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Always Purplest Before the Dawn

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Always Purplest Before the Dawn was a Spirit Board event focused on purple-colored spirits. It ran from 6 a.m. on March 19, 2021 to 6 a.m. on March 22, 2021 (UTC). During the event, defeating spirits on the Spirit Board which were part of the event awarded more snacks than usual.

Description[edit]

North America[edit]

Spirits of purple-colored characters will be blotting out the Spirit Board!
Defeating them in battle will earn you extra snacks. Check them out![1]

PAL regions[edit]

Spirits of purple-coloured characters are blotting out the Spirit Board! Defeating them in battle will earn you extra snacks.
The Legend-class Calamity Ganon and Tabuu, plus the Ace-class Shantae will also appear at set times. Check them out![2]

Periodically appearing spirits[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Appearance times (UTC)
243
SSBU spirit Calamity Ganon.png
Calamity Ganon
Attack
★★★★ 06:00, 18:00
1,296
Shantae's spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Shantae
Grab
★★★ 10:00, 22:00
1,100
SSBU spirit Tabuu.png
Tabuu
Neutral
★★★★ 02:00, 14:00

Randomly appearing spirits[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music
243
SSBU spirit Calamity Ganon.png
Calamity Ganon The Legend of Zelda Series •Giant Ganondorf GanondorfHeadGreySSBU.png
•Ally: Zelda ZeldaHeadBlueSSBU.png
Attack
13,900 Great Plateau Tower (Ω form) •Sudden Damage •You lose if your CPU ally is KO'd
•You'll occasionally take sudden damage after a little while
•The enemy is giant
Calamity Ganon Battle - Second Form
1,100
SSBU spirit Tabuu.png
Tabuu Super Smash Bros. Series •Metal Bayonetta BayonettaHeadBlueSSBU.png (150 HP)
Neutral
13,900 Final Destination •Sudden Damage Stamina battle
•You'll occasionally take sudden damage after a little while
•The enemy is metal
Boss Battle Song 2
35
SSBU spirit Waluigi.png
Waluigi Super Mario Series Luigi LuigiHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Neutral
9,200 Peach's Castle •Assist Trophy Enemies (Waluigi) •Hostile assist trophies will appear Waluigi Pinball - Mario Kart DS
170
SSBU spirit Karate Kong.png
Karate Kong Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Ryu RyuHeadPurpleSSBU.png (160 HP)
Attack
9,500 Kongo Falls (Ω form) •Hard to Launch
•Hazard: High Gravity
•The enemy's physical attacks have increased power
•Timed stamina battle (1:30)
•All fighters have reduced jump ability
Battle for Storm Hill
236
SSBU spirit Hilda (The Legend of Zelda).png
Hilda (The Legend of Zelda) The Legend of Zelda Series Zelda ZeldaHeadBlackSSBU.png
•Bunny Young Link YoungLinkHeadBlueSSBU.png
Shield
9,100 Temple •Assist Trophy Enemies (Nightmare) •Hostile assist trophies will appear Lorule Main Theme
372
SSBU spirit Bonkers.png
Bonkers Kirby Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadBlueSSBU.png
Attack
8,400 Kongo Jungle N/A •The enemy starts the battle with a Hammer
•The enemy can swing the Hammer for a long time
Forest Stage
537
SSBU spirit Genesect.png
Genesect Pokémon Series R.O.B. Team ROBHeadBlueSSBU.png×4
Shield
9,300 Prism Tower N/A •The enemy favors neutral specials
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Genesect)
•The enemy has increased move speed
N's Castle
558
SSBU spirit Lunala.png
Lunala Pokémon Series •Gold Ridley RidleyHeadPurpleSSBU.png (160 HP)
Grab
9,400 Luigi's Mansion (Battlefield form) N/A Stamina battle
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Lunala)
Battle! (Elite Four) / Battle! (Solgaleo/Lunala)
683
SSBU spirit Camilla.png
Camilla Fire Emblem Series Corrin CorrinHeadBlackSSBU.png
