Super Smash Bros Ultimate amiibo Functions and Unlocks Guide

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate amiibo Guide

Super Smash Bros Ultimate‘s amiibo functionality will seem pretty familiar for anyone who played the Smash Bros games on 3DS or Wii U. It takes the Fighter Player concept from those games and expands upon it, while also allowing you to use your amiibo to unlock spirits for Spirit Mode as well. There’s quite a lot going on so watch our video below or continue reading our amiibo guide for all the details.

Figure Players

You can use the amiibo figures of any of the playable characters to create a ‘Figure Player’. Figure Players are unique AI which you can fight with or against in Smash Mode. You can use any variant figure, even if it’s from a non-Smash Bros series, but no cards. Over time your Figure Player levels up, becoming stronger and smarter, and develops its own playstyle.

Setting Up

To get started and create a new Figure Player, head to the Games & More section and select the amiibo option. Tap your amiibo and you’ll be prompted to select an owner profile and give it a nickname. You’ll then have a choice of alternate colours to give your Figure Player. Once you’ve made all your selections, your Figure Player will come to life before your very eyes!

Super Smash Bros Ultimate amiibo guide - amiibo Menu

Don’t stress too much about these choices as you can change them later by selecting Customise from the amiibo menu.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate amiibo guide - amiibo Customise

Using amiibo in Battles

Once you’re in Smash Mode, add a CPU player like normal and then press A while your cursor is over the CPU label. This will toggle the player into a Figure Player. Tap the amiibo you want to add to the game, and they’ll appear in that slot. You can add as many amiibo into the game as you want – you can even have a match of 8 Figure Players if you want!

Super Smash Bros Ultimate amiibo guide - Fighter Player in Smash Mode

amiibo gain experience as they battle which, over time, will bring them from Level 1 to Level 50. Fighter Players get smarter and stronger as they play – a Level 1 amiibo will barely ever attack, while a Level 50 amiibo will be at least as tough as a Level 9 CPU player. A Level 50 Fighter Player will also deal more damage than a regular player.

Fighter Players become more competent than regular CPU players because they can learn from their battles. There’s a lot of debate about how this actually works, but from personal experience they appear to remember which moves are effective at KO’ing opponents and will copy your general playstyle if you use the same character as them. For example, if you spam Villager’s slingshot against a Villager amiibo then it will use slingshot aerials more often than other attacks. You can also teach them to pull specific taunts after they KO an opponent!

Super Smash Bros Ultimate amiibo guide - Fighting an amiibo Figure Player

New to Ultimate is the ability to turn this learning feature off, allowing you to prevent a Fighter Player’s playstyle from changing. Head to the amiibo menu and select the Customise option. Then set Learn to Off. This will prevent bad players or poorly trained Fighter Players from being a bad influence on your amiibo.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate amiibo guide - Switching amiibo Learning Off

Tapping an amiibo on the amiibo menu after it’s fought a few battles can also reward you with gifts like coins and spirit items.

Feeding amiibo

In the amiibo section you can select the Level Up option to feed spirits to your amiibo. If your Figure Player hasn’t reached Level 50 yet then this will give them experience towards levelling up. There’s much cooler bonuses gained from doing this, however, depending on what kind of spirits you use as food.

Primary Spirits

Super Smash Bros Ultimate amiibo guide - Feeding an amiibo a Primary Spirit

Primary Spirits have one of four different attributes – Neutral, Attack, Shield and Grab. Attack spirits are stronger against Grab spirits, Grab spirits are stronger against Shield spirits, and Shield spirits are stronger against Attack spirits. Feeding a Primary Spirit to an amiibo can pass that attribute onto the Fighter Player. This will make them more effective against Fighter Players and spirits with an attribute they’re strong against (and vice versa).

