Spirit

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Spirits are characters that have lost their physical forms. Equipping your fighter with spirits will power them up with all sorts of new abilties. Wondering how many kinds of spirits there are? You'll have to see for yourself!
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Spirits (スピリット, Spirit) are a type of power-up in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. They are also featured in Adventure Mode: World of Light, where they assist the fighters in defeating Galeem and Dharkon. Spirits can be seen as similar to stickers in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and equipment in Super Smash Bros. 4, while they also replace Trophies from earlier installments as the successor.

Spirits are characters who lost their bodies through disintegration (due to Galeem's attack) and were transformed into disembodied souls, which were then trapped into Puppet Fighters and made to do the bidding of Galeem and Dharkon.

As of version 7.0.0, a total of 1401 spirits can be obtained in game, all sorted into 38 series.

Collecting Spirits[edit]

There are many ways to collect Spirits:

  • The player always receives a random spirit when opening up the game for the first time.
  • Completing Classic Mode will reward random spirits as well as a Fighter Spirit of the character played if not obtained yet. More spirits are earned on higher intensities.
  • Adventure Mode: World of Light features players navigating through a map and entering spirit battles and winning them will unlock its spirit. Master Spirits and certain spirits are exclusive through this method. Some spirits can be obtained through chests in the mode.
  • The Spirit Board also features spirit battles like in World of Light but after clearing a spirit battle, players must shoot the puppet fighter without hitting its shield to obtain it. Some spirits can only be obtained through this method.
  • Some spirits can be enhanced into new, stronger spirits. There are numerous spirits that can only be gotten this way.
  • Can be summoned from the cores of other spirits obtained. Some spirits can only be obtained through summoning. Summoning certain spirits will have them available for the Spirit Board.
  • Some spirits are obtained through challenges. Some spirits will be available on the Spirit Board once its challenge is completed.
  • Can be purchased through the Shop with Gold.
  • Can be purchased through spirit shops with SP. Certain spirits are exclusive to these shops. Their respective Master Spirits must be unlocked in World of Light in order to access them.
  • Scanning a non-Fighter amiibo for a character that appears as a spirit will award that spirit to the player. This also applies to Timmy & Tommy, a Master Spirit - scanning them before their shop is opened in World of Light will unlock it in the Collection menu, though they still must be defeated to access their store in World of Light's menus.
  • If the player had purchased DLC from the Fighters Pass, the player can collect DLC Spirits by going to a mode called DLC Spirits.

Spirit Classes[edit]

Spirits are separated by their strength which is referred to as "classes".

  • ★☆☆☆ Novice
  • ★★☆☆ Advanced
  • ★★★☆ Ace
  • ★★★★ Legend

Spirit Categories[edit]

There are two kinds of spirits. Primary spirits boost the physical abilities of the fighter you equip them to, while support spirits provide special skills. Try out different combinations to power up your fighters!
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Primary spirits[edit]

Main article: Primary spirit

Characters can have a single primary spirit equipped at a time. Primary spirits have two main stats: an attack rating and a defense rating, which are added together to form its total power. Primary spirits may also have a trait, which applies an additional multiplier to their power, as well as up to three slots for support spirits to be attached, which apply their own multipliers. Generally, a primary spirit that lacks slots will be compensated with higher stats. If a primary spirit is from the same series as the character equipping it, it gains a further 1.1x (10%) power boost.

Primary spirits' attack and defense stats modify how much damage is dealt and received by the character, but do not affect knockback dealt, and are not factored into the knockback formula. For both stats, a value of 0 results in no change from base damage.

  • The damage dealt multiplier is equal to 1 + (attack×4/10000). Therefore, an attack of 2,500 results in double damage, 5,000 is triple damage, and so on.
    • When using a Final Smash the damage dealt multiplier is equal to 1 + (attack×1/10000).
    • When using an item the damage dealt multiplier is equal to 1 + (attack×1.5/10000). When throwing a non-throwing item (e.g. a Beam Sword or Super Scope), the damage dealt multiplier is applied to the item's base damage before being affected its speed.
  • The damage taken multiplier is a more complicated 1/(1 + (defense×6/10000)). Therefore, a defense of 2,500 results in taking 0.4x damage, while a defense of 5,000 results in taking 0.25x damage.

