Super Smash Bros Ultimate patch notes: What's new in update 4.0, plus all Smash Bros Ultimate DLC details so far

What has changed with the arrival of Dragon Quest's Hero in Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC gives us new characters to play with months after the game has released - with a total of six new fighters on the way.

There are also a number of Super Smash Bros Ultimate updates too. Expect a major new one with each character, but expect smaller ones between each one too - with Super Smash Bros Ultimate patch notes detailing the specifics.

On this page:

Until all the DLC arrives there are plenty of other Smash Bros Ultimate characters to unlock, and once you have them, our Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tier List can help you decide who to play as. We also have some Super Smash Bros Ultimate tips if you want to brush up on the essentials.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate patch notes: What has been introduced in Super Smash Bros Ultimate update 4.0?

As well as the addition of Dragon Quest's Hero, expect the following additions and changes, with patch notes copied verbatim from Nintendo:

Offline

  • Very Easy difficulty has been added to Adventure mode.
  • Snapshots can be added to the time line 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.
  • Note: A paid membership to the Nintendo Switch Online service is needed to use these features. Please also see "Notice about Online Play" for more details.

General

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  • 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.).
  • When the FS Meter is fully charged, you will be unable to unleash the Final Smash if you don't use it within a set period of time. Note: This change will not affect Spirits mode.
  • Game balance adjustments have been made. Please see the official website for details of fixes and changes to fighters.
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Compatibility Issues

  • The latest software version is required to enter Online mode.
  • Local wireless play is not compatible with Ver. 3.1.0 and earlier. All players who want to fight in local wireless battles need to make sure they have the same software version.
  • Replays from Ver. 3.1.0 and earlier are not compatible. If you want to keep your replays, convert them into videos before installing the update. You can do this via Vault → Replays → Replay Data → Convert to Video.

As well as the above, there are a series of fighter adjustments:

