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Quickly unlock all characters

You can unlock characters in either the World Of Light Adventure mode or by playing matches in Smash mode. When playing matches in Smash mode, you will occasionally get a message saying "A New Foe Appears!" -- and the random character will challenge you to a one-on-one fight. If you defeat them, you will unlock that character. To speed up the character unlocking process, perform the following steps:

    1. Complete an entire 10 minute match against a computer controller opponent. You should only need to do this once.

    2. You should then get the "A Random Foe Appears!" message. Fight the random character -- it does not matter if you win or lose.

    3. Exit back to the home menu and restart the game.

    4. Start a new Versus match using a second controller, and change the Ruleset to "1 Stock".

    5. Use the second controller to immediately ring out the opponent and end the match.

    6. You should then get the "A New Foe Appears!" message. A random character will appear after the match.

    7. After that match is over, restart the game and repeat the process.

Note: If you unlock a character in World Of Light mode, they are unlocked everywhere in the game. However, if you only unlock them using this method, they will not appear in World Of Light mode. Thus, you will still have to unlock them in that mode, which takes much longer to complete. Additionally, if you lose the character unlock match, you will still get a rematch. Once you have fought (and lost) several times, a door icon called the "Challenger's Approach" will appear under the "Games and More" menu. You will then be able to rematch unlockable characters in the order they appeared for you. Finally, the challengers will appear in the order listed below, assuming that a character was not unlocked using another method:

    Challenger 01 - Ness (Earthbound): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 02 - Zelda (Legend Of Zelda): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 03 - Bowser (Mario Bros.): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 04 - Pit (Kid Icarus): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 05 - Inkling (Splatoon): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 06 - Villager (Animal Crossing): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 07 - Marth (Fire Emblem): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 08 - Young Link (Legend Of Zelda): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 09 - Wii Fit Trainer (Wii Fit): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 10 - Ice Climbers (Ice Climber): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 11 - Captain Falcon (F-Zero): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 12 - Princess Peach (Mario Bros.): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 13 - Ryu (Street Fighter): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 14 - Ike (Fire Emblem): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 15 - Jigglypuff (Pokemon): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 16 - King K. Rool (Donkey Kong Country): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 17 - Sonic (Sonic The Hedgehog): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 18 - Simon Belmont (Castlevania): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 19 - Zero Suit Samus (Metroid): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 20 - Little Mac (Punchout): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 21 - Isabelle (Animal Crossing): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 22 - Shulk (Xenoblade Chronicles): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 23 - Lucina (Fire Emblem): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 24 - Wario (Mario Bros.): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 25 - Ridley (Metroid): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 26 - Pokemon Trainer (Pokemon): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 27 - Lucario (Pokemon): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 28 - Princess Daisy (Mario Bros.): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 29 - Roy (Mario Bros.): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 30 - King Dedede (Kirby): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 31 - R.O.B. (R.O.B. The Robot): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 32 - Falco (Starfox): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 33 - Luigi (Mario Bros.): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 34 - Pichu (Pokemon): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 35 - Richter Belmont (Castlevania): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 36 - Lucas (Mother 3): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 37 - Diddy Kong (Donkey Kong Country): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 38 - Meta Knight (Kirby): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 39 - Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 40 - Ganon (Legend Of Zelda): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 41 - Corrin (Fire Emblem): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 42 - Mega Man (Mega Man): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 43 - Bayonetta (Bayonetta): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 44 - Toon Link (Legend of Zelda): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 45 - Princess Rosalina and Luma (Mario Bros.): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 46 - Inceniroar (Pokemon): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 47 - Sheik (Legend Of Zelda): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 48 - Olimar (Pikmin): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 49 - Pac-Man (Pac-Man): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 50 - Dark Samus (Metroid): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 51 - Starwolf (Starfox): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 52 - Mr. Game & Watch (Game & Watch): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 53 - Robin (Fire Emblem): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 54 - Dark Pit (Kid Icarus): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 55 - Cloud (Final Fantasy 7): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 56 - Duck Hunt (Duck Hunt): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 57 - Ken (Street Fighter): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 58 - Greninja (Pokemon): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 59 - Chrom (Fire Emblem): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 60 - Mewtwo (Pokemon): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 61 - Bowser Jr. (Mario Bros.): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 62 - Dr. Mario (Dr. Mario): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.
    Challenger 63 - Palutena (Kid Icarus): Defeat the challenger to unlock them.

