How to Unlock All Characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Unlocking all the characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate may seem like a daunting process, but it’s not as strenuous as it may seem at first.

There are various ways to unlock the massive roster in the game, and choosing which path to take is based on whatever you feel comfortable playing. The basic idea here, unsurprisingly, is to play the game, in any way. Eventually, you’ll start unlocking each and every character. So, here are the main ways you can unlock characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Just Keep Playing

On average, the window for unlocking characters is around 10 minutes. If you’re playing with your friends or just doing some casual matches on your own, make sure to back out of your activity every once in a while to see if there are any new challengers in your way.

Should you fail your fight against the challenger, you can fight them again in the Challenger’s Approach mode. This can be found in the bottom right corner of the “Games & More” screen. The window for this rematch being open seems fairly undefined, but it’s a safe bet that after you defeat another challenger, the last available rematch will be there.

Keep in mind, unlocking characters in any way outside of the ‘World of Light’ game mode will unlock them in every mode except World of Light. That means your unlocked characters will not be an available member of your party in World of Light until you unlock them directly in that mode. But unlocking them in your World of Light party will unlock them across every other available game mode.

World of Light

This new and exciting mode in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is another way you can unlock members of the expansive roster. Part of the story in this mode revolves around freeing members of the roster from captivity. As mentioned previously, this will simultaneously unlock them for your immediate party and across the rest of the game. Again, remember the 10 minute (ish) window. Should you get caught up in this mode, back out now and again to check for incoming challengers. It’s easy to get stuck in World of Light, because it sure is a lot of fun.

Classic Mode

The easiest, most recognisable, and probably fastest way to unlock characters in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster is the play through the Classic Mode. You can adjust the difficulty on the runs and burn through them quickly if you’re not hunting high scores, but hunting for a larger roster instead. There does seem to be a pattern to the unlocking, at least in the Classic Mode.

If you’re not opposed to seeing a somewhat spoiler-ish breakdown of the character unlock process through Classic Mode, head over the Smash Bros. subreddit for a handy guide.

Keep Fighting, Friends

Hopefully this quick little guide is helpful in your quest of unlocking all of the characters in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster. Keep your eyes on GameSpew over the next few days for our full review of the game. In the meantime, keep on fighting and enjoying the game.