Bayonetta’s amiibo figures (Player 1 and Player 2) were first released on July 21st, 2017, and are compatible with both Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Bayonetta is considered mid-tier in Super Smash Bros. 4 and low-tier in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. If you would like to access her training guides, you may do so here (Smash 4) and here (Smash Ultimate).
Super Smash Bros. 4
Bayonetta is ranked as a B-tier character in the final revision of the Super Smash Bros. 4 amiibo tier list. Bayonetta is one of the only Figure Players in this game capable of utilizing simple combos; given that most FPs fail to connect a simple down throw to up air, this trait gives Bayonetta a slight advantage over other fighters. Her jab and tilts are her greatest assets and often allow her to follow up with one of her powerful smash attacks. She also wields a counter move, Witch Time; upon activation, it slows down the opponent and leaves them vulnerable to attack.
However, Bayonetta does suffer from several flaws. Her smash attacks, while strong, are riddled with high ending lag. Other FPs are then able to take advantage of this by intercepting with a smash attack of their own. Bayonetta’s AI is sometimes too focused on its aerial combos (which occasionally work in its favor, but miss just as often). Furthermore, the AI does not properly utilize After Burner Kick and Witch Twist as recovery options and often self-destructs rather than using the moves in tandem with each other.
Overall, Bayonetta has accrued decent tournament results and representation. She was a late addition to the Smash 4 amiibo metagame and thus is not known to have actually won any tournament championships. If you would like to learn how to train a Bayonetta amiibo in Super Smash Bros. 4, please refer to our training guide.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
When Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was released, many fighters in Super Smash Bros. 4 were able to enjoy some AI improvements as well as character buffs. Despite being considered low-tier, Bayonetta has some unique strengths that can potentially lead her to success. Her forward smash and up smash boast impressive range, which can make it difficult for other FPs to get through to her without taking serious damage. Her AI is capable of performing very simple aerial combos as well, which are excellent for training a Raid Boss. She performs well against characters who have limited options to outrange her such as Peach, Daisy, and occasionally the Ice Climbers; She also performs well against some characters lower than her on the tier list such as R.O.B..
That being said, Bayonetta has many notable weaknesses that hold her back from being able to perform consistently well. Despite having one of the most versatile recoveries in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, her AI often self-destructs if it finds itself offstage. This is made worse by the fact that Bayonetta is not only very light, but very tall, meaning she will be KO’d at lower percentages and does not even have the chance to duck under attacks as Kirby or Pichu can. Her offensive options have their own set of weaknesses; her smash attacks are slow, have unremarkable hitboxes, and can be easily parried by a defensive opponent. Additionally, the few midair combos that her AI is capable of performing are inconsistent against other FPs and may even get her killed for attempting them. These factors combined lead Bayonetta to struggle against most characters in higher tiers than her, with King K. Rool, Kirby, and Zelda being some of her worst matchups.
Over the course of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Bayonetta has not seen very much success in tournaments. She has few dedicated trainers, and both of the amiibo figures from Super Smash Bros. 4 are fairly uncommon both in-stores and online. As of writing this, Bayonetta has almost no tournament wins (save for at least one known victory), which ranks her among the worst-performing fighters in the game — and is in alignment with her position on our tier list. If you are interested in learning how to train a Bayonetta amiibo yourself, please refer to our training guide.
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