amiibo Wiki: Isabelle

Isabelle’s amiibo figure was first released on July 26, 2019, and is compatible with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where she is considered mid-tier. If you would like to read Isabelle’s full-length training guide, you may do so via this link.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

By the time Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was released in 2018, Isabelle already had an Animal Crossing series amiibo that could be used with the game; thus, trainers began raising the character on day one. Compared to Villager, Isabelle is considered the stronger fighter. This is thanks to her different forward smash and side special moves, which give her a notable boost in viability. Fishing Rod is mostly undetectable by AI opponents, allowing her to essentially rack up damage for free when used correctly. Comparisons aside, Isabelle’s biggest strength is her edgeguarding game. She can use her forward, back, or down airs to secure a KO (or a meteor smash, the case of the latter) and then recover safely with her long-distanced up special. She also boasts a positive matchup spread against most fighters ranked lower than her on the tier list, and so Isabelle usually excels in tier-restricted tournaments.

Unfortunately, Isabelle does struggle with several disadvantages. Bar Fishing Rod, her other special moves do not bring her much benefit; in particular, Lloid Trap has high startup lag and the AI cannot purposefully position it for stage control — instead, it will plant the trap in a random location. Isabelle’s AI has also been known to use Fishing Rod as a tether recovery and miss, which often results in a self-destruct; furthermore, if it uses Fishing Rod on-stage and misses, it often stands there and leaves itself vulnerable until the attack automatically retracts. Isabelle also suffers from poor matchups against higher-ranked fighters, particularly King K. Rool, Chrom, and Mii Gunner (among others).

Overall, Isabelle’s tournament results have wildly fluctuated over the years, but have since settled down and her representation is now above-average. In the first-ever Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament, two of the final four entries were learn-off Isabelles. Neither of them won this competition, however. For at least a year after this tourney, Isabelle’s representation dropped off; luckily, in more recent times, additional trainers have been repping the character. If you would like to learn how to train an Isabelle amiibo yourself, please refer to our guide.

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