Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the most ambitious Smash game to date, and as a result, there are more unlockable fighters than ever before. The base roster starts with eight characters – Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox, and Pikachu – and the other 66 must be unlocked. Luckily, there are many methods of doing this; that being said, each method takes quite a bit of time.
In addition to being recruited in World of Light, fighters can also be unlocked just by playing versus matches. They appear in a set order: Ness, Zelda, Bowser, Pit, Inkling, Villager, Marth, Young Link, Wii Fit Trainer, Ice Climbers, Captain Falcon, Peach, Ryu, Ike, Jigglypuff, King K. Rool, Sonic, Simon, Zero Suit Samus, Little Mac, Isabelle, Shulk, Lucina, Wario, Ridley, Pokémon Trainer, Lucario, Daisy, Roy, King Dedede, R.O.B., Falco, Luigi, Pichu, Richter, Lucas, Diddy Kong, Meta Knight, Snake, Ganondorf, Corrin, Mega Man, Bayonetta, Toon Link, Rosalina & Luma, Incineroar, Sheik, Olimar, Pac-Man, Dark Samus, Wolf, Mr. Game & Watch, Robin, Dark Pit, Ken, Greninja, Chrom, Mewtwo, Bowser Jr., Dr. Mario, and then Palutena. Continue to play versus matches and the corresponding character will appear as a new challenger!
Each of the 66 unlockable fighters are placed in one of eight “groups”. These groups are directly connected the original eight fighters; as mentioned before, they are Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox, and Pikachu. By clearing Classic Mode with one of these characters, new ones can be unlocked:
Mario can unlock Sonic, Bayonetta, Little Mac, Ike, Luigi, Roy, Dr. Mario, and Olimar. Donkey Kong can unlock Bowser, Pokémon Trainer, Rosalina & Luma, King Dedede, Sheik, Greninja, Diddy Kong, and Duck Hunt. Link can unlock King K. Rool, Ice Climbers, Simon, Meta Knight, Snake, Young Link, Richter, and Toon Link. Samus can unlock Inkling, Wii Fit Trainer, Pit, Incineroar, Dark Samus, Cloud, Wario, and Dark Pit. Yoshi can unlock Lucario, Marth, Ryu, Ganondorf, Lucina, Ridley, Chrom and Ken. Kirby can unlock Ness, Jigglypuff, Pac-Man, Zelda, Robin, Corrin, Lucas, and Palutena. Fox can unlock Captain Falcon, Zero Suit Samus, Peach, Falco, Daisy, Bowser Jr., Wolf, and Mewtwo. Finally, Pikachu can unlock Villager, Shulk, R.O.B., Mega Man, Isabelle, Mr. Game & Watch, and Pichu.
For example, if you wanted to unlock Olimar, clearing Classic Mode with Mario (or any of the other characters in his group) a total of eight times would unlock him. Using this method you can unlock any character you want by determining which group they are in.
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