How to unlock all characters quickly in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Fill out your fighter list with our guide to unlocking all characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features over 70 unique characters, but at the start of the game you’ll only have access to a small selection. This is great for keeping you from feeling overwhelmed, but it does mean you may be a little lost when it comes to unlocking your favorite fighter. Fortunately there are plenty of methods to unlock the full cast of Ultimate no matter how you want to play the game. In this guide we’ll teach you the best ways to unlock all characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

How to unlock all characters

How to unlock all characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
You won't start off with many characters unlocked... © Nintendo

The good news is that whatever mode you want to play in Ultimate, be it World of Light, Classic Mode or straight up battles, you’ll still be able to unlock characters. That said, there are certainly more efficient ways to go about it. For starters, here are the general methods of unlocking characters:

  • World of Light: Ultimate’s solo story mode offers the chance to unlock characters as you encounter and free them from Galleem’s control, but it’s by far the slowest method if you’re simply looking to earn them all for multiplayer battles.
  • Classic Mode: Completing Classic Mode with each character guarantees unlock of another, though there are plenty of overlaps. We’ll include as much of the list as we know right now below, but we’ll be updating it with any changes as we discover them.
  • VS Matches: The simplest method, you’ll get the chance to face a new challenger by finishing a match every 10 minutes.

The 10 minute timer used for VS matches also applies to World of Light too. If you back out of World of Light after playing a few levels you’ll face a challenger with a chance to unlock them.

The fastest method to unlock characters

Many users have reported a method to cheat this timer by closing the game entirely or changing the language, causing the clock to reset. We’ve yet to confirm if this still works or has been patched out in the release version of the game, but if it does then doing this is easily the fastest way to unlock fighters. Simply play one VS match, fight a challenger, then quit and close the game or change the language setting once you beat them. Once the game loads back up, play one more VS game and you’ll face a challenger at the end of it. Repeat for as long as you have the energy!

If that process doesn’t work (we’ll be testing it soon enough), Classic mode is your best bet. Running through on the easy difficulty with each character won’t take long and guarantees the unlock of one character. If you swap between this and unlocking them with the VS match timer you’ll make your way through the full roster in no time.

Classic Mode and VS Mode character unlock order

How to unlock all characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate © Nintendo
© Nintendo

The easiest method to unlock characters is through Classic and VS Mode. We’ve listed the order you’ll unlock all characters through VS mode below, and as many routes through Classic Mode as we know. Many characters can unlock multiple other characters if you replay their classic mode as each set of characters unlocks in a column (e.g. Mario then Sonic then Bayonetta etc.). So you can either play the new character or replay the first.

Similarly, if you skip out any characters by unlocking later ones through vs or other modes, you'll unlock the earlier ones from that list first, so simply replay if you didn't get the character you wanted. There are probably so there are probabye even more paths than we’ve listed below. It’s also possible to unlock all characters by repeatedly playing through Classic Mode nine times with each starting Character.

Thanks to contributors on the Super Smash Bros. subreddit for filling in the blanks.

Character To Unlock

Play Classic Mode as...

VS mode unlock order

Ness

Kirby

1

Zelda

Pac-Man

2

Bowser

Donkey Kong

3

Pit

Wii Fit Trainer

4

Inkling

Samus

5

Villager

Pikachu

6

Marth

Lucario

7

Young Link

Snake

8

Wii Fit Trainer

Inkling

9

Ice Climbers

King K. Rool

10

Captain Falcon

Fox

11

Peach

Zero Suit Samus

12

Ryu

Marth

13

Ike

Little Mac

14

Jigglypuff

Ness

15

King K. Rool

Link

16

Sonic

Mario

17

Simon

Ice Climbers

18

Zero Suit Samus

Captain Falcon

19

Little Mac

Bayonetta

20

Isabelle

Mega Man

21

Shulk

Villager

22

Lucina

Ganondorf

23

Wario

Cloud

24

Ridley

Lucina

25

Pokemon Trainer

Bowser

26

Lucario

Yoshi

27

Daisy

Falco

28

Roy

Luigi

29

King Dedede

Rosalina

30

R.O.B.

Luigi

31

Falco

Peach

32

Luigi

Ike

33

Pichu

Game & Watch

34

Richter

Young Link

35

Lucas

Corrin

36

Diddy Kong

Greninja

37

Meta Knight

Simon

38

Snake

Meta Knight

39

Ganondorf

Ryu

40

Corrin

Robin

41

Mega Man

R.O.B.

42

Bayonetta

Sonic

43

Toon Link

Richter

44

Rosalina & Luma

Pokemon Trainer

45

Incineroar

Pit

46

Sheik

King Dedede

47

Olimar

Dr. Mario

48

Pac-Man

Jigglypuff

49

Dark Samus

Incineroar

50

Wolf

Bowser Jr.

51

Mr Game & Watch

Isabelle

52

Robin

Zelda

53

Dark Pit

Wario

54

Cloud

Dark Samus

55

Duck Hunt Dog

Diddy Kong

56

Ken

Chrom

57

Greninja

Sheik

58

Chrom

Ridley

59

Mewtwo

Wolf

60

Bowser Jr.

Daisy

61

Dr. Mario

Roy

62

Palutena

Lucas

63

Hopefully these methods help you gather the full cast of characters as quickly possible, or at least track down the character you care about most. With over 70, choosing who to play isn’t easy, so why not have a bit of fun and see what our Super Smash Bros. Zodiac suggests?

Associate Editor

Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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