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How to Unlock Characters Fast

This guide will show you the fastest way to unlock all characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate (SSBU) on the Nintendo Switch. Learn the most efficient way to unlock characters fast, the character unlock order, and obtain the full roster to get smashing as fast as you can!

How to Unlock Characters

Compete in Smash or Spirits Mode

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Time to Unlock All Characters 4 Hours

Competing in Smash mode or Spirits mode will make a hidden timer start. Once this hidden timer goes to zero, the next challenger will appear. Play a lot of Smash mode or Spirits mode to unlock challengers, once the challenger appears, defeat the challenger to unlock them as a playable character. Generally speaking, these modes are the fastest for unlocking characters.

Complete Classic Mode

Classic Mode Mural
Time to Unlock All Characters 10 Hours

Fight and clear the Classic mode to unlock specific fighters. The characters that gets unlocked depends on the character you used. Please refer to our chart further down below to see which characters you unlock per character.

Rescue Fighters in World of Light

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Time to Unlock All Characters 20 Hours or more (for main roster)

After unlocking characters in World of Light (Adventure Mode), you will be able to use them in other modes as well. In World of Light, you can only use the characters you have unlocked there, so if you want to enjoy the Adventure mode first, start here and play through to unlock everyone.

Purchase DLC Fighters

SSBU DLC Characters

The DLC fighters become an immediate playable character upon purchasing them. There is no way to unlock these characters aside from purchasing them, so if you wish to use these fighters, purchase them individually in the eShop, or purchase the fighter pass bundle to unlock the whole character set for that pass.

Individual DLC Character

Piranha Plant Image Piranha Plant

Fighters Pass

Hero Image Hero Joker Image Joker Banjo & Kazooie Image Banjo & Kazooie Terry Image Terry
Byleth Image Byleth

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The Fastest Way To Unlock Characters

Restart Software After Unlocking A Fighter

After unlocking 6 characters, it becomes possible to reset the hidden timer after unlocking a challenger by resetting the software. This allows you to skip waiting and be able to unlock the next challenger immediately. This is currently the fastest way to unlock characters in SSBU.

Shorten Unlock Timer With Higher Difficulty

The timer that's needed to unlock characters also varies depending on the difficulty. Play with many people or high difficulty CPUs to speed up the timer and unlock the characters faster.

Make Sure to Play During the Matches!

During the match, the timer will not initiate its countdown if you stay idle during the match or fight will only inputting one button continuously. Play an active role in the fight or the process will be slower.

Play Time Required To Unlock Characters

1st to-5th Characters
  1. Play 1-4 Smash Modes (2:30 Timer / CPU Level 9)
  2. Challenger Appears
6th to-30th Characters
  1. Restart the Game
  2. Play Smash Mode (SD During a 1 Stock Game / Any Opponent)
  3. Challenger Appears
31st to-50th Characters
  1. Restart the Game
  2. Play Smash Mode 1 - 2 times (2:30 Timer / CPU Level 9)
  3. Challenger Appears
51st to-63rd Characters
  1. Restart the Game
  2. Play Smash Mode 2 - 4 times (2:30 Timer / CPU Level 9)
  3. Challenger Appears

Smash Ultimate Character Unlock Order

By playing Smash Mode (free for all), characters get unlocked in the following order.

1 2 3 4
Ness Image Ness Zelda Image Zelda Bowser Image Bowser Pit Image Pit
5 6 7 8
Inkling Image Inkling Villager Image Villager Marth Image Marth Young Link Image Young Link
9 10 11 12
Wii Fit Trainer Image Wii Fit Trainer Ice Climbers Image Ice Climbers Captain Falcon Image Captain Falcon Peach Image Peach
13 14 15 16
Ryu Image Ryu Ike Image Ike Jigglypuff Image Jigglypuff King K. Rool Image King K. Rool
17 18 19 20
Sonic Image Sonic Simon Image Simon Zero Suit Samus Image Zero Suit Samus Little Mac Image Little Mac
21 22 23 24
Isabelle Image Isabelle Shulk Image Shulk Lucina Image Lucina Wario Image Wario
25 26 27 28
Ridley Image Ridley Pokemon Trainer Image Pokemon Trainer Lucario Image Lucario Daisy Image Daisy
29 30 31 32
Roy Image Roy King Dedede Image King Dedede R.O.B. Image R.O.B. Falco Image Falco
33 34 35 36
Luigi Image Luigi Pichu Image Pichu Richter Image Richter Lucas Image Lucas
37 38 39 40
Diddy Kong Image Diddy Kong Meta Knight Image Meta Knight Snake Image Snake Ganondorf Image Ganondorf
41 42 43 44
Corrin Image Corrin Mega Man Image Mega Man Bayonetta Image Bayonetta Toon Link Image Toon Link
45 46 47 48
Rosalina & Luma Image Rosalina & Luma Incineroar Image Incineroar Sheik Image Sheik Olimar Image Olimar
49 50 51 52
Pac-Man Image Pac-Man Dark Samus Image Dark Samus Wolf Image Wolf Mr. Game & Watch Image Mr. Game & Watch
53 54 55 56
Robin Image Robin Dark Pit Image Dark Pit Cloud Image Cloud Duck Hunt Image Duck Hunt
57 58 59 60
Ken Image Ken Greninja Image Greninja Chrom Image Chrom Mewtwo Image Mewtwo
61 62 63 64
Bowser Jr. Image Bowser Jr. Dr. Mario Image Dr. Mario Palutena Image Palutena

How to Unlock a Specific Character

Clear Classic Mode 1-8 Times

roster unlock order

As mentioned above, clearing Classic mode allows you to unlock specific characters. The characters you unlock depends on the character you used in Classic Mode, This allows you to target unlock certain characters if you're a returning player and only wishes to play certain characters or if you want to immediately try a certain character.

Character Unlock Order
Mario Route
Sonic → Bayonetta → Little Mac → Ike → Luigi → Roy → Dr. Mario → Olimar → Bowser
Donkey Kong Route
Bowser → Pokemon Trainer → Rosalina & Luma → King Dedede → Sheik → Greninja → Diddy Kong → Duck Hunt → Sonic
Link Route
King K. Rool → Ice Climbers → Simon → Meta Knight → Snake → Young Link → Richter → Toon Link → Sonic
Inkling → Wii Fit Trainer → Pit → Incineroar → Dark Samus → Cloud → Wario → Dark Pit → Sonic
Lucario → Marth → Ryu → Ganondorf → Lucina → Ridley → Chrom → Ken → Sonic
Ness → Jigglypuff → Pac-Man → Zelda → Robin → Corrin → Lucas → Palutena → Sonic
Captain Falcon → Zero Suit Samus → Peach → Falco → Daisy → Bowser Jr. → Wolf → Mewtwo → Sonic
Villager → Shulk → R.O.B → Megaman → Isabelle → Mr. Game and Watch → Pichu → Sonic → Bayonetta

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    • >>[6]
      Depends on who it is you struggle against. I'd say generally someone like Wolf or Palu is a good secondary for any character. Byleth's largest drawback is mobility and frame data, so a character with faster options and movement is your best bet.

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