What can you do with amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

Super Smash Bros. with amiibo
Super Smash Bros. with amiibo (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

It's fun to have a giant amiibo collection, or even a smaller one, especially as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is compatible with just about every amiibo out there. It only makes sense that gaming's most ambitious crossover title would have this many compatible amiibo, with almost everyone having a unique effect as well. It's simple to use all of your amiibo with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch, and I highly recommend scanning them all in as soon as you possibly can.

Here's what they do when you scan them.

How to scan amiibo

Nintendo amiibo scan screen

Nintendo amiibo scan screen (Image credit: iMore)

Just about any amiibo can be scanned into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for some kind of reward. To scan them, go to Games and More on the main menu, then select amiibo. You'll be prompted to scan amiibo over your right Joy-Con's stick by tapping them and holding them until they scan. That's all there is to it! You can scan as many as you like, but depending on the amiibo, they will have different effects on the game. There are two types of amiibo: amiibo fighters and Spirits.

amiibo fighters

Squid kid smash bros amiibo

Squid kid smash bros amiibo (Image credit: iMore)

Any amiibo that corresponds to an unlockable fighter in the game will scan as an amiibo fighter. This is not just for the Super Smash Bros. versions of these amiibo, but for all versions. For example, the Yarn Yoshi amiibo will scan as Yoshi. All versions of Isabelle's amiibo will scan as Isabelle.

Scanning these allows you to turn them into amiibo fighters similar to the ones in Super Smash. Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Essentially, these are "fighter" characters you can fight against in Smash battles and "train" to fight like you. For example, if you use a lot of airborne attacks, they'll learn from you and follow suit. You can train them however you like, then battle against them to test your skills or those of your friends.

You can also power them up with Spirits, increasing their stats or giving them certain powers. Be warned, however, that using a Spirit on an amiibo will use up that Spirit for good, so choose wisely.

Amiibo data is written to the amiibo itself, so when you're done training, you'll save that data back onto your figure. If your amiibo already has data saved to it from other games, you'll need to delete that data before you can save new data to it. However, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate does allow you to carry over data from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS as well, so if you've trained up a powerful amiibo fighter in a past game, you can keep its strength. You don't need to do anything special to unlock this - it will prompt you automatically when you scan the amiibo.


super smash bro amiibo spirit yarn poochy

super smash bro amiibo spirit yarn poochy (Image credit: iMore)

The other type of amiibo is a Spirit. Any amiibo that does not correspond to a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will scan as a particular Spirit and add that Spirit to your inventory.

amiibo Spirits are generally potent and greatly help early on, especially as you work to conquer the game's Adventure Mode.

Almost all amiibo will work with the game as Spirits, though a few (such as the Monster Hunter amiibo) will not. It's worth it to scan your entire collection for the game's best Spirits!

Build up your fighter collection

With so many amiibo options available now and all the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighters announced, this is a great way to top off and level up your collection of fighters.

Alex Huebner

Alex has been working with iMore as a Freelance Gaming Writer for three years. You can also find a few articles of hers on Android Central and Windows Central. She regularly covers Nintendo Switch games and accessories as well as iOS game apps. In addition to the Nintendo Switch, you may also find her playing on the PlayStation and PC. When she doesn’t have a controller in hand she likes to spend her time with her husband, son, and dogs, exploring new places, or hiding away with a book (or comic book). A few of her favorite games include the Zelda franchise, Little Nightmares, and Animal Crossing.