Character Guide: Ganondorf

The information in this guide is up to date, but the format is not. I will be updating this guide with a smoother, cleaner format, as well as additional tips and tricks, in the near future.

Ganondorf is the main antagonist of the Legend of Zelda series and Link’s arch-enemy. He’s a power-hungry king who aims to complete the Triforce. He himself possesses the Triforce of Power, which makes him highly resilient and strong in most games he appears in. Smash is no exception – Ganondorf is a slow but powerful character, and as with every character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, has received his own amiibo figure.

My aim is to make Amiibo Dojo’s character guides the most in-depth, organized, and informative amiibo training guides on the web. I’ve created a table of contents that will help you more easily navigate the guide. If you don’t have the time to read the entire guide, I’ve got you covered – I wrote up a shortened version of this guide that will only go over the key points of this post. If you’re on a crunch for time, this shortened guide is perfect for you! You can find it in Section 1. 

By the way, you can click on any section of the table of contents below, and the page will automatically scroll down to the section you clicked on.


Section 1: Shortened Guide

Don’t have the time (or patience) to read the entire guide? No problem. I’ve written up a shortened version of this guide that’ll go over key points of this post. That being said, I do recommend that you read the entire guide to get the most out of it, though.

Strengths and Weaknesses of this amiibo:

  • Strengths: Ganondorf has a lot of power throughout his moveset, to the point where some of his attacks can shatter full shields. He’s got strong aerials and helpful custom moves.
  • Weaknesses: Ganondorf is slow and his recovery is lacking – though these flaws are easily compensated for by his many strengths.

Training your amiibo:

  • The best way to train a Ganondorf amiibo is to teach him defense, and to capitalize on gaps in his opponent’s play.
  • Scan in your Level 1 Ganondorf amiibo – we’re going to start by feeding it. I recommend you give it 40 points strength, 70 points defense, and 10 speed; as well as the bonus effects Critical-hit capability, Explosive perfect shield, and Improved escapability.
  • I recommend the Warlock Blade, Dark Fists, and Wizard’s Dropkick custom moves for Ganondorf.
  • Once your amiibo is fed, go into Special Smash and set the mode to Heavy gravity. This is being done to discourage your amiibo from jumping. Choose your best character and fight your amiibo to the best of your ability; try to get as many KOs as possible. Try not to jump at all unless you’re trying to recover back on stage. Continue fighting your Ganondorf in this manner until he reaches Level 15.
  • Next up, you’re going to be playing as Ganondorf. Take the aggressiveness down a notch.  Shield on and off whenever you get a moment. Focus on Ganondorf’s up smash and especially forward smash to KO. When you grab your amiibo, try to throw them off-stage. You’re going to mirror match your amiibo until it is at or around Level 30.
  • For this step, you’re going to continue to play as Ganondorf. Except this time, you’ll be playing entirely defensively. Walk up to your Ganondorf and wait for him to attack. When he does, shield or dodge, and respond with either a forward smash or up smash. This is similar to Amiibo Trainer’s “The Amiibo 15” guide, and I’ve found that doing this step during an amiibo’s training really helps them in the defense department. Keep playing defensively against your amiibo until it reaches Level 45.
  • Have your Ganondorf fight other Level 50 amiibo, even if they’re trained badly. In between matches, mirror match your Ganondorf and act defensive to keep those tendencies fresh in its mind. Do this until your amiibo is Level 50.

I hope this shortened guide helps you out. If you don’t have time to read the full guide now, I recommend you bookmark this page and read it later. If you’ve got any questions, you can either read the full guide, or you can email me at amiibocloud@gmail.com!


Section 2: Amiibo Overview

In this section, we’ll be discussing Ganondorf’s pros and cons, and the reasoning behind his S-Rank placement on my amiibo tier list.

Ganondorf is among the top six best amiibo in the game. He’s slow, but very strong and resilient. He’s so strong, in fact, that he has multiple attacks that can instantly break shields. The power Ganondorf possesses throughout his moveset allows him to turn entire matches around if he plays well. He’s even got strong aerials; with his down aerial remaining the strongest meteor smash in the game. Lastly, Ganondorf has very helpful custom moves: Warlock Blade, Dark Fists, and Wizard’s Dropkick.

Ganondorf isn’t immaculate, though. He’s very slow, so it’s worth it to feed him speed-boosting equipment. His recovery is also slow and doesn’t go very high. These flaws, however, are easily compensated for by Ganondorf’s many strengths.

