Lucas’s amiibo figure was first released on January 22, 2016, and is compatible with both Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Lucas is considered mid-tier in Super Smash Bros. 4 and high-tier in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Exion has many available resources regarding Lucas’s amiibo; its Super Smash Bros. 4 training guide can be accessed here, its competitive Super Smash Bros. Ultimate guide here, and its Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Raid Boss guide here.
Super Smash Bros. 4
In this game, Lucas currently resides in the B tier. Quite frankly, in the context of amiibo training, Lucas is almost entirely outclassed by Ness. Lucas’s PK Fire lacks combo potential and his PK Thunder is comparatively weak. Speaking of which, it appears that Lucas’s AI was initially copied from Ness’s AI. Both Ness and Lucas FPs are hard-coded to launch themselves on-stage with PK Thunder 2 in an attempt to hit opponents. However, Lucas’s AI thinks its PK Thunder 2 travels the same length as Ness’s version of the move; since Lucas’s PK Thunder travels farther, this means it will often shoot itself directly off-stage and to its death. Lucas’s AI has a very high base usage ratio for its grab aerial, PK Fire, and PK Thunder, which can cause it to become spammy with these moves.
Even so, Lucas still possesses strengths of his own. He has an excellent set of smash attacks; his forward smash comes out fast and can reflect projectiles while his up smash is one of the strongest aerial punishes in the game. PK Freeze can temporarily immobilize opponents, and equipping the Improved launch ability bonus effect actually increases its freeze time by 1.3x. As mentioned before, Lucas’s PK Thunder travels farther than Ness’s, making it safer for recovery. He can also choose to recover with his tether grab, which Ness lacks access to altogether.
Overall, Lucas has accrued average tournament results and representation, and is thought to be objectively inferior to Ness in terms of competitive viability. Supernova is one of Lucas’s top trainers, and has won several tourneys using him. If you would like to learn how to train a Lucas amiibo in Super Smash Bros. 4, please refer to our corresponding training guide.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Lucas has been drastically buffed for his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and is now considered high-tier (especially with Spirits enabled). His most notable strengths include a potent edgeguarding game (mostly thanks to his versatile PK Thunder projectile) and powerful multi-hit smash attacks that serve as excellent damage-rackers and kill moves. Up smash, in particular, has a bit of invincibility during its startup; its multi-hit nature also allows it to go through an opponent’s perfect shield (as Ultimate’s AI almost always drops its shield after blocking the first hit of a move).
Thankfully, Lucas doesn’t have too many weaknesses, but one of his issues is his poor disadvantage state. Though Lucas’s recovery is more versatile and reliable than Ness’s, it can still be exploited, as it takes Lucas a moment to fire PK Thunder (and this leaves him vulnerable). If Lucas is launched upwards while on-stage, he doesn’t have many strong landing options. Due to these weaknesses, Lucas has difficult matchups against characters with powerful aerial punishes (including Link, Piranha Plant, and Snake) and characters that can harass him off-stage (King K. Rool). It’s important to note here that there are some instances where Lucas’s AI can misfire its PK Thunder while recovering and fall to its death. If Lucas initiates PK Thunder off-stage, but is pushed away via a windbox (or more situationally, by Mega Man’s up special), the AI will “let go of its controller” and stop attempting to recover. Luckily, this scenario is extremely rare in competitive matches.
Overall, Lucas has accrued strong tournament results and representation. Leaf’s Lucas amiibo kickstarted the fighter’s metagame progression in early 2019. More recently, gamer’s Lucas amiibo has been extremely successful in tournaments, and has won over fifteen of them. Other notable Lucas trainers include PrinZ, TraumatizedBaconbits, and MTJgator, who have also won tourneys with the character. If you would like to learn how to train a competitive Lucas amiibo in this game, please refer to our training guide. If you’d rather train a Raid Boss Lucas amiibo, you can check out our Raid Boss-focused guide right here instead.
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