Character Guide: Wario

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.

Wario is a character that is not represented very well in amiibo tournaments. I’m completely stumped by this – he’s a great character with numerous strengths. He can even contend against top amiibo like Ness and Bowser! I’ve put together a guide on Wario in hopes that he’ll get more tournament representation.

Table of Contents

  • Section 1: Guide Introduction
  • Section 2: Amiibo Overview / Pros & Cons
  • Section 3: Feeding your amiibo
  • Section 4: Training your amiibo
  • Section 5: Conclusion & Credits

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Welcome to Amiibo Dojo’s Wario character guide! Before we begin, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to visit the Amiibo Dojo – your support is very much appreciated.

Wario is a very underrepresented amiibo in tournament play. You just never really see him, and I don’t know why this is. His amiibo is actually quite good – as a character, he’s very unorthodox, and can disrupt opponents with his erratic moveset. Today, I’m going to show you the steps you need to take to train this amiibo.


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Amiibo Overview

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Wario possesses many strengths that allow him to do very well in battle. One of his most noticeable traits is his high damage output: to put it bluntly, his attacks hurt – especially his smashes, which are among the strongest of their kind. He’s also got the fart mechanic – after a set amount of time, he’ll be able to unleash a deadly  burst of gas that can break shields and allow him to score very early KOs. Something else that helps him is his command grab, Chomp. For this move, Wario bites forward and chews on any opponents who get caught. Not only can it damage foes, but it can also eat items and projectiles, which will help charge Wario’s fart! As you might expect from his…”obtuse” appearance, he is a heavyweight fighter. This, coupled with his above-average recovery, gives great him survivability.

Wario does have flaws, albeit minor ones. His attacks, while powerful, are kind of slow, so if they miss, he’s left open to attacks. The amiibo’s accuracy with his fart is sort of shaky – sometimes he’ll completely mess up and miss his opponent, and sometimes he won’t use it at all. Luckily, over time, his accuracy with the move will improve. Lastly, his use of Wario Bike is somewhat poor. It can disrupt opponents, but he will almost always dismount immediately after turning the Bike around, even if it means he falls right into a smash attack. Furthermore, Wario will very often aid his recovery with the bike before using Corkscrew. But if for any reason he’s knocked off the bike, he’ll persistently try to move again even if the motorcycle hasn’t respawned – this initiates Wario’s searching animation and leads to him self-destructing.

The Consensus

Wario emerges as an amiibo that can contend with the best of the best. You’ll need to put a bit of work into him (as his strengths are not quite on the level of the “top-tier” amiibos), but with enough experience, I truly believe that he can be a fantastic fighter. Wario just oozes with potential, which is why I’m stumped that nobody really uses him in competitive play. I hope that soon changes.


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Now that we’ve gone over Wario’s pros and cons, we’re going to begin the training process by feeding him equipment! We’ll go over recommended stat points, bonus effects, and custom moves for your amiibo.

This is a picture of my Wario amiibo’s stats, bonuses, and custom moves!

Wario – Recommend Stat Boosts

Even without equipment, Wario’s attack, defense, and speed are all proficient. This means that you don’t necessarily need to focus on one specific area. With that fact in mind, I’ve prepared two stat setup ideas you can try out on your amiibo. Here they are!

  • Stat Spread #1: +40 Attack / +40 Defense / +40 Speed

This is a very balanced spread that gives respectable boosts to attack, defense, and speed. If you’re interested in training an amiibo who has a lot of power, defense, AND speed, this is the setup for you!

  • Stat Spread #2: +40 Attack / +80 Defense / 0 Speed

This is a more defensive spread that focuses on minimizing the amount of damage and knockback your amiibo takes, while at the same time giving a nice boost to attack. If you’d prefer to train a defensive amiibo (which I highly recommend) that can also deal out some nice hits, go with this one.

Wario – Recommended Bonus Effects

I’ve got a few bonus setup recommendations that work on Wario here. Pick your favorite, or check out the full amiibo feeding guide for even more spreads you could go with!

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Do any of these combinations strike your fancy? Pick a spread, and you’ll have your amiibo’s stats and bonuses decided. If you want to take a look at even more bonus setups, check out this article on feeding your amiibo!

Wario – Recommended Custom Moves

For this character, there are two specific custom moves you might want to consider. The first is called Corkscrew Leap, which is an alternate up special. It allows Wario to go higher, at the cost of dealing no damage. This is a good trade-off, though – using the default version as an attack will leave your amiibo vulnerable, which you do not want. The other move is Rose-Scented Waft. The fart itself will deal less damage and knockback, but the move charges faster, has a larger hitbox, and plants harmful flowers on the heads of foes. With this move, your amiibo will be able to more accurate fart on its unfortunate opponents.

Now that you have decided on stats, bonus effects, and custom moves, it’s time to feed your amiibo! By the way, if you are lacking necessary equipment and/or customs, please click here to check out my equipment farming guide.

Feeding your amiibo

If your Wario amiibo is already Level 50, and you are reading this guide because you want to make him better without resetting him (which is totally fine), please skip to Section 4.

Go to Games & More, navigate to the Vault, and then go into the amiibo section. Tap in your Wario amiibo – he should still be Level 1. We’re going to start the feeding process by giving him the three bonuses you decided on. For example, if you chose the Critical-hit capability / Explosive perfect shield / Improved escapability set, you’d start by feeding him pieces of equipment that yield those bonuses. But let’s say you realize you don’t have a critical-hit bonus. In this case, you’d only give Wario the Explosive perfect shield and Improved escapability bonuses – which leaves open one slot so you can give him the critical-hit bonus effect once you manage to get it. Once your amiibo has its bonuses, you’ll need to round out its stats to the spread you decided on.