In addition, increased attack will cause smash attacks to charge faster, while increased defense will improve shield durability. Because of the nature of these functions, defense is a more effective stat in terms of raw numbers, in the sense that a defense of 1,000 is stronger than an attack of 1,000 (which is the case when stats are equal at any value). However, defense is also slower to rise as its magnitude increases, whereas attack rises at a constant rate.

Some primary spirits can be enhanced at level 99, which functionally means they transform into a different primary spirit with a higher rank, more powerful stats and an added ability. Furthermore, enhanced spirits tend to have higher stats than non-enhanced spirits of the same rank.

Primary spirits also have strengths based on their type, and grant a 1.3x increase in damage dealt to spirits that their type is strong against. However, they will also impose a weakness of 0.85x damage dealt to the type of Spirit that they are weak against.[1] There is also a fourth type, Neutral, which is not strong or weak against any other type.

Primary spirits come in different types: Attack, Shield, and Grab. Attack has an advantage over Grab, Grab has an advantage over Shield, and Shield has an advantage over Attack. Try to equip spirits that are strong against your opponent's spirit team!
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Support spirits[edit]

Main article: Support spirit

Most primary spirits have slots, which can be filled by support spirits. The support spirits will give fighters skills: passive bonuses such as starting with an item, resistance to certain damage types or status effects, added abilities, and more. They can be useful when encountering traps that appear in certain Spirit Battles, such as winds that constantly push fighters or floors that put any fighter to sleep on contact. The fighter can equip up to three Support Spirits at a time depending on how many slots the Primary Spirit has, although some Support Spirits can take up more than one slot. When equipped, Support Spirits apply a multiplier to the Primary Spirit's power based on the type of skill. Support Spirits are also divided into types like Primary Spirits, but only during Spirit Battles where they are equipped by an enemy Puppet Fighter.

Fighter spirits[edit]

Main article: Fighter spirit

Fighter spirits are based on an existing playable character in the game, do not have classes and types, and also cannot be equipped. Rather, they simply exist to allow the players to view their artwork. They are earned by completing Classic Mode with the indicated fighter,[2] by purchasing them when they appear randomly in the shop, or through completing some challenges. With some exceptions, the Fighter Spirits generally use the fighter's artwork from their franchise of origin, with the option to swap to their Ultimate render. Characters with significant alternate costumes will have fighter spirits based on them as well, such as Cloud in his Advent Children outfit or Mario in his Builder and Wedding attires, or those who are changed into different individuals, such as Male Wii Fit Trainer and each of the Koopalings. This notably does not include Isabelle in her winter outfit or Link's Hero of the Wild set.

Master Spirits[edit]

Main article: Master Spirit

Master Spirits are a type of spirit that cannot be equipped. Once unlocked, Master Spirits run facilities that can be used. These facilities include Shopping (which sell spirits, items, and Skill Spheres), Gym (which levels up spirits; there is only one), Explore (which bring back rewards), and Dojo (which teach styles to spirits). Master Spirits have dialogue boxes, though certain spirits (such as Kraid) communicate unintelligibly and therefore have provided translations. Master Spirits are all considered Neutral types when used by puppet fighters in Spirit Battles.

Players can only hold up to 6000 primary and support spirits. Should they go over the limit, they'll have to choose whether to discard newely-acquired spirits or dismiss them.

Spirit Battles[edit]

