The Best Spirit Effects for Every Amiibo

by RAPJM, Guest Contributor, edited for organization by Doc

This guide assumes competitive spirits rulesets: that is, the “Big Five” and Instadrop are banned. If you will not be playing on a competitive spirit ruleset, then using the Big Five is always superior – that’s why they’re banned. The spirits listed under each character are all considered viable, but the “Best” loadout is considered most viable when all used together.

If you don’t have a spirit for your desired spirit effect, please reference SSBWiki’s big ol’ list of spirits, and use Control + F to find all the spirits with the desired spirit effect.

Spirits also requires somewhat different training – please reference the complete guide to spirit effects for Smash Ultimate amiibo training.

Shorthand Glossary:

ToA refers to Trade-Off Ability

ToS refers to Trade-Off Speed

ToD refers to Trade-Off Defense

ToAtk refers to Trade-Off Attack

Floaty refers to Floaty Jumps

Up is sometimes depicted as an arrow pointing up (↑) on places like SSBWiki and in-game.

One-word descriptors like “Physical”, “Electric”, “Foot” refer to Physical Attack Up, Electric Attack Up, Foot Attack Up and so on. If it’s not clear what the spirit effect is referring to, assume it has the word “Up” or the ↑ arrow at the end.

Multipliers of Common Effects

ToS/ToD have multipliers of x1.4 on their respective effects

ToAtk has a multiplier of x1.23 on its Attack

ToA has a x1.18 multiplier on Attack, x1.2 multiplier on Defense and Speed

PSI, Physical, Weapon and other Attack Up spirits carry a x1.1 mulitiplier

Movement Speed Up has a x1.2 multiplier

Critical Health Stats has a x1.1 Attack multiplier, x1.3 Defense and Speed multiplier

Mario

  • Physical
  • ToA
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Floaty
  • Foot

Best for Mario

  • Physical
  • ToA
  • Critical Health Stats

Donkey Kong

  • Physical
  • ToA
  • Air Defense
  • Fit
  • Shield Damage
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Critical Healing and Metal

Best for Donkey Kong

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Air Defense

OR

  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • ToA
  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed
  • Giant
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Link

  • Weapon
  • Giant

OR

  • Weapon
  • Weapon again
  • Movement Speed

Samus/Dark Samus

  • Physical
  • Foot
  • ToA
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Movement Speed
  • Air Defense

Best for Samus/Dark Samus

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Air Defense OR Movement Speed

Yoshi

  • Physical
  • Shield Damage
  • Floaty
  • ToA
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Yoshi

  • Physical
  • Physical
  • Floaty

OR

  • Physical
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Air Defense

Kirby

  • Physical
  • Foot
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Kirby

  • Physical
  • Foot
  • Air Defense

Fox

  • Physical
  • Foot
  • Movement Speed
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Fox

  • Physical
  • Foot
  • Air Defense

Pikachu

  • Electric
  • Physical
  • Air Defense
  • Movement Speed

Best for Pikachu

  • Electric
  • Physical
  • Air Defense

Luigi

  • Physical
  • Foot
  • Fist
  • Floaty
  • Movement Speed
  • Air Defense
  • ToA

Best for Luigi

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Floaty

Ness

  • Air Defense
  • Physical
  • Fire
  • Electric
  • PSI

Best for Ness

  • PSI
  • PSI again
  • Air Defense

Captain Falcon

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Fire
  • Foot
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Fist

Best for Captain Falcon

  • Physical
  • Fire + Explosion Attack
  • ToA

Jigglypuff

  • Physical
  • Air Defense
  • Metal
  • Foot
  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Jigglypuff

  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Physical

OR

  • Physical
  • Foot
  • Air Defense

Peach/Daisy

  • Physical
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Air Defense

Best for Peach/Daisy

  • Physical
  • Air Defense

Bowser

  • Physical
  • Foot
  • Fist
  • ToA
  • Shield Damage
  • Air Defense

Best for Bowser

  • Physical
  • ToA
  • Fist
  • Shield Damage

Ice Climbers

  • Weapon
  • Air Defense
  • ToA
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Ice Climbers

  • Weapon
  • Weapon OR ToA
  • Critical Health Stats

Sheik

  • Physical
  • Foot
  • Fist
  • ToA
  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Movement Speed

Best for Sheik

  • ToA or Physical
  • Critical Healing and Metal

OR

  • Physical
  • Foot
  • Movement Speed

Zelda

  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Magic
  • Physical
  • Foot
  • ToA
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Air Defense

Best for Zelda

  • ToA
  • Critical Healing and Metal

OR

  • Magic
  • Physical
  • Air Defense

Dr. Mario

  • Physical
  • ToA
  • Foot
  • Fist
  • Floaty
  • Movement Speed
  • Air Defense