You will need to continue to feed your amiibo and adjust its stats until their values match up with the decision you made earlier. At some point, though, your amiibo will become full and won’t be able to eat any more equipment. Normally, you’d have to battle it to be able to feed it more equipment – which would result in it leveling up. Luckily, there’s a workaround that was brought to light by Amiibo Trainer that allows you to have your amiibo fully fed before it ever levels up. If you take your full amiibo into a 1-stock match and immediately kill yourself when the game begins, you’ll be able to feed it again. You can simply repeat this as many times as needed until it’s fully fed. Using this method, you will be able to Level 1 have your amiibo fully fed with the stats and bonuses you want (this is because KOing yourself one time in such a short game isn’t enough for the amiibo to pass Level 1)!

Before you move on, make sure that your amiibo meets the following criteria:

  • Is still at Level 1*
  • Has the stats and bonuses you want

If your amiibo is not at Level 1, and you made a mistake, do not worry, you can still continue. I just recommend your amiibo have all its equipment at Level 1 so that it has slightly more time to adjust to its bonuses. 

If your amiibo meets the criteria above, great! If it doesn’t, and there’s a problem of some sort that you can’t fix, please don’t hesitate to ask me over at the Amiibo Dojo forums. You don’t have to register to ask a question, and you can expect a speedy response! Otherwise, we’re ready to move on to training your amiibo.


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You know, one big thing I’ve learned over the course of a year is that, ultimately, how you raise your amiibo to Level 50 doesn’t really matter. In fact, and this may seem odd, but it’s how you train your amiibo after its level is maxed out that matters. Just like a real player, amiibo need a lot of match experience in order to become true champions. But you know what? Even with all that said, I’m still going to give you a guide. Just, please, and I can’t stress this enough, don’t expect your amiibo to instantly become super good after you use it. This guide is designed to give your Wario amiibo a good foundation, which you will be able to build on after he hits Level 50. OK? Got it? Good. We’re going to keep this short and sweet, so let’s get started.

Step 1: Super Smash Bros. Fundamentals (Levels 1-45)

  • Character you need to play as: Wario
  • What stage to play on: Ω stages / Final Destination
  • Game rules: 3-5 minute timed matches
  • What you need to do: Stay grounded, use a lot of moves, highlight grabs.

For this (very long) step, you’re going to be mirror matching your amiibo on omega stages only. I recommend you set the game mode to timed matches. As you fight your amiibo, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind.

  • Do not jump or use aerials. I know there are a lot of you who train your amiibo to use, and even rely on aerials, but in the amiibo training metagame, they’re a big no-no. As several tournaments have shown, amiibo who rely on aerials leave themselves open to attack (as their aerials get perfect shielded, and the opponent gets a great opportunity to strike with an up smash). So yeah, please take my advice and don’t use them at all. 
  • Grab a lot. It’s actually quite important in the amiibo metagame. When grabbing your amiibo, pummel once or twice and throw them towards the nearest ledge (this means you will only ever need to use forward and back throw). Be sure to grab a lot, as it’s an essential skill for your amiibo.
  • Chomp is also good. This is Wario’s neutral special, a command grab. Use it whenever your amiibo is right next to you – once you’ve latched on, press the B button a bunch of times to bite down and deal damage! I recommend you use Chomp just as often as you grab (which is a lot).
  • Utilize Wario’s fart mechanic. This may seem obvious, but be absolutely sure to fart during battle. When Wario begins glowing with a warm, yellow essence, that’s your cue to let one rip. Try your best to break wind every time a fart is charged.
  • Make good use of Wario’s smash attacks and tilts. Forward smash is a megaton punch that deals huge damage – it’s best used when your amiibo is a step or so away from you. Up smash is a big headbutt – if your amiibo is in the air above you, try to hit it with a well-timed up smash. Down smash is a lingering breakdance, best used to catch your amiibo when it roll dodges. Wario’s tilts are also quite good – forward tilt is fast and strong, while down tilt is the fastest move in his arsenal, and can trap foes.

So there you go! Keep mirror matching your amiibo, with these tips in mind, until your amiibo is at around Level 45. It’ll take a while, but it’ll be worth it.

Step 4: Entering the Ring (Levels 46-50+)

  • Character you need to play as: None!
  • What stage to play on: Ω stages / Final Destination
  • Game rules: 2-stock matches, best 2 out of 3
  • What you need to do: Have your Wario fight other amiibo

Now that your Wario is around Level 45, his initial training is nearly complete! We’re going to round it off by having him fight other amiibo in your collection, no matter how badly trained they may be. He’ll need to face as many amiibo opponents as possible in order to succeed in a tournament environment.

If you do not have any other Level 50 amiibo, you can just keep mirror matching your amiibo. Either way, once Wario reaches Level 50, I advise you look at this guide so you can take the next step in your amiibo’s training.


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We’re just about done here – thanks so much for reading this guide! I hope you can put the strategies we talked about to good use. And hey, if you liked this guide, check out Amiibo Dojo on Twitter. I post to-the-minute updates on new guides and content heading to the Dojo every day, so if you’re interested in that, give it a follow! Oh, and you should also check out the Amiibo Dojo forums. Joining gives you a ton of perks, trust me. A ton.

Credits:

I may have done the training and the initial guide writing, but I had some help from a few others. This part’s dedicated to thanking them for their assistance!

Secret Password: fartofgold

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