How to Unlock Every Character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Updated on December 12, 2018
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Jennifer Wilber is a teacher and writer. She holds a B.A. in English and an Associate's in Computer Game Design. She is a life-long gamer.

How to Unlock Every Character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch
How to Unlock Every Character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch | Source

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Experience

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch really is the ultimate Super Smash Bros. experience. This latest iteration of the Super Smash Bros. series features every character who has ever appeared in the Smash series, plus plenty of new challengers, making for a total of 74 characters available in the game at launch. There will also be several more new characters released as paid DLC later on, bringing the total to 77.

When you first start up the game, only the original 8 unlocked characters who appeared in the original Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 64 will be available. These characters include Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox, and Pikachu. There are several different ways to unlock this massive roster of characters. The main ways to unlock the unlockable characters are by playing Vs. mode, Classic mode, and the World of Light mode. There will also be several DLC characters available to purchase in the future.

Only the original 8 unlocked characters from the original N64 Super Smash Bros. are available when you first start Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Only the original 8 unlocked characters from the original N64 Super Smash Bros. are available when you first start Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. | Source

How to Unlock Characters in Vs. Mode

The first way to unlock all of the characters is to simply play Vs. mode until everyone is unlocked. As you play Vs. mode, new characters will appear after a match to fight. If you are playing with multiple people, whoever won the match will face off against the new challenger. If you win the match, the new fighter will join your roster.

If you lose this match, you will be able to fight the character again later on for another chance at unlocking them. After a while, an icon that looks like a door will appear in the “Games and More” menu. Click on this option when it appears to challenge the unlockable characters that defeated you the first time. If you lose again, they will keep appearing here after a while until you are able to defeat them. If you have more than one character that you lost to, you will have to rematch them in the order they first appeared to you.

Contrary to early reports, new challengers appear to be triggered by player input, not by other factors like play time, distance traveled, KOs, or damage dealt. Player input can be accumulated by playing any mode to count toward Vs. mode character unlocks. According to IGN, the game does appear to make players wait a certain amount of time between unlocks, probably about 5-10 minutes, but as long as you had enough player input accumulated, you will get a new challenger within this amount of time. It also appears that, as long as you have enough input accumulated, you can also get a new challenger by exiting the game, restarting it, and playing one Vs. match, even if it hasn’t been long enough since your last challenger.

Also contrary to early reports, there does appear to be a specific order in which you unlock characters via Vs. mode. If you don’t unlock characters via the other methods, you will unlock the characters in the following order by playing only Vs. mode:

Vs. Mode Character Unlock Order

  1. Ness
  2. Zelda
  3. Bowser
  4. Pit
  5. Inkling
  6. Villager
  7. Marth
  8. Young Link
  9. Wii Fit Trainer
  10. Ice Climbers
  11. Captain Falcon
  12. Peach
  13. Ryu
  14. Ike
  15. Jigglypuff
  16. King K. Rool
  17. Sonic
  18. Simon
  19. Zero Suit Samus
  20. Little Mac
  21. Isabelle
  22. Shulk
  23. Lucina
  24. Wario
  25. Ridley
  26. Pokemon Trainer
  27. Lucario
  28. Daisy
  29. Roy
  30. King Dedede
  31. R.O.B.
  32. Falco
  33. Luigi
  34. Pichu
  35. Richter
  36. Lucas
  37. Diddy Kong
  38. Meta Knight
  39. Snake
  40. Ganondorf
  41. Corrin
  42. Mega Man
  43. Bayonetta
  44. Toon Link
  45. Rosalina & Luma
  46. Incineroar
  47. Sheik
  48. Olimar
  49. PAC-MAN
  50. Dark Samus
  51. Wolf
  52. Mr. Game & Watch
  53. Robin
  54. Dark Pit
  55. Cloud
  56. Duck Hunt
  57. Ken
  58. Greninja
  59. Chrom
  60. Mewtwo
  61. Bowser Jr.
  62. Dr. Mario
  63. Palutena

You will quickly unlock new characters as you play the different game modes.
You will quickly unlock new characters as you play the different game modes. | Source

How to Unlock Characters in Classic Mode

Another way to unlock characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is by playing Classic mode with different characters. Each time you beat Classic mode, you will be greeted by a new challenger that can be unlocked. These matches with new challengers work the same way as the ones unlocked by Vs. mode.

It appears that the characters that you use to beat Classic mode determine which character will be unlocked after beating this mode. Each starting character begins unlocking new characters in a specific order. Characters in these unlock groups can be used to further unlock the next character in the unlock group. For example, I first beat classic mode with Samus and unlocked Inkling. Next, I played Classic mode again with my new Inkling, and unlocked Wii Fit Trainer. The next character in this group, Pit, could be unlocked using Samus, Inkling, or Wii Fit Trainer to beat classic mode.

