Downloadable content (SSBU)
- For downloadable content available in this game's predecessor, see Downloadable content (SSB4). For general information, see Downloadable content.
In the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct on November 1st, 2018, Masahiro Sakurai confirmed that paid DLC would be available for Ultimate. The initial wave of content comes in the form of five Challenger Pack bundles, each containing one entirely unique fighter, one stage, and several music tracks. These bundles, which are also available through a complete pack known as the Fighters Pass, had the release deadline of February 29, 2020. Additionally, Piranha Plant was available for free as a limited time early purchase bonus, and is currently available for purchase separate from the Fighters Pass. On November 6th, 2018, Sakurai announced on his Twitter account that the initial DLC line-up was finalized, and that potential fighters were proposed by Nintendo, with Sakurai passing final approval on them.
During the Nintendo Direct on September 4th, 2019, Nintendo revealed that more DLC fighters were set to be in production after the first Fighters Pass, due to Ultimate's strong sales. As with before, Nintendo proposed the potential fighters and Sakurai passed final approval. On January 16th, 2020, Fighters Pass Vol. 2 was announced alongside Byleth, with the previous Fighters Pass retroactively being dubbed Vol. 1. The Pass includes six Challenger Packs; just like in Vol. 1, each pack contains one fighter, one stage, and several music tracks. Both Byleth and Vol. 2 were made available for purchase on January 28th, 2020. These six packs had the release deadline of December 31st, 2021. According to Sakurai, this is planned to be the last DLC released for Ultimate. He also expressed caution that the DLC characters for the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 could face delay or that development could be stopped indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic; although development continued through remote working and ultimately went smoothly, without problems and concluded on October 18th, 2021. Fighters Pass Vol. 2 was originally planned to have five fighters, like the first pass, but was increased to six when Sora's inclusion was successfully negotiated for.
Updates to the game are downloadable at no extra cost. In order to use DLC and access online modes, the game must be updated to the latest version, which can be done automatically by starting the game from the system's Home Menu, or manually triggered from the Switch's Home Menu. Most updates also adjust game balance and mechanics, while fixing glitches and other errors as well. Changelogs for all updates are available at the links above.
As with any other game, DLC data is added via free updates. Completing a transaction to receive DLC is merely a "ticket" to grant access to said content. What this means is that DLC not purchased in an updated version is still technically installed but locked, and thus is accessible indirectly. Content that is locked can be seen and played against with opponents connecting via a system that has paid for the DLC (within Wireless and Online modes). Aside from this, locked content can also be seen using amiibo as Figure Players, and saving uploaded or shared replays.
As every veteran is in the base game and none were cut, all DLC characters are newcomers.
After awakening 10 fighters in Adventure Mode: World of Light, all downloaded DLC fighters are unlocked for use as well.
Piranha Plant (My Nintendo release: January 29th, 2019; Formal release: February 1st, 2019)
- Piranha Plant was revealed as the first DLC fighter in Ultimate during the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct on November 1st, 2018, and was released on January 29th, 2019. It was available as a free bonus until January 31st, 2019 to anyone who purchased the digital version of Ultimate or registered their physical version with MyNintendo. While Piranha Plant is not part of any Fighters Pass or any Challenger Pack (and thus does not come with a stage, music, or spirits), it was made available for purchase separately on February 1st, 2019.
Fighters Pass Vol. 1
Joker (April 17th, 2019)
- Joker from Persona 5 was announced as the second DLC fighter during The Game Awards 2018 on December 6th, 2018 and was released on April 17th, 2019. He is the first playable character included with the Fighters Pass Vol. 1. As part of Challenger Pack 1, his accompanying stage is Mementos, and features music from Persona 5 as well as Persona 4, Persona 3, and the original Revelations: Persona.
