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!
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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.
|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.
|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.
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.
|Hero||Joker||Banjo ＆ Kazooie||Terry|
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.
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.
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.
|1st to-5th Characters|
|6th to-30th Characters|
|31st to-50th Characters|
|51st to-63rd Characters|
By playing Smash Mode (free for all), characters get unlocked in the following order.
|Wii Fit Trainer||Ice Climbers||Captain Falcon||Peach|
|Ryu||Ike||Jigglypuff||King K. Rool|
|Sonic||Simon||Zero Suit Samus||Little Mac|
|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||Cloud||Duck Hunt|
|Bowser Jr.||Dr. Mario||Palutena|
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.
|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|
|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|
Unlocking Characters Fast
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How to Farm Gold
How to Raise GSP Fast
How to Unlock Elite Smash
How to Get Support Items
How to Use Stage Builder
How to Join Online Tournamets
Best Characters for Beginners
Guide for Beginners
How to Short Hop
How to Fast Fall
How to Cling to Walls
How to Wall Jump
Best Controller to Buy
Best Custom Control Settings
List of Echo Fighters
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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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