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How to Unlock Every Character in "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate"

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

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."

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.

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 Character1st Unlocked2nd Unlocked3rd Unlocked4th Unlocked5th Unlocked6th Unlocked7th Unlocked8th 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.

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

CharacterHow 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

© 2018 Jennifer Wilber

Comments

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on December 10, 2018:

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.