If you’ve taken a look at our tier list, you might notice that Ridley is considered high-tier in competitive amiibo training. It wasn’t always this way, though; in the early days of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate metagame, trainers really struggled with the character. Fortunately, within a few short months, the community got Ridley all figured out, and he’s emerged as a dominant force in high-level tournament brackets. If you’d like to read more about Ridley’s metagame history, you can do so over at his wiki page. Otherwise, let’s jump right into today’s training!
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Ridley’s a real beast, especially when given a Spirit team. If you want to equip your FP with stats and bonuses, do so before you start training it — ideally, you’d give it its full Spirit setup at Level 1 and then fight against it using a Spirit team of your own. If your Ridley amiibo is already Level 50, you can still give it Spirits; just be prepared to play a few training matches afterward to brush up its skills. If you’re interested, we’ve also got an in-depth Spirits guide you can make use of any time!
As you might expect, the game’s strongest Spirit effects (Super Armor and Armor Knight) work excellently on Ridley. If you decide to use Armor Knight, use Trade-Off Ability ↑ to fill the empty slot. A well-trained Ridley FP using this build is truly a force to be reckoned with — especially in Battle Arenas or unrestricted Spirits tournaments.
Problem is, most Spirits tourneys are restricted, meaning they follow our ban list and don’t allow Super Armor or Armor Knight. In this case, you can use Physical Attack ↑, Side Special ↑, and Toss & Meteor. If you’d rather train a Raid Boss, we’ve got a section on that too! The best setup for a Raid Boss Ridley would be Physical Attack ↑, Move Speed ↑, and Landing Lag ↓. For stats, you can either keep them balanced (2100 / 2100) or lean more heavily into attack power (2500 / 1700). Make sure the FP’s Spirit-type remains Neutral.
While training Ridley, you are going to want to stay grounded as often as possible — except to go off-stage. Ridley’s recovery isn’t always reliable, but his aerials are incredibly strong, and they’re too good to pass up! As always, keep dashing, taunting, and charging smash attacks to an absolute minimum. Here’s a complete list of moves that you should teach your FP to use:
- Space Pirate Rush: A powerful command grab that drags its victim across the stage. Use this from a distance to approach your FP, and do your best to only use this move while grounded. Space Pirate Rush beats shields, which competitive FPs are taught to make use of quite often. That’s why this move is so effective!
- Down tilt: A downward tail attack that serves as Ridley’s primary combo starter. At low-to-mid percentages, a down tilt can combo into a short-hopped forward air. You can also use a neutral air afterward, but forward air should take priority in this case.
- Up smash: One of the strongest aerial punishes in the game. It’s kind of like Fox’s version of the move, but with extra strength. Whenever your FP is above you, attack it with an up smash. In fact, continue attacking it with repeated up smashes until the FP lands or is KO’d.
- Neutral aerial: This is Ridley’s primary landing option. It covers a respectable area and boasts a decent damage output. It can also be used off-stage to great effect!
- Forward aerial: As mentioned earlier, it can be used after a down tilt to rack on additional damage. It’s also effective as an edgeguard thanks to its multiple hits and high power.
- Back aerial: This might just be Ridley’s best edgeguarding move — it’s extremely powerful and somewhat fast. When your FP is trying to recover, drop off the ledge and smack it with a back air. At medium percentages, one back air should be enough to KO the FP (or launch it far enough away that it can’t recover back).
- Grab & throws: Though Space Pirate Rush should be your go-to grab move, Ridley’s normal throws can be mixed in as well. When grabbing your FP, simply throw it towards the nearest ledge. Down throw can combo into a forward air, but the FP will learn this on its own by the time it reaches Level 43.
- Forward tilt: When your FP draws near, use this move to attack it. It’s got good range and is highly spammable — plus, it can be angled! Then when the FP has been launched farther away, you can use Space Pirate Rush to approach it again.
- Up tilt: An alternative anti-air that’s faster, but much weaker. Up tilt links into itself and can eventually combo into an up smash.
- Plasma Breath: When used at the ledge, this move gimps Ness at any percent. Unfortunately, Ridley FPs trained to use Plasma Breath too often will miss out on their off-stage aerials — which work better against almost every other fighter. During training, you can walk up to the ledge and use a fully-charged Plasma Breath extremely infrequently. You’ll want to focus on leaving the stage and using aerial attacks instead.
There are a whole bunch of moves that just aren’t worth using on Ridley, so it’s time to list them all off: forward smash, down air, up air, Wing Blitz, Skewer, and neutral attack. Overall, Ridley’s playstyle should be mostly grounded; he should approach with Space Pirate Rush whenever possible, and when he is close to his opponent he can use a forward tilt, a grab, or a down tilt. When his opponent is aerial, he should use an up smash or up tilt. Mimic this playstyle as best you can and your FP should turn out quite strong!
Raid Boss Training
You’ll get the best possible results if you play as Ridley while training your Ridley FP. Leveling up amiibo takes a long time, so feel free to turn your FP’s learning off once it reaches Level 30 (give or take a few levels). Then you can send it on a Journey or have it fight another FP in the background until it finishes leveling up. If you want to know more about how amiibo learn, check out our general training guide before you continue. Just to be clear, since you’re raising a Raid Boss, you’re free to dash and jump as often as you’d like. Now then, here’s a full list of attacks you should focus on:
- Forward tilt: This right here is your main close-range damage racker. Forward tilt is strong and has above-average range. It can also be angled to potentially catch your FP as it lands.
- Down tilt: This move can combo into a forward air or neutral air. Be sure to use both combos during training so that your FP picks up on them at later levels.
- Grab & throws: Down throw can combo into a forward or neutral air just like down tilt! Up throw can create opportunities for up air juggles, and back throw can KO at about 150% near the ledge. Use all of these throws during training.
- Forward aerial: You can intercept your FP with a full-hop forward air every so often. You can also use it to land. It’s good off-stage as well, but edgeguarding is risky for Raid Bosses. Only edgeguard if you’re okay with taking the risk.
- Back aerial: Extremely strong, and can be used either out of a short hop or full hop to great effect. Use this move to rack up damage or KO. If you decide to edgeguard, you can use back air off-stage too.
- Neutral aerial: This is Ridley’s best landing option! It’s got a large hitbox, which makes it ideal for securing a safe landing. Also works off-stage, but again — it’s risky.
- Up tilt: Combos into itself or into an up smash or up air. Use up tilt as one of your anti-air moves.
- Up smash: Best used as an anti-air, or out of shield. It’s incredibly powerful, especially when used while standing on a platform.
- Space Pirate Rush: If Ridley uses Space Pirate Rush but misses, a human player will be able to punish him much more effectively than an AI-controlled player could. With this in mind, only use a few Space Pirate Rush attacks during training — it’s only a minor neutral tool.
Additionally, you can mix in just a little bit of forward smash and down smash. Other than Space Pirate Rush, you shouldn’t utilize any of Ridley’s special moves as offensive tools. Don’t use Plasma Breath, Wing Blitz, or Skewer; in fact, the only appropriate use of Wing Blitz is as a recovery move. As a general note, Ridley cannot learn to KO himself with Space Pirate Rush, nor can he learn to consistently use his notorious down throw into Skewer combo at low percentages. Keep that in mind!
True to his status as a heavyweight fighter, Ridley is ranked among the strongest fighters in competitive amiibo training. He can still be a bit finicky to train, so if you have any trouble, you’re welcome to join our Discord server. We can try to help you fix him up if you need it! If you want to learn how to enter tournaments, check out our Powersaves guide or mobile backup guide. We also appreciate donations to help keep the site up and running. Until next time — happy training!
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