Looking to get involved in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate amiibo metagame? You’ve come to the right place. Amiibo Dojo has been the top source of all things amiibo training since 2015, and we’re planning on retaining that title with our new wave of content. Let’s get started.
Step 1: Register Your Amiibo
Your first step is to register an owner and nickname to your amiibo. Assigning an owner is rather self-explanatory; however, there are a few caveats to choosing a nickname: it cannot exceed 10 letters, and cannot contain foul or suggestive language.
Within the community itself, we tend to refer to each amiibo by its nickname so that we know whose fighter we are talking about. To keep things simple, we suggest creating a unique nickname for your amiibo – one that hasn’t already been taken. This archive documents all of the names that have been claimed thus far. Of course, nobody can stop you from reusing one of ours, but if you do want to come up with something original, this is a good place to start.
Step 2: Train Your Amiibo
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was released very recently, and so we haven’t had ample time to study the inner workings of each amiibo. This means that we don’t currently have training guides for every character. That being said, we do have a complete set of guides for Smash 4. At the time of writing, we don’t know if key concepts from the previous title will transfer to Ultimate. In fact, we have quite a bit to test, and you can help us out:
- How well amiibo can perfect shield with the new mechanics
- If amiibo are more or less aggressive than in Smash 4
- If amiibo trained in Smash 4 will overuse dodges and rolls in Ultimate
- Whether or not amiibo can taunt at Level 50
- If amiibo are still hesitant to go off-stage against other amiibo
- To what extent the game’s AI has been updated…
…and this list is just the beginning. Needless to say, we have a lot of work to do – perhaps even more than competitive Smash players – because unlike them, we must learn to understand the new AI and how to work to its advantage. To that end, there are a few ways you could go about training your amiibo.
- Go all-out against your amiibo. Use aerials, “combos”, and whatever you like. Once again, we don’t know what amiibo are capable of right now. Training your figure player in this manner may not yield good results, but it will give us more insight into how the AI has changed. Plus, you can always reset it or give it spot training later on.
- Let the Level 9 CPU train the amiibo. This method isn’t recommended at all, as the amiibo won’t turn out good. However, since a Level 50 amiibo is a beefed-up Level 9 CPU, it may give us some insight on what we have to work with.
- Start with our Smash 4 guides as a base. Of course, fighters like Ridley, Inkling, and Wolf weren’t in that game, so these guides won’t be much help in training them. But for characters that were available, portions of these posts may still be relevant.
There are far more options available than just those three, but those are just a few suggestions. We’re going to be hard at work discovering all of the new mechanics and effects, so if you want to share your findings with us (and receive named credit for them), join the Amiibo Dojo’s Discord server.
Step 3: Enter a Tournament
Even though we don’t know much about amiibo at this point in time, we’re still going to host tournaments. These will allow us to watch the characters participate and draw observations from them. From the first ten tournaments or so, we may also begin to get an idea of which characters are strong and which are weak. A tier list won’t come until much later, when there have been at least fifty tournaments, but we can at least get a general idea beforehand.
Online tournaments are going to be functionally identical to the ones held in Smash 4. Use an NFC-compatible Android or Amiibo Powersaves, upload your save, and submit it to the tourney host. For more information on how to set up this process, check our online tournaments page.
The results of each tournament will be compiled into this spreadsheet. Matchup data and tourney win counts will be uploaded for each and every fighter so that we can determine a statistical average and help build a preliminary tier list within a few months’ time. If you enter an Amiibo Dojo-sponsored tournament with your fighter, you will be helping us gather data to increase our understanding of Ultimate’s amiibo game.
Step 4: Win Prizes & Bragging Rights
Here’s the best part: the results of winning a tournament. In most cases, you do only win bragging rights, but a select few tournaments will no doubt have monetary prizes up for grabs. I’m planning on hosting a few myself, so stay tuned for those announcements. By winning a tournament, you are helping to “advance the metagame” of that character. Not to mention that winning the championship title is satisfying, especially after a long bout of training.
There’s a lot of room for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate amiibo metagame to grow. We hope we’ll tell all of your friends about it to help increase the number of participants! If you’d rather not tell your friends about sinking hours of time into plastic figures, here are some other ways you can help grow the metagame.