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