A living embodiment of gross, this villain hates Mario and loves money. He claims to have known Mario since childhood, but who can tell if that’s true? Aside from adventuring, he’s also the chairman of game maker WarioWare, Inc. He can also store up his trademark Wario Waft for explosive results in the Super Smash Bros. games. Did we mention he’s gross?
Section 1: Character Overview
Wario isn’t your typical heavyweight fighter – sure, his attacks pack a punch (with his smashes being among the strongest in the game), but he also has a small frame, high mobility, and a deceptively good recovery potential. Wario’s neutral special, Chomp, is another interesting tool that serves as a fast command grab. In addition to dealing damage to enemies, Chomp allows Wario to eat certain projectiles to recover health. Wario also has a solid jab and even better tilts: his forward tilt has decent range and power, while his up tilt is a flashy way to catch falling opponents.
However, Wario’s many strengths come with a few drawbacks. As you might expect from a heavyweight fighter, Wario’s smash attacks are quite slow: his forward smash suffers from particularly heavy ending lag. This limits Wario’s KO options, leaving his up smash as his primary finisher. Finally, Wario’s amiibo suffers from several flaws in its AI. It tends to overuse its down smash and aerials and has trouble successfully timing Wario Waft.
Wario is an effective contender whose unique strengths break the norm of heavyweight fighters. It might take a bit of extra work to hone Wario’s skills, but with patience and proper training, he can meet and even exceed the abilities of most opponents.
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 / 0 Speed
- Corkscrew Leap: This is a custom move version of Wario’s up special. Wario will jump higher than usual, but the maneuver deals no damage. Corkscrew Leap isn’t instrumental to Wario’s success, but considerably improves his recovery potential.
- Rose-Scented Waft: This is a custom move version of Wario’s down special. Wario lets out a pink, pleasant-smelling fart that plants a flower on his opponent’s head. The waft itself deals less damage and knockback, but charges faster, making it the superior option.
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, up tilt, and neutral special. Wario’s jab is a bit on the slow side, but is a good “get-off-me” move that can temporarily repel opponents. Forward tilt and up tilt are stronger, and can even get KOs at the right percentages. Chomp, however, should be your go-to move. Its power and speed are unmatched, and although it has low knockback, its ability to quickly rack up damage is invaluable.
- Main KO moves: up smash. Wario’s forward smash is slow in its startup and ending lag, leaving up smash as his primary KO option. For this move, Wario performs a standing headbutt – during the attack, his head is intangible, meaning that it can’t take damage or knockback.
- Moves to avoid: down smash and side special. Wario’s amiibo tends to overuse its down smash if left unchecked. To minimize this chance, do not use down smash at all during training. Wario Bike should be used for recovery purposes only.
- Situational moves: Rose-Scented Waft. With proper training, Wario can learn to use this move effectively. At first, though, he’ll frequently miss the attack. It’s your job to teach him to accurately time his farts to secure KOs on his opponents.
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
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!