Best for Dr. Mario

  • Physical
  • ToA
  • Floaty

Pichu

  • Physical
  • Physical again (Pichu sometimes requires two)
  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Pichu

  • ToA
  • Critical Healing and Metal

OR

  • Physical
  • Electric
  • Air Defense

Falco

  • Physical
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Foot
  • ToA
  • Floaty

Best for Falco

  • Floaty OR Air Defense
  • ToA
  • Physical

Marth/Lucina

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Marth/Lucina

  • Movement Speed
  • Weapon
  • Weapon again OR ToA
  • Weapon
  • Movement Speed
  • Floaty
  • ToA
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Young Link

  • Weapon
  • Weapon again
  • Floaty

Ganondorf

  • Physical
  • Foot
  • Movement Speed
  • Floaty
  • Fire + Explosion Attack
  • ToA
  • Air Defense

Best for Ganondorf

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Floaty

Mewtwo

  • Fire
  • Physical
  • Fist
  • Air Defense
  • Movement Speed
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Mewtwo

  • Fire and Explosion Attack
  • Physical
  • Air Defense OR Movement Speed

Roy/Chrom

  • Weapon
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Movement Speed
  • Air Defense
  • ToA

Best for Roy/Chrom

  • Weapon
  • Weapon again OR ToA
  • Movement Speed

Mr. Game & Watch

  • Weapon
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Metal
  • Movement Speed

Best for Mr. Game & Watch

  • Weapon
  • Critical Healing and Metal

OR

  • Weapon
  • Weapon again
  • Air Defense

Meta Knight

  • Weapon
  • Movement Speed
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Air Defense

Best for Meta Knight

  • Weapon
  • Weapon again
  • Air Defense OR Movement Speed

Pit/Dark Pit

  • Critical Health Stats
  • Weapon
  • Air Defense
  • Movement Speed
  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • ToA

Best for Pit/Dark Pit

  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • ToA

OR

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Air Defense

Zero Suit Samus

  • Physical
  • Foot
  • Movement Speed
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Zero Suit Samus

  • Physical
  • Foot
  • Air Defense

Wario

  • Physical
  • Fist
  • ToA
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Movement Speed
  • Metal
  • Air Defense

Best for Wario

  • ToA
  • Critical Healing and Metal

OR

  • Physical
  • Fist OR Air Defense
  • ToA

Snake

  • Fire and Explosion Attack
  • Physical
  • ToA
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Foot
  • Air Defense

Best for Snake

  • ToA
  • Critical Healing and Metal

OR

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Foot OR Fire And Explosion Attack (depending on the frequency of melee attacks and explosives)

Ike

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Movement Speed
  • Floaty
  • Air Defense

Best for Ike

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Floaty

Pokemon Trainer

Please understand that the Squirtle, Ivysaur and Charizard amiibo do feature the other two characters, so applying a spirit for one character has impacts on the rest of the characters. Your spirit loadout should reflect the character that you believe will be most important.

Squirtle

  • Physical
  • Water
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats

Ivysaur

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Movement Speed
  • Air Defense

Charizard

  • Physical
  • Air Defense
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Pokemon Trainer overall

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Critical Health Stats OR Air Defense

Diddy Kong

  • Physical
  • Fist
  • Foot
  • Air Defense
  • Movement Speed
  • ToA
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Floaty

Best for Diddy Kong

  • Physical
  • Fist
  • Floaty

Lucas

  • Physical
  • Electric
  • ToA
  • Metal
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Movement Speed
  • PSI
  • Air Defense

Best for Lucas

  • PSI
  • Electric
  • Air Defense OR ToA

Sonic

  • Physical
  • Fist
  • Foot
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Movement Speed
  • Air Defense
  • ToA

Best for Sonic

  • Physical
  • ToA OR Physical again
  • Air Defense

King Dedede

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Air Defense

Best for King Dedede

  • ToA
  • Weapon
  • Movement Speed

Olimar

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Movement Speed

Best for Olimar

  • Weapon
  • Weapon again OR ToA
  • Air Defense

Lucario

  • Aura Attack
  • Physical
  • Foot
  • ToA
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Movement Speed

Best for Lucario

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Aura Attack

R.O.B.

  • Physical
  • ToA
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Air Defense
  • Energy
  • Movement Speed

Best for R.O.B.

