How to Win at “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate”

Updated on January 3, 2019
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Poppy's been playing the Smash games since the Nintendo 64. After kicking her friends' butts and winning online, she's sharing her secrets!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the latest in the highly popular Smash Bros. franchise that has featured our favorite characters from various Nintendo games since the '64 version released in 1999.

Ultimate features some of the best characters from the original release, such as Kirby, Captain Falcon, Samus, Mario, Luigi, and Link. Of course, there is also a cast of brand new characters, like Ken, Richter, and Piranha Plant. With the Nintendo Switch release, players are also enjoying updated graphics and battling on both old and new levels.


Although Smash Bros. is a lot of fun, it can be challenging! CPUs are now stronger than ever and strong players continue to dominate online. So how can you have an edge in battle? What can you do to help your chances of winning? Here are some tips and tricks to become a Smash Bros. champion, do well online, and leave your friends begging for mercy!

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1. Practice With the Same Character Type

With Smash Bros. Ultimate's enormous cast, it can be tempting to choose a different character each time. However, if you're serious about winning, it's best to practice with the same character type each time.

This isn't to say that you shouldn't experiment; you should definitely play as each character at least a few times to get a feel for them. Some characters, like Sheik, Sonic, and Marth are faster, others have longer jumps. Other characters pack powerful punches, such as Ganondorf and Donkey Kong.

Everyone's playing style is different. Are you cautious and add handicap here and there with light attacks, or do you jump into the fray with powerful punches and kicks? Once you know which few characters you play best as, you're on your way to perfecting your style.

2. Roll and Dodge

Rolling, by pressing the ZR or ZL button and moving left or right, can help you dodge many attacks. It's better than using your shield (holding ZR or ZL) because the shield can be destroyed, rendering your character paralyzed for a few moments. Be sure to dodge often!

If you're still unsure about how to dodge, there's a great video tutorial below.

3. Go Defensive in Stock Battles

Depending on the type of battle you're trying, there are different rules. Sometimes, you can win by staying alive. If you're playing a Stock battle with several people, for example, it's more important to avoid being thrown off the screen than to land some hard punches.

Dodging, using your shield, and leaping out of the way is sometimes the best bet. Stick to a safe spot, attacking when you're approached. Jumping into the middle of a battle to blindly throw punches is a good way to get lots of handicap and thrown off the edge.

That being said, in timed battles, you get points for defeating others, so go for it!

4. Be Unpredictable

If you've just built up a powerful shot with Samus, your foe is going to be on the lookout for you firing it. If you've picked up an item, they'll know you're hoping to get close to use it. Being unpredictable is the key to winning a one-on-one battle!

Never do the things that your foe is expecting. Use a variety of attacks, dodging and doing unexpected things to throw your enemy off-guard.


5. Practice With CPUs

It's no use only battling other people; if you own Smash Bros. Ultimate, then there's no reason for you not to practice on your own. Since the CPUs are really powerful in this game, battling them for practice is an excellent way to level up your skill, as well as to unlock new characters.

Start with a CPU level of 5, and gradually work up to the maximum level of 9. You can play as your favorite character or on Random for a challenge.

6. Watch the Enemy

You won't get far by only concentrating on your own character. Pay attention to what your foe is doing; are they picking up items, charging a powerful attack, or trying to sneak up behind you? You can predict what your rival is going to do next by watching them and always remain three steps ahead by deciding what you can do to combat it.

Will you dodge an oncoming attack? Sidestep them and grab them from behind? Attack from above? Watch what your foe is doing and decide what you can do to fight back.


7. Follow Them Off the Edge

After landing a powerful attack, your enemy may be thrown off-screen, scoring you a point. This doesn't always happen, however. While they are struggling to jump back onto the level's platform, don't wait or pose - do all you can to whack them off the edge and secure that point for yourself.

Zelda, for example, can shoot a projectile that can explode into an enemy's face and ruin their chances of getting back up. Don't wait around for people to bounce back, but ensure they're not getting back onto the platform once they're off it.

8. Learn the Items

Some people prefer to play with no items, but they're part of the fun! Learn what items do and whether it's worth it to momentarily abandon the battle in order to pursue them.

Ultimate has a lot of items you can find in previous titles, such as Pokéballs, Super Mushrooms, Bunny Hoods, and Bob-ombs. New ones include the Fake Smash Ball (explodes instead of providing the player with a special move). Learn what they do and how to use them. Sometimes, others getting distracted by falling items is the moment you need to land a hard attack.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is fun to play casually with friends, but there are many people out there who play it seriously! If this sounds like you, be sure to practice, practice, practice as well as implementing these essential tips and tricks. Have fun and kick some serious Nintendo butt!

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      • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


        8 weeks ago from Tokyo, Japan

        I'm glad it helped you out!

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        2 months ago

        Gee that was helpful. I wish I had a job like you.

      • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


        6 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

        Ganondorf is awesome! He and Peach will always be my mains. Thanks for stopping by.

      • Jeremy Gill profile image

        Jeremy Gill 

        6 months ago from Louisiana


        Thanks for the tips! I've always favored Sheik's agility, but they made dodging harder in Smash Ultimate, and it seems power characters (especially Ganondorf with his new smashes) are now more viable.

      • Marquis Roebuck profile image


        6 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

        i love mario brothers!


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