amiibo Wiki: Kirby

Kirby is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Super Smash Bros. series Kirby amiibo was released alongside Donkey Kong, Fox, Link, Mario, Marth, Peach, Pikachu, Samus, Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, and Yoshi on November 21, 2014.

In Super Smash Bros. 4

Kirby is ranked as a B+ character in Super Smash Bros. 4. In contrast to his harmless appearance, Kirby’s skill set is rather strong and allows him to perform excellently when fully utilized. His neutral attacks and tilts are fast, strong, and effective at racking up damage while his smash attacks are among the best in the game. Kirby’s recovery is absolutely stellar; in addition to having five double jumps, he can also use his up special to aid in his successful return.

Unfortunately, Kirby is not without his flaws: he is one of the lightest characters in Smash 4, and in a metagame where Bowser runs rampant, this is a poor trait. Kirby’s range is also quite lacking and he often has trouble landing his melee attacks. His greatest flaw, however, is his AI’s overuse of its neutral special. If left unchecked, Kirby will eventually use nothing but Inhale. Furthermore, the AI uses many of its copy abilities incorrectly and at inappropriate times; for example, it cannot learn to charge moves like Donkey Kong’s Giant Punch.

Despite his flaws, Kirby remained a solid mid-tier throughout the history of the Smash 4 metagame. Cloud, Glenn, DONkLE, and Supernova all found moderate success with the character; unfortunately, most of Kirby’s tournament wins came from roster-restricted competitions.

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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Kirby benefits greatly from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s revamped AI, and is now capable of utilizing simple combos involving his throws and down aerial. The AI no longer overuses Inhale, which opens up a new world of options for the character. Kirby also enjoys the introduction of off-stage play, as he can attack opponents with his powerful aerials to close off stocks early.

Unfortunately, Kirby retains many of his key flaws from Smash 4, including his below-average weight and range. Most concerningly, however, are Kirby’s matchups against top-tier fighters. He struggles to make much progress against Link, Mii Gunner, and Piranha Plant (among others), making him a fairly risky entry.

Despite his flaws, Kirby is seen as a high-tier fighter. This is thanks to Clockwerk66’s Brighteyes, who is considered the strongest Kirby amiibo in the metagame. Other Kirby amiibo have been entered, but rarely do they live up to the precedent Brighteyes has set for the character.

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