Super Smash Bros Ultimate: Unlock all characters – here’s how

Seldom has there been a more apt video game title than Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The current Nintendo flogger has really earned the superlative appendage with its sheer exuberant size. More than 70 fighters waiting here to let their fists fly. However, at the beginning only a fraction of the entire squad is available to you – if you unlock all characters you have to bring some meat with you.

But in pretty much every other way too, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a scale monster. So you can give yourself a beating in more than 100 arenas, each stage of course in an omega and battlefield version. In addition, the developers have implemented a number of pieces of music and let you collect almost innumerable ghosts. In this respect, this is a very impressive package that Nintendo has put together.

The real highlights are, of course, still the ones Characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Not only can you choose from every fighter who has ever set foot in a smash arena. In addition, you can choose from all the whipping boys who were previously hidden behind a DLC payment barrier (did someone say “Bayonetta” and “Cloud”?). And as if that weren’t enough, Nintendo has already announced that it will submit more fighters as DLC.

With this extent, you can quickly lose track of things. Therefore, in this guide you will not only learn which iconic characters make up the selection, but also how you can unlock all fighters.

Do you want to unlock all characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Then hopefully you have planned a couple of hours.

All fighters as a list at a glance – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Before we get your mouth watered with the full character selection, here is an overview of the very manageable fighters that are already available at the start of the game (small spoiler: It is the start selection of the first Smash game on the Nintendo 64): Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox and Pikachu.

That’s right, you have to unlock all of the remaining 68 whipping boys. Fortunately, there are several ways you can do this – and most of them are extremely quick. Essentially, you have three different approaches to do this:

  • Play Star of the Wandering Lights story mode
    This mode is crammed full of unlockable characters anyway. You are forced to start with Kirby and also to free the seven remaining fighters who are actually available at the start of the game. But you always know exactly when you unlock which fighter – with the two following variants this always happens randomly.
  • Complete Classic mode
    After each successful pass, you will be rewarded with a random challenger.
  • A new random challenger challenges you every ten minutes of gameplay
    Indeed: it is enough to spend ten minutes in any mode. If you then leave this, there is another fighter on the doorstep.

The good news: You can combine all of these methods to make particularly rapid progress. We advise you to play the “Star of Wandering Lights” mode and leave it every ten minutes. In this way you can unlock many new fighters in a short time.

If you lose a fight against a challenger, that’s not a problem, by the way. In this case, a small menu item appears that lets you start the fight again.

If you are not averse to a little cheating, there is another very crucial trick that speeds up the unlocking of the characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate significantly. The basic idea behind this is as follows: The ten-minute timer mentioned above, which determines the appearance of a new challenger, is not immediately reset as soon as another fighter appears. You can take advantage of this fact (as long as Nintendo doesn’t fix it with a patch). Proceed as follows:

  • Use one of the variants described above to trigger an encounter with a challenger and win the fight.
  • As soon as you see the “character join the fight” notice, press the home button on your controller and exit the game
  • Now restart Smash Bros. Go into Smash Mode, set rules for a “One Stick / Life” match and choose one of your favorite fighters. As soon as the fight starts, you jump into the abyss and lose the match on purpose.
  • Since the ten-minute timer has not yet been correctly reset, another challenger appears. Defeat him and he will be yours.
  • As soon as the “character joins the fight” message appears again, you can repeat the game – as often as you want.
  • This should enable you to unlock all characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in less than three hours.

    But now Tacheles: These are all fighters that you can unlock.