Spirit battles have various conditions that may remind you of the character you're battling. If you manage to win one of these matches, you'll get a chance to capture the spirit for yourself!
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Most spirits can be obtained via Spirit Battles, which appear similar to the thematic missions seen in Event Matches and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U's Special Orders. Battles can be selected from the Spirit Board, containing up to ten spirits to challenge. The Spirit Board will cycle out new spirits after a short period of time (5 minutes for most spirits and 15 minutes for Legend-class spirits; if a Legend-class spirit is part of a weekend event, it can stay on the Spirit Board for up to an hour). Each Spirit Battle contains unique challenges and rules. The spirits that are battled against will be paired with puppet fighters of a similar personality and/or appearance, with the battle's rules, conditions, stage and music track often being reflective of the spirit itself. During all battles against spirits, the Final Smash Meter will be active, and certain spirits can make the gauge fill up faster or slow the rate the enemy's gauge fills at. If there are more than one opponent, then the battle will either be a team battle with team attack turned off, or a horde battle similar to the one seen in Classic Mode. Occasionally, a CPU ally will engage the battle with the player as well. Like in Classic Mode, the player is always given only one stock, unlike with aforementioned game modes in previous games. A spirit can be acquired by defeating its respective puppet fighter, then attacking the fighter in a shooting-style minigame, except when fighting in World of Light or the DLC Spirit Board, which automatically reward the player with the spirit upon victory. There is a shield that prevents the spirit from being acquired; however, the damage to the shield carries over to the next time that spirit is encountered and Spirit Points can be spent for one additional attempt per battle. There are also usable items that can slow the speed the shield rotates at or remove part of the shield.

Before each Spirit Battle, the two sides' strength will be compared. The higher the player's advantage over the spirit, the easier the battle will be, but fewer rewards will be earned if the player's strength is significantly greater than the spirit's.

There are consumable items one can earn or purchase to make the spirit obtaining process easier. Examples include restocking the Spirit Board, rerolling the board, or forcing the reappearance of a previously fought Spirit, for either a second attempt at acquiring it or the chance of acquiring a duplicate.

One can also battle other players locally in versus matches with spirits equipped, working in a similar manner to character customization from Super Smash Bros. 4. As of version 2.0.0, up to four players can engage in a Spirit Board battle at once, and both the difficulty of the fight and the rewards for completion will be scaled accordingly; however, the battle will end in failure if any human player is KO'd.

Raising Spirits[edit]

Inkling equipped with the spirits of Gooey (Primary), Lip, Nabbit and the Ouendan (Supports).

When used in a battle, Primary Spirits will gain experience regardless of its outcome. A sufficient amount of experience will allow the spirit to level up, which increases its stats. Some Spirits can also be enhanced upon reaching level 99; this causes the spirit to change to a new spirit, which will be at level 1 but compensate with a higher class and superior base stats. Additionally, spirits available via enhancement typically cannot be found in Spirit Battles.

Spirits can also level up by using Snacks or Cores on them in exchange for Spirit Points. Using a Core of the same type as the spirit will give 30% more experience at no extra cost. Using a Core of a DLC Spirit will only give 25% of the experience of a similar non-DLC Spirit Core.

Facilities[edit]

Spirits can level up by training in the gym, learn a style that alters their stats in the dojo, or hunt for treasure. Spirits must remain in a facility for an extended period of time to gain its benefits and cannot be used while deployed in a facility, but they can be recalled at any time; however, a Spirit recalled from a facility must wait a short time before being sent to a different facility. All facilities must be unlocked by defeating their corresponding Master Spirits in World of Light before they can be used.

When selecting Spirits to use a facility, some of them may have arrows displayed on them. These spirits will be more or less efficient at whatever they were assigned to do, depending on the way the arrow points. All unlocked facilities can be accessed at any time from the Adventure Mode's Pause Menu, or from the Collection subpage at the Spirits menu.

Gym[edit]

The Gym will level up Spirits as long as they remain assigned there. It is operated by Doc Louis.

Dojo[edit]

Dojos teach Spirits different Styles. A spirit with a Style active will alter its user's stats, boosting some stats at the expense of other stats. A Spirit can only know one Style at a time. Learning a new Style will cause the Spirit to forget any pre-existing Style. Previously forgotten Styles can be re-taught instantly.

