In Super Smash Bros. 4
Villager is currently placed in the C+ tier in Super Smash Bros. 4. Throughout the history of the metagame, Villager’s tier placement has been rather strange. No one knew what to do with the character for the longest time; as a result, he lingered in the amiibo tier list’s bottom rankings. After receiving a small burst of attention, Villager’s standings improved and many of his strengths became clear. He possesses a solid neutral attack and a powerful set of tilts as well as a forward smash that can gimp opponents off-stage. Villager also has access to Lloid Rocket, a useful projectile that can help him maintain a distance from the enemy. Additionally, his up special, Balloon Trip, is one of the best recoveries in the game thanks to its distance and versatility.
Though Villager has a promising set of strengths, but he is far from perfect. The AI seems bent on spamming its down smash, which draws it away from other moves and gets it punished. It also cannot learn to use its down special; it will plant the sapling but will not water it. Villager’s range, specifically on his smash attacks, is rather poor; they often miss their target and leave the character vulnerable afterward. Furthermore, Villager’s grab is slow and difficult to land.
Overall, Villager has accrued below-average tournament results and representation. MegaVGmaster is thought to have trained the strongest Villager amiibo; unfortunately, it never won any tournaments. This means Villager has never won a Smash 4 amiibo tourney, and likely never will.
If you would like to read the Super Smash Bros. 4 Villager amiibo training guide, please refer to this post.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Villager received a healthy mix of buffs and nerfs for his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In addition to an overall increase to his mobility, Villager also benefits from the introduction of off-stage play (as Figure Players now leave the stage to gimp opponents, unlike in Smash 4) and can more freely utilize his aerial moves to rack up damage and KO.
However, Villager has been nerfed in several aspects. His forward tilt, up tilt, and down tilt all deal less damage or have less range; his forward smash deals less knockback and his down smash has slightly more ending lag. Balloon Trip also recharges slower, leaving Villager vulnerable to gimping if he is forced to use it several times in a row.
Overall, Villager has received average tournament results and is considered to be better than his Smash 4 iteration. Despite this, his tourney representation is still somewhat lacking, though he is thought to have a great deal of potential. Villager is also considered to be better than his fellow Animal Crossing representative Isabelle.
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