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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Ice Climbers amiibo Guide (Corruption)

Editor’s note: this is a user-contributed guide. Special thanks to Isla for writing this up! If you’d like to read Exion’s official Ice Climbers guide in addition to this one, please follow this link.

Hi, my name is Isla! I’ve been in the amiibo scene for over a year now, and have spent a large part of my time here messing around with the Ice Climbers amiibo. I made my first well-known appearance in the Raid Boss Open (RBO) tournament where I got top 32 with my Ice Climbers FP SoftSquish. At the time of writing, both my standard and “corruption” Ice Climbers have 24.39 and 23.89 ratings on Spirit Amiibots, respectively.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Bowser amiibo Guide (Raid Boss)

Editor’s note: this is a user-contributed guide. Special thanks to Bubstry for writing this up! If you’d like to read Exion’s official Bowser guide in addition to this one, please follow this link.

Let’s get one thing straight before you read this guide: Raid Bosses can come in many shapes and sizes, so feel free to experiment with yours. But a word of advice before I move on; fast moves work best for Raid Bosses, so prioritize any quick and powerful moves that your Figure Player may be able to use. With that out of the way, let’s move on to the best ways to train a Raid Boss Bowser!

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Splatoon 2 – Competitive Introduction Guide

Hi! My name is Nikigod, and I am a member of the Exion community. I am somewhat of a recent joiner, as I have only been on the server for a couple of months now. However, the community is welcoming and friendly to all, and as such I feel no like I am no less of a member than anyone else. Case in point is Cloud (The head honcho of Exion) letting me write an essay on something that I love- Splatoon! I have been playing for years, since Splatoon 1 on the Wii U, and am a part of the competitive community in the sequel. The game has a childish charm, and yet is intriguingly competitively deep. Splatoon is even how I got into Amiibo training! I had some Inkling Amiibo that I used in Splatoon 1, and realized I could use them in smash! I loved training them so much that I decided to join the community! Talking about communities, Splatoon feels very similar to the amiibo training community in that it feels like a small, tightly-knit circle of friends, even though the community is larger than you might think. As you can see, Splatoon has been a part of my life for a while now, and I wanted to write about it. When I approached Cloud about this idea, he was very supportive, and here we are! For this overview of the game, I am going to be focusing on Splatoon 2, however I am going to be using the labels Splatoon and Splatoon 2 interchangeably in this summary. So, what exactly is Splatoon? Well, Splatoon is one of the newer Nintendo IPs, with the first game releasing on the Wii U in 2015. Splatoon 2 was released in 2017. It is a 4v4 shooter that is heavily focused on map control, as the guns shoot ink, which creates lots of strategy involving the aforementioned map control and weapon choosing. There is a wide variety of maps and modes, which will be touched upon later. The weapon variety is excellent, and you can sink lots of hours into this game without it feeling stale. You hooked yet? Let’s dive into this game, and what makes it so great. 

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Pokémon Sword and Shield – An Expected Step Backwards

By now, you’ve probably heard all about Pokémon Sword and Shield. When the games were first announced back in 2019, fans were excited! We were going to receive our first high-definition main series Pokémon game. And then the folks over at Nintendo Treehouse streamed Sword and Shield for a while, and after that… Let’s just say things were never the same. When the game’s developers revealed that over 400 Pokémon would be excluded from Sword and Shield, the world was set ablaze with fury. After this revelation, the Twitter mob set out to raid every official Pokémon-related tweet with the aptly-named #BringBackNationalDex “movement”. Though, at the time of writing, the movement hasn’t been as impactful as fans had hoped, because the decision to eliminate Pokémon has not been reversed — and may never be[1].

And the controversy doesn’t end there. Have you heard of the random tree that looks like it’s from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time? Well, those trees were famous for a while — and for good reason. Like such trees, much of Sword and Shield’s contents are… kind of sad. But as if that weren’t enough, it wasn’t just Pokémon that were cut. The developers, generally speaking, cut almost every corner they could. Alas, everything that can be said about Pokémon Sword and Shield has probably already been said somewhere, somehow. In other words, we’re just going to say it all again. Let’s get started, then.

Thanks to Andro for writing out this elaborate Pokémon Sword and Shield review! We’re releasing this in celebration of the recent Crown Tundra DLC. With that in mind, do note that this review only covers the base game. We’ll have more Sword and Shield reviews and content coming up in the future, so stay tuned!

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Training the strongest Ken amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Here we go. Ken’s amiibo figure was first released on April 11, 2019. At the time of writing, it’s October 2020. There’s a reason it’s taken so long for us to push out a Ken guide: his Figure Player is bad. If you’re looking to train a powerful Ken amiibo that can use cool combos and overwhelm opponents, get that out of your head as soon as possible. We’re going to try and do that, but Ken has one of the most notoriously uncooperative AIs in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Without further ado, let’s pull out all the stops to train a decent Ken amiibo!

Thanks to TraumatizedBaconbits for contributing Ken’s training information! Be sure to check out Amiibots — a 24/7 amiibo battle stream!

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