Charizard CharizardHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Grab
9,700 Spear Pillar (hazards off) •Item: X Bomb
•Hazard: Poison Cloud
•The stage is covered in a poisonous cloud Lost in Thoughts All Alone (for 3DS / Wii U)
1,296
Shantae's spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Shantae Shantae Series Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadShortsOrangeSSBU.png
Grab
9,400 Pirate Ship •Item: Transforming Types •The enemy's battering items have increased power
•The enemy starts the battle with a Killing Edge
Mob Smash
44
SSBU spirit Pidgit.png
Pidgit Super Mario Series Peach PeachHeadBlackSSBU.png
Shield
3,600 Mushroom Kingdom II N/A •The enemy starts the battle with a Rocket Belt
•The enemy has increased jump power
Ground Theme - Super Mario Bros. 2
65
SSBU spirit Big Urchin.png
Big Urchin Super Mario Series •Giant Jigglypuff JigglypuffHeadPinkSSBU.png
Shield
3,800 Mushroom Kingdom U (Battlefield form) •Item: Unira •The enemy is giant
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Ground Theme / Underwater Theme - Super Mario 3D Land
74
SSBU spirit Lubba.png
Lubba Super Mario Series •Giant Kirby KirbyHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Shield
4,100 Mario Galaxy •Hazard: Low Gravity
•Item: Super Launch Star
•Gravity is reduced
•The enemy starts the battle with a Super Launch Star
•The enemy is giant
The Starship Sails
111
SSBU spirit Antasma.png
Antasma Mario & Luigi Series Robin RobinHeadBlueSSBU.png
Grab
4,300 Peach's Castle (Battlefield form) •Item: Food
•Hazard: Slumber Floor
•The floor is sleep-inducing
•The enemy becomes more powerful after eating
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
The Grand Finale
124
SSBU spirit Waluigi (Super Mario Strikers).png
Waluigi (Super Mario Strikers) North America
Waluigi (Mario Strikers) PAL
Super Mario Strikers Series North America
Mario Strikers Series PAL
Luigi LuigiHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Grab
3,600 Wuhu Island (Swordplay Colosseum) •Item: Soccer Ball •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Country Field: Away Team
98
SSBU spirit Vivian.png
Vivian Paper Mario Series •Clear Mr. Game & Watch MrGame&WatchHeadBlueSSBU.png
Shield
3,600 Luigi's Mansion (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy is invisible Paper Mario Medley
212
SSBU spirit Happy Mask Salesman.png
Happy Mask Salesman The Legend of Zelda Series Young Link YoungLinkHeadBlackSSBU.png
Shield
4,300 Umbra Clock Tower •Attack Power ↑
•Move Speed ↑
•Jump Power ↑
•Timed battle (1:30)
•All fighters have increased jump power
•All fighters have increased move speed after a little while
Song of Storms
213
SSBU spirit Kafei.png
Kafei The Legend of Zelda Series •Bunny Young Link YoungLinkHeadBlueSSBU.png
Grab
4,600 Skyloft N/A •Timed battle (1:30)
•The enemy tends to avoid conflict
Termina Field (Remix)
235
SSBU spirit Ravio.png
Ravio The Legend of Zelda Series •Bunny Young Link YoungLinkHeadBlueSSBU.png
Shield
4,000 Skyloft N/A •Timed battle (2:00)
•The enemy favors special moves
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Hyrule Main Theme
371
SSBU spirit Bugzzy.png
Bugzzy Kirby Series Ridley RidleyHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Grab
3,700 Green Greens •Item: Beetle •The enemy's side special has increased power
•The enemy has increased attack power
Forest/Nature Area
443
SSBU spirit Gengar.png
Gengar Pokémon Series Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadBlueSSBU.png
Grab
4,300 Luigi's Mansion (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Slumber Floor •The floor is sleep-inducing Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue Medley