Support Spirits

Super Smash Bros Ultimate amiibo guide - Feeding an amiibo a Support Spirit

Support Spirits can grant all kinds of useful abilities to your characters in Spirit Mode, and if you feed one to an amiibo it will pass that ability onto them. Fighter Players have 3 open ability slots which can be filled with these abilities. Most abilities take up a single slot but more powerful ones can take up 2 or even all 3 slots.

All Spirits

Every spirit you feed to your Figure Player will alter its stats. Figure Players have an offence stat which dictates the damage and knockback from their attacks and a defence stat which dictates the damage and knockback they receive. Spirits can increase and decrease these stats, but the total of the two stats can’t exceed 4200 points. Once you reach this maximum, further feeding will rebalance the stats rather than increasing the total.

Spirits can also change the personality of your amiibo, which seemingly has an effect on how they fight (although this will require further experimentation). There are 24 different amiibo personalities, which are listed below along with their believed effects.

  • Aggressive – rushdown style
  • Cautious
  • Cool
  • Daredevil
  • Entertainer
  • Enthusiastic
  • Flashy
  • Laid Back
  • Light
  • Lightning Fast – moves around a lot, quick to react
  • Lively
  • Logical
  • Normal
  • Offensive
  • Quick
  • Realistic
  • Reckless
  • Show-Off – taunts more frequently
  • Sly
  • Technician
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Unflappable
  • Versatile
  • Wild

Spirits fed to amiibo are gone for good, but all spirits appear to be able to be unlocked again through methods like the Spirit Board and the in-game store. You will receive cores of any spirits fed to your amiibo which you can combine to summon powerful new spirits in Spirit Mode.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate amiibo guide - Summoning with Spirit Cores

Converting amiibo From Smash 3DS/Wii U

If you tap an amiibo in the amiibo menu that has Fighter Player data saved from Smash 3DS or Wii U, you will be able to convert that data to be compatible with Ultimate. However it will no longer function in the previous games.

The Fighter Player’s level will be lowered and they will lose all their stat boosts and abilities given to them by equipment. Supposedly they will retain a Fighter Player’s learned behaviours, but since their level is so low when they’re transferred it’s hard to confirm whether this is actually the case.

Unlocking Spirits

Smash Bros Ultimate adds a new use for amiibo figures that don’t have a corresponding playable character. When you’re on the amiibo menu (accessed through the Games & More section) tap a compatible amiibo and you’ll be given a spirit for use within Spirits Mode. These spirits can boost your offensive and defensive capabilities or give you special skills that help out in battle. None of these spirits are amiibo exclusive as they can all be earned through playing World of Light or the Spirit Board. You can even earn duplicates if you run into a spirit you’ve already unlocked! The only catch is that you can only use each amiibo to get a spirit once. Not once per day – once ever. Here’s a list of each compatible amiibo and the spirits they’ll unlock:

Animal Crossing Series

Blathers

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Blathers amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Blathers
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Black Hole Equipped (2 Slots)

Celeste

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Celeste amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Celeste
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Item Gravitation (1 Slot)

Cyrus

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Cyrus & Reese amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Cyrus & Reese
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Ore Club Equipped (3 Slots)

Digby

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Digby amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Digby
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 1564
  • Attribute: Neutral
  • Ability Slots: 3
  • Ability: Battering Items Power Up
  • Offence: 797
  • Defence: 707

K.K

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - DJ KK amiibo Spirit

  • Name: DJ K.K.
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 1357
  • Attribute: Neutral
  • Ability Slots: 3
  • Ability: Can be enhanced at Lv. 99
  • Offence: 577
  • Defence: 780

Kapp’n

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Kapp'n amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Kapp’n
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Easier Dodging (1 Slot)

Kicks

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Kicks amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Kicks
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Sticky Floor Immunity (2 Slots)

Lottie

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Lottie amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Lottie
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 958
  • Attribute: Grab
  • Ability Slots: 1
  • Ability: None
  • Offence: 388
  • Defence: 570

