List of updates (SSBU)

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This page documents the update history of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.



The base game was released worldwide on December 7th, 2018. Due to the presence of a day 1 patch, only the physical version of the game is possible to play on 1.0.0.



This update was released alongside the game's Australian release on December 7th, 2018 at midnight AEDT (December 6th, 2018 at 13:00 UTC)[1], its first official release in any time zone (also known as a "day 1 patch").

  • Offline Gameplay
    • Added a Hard difficulty to Adventure mode.
    • Incorporated team colors for Spirit Battles and when fighting false characters in the final battle.
    • Made it so that music played in a spirit battle preview will continue into the battle itself, instead of restarting when the battle begins.
    • Removed the ability to set a player's damage to what is selected on the Training Mode menu by clicking on the player damage bar.
    • The revival platforms now appear in the same location in Training Mode as in Versus Mode.
  • Online Gameplay
    • Online now includes Quickplay, Battle Arenas, Spectate, and Background Matchmaking.
    • Global Smash Power will now be displayed.
    • Note that the above requires a Nintendo Switch Online membership.
  • Game Data Adjustments
    • The ability to receive spirit event data has been added.
    • The ability to receive presents has been added.
    • The number of challenges has increased from 111 to 124, as it now includes a new page with the online challenges.
  • DLC Content
    • The special bonus for the Fighters Pass Vol. 1, Xenoblade Chronicles 2's Rex's Mii Fighter costume (Swordfighter type), has been added.
  • Misc.
    • Game balance adjustments.
    • Various gameplay fixes.



This update was released on December 13th, 2018.


This update was released on December 21st, 2018.

  • Misc.
    • Various gameplay fixes.



This update was released on January 29th, 2019.

  • General
    • Piranha Plant added as a playable fighter, a spirit, and a smash tag.
    • Pressing both jump buttons now inputs a short hop.
    • Fixed an issue where the KO score included one's teammate KO when Team Attack is on,
    • Characters now respawn in the center of omega-form stages instead of to the left.
    • Bug fixes:
      • Patched out the Infinite Assist Trophy glitch.
      • Patched out the Slingshot Crash.
      • Fixed a glitch where if Olimar had any Attack-increasing Spirits equipped, the Attack multiplier would be applied twice for any of his attacks involving Pikmin, causing extremely large damage outputs.
      • The song "Bein' Friend" was renamed to "Bein' Friends".
    • The Techniques menu has been updated with two new sections for Ptooie and Long-Stem Strike. They are the 78th and 79th options.
    • Game-balance adjustments.
  • Spirit Board
    • Can now be played with up to four players offline.
    • The following spirits can now appear in the shop:
      • Partner Pikachu
      • Partner Eevee
      • Dice Block
      • River Survival
      • Golden Dash Mushroom
    • On the Spirit Board, the player can now fight a Spirit three times before it disappears.
  • Online Mode
    • GSP calculation method has been adjusted.

  • Reversed the function of hide models when the camera gets too close to the fighters in camera mode. This was done mainly to avoid the error of showing Split models.


This update was released on February 21st, 2019.

  • Offline Gameplay
    • Fixed an issue in ver. 2.0.0 where an adventure challenge featuring King K. Rool could not be completed.
  • Misc
    • Various gameplay fixes.


This update was released on April 2nd, 2019.



This update was released on April 17th, 2019 at 8:30 PM PDT (April 18th, 2019 at 3:30 AM UTC).