FighterMoveChange
Common for All Fighters Using Shields (Link, Young Link, Toon Link, Hero) Basic Movements Characters who carry shields can now shieldstun shuffle when blocking a projectile with their shield.
All Fighters FS Meter 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.
All Fighters -- The max combo count in Training will stop counting when the opponent can move
All Fighters Item Attack Shortened the distance opponents can hitstun shuffle when attacked by the Daybreak item.
All Fighters Item Attack A fighter on the ground will now be launched after one hit from the Thwomp assist trophy.
Mario Basic Movements Adjusted the vulnerability when waking up from sleep to match other fighters.
Donkey Kong Basic Movements Adjusted the vulnerability when waking up from sleep to match other fighters.
Link Basic Movements Adjusted the vulnerability when waking up from sleep to match other fighters.
Link Up Special Shortened launch distance when the full combo doesn't connect.
Samus Basic Movements Adjusted the vulnerability when waking up from sleep to match other fighters.
Samus Up Smash Attack Shortened launch distance when the full combo doesn't connect.
Dark Samus Up Smash Attack Shortened launch distance when the full combo doesn't connect.
Yoshi Side Smash Attack Reduced the range opponents will be pushed while charging.
Fox Basic Movements Adjusted the vulnerability when waking up from sleep to match other fighters.
Peach Neutral Special When blocking an attack from the rear, Toad's counterattack will hit opponents easier.
Peach Up Special Shortened launch distance when the full combo doesn't connect.
Daisy Neutral Special When blocking an attack from the rear, Toad's counterattack will hit opponents easier.
Daisy Up Special Shortened launch distance when the full combo doesn't connect.
Bowser Down Air Attack Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.
Sheik Down Air Attack Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.
Mewtwo Basic Movements Reduced the area of the tail that can take damage.
Mewtwo Up Smash Attack Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts.
Extended launch distance.
Mewtwo Down Smash Attack Reduced vulnerability.
Mewtwo Backward Throw Increased power.
Mewtwo Side Special Increased attack speed.
Increased the speed to reflect projectiles.
Mr. Game & Watch Down Air Attack Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.
Pit Neutral Attack 1 Increased attack speed.
Pit Up Tilt Attack Reduced vulnerability.
Pit Down Smash Attack Extended launch distance when hit with the first attack.
Pit Back Air Attack Reduced vulnerability when landing after using the move.
Pit Down Air Attack Extended launch distance when hitting an opponent in the air with a meteor effect.
Dark Pit Neutral Attack 1 Increased attack speed.
Dark Pit Up Tilt Attack Reduced vulnerability.
Dark Pit Down Smash Attack Extended launch distance when hit with the first attack.
Dark Pit Back Air Attack Reduced vulnerability when landing after using the move.
Dark Pit Down Air Attack Extended launch distance when hitting an opponent in the air with a meteor effect.
Zero Suit Samus Down Air Attack Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.
Snake Basic Movements Adjusted the vulnerability when waking up from sleep to match other fighters.
Pokémon Trainer Other The invincibility time for grabbing edges is no longer shortened when performing a Pokémon Change in the air and then grabbing an edge.
Ivysaur Down Air Attack Reduced the range of the strong launching attack.
Shortened the launch distance when the weak launching attack hits.
Ivysaur Side Special Reduced attack speed and increased vulnerability.
Ivysaur Up Special Shortened launch distance for the high-damage range when using the attack in the air.
Charizard Side Tilt Attack Extended launch distance when hit in the high-damage range.
Charizard Side Smash Attack Increased power.
Extended launch distance.
Charizard Up Smash Attack Shortened launch distance when the full combo doesn't connect.
Charizard Neutral Air Attack Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts.
Reduced vulnerability when landing after using the move.
Charizard Forward Throw Extended launch distance.
Charizard Side Special Increased the speed of the edge-grab timing.
Lucas Dash Attack Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts.
Lucas Side Tilt Attack Increased the range at the beginning of the move.
Extended launch distance when hit in the high-damage range.
Lucas Up Smash Attack Extended the invincibility time at the start of the move.
Lucas Up Air Attack Reduced vulnerability.
Lucas Side Special Reduced vulnerability when landing after using the move.
Sonic Down Air Attack Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.
Olimar Side Smash Attack Increased the distance for Purple Pikmin.
Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts for Purple Pikmin.
R.O.B. Neutral Attack 1 Reduced the amount of time opponents will be in the damage animation when hit with the tip's attack range.
Toon Link Down Air Attack Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.
Villager Up Smash Attack Made it easier to hit multiple times.
Rosalina & Luma Basic Movements Rosalina can be more easily grabbed from the front when walking, crouching, and shielding when Luma is following.
Rosalina & Luma Neutral Attack 1 Luma will be in front when reversing the attack.
Rosalina & Luma Side Smash Attack Luma will be in front when reversing the attack.
Rosalina & Luma Up Smash Attack Luma will be in front when reversing the attack.
Greninja Down Air Attack Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.
Little Mac Neutral Attack 3 Depending on the timing of continuing from neutral attack 2 to neutral attack 3, neutral attack 3 will no longer decrease vulnerability.
Mii Brawler Basic Movements Reverted falling speed to match version 3.0.0.
Mii Brawler Neutral Special 2 Increased attack speed.
Extended launch distance.
Mii Brawler Up Special 1 Extended launch distance.
Mii Swordfighter Neutral Special 3 Made it easier to hit multiple times.
Mii Gunner Up Smash Attack Made it easier to hit multiple times.
Shortened launch distance when the full combo doesn't connect.
PAC-MAN Neutral Special Will no longer drop the Bonus Fruit while charging the neutral special even if flipped left or right with attacks like Mario's side special.
Ryu Basic Movements The attack after a perfect shield will be unleashed after facing the opponent.
Ken Basic Movements The attack after a perfect shield will be unleashed after facing the opponent.
Corrin Side Smash Attack Extended launch distance.
Corrin Down Air Attack Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.
Corrin Side Special Reduced vulnerability when jumping after stabbing the ground.
Corrin Up Special Extended vertical and horizontal distance.
Bayonetta Down Air Attack Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.
Ridley Up Smash Attack Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts.
Extended launch distance.
Ridley Back Air Attack Increased power.
Ridley Up Air Attack Increased the high-damage range.
Made easier to hit the high-damage range.
Ridley Dash Attack Increased attack range.
Ridley Side Special Reduced vulnerability when jumping after grabbing an opponent.
Extended launch distance when throwing an opponent at the edge.
Ridley Up Special Increased attack speed.
Increased movement speed.
Simon Down Air Attack Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.
Richter Down Air Attack Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.
Isabelle Basic Movements Extended distance of forward and backward dodging.
Isabelle Neutral Attack 1 Made it easier to hit multiple times.
Isabelle Up Smash Attack Extended launch distance.
Isabelle Side Special Extended launch distance of upward throws.
Increased the speed of the grab detection.
Isabelle Down Special Increased attack speed of the Lloid attack.
Piranha Plant Dash Attack Adjusted launch angle.
Piranha Plant Up Tilt Attack Reduced vulnerability.
Piranha Plant Side Special Capped the attack-power increase when repeatedly reflected.
Increased attack speed.
Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts.
Piranha Plant Down Special Reduced vulnerability.
Increased the power against shields.
Shortened the charge time until reaching max charge.
Joker Down Special While Arsene is summoned, projectiles that deal 50% or more damage cannot be reflected.

What else do we know about Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC?

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 Ł5.59 / $5.99 each for each set, with each set adding a Fighter, a Stage and multiple music tracks - and no Echo Fighters.

The confirmed Smash Bros Fighters Pass DLC fighters are as follows:

  • Joker (from Persona 5)
  • Hero (from Dragon Quest)
  • Banjo and Kazooie (from Banjo and Kazooie)

You can also get all five as part of the Fighters Pass for Ł22.49 / $24.99, which offers a bonus Mii Swordfighter outfit based on Rex from Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

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All five DLC characters will be released by 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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