  • Demon Style, operated by Ryoma. Majorly increases offense, but majorly decreases defense.
  • Land Style, operated by Cap'n Cuttlefish. Increases ground power and move speed, but decreases air power and jump height.
  • Air Style, operated by Peppy Hare. Increases air power and jump height, but decreases ground power and move speed.
  • Brick-Wall Style, operated by Copper & Booker. Majorly increases defense, but majorly decreases offense.
  • Boulder Style, operated by Darunia. Increases defense and move speed, but decreases offense and jump height.
  • Big-Bee Style, operated by Honey Queen. Increases defense, jump height, and weight, but decreases offense and move speed.
  • Runner Style, operated by Dr. Stewart. Majorly increases move speed, but majorly decreases jump height.
  • Gravity Style, operated by Gravity Man. Majorly increases jump height, but majorly decreases move speed and fall speed.
  • Tank Style, operated by Kraid. Increases offense and defense, but decreases move speed and jump height.
  • Lightweight Style, operated by the Wii Balance Board. Increases move speed and jump height, but decreases offense, defense, and weight.
  • Strategist Style, operated by Riki. Increases special-move power, but decreases attack power, throw power, and item power.
  • Equipment Style, operated by Dyntos. Increases item power and amount of healing received by items, but decreases attack power, special-move power, and throw power.
  • Overthrow Style, operated by Zangief. Increases throw power, grab range, and grab power, but decreases attack power, special-move power, and item power.
  • Ninja Style, operated by Kat & Ana. Majorly increases throw power, grab power, item power, move speed, and fall speed, but majorly decreases attack power, special-move power, defense, and weight.
  • Forgetful Style, operated by Slowpoke. Allows a Spirit to instantly forget a Style, disabling any stat alterations it imposes.

In addition, Spirit styles also alter the Team Power of a Spirit team like support Spirits do, however they can both increase and decrease the Team Power. Whether the Team Power is increased or decreased appears to depend on how well the style complements the spirit/team. For example if the Absolutely Safe Capsule, which has a defense stat of 10,000, is trained in Brick-Wall Style, the Team Power is increased 20%.

Explore[edit]

Spirits can be sent for treasure, with a chance of finding valuable items, SP, Gold, and the like after a given period of time elapses. The exact rewards vary depending on several factors, including the specific Explore facility used, the types, levels, and ranks of the spirits assigned there, and any styles those spirits might possess.

  • Ruins, operated by Toadette. Takes 2 hours to complete, and mainly awards SP.
  • Cave, operated by Charlie. Takes 6 hours to complete, and mainly awards Support Items for the Spirit Board.
  • Jungle, operated by Linebeck. Takes 10 hours to complete, and mainly awards snacks.

Shopping[edit]

Main article: Shopping

While Spirits can sometimes be bought from the Vault's Shop for Gold, there are also five other shops that can be unlocked after defeating their corresponding Master Spirits in World of Light that use SP for payment. Each of these has a selection of spirits with a particular theme, and may also sell snacks, support items, and Skill Spheres. A few spirits can only be found in these shops.

  • Anna's Emporium- Tends to have spirits with equipment
  • Sheldon's Place- Tends to have spirits related to weapons
  • Funky Kong's Shack- Tends to have spirits connected to vehicles or transportation
  • Beedle's Tent- Tends to have spirits that are living creatures
  • Timmy and Tommy's- Tends to have spirits that are related to items

Dismiss and Summon[edit]

Main article: Summon

Spirits can also be dismissed; while this removes the spirit, the core a dismissed spirit leaves behind can be used to create a new spirit when combined with other cores or level up other spirits. Some spirits can only be found by summoning them with specific cores.

Spirits can also power up Figure Players, but will be permanently consumed. The Figure Player will gain any abilities the Spirit used to power it up may have possessed, and will be considered the same type as that Spirit.

Spirit Effects[edit]

All Support Spirits and enhanced Primary Spirits come with a skill that augments the fighter they are applied to. Unenhanced Primary Spirits instead may come with traits, modifiers which may be beneficial or detrimental. The effects of these are listed below.

Each skill or trait will increase the Primary Spirit's power by a set percentage; for instance, a 4% increase means the power is multiplied by 1.04 (104%). This does not affect the Spirit's stats, but instead affects rewards based on relative power. Note that detrimental traits will still increase the power rather than lowering it.

Fighters receive aura of a specific color if they receive a certain boost, red aura for attack boosts, blue aura for defense boosts, green aura for speed boosts, and white aura with multi-color gradients for all of them, though the aura doesn't appear if the player is equipped with a trade-off spirit.

