Do you like Pokemon? Yes? Good! Amiibos are perfect for you, then. Think of it like training your very own Pokemon (or in this case, action figure). If you’re unsure of how to go about this process, may I present to you an in-depth guide on how to go about it (or at least how I would do it) in Super Smash Bros. Throughout the guide I’ll be including videos that show the growing process of an amiibo that I trained specifically for this. They are completely optional as they are purely gameplay, although they show the habits that can be picked up through training.
As a tournament goer, I was always entering my amiibo into the exclusive tournaments to hopefully win an extra prize. I regrettably haven’t won, but have managed to place in the top three or four every time. The end result that you will ultimately have should be a high tier, high tears amiibo that doesn’t take anything from anyone.
I’d like to make it clear that this is the best way, in my opinion, to train an amiibo. What works for me may not work for you, so keep that in mind.
Step 1 – Choose your fighter
I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m showing you how to do one of the most basic things that should involve little or no help. Well, let me tell you; picking an amiibo to train (at least if you want to make it the best you can) can make all the difference with how happy you are with the outcome. Pick an amiibo of a character that you know well; one that you don’t mind playing a lot or getting extra practice with. It’s handy.
Step 2 – Create a name for your fighter
Intimidation is key!
Step 3 – Train your amiibo
Keep in mind that if you’re going to be training your amiibo to be the best there ever was, then you’re going to have to stick to a very strict training regimen. Eat your greens, stay active, and keep on track. Time to cowboy up.
The First Hurdle
From level one, all the way to level 50, you’re going to be doing the same match; over and over, using the same character as your amiibo: X* stock, no items (or if you want them to use items, go ahead), random stage.
*Ideally, four to ten. It’s up to you in the end.
The Training Process
As you can see in the video above (or not, if you didn’t watch it), your amiibo will start out as a very weak, very incapable CPU that could probably be destroyed by a regular level 1 CPU. It doesn’t know how to read attacks, nor can it combo. It’s a sitting duck.
Here we are at level 25, halfway through. After about half an hour of training, you should be able to see a little bit of progress being made; combos are starting to come together. You’ll have to put your big boy/girl pants on and try a little harder. With the average reading level of a 6th grade student, this one shows promise.
Sometimes you’ll have to resort to spamming an attack for a little while so your amiibo can pick up and learn how to use it, as demonstrated 1/3 into the video. Try to drill those attacks/combos into that thing’s head so you know it’s fighting at the level you trained it at.
How learning works and why you should stay with the same character
The way an amiibo learns is from your actions as a player. It grows and adapts when it loses a match. This means that while you’re training and using your attacks, the amiibo will pick up on said attacks. Say you’re training Mario, and decide to use Charizard a few times. If you use an attack that isn’t similar to Mario’s, like his side special, you’re going to have a bad time. Mario won’t be very useful if he starts throwing his cape out instead of bashing baddies. Try your best to stick to that one character until you’re at level 50.
You won’t be able to do much now unless you have the reflexes of an olympian, or you’re just that MLG.
I’m at level 50, now what?
You’ve done it, the first big hurdle. The big grind is over. Now comes the even bigger grind. Have you ever played against a character you’ve never seen before and thought “Wow. I have no idea what to do in this particular situation”? Well, your amiibo feels the same way. It’s time to familiarize him/her with every single character.
The best way to do this is to play ten-stock matches against your amiibo until it wins every single time. Once that happens, you can switch over to a level 9 CPU, which has better reflexes and reads attacks like a book. At this point, you’re waiting until your amiibo doesn’t lose anymore to a given character. From there you move onto the next one, save for the one you used to train with. If you don’t feel like you’re proficient with a specific character, it’s totally okay to use a level 9 CPU in your place. Just keep in mind that amiibos seem to be more receptive to training against human players.
By this point, you’re pretty much done training your amiibo. The only thing left to do, if you so desire, is change the special moves (which can be done anytime during training) and add items. Be cautious when adding items, as they can cause severe overpowering, unless it’s fighting other amiibo/players with items.
That’s about all there is to say about that, but if you enjoyed this guide and would like to see more, please let me know!
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