Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
When Ridley was first released, a lot of trainers struggled to make him good, and they were under the incorrect assumption that he was middle- or low- tier. Given time, trainers were able to figure out Ridley’s true potential, and quickly learned that he is actually one of the strongest Figure Players available. His moveset is incredibly strong; his smash attacks and up air in particular serve as great damage rackers and finishers. Forward tilt is highly spammable and can be used to outrange a good portion of the cast, while Space Pirate Rush is a powerful command grab that can drag its victims across the stage.
Ridley does suffer from a few small flaws; for one, Wing Blitz can only be angled in one of four directions, so the character’s recovery can occasionally be exploited or intercepted. Ridley is also forced to choose between one of two playstyles; one that incorporates off-stage aerials or one that waits at the ledge and uses Plasma Breath. The former style fares better against most of the cast, but the latter completely counters Ness, a fellow top-tier fighter who otherwise beats Ridley.
Overall, Ridley has accrued excellent tournament results and representation and is considered one of the strongest FPs available. If you would like to learn how to train your own Ridley amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, feel free to read our training guide on the character. Do note that this guide targets the amiibo-versus-amiibo format; information on Raid Boss training is included below.
Raid Boss Training
If you would like to train a Raid Boss Ridley amiibo, its best Spirits and training strategy will be a little bit different. As is the case with most Raid Boss amiibo, the best bonus effects to use are either Super Armor or Great Autoheal. If you’d like to try a different setup, you can use Physical Attack ↑, Move Speed ↑, and Air Attack ↑.
Ridley’s best moves in Raid Boss form are jab, all tilts, and all aerials except for down, which should be avoided. A little bit of smash attacks (all three), Plasma Breath, and Space Pirate Rush can be used as well. Feel free to go off-stage to gimp with aerials, but don’t go too far as Ridley’s recovery is easily intercepted by human players.
Ridley is rather straightforward to train as a Raid Boss, but if you need any more information, be sure to check out our Ridley amiibo training guide (which does target amiibo-versus-amiibo, but has some value in the context of Raid Boss training as well) and our general amiibo training guide.