Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Cheats

Unlock every fighter and more cheats for Nintendo Switch

All characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch features a massive roster of fighters from your favorite video game franchises. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to get those Smash Bros. unlockables.

These cheats are exclusively for the 2018 game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch. If you're looking for Super Smash Bros. Melee cheats, we have those as well.

How to Unlock Characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The eight original fighters from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64 are available from the start. Other characters can be unlocked in three ways:

  • Free their spirits in Adventure mode.
  • Beat Classic mode with different characters.
  • Spend time fighting against other players or the CPU.

When you unlock a character in Adventure mode, they become available in all other modes, but the reverse is not true. The only way to play as every character in Adventure mode is to free their spirits.

How to Unlock Characters in Classic Mode

After you complete Classic mode with any character, you'll face a new challenger. Defeat the challenger to unlock them as a playable character.

Unlockable characters are sorted into groups that determine the order you face them in Classic mode. When you beat Classic mode with any character, you'll be challenged by the next character in the group.

For example, when you finish Classic mode with Kirby, you'll unlock Ness. Then, if you beat Classic mode again with Kirby or Ness, you'll unlock Jigglypuff. If you've already unlocked a character by other means, you'll face the next challenger in that group. Once you unlock all characters in a group, you'll unlock the next available character in another group. Use the chart below to determine the unlock order.

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

If you lose repeatedly to a challenger, go to Games and More > Challenger's Approach for a rematch. If the rematch option isn't available, then you must wait for that character to challenge you again.

How to Unlock Characters by Fighting

When you participate in matches against other players or the CPU, you'll occasionally be challenged by a new character. This may happen after a round of Smash mode, or when you exit one of the other modes after playing for a while. You must actively play the game to trigger these encounters, which means you can't just put down the controller and leave the game running. Defeat the challenger to unlock them as a playable character.

Challengers appear in a fixed order. If you have already unlocked a character by other means, you'll face the next challenger on the list:

  1. Ness (Earthbound)
  2. Zelda (Legend Of Zelda)
  3. Bowser (Mario Bros.)
  4. Pit (Kid Icarus)
  5. Inkling (Splatoon)
  6. Villager (Animal Crossing)
  7. Marth (Fire Emblem)
  8. Young Link (Legend Of Zelda)
  9. Wii Fit Trainer (Wii Fit)
  10. Ice Climbers (Ice Climber)
  11. Captain Falcon (F-Zero)
  12. Princess Peach (Mario Bros.)
  13. Ryu (Street Fighter)
  14. Ike (Fire Emblem)
  15. Jigglypuff (Pokemon)
  16. King K. Rool (Donkey Kong Country)
  17. Sonic (Sonic The Hedgehog)
  18. Simon Belmont (Castlevania)
  19. Zero Suit Samus (Metroid)
  20. Little Mac (Punchout)
  21. Isabelle (Animal Crossing)
  22. Shulk (Xenoblade Chronicles)
  23. Lucina (Fire Emblem)
  24. Wario (Mario Bros.)
  25. Ridley (Metroid)
  26. Pokemon Trainer (Pokemon)
  27. Lucario (Pokemon)
  28. Princess Daisy (Mario Bros.)
  29. Roy (Fire Emblem)
  30. King Dedede (Kirby)
  31. R.O.B. (R.O.B. The Robot)
  32. Falco (Starfox)
  33. Luigi (Mario Bros.)
  34. Pichu (Pokemon)
  35. Richter Belmont (Castlevania)
  36. Lucas (Mother 3)
  37. Diddy Kong (Donkey Kong Country)
  38. Meta Knight (Kirby)
  39. Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
  40. Ganon (Legend Of Zelda)
  41. Corrin (Fire Emblem)
  42. Mega Man (Mega Man)
  43. Bayonetta (Bayonetta)
  44. Toon Link (Legend of Zelda)
  45. Princess Rosalina and Luma (Mario Bros.)
  46. Inceniroar (Pokemon)
  47. Sheik (Legend Of Zelda)
  48. Olimar (Pikmin)
  49. Pac-Man (Pac-Man)
  50. Dark Samus (Metroid)
  51. Starwolf (Starfox)
  52. Mr. Game & Watch (Game & Watch)
  53. Robin (Fire Emblem)
  54. Dark Pit (Kid Icarus)
  55. Cloud (Final Fantasy 7)
  56. Duck Hunt (Duck Hunt)
  57. Ken (Street Fighter)
  58. Greninja (Pokemon)
  59. Chrom (Fire Emblem)
  60. Mewtwo (Pokemon)
  61. Bowser Jr. (Mario Bros.)
  62. Dr. Mario (Dr. Mario)
  63. Palutena (Kid Icarus)

How to Unlock Mii Fighters

While you have the option to create your own custom Mii fighter, there are also secret Mii fighters who are unlocked by finding them in Adventure mode. They're in the following locations:

Mii Location
Mii Gunner World of Light: Island Area
Mii Brawler World of Dark: Sacred Realm
Mii Swordfighter World of Light: Town Area

The secret Mii Fighters cannot be used in Classic mode.

How to Unlock All Characters Fast

New challengers will appear after every 5-10 minutes of active gameplay in Smash mode; however, there is a way to speed up the process.