Hero (July 30th, 2019)
- Four protagonists from Dragon Quest serving under the generic moniker of Hero were announced as the third DLC fighter during Nintendo's E3 2019 Direct on June 11th, 2019 and was released on July 30th, 2019. He is the second character included with the Fighters Pass Vol. 1. As part of Challenger Pack 2, his accompanying stage is Yggdrasil's Altar and features music from Dragon Quest XI, III, IV, and VIII.
Banjo & Kazooie (September 4th, 2019)
- Banjo & Kazooie from the Banjo-Kazooie series were announced as the fourth DLC fighter during Nintendo's E3 2019 Direct on June 11th, 2019 and were released on September 4th, 2019. They are the third character included with the Fighters Pass Vol. 1. As part of Challenger Pack 3, their accompanying stage is Spiral Mountain, and features music from Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie.
Terry (November 6th, 2019)
- Terry Bogard from the Fatal Fury series was announced as the fifth DLC fighter during Nintendo's September 2019 Direct, on September 4th, 2019 and was released on November 6th, 2019. He is the fourth character included with the Fighters Pass Vol. 1. As part of Challenger Pack 4, his accompanying stage is King of Fighters Stadium, and features music from various SNK franchises, which includes Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters, along with series such as Art of Fighting, Samurai Shodown, and Metal Slug.
Byleth (January 28th, 2020)
- Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses, with male and female variants, was announced as the sixth DLC fighter during a Mr. Sakurai Presents video on January 16th, 2020 and was released on the 28th of that same month. He is the fifth and final character included with the Fighters Pass Vol. 1. As part of Challenger Pack 5, his accompanying stage is Garreg Mach Monastery, and features music from Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
Fighters Pass Vol. 2
More DLC for Ultimate was announced on September 4th, 2019, along with Terry, and was fully revealed to be in the form of a second Fighters Pass known as Fighters Pass Vol. 2 announced on January 16th, 2020, along with Byleth. It was said there would be six new Challenger Packs in Vol. 2 instead of five, with its contents set to roll out before the end of 2021.
Min Min (June 29th, 2020)
- During the March 26th, 2020 Nintendo Direct Mini, a character from ARMS was revealed to be in development, being the first DLC fighter of Fighters Pass Vol. 2, and the seventh DLC fighter overall. During a Mr. Sakurai Presents video on June 22nd, 2020, it was announced to be Min Min; she was released on June 29th. As part of Challenger Pack 6, her accompanying stage is Spring Stadium, which features music from ARMS.
Steve (October 13th, 2020)
- Steve from Minecraft was announced as the eighth DLC fighter during a Mr. Sakurai Presents video on October 1st, 2020, with Alex, Zombie, and Enderman as alternate costumes. He is the second fighter featured in the Fighters Pass Vol. 2, and was released on October 13th, 2020. As part of Challenger Pack 7, his accompanying stage is Minecraft World, which has 6 different layouts and features music from Minecraft: Legacy Console Edition minigames and Minecraft spinoffs.
- Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII was announced as the ninth DLC fighter during The Game Awards 2020 on December 10th, 2020. He is the third fighter featured in the Fighters Pass Vol. 2, and was formally released on December 22nd, 2020. However, for a limited time, a special event called the Sephiroth Challenge allowed players to battle him as a boss if they had purchased Challenger Pack 8 or Fighters Pass Vol. 2 prior to the formal release; if won, they could use Sephiroth and some other contents of his Challenger Pack early. As part of Challenger Pack 8, his accompanying stage is Northern Cave, and comes with music from Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
- Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 were announced as the respective tenth and eleventh DLC fighters during Nintendo's February 2021 Direct on February 17th, 2021. They are the fourth and fifth fighters featured in the Fighters Pass vol. 2, and were released on March 4th, 2021 (March 5th in some regions). As part of Challenger Pack 9 (the only Challenger Pack with two fighters), their accompanying stage is Cloud Sea of Alrest, which features music from Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Kazuya (June 29th, 2021)
- Kazuya Mishima from the Tekken series was revealed as the twelfth DLC fighter during Nintendo's E3 presentation on June 15th, 2021. He is the sixth fighter featured in the Fighters Pass Vol. 2. His gameplay was revealed in a presentation by Masahiro Sakurai on June 28th, 2021 and was released on June 29th, 2021. As part of Challenger Pack 10, his accompanying stage is Mishima Dojo, featuring music from across the Tekken franchise.
