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Official Patch Notes for 12.0.0 Out Now!
Ver. 12.0.0 Patch Notes and Balance Changes

This is a guide on how to update, previous patch notes, and a showcase of the Version 12.0.0 update coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on June 30th 2021. Read more to learn more about everything coming in the next Smash Ultimate Update!

What's New in Ver 12.0.0?

Available June 30

On June 30, 2021, the update got released, with the new character Kazuya being available.

New Character: Kazuya

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From the King of the Iron Fist Tournament to Smash, Tekken's Kazuya Mishima becomes available to play once you've bought him as DLC.

Character Balance Changes

A new set of balance changes will effect the way many of the fighters play! For a full list of all patch notes, including who got buffed and who got nerfed, see the guide below!

Ver. 12.0.0 Patch Notes and Balance Changes

New Mii Fighter Costumes

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There are new Mii Fighter costumes available.

New purchasable Mii costumes:

  • Lloyd (Tales of Symphonia) - Mii Swordfighter
  • Dragonborn (Skyrim) - Mii Swordfighter
  • Dante (Devil May Cry) - Mii Swordfighter
  • Shantae (Shantae) - Mii Brawler

How to Update

Press the + Button on the Home Screen

Press the + Button on the Home Screen
To update SSBU from the home screen, select it and press the + button.

Select the 'Software Update' Option

Select Software Update Option
Select the Software Update option and choose how you want to update it. Via Internet is the most reliable method to do so.

Past Replays will be Lost

Take note that you will no longer be able to view replays from a lower version.

Update Troubleshooting

Check Nintendo's Official Server Status

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If Nintendo's official servers are offline, that may explain why you aren't able to update your game.

Nintendo's Official Server Status

How To Check Current Version

You can check if your software is up to date in the title screen of the game. Check the top right to ensure your game version has the latest version!

Patch Note History

List of Patch Notes

Character Balance Patches
Version 12.0.0 Patch Notes Version 11.0.0 Patch Notes
Version 10.1.0 Patch Notes Version 9.0.0 Patch Notes
Version 8.0.0 Patch Notes Version 7.0.0 Patch Notes
Version 6.0.0 Patch Notes Version 5.0.0 Patch Notes
Version 4.0.0 Patch Notes Version 3.1.0 Patch Notes
Version 3.0.0 Patch Notes Version 2.0.0 Patch Notes

Update History

Ver 11.0.0

Dropping on March 4th

Update Ver. 11.0.0 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be dropping on March 4th, 2020. If the update timing is the same as usual, we can expect them to be added into the game at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET later today!

Mythra / Pyra Coming to Smash!

Pyra and Mythra Releasing March 4th 2021
Version 11.0.0 will bring the new characters Pyra / Mythra. They can change characters mid-fight, similar to Zelda / Sheik in Smash Bros. Melee, allowing for different playstyles.

Additionally, purchasing the Challenger Pack / Fighter's Pass will give you access to the Cloud Sea of Alrest stage, as well as music from Xenoblade 2.

Pyra / Mythra Guide and Moveset Analysis

New Mii Costumes Being Added

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Four new Mii Costumes will be added in via this update, with each being purchasable for $0.75 USD. These costumes are from Capcom games to mark the upcoming Monster Hunter Rise and Ghosts 'N Goblins games.

Character Balance Changes

A new set of balance changes will effect the way many of the fighters play! For a full list of all patch notes, including who got buffed and who got nerfed, see the guide below!

Ver. 11.0.0 Patch Notes and Balance Changes

Ver 10.1.0

Offline
  • The following spirits will appear in the Shop on the Vault menu:
    ・Tifa
    ・Barret
    ・Aerith
    ・Red XIII
    ・Cid
    ・Cait Sith
    ・Yuffie
    ・Vincent
    ・The Turks & Rufus Shinra
    ・Bahamut ZERO
    ・Chocobo & Moogle
    ・Shiva
    ・Ifrit
  • You can now switch between different artwork for Cloud's spirit.
General
  • The following downloadable content will be usable after purchase:
    ・Sephiroth Challenger Pack
    ・Barret's Outfit
    ・Tifa's Outfit
    ・Aerith's Outfit
    ・Chocobo Hat
    ・Geno Hat + Outfit
  • You cannot make videos of replays that contain DLC you have not purchased (fighters, stages, music, Mii Fighter costumes, etc.).
  • You can now switch between "Random from all songs" and "Random from My Music" for the Battlefield, Small Battlefield, Big Battlefield and Final Destination stages.
  • To switch between options, access My Music via the Options or the Vault and then press the X Button.
  • The Final Smash for Cloud's P2, P4, P6, and P8 color variations has been changed to Omnislash Ver. 5. (This essentially functions the same as a regular Omnislash.)
  • Game-balance adjustments have been made. Please see the details of fixes and changes to fighters.
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

New Character: Sepiroth

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You can play Sephiroth if you purchased Fighter Pass 2 or Challenger Pack 8 (Sephiroth).

