If you fancy turning yourself into the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate competitive player, then you need to learn about the various legal stages in the game.
What are Legal Stages?
“Legal Stages” refers to stages and arenas in-game that are deemed playable in professional competitive Smash Bros. matches.
How are Legal Stages decided?
Legal stages will always fall into three categories: A neutral/starter stage which is always played in the first game, a counter-pick stage which is chosen after the first game of a set that give slight advantages to certain characters, and banned stages which, cannot be chosen at all for various reasons.
All stages used competitively will also always turn off stage hazards and transformations to remove RNG from the game. This gives stages like Pokemon Stadium 2 the chance to be potentially viable.
In most cases, each tournament organizer or Smash community might have their own idea on which ones are viable and most will likely use different stages depending on where you go. As such, we advise asking your local competitive community on what their Legal Stages actually are before trying to compete.
Legal Stages could also change over time to accommodate for external factors, such as a character being too overpowered on a particular stage. Meta Knight’s rise in Brawl is one example of this, where players banned any stages where he had too high of an advantage.
Then what are the Legal Stages in Ultimate?
Honestly, the Smash Ultimate competitive scene is still in its infancy so when it comes to deciding on which stages are legal for competitive play, everything is still up in the air.
If we were to base our Legal Stage List on Wii U, however, then this could be the potential Legal Stage List for at least the short-term future of competitive Ultimate. Of course this could all change in the matter of days and weeks.
- Final Destination
- Pokémon Stadium 2
- Fountain of Dreams
- Lylat Cruise
- Town and City
- Delfino Plaza
- Halberd (Brawl)
- Castle Siege
- Yoshi’s Story
- Yoshi’s Island (Brawl)
- Unova Pokémon League
- Kalos Pokémon League
Of course, this list could be changed in time, so we’ll be sure to restructure the list based on competitive and community feedback.