Mabel

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Able Sisters amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Able Sisters
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Shield Durability Up (1 Slot)

Reese

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Cyrus & Reese amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Cyrus & Reese
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Ore Club Equipped (3 Slots)

Resetti

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Resetti amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Resetti
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 958
  • Attribute: Grab
  • Ability Slots: 2
  • Ability: Jump Down
  • Offence: 1625
  • Defence: 1530

Rover

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Rover amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Rover
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Ice Floor Immunity (2 Slots)

Timmy & Tommy

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Timmy & Tommy amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Timmy & Tommy
  • Type: Master

Timmy & Tommy’s spirit is different from all the others because it’s not one you equip. Instead, once you unlock their spirit it will open a store you can access from Spirit Mode which will allow you to buy spirits and items.

Tom Nook

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Tom Nook amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Tom Nook
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 1431
  • Attribute: Neutral
  • Ability Slots: 3
  • Ability: Can be enhanced at Lv. 99
  • Offence: 386
  • Defence: 1045

Fire Emblem Series

Alm

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Alm & Celica amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Alm & Celica (Young)
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 726
  • Attribute:Neutral
  • Ability Slots: 3
  • Ability: Can be enhanced at Lv. 99
  • Offence: 454
  • Defence: 272

Celica

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Alm & Celica amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Alm & Celica (Young)
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 726
  • Attribute: Neutral
  • Ability Slots: 3
  • Ability: Can be enhanced at Lv. 99
  • Offence: 454
  • Defence: 272

Tiki

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Tiki amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Tiki
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 1583
  • Attribute: Neutral
  • Ability Slots: 3
  • Ability: Can be enhanced at Lv. 99
  • Offence: 839
  • Defence: 744

Kirby Series

Waddle Dee

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Waddle Dee amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Waddle Dee
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 1429
  • Attribute: Neutral
  • Ability Slots: 3
  • Ability: Can be enhanced at Lv. 99
  • Offence: 922
  • Defence: 507

The Legend of Zelda Series

Bokoblin

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Bokoblin amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Bokoblin
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 754
  • Attribute: Neutral
  • Ability Slots: 2
  • Ability: Battering Item Power Up
  • Offence: 406
  • Defence: 319

Daruk

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Daruk amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Daruk
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 1814
  • Attribute: Shield
  • Ability Slots: 1
  • Ability: Weight Up
  • Offence: 796
  • Defence: 916

Guardian

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Guardian amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Guardian
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Weapon Resist Up (2 Slots)

Mipha

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Mipha amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Mipha
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Critical Health Stats Up (1 Slot)

Revali

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Revali amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Revali
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Shooting Attack Up (1 Slot)

Urbosa

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Urbosa amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Urbosa
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 1756
  • Attribute: Attack
  • Ability Slots: 2
  • Ability: Electric Attack Up
  • Offence: 1011
  • Defence: 646

Wolf Link

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Midna amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Midna
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 2672
  • Attribute: Grab
  • Ability Slots: 3
  • Ability: Can be enhanced at Lv. 99
  • Offence: 1269
  • Defence: 1403

Metroid Series

Metroid

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Metroid amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Metroid
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: KOs Heal Damage (2 Slots)

Shovel Knight Series

Shovel Knight

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Shovel Knight amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Shovel Knight
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 2963
  • Attribute: Attack
  • Ability Slots: 2
  • Offence: 1037
  • Defence: 1926

There are also spirits for Plague Knight, Spectre Knight and King Knight in the game so it’s likely that these upcoming Shovel Knight amiibo will be compatible with the game as well.

