If you want to know how long it’ll take to get your favorite Smash Bros Ultimate Fighter, this guide will help. Here’s a detailed guide to the Super Smash Bros Ultimate Character Unlock Order for every mode, including Smash, Classic Mode, and Spirits Mode.

Smash Bros Ultimate Character Unlock Order for Smash Mode

The fastest way to unlock all Smash Bros Ultimate characters is via Smash Mode. While the game lets you unlock new characters around once every 10 minutes, you can cut this down to 1 minute using the fastest method to unlock characters in Smash Ultimate.

Here’s the order you’ll unlock Smash Ultimate characters using this method:

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

Smash Bros Ultimate Character Unlock Order for Classic Mode

The Smash Bros Ultimate character unlock chart shows who unlocks who in Classic Mode. Complete Classic Mode with the character before to unlock the next.

Characters can unlock more than one fighter in their list. For instance, after unlocking Sonic, either Mario or Sonic can unlock Bayonetta. Now any of these three can unlock Little Mac and so on.

Here’s the character unlock order for Classic Mode in Smash Bros Ultimate:

Mario > Sonic > Bayonetta > Little Mac > Ike > Luigi > Roy > Dr Mario > Olimar > Bowser

Donkey Kong > Bowser > Pokemon Trainer > Rosalina > King Dedede > Sheik > Greninja > Diddy Kong > Duck Hunt > Sonic

Link > King K Rool > Ice Climbers > Simon Belmont > Meta Knight > Snake > Young Link > Richter Belmont > 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 and Watch > Pichu > Sonic > Bayonetta

Smash Bros Ultimate Character Unlock Order in World of Light

You can also unlock Fighters in the Smash Bros Ultimate Spirits Adventure Mode, also known as World of Light. You’ll find characters on the World Map and can fight them to unlock them in all modes.

You’ll bump into these fighters at different stages of the map, although there’s a little flexibility in the order. Here’s where you’ll find each Smash Bros Ultimate character in World of Light/World of Dark.

World of Light – Ness, Pichu, Falco (Space), Mr Game and Watch, Pit, Zero Suit Samus, Pokemon Trainer, Diddy Kong (near DK Island), Lucas, King Dedede (Sub-area), Toon Link, Little Mac, Shulk, Ryu (World Tour), Inkling, Simon Belmont (near Final Boss)
Villager Route (World of Light) – Link, Yoshi, Dr. Mario, Lucario, Isabelle, Ice Climbers, Captain Falcon
3 Starter Pokemon Routes (World of Light) – Sheik, Marth, Villager
Sheik Route (World of Light) – Jigglypuff
Marth Route (World of Light) – Olimar, Mega Man, Pac-Man, Wii Fit Trainer, Dr. Mario (near Lumiose City), Snake (get Otacon Spirit first), Duck Hunt (Hidden Forest)
The Molten Fortress (World of Light) – Peach, Bowser
Mysterious Dimension (World of Dark) – Luigi, Meta Knight, Mewtwo (after beating Wispy Woods Spirit), Ike, R.O.B., Wolf, Greninja, Corrin, King K Rool
Sacred Land (World of Dark) – Zelda, Young Link, Ganondorf, Chrom, Sonic, Bowser Jr., Cloud (unlock Zelda first)
Dark Realm (World of Dark) – Lucina (right route), Rosalina (top middle route), Incineroar (left route)
World of Dark (after Dracula’s Castle) – Ken (in Dracula’s Castle), Daisy (after beating Dry Bowser Spirit), Dark Pit (after beating Boo Spirit), Wario (after beating Mummy Spirit), Robin (after beating Werewolf’s Spirit), Ridley (after beating the Creature and Flea Man Spirits), Richter (defeat all Dark Spirits in Dracula’s Castle)
The Final Battle – Roy, Palutena (near Mythra Spirit), Bayonetta