Sora (October 18th, 2021)
- Sora from the Kingdom Hearts series was revealed as the thirteenth and final DLC fighter during The Final Mr. Sakurai Presents on October 5th, 2021. He is the seventh and final fighter featured in the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 and was released on October 18th, 2021. As part of Challenger Pack 11, his accompanying stage is Hollow Bastion, featuring music from the Kingdom Hearts series.
Fighters Pass Vol. 1
Mementos (April 17th, 2019)
- Mementos comes as a set with Joker as part of Challenger Pack 1. Mementos has one main platform with a slant in the middle similar to Meta Crystal, with one platform over the center and another over the left side. Trains periodically appear in the background, the set below the stage being able to damage fighters. Occasionally, a large triangle-shaped wall appears at the top or on the sides of the stage. The trains and the walls will never appear at the same time.
- If a song from Persona 3 or Persona 4 is playing during a match, the color scheme of Mementos and Joker's Rebellion Gauge will change from red to blue or yellow respectively, the respective primary colors for each game. The decoration in the background also changes to either a moon or the streaks found in Persona 4's UI. If Joker wins a match with the alternate music, the victory pose screen and subsequent music change accordingly to the ones found in the home series.
Yggdrasil's Altar (July 30th, 2019)
- Yggdrasil's Altar comes as a set with the Hero as part of Challenger Pack 2. It consists of a flat main platform that travels over the world of Erdrea, with smaller platforms appearing on occasion. Treasure chests may appear on one of these platforms. Usually, opening them will release an item, but these chests may sometimes be Mimics that can damage fighters; defeating them will cause them to drop an item.
Spiral Mountain (September 4th, 2019)
- Spiral Mountain comes as a set with Banjo & Kazooie as part of Challenger Pack 3. The fight takes place on the peak of the titular mountain. The stage will rotate every so often, which determines whether or not fighters can stand on the slope of the mountain. Floating platforms and a bridge to Gruntilda's Lair will also appear on occasion.
King of Fighters Stadium (November 6th, 2019)
- King of Fighters Stadium comes as a set with Terry as part of Challenger Pack 4. It is a stadium based on "The King of Fighters" tournament. The stage is completely flat, and there are no bottom blast zones. The blast zones on the sides are blocked off by an invisible wall that can be broken when opponents are dealt enough knockback.
Garreg Mach Monastery (January 28th, 2020)
- Garreg Mach Monastery comes as a set with Byleth as part of Challenger Pack 5. It is a traveling stage taking place in the primary location of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, stopping specifically at the Marketplace, the Reception Hall, the Bridge, and the Cathedral. All locations have walk-off blastlines, with the Marketplace featuring destructible booths, the Reception Hall having chandeliers that can be dropped, and the Cathedral making use of semi-solid platforms.
Small Battlefield (August 4th, 2020)
- Small Battlefield was added as a free standalone stage as part of the 8.1.0 update. The stage is identical to Battlefield with the exception of the removal of the top platform, and the remaining two floating platforms being slightly closer to each other.
Fighters Pass Vol. 2
On January 16th, 2020, six more Challenger Packs were announced to be in development and bundled with six new fighters.
Spring Stadium (June 29th, 2020)
- Spring Stadium comes as a set with Min Min as part of Challenger Pack 6. It consists of a single floating platform with periodically-activating bounce platforms on both edges as well as on a soft platform hovering above. Periodically-appearing small bounce platforms may appear beneath and to either side of the main platform as well. Stadium arches are located near the upper blast zone, and can be used to break an otherwise KO-inducing fall.