Sephiroth Guide: Combos and Tier Placement

New Stage: Northern Cave

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This Challenger pack includes the Northern Cave, Sephiroth's iconic resting place from Final Fantasy 7, which is a welcome addition for any FF fan out there.

New Purchasable Mii Costumes

New purchasable Mii costumes:

  • Barrett's Clothing (FF7)
  • Tifa's Clothing (FF7)
  • Aerus's Clothes (FF7)
  • Chocobo Hat (FF)
  • Gino (Super Mario RPG)

New Final Smash for Cloud

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Cloud will have a new Omnislash for his costumes for P2, P4, P6, and P8, which are his Advent Children costumes. It will show Omnislash Ver. 5 where his sword breaks into multiple smaller blades, rather than the traditional Omnislash. For fans of Advent Children, they'll recognize this as how he beat Sephiroth there, and it is a fun cosmetic change.

Song Select

You will be able to pick between Random from All songs and Random from My Music for Battlefield, Small Battlefield, Big Battlefield and Final Destination stages. Listen to your favorite beats while Smashing it out with your friends!

To switch between options, access My Music via the Options or the Vault and then press the X Button.

Sephiroth Challenge

The Sephiroth Challenge will be implemented for a limited time from December 18 to December 23. If you complete it and you own Sephiroth, you will be able to unlock him as a character early!

Ver 10.0.0

General
  • The Sephiroth Challenge mode event has been added for a limited time.
  • You can attempt this mode if you've purchased the Sephiroth Challenger Pack or the Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Defeating Sephiroth will unlock him as a playable fighter and grant access to his stage.
  • This mode will appear on the upper left of the main menu. Press the + Button to take on the challenge.
  • Once the event period is over, the mode will become unavailable, but Sephiroth and his stage will be unlocked immediately for anyone who has purchased the Sephiroth Challenger Pack or the Fighters Pass Vol. 2.
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Ver 9.0.2

General
  • Fixed an issue where you could not use the stick to jump while falling after creating an anvil using the down air attack.
  • Fixed an issue where the gunman from Duck Hunt’s down special and the phantom from Zelda’s down special were not behaving as intended.
  • Fixed an issue where the initial velocity of Samus’s and Dark Samus’s up special when used on the ground was not behaving as intended.
  • Fixed an issue where fighters would sometimes warp on the Venom stage.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes fighters would pass through landscapes when they were launched on some stages.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes you would be forced to end a battle on a stage created in Stage Builder.
  • Various gameplay fixes.

Ver 9.0.1

General
  • Fixed the issue where sometimes an opposing fighter would go through the landscape when Steve/Alex created a block at a certain location and the opposing fighter destroyed the block.
  • Fixed the issue where sometimes an opposing fighter would go through the landscape when Steve/Alex created a block at a certain location and the anvil created with a down air attack struck the opposing fighter.
  • Fixed the issue where the opposing fighter would become uncontrollable when Steve/Alex hit them with a minecart in certain situations.
  • Fixed the issue where if Steve/Alex's minecart bounced off the wall, it would not hit the opposing fighter.
  • Fixed the issue where opposing fighters carried in Steve/Alex's minecart would sometimes be warped to the original location where they were picked up.
  • Fixed the issue where certain fighters could go through Steve/Alex's block once KO'd.

