Dark Samus is – as you might have guessed – Samus’ Echo Fighter! They’re virtually identical, except for one key difference: Dark Samus is much cooler. Save for different animations, victory screens, and a slight difference in posture, the two are exactly the same. That means our Samus and Dark Samus guides will be the same, too! They’re completely interchangeable, so feel free to read this guide if you’re training Samus and the Samus guide if you’re training Dark Samus. The training strategies we discuss will be just about word-for-word identical!
We could start this guide by making a “too big for Smash” joke, but that would probably fall flat. So let’s take another route: when Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s amiibo training functionality was revealed, former Smash 4 trainers began guessing how Ultimate’s newcomers might fare as Figure Players. We made a bold prediction that Ridley, Incineroar, and King K. Rool would be high-tier. If only we could have known how correct that prediction was.
Samus has had a rough life. Not in terms of Metroid lore, but in terms of her history in the amiibo metagame. Super Smash Bros. 4 was certainly a struggle, and Samus was ranked as one of the three worst characters (alongside R.O.B. and Mega Man — all three were robotic, for some reason) on our official tier list. In Ultimate, things are much better for Samus. By all accounts, she’s still not great; if you’re looking to train one though, you’re in luck — it’s easier now than ever before!
Bayonetta, Sheik, and Zero Suit Samus. These three characters have something in common: they’re not very good — at least when it comes to AI. In the context of our amiibo tier list, Bayonetta and Sheik aren’t rising anytime soon. But Zero Suit Samus has risen and has the potential to rise even further! She’s been quite underrepresented until recently, so now’s as good a time as ever to start training her!
Thanks to forenmagra for contributing Zero Suit Samus’s training information! Feel free to read their notes document for more character-specific strategies.
A complete summary of Samus’s performance in Super Smash Bros. 4 can be found on the character’s information page. It includes strengths and weaknesses, AI quirks, and an archive of tournament representation and results.