The Mii Fighters are arguably the most customizable fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. You can choose the Mii they use in battle, set them up with gear, change their custom moves… perhaps they’re too customizable, because each of the three Mii Fighters was underrepresented for the longest time. That’s no longer the case, as Mii Swordfighter has now cemented itself as a solid high-tier contender. If you’d like to learn more about its metagame history, feel free to read its corresponding wiki page. Otherwise, let’s jump right into today’s training!
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Do you want to equip your Mii Swordfighter amiibo with a Spirit team? If not, feel free to skip this section and move on to one of our two training guides — either competitive or Raid Boss. If you’re new to amiibo training and would like to learn more about how Spirits work in this game, check out our in-depth guide on them whenever you get a moment! In the meantime, here are some builds you can use on Mii Swordfighter:
- Banned bonuses: As with most characters, Armor Knight works great on Mii Swordfighter! Pair it with either Move Speed ↑ or Trade-Off Ability ↑ for the best possible bonus setup. Great Autoheal works too, and it’ll help Mii Swordfighter restore lots of health over time.
- Tournament-legal bonuses: There are several other Spirit effects you could use instead of the ones above! These include Weapon Attack ↑, Trade-Off Ability ↑ (on its own), Air Defense ↑, Critical-Health Stats ↑, Air Attack ↑, and Critical Healing & Metal. You could also opt to use two Weapon Attack ↑ Support skills if you like.
- Raid Boss bonuses: If you’d rather train your Mii Swordfighter as a Raid Boss, then you should use a setup of Shield Damage ↑, Weapon Attack ↑, and Move Speed ↑. This build will increase the FP’s damage output and give it a much-needed increase in run speed and air speed.
Mii Swordfighter’s best stat spread is a balanced one (2100 / 2100). Make sure the FP’s Spirit-type is Neutral before you start training it — that way it doesn’t lose any Spirit-type matchups later down the line. As a general note, we’ll discuss the best custom moves to use for Mii Swordfighter in the relevant training sections.
The best custom moves for a competitive Mii Swordfighter FP are Blurring Blade, Chakram, Skyward Slash Dash, and Power Thrust. As always, you’ll want to walk instead of run while training your FP so that it can more accurately react to incoming attacks. Stay on-stage at all times, avoid taunting and charging smash attacks, and teach your FP the following moves as it levels up:
- Alternate between forward tilt, down smash, and up tilt when your FP is up close. Up tilt is particularly fast and can chain into either itself or an up air — this combo is great at getting KOs! Of these moves, forward tilt is most important, so be sure to use it more often than the other two listed here.
- Use a mix of Power Thrust and Chakram against your FP when you’re a considerable distance away. Power Thrust should have slightly higher priority in this case, as it’s a strong moving hitbox with a respectable damage output.
- Up smash and up air are great for juggling. In the case of up smash, you’ll only want to use it to intercept your FP’s landings — don’t use it in any other instance.
- Down air can secure a safe landing, but don’t overuse it during training lest the AI start spamming it. Back air can also be used for air-to-air combat every so often.
You should avoid three specific moves during your training sessions: any neutral special, forward smash, and grabs. Mii Swordfighter’s AI likes using whichever neutral special it has equipped at inappropriate times, such as right after a short hop or directly in front of an opponent. Forward smash isn’t bad on its own, but it’s rather outclassed by forward tilt and down smash — which do its job better. Finally, Mii Swordfigher has a terribly unfortunate hard-coded grab combo in the form of down throw to up special; if it uses this combo at the edge, it may self-destruct. As a result, we have to steer it clear of grabs to ensure it doesn’t lose its life for no reason!
Raid Boss Training
The best custom moves for a Raid Boss Mii Swordfighter FP are Gale Strike, Chakram, Skyward Slash Dash, and Blade Counter. Unfortunately, an optimal Swordfighter doesn’t actually use its special moves — instead, we’re equipping it with a custom moveset that will minimize the FP’s usage of its specials. Here’s a full list of all the moves to use during your training sessions:
- Neutral attack, forward tilt, and down tilt are all useful at close-range. Rotate all three moves when you’re right next to your FP. Of these attacks, you’ll want to focus most on forward tilt and down tilt.
- Up tilt and up smash should be rotated as anti-airs — in other words, use them against your FP when it’s above you and trying to land. Up air can be used here too, and it’s a surprisingly strong poking tool.
- Neutral air is a good landing option; meanwhile, forward air and back air should be used for aerial combat to either rack on damage or KO.
Don’t go off-stage and don’t use any special moves. It might sound kind of lame – and to be honest, it is – but it’s the Mii Swordfighter’s best shot at posing a threat to human players. Regarding special moves, the AI often uses them at inappropriate times; for example, it will use specials that require a charge directly next to an opponent, which leaves it vulnerable to incoming attacks. If you want to learn more about amiibo training and the many AI flaws that are common between every character, check out our general guide!
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