Ganondorf’s numerous strengths add up to him being placed in the S Rank. He’s not the easiest amiibo to train, but if you really invest a lot of time and effort into him, I believe he can do extremely well, especially if you feed him equipment.

And in case you were wondering – nope, Ganondorf can’t be taught to “Ganoncide” on purpose. If you don’t know, Ganoncide is when you grab an opponent with Flame Choke while in midair, and then steer the move off-stage so you both die. Amiibo don’t like doing things that kill them – so this rings true not only with Ganondorf, but with Bowser, as well.


Section 3: Training your amiibo

Now that we’ve gone over a general overview of Ganondorf, it’s time to actually train him. In this section, we’ll be going over what I think is the best way to train Ganondorf – to focus on putting defense first, and offense second.

 

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Deciding on Stats and Bonus Effects

Ganondorf is a slow, heavy character. He’s also pretty tall, so he’s an easy target. Because he has a large frame, I believe he’s best trained to focus on defense rather than offense. In order to be successful, he’ll need to learn to capitalize on gaps on his opponent’s play. I’ve prepared a training guide that will teach Ganondorf exactly this – it’ll go over feeding your amiibo and training it all the way up to Level 50! Let’s get started.

Let’s begin by feeding your amiibo equipment. Don’t actually feed it just yet – let’s decide on stats and bonus effects for your Ganondorf first. We’re going to be training Ganondorf defensively, so he’s going to need to have a sizable boost to his defense stat in order for him to reach his full potential. I think the best stat spread you could give to Ganondorf is +40 Attack | +70 Defense | +10 Speed. This spread bolsters Ganondorf’s already-proficient defense, and gives him a respectable boost to his attack, as well as increasing his mobility.

As for bonus effects, I recommend you use the rock-paper-scissors build (that’s a term coined by Amiibo Trainer). If you don’t know what I mean by “rock-paper-scissors”, it actually refers to a set of three bonuses: Critical-hit capability, Explosive perfect shield, and Improved escapability. I think this is one of the best setups in the game, since each bonus improves one aspect of your amiibo’s play. The critical hit bonus gives your amiibo a 20% chance of one of their attacks dealing critical damage. Explosive perfect shield creates a damaging explosion whenever your amiibo blocks, and Improved escapability will allow your Ganondorf to more easily escape from grabs, sleep, and shield breaks. I highly recommend that you give these three bonuses to your Ganondorf.

Once you’ve decided on a stat and bonus effect setup for your amiibo (I still highly recommend +40 Attack | +70 Defense | +10 Speed and the critical hit, exploding shield, and improved escape bonuses), it’s time to actually feed your Ganondorf the equipment it needs.

Additional Resources

If you don’t have the equipment that yields the bonus effects I recommended, you’ll need to farm for them. Luckily, I’ve written up a free guide on how to gather equipment for your amiibo. If you want to check that out, you can click here.

If you want to look at some more bonus effects and stat setups for your amiibo, check it out by clicking here. I gave you my recommendation for Ganondorf a few paragraphs ago, but if you really don’t want to use that spread for some reason, I’ve come up with some additional ideas in the article I just linked.

Feeding your amiibo

Boot up your Super Smash Bros. game if you haven’t already, and then click the “Games & More” menu. Navigate to the amiibo section, and scan in your Ganondorf. He should be Level 1 and have no equipment. That’s going to change very soon.

We’re going to feed your amiibo now. For this section, I’m going to assume that you decided to give your amiibo the stats and bonuses I recommended earlier. If you don’t remember what they were, here you go:

+40 Attack | +70 Defense | +10 Speed

  • Critical-hit capability
  • Explosive perfect shield
  • Improved escapability

Start by giving your amiibo the three bonus effects you decided on – in my case, it’s the ones listed above. Once your amiibo has these bonus effects, save its progress. As soon as you save the amiibo, tap it back in. It’s time to get its stats sorted out.

Feed your Ganondorf a bunch of defensive equipment until his defense reaches around 115 points. When you feed an amiibo defensive equipment, their speed decreases, so Ganondorf’s speed should be in the negative after you boost its defense to around 115 points. Next, you’ll need to feed your Ganondorf speed equipment until his speed reaches exactly +10. Be sure not to overwrite any of Ganondorf’s bonus effects while you feed it the stats. After your Ganondorf’s speed reaches +10, you’ll probably notice his attack is in the negative now! When you feed an amiibo attack equipment, its defense will fall. What we want is to feed Ganondorf enough attack equipment so that he goes up to 40 points strength, and his defense goes down to 70 points.

