Tournaments have played by the same rules for a really long time. Stages have always been limited to Ω- and Battlefield-forms. This is because amiibo AI doesn’t navigate certain courses very well, but after a ton of testing, we’re ready to update the metagame’s official stage list! We’ve selected a variety of new stages – a much wider variety than competitive Smash – to keep things fresh, interesting, and maybe even a bit more balanced!
Lucario was a top-tier threat in Super Smash Bros. 4. In that game, its Aura mechanic was stronger than ever; when paired with equipment, its attacks could reach nuclear power levels. Just one forward smash from Lucario was enough to KO an opponent. For its appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Lucario was significantly nerfed, and so it’s kind of fallen off the radar. It’s still got potential, though, and that’s what we’re here to discuss today!
In the context of amiibo training, Pac-Man is an interesting case. Way back in Super Smash Bros. 4, Pac-Man was considered one of the worst characters in the game. A group of dedicated trainers changed this, though, and now he’s a solid mid-tier contender! His metagame position is mostly the same in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, except he lacks that dedicated group of trainers he needs. He’s still got loads of potential, though, and that’s what we’re here to talk about today!
For as long as amiibo training has existed – even in Super Smash Bros. 4 – Bowser has been at the top. The King of Koopas made waves throughout the entirety of Smash 4’s metagame, and unfortunately, he was even further buffed in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He’s so good now, in fact, that he’s been unanimously banned from the Exion amiibo metagame. You’re probably not going to find many tournaments that allow Bowser, but if you’re just looking to train an amiibo that can crush human opponents, you’ve come to the right place!
Hero is one of five (and soon-to-be six) DLC characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Hero’s amiibo is actually the only DLC fighter we were able to test; while the preliminary AI will likely be changed in the final game, we did get an early look at how Hero might play. His kit seems rather promising, and when the real Hero amiibo does come out, you’ll be able to check back and get a headstart in training the strongest one out there!