  • General
    • The following downloadable content will be usable after purchase:
    • How to Play now contains options to view the help screens for DLC Spirits, Stage Builder, Edit Video and Shared Content.
    • Mode Guide now contains selections for Stage Builder and Shared Content. The Replays section now contains information on Edit Video.
    • An additional question concerning Stage Builder has been added to the FAQ.
    • There is now a button to view the Credits in the bottom-right corner of the Help menu. This version is different from the Classic Mode and World of Light credits; it simply scrolls the names in the center of a black screen while playing the Vault's theme, and has extra companies and names relating to downloadable content, such as Atlus. These credits can be fast-forwarded, reversed, and paused.
    • The Techniques menu has been updated with two new sections for Gun / Gun Special and Rebellion Gauge. They are the 80th and 81st options.
    • Three new Smash Tag icons have been added, all concerning Joker: his Phantom Thief outfit, his Shujin school uniform, and the Persona series symbol, the Phantom Thieves of Hearts logo.
    • Chrom now uses the Fire Emblem Awakening victory theme.
    • The Announcer now properly calls out Stamina Mode if it is the set game mode.
  • Offline
    • Stage Builder added to Games & More.
    • Edit Video feature added to Vault → Replays.
    • DLC Spirits option added to the Spirits menu.
    • The following spirits will appear in the Vault Shop:
      • Morgana
      • Ryuji Sakamoto
      • Ann Takamaki
      • Yusuke Kitagawa
      • Makoto Niijima
      • Futaba Sakura
      • Haru Okumura
      • Goro Akechi
      • Caroline & Justine
      • Igor
      • Phantom Thieves of Hearts
  • Online
    • Replays, videos, Mii Fighters and custom stages can now be posted online via Shared Content.
    • It is now easier to be matched with players who have a similar Global Smash Power in Quickplay.
  • Universal Changes
    • Shortened downtime for Perfect Shielding projectiles.
    • Consecutive dodge rolls have more endlag.
  • No Palutena’s Guidance scenes for Ultimate's DLC fighters, instead Ultimate's DLC fighters will use a generic unused Palutena’s Guidance scene from Smash 4.


This update was released on April 25th, 2019.

  • Offline Gameplay
    • A bug where winning with a Final Smash while on Joker's route in Classic Mode would prevent the game from progressing has been fixed.
    • A bug where aiming the Lightning Chariot beyond the blast zones on certain stages would cause the game to close has been fixed.
  • Misc
    • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.



This update was released on May 30th, 2019.



This update was released on July 30th, 2019 (July 31st in some time zones).




This update was released on September 4th, 2019 (September 5th in some time zones).



This update was released on November 6th, 2019 (November 7th in some time zones).

  • General
  • Offline
    • The following Spirits will appear in the Shop on the Vault menu.
      • Andy Bogard
      • Joe Higashi
      • Kim Kaphwan
      • Geese Howard
      • Ryo Sakazaki
      • Kyo Kusanagi
      • Iori Yagami
      • Haohmaru
      • Nakoruru
      • Athena Asamiya
      • Ralf & Clark
    • The Tockles spirit is now available to battle on Hero's Spirit Board, in addition to being available as a gift like before.
  • Adjustments to Arenas.
    • There are two new Types of arena: "Elite Only", which has a bright yellow color, and "Beginners Only". Both of them are placed after "amiibo Battle". These two types are mutually exclusive; if you have access to "Elite Only", "Beginners Only" disappears and you can't enter any arenas of that type.
    • In Arenas, rules can now be changed without closing the arena.
    • A new setting has been added when creating an Arena, "Random Battlefield and Ω form". True to its name, it acts as a combination of the Random Battlefield and Random Ω Form settings.
    • The Arena Log is now a much more substantial part of Arenas:
      • The log takes up a larger area when not expanded, now touching the ring, allowing more messages to be seen.
      • If a ruleset is changed or not changed, it is shown in the window.
      • Messages sent by players appear in the log.
    • Several of the Arena Log's automated messages, such as "The battle has started", "The battle has ended", and "[playername] has racked up 10 KOs" have been changed.
    • Predefined messages can now be sent in the Arena. They are in a menu opened with the R button. 91 messages are included under the All section, which are divided between Greetings, Preparation, Before Battle, Thoughts, and Goodbyes sections. In addition to appearing in the Arena Log, messages will also appear above the token of the player who sends it.
    • Button prompts are now shown in the Arena. This includes A when holding your token over the Waiting Area, Ring, or Spectator Stands, L to expand the Arena Log, and R to send a message.
    • The Arena ID is now shown in the top right below the Player List button, in addition to being present on the Rules popup as before.
  • Misc.
  • Balance changes



This update was released on November 14th, 2019 (November 13th in some time zones).


This update was released on January 7th, 2020.



This update was released on January 28th, 2020 (January 29th in some time zones).