If done correctly, your Ganondorf should look something like this:

At some point while you feed your amiibo, it’ll become full. Normally, you’d need to battle your amiibo in order to feed it more equipment, but there’s a way around this. Once your amiibo is full, go into Smash mode and choose any character. Set the stock to 1, and when the match begins, immediately run off the stage and kill yourself. The match will end, and your amiibo will win, but it won’t level up. After the match, you’ll be able to go back and feed the amiibo again. If your amiibo becomes full again, you can repeat this process as many times as you need.

Ganondorf does have a few notable custom moves. The first is Warlock Blade. This move sees Ganondorf use the Sword of Sages and attempt to stab an opponent with it! It deals less damage than Warlock Punch overall, but it has a powerful sweetspot on the tip of the sword that can instantly shatter a full shield. The second is Dark Fists. This move has super armor, and is generally much safer to use than Ganondorf’s default up special, Dark Dive. The third move is Wizard’s Dropkick. When used in midair, it can help Ganondorf get back on-stage. Down throw also true combos into this move.

Since we’ll be training our Ganondorf to play defense, though, he should theoretically never use his neutral or down special, so if you don’t have those custom moves, you’ll be fine. I do strongly recommend that you use the Dark Fists move, though. When your amiibo has the stats, custom moves, and three bonus effects you decided on, you can save your amiibo’s progress. It’s time to start training!

Training your amiibo

As I mentioned earlier, we’re going to be training Ganondorf to put defense first and offense second. Your amiibo should be Level 1, and have the stats and bonus effects we decided on earlier. If your Ganondorf meets this criteria, great! It’s time to start training.

Step 1: Start by going into Special Smash and set the gravity to Heavy. This will make jumps lower and increase the falling speed of fighters. We’re doing this to discourage your amiibo from jumping – Ganondorf needs to stay grounded in order to be successful. Next, choose your best character and take your Ganondorf into a match. The goal here is to try to KO your amiibo as many times as possible. Play to the best of your ability and don’t hold anything back. Try not to jump at all unless you’re trying to recover back on stage. Continue to fight your amiibo in this manner until it is around Level 15.

Step 2: Next, we’re going to mirror match the amiibo – meaning you have to play as Ganondorf. Starting with this step, tone the aggressiveness down a notch. Shield on and off whenever you get a moment; this will send a signal to the amiibo to block when nothing’s going on. You should focus on using Ganondorf’s smash attacks – I taught my Ganondorf to use his forward smash immediately after blocking or dodging an attack. With this strategy, he can catch opponents by surprise and deal a lot of damage, too. When you grab your amiibo, try to throw them off-stage. Don’t use Ganondorf’s down or up throw at all. You’re going to mirror match your amiibo until it is at or around Level 30.

Step 3: For this step, you’re going to continue to play as Ganondorf. Except this time, you’ll be playing entirely defensively. Walk up to your Ganondorf and wait for him to attack. When he does, shield or dodge, and respond with either a forward smash or up smash. This is similar to Amiibo Trainer’s “The Amiibo 15” guide, and I’ve found that doing this step during an amiibo’s training really helps them in the defense department. Keep playing defensively against your amiibo until it reaches Level 45.

Step 4: It’s time to expose your amiibo to different playstyles. The best way to complete your amiibo’s initial training is by having it fight other Level 50 amiibo. If you’ve got other Level 50 amiibo, have your Ganondorf fight them, even if your other amiibo haven’t been trained very well. After every two matches where your Ganondorf fights another Level 50 amiibo, mirror match him and play defense just like we did in Step 3. If you don’t have any other Level 50 amiibo, just keep mirror matching Ganondorf defensively. Continue to either have Ganondorf fight other Level 50 amiibo or mirror matching him defensively until he reaches Level 50!

And there you have it – your Ganondorf should be Level 50 – a pretty strong Level 50 at that. Your training’s really only just begun, however. I’ve written up another training guide that talks about methods you can use to improve your amiibo after it hits Level 50. If you’re interested in reading it, click here. If you need any help with training, or have a question or comment to tell me, feel free to shoot me an email at amiibocloud@gmail.com!

