An energetic young man from a peaceful town in Animal Crossing, he is eager to make new discoveries each day. Some of his hobbies include planting trees, fishing, digging for fossils, and catching insects with his net. Sometimes, he likes to just sit back and enjoy the scenery with friends.
Section 1: Character Overview
Throughout the history of the amiibo metagame, Villager’s placement has been strange – no one knew what to do with the character for the longest time, and lingered in the amiibo tier list’s bottom rankings. Thankfully, times have changed, and Villager has now shown that he’s worth more than he originally credited with. He has a good jab and a great set of tilts that deal a surprisingly large amount of damage for being so fast, as well as a forward smash that can effectively gimp recovering opponents. Villager also has access to Lloid Rocket, a useful projectile that can help him maintain a distance from his enemy. Additionally, his recovery is one of (if not the) best in the game due to its distance and versatility.
Villager has a promising set of strengths, but he’s unfortunately far from perfect. His AI seems bent on spamming its down smash – this draws him away from his other moves and gets him punished. He also cannot learn to effectively use his down special – he’ll plant the sapling, but fails to follow up by watering it into a tree and then chopping it down. Villager’s range, specifically on his smash attacks, is quite poor – though his smashes are powerful, they often whiff their target and leave him vulnerable in return. This means that Villager has trouble landing his strongest kill moves. Furthermore, Villager has a slow grab that is difficult to land – if he misses, his opponent will have a great opportunity to strike back.
Villager has much unseen potential. If you can iron out the quirks present in his AI, it’s possible for him to be a competent fighter with a somewhat feasible chance of success.
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:
+80 Attack / +80 Defense / -40 Speed
- Pushy Lloid: This is a custom move version of Villager’s side special. Lloid will be larger and will also strike opponents multiple times, pushing them away before exploding. This custom move isn’t vital to Villager’s success, but it does help him to more easily rack up damage from afar.
- Timber Counter: This is a custom move version of Villager’s down special, and quite possibly one of the most powerful custom moves in Super Smash Bros. The sprout can trip opponents, and the tree itself inflicts damage to its attackers. As mentioned before, Villager’s AI cannot learn to consistently attack with a four-stage down special – he’ll only plant the sapling, which in this case will trip foes and help your amiibo establish control over the stage.
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, forward tilt, down tilt, Pushy Lloid, and Timber Counter. Villager’s jab is decent, and can be used to great effect multiple times in a row. It can also combo into one of Villager’s tilts. Both his forward tilt and down tilt are fast and strong, and are vital to his success. Pushy Lloid is best used from afar to close the gap between you and your amiibo – it can also be fired off-stage to catch a recovering opponent. During training, you should also try to keep a Timber Counter sapling on the field at all times. Don’t worry about watering it – as long as you plant it every so often, you’re good.
- Main KO moves: forward smash and up smash. Villager can learn to get exciting KOs with his forward smash off the ledge, so use this edgeguarding technique as your primary KOing strategy. Don’t use it as an on-stage kill move, though – its limited range and slow speed don’t work out very well. Up smash isn’t quite as strong and has a strange hitbox, but with proper spacing, can help Villager pick up a KO in a pinch.
- Moves to avoid: down smash and grab. Villager’s problem with spamming his down smash can potentially break this amiibo – you’re better off avoiding the move entirely. You should also avoid using Villager’s grab, as its sluggish startup and ending lag leave him horribly vulnerable.
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!