amiibo Wiki: Ganondorf

Ganondorf is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Super Smash Bros. series Ganondorf amiibo was released alongside Bowser Jr., Dr. Mario, Duck Hunt, Mr. Game & Watch, Olimar, R.O.B., and Zero Suit Samus on September 11, 2015.

In Super Smash Bros. 4

Ganondorf is ranked in the S tier in the final revision of the Super Smash Bros. 4 tier list, making him one of the strongest fighters available. Ganondorf’s moves are as deadly as they come, as he has a plethora of powerful tools to work with. Perhaps his most useful tool is Flame Choke, a command grab that bypasses shields, deals heavy damage, and combos into a down tilt. Ganondorf’s smash attacks are among the strongest of their kind, all with extremely high KO potential; forward smash in particular can break shields even when uncharged. Ganondorf is also a heavyweight, making him a bulky and resilient fighter.

Unfortunately, Ganondorf is held back by a few (albeit minor) flaws that slightly hinder his battlefield prowess. His smash attacks, while strong, are quite slow, and can be easily blocked or dodged with the right timing. Ganondorf’s recovery is another issue; neither his jump nor up special grant much height. His biggest weakness, however, is his large frame, which makes him vulnerable to common jab combos from Link, Luigi, and Pac-Man.

As a result of his prominent strengths, Ganondorf has accrued excellent tournament results and representation. Supernova, Glenn, Cloud, FarmingSim, and Arklaine have all achieved notable results with the character, cementing Ganondorf’s status as a top-tier fighter.

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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Ganondorf received many changes for his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. His strengths and weaknesses were amplified, making for a more polarizing character. True to his archetype, Ganondorf still possesses extremely powerful attacks. His forward smash allows him to KO Jigglypuff and Pichu at 50% and even the heaviest of fighters by 80%. The rest of his moveset retains its signature strength, making Ganondorf a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield.

However, Ganondorf does not benefit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s game mechanic changes. The AI now goes off-stage to gimp opponents, meaning that Ganondorf’s recovery is no longer guaranteed. Certain characters can now use simple combos, and Ganondorf’s large frame makes him especially susceptible. AI opponents grabbed by Flame Choke will now always tech the attack, and Ganondorf himself cannot learn to properly take advantage of tech chase situations. Lastly, Ganondorf’s AI uses its up tilt at inappropriate times, leaving it vulnerable to enemy attack.

Despite his flaws, Ganondorf’s standing in the Ultimate amiibo metagame is rock-solid. jtgill115 is thought to have the strongest Ganondorf amiibo in the metagame, with Blank’s own Ganondorf competing for second place.

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