 

This is the guide that I believe works best on Ganondorf. If you don’t want to feed your amiibo equipment, or if you want an equipped Ganondorf amiibo that’s trained aggressively, the next section has you covered.

That being said, I strongly recommend that you use the guide above. If I can’t convince you to, the next section is going to talk about training a Ganondorf with no equipment, training a Ganondorf passively, and training an equipped Ganondorf to be aggressive.


Section 4: Alternate training

So, we just went over what I believe is the best way to train Ganondorf. However, it’s possible that there’s some of you who don’t want to train your Ganondorf with equipment, or to be Balanced.

I’ve prepared not one, but three alternate guides you could use to train your Ganondorf. Just keep in mind that none of them will work as well on Ganondorf as the one we just went over. So, here are the three other training guides you could opt to use instead.

  • Vanilla training guide: If you don’t want to feed your Ganondorf equipment, I’ve created a vanilla amiibo training guide that works on any character. Just keep in mind: if you want to train an effective vanilla fighter, you’ll need to work around 500 times harder than with an equipped amiibo.
  • Aggressive training guide: If you’ll be feeding your amiibo and want your Ganondorf trained aggressively, you can use this guide to train him. I don’t believe that aggressive training would work well on Ganondorf, but if you want to give it a shot, go ahead!
  • Passive training guide: This is a guide I don’t recommend for Ganondorf at all. This guide teaches an amiibo to hang back and use projectiles to rack up damage. But Ganondorf has no projectiles, so training him passively simply won’t work.

Section 5: Amiibo training lingo

Did you find any words or terms in this guide that you don’t know the meaning of? Not to worry; I’ve taken the time to create a lingo section that will tell you what all of the words mean!

  • Omega stages: All of the stages in Super Smash Bros. also have Ω forms (omega forms). These forms modify the stage so that it is a flat platform with no stage hazards. To access the omega version of a stage, press X (using the Wii U GamePad) when you’re on the stage selection screen and a Ω will appear as the cursor. Then, select a stage, and you’re all set!
  • Bonus Effect: Something you can feed your amiibo. Hence its name, a bonus effect gives an amiibo an additional effect. Examples of these are Critical hits, Exploding shields, and improved escapabliity.
  • Mirror match: Also known as a “ditto”. When you fight your amiibo as their own character. For example, playing as Mario against your Mario amiibo would be considered a mirror match.
  • Vanilla: This is a term that means “an amiibo that has no equipment”. It’s not recommended that you train an amiibo without equipment, but there a lot of trainers out there who prefer to do things this way.

If there’s any terms here you didn’t understand, or terms that you think should be added to the list, shoot me an email at amiibocloud@gmail.com!


Section 6: Conclusion and Credits

Still with me? That was a pretty long guide. I gave you my recommendation for training Ganondorf and went in-depth on teaching you to train it. I also included alternative options for those of you that didn’t want a defensive Ganondorf.

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The images were taken from both SmashWiki and the official Super Smash Bros. for Wii U / 3DS website. 

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4 thoughts on “Character Guide: Ganondorf”

  1. Even unmodified, Ganon hits like a truck. 200 attack only makes it better, able to one shot with some moves.
    S tier, definitely where he belongs. c:

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  2. My gannondorf amiibo is 40/40/40 in stats with a combination of Amiibo Dan’s traits and Amiibo Dojo’s gannondorf. He currently has Critical Hit Capability, Life steal and improved escapability (Auto heal is not effective with just one slot). It usually takes enemies a while to kill him because he reaches 200% damage before getting killed. Although he is high in damage, he is the perfect shield master with great evasiveness. Sneaking up behind enemies to break their shields is his specialty.

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  3. I set my Ganondorf to have super high attack, ultra high defense, and negative speed. It works out really well since ultra defense prevents Ganondorf from getting launched by even the most powerful of moves, making the negative speed not that bad. Also, I have two critical hit badges for a higher chance of a critical, as well as life steal. This makes him the most annoying amiibo to fight cause if both the critical hit and life steal proc at the same time, Ganondorf recovers from so. Much. Damage.
    Literally all of my friends hate him.

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  4. On my Ganondorf amiibo I have hyper smash, quick smash, and life steal. Dealing 150 damage out of thin air and recovering almost all damage. It has never lost to any of my other amiibos, winning 2-3 stock against all of them.

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