    No. character Appearance First appearance Series of games
    01 Mario Super Smash Bros.
    Nintendo 64, 1999
    Super mario games
    02 Donkey Kong Super Smash Bros.
    Nintendo 64, 1999
    Donkey Kong (Country)
    03 link Super Smash Bros.
    Nintendo 64, 1999
    The Legend of Zelda
    04 Samus Aran Super Smash Bros.
    Nintendo 64, 1999
    Metroid
    04ᵋ Dark Samus Newcomer Metroid
    05 Yoshi Super Smash Bros.
    Nintendo 64, 1999
    Yoshi games
    06 Kirby Super Smash Bros.
    Nintendo 64, 1999
    Kirby games
    07 Fox Super Smash Bros.
    Nintendo 64, 1999
    Star Fox (Lylat Wars)
    08 Pikachu Super Smash Bros.
    Nintendo 64, 1999
    Pokémon
    09 Luigi Super Smash Bros.
    Nintendo 64, 1999
    Mario games, Luigi’s Mansion
    10 Ness Super Smash Bros.
    Nintendo 64, 1999
    Mother (earthbound)
    11 Captain Falcon Super Smash Bros.
    Nintendo 64, 1999
    F-Zero
    12th Jigglypuff Super Smash Bros.
    Nintendo 64, 1999
    Pokémon
    13th Peach Super Smash Bros. Melee
    Gamecube, 2002
    Mario games
    13ᵋ Daisy Newcomer Mario games
    14th Bowser Super Smash Bros. Melee
    Gamecube, 2002
    Mario games
    15th Ice climbers Super Smash Bros. Melee
    Gamecube, 2002
    Ice climbers
    16 Sheik Super Smash Bros. Melee
    Gamecube, 2002
    The Legend of Zelda
    17th Zelda Super Smash Bros. Melee
    Gamecube, 2002
    The Legend of Zelda
    18th Dr. Mario Super Smash Bros. Melee
    Gamecube, 2002
    Dr. Mario
    19th Pichu Super Smash Bros. Melee
    Gamecube, 2002
    Pokémon
    20th Falco Super Smash Bros. Melee
    Gamecube, 2002
    Star Fox (Lylat Wars)
    21 Marth Super Smash Bros. Melee
    Gamecube, 2002
    Fire emblem
    21ᵋ Lucina Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Fire emblem
    22nd Young link Super Smash Bros. Melee
    Gamecube, 2002
    The Legend of Zelda
    23 Ganondorf Super Smash Bros. Melee
    Gamecube, 2002
    The Legend of Zelda
    24 Mewtwo Super Smash Bros. Melee
    Gamecube, 2002
    Pokémon
    25th Roy Super Smash Bros. Melee
    Gamecube, 2002
    Fire emblem
    25ᵋ chrome Newcomer Fire emblem
    26th Mr. Game and Watch Super Smash Bros. Melee
    Gamecube, 2002
    Game-and-watch handhelds
    27 Meta Knight Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Wii, 2008
    Kirby games
    28 Pit Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Wii, 2008
    Kid Icarus
    28ᵋ Dark pit Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Kid Icarus
    29 Zero Suit Samus Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Wii, 2008
    Metroid
    30th Wario Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Wii, 2008
    Mario and Wario games
    31 Solid snake Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Wii, 2008
    Metal Gear Solid
    32 Ike Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Wii, 2008
    Fire emblem
    33-35 Pokémon trainer Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Wii, 2008
    Pokémon
    36 Diddy Kong Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Wii, 2008
    Donkey Kong Country
    37 Lucas Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Wii, 2008
    Mother (earthbound)
    38 Sonic Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Wii, 2008
    Sonic games
    39 King Dedede Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Wii, 2008
    Kirby games
    40 Olimar Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Wii, 2008
    Pikmin
    41 Lucario Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Wii, 2008
    Pokémon
    42 ROB Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Wii, 2008
    Hardware accessories for the NES
    43 Toon link Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Wii, 2008
    The Legend of Zelda
    44 wolf Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Wii, 2008
    Star Fox (Lylat Wars)
    45 Residents Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Animal Crossing
    46 Mega Man Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Mega Man
    47 Wii Fit Trainer Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Wii Fit
    48 Rosalina Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Super Mario Galaxy
    49 Little Mac Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Punch out
    50 Quajutsu Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Pokémon
    51-53 Wii fighter Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Wii console
    54 Palutena Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Kid Icarus
    55 Pac-Man Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Pac-Man
    56 Robin Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Fire emblem
    57 Shulk Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Xenoblade Chronicles
    58 Bowser Jr. Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Mario games
    59 Duck hunt duo Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Duck Hunt
    60 Ryu Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Street Fighter
    60ᵋ Ken Newcomer Street Fighter
    61 Cloud Strife Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Final Fantasy 7
    62 Corrin Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Fire emblem
    63 Bayonetta Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U
    2014
    Bayonetta
    64 Incl Newcomer splatoon
    65 Ridley Newcomer Metroid
    66 Simon Belmont Newcomer Castlevania
    66ᵋ Judge Newcomer Castlevania
    67 King K. Rool Newcomer Donkey Kong
    68 Melinda Newcomer Animal Crossing
    69 Fuegro Newcomer Pokémon
    70 Piranha plant Newcomer Super mario games

    Who or what are Echo fighters?

    The so-called echo fighters represent counterparts of existing characters that differ only slightly from their respective models. While their looks differ significantly from the original, their capabilities only vary in nuances. This means that the characters, recognizable by an epsilon next to their name, line up somewhere between alternative skins and independent characters.

    The following Echo characters are available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate:

    • Lucina (based on: Marth)
    • Dark Pit (based on: Pit)
    • Daisy (based on: Peach)
    • Dark Samus (based on: Samus)
    • Chrome (based on: Roy)
    • Judge (based on: Simon Belmont)
    • Ken (based on: Ryu)

    While Lucina and Finsterer Pit appeared in earlier series parts, all other Echo versions can be selected for the first time in the Switch offshoot.

    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC: will there be new characters for download?

    It will be – and just in time for the launch of the beater, Nintendo also announced the first and surprisingly unusual DLC fighter: Joker, the protagonist of the JRPG Persona 5. Chief developer Sakurai previously confirmed at the final Smash Direct conference that DLC characters are firmly planned. Even more: it is even possible to pre-order the season pass for the game. For around 25 euros you get a total of five packages, each consisting of a character, an arena and a few songs. You can also simply buy these bundles individually for around six euros each.

    The distribution of the piranha plant is particularly unusual. These are only given to early buyers who register their game with the My Nintendo service by January 31, 2019. The fighter itself, however, should only be published afterwards, sometime in February.