Unlocking characters in Classic mode

To unlock characters in Classic mode, you must complete Classic mode with a certain character. You will then be challenged by a new character. Defeat the challenger to unlock him or her. If you lose to the challenger, you can fight him or her again in "Challenger's Approach" under the "Games And More" menu. The rematch is not always immediately available; thus, you may need to wait some time before you can challenge him or her again. The character unlocks are grouped in a particular way. In each group, if you use any of the previous characters in that group and complete Classic mode, the next character in that group will challenge you. For example, completing Classic mode with Mario will unlock Sonic. After Sonic is unlocked, completing Classic mode with Mario or Sonic will unlock Bayonetta. After unlocking her, completing Classic mode with Mario or Sonic or Bayonetta will unlocked Little Mac, and so on. At the end of each group, you will be challenged by the first character in another group, meaning you can now use the entire group you just finished to help unlock that next group. The following are the groups and order in which the characters are unlocked. Note: If you have unlocked a character another way, like in Adventure mode or regular game play, they will be skipped and the next character on the list will challenge you instead.

    Mario Group: Sonic, Bayonetta, Little Mac, Ike, Luigi, Roy, Dr. Mario, Olimar, Bowser (leads to Donkey Kong Group)

    Donkey Kong Group: Bowser, Pokemon Trainer, Rosalina & Luma, King Dedede, Sheik, Greninja, Diddy Kong, Duck Hunt, Sonic (leads to Mario Group)

    Link Group: King K. Rool, Ice Climbers, Simon, Meta Knight, Snake, Young Link, Richter, Toon Link, Sonic (leads to Mario Group)

    Samus Group: Inkling, Wii Fit Trainer, Pit, Incineroar, Dark Samus, Cloud, Wario, Dark Pit, Sonic (leads to Mario Group)

    Yoshi Group: Lucario, Marth, Ryu, Ganondorf, Lucina, Ridley, Chrom, Ken, Sonic (leads to Mario Group)

    Kirby Group: Ness, Jigglypuff, Pac-Man, Zelda, Robin, Corrin, Lucas, Palutena, Sonic (leads to Mario Group)

    Fox Group: Captain Falcon, Zero Suit Samus, Peach, Falco, Daisy, Bowser Jr., Wolf, Mewtwo, Sonic (leads to Mario Group)

    Pikachu Group: Villager, Shulk, R.O.B., Mega Man, Isabelle, Mr. Game & Watch, Pichu, Sonic (leads to Mario Group)

New Game+ mode in World Of Light

Get the "True Ending" in World Of Light to unlock New Game+ mode on your save file. In New Game+ mode, all spirits and bosses return, creating a good opportunity to earn more copies of spirits and skill spheres.

Getting "True Ending" in World Of Light

During the final battle, Master Hand and Crazy Hand will appear on the map. Defeat Master Hand to cause the forces of light to have the advantage. Defeat most Dark Spirits to cause Master Hand to reappear. Defeat him once again to free him. Defeat Crazy Hand to cause the forces of darkness to have the advantage. Defeat most Light Spirits to cause Crazy Hand to reappear. Defeat him once again to free him. After both hands are freed, adjust the balance of power between light and dark to be equal, by leaving roughly the same amount of spirits on the board from both sides. Once the balance of power is equal to both sides, the path at the top of the map will lead to Master Hand and Crazy Hand. Go to their space to get the "True Ending".

