Entering amiibo tournaments in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Our community is certainly an interesting one. It’s the only metagame players can participate in without actually being present! Participating in our tournaments might seem difficult at first, but when you get the hang of it, it’s actually really easy. Basically, using Amiibo Powersaves or an NFC-compatible mobile device, you can extract the training data from your amiibo (without modifying the figure’s chip) in the form of a .bin file, which you can then send to a tournament host via email or DM. There’s a bit more to it than that, though, so let’s talk all about it!

General Information

amiibo tournament matches are unlike any other metagame’s competitions. For one, you don’t have direct control of the outcome of the match. Once you’ve trained your amiibo, that’s just about all you can do. Trainers use a wide variety of characters – particularly the ones that rank high on our tier list – but the good news is that Figure Players don’t save matchup experience. They act exact the same against every character. So you don’t have to worry about training it against different fighters. Just make sure it has a good set of fundamentals and you’re all set!

Figure Players can’t be trained to navigate stages better, either, so tournament matches are almost always played on Ω- or Battlefield-form stages to keep things simple. Normally-legal stages like Town & City and Smashville actually mess up amiibo AI due to their moving platforms, so we tend to avoid those. Of course, some tournaments might use hazardless versions of these stages, but it all depends on the rules of each individual competition. Most tournaments are played with either two or three stocks, a seven- or eight-minute time limit, and items and FS Meter switched off.

Bowser and Incineroar are also completely banned from tournaments! You can find more information about why Bowser is banned here, and why Incineroar is banned here. A good amount of online tournaments don’t allow Spirits, but the ones that do generally disallow Super Armor, Slow Super Armor, Armor Knight, Autoheal, and Great Autoheal. As it turns out, neither amiibo AI nor Spirits are all that balanced, so we’ve had to remove some elements from play to keep things varied and diverse. And fair.

How to Enter

The first step to entering an amiibo tournament is finding one to enter! Our Discord server has a tour listings channel, and entry to these competitions is open to all members. Once you’ve found a tournament to join, you’ll have to have a Figure Player ready to submit. If you still need to train one, you can use one of our character guides to do just that.

There are two types of tournaments: those that use Battle Arenas and those that don’t. Let’s start by talking about Battle Arena tournaments. If you don’t know already, Battle Arenas are the medium players use to battle each other in-game, and they let you use Figure Players, too! Some tours use sites like smash.gg and encourage players to set up matches on their own time. You have to be physically present for Battle Arena tournaments, though. On the plus side, they don’t require players to have Amiibo Powersaves or NFC phones to get the training file. All you need is an amiibo and a Nintendo Switch Online subscription!

Most of our tournaments are run offline, though, and they do require Amiibo Powersaves or an NFC phone. If you don’t have an Amiibo Powersaves, but are planning to enter lots of tournaments, I’d recommend you get one! You can find them at GameStop and Amazon, though they’re a little bit difficult to find these days. Either way, you can find a full guide on setting up and using Amiibo Powersaves right here. It’ll walk you through the process of saving an amiibo’s bin file and then entering it into a tournament!

If you have a phone that supports NFC compatibility, there’s a bunch of programs you can find on the app store. One of them is Tagmo, and most trainers who use their phone to back up their amiibo files use Tagmo as their go-to. There are other apps available, though, and most of their uses are self-explanatory once you download and open the application. Regardless of your method, once you have your amiibo’s .bin file, you’re ready to submit to a tournament! Email the host your file, and they’ll bring it to life on their Switch console. You don’t even have to be there to participate, either — the host will either post the bracket results, stream the competition, or both! This is how we’ve been doing tournaments for the past five years, but if you have any more questions, you can feel free to ask them at our Discord server. Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you in our next tournament!

If you would like to read more amiibo training guides, please follow this link.


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