Ver 9.0.0

Offline
  • The following spirits will appear in the Shop on the Vault menu: Zombie, Creeper, Skeleton, Slime (Minecraft), Enderman, Villager & Iron Golem, Ghast, Piglin, Ender Dragon
Online
  • The controls during combat in battle arenas while spectators are present have been adjusted.
  • Adjustments have been made to the way Global Smash Power is calculated.
General
  • The following downloadable content will be usable after purchase:
    ・Steve & Alex Challenger Pack
    ・Creeper Mask + Outfi
    ・Pig Mask + Outfi
    ・Diamond Helmet + Armo
    ・Travis Wig + Outfi
    ・Bomberman Mask + Outfi
    ・Gil's Helmet + Armor
  • You cannot make videos of replays that contain DLC you have not purchased (fighters, stages, music, Mii Fighter costumes, etc.).
  • An issue where the movement delay after a perfect shield was behaving incorrectly under certain rules has been fixed.
  • Game balance adjustments, stability fixes, and other minor adjustments have been made. Please see the details of fixes and changes to fighters.
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Ver 8.1.0

Stages
  • The Small Battlefield stage has been added. You can also set Small Battlefield as a Preferred Rule in Online battles.
  • You can now select any stage-specific music for the Battlefield, Small Battlefield, Big Battlefield, and Final Destination stages.
Online
  • The online user experience has been adjusted.
  • The way matching is determined when using Preferred Rules has been adjusted.
  • Following a look at the current number of players eligible for Elite Smash, the threshold for entry has been recalculated to allow more players. Additionally, the way initial values for Global Smash Power are calculated has also been adjusted.
General
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Ver 8.0.0

Offline
  • You can now begin a spirit battle rematch at any time via Spirits → Collection → Inventory → Spirit List → Fight. The score will also be recorded.
  • The following spirits will appear in the Shop on the Vault menu:
    ・Master Mummy
    ・Mechanica
    ・Byte & Barq
    ・Kid Cobra
    ・Helix
    ・Max Brass
General
  • The following downloadable content will be usable after purchase:
    ・Min Min Challenger Pack
    ・Ninjara Wig + Outfit
    ・Callie Wig + Outfit
    ・Marie Wig + Outfit
    ・Vault Boy Mask + Vault 111 Jumpsuit
    ・Heihachi Wig + Outfit
  • You cannot make videos of replays that contain DLC you have not purchased (fighters, stages, music, Mii Fighter costumes, etc.).
  • Game balance adjustments have been made. Please see the details of fixes and changes to fighters.
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Ver 7.0.0

Offline
  • The following spirits will appear in the Shop on the Vault menu:
    ・Edelgard
    ・Dimitri (Fire Emblem)
    ・Claude
    ・Sothis
    ・Rhea
    ・Seteth
    ・Dorothea
    ・Ingrid
    ・Hilda (Fire Emblem)
    ・Radiant Gleam
    ・Kloster (Grief)
    ・Bullet Walker (Brigadier General)
    ・High Line (Guns Empress)
    ・I-Tetrimino
    ・T-Tetrimino
    ・S-Tetrimino & Z-Tetrimino
    ・L-Tetrimino & J-Tetrimino
    ・O-Tetrimino
Misc
  • The following downloadable content will be usable after purchase:
    ・Byleth Challenger Pack
    ・Cuphead Hat + Outfit
    ・Altaïr Hood + Outfit
    ・Rabbids Hat
    ・MegaMan.EXE’s Helmet + Armor
    ・X’s Helmet + Armor
  • You cannot make videos of replays that contain DLC you have not purchased (fighters, stages, music, Mii Fighter costumes, etc.).
  • Game-balance adjustments have been made. Please see the details of fixes and changes to fighters.
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience

Ver 6.1.1

  • Support for the upcoming Dark Samus and Richter amiibo figures has been implemented.

Ver 6.1.0

  • Fixed a rare issue that caused both Terry and a struck opposing fighter to become unable to move from their positions when Terry's Super Special Move "Buster Wolf" connects.

Ver 6.0.0

Offline
  • The following spirits will appear in the Shop on the Vault menu:
    ・Andy Bogard
    ・Joe Higashi
    ・Kim Kaphwan
    ・Geese Howard
    ・Ryo Sakazaki
    ・Kyo Kusanagi
    ・Iori Yagami
    ・Haohmaru
    ・Nakoruru
    ・Athena Asamiya
    ・Ralf & Clark
    ・Tockles
Online
  • The following features have been added to Battle Arena mode:
    ・The arena type "Elite Only" has been added.
    ・Arenas that a friend has created can now be found by going to Join Arena → Friends' Arenas, regardless of visibility.
    ・The host player can now change some rules without having to shut down the arena.
    ・The option "Random Battlefield and Ω Form" has been added to the stage settings.
    ・You can now send set messages to each other inside an arena.
General
  • Added support for the upcoming Simon and Incineroar amiibo figures.
  • The following downloadable content will be usable after purchase:
    ・Terry + King of Fighters Stadium
    ・Ryo Sakazaki Wig + Outfit
    ・Nakoruru Wig + Outfit
    ・Iori Yagami Wig + Outfit
    ・Akira Wig + Outfit
    ・Jacy Wig + Outfit
  • You cannot make videos of replays that contain DLC you have not purchased (fighters, stages, music, Mii Fighter costumes, etc.).
  • Game balance adjustments have been made.
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.
  • Fixes and changes to fighters have been made.