Attack Skills[edit]

Abilities that increase the power of specific attack types, or increase damage dealt under specific circumstances. Attack skill spirits are indicated by a sword.

Skill Description Rank Cost Power Effect Notes
1x 2x 3x 4x
Fist Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of punches and elbow strikes. 1 1 4% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26×
Foot Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of kicks and knee strikes. 1 1 4% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26×
Physical Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of punches, kicks, and bites. 2 1 6% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26× 1.3×
Air Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of items and attacks used in the air. 2 1 6% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26×
Strong Throw Slightly increases the power of grabbing and throwing attacks. 2 1 6% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26×
Weapon Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of swords, whips, hammers, etc. 2 1 6% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26× 1.3x
Shooting Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of projectile weapons such as bows or guns. 2 1 6% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26×
Dash Attack ↑ Increases tackle and dash attack power, and slightly increases move speed. 2 1 6% 1.1× damage dealt
1.1× dash speed
1.18×
1.2×
1.26×
1.3×
1.3×
1.4×
Hyper Smash Attacks Increases attack power and smash-attack charge speed. 4 1 10% 1.1× damage dealt
1.2× charge speed
1.18×
1.35×
1.26×
1.5×
Neutral Special ↑ Slightly increases the power of neutral special moves. 3 1 8% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26×
Side Special ↑ Slightly increases the power of side special moves. 3 1 8% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26×
Up Special ↑ Slightly increases the power of up special moves. 3 1 8% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26×
Down Special ↑ Slightly increases the power of down special moves. 3 1 8% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26×
Special-Move Power ↑ Slightly increases the power of all special moves. 4 1 10% 1.05× damage dealt 1.13× 1.17×
Aura Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of Lucario's Aura attacks. 1 1 4% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26× Also applies to Richter's Holy Water.
Magic Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of magic attacks, such as Zelda's and Robin's spells. 1 1 4% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26× 1.3×
PSI Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of Ness's and Lucas's PSI attacks. 1 1 4% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26×
Fire & Explosion Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of explosion and fire attacks. 1 1 4% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26× 1.3× Also applies to darkness attacks.
Water & Ice Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of water and ice attacks. 1 1 4% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26×
Electric Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of electricity attacks. 1 1 4% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26×
Energy-Shot Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of energy attacks, such as Fox's Blaster. 1 1 4% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26×
Toss & Meteor Increases upward and downward launch power. 2 1 6% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26× 1.3× Angles 60-120 and 241-300
Shield Damage ↑ Increases the damage dealt to enemy shields. 3 1 8% 1.3× damage dealt 1.45× 1.55× 1.6×
Giant Killer Increases the damage dealt to giant opponents. 4 1 10% 1.4× damage dealt 1.45× 1.5× 1.55×
Metal Killer Increases the damage dealt to metal opponents. 4 1 10% 1.4× damage dealt 1.45× 1.5× 1.55×
Assist Killer Increases the damage dealt to assist trophies. 4 1 10% 1.3× damage dealt 1.4× 1.5×
Critical Hit ↑ Grants a 5% chance to land a devastating critical hit. 3 1 8% 5% chance 10% 15% Critical hit deals 1.2× damage
Similar to the 1v1 multiplier the extra damage doesn't affect knockback or shields
Impact Run Damages enemies when dashing into them. 1 1 4% 3 min damage
5 max
6
10
9
15
12
20
Scales linearly over 30 frames starting after the initial dash.
Damage is not increased by the player's attack stat, however it is decreased by the opponent's defense stat.
Does not stale

Defense Skills[edit]

Abilities that decrease damage received by specific attack types, modify shield behavior, or grant super armor. Defense skill spirits are indicated by a shield.

