Byleth could be considered one of the most highly-anticipated Figure Players of all time — that is, at least as far as the competitive community goes! This is in part thanks to Byleth’s powerful side special, Areadbhar, which can slice through AI opponents over and over again to either rack up damage or KO. Of course, Areadbhar isn’t as strong against human foes, but Byleth has more tricks up their sleeve to make up for it. Before we begin, we’ve got more information on Byleth’s strengths and weaknesses over at their corresponding wiki page. Otherwise, let’s jump right into today’s training!
Please note that this guide refers to characters who were recently released. The information presented in this guide was obtained via early-access amiibo files in December 2020, and is subject to change when more tournament and matchup data is made available.
If you’re new to amiibo training and are starting out with Byleth for the first time, good choice! They’re fairly easy to train, and their optimal Spirits are straightforward. If possible, you should try to finalize your FP’s Spirit set before you start training it, as Spirits actually scramble training data when used! If you need a run-down on how Spirits work in this game, our in-depth guide is a great place to start!
In terms of some specific bonuses you could use with Byleth, Super Armor is the clear winner! You can only obtain this Spirit effect through the summon-exclusive Gold Mario Spirit, so make sure you have Super Mushroom, Fire Flower, and Metal Mario Spirits on hand. Armor Knight and Trade-Off Ability ↑ is a good alternative that grants its user immense stat boosts, including 1.15x attack and a whopping 1.8x defense. Most tournaments keep Super Armor and Armor Knight banned, but if you’re training a Raid Boss Byleth amiibo, you don’t have to worry about that!
There are several other bonuses you could make use of instead, including Weapon Attack ↑, Side Special ↑, Move Speed ↑, and Hyper Smash Attacks. If you’re training a Raid Boss Byleth, you might consider trying out Landing Lag ↓ instead. Regarding stat distributions, any can potentially work for Byleth! A roughly balanced one is a safe bet. Make sure the FP’s Spirit-type is Neutral so that it doesn’t lose Spirit-type matchups when it finds itself against an opponent who also has Spirits.
You’ll want to use walking as your main method of transportation (as opposed to running). Generally speaking, you never want to dash or jump while training Byleth, except after using an up smash or up tilt to begin an up air juggle. It’s also best for Byleth to shield and parry rather often, as they can use that opportunity to punish an opponent with a variety of potential counterattacks. To easily teach your FP to parry, try shield flickering (which is when you repeatedly press the shield button). Here are all the moves to use during training (and it’s a lot):
- Areadbhar: This is Byleth’s side special, and it’s their best move. It’s got range, power, and decent speed. What more could you ask for?! Use this move at mid-range. You can input it like a smash attack for even greater range, and it’s strongest when its tip connects.
- Sword of the Creator: Byleth’s up special is actually a fantastic move! Use it when you’re in front of your FP and its damage percentage is between 0% and 50%. After you’ve grabbed your FP and launched it into the air, follow up with an aerial Areadbhar for maximum power. Sword of the Creator is essentially free damage when used correctly! At least, against AI opponents.
- Down smash: Another great move. While it is kind of laggy, it hits extremely hard and strikes both sides. Use this move every so often when your FP walks up to you.
- Up smash: This is Byleth’s best tool for catching landings. Use this under platforms and to catch your FP’s landings.
- Amyr: This move’s kind of strange. It’s a charging move that takes time to wind up, but boasts incredible KO power. During Amyr’s swing portion, Byleth is granted super armor. Opposing FPs will often try and attack during this swing; however, it is to no avail, as Byleth’s super armor will prevail and the attack will land. Use Amyr infrequently during training — perhaps at the ledge.
- Forward tilt: One of Byleth’s faster moves. Use this up close on occasion. Prioritize Areadbhar and Sword Creator above all else, though!
- Forward smash: It’s got more range than down smash. More speed, too! Use this occasionally, and try to hit the tipper.
- Up tilt: This is also used to catch landings, but its primary use is to set up for up air juggles. Up smash does this job better, but up tilts can be used sometimes instead.
- Up aerial: This move has great range and surprisingly high kill power. Use it after an up smash or up tilt to juggle your FP in the air!
- Down aerial: When your FP is launched off-stage, you can chase it and attack with a down air. This move has a lot of start-up, so try to keep that in mind before attacking.
There are a few other moves you can use: a non-charged Failnaught from afar, a landing neutral air, and dash attack. These attacks are entirely optional, though, and likely won’t make or break your Byleth FP’s success. The only move you should specifically avoid is Byleth’s grab. It’s slow and has poor range, and their only decent throw is up throw (which can lead into up air juggles). Plus, FPs can’t learn to use more grabs if they notice an opponent is shielding a lot. Likewise, they can’t learn to shield more often if they notice their foe isn’t grabbing them. This means it’s okay for Byleth to forgo using grabs!
Raid Boss Training
For training, you’ll have to mirror match your Byleth amiibo until it reaches Level 50. If you have a Byleth amiibo but not the first Fighters Pass, this creates a complication. You can train an amiibo without mirror matching it, but in most cases, it won’t turn out very well. During training, keep taunting to a minimum, don’t charge smash attacks, and don’t worry about matchup experience (because FPs don’t save it). Now then, here are all the moves you should be training a Raid Boss Byleth FP to use:
- Forward tilt: A fast neutral option with a good bit of range. Use this up close to rack up damage!
- Forward aerial: Byleth’s safest poking option, and it’s especially strong when its sweetspot at the tip connects. This move becomes even better if your amiibo has the Landing Lag ↓ Spirit effect.
- Back aerial: Same deal as forward air. A strong poking option that can keep opponents at bay!
- Up aerial: Byleth has a strong juggling game, and it’s all thanks to their strong up air. It’s got good range and power, so juggle your FP with it whenever possible.
- Neutral aerial: Mostly useful as a landing option. It can also be used infrequently out of a short hop.
- Up smash: While slow, this attack has a decent hitbox that shouldn’t be neglected. Don’t prioritize up smash too heavily, but make sure the FP knows to use it sometimes.
- Down tilt: Use this every once in a while too. It can combo into a neutral air for some nice damage and is relatively safe.
- Areadbhar: Byleth’s side special is their best move — that is, when used against AI opponents. That’s not quite the case against humans, but Areadbhar is still worth using every so often. It covers a wide area and boasts lots of firepower!
- Forward smash: This move isn’t as useful as Areadbhar, but it is more powerful if its tipper connects. Use this to KO!
- Up tilt: Useful as a quick anti-air move. It can link into an up air juggle to rack up extra damage!
- Grab & throws: Byleth’s grabs aren’t very good, but without them, the FP won’t be able to beat human opponents who shield a lot. Throw your FP off-stage or use an up throw to lead into up air juggles.
There are several moves you should avoid: up special, neutral special, down special, down air, and down smash. They’re all either laggy or risky, and won’t be very effective against human opponents. Focus on the moves listed above, and your Raid Boss will be good to go! If you need more information on amiibo training, you could also check out our general amiibo training guide for some extra tips and tricks!
Thanks so much for reading! Out of every Fire Emblem character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Byleth’s optimal competitive training strategy makes use of the widest variety of moves. Seriously, Lucina’s optimized training is just forward smash, and the other fighters aren’t much more complex. If you have any questions, you’re welcome to join our Discord server and ask them anytime you want. To enter a tournament, you can also check out the Powersaves backup guide or mobile phone backup guide, depending on which device you have available. As always, if you liked what you read today, we accept and appreciate donations to pay for the site’s costly upkeep fees. Happy training – until next time!
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