Ver 5.0.0

Offline
  • You can now play the Home-Run Contest mode in Games & More.
    ・This mode supports up to 4 players.
    ・Note: Some of the special moves in Home-Run Contest will behave differently from other modes.
  • The following spirits will appear in the Shop on the Vault menu:
    ・Tooty
    ・Bottles
    ・Mumbo Jumbo
    ・Jinjos
    ・Jiggy
    ・Gruntilda
    ・Buzzbomb
Online
  • If you download a Mii Fighter in Shared Content that was uploaded from Ver. 5.0.0 or later, you will be able to adjust the move set for that Mii Fighter.
General
  • The following downloadable content will be usable after purchase:
    ・Banjo & Kazooie + Spiral Mountain Stage
    ・Team Rocket Hat + Outfit
    ・Sans Mask + Outfit
    ・Goemon Wig + Outfit
    ・Proto Man's Helmet + Armor
    ・Zero's Helmet + Armor
  • You cannot make videos of replays that contain DLC you have not purchased (fighters, stages, music, Mii Fighter costumes, etc.).
  • Game balance adjustments have been made.
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.
  • Fixes and changes to fighters have been made.

Ver 4.0.0

Offline
  • Very Easy difficulty has been added to Adventure mode.
  • Snapshots can be added to the timeline in Edit Video. Only snapshots taken via the pause menu can be used; screenshots taken using the Capture Button cannot be used. In addition, snapshots taken from custom stages cannot be used.
  • Steel, grass, sponge, paper, and yarn terrains have been adjusted in Stage Builder. After this update, stages created in versions 3.1.0 and older may behave differently. In addition, the way thumbnails are displayed has been adjusted.
  • The following spirits will appear in the Shop on the Vault menu:
  • Slime
    * Dracky
    * Great Sabrecub
    * Golem
    * Liquid Metal Slime
    * Cetacea
    * Hero's Comrades
Online
  • Online Tourney mode has been added. While a tourney is open, please check rules and more within Online Tourney.
  • A Support function to predict the winner of a Spectate battle and earn points has been added. The points can be exchanged for in-game items and gold.
  • Videos can now be played repeatedly in Shared Content. In addition, a Yeah! will be added automatically whenever you save posted content.
General
  • The following downloadable content will be usable after purchase:
    ・Hero Challenger Pack
    ・Erdrick's Helmet + Armour
    ・Martial Artist Wig + Gi
    ・Veronica's Hat + Outfit
    ・Slime Hat
  • You cannot make videos of replays that contain DLC you have not purchased (fighters, stages, music, Mii Fighter costumes, etc.).
  • Once the FS Meter is fully charged, the Final Smash must be used within 20 seconds or the FS Meter will reset. Note: This change will not affect Spirits mode.
  • Game balance adjustments have been made.
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Ver 3.1.0

Offline
  • You can use the Toy-Con VR Goggles to enjoy Smash in VR mode via the Games & More menu.
    ・VR mode is a single-player experience only.
    ・The Toy-Con VR Goggles are sold separately as part of the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit or the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit - Starter Set + Blaster.
    ・This is shown on Nintendo Labo’s page as well
Online
  • FPs can be used in Battle Arenas.
  • An option to send amiibo out on journeys has been added, through which FPs go on a journey to train via the internet. You can find it via Games & More ? amiibo ? Send on a Journey.
  • Some of the preferred rules for Quickplay battles have been adjusted.
General
  • Game balance adjustments have been made.
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Ver 3.0.1

Games and More
  • A bug where winning with a Final Smash while on Joker's route in Classic Mode would prevent the game from progressing has been fixed.
General
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Ver 3.0.0

