Classic Mode character unlocks in Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Learn about the different Classic Mode character unlocks in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, including which fighter is needed to unlock each new hero.


There's been a lot of confusion regarding how to unlock characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Some players claim that unlocks are entirely random; others insist that they follow a distinct order. Our own staff falls between these two extremes, having unlocked characters in an order seemingly different from other players. Despite all this confusion, one thing is for sure: new characters unlock by playing Classic Mode. And, as luck would have it, there's one strong community resource that seems to indicate clear-cut Classic Mode character unlock methods.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Classic Mode character unlocks

Smash Ultimate hasn't really been out long enough for players to determine a specific unlock order for each of the game's characters. With that said, the folk over at the Smash Bros subreddit have provided a large amount of information concerning their experiences with specific character unlock conditions.

With regard to Classic mode unlocks, they sometimes appear to be conditional: for instance, playing with Bowser can unlock the Pokemon Trainer, but if players have already unlocked Sonic, the Pokemon Trainer can be instead unlocked with Mario. As such, the Classic Mode unlocks featured below may not necessarily represent the proper order of unlocks for all players. Instead, they represent what appears to be the proper order as offered by the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate community.

In any case, the current list of Smash Ultimate Classic Mode character unlocks is not yet complete. We'll be updating this list with further unlock information in the days and weeks to come, and if any new unlock conditions appear for existing characters, we'll be sure to make a note of it below. If you happen to spot a character unlock we haven't covered, or if your Classic Mode run resulted in a different character unlock, let us known in the Chatty below.

Classic mode character unlocks in Smash Ultimate

  • Bayonetta - unlocked by Sonic
  • Bowser Jr. - unlocked by Donkey Kong or Falco
  • Captain Falcon - unlocked by Fox
  • Chrom - unlocked by Ridley or Yoshi
  • Cloud - unlocked by Dark Samus
  • Daisy - unlocked by Falco
  • Dark Pit - unlocked by Wario
  • Dark Samus - unlocked with Samus
  • Diddy Kong - unlocked by Dark Pit
  • Dr. Mario - unlocked by Bayonetta, Roy, or King K. Rool
  • Duck Hunt - unlocked by Pichu
  • Falco - unlocked by Captain Falcon or Peach
  • Ganondorf - unlocked by Ryu
  • Greninja - unlocked by Rosalina
  • Ice Climbs - unlocked by King K. Rool
  • Ike - unlocked by Little Mac
  • Inceneroar - unlocked by Wii Fit Trainer
  • Inkling - unlocked by Samus
  • Isabelle - unlocked by Samus or Shulk
  • Jigglypuff - unlocked by Ness (in first instance)
  • Ken - unlocked by Duck Hunt, Ryu
  • King Dedede - unlocked by Pokemon Trainer
  • King K. Rool - unlocked by Link
  • Little Mac - unlocked by Bayonetta
  • Lucario - unlocked by Yoshi
  • Lucas - unlcocked by Corrin or Ken
  • Lucina - unlocked by Marth or Ryu
  • Luigi - unlocked by Ike
  • Mega Man - unlocked by Wario
  • Mr. Game & Watch - unlocked by R.O.B.
  • Ness - unlocked by Kirby
  • Olimar - unlocked by Little Mac
  • Pac-Man - unlocked by Ness (if Jigglypuff has already been unlocked)
  • Palutena - unlocked by Lucas, Ryu, or Young Link
  • Peach - Unlocked by Falco
  • Pichu - unlocked by Isabell
  • Piranha Plant - DLC unlock for registering Smash Ultimate
  • Pokemon Trainer - unlocked by Bowser, Donkey Kong, or Mario (if Sonic has already been unlocked)
  • R.O.B. - unlocked by Luigi
  • Richter Belmont - unlocked by Snake or Young Link
  • Ridley - unlocked by Lucina
  • Robin - unlocked by Zelda
  • Rosalina - unlocked by Donkey Kong, Pokemon Trainer, or Pichu
  • Roy - unlocked by Little Mac
  • Ryu - unlocked by Marth
  • Shiek - unlocked by King Dedede or Pokemon Trainer
  • Shulk - unlocked by Pikachu
  • Simon Belmont - unlocked by Ice Climbers or King K. Rool
  • Sonic - unlocked by Mario
  • Snake - unlocked by Meta Knight
  • Toon Link - unlocked by Richter
  • Wario - unlocked by Cloud
  • Wii Fit Trainer - unlocked by Inkling
  • Wolf - unlocked by Peach
  • Young Link - unlocked by Simon
  • Zero Suit Samus - unlocked by Captain Falcon

After completing a Classic Mode run, the character to be unlocked will appear as an Approaching Challenger. Don't worry if you lose the battle against them, because there is a way to start a rematch against any Challengers.

This concludes the list of all the Smash Ultimate Classic Mode character unlocks we've uncovered so far. Again, if you notice anything different in the game, or if you notice an unlock condition for a character we haven't covered, let us know in the Chatty comments below. For all the rest of our coverage of Nintendo's latest Switch brawler, head over to Shacknews' Super Smash Bros. Ultimate home page.

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