523
SSBU spirit Chandelure.png
Chandelure Pokémon Series Mr. Game & Watch MrGame&WatchHeadBlueSSBU.png
Attack
4,100 Luigi's Mansion (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Lava Floor •The floor is lava Battle! (Reshiram / Zekrom)
603
Zoda
Zoda F-Zero Series Snake SnakeHeadBlueSSBU.png
Attack
3,600 Mute City SNES •Item: Motion-Sensor Bomb •The enemy starts the battle with a Lip's Stick Sand Ocean (Original)
635
SSBU spirit Medeus.png
Medeus Fire Emblem Series Ridley RidleyHeadBlueSSBU.png (140 HP)
Attack
3,600 Castle Siege (Underground Cavern) •Giant •The enemy is giant after a little while
Stamina battle
Lords-Showdown
793
SSBU spirit Blaze the Cat.png
Blaze the Cat Sonic The Hedgehog Series Robin RobinHeadPinkSSBU.png
Shield
4,100 Green Hill Zone (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Lava Floor •The floor is lava
•The enemy's explosion and fire attacks have increased power
•The enemy starts the battle with a Fire Flower
Reach for the Stars
807
SSBU spirit Purple Pikmin.png
Purple Pikmin Pikmin Series •Tiny Donkey Kong Team DonkeyKongHeadBlueSSBU.png×10 (20 HP)
Shield
3,500 Distant Planet N/A Stamina battle
•The enemy deals damage when falling
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
Forest of Hope
998
from the game's files
Gen Street Fighter Series Lucario LucarioHeadPinkSSBU.png (140 HP)
Neutral
3,600 New Pork City (Ω form) •Jump Power ↓ •Lucario's Aura has increased power
Stamina battle
•All fighters have reduced jump power
Fei Long Stage Type A
1,112
Shadow Bug render used for Spirit. Ripped from Game files.
Shadow Bug Super Smash Bros. Series Mr. Game & Watch Team MrGame&WatchHeadBlueSSBU.png×4
Grab
4,300 Pokémon Stadium (Ω form) •Hazard: Poison Cloud •The stage is covered in a poisonous cloud Step: Subspace
1,297
from the game's files
Risky Boots Shantae Series Daisy DaisyHeadBlueSSBU.png
Neutral
3,800 Pirate Ship Bob-omb Festival
•Item: Exploding Types
•Bob-ombs will rain from the sky after a little while
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Molgera
1,352
SSBU spirit T-Tetrimino.png
T-Tetrimino Tetris Series R.O.B. ROBHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Neutral
4,400 Flat Zone X (Battlefield form) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Hammer Bro)
•Hazard: Screen Flip
•The screen will suddenly flip
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
•The enemy favors down smash attacks
Chill (Brawl)
115
SSBU spirit Eggplant Man.png
Eggplant Man Wrecking Crew Series Wario Team WarioHeadGreenSSBU.png×6
Shield
1,900 Wrecking Crew (Battlefield form) •Item: Golden Hammer •Defeat an army of fighters Wrecking Crew Medley
87
SSBU spirit Standard Bike.png
Standard Bike Mario Kart Series Wario WarioHeadGreenSSBU.png×4
Shield
2,100 Figure-8 Circuit N/A •The enemy's side special has increased power
•The enemy has increased move speed
Mario Kart Stadium - Mario Kart 8
168
SSBU spirit Kalypso.png
Kalypso Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast North America
Donkey Kong: Jet Race PAL
Wendy Team BowserJrHeadWendySSBU.png×4
Shield
1,800 Kongo Falls N/A •The enemy starts the battle with a Rocket Belt
•The enemy has increased move speed
Boss 2 - DK: Jungle Climber
597
Artwork used for Baba's Spirit. Ripped from Game Files
Baba F-Zero Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadRedSSBU.png (120 HP)
Attack
1,900 Big Blue N/A Stamina battle
•The enemy has increased move speed
Dream Chaser
722
pseudo palutena spirit
Pseudo-Palutena Kid Icarus Series Palutena PalutenaHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Shield
1,900 Dracula's Castle N/A •Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Ditto) Destroyed Skyworld