Offline
  • Stage Builder added to Games & More. You can now draw your own custom stages by hand.
    ・Camera controls are not available when converting a replay that contains a custom stage into a video.
  • Edit Video feature added to Replays. You can now create new movies using several videos made from replays.
    ・Only videos from Ver. 3.0.0 or later can be used as source material. There are planned expansions to the Edit Video feature in future updates.
  • DLC Spirits option added to the Spirits menu.
  • DLC spirits can only be used if you have purchased the corresponding downloadable content.
  • The following spirits will appear in the Vault Shop:
    ・Morgana
    ・Ryuji Sakamoto
    ・Ann Takamaki
    ・Yusuke Kitagawa
    ・Makoto Niijima
    ・Futaba Sakura
    ・Haru Okumura
    ・Goro Akechi
    ・Caroline & Justine
    ・Igor
    ・Phantom Thieves of Hearts
Online
  • You can now share replays, videos, Mii Fighters and custom stages with people around the world in Shared Content.
    ・You can only post replays and videos created with Ver. 3.0.0 and on. You cannot post replays of online/local wireless battles on custom stages, or videos that include custom stages.
  • You can now sync your game with Smash World, a service accessible via the Nintendo Switch Online smart device app. Available features include viewing some of the things posted to Shared Content, and creating spirit teams from the spirits you have collected.
    ・The Smash World service is planned to begin after the distribution of Ver. 3.0.0. If you still don't see Smash World in your list of services, please try again later.
  • It is now easier to be matched with players who have a similar Global Smash Power in Quickplay. Further improvements and adjustments to matchmaking are planned.
General
  • The following downloadable content will be usable after purchase:
    ・Joker Challenger Pack
    ・Persona 3 Protagonist Wig + Outfit
    ・Persona 4 Protagonist Wig + Outfit
    ・Teddie Hat
    ・Morgana Hat
    ・Tails Hat + Outfit
    ・Knuckles Hat + Outfit
  • You cannot make videos of replays that contain DLC you have not purchased (fighters, stages, music, Mii Fighter costumes, etc.).
  • Game-balance adjustments have been made.
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Ver 2.0.1

Offline
  • Fixed an issue in ver. 2.0.0 where an adventure challenge featuring King K. Rool could not be completed. If this issue has affected you, please load the corresponding Adventure save data and then return to the main menu.
Misc.
  • Various gameplay fixes.

Ver 2.0.0

Offline
  • You can now play Spirit Board with up to four players.
    ・Select the spirit you want to challenge on the Spirit Board, and then go to Party → Fighter to select the number of people who will play. When playing with multiple people, you will lose the battle if any player is KO'd.
  • The following spirits will now appear in the Shop.
    ・Partner Pikachu
    ・Partner Eevee
    ・Dice Block
    ・River Survival
    ・Golden Dash Mushroom
Online
  • We adjusted the calculation for Global Smash Power.
Online
  • Added the DLC fighter Piranha Plant. (Piranha Plant will become available for purchase as DLC at a later date.)
  • Pressing both jump buttons at the same time will now cause you to short hop.
  • Fixed the issue where the KO score included your teammates' KOs when Team Attack was On.
  • Game-balance adjustments.
  • Various gameplay fixes.

Ver 1.2.1

  • Various fixes to improve gameplay.

Ver 1.2.0

Offline
  • Adjusted difficulty of approaching challengers.
Online
  • When matchmaking in Quickplay, the Format setting of your Preferred Rules will be prioritized more. This may cause matchmaking to take more time. Also, there is no guarantee that matchmaking will be done exactly as shown in the set Preferred Rules.
  • Increased the stability of the synchronous connection within Battle Arenas.
Misc
  • Game balance adjustments.
  • Various gameplay fixes.
  • The following fighters had specific adjustments and changes: Donkey Kong, Link, Kirby, Luigi, Ice Climbers, Young Link, Olimar, Toon Link, Villager, Greninja, PAC-MAN, Duck Hunt, and Isabelle

Ver 1.1.0

Offline
  • Added a Hard difficulty to Adventure mode.
Online
  • Online now includes Quickplay, Battle Arenas, Spectate, and Background Matchmaking.
  • Global Smash Power will now be displayed.
Game Data Adjustments
  • The ability to receive spirit event data has been added.
  • The ability to receive presents has been added.
DLC Content
  • The special bonus for the Fighters Pass, Xenoblade Chronicles 2's Rex's Mii Fighter costume (Swordfighter type), has been added.
Misc
  • Game balance adjustments.
  • Various gameplay fixes.

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      Shulk does have the speed option, so that’s a good choice.
      Or, you can use spirits that increase speed.

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      Is there any Mario character matchups here?
      Or Yoshi character matchups?
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