Minecraft World (October 13th, 2020)
- Minecraft World comes as a set with Steve as part of Challenger Pack 7. It has six different biomes, each with a slightly different layout. Each biome has blocks that can be destroyed and platforms above the stage.
- Northern Cave comes as a set with Sephiroth as part of Challenger Pack 8. It consists of a single floating platform with two soft platforms just above both edges. The background is an animated tracking shot depicting the ending of Final Fantasy VII. The background does not affect the stage in any way.
- A special limited time event called the Sephiroth Challenge (only available if Challenger Pack 8 or Fighters Pass Vol. 2 was purchased prior to the formal release) would allow players to battle Sephiroth as a boss. If won, they could use the Northern Cave stage and some other contents of Challenger Pack 8 prior to the 22nd.
Cloud Sea of Alrest (March 4th, 2021)
- Cloud Sea of Alrest comes as a set with Pyra/Mythra as part of Challenger Pack 9. The fight takes place in front of Rex's home atop the slanted back of the Titan Azurda as he swims through the titular Cloud Sea, occasionally commenting on the battle and turning his head to look at other Titans passing by. A long soft platform is located towards Azurda's rear.
Mishima Dojo (June 29th, 2021)
- Mishima Dojo comes as a set with Kazuya as part of Challenger Pack 10. It consists of a flat stage with breakable walls and ceilings that repair themselves after a period of time. Heihachi Mishima can be seen meditating in front of the Fudō Myōō statue in the center of the room, standing up after a KO is secured and reacting to the battle afterwards.
Hollow Bastion (October 18th, 2021)
- Hollow Bastion comes as a set with Sora as part of Challenger Pack 11. It consists of a single floating platform with a single soft platform just above the center. The background is an animated tracking shot around Hollow Bastion and its various features. When time, stocks, or health are running low, the stage transforms into Dive to the Heart. The platform design changes and the background changes to a black void with one of several Stations of Awakening. The background and the transitiion do not affect the stage in any way.
- DLC Spirits (April 17th, 2019)
- Houses spirit battles for the spirits associated with each Challenger Pack.
- Stage Builder (April 17th, 2019)
- A returning mode from Brawl and for Wii U.
- Video Editor (April 17th, 2019)
- In the Video Editor, multiple replays can be modified and strung together to create a full video.
- Version 4.0.0 allows players to add screenshots to their videos.
- Shared Content (April 17th, 2019)
- Shared Content enables sharing, downloading, and liking Stage Builder levels, Mii Fighters, and videos created by other users.
- Version 4.0.0 allows players to play videos consecutively.
- Version 5.0.0 allows players to customize the movesets of downloaded Mii Fighters.
- amiibo Journey (May 31st, 2019)
- Online option that allows players to send their amiibo against each other.
- VR (May 31st, 2019)
- Compatibility with the Nintendo Labo Virtual Reality was added in the 3.1.0 update, allowing players to view certain stages in a full 360 degrees.
- Spectator Mode (July 30th, 2019)
- A returning mode from Brawl and Smash 4, players can bet for prediction points that can be used to purchase items.
- Online Tourney and Event Tourney (July 30th, 2019)
- A returning mode from Smash for Wii U, the rules are preset, with special event tourneys being held from time to time.
- Home-Run Contest (September 4th, 2019)
- A returning mode from Melee, Brawl, and Smash 4. Added in the 5.0.0 update, Home Run Contest has been stated to be, at the moment, the last mode added to Ultimate.
- Rematch (June 29th, 2020)
- A feature of the Spirit List that allows players to rematch any spirits unlocked at any time. A high score is added for each spirit rematched, based on the strength of the player's equipped team.
- Sephiroth Challenge (December 17th, 2020)
- A special limited time event that was only available when Challenger Pack 8 or the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 was purchased. It allowed players to challenge Sephiroth as a Boss, and if victorious, granted players early access to Sephiroth and the Northern Cave stage prior to the official December 22nd, 2020 release date. This special event ran from December 17th-22nd, 2020.