747
SSBU spirit Count Cannoli.png
Count Cannoli Wario Land Series Wario WarioHeadGreenSSBU.png
Attack
1,800 WarioWare, Inc. (hazards off) •Item: Transforming Types •Items will be pulled toward the enemy Ashley's Song
1,074
SSBU spirit Shaft.png
Shaft Castlevania Series Robin RobinHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Shield
1,700 Dracula's Castle (Ω form) •Move Speed ↓
•Invisibility
•You have reduced move speed
•The enemy is invisible
Dance of Gold
1,159
from the game files
Akari Hayami 1080° Series Wii Fit Trainer WiiFitTrainerHeadRedSSBU.png
Shield
1,800 Summit •Slippery Stage
•Item: Freezie
•The stage's platforms are very slippery Golden Forest
426
SSBU spirit Arbok.png
Arbok Pokémon Series Ridley RidleyHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Attack
2,200 Yoshi's Island (Melee) •Attack Power ↓
•Hazard: Poison Floor
•The floor is poisonous
•You have reduced attack power
Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (Brawl)
448
SSBU spirit Weezing.png
Weezing Pokémon Series Wario WarioHeadGreenSSBU.png
Grab
2,200 Pokémon Stadium (hazards off) •Hazard: Poison Cloud •The stage is covered in a poisonous cloud Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (Brawl)
783
SSBU spirit Big the Cat.png
Big the Cat Sonic The Hedgehog Series •Giant Incineroar IncineroarHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Neutral
2,600 Windy Hill Zone (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Slumber Floor •The floor is sleep-inducing
•The enemy is giant
Open Your Heart
898
SSBU spirit Napalm Man.png
Napalm Man Mega Man Series Snake SnakeHeadRedSSBU.png×3 (50 HP)
Attack
1,600 Wily Castle (hazards off) N/A •The enemy's explosion and fire attacks have increased power
Stamina battle
•The enemy favors neutral specials
Napalm Man Stage
1,136
Eagle
Eagle Advance Wars Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadCyanSSBU.png
Attack
1,800 Corneria •Defense ↑
•Attack Power ↑
•Item: Shooting Types
•The enemy has increased attack power after a little while
•The enemy has increased defense after a little while
•The enemy starts the battle with a Staff
Garage
1,156
from the game's files
Girl from Hajimari no Mori Hajimari no Mori Villager VillagerHeadGreenSSBU.png
Ness NessHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Shield
2,300 Duck Hunt (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Fog •The stage is covered in fog
•The enemy favors down specials
Yūyūki Medley
1,229
from the game's files
Idea Soma Bringer Daisy DaisyHeadBlueSSBU.png (120 HP)
Shield
1,800 Reset Bomb Forest •Health Recovery
•Move Speed ↓
•Item: Timer
•You have reduced move speed when the enemy's at high damage
Stamina battle
•The enemy is healed when the enemy's at high damage
Attack - Soma Bringer

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 夜に先立つ暮れの色 紫のスピリッツ The color of the dusk before the night: Purple spirits
France French Triés sur le violet Filtered with purple
Germany German Violettes Veilchenfest Purple festival
Spain Spanish El morado está de moda Purple is in fashion
Italy Italian Il viola è di moda Purple is in fashion
China Chinese (Simplified) 夜幕降临下的紫色命魂 Purple Spirits at Nightfall
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 黑夜前的垂暮 紫色命魂 The Dusk Before Dark: Purple Spirits
South Korea Korean 여명의 보랏빛 스피릿 Purple Spirit of Dawn
Netherlands Dutch Paarse parade Purple parade
Russia Russian Фиолетовый финал Purple Finale

Trivia[edit]

  • The event's English name is based on the proverb "it's always darkest before the dawn", derived from a similar phrase in Thomas Fuller's A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine.

References[edit]