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Challenger's Approach

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The Challenger's Approach icon.
A rematch against a fighter you couldn't defeat before. Pull off victory this time!
—Description from Ultimate's Mode Guide

Challenger's Approach is a mode in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate where the player can attempt to fight again against an unlockable character. This mode is available in the Games & More menu and after failing a Challenger Approaching fight. When selected, the Challenger Approaching screen will appear for the unlockable fighter that has been lost to, then the player is able to choose any character they have unlocked to rematch the unlockable fighter.

Unlock Order[edit]

Timed encounters[edit]

When the player finishes a VS. match, a Mob Smash, a Spirit Board fight or exits the World of Light, a new character can challenge the player to a Challenger Approaching duel. However, the player must then wait 10 minutes before a new Challenger Approaching challenge is issued. This 10-minute cooldown can be bypassed by closing the game and reopening it.

Time-based Challenger Approaching challenges are issued in a specific order, skipping any characters unlocked in the World of Light or whose Challenger Approaching fight has already been triggered due to Classic Mode.

Below is a table listing the order characters unlocked, the amount of time needed to unlock them, and the stage and music accompanying their unlock battle. The values listed under "Cumulative Wait Time" are idealized values that assume that no characters are unlocked in the World of Light or have their Challenger Approaching fights triggered by Classic Mode, that the player never closes the game after first opening it until they trigger Palutena's Challenger Approaching fight, and the player never spends longer than the minimum amount of time (10 minutes) between triggering Challenger Approaching fights.