Additional costumes for the Mii Fighters are available as paid DLC, with a total of 97 pieces of headgear and outfits.
Bonus for purchasing Fighters Pass Vol. 1
The Rex Mii costume is exclusive to purchasing the Fighters Pass Vol. 1, was made available on December 7th, 2018, and consists of the Rex wig and outfit, based on Rex from Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
The first wave of Mii Fighter costumes was among the first available DLC for Ultimate and was released on April 17th, 2019. It released alongside Challenger Pack 1 and features costumes from the Persona series, as well as the returning Sonic the Hedgehog series costumes from Smash 4.
|Persona 4 Protagonist Wig
Persona 4 Protagonist Outfit
|Persona 3 Protagonist Wig
Persona 3 Protagonist Outfit
|Sonic the Hedgehog|
|Sonic the Hedgehog|
The second wave of Mii Fighter costumes features costumes from the Dragon Quest series. It released alongside Challenger Pack 2 on July 30th, 2019 and is the only round to not contain costumes from outside the series of its corresponding DLC character, as well as not use songs from the costumes' respective games/series in their trailers, instead only using Ultimate's Battlefield theme.
|Martial Artist Wig
Martial Artist Gi
|Slime Hat||Dragon Quest|
The third wave of Mii Fighter costumes released alongside Challenger Pack 3 on September 4th, 2019 and features costumes from the Pokémon, Goemon, and Undertale series, while two Mega Man costumes return from Smash 4. Sans' costume also comes with a remix of MEGALOVANIA, and is the first Mii costume to be bundled with a music track.
|Proto Man's Helmet
Proto Man's Armor
|Team Rocket Hat
Team Rocket Outfit
The fourth wave of Mii Fighter costumes released alongside Challenger Pack 4 on November 6th, 2019 and features costumes from the Samurai Shodown, Art of Fighting, and King of Fighters franchises, as well as the returning Virtua Fighter series costumes from Smash 4.
|Ryo Sakazaki Wig
Ryo Sakazaki Outfit
|Art of Fighting|
|Iori Yagami Wig
Iori Yagami Outfit
|The King of Fighters|
The fifth wave of Mii Fighter costumes released alongside Challenger Pack 5 on January 28th, 2020 and is the final round coinciding with the initial set of the Fighters Pass Vol. 1, featuring costumes from the Assassin's Creed, Rabbids, and Cuphead franchises, in addition to the remaining two Mega Man series costumes from Smash 4. Much like the Sans costume from Round 3, the purchase of the Cuphead costume includes the music track Floral Fury.
Bonus for purchasing Fighters Pass Vol. 2
The Ancient Soldier Gear Mii costume is exclusive to purchasing the Fighters Pass Vol. 2, was made available on January 28th, 2020, and consists of the Ancient Helm and Ancient Cuirass, based on the Ancient Soldier Gear available to Link in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It was released on the same day as Wave 5.
Ancient Soldier Gear
|The Legend of Zelda|
The sixth wave of Mii Fighter costumes released alongside Challenger Pack 6 on June 29th, 2020 and is the first round of costumes to correspond with Fighters Pass Vol. 2. It features costumes from the ARMS, Splatoon, and Fallout series, as well as the Heihachi costume from the Tekken series returning from Smash 4.
|Vault Boy Mask
Vault 111 Jumpsuit
The seventh wave of Mii Fighter costumes released alongside Challenger Pack 7 on October 13th, 2020 and features costumes from the Minecraft, Bomberman, and No More Heroes series, in addition to the Gil costume from The Tower of Druaga returning from Smash 4.
|Babylonian Castle Saga|
|No More Heroes|
The eighth wave of Mii Fighter costumes released alongside Challenger Pack 8 on December 22nd, 2020 and features outfits from Final Fantasy VII, as well as the returning Chocobo Hat (also from the Final Fantasy series) and Geno costume from Smash 4. These costumes were notably revealed at the beginning of their corresponding Mr. Sakurai Presents presentation rather than the end, as Barret, Tifa, and Aerith's costumes were used during Sephiroth's demonstration.
