Super Smash Bros Ultimate features every Super Smash Bros character ever created - including some new additions - all in one game. No more complaining about the lack of Pichu, Snake or Wolf - they're all in here.

One initial snag is there are not in the game initially. They require unlocking - with the game giving you the original cast of eight to begin with, and putting you to work on getting the rest.

There are multiple Super Smash Bros unlock character methods, and until you've got them all, we have a Super Smash Bros character list so you can work out who you are missing.

The fastest way to unlock characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate

There are multiple ways to unlock characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate - some easier and more reliable than others.

Apart from World of Light, the way you'll encounter new characters is the same - you have to beat them in combat, with them challenging you to a match.

The fastest way to unlock characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Play a Smash match (also known as Versus mode) and after the match is over, you'll be challenged by a random character so you can unlock them.

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There is a ten minute in-game counter between these encounters, designed to slow down to rate of character unlocks. However, you can avoid this by restarting the game. The next time you play a Smash / Versus match, and you'll then get another character unlock.

You can make this go even quicker is you set it so match settings are set to Stamina, and each character's stamina being as slow as possible (10), enough so a single projectile will end the match - and saving that as a template for future runs.

If you get to a point where this no longer works, you may need to move a certain distance during at match between unlocks as well - dannyjayes1 on reddit recommends playing on the 'Moray Towers' (Splatoon stage), walking up and down, then completing the match.

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Doing this method - playing a Smash match, unlocking a character, closing the game and repeating - is a grind, but is the fastest way to go.

Other character unlock methods in Super Smash Bros Ultimate

There are a few other ways to get characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate:

  • Each Classic Mode completion (found in the Games and More portion of the main menu) results in a character unlock. The benefit of this is the eight starting roster will unlock Super Smash Bros characters in a specific order, as shown in the following official image (thanks, Stuart98 on reddit):
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  • Encounter the respective character when playing World of Light, the game's single-player adventure, to unlock them across all modes. This is also how you unlock Mii Fighter styles.
  • As mentioned in the fastest unlock method above, playing any other mode for ten minutes (of in-game time) will see a New Challenger encounter when you next exit the mode.

Note that if you fail when challenged by a character, then you can attempt again by selecting it on the main menu screen. It's intermittent, so keep playing until it appears again.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate characters explained

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate lives up to its namesake when it comes to character roster alone, featuring every single character released in previous entries - the 64 original, Melee, Brawl, Wii U and 3DS editions - whether they've featured just once, as DLC, or have been with the series since the beginning.

Who are the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate characters?

Not only is there a huge returning roster, there are several new fighters too:

  • Inkling (from Splatoon)
  • Ridley (from Metroid)
  • Simon (from Castlevania)
  • King K. Rool (from Donkey Kong)
  • Isabelle (from Animal Crossing)
  • Incineroar (from Pokemon)
  • Piranha Plant (from Super Mario - free DLC if Smash Bros is purchased and bought by January 31st, available February 2019)

Meanwhile, the game introduces the concept of 'Echo Fighters'. It's not a new concept; they are reskins of other characters with offer subtle differences in their movesets, but unlike costumes, have their own place in the roster. These include:

  • Lucina
  • Dark Pit
  • Daisy (new for Ultimate)
  • Dark Samus (new for Ultimate)
  • Chrom (new for Ultimate)
  • Richter (new for Ultimate)
  • Ken (new for Ultimate)

Are there any more Super Smash Bros. Ultimate characters coming?

Before the game's release, series director Masahiro Sakurai confirmed there would be post-release DLC for Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

There will be five sets for £5.59 each for each set, with each set adding a Fighter, a Stage and multiple music tracks - and no Echo Fighters.

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You can also get all five as part of the Fighters Pass for £22.49, which offers a bonus Mii Swordfighter outfit based on Rex from Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

The DLC will be in development after the game launches, and will conclude in February 2020.

This list does not include Piranha Plant, which is free DLC if Smash Bros is purchased and bought by January 31st, and then made available in February 2019. If you miss out, it'll then be available as paid DLC.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character list

Below is a list of every single Super Smash Bros. character coming to the game, their place in the roster, as well as any differences between their last game and Ultimate.

