List of unlockables (SSBU)
Main article: Unlockable character#Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The starter characters are the same as in Super Smash Bros.: Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox, and Pikachu. Most other characters can be unlocked by playing Versus Mode matches, clearing Classic Mode with a specific character, or awakening them in Adventure Mode: World of Light.
Each of the three types of Mii Fighter can be unlocked by simply creating one in the Games & More menu, or by awakening the Mii Fighter of that type in Adventure Mode: World of Light, which is based on the type's default Mii.
Players who purchased the game in the eShop or registered a physical copy with My Nintendo before January 31st, 2019 received a free download code for Piranha Plant. After this date, it became available for purchase. The pricing is $5 USD.
Joker, Hero, Banjo & Kazooie, Terry, and Byleth are available as a bundle through the Fighters Pass Vol. 1. A second Fighters Pass consisting of Min Min, Steve, Sephiroth and three upcoming, currently unidentified characters is available to purchase as well. All DLC fighters are available to purchase individually.
All stages in the base game are available from the start, making it the only Smash Bros. game to do so. However, each of the 11 downloadable characters are bundled with a stage:
Main article: List of spirits (disambiguation)
Most of the unlockable music in the game can be bought at the Shop. DLC fighters in the Fighters Passes are bundled with their own music tracks. The following music can be obtained by completing challenges and by playing through World of Light.
Unlockable outfits and headgear can be obtained by spending gold in the shop and completing certain challenges, with the following exceptions.
A Mii Swordfighter costume based on Rex from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is obtained by purchasing the Fighters Pass Vol. 1. Likewise, a Mii Swordfighter costume based on the Ancient Soldier Gear from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is obtained by purchasing the Fighters Pass Vol. 2.
The costumes Morgana Hat, Persona 4 Protagonist (Mii Swordfighter), Teddie Hat, Persona 3 Protagonist (Mii Swordfighter), Tails (Mii Gunner), Knuckles (Mii Brawler), Veronica (Mii Swordfighter), Erdrick (Mii Swordfighter), Martial Artist (Mii Brawler), Slime Hat, Team Rocket (Mii Brawler), Proto Man (Mii Gunner), Zero (Mii Swordfighter), Goemon (Mii Swordfighter), Sans (Mii Gunner) and Vault Boy (Mii Gunner) are available separately as paid DLC.