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.
  • 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, 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.

  • 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
    • Three tries for spirits in Spirit Battles.
  • Online Mode
    • GSP calculation method has been adjusted.
  • 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.
  • 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).

  • 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.
  • General
    • The following downloadable content will be usable after purchase:
      • Joker Challenger Pack
      • Persona 3 Protagonist Wig + Outfit (Swordfighter type)
      • Persona 4 Protagonist Wig + Outfit (Swordfighter type)
      • Teddie Hat
      • Morgana Hat
      • Tails Hat + Outfit (Gunner type)
      • Knuckles Hat + Outfit (Brawler type)
    • 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 gamemode.
  • 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).

  • Offline
    • Very Easy difficulty has been added to Adventure mode.
    • Snapshots can be added to the time line in Edit Video.
    • Steel, grass, sponge, paper, and yarn terrains have been adjusted in Stage Builder.
    • The damage meter is now displayed when testing stages in Stage Builder.
    • The following spirits will appear in the Shop on the Vault menu:
      • Slime
      • Dracky
      • Great Sabrecub
      • Golem
      • Liquid Metal Slime
      • Cetacea
      • Hero's Comrades
    • Players can select pages for DLC spirits. Only Persona and Dragon Quest pages are selectable with three more selections being labeled as "COMING SOON".
  • Online
    • Online Tourney mode has been added.
    • A Support function to predict the winner of a Spectate battle and earn points has been added. The points can be exchanged for in-game items and gold.
    • Videos can now be played repeatedly in Shared Content. In addition, a Yeah! will be added automatically whenever posted content is saved.
    • A pop-up will appear on the results screen when a fighter has been unlocked into, or kicked out of Elite Smash. Opponents can no longer be rematched and the game will return to the Quickplay menu.
  • General
    • The following downloadable content will be usable after purchase:
      • Hero Challenger Pack
      • Erdrick's Helmet + Armour
      • Martial Artist Wig + Gi
      • Veronica's Hat + Outfit
      • Slime Hat
    • The FS Meter can no longer be used 20 seconds after it is fully charged.
    • How to Play now contains options to view the help screen for Online Tourney.
    • The Techniques menu has been updated with two new sections for Special Moves That Change When Charged and Command Selection. They are the 82nd and 83rd options.
    • Five new Smash Tag icons have been added, all relating to Dragon Quest. The first four are the default skins of the Hero, and the last is their series symbol, Erdrick's symbol.
    • The Koopalings and Alph now have their own pictures to go along with their bios.
  • Misc.
  • Balance changes




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