World Of Dark

There are three ending routes in World Of Light (left, right, and center). To reach 100% completion, you must complete all three routes. One route leads to Galeem, another route leads to Dharkon, and the third (center) route leads to both (you must defeat both of them at once). After completing a route, you will return to the World Of Light map. You can now complete the other endings or defeat more opponents on the map. After completing World Of Light, you will also unlock World Of Dark, which is a second map containing new locations, characters, and gameplay. In the World Of Dark, you can access more characters, spirits, and tough battles. The trickiest part of reaching 100% completion in World Of Light is finding several secret battles. One secret battle is with Richter. Richter is located in Dracula's Castle in World Of Dark. If you have already played the castle, reset it, as you will need to clear all the purple/black spirits from the map. Richter's battle appears near Dracula's Throne Room. Defeat Richter to unlock him.

Amiibo unlockables

Scan the indicated Amiibo to unlock the corresponding spirit. Note: Different Amiibos that share the same unlock will unlock a duplicate spirit.

    Able Sisters Spirit: Sable Amiibo
    Alm and Celica (Young) Spirit: Alm Amiibo
    Alm and Celica (Young) Spirit: Celica Amiibo
    Blathers Spirit: Blathers Amiibo
    Blue/Red/Yellow/Winged/Rock Pikmin Spirits: Pikmin Amiibo
    Bokoblin Spirit: Bokoblin Amiibo
    Boo Spirit: Boo Amiibo
    Celeste Spirit: Celeste Amiibo
    Chibi-Robo Spirit: Chibi-Robo Amiibo
    Cyrus and Reese Spirit: Reese Amiibo
    Cyrus and Reese Spirit: Cyrus Amiibo
    Daruk Spirit: Daruk Amiibo
    Detective Pikachu Spirit: Detective Pikachu Amiibo
    Digby Spirit: Digby Amiibo
    DJ K.K.Spirit: K.K. Slider Amiibo
    Goomba Spirit: Goomba Amiibo
    Guardian Spirit: Guardian Amiibo
    Kapp'n Spirit: Kapp'n Amiibo
    Kicks Spirit: Kicks Amiibo
    Koopa Troopa Spirit: Koopa Troopa Amiibo
    Lottie Spirit: Lottie Amiibo
    Metroid Spirit: Metroid Amiibo
    Mipha Spirit: Mipha Amiibo
    Octoling Boy Amiibo: Octoling Boy and Octoling Girl Spirit
    Octoling Girl Amiibo: Octoling Boy and Octoling Girl Spirit
    Octoling Squid Amiibo: Octoling Squid Spirit
    Off The Hook Spirit: Marina Amiibo
    Off The Hook Spirit: Pearl Amiibo
    Qbby Spirit: Qbby Amiibo
    Resetti Spirit: Resetti Amiibo
    Revali Spirit: Revali Amiibo
    Rover Amiibo: Rover Spirit
    Shovel Knight Spirit: Shovel Knight Amiibo
    Squid Sisters Spirit: Marie Amiibo
    Squid Sisters Spirit: Callie Amiibo
    Tiki Spirit: Tiki Amiibo
    Timmy and Tommy's Shop: Timmy and Tommy Amiibo
    Toad Spirit: Toad Amiibo
    Tom Nook Spirit: Tom Nook Amiibo
    Urbosa Spirit: Urbosa Amiibo
    Waddle Dee Spirit: Waddle Dee Amiibo
    Waluigi Spirit: Waluigi Amiibo
    Wolf Link Spirit: Wolf Link Amiibo
    Yarn Poochy Spirit: Yarn Poochy Amiibo

Mii Fighters

Create your own Mii Fighter to unlock the Mii Brawler, Mii Gunner, and Mii Swordfighter in all modes except Classic. Alternately, the Mii Brawer can be found in the Sacred Realm in the World Of Dark, after setting the red and blue torches to a 4:40 clock. The Mii Gunner can be found in the Island area in the World Of Light. The Mii Swordfighter can be found in the Town area in the World Of Light.

