups between 3000 / 1200 and 2100 / 2100 are viable options to consider.