CharacterNoneSmash Bros Ultimate changes
01: Mario
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Cappy, Wedding and Builder outfits added
02: Donkey Kong
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Final Smash change, new facial animations
03: Link
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Champion's Tunic and Tunic of the Wild added from Breath of the Wild, Final Smash unleashes Ancient Arrows, his bombs now detonate remotely
04: Samus
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Smash moves can power up in mid-air, and cancelled with jump or dodge
04ᵋ: Dark Samus
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New fighter in Ultimate (Samus Echo Fighter)
05: Yoshi
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N/A
06: Kirby
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Stone ability appearance based on stage, Copy ability for every character
07: Fox
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Star Fox Zero design, Final Smash overhaul (no more Landmaster!)
08: Pikachu
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Female and Libre versions
09: Luigi
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N/A
10: Ness
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Final Smash change
11: Captain Falcon
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Slow-mo during strong attacks
12: Jigglypuff
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N/A
13: Peach
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N/A
13ᵋ: Daisy
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New fighter in Ultimate (Peach Echo Fighter)
14: Bowser
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Final Smash change
15: Ice Climbers
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N/A
16: Sheik
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N/A
17: Zelda
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A Link Between Worlds costume, Final Smash change
18: Dr. Mario
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N/A
19: Pichu
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Electric shocks can damage Pichu
20: Falco
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Final Smash overhaul
21: Marth
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Dancing Blade is faster, voiced in English
21ᵋ: Lucina
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Dancing Blade is faster, now named Echo Fighter
22: Young Link
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N/A
23: Ganondorf
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Ocarina of Time design, Final Smash change
24: Mewtwo
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N/A
25: Roy
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Dancing Blade is faster
25ᵋ: Chrom
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New fighter in Ultimate (Roy Echo Fighter)
26: Mr. Game and Watch
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Looks more like he did in his original games
27: Meta Knight
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N/A
28: Pit
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Final Smash change
28ᵋ: Dark Pit
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Now named Echo Fighter
29: Zero Suit Samus
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Final Smash change
30: Wario
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Final Smash change
31: Snake
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N/A
32: Ike
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Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn outfits, each with different voices
33-35: Pokémon Trainer
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Change Pokemon during battle with no penalty, female trainer option
36: Diddy Kong
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N/A
37: Lucas
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Final Smash change
38: Sonic
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Final Smash change
39: King Dedede
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Final Smash overhaul
40: Olimar
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Helmet cracks when taking damage
41: Lucario
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N/A
42: R.O.B.
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Vague on cassis to show how much fuel left for hovering
43: Toon Link
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N/A
44: Wolf
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Star Fox Zero costume, upgrade to moves
45: Villager
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Easier to see what you've pocketed, eight various between male and female
46: Mega Man
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Hazards from both Mega Man Wii U and 3DS stages in Ultimate stage, Final Smash change
47: Wii Fit Trainer
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New face
48: Rosalina
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N/A
49: Little Mac
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Final Smash change
50: Greninja
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N/A
51-53: Mii Fighter
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Proportions tweaked, move sets enhanced, 12 voice options
54: Palutena
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Special attacks streamlined, special now counter and a deflector
55: PAC-MAN
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Final Smash speed boost
56: Robin
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Levin Sword and tome gauge added
57: Shulk
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Monado Arts now requires one button press and a direction, Final Smash Change
58: Bowser Jr.
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N/A
59: Duck Hunt
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N/A
60: Ryu
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One-on-one Ryu will always face opponent
60ᵋ: Ken
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New Echo Fighter in Ultimate
61: Cloud
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Limit Gauge added
62: Corrin
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N/A
63: Bayonetta
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Costumes from both games available, Rodin assist trophy
64: Inkling
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New fighter in Ultimate
65: Ridley
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New fighter in Ultimate
66: Simon
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New fighter in Ultimate
66ᵋ: Richter
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New fighter in Ultimate
67: King K. Rool
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New fighter in Ultimate
68: Isabelle
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New fighter in Ultimate
70: Incineroar
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New fighter in Ultimate
71: Piranha Plant
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Free DLC for early purchasers of Ultimate

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