Figure Player(s) (abbreiviated as "FP" and "FPs") are brand-new A.I fighters introduced in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U under the name "amiibo", and was later introduced as an update in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. amiibo, can be scanned by the; Wii U GamePad, Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer (sold seperately), New Nintendo 3DS, and New Nintendo 3DS XL.
This allows the character to used in-game as customizable Figure Player fighters. amiibo stats will be changed by "feeding" them epuipment, as well as being able to change it's Custom Moves. But there is a limit to how many times an amiibo can be fed before a battle. The amiibo can learn up to three "Bonus effects" at once from the epuipment they are given. By default, the amiibo stats total is capped at 120, Example; +40 Attack, +40 Defense, +40 Speed, and so on. amiibo can also be given a name as well as changing the FPs colored outfit. FPs start at level 1, weaker than the average CPU player, but with good training they will be able to surpass tough opponents. Figure Players are often compared to Computer Players because they both use Artifical Intelligence (A.I).
As the Figure Player levels up over time, it will "learn" techinques: For Example, if a fighter uses long-ranged, camping attacks, then the amiibo will learn it. amiibo can learn even after reaching Lv.50 (maximum). In Addition, an amiibo can gain improved fighting stats such as; Improved Attack Power, Defense, Knockback, and Reaction Times the higher level it is. Finally, higher-leveled amiibo can adapt to individual matches faster than lower-leveled amiibo; if an opponent takes on an aggressive, rush-down style attacks against the amiibo in one match, for instance, it will make more use of it's defensive techiques like spot-dodges and rolls.
Using heavy opponents like Bowser and Ganondorf against Figure Players like Peach, will make them use their grabs more often. It's very important that your amiibo battles against every fighter (including DLC fighters) in the game because your amiibo will learn more when this happens. Also, amiibo will learn more when defeated in "Stock Battles". It's been said in both games that the amiibo should face high-level CPU players to better understand their strengths, but CPUs have been shown to play very poorly and won't help your amiibo to become better the higher-level it is, so do not train your amiibo against CPUs under any circumstances. Here's an amiibo training guide website if you're interested: https://amiibodojo.com.
However, even higher leveled amiibo have their flaws on complex stages, like walking back and forth on stages like Gaur Plain. amiibo can also win prizes like; Gold, Custom Parts, Trophies, and Mii Fighter Gear. The longer the amiibo fights, the more prizes it will gain, and these items can be received when tapping the amiibo the owner's Wii U GamePad, New Nintendo 3DS/XL, or Nintendo 3DS NFC/Reader Writer Adapter.
amiibo level up and learn faster by:
- Having it play on someonelse's Nintendo 3DS and/or Wii U system.
- Placing it in very intense battles.
- Making it fight against different fighters as both games clearly state.
- Letting it fight against other Figure Players (Including FP fighters that have aggressive A.I), Examples; Lucas, Lucina, Fox, Ness, and so on.
- Letting your amiibo get free attacks on you sometimes so that it understands a specific attack better, so it may use it more effectively or in some cases, you should use a certain attack repeatedly so that your amiibo may learn it. Example; Teaching a Zero Suit Samus amiibo to use her Up Special to K.O opponents.
- Use the same fighter as the amiibo you're playing against.
While Super Smash Bros. for Wii U natively supports amiibo, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS was unable to do so at launch. Version 1.0.5, released on February 9, 2015, added amiibo support for all Nintendo 3DS Systems including Nintendo 2DS.
A Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer Adapter is required to use amiibo on Nintendo 3DS/XL and Nintendo 2DS, while New Nintendo 3DS/XL users have built-in amiibo support on the handheld's. It should be noted amiibo figures such as; Mewtwo, Lucas, Roy, Ryu, Cloud, Corrin, and Bayonetta do not have Custom Specials. One DLC character was at least planned to have them, but it's unknown why it was never implemented.