Skill Description Rank Cost Power Effect Notes
1x 2x 3x 4x
Shield Durability ↑ Increases shield strength. 3 1 8% 1.4× shield health 1.7× 1.9×
Easier Perfect Shield Widens the window for performing a perfect shield. 3 1 8% 2 frames extra 3 4 5(*)
Perfect-Shield Reflect Reflects incoming projectiles when you perform a perfect shield. 2 1 6% 1.2× reflected projectile
Air Defense ↑ Slightly reduces the damage taken from air attacks. 2 1 6% 1.3× defense 1.38× 1.46×
Weapon Resist ↑ Decreases damage taken from melee weapons like swords and whips. 2 2 11% 0.6× damage received
Aura Resist ↑ Slightly reduces damage taken from Lucario's Aura attacks. 1 1 4% 0.6× damage received 0.55× 0.5×
Magic Resist ↑ Slightly reduces damage taken from magic attacks, such as Zelda's and Robin's spells. 1 1 4% 0.6× damage received 0.55× 0.5×
PSI Resist ↑ Slightly reduces damage taken from Ness's and Lucas's PSI attacks. 1 1 4% 0.6× damage received 0.55× 0.5×
Fire/Explosion Resist ↑ Slightly reduces damage taken from explosion and fire attacks. 1 1 4% 0.6× damage received 0.55× 0.5× 0.5× Also applies to darkness attacks.
Water/Freezing Resist ↑ Slightly reduces damage taken from water/ice attacks. 1 1 4% 0.6× damage received 0.55× 0.5× 0.5×
Electric Resist ↑ Slightly reduces damage taken from electricity attacks. 1 1 4% 0.6× damage received 0.55× 0.5×
Energy-Shot Resist ↑ Slightly reduces damage taken from energy attacks, such as Fox's Blaster. 1 1 4% 0.6× damage received 0.55× 0.5×
Slow Super Armor Makes it more difficult to flinch or be launched, but move speed decreases. 3 2 13% 132 KB limit
0.3× ground mobility
0.5× air mobility
0.5× ground jump height
Full knockback is taken when the limit is surpassed
Super Armor Makes it more difficult to flinch or be launched. 4 3 20% 132 KB limit
Unflinching Charged Smashes Gain super armor while charging smash attacks. 3 2 13% 130 KB limit
0.9× damage received*
150(*)
0.9×

Recovery Skills[edit]

Abilities that allow health recovery mid-battle. Recovery skill spirits are indicated by a vial with a medical cross.

Skill Description Rank Cost Power Effect Notes
1x 2x 3x 4x
Autoheal Recover a small amount of health every five seconds. 3 2 13% 3 damage healed
Great Autoheal Recovers some health automatically every five seconds. 4 3 20% 5 damage healed
Healing Shield Recovers health when enemy attacks are shielded. 4 2 15% Heals damage/8
KOs Heal Damage Recovers health when enemies are KO'd. 3 2 13% 20 damage healed Applies to anything that gives the player a point (KO, Special Flag, Assist Trophy KO, etc.)
Critical-Health Healing Recovers a great deal of health when a certain amount of damage is taken. 3 2 13% 50 damage healed 75 Activates once per match when above 100% damage or below 20% health in Stamina.
Critical-Health Healing ↑ ↑ Recovers a ton of health when a certain amount of damage is taken.* 4 3 20% 100 damage healed Activates once per match when above 100% damage or below 20% health in Stamina.
Lifesteal Steals opponents' life force when you strike. N/A N/A† 15% Heals damage×0.03 Does not activate with projectiles.

† Only found on the Nightmare and Skull Kid & Majora's Mask Primary Spirits

Mobility Skills[edit]

Abilities that increase ground and aerial mobility. Mobility skill spirits are indicated by a shoe.

