It’s no secret that Ness’s Figure Player is one of the strongest in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He has one of the best movesets in the game, a variety of kill options, and solid tournament results. It’s well established that Ness is a top-tier threat, but he still has his weaknesses — and that’s what we’re going to be talking about today.
The best characters in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have attacks that abuse the poor perception of AI opponents. In the competitive amiibo scene, perception is reality — and some characters had moves so strong they were entirely banned from tournaments. Today, we’re going to take a look at all of these attacks (across both games) and what you can (or can’t) do to counter them.
After Bowser was removed from the Exion amiibo metagame last December, amiibo trainers worldwide collectively sighed in relief; no longer were tournaments dominated by a single character. But now, it’s February, and tournaments are dominated by (arguably) an even stronger character: Incineroar. Due to reasons we’re about to discuss, Incineroar is officially banned from the Exion amiibo metagame.
- Incineroar is one of the heaviest characters in the game, making it resilient and difficult to KO
- While Incineroar’s recovery is not great, it has a chance of taking the opponent down as well (as Cross Chop meteor smashes its victims)
- Incineroar has several powerful kill moves, including forward smash, up smash, and especially down smash (at the ledge)
- Its side special, Alolan Whip, is incredibly strong; Incineroar’s AI always times the lariat perfectly and opposing amiibo often make no attempt to dodge the move
- While Incineroar does have soft counters (Mii Gunner and Ridley among the few that can contend), none of them are surefire wins
In explaining Incineroar’s ban, we would like to place a special emphasis on its side special, Alolan Whip. The best Incineroar amiibo only use Alolan Whip (with a bit of down smash sprinkled in), making the fighter rather easy to train. Furthermore, Incineroar has dominated recent tournaments, and has shown stronger results than any other amiibo character in history (and this includes records from Smash 4). Please note that Incineroar is now banned from the Exion amiibo metagame. This means that our Discord server will disallow Incineroar, but tournaments that are not affiliated with Exion may still allow the character.
A recent patch to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has removed the first to five wins (also referred to as FTFW) training method. This allowed trainers to raise their amiibo to Level 50 in a configured set of five matches. Since this tactic was removed, trainers have been struggling to find a way to raise their Figure Players quickly. Nothing on the market comes close to the efficiency and results of first to five wins; however, the method I use feels more efficient than any other I’ve seen since, so I figured I’d share it with the world!
2020 is almost here, and with the new year comes the inevitable new year’s resolution – and our new year’s resolution is to revitalize the amiibo metagame by cleaning up a noticeable stain on its character diversity. As of today, Bowser is officially banned from the Exion amiibo metagame. To summarize our reasoning:
- Bowser is the heaviest character in the game, making him extremely resilient
- Bowser’s recovery is incredibly reliable for a character of his weight
- Bowser has several powerful kill moves, including forward tilt, down tilt (at the ledge), down aerial, forward smash, up smash, down smash, Flying Slam, and Bowser Bomb
- Bowser is statistically dominant, winning over sixty percent of his total matches over the course of a year
- According to many top trainers, Bowser is the easiest amiibo to train, making success far to easy to find relative to the amount of time needed to train him
- Bowser has almost no counters (save for Little Mac, who is rather uncommon and is himself countered by many other characters)
For a more in-depth look at the amiibo metagame and its Bowser problem, please watch this analysis video by Splice. It goes into great detail on Bowser’s position in the metagame and shows matchup data and tournament clips to back up our claims.