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As you've no doubt heard by now, Super Smash Bros Ultimate features a vast array of characters from all different eras of games, totalling well over 70 characters in the game. In this Super Smash Bros Ultimate character unlocks guide, we'll be walking you through how to unlock Super Smash Bros Ultimate characters quickly, so you can obtain the full roster of your favorite characters as easily as possible.
For more on Super Smash Bros Ultimate, be sure to head over to our Super Smash Bros Ultimate Characters Guide. It contains a full roster links with links to character guides for each. You’ll find info on Final Smashes, Changes since last appearance, and the new amiibo that are being released.
Unlike previous Smash games, fighters are unlocked in the same way for all, rather than character-specific challenges. This means that while it can be a bit of a grind, all you need to do is play the game naturally and you’ll eventually unlock all of the characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. We’ve listed the three ways you can unlock characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate below:
World of Light presents a huge game board to explore. Every character in the roster is scattered around this map, with players tasked with ‘awakening’ them. To do so, you need to get to the player you want to unlock, and then must compete against the evil version of that character. You will need to collect certain Spirits to clear barriers that block areas off, but once you clear the map you’ll be able to unlock all characters.
The easiest way to unlock characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate is to wait until the Challenger Approaches fights pop up. There is some confusion around how to trigger these, though in our experience they happened every two matches, regardless of which mode you’re playing. In the later stages of the roster, these matches seemed to happen less often. This could be, as some have suggested, because these are set to trigger every 10 minutes, and as you play the game more, the faster you clear each fight. We’re working on solving this mystery, and will update when we do.
You’ll unlock Challenger fights each time you complete Classic Mode with a new fighter. It takes around ten minutes per run, so this isn’t the fastest method by any means. It’s a good way to get better at the game though, and there are some seriously awesome matchups for each character.
You’ll only be able to unlock new characters if you win the Challenger Fights. Don’t worry if you fail though, as you can retry the fights. To do so, head to the 'Games and More' section, and look out for a glowing door in the bottom righthand corner. You can rematch in there, unlocking the character you are facing.
So now that you know all of the ways you can unlock characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, you’ll probably want to know what the fastest method is. Well, it involves triggering the Challenger Fights by reloading the game regularly. We’ve listed the method below:
If you're wondering whether there's a certain order that characters unlock in for all Super Smash Bros Ultimate players, you're correct, there's is an established order. Just below, you can check out the definitive order in which you'll unlock characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, through using any method.
So there you have it, how to unlock all of the characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. For more on the game, be sure to check out our review. And if you're up for knowing more on Super Smash Bros Ultimate, head over to our Super Smash Bros Ultimate Guides Hub.
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