Luigi is shy, quiet and often overshadowed by his sibling, but he’s actually quite talented. His jumping ability surpasses Mario’s, and his all-around skills let him overcome any problem. He’s a bit cowardly and really afraid of ghosts. Even so, in the Luigi’s Mansion games, he was charged with cleaning up poltergeist problems.
Section 1: Character Overview
Luigi is a tricky opponent, to say the least. His jab is one of the most efficient available thanks to its perfect blend of speed and power. The rest of Luigi’s moveset retains that perfect blend, giving him many viable options. Luigi’s special moves, in particular, tend to come in handy: Fireball can harass opponents from afar, Green Missile and Luigi Cyclone can be used for recovery, and Super Jump Punch serves as a powerful KO move. Luigi’s recovery is decent, and certainly surpasses his brother’s – this means that he usually has no problem returning to the stage when knocked away.
Unfortunately, Luigi suffers from several flaws. Although his smash attacks are both strong and swift, they lack the range necessary to be fully reliable counterattacks. Luigi’s AI also overuses its aerials: in such a defensive metagame, this makes the character an easy target for grounded opponents. Furthermore, Luigi has an annoying habit of spamming Green Missile and Luigi Cyclone. These moves should be used for recovery purposes only, as attacking with them is inefficient. Finally, Luigi always attempts to edgeguard enemies with down taunt. This might sound hype on paper, but in practice, it rarely connects.
Luigi does require a good bit of effort to train properly, but he has a lot of potential in store for those patient enough to work around his flaws. With the right stats, bonuses, and training methods, Luigi can contend with and even outmatch the titans of the amiibo metagame: namely Bowser, Ganondorf, and Lucina.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Stats & Bonuses
For more information on equipment – including instructions on how to farm for custom parts – please read our amiibo equipment guide.
Most amiibo tournaments allow and encourage equipment. In fact, over ninety percent of competitions do – but if you’d prefer to forgo custom gear and leave your amiibo ‘vanilla’, you can skip this section. Otherwise, you will need to equip your amiibo with a viable setup of stats and bonuses. The following build has been extensively tested and proven effective:
+60 Attack / +50 Defense / +10 Speed
- Quick Missile: This is a custom move version of Luigi’s side special. It charges up quickly and flies faster and farther, making it a superior recovery option. Its attack power is weaker, but Luigi shouldn’t be attacking with it anyway.
Once your amiibo’s stats, bonuses, and custom moves are refined and ready to go, your training will officially begin! If you encountered a problem while equipping your amiibo, feel free to join our Discord server to ask for help.
Section 3: Training Your Amiibo
Amiibo training is a very specific task, and for the best possible result, you will need to approach it with caution. You can’t just go all-out using combos and aerials: both are seen as “newbie tactics” by competitive trainers. Instead, you should remain grounded at all times, making sure to punish your amiibo for every aerial attack it uses against you. This is true regardless of whether or not your amiibo was fed equipment.
To help your amiibo properly utilize its moveset, you will mirror match it from Level 1 all the way to Level 50. Playing timed matches on Ω-form stages is highly recommended.
Training Tips (Equipment & Vanilla)
- Neutral options: jab. As silly as it might sound, Luigi’s jab is absolutely fantastic. Simply put, if your amiibo is not within KO percentage, attack it with jab and nothing else.
- Main KO moves: forward smash and up smash. Once your amiibo has taken major damage, go in for the kill with a forward smash. It does lack range, but it’s worth the risk thanks to the attack’s above-average power and speed. Up smash is best used as an aerial punish.
- Moves to avoid: side special and down special. Green Missile and Luigi Cyclone are best used for recovery purposes only. As attacks, they don’t inflict much damage and leave Luigi vulnerable. Your amiibo will get in the habit of spamming these moves if you use them too often, so be careful.
- Situational moves: Super Jump Punch. Forward smash and up smash are Luigi’s most reliable kill moves, but Super Jump Punch can be used sparingly as well. Be sure to confirm your timing and spacing so that the move connects.
Training Tips (Vanilla-Only)
- If you did not feed your amiibo equipment, it’s a good idea to teach it to grab, pummel, and throw its opponents. When grabbing your amiibo, throw it towards the nearest edge. This means you will only need to use forward and back throws. In the equipment metagame, Improved escapability renders most grabs and throws useless. Without the presence of this bonus, your amiibo is free to use its grab as often as it pleases.
- Utilize back throw as a secondary KO move. Luigi’s back throw isn’t quite as strong as Mario’s, but its speed and power make it an easy kill option. It’s most effective at the edge of the stage.
When your amiibo finally reaches Level 50, its training will truly begin. Just like a real player, amiibo need match experience and practice against different characters. For more information on training your amiibo past Level 50, follow this link.
Section 4: Conclusion & Credits
Thank you so much for reading! Although the guide may be coming to an end, your training most certainly isn’t: there’s always a way to make an amiibo stronger, and yours is no exception. If you need additional help, check out the Amiibo Mechanics & Metagame Guide. If you want to ask specific questions, you can also stop by our Discord server.
If your desire to read amiibo training guides and articles hasn’t been entirely fulfilled, there are more posts here that you might like. Amiibo Training Analysis analyzes a specific aspect of the metagame in great detail. Meanwhile, the official amiibo tier list ranks each amiibo’s potential. The FAQ is another good resource worth checking out. Alternatively, you can head back to the master list of guides for even more amiibo training methods!