Classic Mode Character Unlock Paths

Original Character
1st Unlocked
2nd Unlocked
3rd Unlocked
4th Unlocked
5th Unlocked
6th Unlocked
7th Unlocked
8th Unlocked
Mario
Sonic
Bayonetta
Little Mac
Ike
Luigi
Roy
Dr. Mario
Olimar
Donkey Kong
Bowser
Pokemon Trainer
Rosalina & Luma
King Dedede
Sheik
Greninja
Diddy Kong
Duck Hunt Dog
Link
King K. Rool
Ice Climbers
Simon
Meta Knight
Snake
Young Link
Richter
Toon Link
Samus
Inkling
Wii Fit Trainer
Pit
Incineroar
Dark Samus
Cloud
Wario
Dark Pit
Yoshi
Lucario
Marth
Ryu
Ganondorf
Lucina
Ridley
Chrom
Ken
Kirby
Ness
Jigglypuff
Pac-Man
Zelda
Robin
Corrin
Lucas
Palutena
Fox
Captain Falcon
Zero Suit Samus
Peach
Falco
Daisy
Bowser Jr. (alt: Koopalings)
Wolf
Mewtwo
Pikachu
Villager
Shulk
R.O.B.
Mega Man
Isabelle
Mr. Game & Watch
Pichu
Sonic
There are tons of characters to unlock, both those new to the series and classic favorites.
There are tons of characters to unlock, both those new to the series and classic favorites. | Source

How to Unlock Characters in the World of Light

The third way to unlock characters is in the World of Light mode, an RPG-inspired story mode that is new to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In this mode, you start out with Kirby and unlock more characters as you go. The new characters you unlock in this mode will appear in your roster for other modes, but not vice-versa.

When you first start out, you will quickly unlock Mario as well. You will then have a choice to unlock either Villager, Sheik, or Marth. You can only pick one of these to start with.

As you explore the rest of the map defeating enemies, you will be able to unlock the rest of the characters in the following locations:

World of Light Character Unlock Locations

Character
How to Aquire
Kirby
Starting character
Mario
Beginning area
Villager
Near beginning, choose between Villager, Sheik, or Marth's path (can unlock the others later)
Sheik
Near beginning, choose between Villager, Sheik, or Marth's path (can unlock the others later)
Marth
Near beginning, choose between Villager, Sheik, or Marth's path (can unlock the others later)
Captain Falcon
Villager's path, Raceway
Link
Villager's path, Southern Great Plateau
Olimar
Marth's path, Mushroom Platforms - need Kammy Koopa's Spirit to cross mushrooms
PAC-MAN
Marth's path, Edge of the Mushroom Platforms
Jigglypuff
Sheik's path, River Woods
Mii Swordfighter
Sheik's path, Eastern Town
Isabelle
Eastern Town, take the secret path from the Northwestern Town using Kapp'n’s Spirit
Yoshi
Ribbon Road, North of River Woods
Dr. Mario
Edge of Ribbon Road and Lumiose City
Pikachu
Cliffside Rapids
Peach
Molten Castle Dungeon, at the top of the Cliffside Rapids
Bowser
Molten Castle Dungeon, at the top of the Cliffside Rapids
Lucario
Great Wall, south of Rapid Falls
Ryu
World Tour Zone at airport between Great Plateau and Mushroom Platforms, requires Kapp'n Spirit
Donkey Kong
Kongo Jungle, west of Mushroom Platforms
Wii Fit Trainer
Lumiose City
Inkling
Console City, south of Lumiose City
Fox
Heart Pool Mountain, west of Ribbon Road
Mega Man
Metal Gear Base, requires Hal Emmerich Spirit
Snake
Metal Gear Base Dungeon
Duck Hunt
Poison Woods
Pichu
Power Plant Zone in the Poison Woods
Little Mac
Edge of Lumiose City
Lucas
Northwestern Town
Ice Climbers
Frozen Mountain, located North of Northwestern Town
Simon
Temple of Light Zone, must activate all three colored switches
Pit
Temple of Light Zone
Falco
Outer Space - Requires Slippy Toad Spirit
Samus
Across the Canyon after clearing the Temple of Light
Mr. Game & Watch
Pac-Maze area, go through the teleporters to reach him
Diddy Kong
In the Jungle Japes Zone, East of the Pac-Maze
Pokemon Trainer
South of the Jungle Japes Zone
Mii Gunner
On the Alola Islands, requires the Lapras Spirit
Toon Link
In the Forest Hill Zone on the Alola Islands
Shulk
At the top of the Waterfall Peak, Northeast of the Pac-Maze
Zero Suit Samus
Near the peak of the Raging Volcano, Northeast of the Train Tracks
Ness
In the Magicant Land, North of the Great Canyon
King Dedede
In the Gourmet Race Zone, on the Floating Islands Northwest of the Raging Volcano
Piranha Plant will be available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a preorder bonus DLC character.
Piranha Plant will be available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a preorder bonus DLC character. | Source

DLC Characters

There will also be several characters available as downloadable content later on. If you purchase Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before January 1st, 2019, you will receive Piranha Plant for free when it is available. Be sure to register your game with My Nintendo before January 1st if you have the physical version of the game to secure your Piranha Plant.

There will also be 5 other DLC characters available at a later date. The first of these characters will be Joker form Persona 5. The other 4 have not yet been revealed. These 5 characters will be available to preorder as part of the “Fighter’s Pass” for $25, or will be available individually for $5.99 each. If you didn’t qualify for the free Piranha Plant preorder bonus, this character will also be available to purchase separately from the Fighter’s Pass.

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    © 2018 Jennifer Wilber

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        Poppy 

        7 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

        It's quite funny how they've kept the Ice Climbers in after all this time, I never got the impression they were particularly popular. Glad to see Wario is still around as he was my jam on the Wii U. Unlocking the characters seems fairly straightforward and I'll look forward to doing so once I get a Switch. Thanks for sharing.

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