How get good at Smash?

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Hi everyone. I suck at this game. Is there a way to learn when to block and when to dodge? I seem to always get hit by everything.
*edit* I should mention, I'm an absolute beginner
 
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SUper smaSh

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What's a good way to learn to react? I wish we could choose what a cpu attacks with in practice
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*edit* I should mention, I'm an absolute beginner.

Right now I'm playing as Mario, facing every fighter at Lvl 3 four times each (twice in items on normal stage, twice in items off form stage) x (twice one on one, twice two vs two)
I'm always winning because they barely attack, but when they do they tend to hit.

To my current understanding/assumption,
Lvl 1-3 is to learn attacking
Lvl 4-6 is to learn defending/dodging
Lvl 7-9 is putting the two together

So maybe I should just up to 6?
 
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Lifelong Smash player here.

I first suggest you pick your best characters and stick with ‘em. (For me it’s like 4-5 characters). Before you go and play actual matches, go to Training mode, and learn their moves. I have a notebook with the info on each of my characters:
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Once you’ve done that, try testing combos and follow-ups. Once you’ve got your basic stuff, try playing against CPUs. You can play against every character and see the matchup, what you do right and what you do wrong against them. Write your rights and wrongs down. (I suggest you start with Level 7 CPUs, then gradually move on to Level 8, and finally Level 9)

So with those written, try to practice your worst matchups. You’ll eventually learn, and do better. Once you’re done practicing against your worst matchups, go to normal fights again and put your skills to the test. Once you’ve got the hang of all the matchups, move on to the next CPU Level. Rinse and repeat with all your fighters and you’ll eventually be better at the game.

That’s my strategy, others might have other strategies.
 

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You're not going to be good at the game immediately. Take the time to learn the ins and outs. Before jumping into a real fight, learn the controls and read the tips that come in the game (assuming this is Ultimate). Pick a character you want to learn and learn how they work. Don't judge yourself based on how well other people are doing, just enjoy the game first and you'll gradually get better from there.
 

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My best advice? Play the game. Just play it a lot. Get a feel of how it works, learn the mechanics of it, get a character you enjoy playing as and learn how they work. It doesn't hurt to watch a pro YouTube video or two about some of its more advanced mechanics that are more difficult to play with such as learning how to approach or the many different ways to recover to make your opponent follow-up depending on how you've been sent off the stage but you should do so after you learned the basics.

You don't need to feel shame in playing just CPUs. For me, that's the only thing I do 99% of the time I play Smash as I play Smash purely for fun and 8 player Smash chaoticness goodness and I think I'm still a formidable opponent when others do occasionally challenge me and I accept it.
 

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as an absolute beginner, just play the game with cpus for a while until you get comfortable

you can't do anything more intensive than that until you find some mains you like playing as and get accustomed to the game
 

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Is it possible to block/avoid most attacks by seeing their tells? It happens so fast
 

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Is it possible to block/avoid most attacks by seeing their tells? It happens so fast
Yes, you can "read" opponents to set them up for a punish. CPUs, for example, have predictable patterns to their behavior, and I often set them up with PK Thunder to slam with a Ness recovery (called PKT2). Or sometimes charging a Smash attack up for longer to catch dodging guys off guard. It's hard to explain really but you understand when you play the game more.
 
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