20%+ damage bonus

Pair a fighter and primary spirit from the same franchise to get an instant 20%+ boost in your power level. To find out which franchise a character is from, look in the corner of the screen to see a small symbol for each series. Simply match up those symbols. For example, pairing Mario with Bullet Bill, Pikachu with Groudon, Solid Snake with Otacon, or Richter Belmont with Alucard will instantly give you a higher spirit level. Even if you do not know how to play as the fighters you have paired up, it is still sometimes much easier to win because you are inflicting more damage to your opponent. Note: There are four types of spirits, and each one has a strength and weakness against the other spirit types. To easily select an advantaged spirit, use the Quick-Select option in the Spirits Party menu.

Easy coins

Coins are earned at the end of each match based on the number of controller inputs registered by human players. To quickly earn a lot coins, simply use two controllers (both Joy-Cons bundled with the Nintendo Switch work), set a timed match with two human players, and keep pressing Down on both controllers to repeatedly crouch. You should earn between 2,400 to 2,600+ coins per five minute match using this method. You can also adjust match lengths as desired. Note: It is recommended to throw one character off the stage once to avoid getting a Sudden Death, use characters that are able to quickly crouch (such as Marth and Lucina), and disable stage hazards and items.

Alternate Boxing Ring stage

There are two different versions of the boxing ring in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. One boxing ring is based on the World Circuit from Punch Out!!, and the other is a generic version with a Smash Bros. motif. By default the game chooses the Smash Bros. version when selected on the stage selection screen. Hold L when selecting the stage to change it to the Punch Out!! version.

Alternate menu music

Successfully complete the World Of Light to unlock the ability to change the menu music.

Choosing Pokemon battle order

While selecting the Pokemon Trainer at the character selection screen, move the cursor over their Pokemon and press [Selection] to change the Pokemon that begins the battle. Selecting Squirtle, Ivysaur, or Charizard will work in any game mode, including World Of Light. If a selection is made before activating Palutena's Guidance taunt, there are four different conversations that can be heard (one for Ivysaur, Charizard, Squirtle, and the Pokemon Trainer).

Palutena's Guidance taunt

Palutena's Guidance is a special version of Pit's taunt. It only works when you quickly and repeatedly press Pit's down taunt while on the Palutena's Temple stage. When the taunt is activated, Palutena, Viridi, and a few other characters will appear and provide Pit with commentary and tactics about one of his opponents.

Snake's Codec taunt

Snake's Codec is a special version of his taunt. It can only be performed by quickly and repeatedly pressing Snake's down taunt while on the Shadow Moses Island stage. When the taunt is activated, Snake will contact Colonel Campbell, Otacon, or Mei Ling (from the Metal Gear series) for tactical advice regarding his opponent. Note: These are all recycled from their original Super Smash Bros. Brawl versions; there are no Codecs for new fighters.

Secret Star Fox taunts

Fox, Falco, and Wolf each have hidden taunts. They can only be activated by quickly and repeatedly pressing their down taunt while on a Star Fox stage. Enabling their hidden taunt will trigger conversations between the cast of the Star Fox games. The dialogue on Lylat Cruise will change depending on which background is displayed on the screen. Only Fox and Falco have hidden taunts on the Corneria stage. These secret taunts can only be performed once per match, and can be interrupted if the character gets hit mid-animation or a Smash Ball or Dragoon is obtained.

Extra water damage

Sonic, Charizard, Incineroar, and the Inklings will accumulate extra damage whenever they come into contact with water because they are weak to water in their respective games.

Flat fighters

While playing on the Flat Zone X stage, pause the game, zoom in close to the characters, and rotate the camera to see the fighters are rendered in 2D, which mimics an LCD display. If you zoom the camera out, you will see the stage takes place on a 3D rendering of the Game & Watch.

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