  1. Finish a full 10 minute match against the CPU to trigger a fight with a new challenger.

  2. Fight the challenger. It doesn't matter if you win or lose.

  3. Quit the game and return to the Nintendo Switch home screen.

  4. Restart the game.

  5. Using the second controller, begin a new Smash match and set the rules to 1 Stock.

  6. Defeat the first player to trigger a new challenger.

  7. Repeat steps 2-6.

How to Unlock the True Ending to World of Light

There are three possible endings to World of Light. After defeating either Galeem or Dharkon in the final battle, you'll see a false ending and return to the map. To view the true ending of Adventure mode and unlock New Game Plus:

  1. During the final battle, defeat the Master Hand to give the forces of Light the advantage.

  2. Defeat Dark spirits until the Master Hand reappears, then defeat him a second time to free him.

  3. Defeat the Crazy Hand to give the forces of Dark the advantage.

  4. Defeat Light spirits until the Crazy Hand reappears, then defeat him a second time to free him. Both hands will go to the same space at the top of the board.

  5. Balance the powers of Light and Dark by leaving roughly the same number of spirits on both sides of the board.

  6. Go to where both hands are on the board for another battle.

  7. After the battle, take the center path, and you'll be on your way to the true ending.

How to Unlock New Game Plus

Get the true ending in World of Light to unlock New Game Plus, which allows you to replay Adventure mode to collect more spirits and skill spheres.

How to Unlock World of Dark

See all three endings and win every secret battle in World of Light to unlock World of Dark, a new version of Adventure mode with tougher enemies and more unlockables.

How to Earn Coins Fast

Gold coins are rewarded after every match depending on how many buttons each player presses. If you need quick cash to unlock items in the vault, use this exploit:

  1. Start a two player match.

  2. Have one character jump off of the stage.

  3. When they respawn, press Down repeatedly on both controllers to make the characters do squats in place.

  4. Keep squatting until the timer runs out. A winner will be declared, and you'll win lots of coins.

How to Unlock Attack Bonuses

Pairing fighters with a primary spirit from the same franchise will increase the amount of damage they deal by 20%.

How to Unlock the Punch Out! Boxing Ring

Hold L as you select the boxing ring stage to change the ring to look like the World Circuit from Punch Out!!

How to Perform Secret Taunts

Some characters have special taunts that can only be used in specific stages.

Pit's Secret Taunt

Perform Pit's down taunt repeatedly while playing in Palutena's Temple to get combat advice from Palutena and her friends.

Snake's Secret Taunts

Perform Snake's down taunt while playing in Shadow Moses Island to call characters from the Metal Gear series for tactical advice.

Star Fox Secret Taunts

While playing as Fox, Falco, or Wolf in the Star Fox stage, perform their down taunt to hear a conversation between the Star Fox characters. The conversation will differ depending on the current background, but you can only trigger conversations once per battle.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Amiibos

Super Smash Bros. for Switch supports over a hundred Amiibos and counting. When you scan an Amiibo of one of the 74 fighters, they will join you as a helper in battle. Train your Amiibos by pitting them against yourself or the CPU in fights.

You can also scan Amibos for characters that appear as spirits to unlock additional bonuses. Here's a list of supported Amiibos and the bonuses they grant you.

Amiibo Spirit Type Support Bonus
Timmy and Toomy N/A Unlock Adventure Mode Shop
Shovel Knight Primary (Ace) Two Slots Available
Octoling Girl and Octoling Boy Primary (Ace) N/A
Squid Sisters Support (Legend) Faster Final Smash Meter
Off the Hook Support (Ace) Undamaged Attack and Speed Up
Octoling Octopus Support (Advanced) Ray Gun
Tiki Primary (Advanced) Three Slots Available
Alm and Celica (Young) Primary (Novice) Three Slots Available
Detective Pikachu Support (Advanced) Fog Immunity
Mipha Support (Advanced) Critical Health Stats Up
Bokoblin Primary (Novice) Battering Items Power Up
Daruk Primary (Advanced) Weight Up, One Slot Available
Urbosa Primary (Advanced) Electric Attack Up, Two Slots Available
Revali Support (Advanced) Shooting Attack Up
Guardian Support (Advanced) Weapon Resistance Up
Chibi-Robo Primary (Advanced) Two Slots Available
Metroid Support (Ace) KOs Heal Damage
Yarn Poochy Primary (Advanced) Weight Down, Three Slots Available
Koopa Troopa Support (Novice) Green Shell Equipped
Waluigi Primary (Ace) Foot Attack Up, Three Slots Available
Toad Primary (Advanced) Three Slots Available
Celeste Support (Advanced) Item Gravitation
DJ K.K. Primary (Advanced) Three Slots Available
Able Sisters Support (Ace) Shield Durability Up
Cyrus and Reese Support (Ace) Ore Club
Goomba Primary (Novice) Foot Attack Up, Two Slots Available
Blue Pikmin Support (Advanced) Thrown Items Up
Red Pikmin Support (Advanced) Lava Floor Resist
Yellow Pikmin Support (Advanced) Energy Shot Attack, Resistance Up
Winged Pikmin Support (Novice) Floaty Jumps
Rock Pikmin Primary (Novice) Weight Up, One Slot Available
Boo Primary (Novice) Three Slots Available
Qbby Support (Ace) Ore Club
Wolf Link Primary (Ace) Three Slots Available
Waddle Dee Primary (Advanced) Three Slots Available
Digby Primary (Advanced) Battering Items Power Up, Three Slots Available
Lottie Primary (Novice) One Slot Available
Resetti Primary (Ace) Jump Down, Two Slots Available
Kicks Support (Advanced) Sticky Floor Immunity
Tom Nook Primary (Advanced) Three Slots Available
Rover Support (Ace) Ice Floor Immunity
Blathers Support (Ace) Black Hole
Kapp’n Support (Ace) Easier Dodging

Scanning Amiibos for other games may also unlock bonuses. If you scan two Amiibos that unlock the same feature, you'll get a duplicate spirit.