Amiibo Training Guide: Lucina (SSB4)

Lucina, from the Fire Emblem Awakening game, is Chrom’s daughter and the future Princess of Ylisse. When she arrives from a doomed future seeking to prevent it from ever happening, she goes by the name Marth before her identity is revealed. She loves her father and would do anything to keep him safe.

Section 1: Character Overview

Lucina has two particularly powerful special moves that make her a tough opponent to defeat: her side special, Dancing Blade, and her down special, Counter. The former consists of four separate hits – and luckily, the Lucina amiibo is excellent at linking them all together. She uses this move a lot, to the point where her enemies often won’t be able to defend in time. Lucina’s Counter move is especially effective when used against incoming smash attacks – with proper timing, it can even turn the tide of battle in her favor.

While Lucina is indeed a formidable foe, a few of her tendencies can become problematic if certain precautions are not taken. Lucina may overuse both her forward and down aerials, which in turn leads to her getting punished. She may also become too reliant on her Counter and could be left vulnerable if used too often. Lucina’s recovery is also quite poor – her up special grants her decent vertical momentum, but very little horizontal movement.

The Verdict

Although she does have a few mildly annoying tendencies, Lucina is a powerful fighter who can rip unprepared opponents to shred. Using her Dancing Blade and Counter moves appropriately is key – with proper training, Lucina is more than capable of changing the future. Figuratively speaking.

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 / +60 Defense / Speed


Custom Moves

  • Iai Counter: This is a custom move version of Lucina’s down special. Iai Counter hits much harder and is also faster. Furthermore, it sends opponents flying backwards. In exchange, its Counter window is more difficult to activate. This isn’t as problematic as you may think – amiibo can react to oncoming attacks faster than any human. Even with its reduced activation window, your Lucina amiibo will still be able to use Iai Counter effectively.

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: Dancing Blade. Lucina’s jabs and tilts are all good – but they’re completely outclassed by her side special. A well-trained Lucina amiibo will rely primarily on Dancing Blade. Its speed and power is unrivaled, and whether or not Lucina can successfully link Dancing Blade attacks together is often the deciding factor of a match. Make sure to strike with all four hits as often as you can. If you can’t figure out the timing, try slow mode. If you still can’t figure out the timing, don’t worry about it, just use the move to the best of your ability.
  • Main KO moves: forward smash and down special. Lucina’s forward smash is one of her fastest and most powerful attacks. When your amiibo is at high percentages, start attacking with forward smash. Iai Counter is another excellent KO option, but it may be difficult for you to nail its timing. Again, if you can’t properly time the attack, try slow mode. If you’re not playing on the Wii U version of the game, you can just pause the game repeatedly to see what your amiibo is going to do.
  • Moves to avoid: neutral special. If used too often against her, your Lucina amiibo will use aerial Shield Breaker attacks at inappropriate times. It’s best to avoid this move altogether.

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 Supernova for compiling Lucina’s information. Images are courtesy of SmashWiki and the official Super Smash Bros. website.

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