Amiibo Training Guide: Mii Swordfighter (SSB4)

Mii Fighters are playable characters in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. They are based on a player’s Mii character—so anyone can join in—and you can outfit them with fun costumes. There are three different types (Brawler, Gunner, and Swordfighter), and each one brings a different fighting style to the battle!


Section 1: Character Overview

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Miis are an uncommon sight in the amiibo metagame, and the Mii Swordfighter is no exception. But that doesn’t mean that the Mii Swordfighter isn’t a potent fighter – as a matter of fact, it is a unique and effective contender. It shares many strengths with Marth and Ike: its smash attacks are powerful, and it has access to an invaluable counter move. The Mii Swordfighter also has one of the most damaging jabs in the game, as well as a solid set of tilts.

However, the Mii Swordfighter suffers from several flaws. Its recovery potential is very low – all of its custom side and up specials grant below-average vertical and horizontal distance. Its smash attacks, while strong, suffer from heavy ending lag. The Mii Swordfighter’s AI also tends to overuse its up and down smashes. Furthermore, it may time its recovery incorrectly and self-destruct.

The Verdict

The Mii Swordfighter is an unorthodox and surprising contender. Due to the low overall speed of its moveset, it’s important to teach this fighter to properly time its attacks. It may take extra patience to hone the Mii Swordfighter’s skills, but given time, it can become very strong.


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:

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Custom Moves

  • Blurring Blade: Blurring Blade is a custom neutral special. In essence, it’s a version of Marth’s Shield Breaker that strikes multiple times. Blurring Blade is strong against shields, and can create an advantage in a pinch.
  • Slash Launcher: A custom side special that aids the Mii Swordfighter’s recovery. It can be aimed in any direction.
  • Skyward Slash Dash: After charging briefly, the Mii Swordfighter will dash in a straight line. Its trajectory can be controlled. Skyward Slash Dash should serve as your main recovery move.

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, and Blurring Blade. The Mii Swordfighter’s jab is one of the most powerful of its kind and is a great neutral option. Forward tilt is a quick swipe of the blade that inflicts a lot of damage. Blurring Blade should be used sparingly, but with proper timing, can deal heavy damage to shields.
  • Main KO moves: forward smash and Blade Counter. The Mii Swordfighter’s forward smash is incredibly powerful, but suffers from noticeable ending lag. Blade Counter is an amazing tool that can turn the tide of battle in the Mii Swordfighter’s favor. If you can’t quite nail Blade Counter’s strict timing, you can try playing in Slow Mode or pausing the game repeatedly to determine when to activate its counter window.
  • Moves to avoid: up smash, down smash, Slash Launcher, and Skyward Slash Dash. The Mii Swordfighter tends to overuse its up and down smashes, and will eventually prioritize them over its superior forward smash. Avoid using up smash and down smash during training to prevent this from happening. Slash Launcher and Skyward Slash Dash should be used for recovery purposes only.

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 Mii Swordfighter’s information. Images are courtesy of SmashWiki and the official Super Smash Bros. website.


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