Byleth is perhaps the most anticipated Fire Emblem newcomer in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate history. Wait, what? Indeed, after Byleth’s amiibo figure was announced, amiibo trainers across the globe estimated that the character would be high-tier — and they were right. If you’d like to read our full-length Byleth training guide, you can do so via this link.
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Byleth’s amiibo file was accessed early in December 2020, which means trainers had over three months to fully test the character prior to their official release date in March 2021. In terms of strengths, Byleth’s most notable is their range. Their tilts, smash attacks, and special moves all have respectable reach; in addition to their range, Areadbhar is also really strong and is especially effective against AI opponents, who often can’t block or dodge its hitbox in time. Its hitbox is also larger than Incineroar’s Alolan Whip; as a result, it’s estimated that Byleth may potentially be one of Incineroar’s few shaky matchups.
Though much of Byleth’s moveset is rather slow, its lack of speed is not particularly troubling in the context of amiibo training. Areadbhar’s range is so high that its speed doesn’t really matter, which allows Byleth to pile on loads of damage while remaining fairly safe. In terms of actual weaknesses, though, Byleth has a fair amount. Their overall matchup spread is absolutely excellent, but they’re known to struggle against Terry and Captain Falcon. And although Sword of the Creator reaches rather far, it offers little in terms of horizontal distance and so Byleth can sometimes be knocked too far away from the stage to be able to recover.
Despite the fact that Byleth is a relatively recent addition to competitive amiibo tournaments, their position in the metagame is rather solid: they’re a strong high-tier character that can take on the likes of Zelda, Banjo & Kazooie, and Pokémon Trainer (among many others). You can find a complete list of our Byleth amiibo resources below; if you have any questions, feel free to join our Discord community!
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