Order Character Cumulative Wait Time Stage Music
1st NessHeadSSBU.png Ness 0 minutes Onett (hazards off) Bein' Friends
2nd ZeldaHeadSSBU.png Zelda 10 minutes Temple Ocarina of Time Medley
3rd BowserHeadSSBU.png Bowser 20 minutes Mushroom Kingdom U King Bowser - Super Mario Bros. 3
4th PitHeadSSBU.png Pit 30 minutes Skyworld Underworld
5th InklingHeadSSBU.png Inkling 40 minutes Moray Towers Splattack!
6th VillagerHeadSSBU.png Villager 50 minutes Smashville Title Theme - Animal Crossing
7th MarthHeadSSBU.png Marth 1 hour Castle Siege Story 5 Meeting
8th YoungLinkHeadSSBU.png Young Link 1 hour & 10 minutes Great Bay Saria's Theme
9th WiiFitTrainerHeadSSBU.png Wii Fit Trainer 1 hour & 20 minutes Wii Fit Studio Main Menu - Wii Fit
10th IceClimbersHeadSSBU.png Ice Climbers 1 hour & 30 minutes Summit Ice Climber (Brawl)
11th CaptainFalconHeadSSBU.png Captain Falcon 1 hour & 40 minutes Port Town Aero Dive F-ZERO Medley
12th PeachHeadSSBU.png Peach 1 hour & 50 minutes Princess Peach's Castle Rolling Hills A
13th RyuHeadSSBU.png Ryu 2 hours Battlefield Ryu Stage
14th IkeHeadSSBU.png Ike 2 hours & 10 minutes Coliseum Eternal Bond
15th JigglypuffHeadSSBU.png Jigglypuff 2 hours & 20 minutes Saffron City Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (64)
16th KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png King K. Rool 2 hours & 30 minutes Jungle Japes Gang-Plank Galleon
17th SonicHeadSSBU.png Sonic 2 hours & 40 minutes Green Hill Zone Green Hill Zone
18th SimonHeadSSBU.png Simon 2 hours & 50 minutes Dracula's Castle Vampire Killer (Remix)
19th ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png Zero Suit Samus 3 hours Brinstar Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior
20th LittleMacHeadSSBU.png Little Mac 3 hours & 10 minutes Boxing Ring (Punch-Out!!) Jogging / Countdown
21st IsabelleHeadSSBU.png Isabelle 3 hours & 20 minutes Town and City Plaza / Title Theme - Animal Crossing: City Folk / Animal Crossing: Wild World
22nd ShulkHeadSSBU.png Shulk 3 hours & 30 minutes Gaur Plain Xenoblade Chronicles Medley
23rd LucinaHeadSSBU.png Lucina 3 hours & 40 minutes Arena Ferox Id (Purpose)
24th WarioHeadSSBU.png Wario 3 hours & 50 minutes WarioWare, Inc. WarioWare, Inc.
25th RidleyHeadSSBU.png Ridley 4 hours Norfair Vs. Ridley
26th PokémonTrainerHeadSSBU.png Pokémon Trainer 4 hours & 10 minutes Pokémon Stadium Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (Brawl)
27th LucarioHeadSSBU.png Lucario 4 hours & 20 minutes Spear Pillar Battle! (Team Galactic)
28th DaisyHeadSSBU.png Daisy 4 hours & 30 minutes Figure-8 Circuit Mario Tennis / Mario Golf
29th RoyHeadSSBU.png Roy 4 hours & 40 minutes Castle Siege Beyond Distant Skies - Roy's Departure
30th KingDededeHeadSSBU.png King Dedede 4 hours & 50 minutes Fountain of Dreams King Dedede's Theme (Brawl)
31st ROBHeadGreySSBU.png R.O.B. 5 hours Wrecking Crew Stack-Up/Gyromite
32nd FalcoHeadSSBU.png Falco 5 hours & 10 minutes Corneria Star Fox Medley
33rd LuigiHeadSSBU.png Luigi 5 hours & 20 minutes Luigi's Mansion Main Theme - Luigi's Mansion
34th PichuHeadSSBU.png Pichu 5 hours & 30 minutes Pokémon Stadium 2 Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue Medley
35th RichterHeadSSBU.png Richter 5 hours & 40 minutes Dracula's Castle Divine Bloodlines
36th LucasHeadSSBU.png Lucas 5 hours & 50 minutes New Pork City Unfounded Revenge / Smashing Song of Praise
37th DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png Diddy Kong 6 hours Kongo Falls Stickerbush Symphony
38th MetaKnightHeadSSBU.png Meta Knight 6 hours & 10 minutes Halberd Meta Knight's Revenge
39th SnakeHeadSSBU.png Snake 6 hours & 20 minutes Shadow Moses Island Encounter
40th GanondorfHeadSSBU.png Ganondorf 6 hours & 30 minutes Bridge of Eldin Death Mountain
41st CorrinHeadSSBU.png Corrin 6 hours & 40 minutes Coliseum Lost in Thoughts All Alone (Remix)
42nd MegaManHeadSSBU.png Mega Man 6 hours & 50 minutes Wily Castle Mega Man 2 Medley
43rd BayonettaHeadSSBU.png Bayonetta 7 hours Umbra Clock Tower Let's Hit The Climax!
44th ToonLinkHeadSSBU.png Toon Link 7 hours & 10 minutes Pirate Ship Dragon Roost Island
45th RosalinaHeadSSBU.png Rosalina & Luma 7 hours & 20 minutes Mario Galaxy Egg Planet (Remix)
46th IncineroarHeadSSBU.png Incineroar 7 hours & 30 minutes Boxing Ring (Super Smash Bros.) The Battle at the Summit!
47th SheikHeadSSBU.png Sheik 7 hours & 40 minutes Gerudo Valley Gerudo Valley (Remix)
48th OlimarHeadSSBU.png Olimar 7 hours & 50 minutes Distant Planet Main Theme - Pikmin (Remix)
49th Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png Pac-Man 8 hours Pac-Land PAC-MAN
50th DarkSamusHeadSSBU.png Dark Samus 8 hours & 10 minutes Frigate Orpheon Multiplayer - Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
51st WolfHeadSSBU.png Wolf 8 hours & 20 minutes Lylat Cruise Star Wolf (Brawl)
52nd MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png Mr. Game & Watch 8 hours & 30 minutes Flat Zone X Flat Zone 2
53rd RobinHeadSSBU.png Robin 8 hours & 40 minutes Castle Siege Prelude (Ablaze)
54th DarkPitHeadSSBU.png Dark Pit 8 hours & 50 minutes Reset Bomb Forest Dark Pit's Theme
55th CloudHeadSSBU.png Cloud 9 hours Midgar Fight On!
56th DuckHuntHeadSSBU.png Duck Hunt 9 hours & 10 minutes Duck Hunt Duck Hunt Medley
57th KenHeadSSBU.png Ken 9 hours & 20 minutes Boxing Ring (Punch-Out!!) Ken Stage
58th GreninjaHeadSSBU.png Greninja 9 hours & 30 minutes Kalos Pokémon League Battle! (Trainer Battle) - Pokémon X / Pokémon Y
59th ChromHeadSSBU.png Chrom 9 hours & 40 minutes Arena Ferox Id (Purpose) (Remix)
60th MewtwoHeadSSBU.png Mewtwo 9 hours & 50 minutes Spear Pillar Battle! (Dialga/Palkia) / Spear Pillar
61st BowserJrHeadSSBU.png Bowser Jr. 10 hours Delfino Plaza Delfino Plaza (Remix)
62nd DrMarioHeadSSBU.png Dr. Mario 10 hours & 10 minutes New Donk City Hall Fever
63rd PalutenaHeadSSBU.png Palutena 10 hours & 20 minutes Palutena's Temple Destroyed Skyworld