  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • ToA

OR

  • Physical
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed
  • Weapon
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Air Defense
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed
  • Floaty

Best for Toon Link

  • Weapon
  • Weapon again
  • Floaty

Wolf

  • Physical
  • Fist
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed
  • Floaty
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Wolf

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Floaty

Villager

  • Weapon
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Critical Health Stats
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed

Best for Villager

  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Weapon

OR

  • Weapon
  • Weapon again
  • Movement Speed

Wii Fit Trainer

  • Physical
  • Fist
  • Foot
  • ToA
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Air Defense

Best for Wii Fit Trainer

  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • ToA

OR

  • Physical
  • ToA
  • Air Defense

Rosalina

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Foot
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Air Defense
  • Magic

Best for Rosalina

  • ToA
  • Critical Healing and Metal

OR

  • Physical
  • ToA
  • Air Defense

Little Mac

  • Physical
  • Fist
  • Movement Speed
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Floaty
  • Giant
  • ToA
  • Metal

Best for Little Mac

  • Giant
  • Metal

OR

  • Physical
  • Fist OR ToA
  • Floaty

Greninja

  • Physical
  • Movement Speed
  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Greninja

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed

Palutena

  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Weapon
  • Critical Health Stats
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed
  • Floaty
  • Physical
  • Air Defense
  • Magic

Best for Palutena

  • Weapon
  • Weapon again
  • Floaty

PAC-MAN

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats

Robin

  • Weapon
  • Electric
  • Magic
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • ToA
  • Air Defense

Best for Robin

  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • ToA

OR

  • Weapon
  • Electric
  • ToA OR Air Defense

Shulk

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Air Defense

Best for Shulk

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Weapon again OR Air Defense

Bowser Jr.

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Bowser Jr.

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed

Duck Hunt

  • ToAtk
  • ToD
  • Physical
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Attack OR Critical Health Defense
  • Blank slot

Best for Duck Hunt

  • Physical
  • Air Defense

Ryu

  • Physical
  • Foot
  • Fist
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed
  • Air Defense
  • Floaty
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Ryu

  • Physical
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed

Ken

  • Physical
  • Foot
  • Fist
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed
  • Air Defense
  • Floaty
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Fire

Best for Ken

  • Physical
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed

Cloud

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Floaty
  • Air Defense

Best for Cloud

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Floaty

Corrin

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Healing and Metal

Best of Corrin

  • ToA
  • Critical Healing and Metal

OR

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Air Defense

Bayonetta

  • Physical
  • Foot
  • Fist
  • Air Defense
  • Movement Speed
  • Critical Health Stats
  • ToA

Best for Bayonetta

  • Physical
  • ToA
  • Air Defense

Inkling

  • Physical
  • Foot
  • Weapon
  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • ToA
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Inkling

  • ToA
  • Critical Healing and Metal

OR

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Air Defense

Ridley

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Movement Speed

Best for Ridley

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Air Defense

Simon/Richter

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Floaty
  • Movement Speed
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats

Best for Simon/Richter

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Floaty

King K. Rool

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Movement Speed
  • Critical Healing and Metal

Best of King K. Rool

  • ToA
  • Critical Healing and Metal

OR

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Air Defense

Isabelle

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Air Defense

Best for Isabelle

  • Weapon
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Air Defense

Incineroar

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Movement Speed
  • Floaty

Best for Incineroar

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Movement Speed

Piranha Plant

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Movement Speed
  • Shield Damage
  • Critical Healing and Metal

Best for Piranha Plant

  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • ToA

OR

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Shield Damage

Joker

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Movement Speed
  • Weapon
  • Critical Healing and Metal

Best for Joker

  • ToA
  • Critical Healing and Metal

OR

  • Physical
  • Weapon
  • Movement Speed

Hero

  • ToA
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Movement Speed
  • Weapon
  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Magic

Best for Hero

  • ToA
  • Critical Healing and Metal

OR

  • ToA
  • Weapon
  • Air Defense

Banjo

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Movement Speed
  • Critical Healing and Metal

Best for Banjo

  • ToA
  • Critical Healing and Metal

OR

  • ToA
  • Physical
  • Air Defense

Terry

  • ToAtk
  • ToD
  • Physical
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Attack
  • Critical Health Defense

Best for Terry

  • ToAtk
  • Physical
  • Air Defense

Byleth

  • ToA
  • Weapon
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Movement Speed
  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Shield Damage

Best for Byleth

  • Weapon
  • Critical Healing and Metal

OR

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Air Defense

Mii Swordfighter

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Movement Speed
  • Air Defense

Best for Mii Swordfighter

  • Weapon
  • ToA
  • Air Defense

Mii Brawler

  • Physical
  • Fist
  • Foot
  • ToA
  • Movement Speed
  • Air Defense
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Floaty
  • Shield Damage

Best for Mii Brawler

  • Physical
  • ToA
  • Floaty

Mii Gunner

  • Energy
  • Fire and Explosion Attack
  • Critical Health Stats
  • Critical Healing and Metal
  • Movement Speed
  • Air Defense
  • ToA

Best for Mii Gunner

  • ToA
  • Critical Healing and Metal

OR

  • ToA
  • Fire and Explosion Attack
  • Air Defense

As the upcoming amiibo are released, this guide will be updated with their viable spirit loadouts.

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