Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s hidden gem

I’m not going to sugar-coat it: 2020 has been a disappointing year for everybody, to say the least. As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected jobs and schools around the globe. The world is in a state most of us has never seen before. To those of you who have been affected by quarantine – in terms of work or education – you have our sympathy, and I hope things can get back to normal sooner rather than later.

Serious matters aside, COVID-19 has changed the Super Smash Bros. scene, too. Enthusiasm for the game and its content has arguably hit an all-time low, and this is attributed to its poor online service. Players have complained about shaky connections, unbearable lag, and even matchmaking issues. Given these issues, then, it’s no surprise that Ultimate’s morale has decreased.

Luckily, there’s another way to play the game that many players probably haven’t even considered! Of course, regular readers know exactly what we’re about to segue into. Many Smash players have at least one or two amiibo figures, and many more don’t even know there’s a complex metagame behind them! Things change when characters are controlled by an AI. So what, then, makes amiibo training so special? That’s what we’re here to talk about today!

You don’t have to be good at the game

The best amiibo trainers are generally not the best at competitive Smash. They’re two totally different playstyles. The best amiibo generally make use of spammy playstyles. Ness spams PK Fire and PK Thunder, Incineroar spams Alolan Whip, Bowser spams… his entire moveset, and so on. If you aren’t good at competitive Smash, no worries! It’s still very possible to train a tournament-winning Figure Player.

If you’d like to read some of our guides, you can find the master list here!

It’s deeper than you think

amiibo training is a lot more than training it’s an AI. In fact, experienced trainers might tell you it’s more about working around the AI. Many characters (looking at you, Bayonetta and Ice Climbers) can’t recover properly, and often self-destruct as a result. Furthermore, there’s a whole list of attacks the AI can’t deal with. Alolan Whip, Power Thrust, Space Pirate Rush, PK Thunder… it goes and on.

For more information on the game’s AI, check out this post!

There are many sides to the community

In addition to our own Discord server, there are many other amiibo training communities you can join. Each offers their own take on the matter, and these differing perspectives can help us understand the best way to train each and every amiibo. There are a bunch of servers out there, but some of the best include Amiibo Fight Club, USAC, SUAL, and Unofficial British Amiibo League. Feel free to join these servers, too — they’d be just as happy to help you out if you need it!

You don’t have to blame yourself

Competitive Smash is hard. If you lose an important match against a strong player, you might find yourself analyzing the match to see where you went wrong. If your amiibo loses an important game, yes – you can analyze the match and try to improve – but you can also take the easy way out and blame the loss on RNG. Please note that you don’t actually have to do this.

Things are only getting better

Our metagame has always been online. Ultimate’s AI is entirely unaffected by lag. Matches will still play out the same, but you’ll still need to take care not to get disconnected. Fortunately, many of our tournaments take place offline. If you have no idea what I’m talking about here, feel free to read this post for all the details.

Let’s move back to serious matters for just a moment. I know many of you out there have been affected by COVID-19 – physically, mentally, or emotionally – and once again, I would like to extend you our sympathy. As a somewhat small website, we can’t do much to help, but we can continue creating content. I hope those of you who do enjoy our content continue do so. If reading our content is even a little bit enjoyable to you, then we’ve done our job! Thanks again for sticking with us — even through the occasional content drought. We’re hard at work preparing more posts behind the scenes, so I hope you look forward to reading them!

And once again, we’ve got a great community that you’re free to join at any time. We’re constantly looking for ways to improve – whether it’s site organization, new content, or even advertising said content – we’d love to hear from you! We’re looking into increasing our Pokémon and Animal Crossing content, too, so let us know if you’re interested in helping with (or just reading) it!

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