|Barret's Outfit||Final Fantasy|
|Tifa's Outfit||Final Fantasy|
|Aerith's Outfit||Final Fantasy|
|Chocobo Hat||Final Fantasy|
The ninth wave of Mii Fighter costumes released alongside Challenger Pack 9 on March 4th, 2021 and features costumes from the Monster Hunter series (both in the form of a new hat and the returning Hunter and Rathalos Equipment from Smash 4) and the Ghosts 'n Goblins series. According to Sakurai, the Monster Hunter costumes were added to promote the then-upcoming release of Monster Hunter Rise.
|Felyne Hat||Monster Hunter|
|Ghosts 'n Goblins|
The tenth wave of Mii Fighter costumes released alongside Challenger Pack 10 on June 29, 2021 and features costumes from the The Elder Scrolls, Devil May Cry, and Shantae series, in addition to the Lloyd costume from Tales of Symphonia returning from Smash 4, making him the final third-party costume from Smash 4 to return in Ultimate. Much like Sans and Cuphead in Rounds 3 and 5 respectively, purchasing the Shantae costume includes the music track, Burning Town from Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.
|The Elder Scrolls|
|Devil May Cry|
The eleventh and final wave of Mii Fighter costumes released alongside Challenger Pack 11 on October 18, 2021 and features the fewest Mii Costumes in any wave, with a total of three: two pieces of headgear based on Splatoon and a costume from Doom.
|Doom Slayer Helmet
Doom Slayer Armor
While most spirits are available for free, usually launched during Spirit Board events or with the release of a new Challenger Pack DLC, DLC fighter spirits cannot be obtained without owning their corresponding Challenger Pack. Fighter spirits can be unlocked through Classic Mode or purchased from the Shop for 300 coins. Spirits associated with an owned Challenger Pack can be fought and obtained through a special DLC Spirit Board that does not have spirits expire or use the Puppet fighter scene; otherwise, they may appear for purchase in the Vault Shop whether their corresponding Challenger Pack is owned or not. Spirits introduced in Spirit Board events are initially obtainable only for the duration of that event, and become permanently available at a later date.
Nintendo Switch Online Free Items
These free item bundles are special offers exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members; typically releasing close to the release date of a new Challenger Pack. They are available to download for a limited time only, and distribution will end without warning.
- Spirit Board Battle Set 1 - For Tackling All Sorts of Spirits (July 30th, 2019)
- Includes 1,500 SP, 10 Shuffle All, 10 All Primaries, 10 All Supports.
- Spirit Board Battle Set 2 - For Powerful Spirits (August 30th, 2019)
- Includes 1,500 SP, 5 Rematch, 5 Damage 50%, 5 Weaken Minions, 5 Health Drain.
- Vault Shopper Set - Classic Tickets and Gold for Music, Mii Costumes and More (November 4th, 2019)
- Includes 5,000 G, 3 Classic Tickets.
- Spirit Training Set - Bolster Your Spirits (January 27th, 2020)
- Includes 3,000 SP, Snack (S) x 100, Snack (M) x 30, Snack (L) x 5.
- Spirit Board Challenger Pack 5 - Snipe Your Targets (June 25th, 2020)
- Includes 10 All Primaries, 10 All Supports, 5 Rematch, 10 Sluggish Shield, 10 Shield Spacer
- Vault Shopper Set 2 - Classic Tickets and Gold for Music, Mii Costumes, and More (October 8th, 2020)
- Includes 3,000 G, 5 Classic Tickets
- Spirit Board Challenger Pack 7 - Challenge Powerful Enemies! (December 16th, 2020)
- Includes 3,000 SP, 5 Rematch, 5 Damage 50%, 5 Weaken Minions, 5 Health Drain
- Spirits Set 1 - Legend Support and Ace Primary (March 3rd, 2021)
- Includes 1 random Legend-class Support spirit, 1 random Ace-class Primary spirit.
