Super Smash Bros. Ultimate quickly became the flagship game of the Nintendo Switch. The character roster and an abundance of content justified the anticipation for this game. With nearly 80 characters to choose from, the possibilities for fighting combinations are practically endless. Starting off with only a small selection of eight characters, you can expand your roster in no time with a little perseverance!
While the unlocking process can be enjoyable, it can also be a bit of a hassle if you just want to play as your favorite fighter. Fortunately, we have discovered some effective methods to make that happen. So, get ready to rumble!
Tips and Tricks to Unlock Characters Quickly in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
There are three main ways to unlock characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Playing Classic Mode, encountering them in the game’s adventure mode called World of Light, or through the Rotating List. When a new character becomes available, you’ll see a screen that says “Challenger Approaching,” along with a mysterious silhouette of the character. Here are some tips to maximize your progress in each method and speed up the unlocking process.
1. Start with Classic Mode
Classic Mode returns, pitting you against a group of selected fighters with a platforming section and a final boss at the end. It’s a fun mode that can help you get up to speed with Ultimate, especially if it has been a while since you played a Smash title. It’s also a quick way to unlock a few characters right from the start.
The initial roster for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate includes Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox, and Pikachu. You can play Classic Mode with any of these characters, guaranteeing the opportunity to face a new challenger. In the order of unlocking, these are the first set of unlockable characters: Sonic, Bowser, King K. Rool, Inkling, Lucario, Ness, Captain Falcon, and Villager.
For a visual representation of all the unlocks, which you can ignore if you don’t want any spoilers, there is a helpful image provided in the game’s subreddit. The process works by continuing to play with the same initial character, such as Mario or Kirby, and you will be rewarded with a new challenger to battle. You can repeat this method several times, but eventually, you’ll need to switch characters.
2. Remember Challengers Can Be Replayed
Before we proceed, there is a vital game mechanic that will save you from concerns about losing a challenger battle. These battles can sometimes be difficult or appear randomly when you’re using a character you’re not familiar with. Fear not, once you’ve played for a few hours, the game will introduce a new mode called “Challenger’s Approach.” This mode can be found in the Games & More section and is depicted as a gate on the bottom right.
All lost battles can be replayed in Challenger’s Approach. However, note that they may take some time to reappear, especially if you lose again. If you have multiple defeated challengers awaiting a rematch, they will appear in order. Don’t forget to check back frequently!
3. Look for a New Challenger Every 10 Minutes
There are several circumstances that can trigger a new fight, but they are limited to specific time frames. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, you must wait for ten minutes to get a fresh chance to battle a new challenger.
Apart from Classic Mode and World of Light, you can trigger a fight by playing quick matches against the CPU or a friend in local multiplayer, exiting World of Light, or even failing a Spirit Board match. The element of surprise is present, but only if you allow enough time for the chances to reset. We’ve discovered a few ways to speed up this process, some more honorable than others:
Start a Smash battle and set the stock to one. Defeat your opponent, and you’ll get the opportunity to fight a challenger. You can also manipulate time by having shorter matches if you quickly defeat your adversary. Additionally, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can engage in a quick 1v1 match against yourself using both Joy-Cons separately. This way, you won’t need to worry about the CPU making things more difficult. However, the choice is yours.
4. In World of Light, Spirits Are Your Allies
Unlocking characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate through World of Light is a gradual and challenging process. The map is vast, and you have to overcome several battles before encountering an unlockable character. This doesn’t even consider the numerous obstacles that require specific traits or abilities obtained from spirits. If you choose this path to unlock characters, it will take some time. However, remember that you can speed things up by battling and then exiting to the main menu—there might be a challenger waiting for you.
Several factors can make this process easier. Choosing the right spirits for each battle, utilizing a rock-paper-scissors system of sorts, can save you from moments of frustration. Additionally, don’t forget that you can level up spirits by feeding them snacks, which are obtained as loot after battles, in the main Spirits’ menu.
For beginners, we recommend World of Light as a helpful starting point. After the initial battle against Mario, you’ll have the chance to fight Villager, Marth, or Sheik. You can only choose one character, though, and the others will remain locked until you complete a dungeon or reach them through another path. If you’re already familiar with any of these characters, you can unlock your main fighter in just a few battles.
5. When in Doubt, Pick Kirby
There may be a specific reason why Kirby is the first character you can use in World of Light, but it also translates well to other modes. Choosing Kirby in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is an intelligent strategy that increases your chances of survival. His basic standing attack can deliver a rapid succession of punches. If timed correctly, you can knock your opponent off the map in no time.
The advantages don’t end there. Kirby’s agility helps you escape sticky situations with his ability to jump up to six times, avoiding the perils of falling to your demise. Combine this with a ground attack (achieved by pressing B and moving the stick downward mid-air), and Kirby transforms into a formidable block that inflicts significant damage to opponents beneath him. Additionally, by devouring an opponent, Kirby gains their powers for you to utilize to your advantage in various situations.
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