Amiibo Training Guide: Jigglypuff (SSB4)

This Normal- and Fairy-type Pokémon is best known for its soothing singing, which can make foes fall asleep. The secret to the song’s effectiveness is Jigglypuff’s ability to sing on the wavelength that will make its opponent the sleepiest. It also uses Attract to infatuate foes of the opposite gender.

Section 1: Character Overview

Jigglypuff’s character design is polarizing, and can be seen as an opposite to Little Mac. Its menacing aerial capabilities are nearly unparalleled: its air attacks have extended hitboxes and immense general utility, while its back aerial is among the strongest of its kind. Unfortunately, these traits are impractical in the amiibo metagame – which focuses on defense and grounded play – and this forces Jigglypuff to rely on its subpar ground game. However, a select few of its grounded moves are just barely useful enough to uphold some semblance of viability within the character. Its forward and down tilt attacks are its safest neutral options; both lack range, but inflict decent damage and can potentially link into a forward smash at low percentages. Jigglypuff’s side special, Pound, is one of its defining attributes: with enough Attack investment, the move can shatter a full shield.

However, Jigglypuff is riddled with a slew of flaws. As the Balloon Pokémon, Jigglypuff was designed for aerial combat, which is where most of its strengths lie. The defensive nature of the amiibo metagame essentially invalidates these attributes, leaving it with an unreliable grounded moveset. Its strongest finishers – namely its forward and up smashes – suffer from high ending lag and short range, respectively. As a result, Jigglypuff often struggles to find an opportunity to KO its opponent. In theory, Rest is a decisive closer that could potentially correct this issue, but the AI never properly connects the attack. Jigglypuff is also lacking in defensive capabilities, as it possesses the weakest shield in the game; if its shield is broken, it is instantly KO’d, which worsens its matchups against powerful fighters such as Bowser and Ganondorf.

The Verdict

Jigglypuff is rather difficult to properly train. Don’t let this fact turn you away from the character, as it has several redeeming qualities that give it a bit of a fighting chance. The road to training a champion Jigglypuff amiibo is both challenging and time-consuming, but with time, patience, and luck, the results may surprise you.

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:

+120 Attack / +200 Defense / -200 Speed


Custom Moves

  • Leaping Rest: This is a custom move version of Jigglypuff’s down special. Hence its name, the attack allows the Pokémon to leap upward before falling asleep. Its ending lag is also significantly reduced. Your amiibo shouldn’t be using Rest or any of its customs, but if for some reason it does, Leaping Rest will decrease the time it is left vulnerable.

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, and side special. As mentioned before, Jigglypuff’s jab and tilts lack range, but they’re the among the only available options. Pound is rather slow, but can yield huge benefits if it comes into contact with an opponent’s shield.
  • Main KO moves: forward smash and up smash. Jigglypuff’s smash attacks come out somewhat quickly, and are surprisingly powerful, but suffer from high ending lag. Up smash is most powerful if the back of Jigglypuff’s head connects.
  • Moves to avoid: down smash, neutral special, up special, and down special. Down smash isn’t bad, per se, but its speed and damage output leave something to be desired. Your amiibo will be more successful if it focuses on its forward and up smashes instead. Rollout brings no notable benefits and leaves Jigglypuff vulnerable to attack; the same goes for both Sing and Rest.

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.

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

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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!

Thanks to ZachD08 and MegaVGmaster for compiling Jigglypuff’s information. Images are courtesy of SmashWiki and the official Super Smash Bros. website.

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