Classic Mode[edit]

When the player completes Classic Mode, a new character will challenge the player to a Challenger Approaching duel. This character will be the next character in the table below who the player hasn't attempted to unlock through a duel. After all of the characters in a column are unlocked, the unlock sequence loops around to Mario's column, then Donkey Kong's column, and so on.

The unlock sequence for downloadable fighters begins at Mario's column.

The Challenger Approaching duels are the same as those issued on a timed basis, this is simply another way to trigger them.

Notably, all clones, semi-clones, and pseudo-clones except for Ganondorf, Roy, and Chrom are in the same column as the character they are based on.

Unlock Order MarioHeadSSBU.png DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png LinkHeadSSBU.png SamusHeadSSBU.png YoshiHeadSSBU.png KirbyHeadSSBU.png FoxHeadSSBU.png PikachuHeadSSBU.png
1st SonicHeadSSBU.png BowserHeadSSBU.png KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png InklingHeadSSBU.png LucarioHeadSSBU.png NessHeadSSBU.png CaptainFalconHeadSSBU.png VillagerHeadSSBU.png
2nd BayonettaHeadSSBU.png PokémonTrainerHeadSSBU.png IceClimbersHeadSSBU.png WiiFitTrainerHeadSSBU.png MarthHeadSSBU.png JigglypuffHeadSSBU.png ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png ShulkHeadSSBU.png
3rd LittleMacHeadSSBU.png RosalinaHeadSSBU.png SimonHeadSSBU.png PitHeadSSBU.png RyuHeadSSBU.png Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png PeachHeadSSBU.png ROBHeadGreySSBU.png
4th IkeHeadSSBU.png KingDededeHeadSSBU.png MetaKnightHeadSSBU.png IncineroarHeadSSBU.png GanondorfHeadSSBU.png ZeldaHeadSSBU.png FalcoHeadSSBU.png MegaManHeadSSBU.png
5th LuigiHeadSSBU.png SheikHeadSSBU.png SnakeHeadSSBU.png DarkSamusHeadSSBU.png LucinaHeadSSBU.png RobinHeadSSBU.png DaisyHeadSSBU.png IsabelleHeadSSBU.png
6th RoyHeadSSBU.png GreninjaHeadSSBU.png YoungLinkHeadSSBU.png CloudHeadSSBU.png RidleyHeadSSBU.png CorrinHeadSSBU.png BowserJrHeadSSBU.png MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png
7th DrMarioHeadSSBU.png DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png RichterHeadSSBU.png WarioHeadSSBU.png ChromHeadSSBU.png LucasHeadSSBU.png WolfHeadSSBU.png PichuHeadSSBU.png
8th OlimarHeadSSBU.png DuckHuntHeadSSBU.png ToonLinkHeadSSBU.png DarkPitHeadSSBU.png KenHeadSSBU.png PalutenaHeadSSBU.png MewtwoHeadSSBU.png Pikachu's column is shorter than other characters'.


  • DLC fighters are the only ones not included in the table since they are automatically unlocked upon purchasing them.
  • The difficulty of the fights depend on the number of characters unlocked, if the player had not unlocked any, the difficulty of the fights are at level 1 difficulty. However, each character unlocked will steadily increase the opponent's difficulty.
  • This mode along with Sephiroth Challenge are the only modes in Ultimate that would no longer be available at some point. In this case, Challenger's Approach would no longer be available if the player has unlocked all unlockable characters in the game.