- Spirits Set 2 - Legend-Class Primary and Ace-Class Support (June 22nd, 2021)
- Includes 1 random Legend-class Primary spirit, 1 random Ace-class Support spirit.
- Spirit Booster Bundle #2 - Reaching Lv. MAX (October 15th, 2021)
- Includes 3,000 SP, Snack (L) x 30.
Every fighter, with the exception of Piranha Plant, is bundled with a stage, music tracks, and spirits related to the fighter on a DLC Spirit Board. With the exception of fighter spirits, these DLC spirits can also be purchased from the Vault Shop even if their respective Challenger Packs are not purchased. There are five Challenger Packs in total in the Fighters Pass Vol. 1, and six in Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Compared to purchasing Challenger Packs individually, both Passes are priced at an approximately 17% discount.
Fighters Pass Vol. 1
Fighters Pass Vol. 2
*This song can only be obtained if the player has save data for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory on their console.
Songs in bold italics denote Smash remixes. Spirits in bold denote fighter spirits.
Challenger Packs and Fighters Pass
The pass can be purchased with the digital version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at a combined price.
Mii Fighter costumes
|United States||$0.75 USD|
|United Kingdom||£0.70 GBP|
|New Zealand||$1.35 NZD|
|Switzerland||Fr 1.10 CHF|
DLC Trailer Video
The first eight DLC fighters in Ultimate on Battlefield.
- Piranha Plant is the only DLC character with a unique Palutena's Guidance conversation.
- With the sole exception of Piranha Plant (referred to by its Japanese name "packun"), every downloadable fighter’s name in the code differs from that of their actual names. Joker's code name is "jack" (Arsène's code name is "doyle"), Hero's is "brave", Banjo & Kazooie's is "buddy" (with Kazooie specifically sometimes referred to as "partner"), Terry's is "dolly", Byleth's is "master", Min Min's is "tantan", Steve's is "pickel" (Creeper’s codename is "scarier"), Sephiroth's is "edge", Pyra's is "eflame," Mythra's is "elight," as a pair Pyra & Mythra's is "element" (Rex's codename is "diver"), Kazuya's is "demon", and Sora's is "trail".
- According to Masahiro Sakurai, Fighters Pass Vol. 2 was originally going to have five Challenger Packs as with the first Pass, but Sora's inclusion was secured after the other five fighters were already determined, resulting in an "extra" Challenger Pack.
- Following most DLC fighter reveals, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site was mistakenly updated to add fighter slots for recently revealed fighters without removing corresponding "mystery fighter" slots, resulting in extra empty slots that never corresponded to actual unrevealed fighters.
- Challenger Pack 1 is the only Challenger Pack to not have a Mr. Sakurai Presents presentation, instead having a presentation similar to a traditional Nintendo Direct.
- Challenger Packs 2 and 11 are the only Challenger Packs that do not contain any Smash remixes (excluding the victory theme in the latter).
- Challenger Pack 4 currently holds the most music added as downloadable content in both Ultimate and SSB4's history, with a total of 50 tracks.
- Challenger Packs 5 and 11 are the only Challenger Packs to have none of their contents revealed prior to their Mr. Sakurai Presents presentations, with all of their contents being saved for their respective Presentations. Coincidentally, they are the final Challenger Packs of their respective Fighters Passes.
- While Challenger Packs 1 and 6 also did not reveal their contents, their fighters, Joker and a character from ARMS (later revealed to be Min Min during her presentation), were revealed prior to their presentations (at the Game Awards 2018 and a March 2020 Nintendo Direct Mini respectively).
- Additionally, while the short presentation that contained Steve's reveal trailer was considered part of a Mr. Sakurai Presents, the longer in-depth video was released a few days after.
- Challenger Packs 5, 8, and 9 are the only ones to include music tracks that can play in multiple stages (as their characters are from pre-existing universes that already had stages in the base game), not including Battlefield, Small Battlefield, Big Battlefield, and Final Destination.
