What order do you unlock characters in Classic Mode in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

Completing Classic Mode with certain characters unlocks brand-new fighters.

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So, you just picked up a copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and aren’t too concerned with unlocking all of the characters. Instead, you just want to unlock your main fighter without having to go through the Adventure Mode until you find them. What can you do to speed up the process?

Well, that’s simple—head into Classic Mode instead. Each character can be unlocked after beating Classic Mode with a specific fighter. So if you want to find your favorites, this is arguably the quickest way to go about getting them.

In order, here’s which characters you need to complete Classic Mode with to unlock specific fighters.

CharacterHow to unlock
MarioStarting roster
Donkey KongStarting roster
LinkStarting roster
SamusStarting roster
Dark SamusComplete Classic Mode as Incineroar
YoshiStarting roster
KirbyStarting roster
FoxStarting roster
PikachuStarting roster
LuigiComplete Classic Mode as Ike
NessComplete Classic Mode as Kirby
Captain FalconComplete Classic Mode as Fox
JigglypuffComplete Classic Mode as Ness
PeachComplete Classic Mode as Zero Suit Samus
DaisyComplete Classic Mode as Falco
BowserComplete Classic Mode as Donkey Kong
Ice ClimbersComplete Classic Mode as King. K Rool
SheikComplete Classic Mode as King Dedede
ZeldaComplete Classic Mode as Pac-Man
Dr. MarioComplete Classic Mode as Roy
PichuComplete Classic Mode as Mr. Game and Watch
FalcoComplete Classic Mode as Peach
MarthComplete Classic Mode as Lucario
LucinaComplete Classic Mode as Ganondorf
Young LinkComplete Classic Mode as Snake
GanondorfComplete Classic Mode as Ryu
MewtwoComplete Classic Mode as Wolf
RoyComplete Classic Mode as Luigi
ChromComplete Classic Mode as Ridley
Mr Game and WatchComplete Classic Mode as Isabelle
Meta KnightComplete Classic Mode as Simon Belmont
PitComplete Classic Mode as Wii Fit Trainer
Dark PitComplete Classic Mode as Wario
Zero Suit SamusComplete Classic Mode as Captain Falcon
WarioComplete Classic Mode as Cloud
SnakeComplete Classic Mode as Meta Knight
IkeComplete Classic Mode as Little Mac
Pokémon TrainerComplete Classic Mode as Bowser
Diddy KongComplete Classic Mode as Greninja
LucasComplete Classic Mode as Corrin
SonicComplete Classic Mode as Mario
King DededeComplete Classic Mode as Rosalina
OlimarComplete Classic Mode as Dr. Mario
LucarioComplete Classic Mode as Yoshi
R.O.B.Complete Classic Mode as Shulk
Toon LinkComplete Classic Mode as Richter Belmont
WolfComplete Classic Mode as Bowser Jr
VillagerComplete Classic Mode as Pikachu
Mega ManComplete Classic Mode as R.O.B.
Wii Fit TrainerComplete Classic Mode as Inkling
RosalinaComplete Classic Mode as Pokémon Trainer
Little MacComplete Classic Mode as Bayonetta
GreninjaComplete Classic Mode as Sheik
Mii FightersCreate a Mii character
PalutenaComplete Classic Mode as Lucas
Pac-ManComplete Classic Mode as Jigglypuff
RobinComplete Classic Mode as Zelda
ShulkComplete Classic Mode as Villager
Bowser Jr.Complete Classic Mode as Daisy
Duck Hunt DuoComplete Classic Mode as Diddy Kong
RyuComplete Classic Mode as Marth
KenComplete Classic Mode as Chrom
CloudComplete Classic Mode as Dark Samus
CorrinComplete Classic Mode as Robin
BayonettaComplete Classic Mode as Sonic
InklingComplete Classic Mode as Samus
RidleyComplete Classic Mode as Lucina
Simon BelmontComplete Classic Mode as Ice Climbers
Richter BelmontComplete Classic Mode as Young Link
King K. RoolComplete Classic Mode as Link
IsabelleComplete Classic Mode as Mega Man
IncineroarComplete Classic Mode as Pit
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If you unlock a character in another manner, the chain continues. So if you unlock Villager in the World of Light Adventure Mode, beating Classic Mode with Pikachu will instead unlock Shulk.

If you fail to beat the new challenger after Classic Mode comes to an end, you’ll need to wait a bit to have another shot at adding the character to your roster.