Simon’s amiibo figure was first released on November 15, 2019, and is compatible with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where he is considered mid-tier. If you would like to read Simon’s full-fledged training guide, you can do so here.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Between Simon and Richter, Simon is actually the fighter with more representation in competitive amiibo tournaments. This is because Simon’s amiibo figure was released several months prior to Richter’s, and so several amiibo trainers who purchased the Richter amiibo had already trained a Simon and did not see the need to retrain Richter. In terms of in-battle skills, Simon’s biggest strength is his long-ranged moveset. His forward tilt, in particular, can shut down fighters whose own attacks do not outrange it.
Unfortunately, many of Simon’s competitive strengths in human-versus-human matches do not apply to competitive amiibo training. His AI is notorious for its poor usage of its special moves: it makes no attempt to properly space Axe, and thus gets punished after using it at point-blank; it cannot utilize Cross for complex setups and combos, and it rarely uses Holy Water to its fullest potential. As a result, optimally-trained Simon FPs are forced to forgo their special moves entirely, which results in Simon and Richter being among the weakest newcomers introduced in Ultimate (alongside Inkling). Furthermore, Simon’s poor recovery means he cannot afford to go off-stage to edgeguard, as he would be left far too vulnerable to gimps.
Overall, Simon has accrued somewhat weak tournament results and representation. His underwhelming AI has dropped his competitive viability and impacts his performance in the Raid Boss format as well. Regardless, trainers like jozz and Dreamy Jay have found success with the character anyway. If you would like to learn how to train your own Simon amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, please refer to our updated training guide.
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