Splatoon Series

Callie

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Squid Sisters amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Squid Sisters
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Fast Final Smash Meter (2 Slots)

Marie

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Squid Sisters amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Squid Sisters
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Fast Final Smash Meter (2 Slots)

Marina

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Off the Hook amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Off the Hook
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Undamaged Attack and Speed Up (1 Slot)

Octoling Boy

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Octoling Girl & Boy amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Octoling Girl & Octoling Boy
  • Type: Primary
  • Attribute: Attack
  • Ability Slots: 2
  • Offence: 1414
  • Defence: 1414

Octoling Girl

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Octoling Girl & Boy amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Octoling Girl & Octoling Boy
  • Type: Primary
  • Attribute: Attack
  • Ability Slots: 2
  • Offence: 1414
  • Defence: 1414

Octoling Octopus

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Octoling Octopus amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Octoling Octopus
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Ray Gun Equipped (1 Slot)

Pearl

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Off the Hook amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Off the Hook
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Undamaged Attack and Speed Up (1 Slot)

Super Mario Series

Boo

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Boo amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Boo
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 807
  • Attribute: Neutral
  • Ability Slots: 3
  • Ability: Can be enhanced at Lv. 99
  • Offence: 343
  • Defence: 464

Goomba

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Goomba amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Goomba
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 750
  • Attribute: Neutral
  • Ability Slots: 2
  • Ability: Foot Attack Up
  • Offence: 361
  • Defence: 361

Koopa Troopa

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Koopa Troopa amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Koopa Troopa
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Green Shell Equipped (1 Slot)

Toad

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Toad amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Toad
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 1431
  • Attribute: Grab
  • Ability Slots: 3
  • Ability: Can be enhanced at Lv. 99
  • Offence: 630
  • Defence: 801

Waluigi

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Waluigi amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Waluigi
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 2858
  • Attribute: Neutral
  • Ability Slots: 3
  • Ability: Foot Attack Up
  • Offence: 1787
  • Defence: 962

Wedding Bowser

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Wedding Bowser amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Bowser (Wedding)
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 2824
  • Attribute: Grab
  • Ability Slots: 2
  • Offence: 1836
  • Defence: 986

This amiibo can also act as a Figure Player for Bowser.

Wedding Mario

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Wedding Mario amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Mario (Wedding)
  • Type: Fighter

Just for show, this one! It doesn’t actually do anything. The amiibo can also act as a Figure Player for Mario though.

Wedding Peach

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Wedding Peach amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Peach (Wedding)
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Critical Health Healing (2 Slots)

This amiibo can also act as a Figure Player for Peach.

Yoshi Series

Poochy

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Yarn Poochy amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Yarn Poochy
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 1866
  • Attribute: Shield
  • Ability Slots: 3
  • Ability: Weight Down
  • Offence: 808
  • Defence: 987

Other amiibo

Chibi-Robo

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Chibi Robo amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Chibi-Robo
  • Power: 1538
  • Attribute: Grab
  • Ability Slots: 2
  • Ability: Can be enhanced at Lv. 99
  • Offence: 854
  • Defence: 684

Detective Pikachu

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Detective Pikachu amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Detective Pikachu
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Fog Immunity (2 Slots)

Pikmin

The Pikmin amiibo unlocks five different Pikmin spirits: Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Blue Pikmin amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Blue Pikmin
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Thrown Items Up (1 Slot)

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Red Pikmin amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Red Pikmin
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Lava Floor Resist (1 Slot)

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Yellow Pikmin amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Yellow Pikmin
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Energy Shot Attack/Resistance Up (2 Slots)

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Winged Pikmin amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Winged Pikmin
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Floaty Jumps (1 Slot)

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Rock Pikmin amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Rock Pikmin
  • Type: Primary
  • Power: 912
  • Attribute: Grab
  • Ability Slots: 1
  • Ability: Weight Up
  • Offence: 172
  • Defence: 689

Qbby

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Qbby amiibo Spirit

  • Name: Qbby
  • Type: Support
  • Ability: Ore Club Equipped (3 Slots)

 

Super Smash Bros Ultimate is now available for the Nintendo Switch. There are several new Smash Bros series amiibo set to release in 2019.

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