For as long as amiibo training has existed, Bowser has been at the very top of its competitive metagames. The King of Koopas made waves throughout the entirety of Super Smash Bros. 4’s metagame, and unfortunately, he was even further buffed in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Though he does lose to Incineroar, he beats just about every other fighter. Bowser is so strong, in fact, that’s he banned from most competitive tournaments. You might have a tough time finding a tournament to enter that allows Bowser, but in case you do, we’ve got a great training strategy you can use to make yours really strong! If you want to learn more about Bowser’s strengths, you can check out his wiki page.
Please note that this particular training guide targets the amiibo-versus-amiibo format. If you’d like to learn how to train a Raid Boss Bowser amiibo (amiibo-versus-human), feel free to check out our corresponding guide instead.
First up: Spirits. The odds of finding a tour that allows both Spirits and Bowser is slim, but again, just in case, we’ve included some setups here. If you’d like a run-down on how Spirits work in this game, feel free to read our detailed Spirits guide before you move on!
Super Armor is Bowser’s best bonus effect, as it prevents him from flinching at low percents. Most tournaments keep Super Armor banned, so some other options would be Physical Attack ↑, Hyper Smash Attacks, and Trade-Off Ability ↑. The FP’s stats should be balanced and its Spirit type should be neutral.
When training Bowser, walking should be your primary method of transportation (rather than dashing). If an FP is trained to dash too often, it may run right into opposing attacks. And as usual, you’re best off mirror matching your amiibo until it reaches Level 50. Here are all the moves you should use during training:
- Up tilt: This move is fairly quick in comparison to the rest of Bowser’s kit, and its wide hitbox makes it absolutely vital to his success. Most (if not all) aerial assaults will lose to this move, and any grounded opponents hit by it will be launched directly above. This opens up another up tilt or even an up smash.
- Forward smash: Its armor paired with its kill power makes forward smash absolutely devastating. FPs will try to interrupt it with an attack of their own only to receive a slow and painful dropkick to the jaw.
- Up smash: Another armored smash attack. It beats any landing option and fills fairly early, so it should certainly be used often.
- Neutral attack: Bowser’s fastest tool, and should see a fair bit of use as a result. It can be used at point blank to keep enemies away, and can even KO at very high percentages.
- Forward tilt: While it doesn’t kill as quickly as his forward smash, Bowser’s forward tilt is much less susceptible to grabs. Use it frequently at close range.
- Forward aerial: Whether it’s edgeguarding an opponent or pursuing an airborne one, this move is fantastic. Its damage, knockback, and hitbox are absolutely devastating considering its surprising speed.
- Back aerial: A hefty – albeit situational – kill move that can surprise unsuspecting enemies. Its rare usage makes it difficult to prepare for, and its large hitbox makes it easy to land.
- Grab & throws: All of Bowser’s throws deal a lot of damage, and his up throw can even combo into his forward aerial at low-to-medium percentages.
There are four attacks you should avoid: neutral air, Fire Breath, Bowser Bomb, and neutral air. You may have noticed we listed neutral air twice. Bowser is notorious for spamming it if left unchecked, so do your best to never use the move nor ever get hiy bt it. Fire Breath doesn’t do too much for Bowser, as the AI tends to press the button once rather than holding it to rack up damage. Bowser Bomb leaves Bowser vulnerable, especially when used from the ground. Once your amiibo is fully trained, you can send it to a tournament! If you need help figuring out how to do that, check out our Powersaves guide or mobile backup guide (depending on which device you have).
Bowser might be the strongest Figure Player in the game (and he most certainly is), but this doesn’t mean training one is effortless. He still requires a decent bit of work, though substantially less than other characters. Once again, there are a few more resources available on Bowser; you could read his official ban announcement or his wiki page if you’re interested in learning more. If you have any additional questions that haven’t been answered here, feel free to check out our Discord server! Happy training, and until next time!
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