- Piranha Plant is the only DLC character without a cinematic Final Smash (though Pyra, Mythra, and Kazuya's start out as cinematics before ending off in normal gameplay).
- Spring Stadium, Northern Cave, and Hollow Bastion are the only DLC stages without any visible Background characters (excluding the jumbotron in the first and the Stations of Awakening in the last).
- Banjo, Kazooie, Min Min, and Sora are the only DLC characters whose voice clips are recycled from their own games rather than recorded specifically for Smash, while Piranha Plant and Steve are the only DLC fighters to not have any voice clips.
- With the exceptions of Joker, Banjo & Kazooie, and Byleth (in Japanese), all vocal DLC fighters use their heavy knockback scream rather than their standard KO scream when KO'd by reaching 0 HP during their final stock in Stamina Mode, a trait shared with Mario and Dr. Mario from the base roster.
- The three exceptions have a unique scream when KO'd in Stamina Mode which is not either of the aforementioned screams.
- In North America, when trailers for new Mii Fighter costumes are shown off, costumes of characters that are from a franchise that typically have M-rated installments from the ESRB only show the name of the character alongside the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate logo, rather than the logo of the franchise the character is from. This has occurred with Altaïr (Assassin's Creed), Vault Boy (Fallout), Travis Touchdown (No More Heroes), Dragonborn (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim), Dante (Devil May Cry), and Doom Slayer (Doom).
- Four of the Mii Fighter costume reveals would additionally gain a "rated TEEN by the ESRB" notice when the character's respective logo for a series that typically has T-rated installments from the ESRB appeared, those being the Hunter's Mail and Rathalos Mail (both from Monster Hunter), Lloyd (Tales of Symphonia), and Shantae (the series of the same name, possibly referring to the games Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero and Shantae and the Seven Sirens, as the first two installments are not T-rated).
- Oddly, even though Altair, Vault Boy, and Travis' game logos were shown in the European versions of their trailers, this did not happen with Dragonborn, Dante or Doom Slayer, as their game logos are only shown in the Japanese versions of their trailers.
- Persona, another series that typically has M-rated installments, did not originally follow this pattern. However, starting with Byleth's presentation, the North American versions of the Mr. Sakurai Presents presentations removed the logos of the games each of the DLC fighters hail from when showing an overview of the Fighters Passes, possibly due to Persona 5's rating.
- Later in 2022, an article on Nintendo's website detailing Ultimate's reveal trailers refers to Persona 5 as "Joker's original game".
- In a similar vein, the UK version of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website shows Kazuya's series as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate × Kazuya rather than Super Smash Bros. Ultimate × Tekken like in other regions. The logos for other franchises in the "Display by Series" option of the Fighters page would later be removed from the European websites due to this.
- Oddly, when the Mii Fighter costumes for Barret and Tifa were shown, the trailer in Sephiroth's Mr. Sakurai Presents video as well as the separately-uploaded trailer with the Wave 8 Mii costumes uploaded the same day shows the logo of Final Fantasy VII next to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate logo. However, the separate video was taken down and reuploaded on January 11, 2021, and the Final Fantasy VII logo was changed to just Final Fantasy.
- This may be due to rating issues, which can be evidenced by how Sephiroth's page on the North American website includes a "FINAL FANTASY VII RATED TEEN BY THE ESRB" message, which also applies to Pyra/Mythra and Kazuya's pages with their respective games.
- Despite that, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate × Final Fantasy screen still appears during the Chocobo reveal, though this is likely due to the fact that the character is not tied to any specific installment.
- At the end of October 2019, on the North American English-language official site only, Piranha Plant's purchase cost was incorrectly changed from US$4.99/CA$6.29 to US$5.99/CA$7.55 to match all of the other fighters. This error remains as of September 2022. The actual eShop price charged remains the correct (lower) price. This error does not appear to be present in any other languages or regions.