Skill Description Rank Cost Power Effect Notes
1x 2x 3x 4x
Move Speed ↑ Slightly increases left and right move speed. 2 1 6% 1.2× dash, walk, and air speed 1.4× 1.6×
Braking Ability ↑ Makes stopping easier when walking or running. 1 1 4% 0.45× sliding time 0.3× 0.2× Also removes the decreased traction of slippery surfaces
Lightweight Greatly increases jump and move speed, but become easier to launch. 1 1 4% 1.3× dash, walk, & air speed
1.3× ground jump height
0.9× weight
1.6×
1.6×
0.8×
1.9×
1.9×
0.7×
2.2×
2.2×
0.6×
Jump ↑ Increases jump height. 2 1 6% 1.4× ground jump height 1.8× 2.2× 2.6×
Floaty Jumps Slows your fall speed after jumping. 1 1 4% 0.65× fall speed
0.8× fast fall speed
0.8× gravity
0.6×
0.8×
0.8×
0.55×
0.8×
0.8×
0.5×
0.8×
0.8×
Additional Midair Jump Increases number of midair jumps by one. 4 2 15% 1 extra jump 2 3(*)
Landing Lag ↓ Reduces vulnerability when landing, making movement possible sooner. 1 1 4% 0.7× landing lag duration 0.6× 0.5× 0.4×(*)
Easier Dodging Increases period of invincibility when dodging, and air dodges travel farther. 3 1 8% 1.2× intagible frames 1.4× 1.6×
Instadrop Grants the ability to do a quick-drop attack by tilting down while in the air. 1 2 9% 3× fast fall speed 3% falling
6% landing

Item Skills[edit]

Abilities that allow the fighter to start with an item or make items more effective. Item skill spirits are indicated by a hammer.

Skill Description Rank Cost Power Effect Notes
1x 2x 3x 4x
Battering Items ↑ Increases the power of battering items 2 1 6% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26× 1.3×
Shooting Items ↑ Increases the power and ammo of shooting items. 2 1 6% 1.1× damage dealt
1.2× ammo (rounded down)
1.18×
1.2×
1.26×
1.2×
1.3×
1.2×
Thrown Items ↑ Increases the distance and power of thrown items. 2 1 6% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26× 1.3×
Hammer Duration ↑ Increases the amount of time the Hammer and Golden Hammer items last. N/A N/A† 8%
Item Gravitation Draws nearby items closer. 2 1 6% 0.5 units per frame 0.65 0.8 1.0 Attracts items within 450 units
Beam Sword Equipped Start battles with a Beam Sword. Use it to batter opponents. 2 1 6% The player will start their stock with the item indicated by the skill in slot 1 (or the skill of the Primary spirit if possible). Stock 2 will start with the slot 2, and so on until all are used.
Killing Edge Equipped Start battles with a Killing Edge. Hit when it glows for extra power. 2 1 6%
Fire Bar Equipped Start battles with a Fire Bar. Bash and burn opponents while it lasts. 1 1 4%
Death's Scythe Equipped Start battles with a Death's Scythe. KO badly injured opponents in one hit! 2 1 6%
Lip's Stick Equipped Start battles with a Lip's Stick. Hit an opponent with it to slowly drain their health. 1‡ 1 4%
Star Rod Equipped Start battles with a Star Rod. Swing it to launch projectiles. 1 1 4%
Ore Club Equipped Start battles with an Ore Club. Create a tornado with a smash attack. 3 3 18%
Ray Gun Equipped Start battles with a Ray Gun. Fire at opponents from a distance. 2 1 6%
Super Scope Equipped Start battles with a Super Scope. Fire multiple shots, or charge up for a stronger blast. 2 2 11%
Steel Diver Equipped Start battles with a Steel Diver. Fire powerful shots that are hard to see. 1 2 9%
Rage Blaster Equipped Start battles with a Rage Blaster. Deal more damage when you have more damage. 1 1 4%
Staff Equipped Start battles with a Staff. Fire at faraway opponents to deal more damage. 1 1 4%
Banana Gun Equipped Start battles with a Banana Gun. Use the leftover peel after you fire. 1 1 4%
Drill Equipped Start battles with a Drill. Fire a single shot, but if it hits, it keeps on hitting. 1 1 4%
Fire Flower Equipped Start battles with a Fire Flower. Shoot fire at opponents. 1 1 4%
Ramblin' Evil Mushroom Equipped Start battles with a Ramblin' Evil Mushroom. Spray opponents with it to reverse their controls. 1 1 4%
Green Shell Equipped Start battles with a Green Shell. Throw it and it'll slide across the stage. 1 1 4%
Freezie Equipped Start battles with a Freezie. Hit opponents with it to freeze them. 1 1 4%
Hothead Equipped Start battles with a Hothead. Toss it, and it'll loop around platforms to hit enemies. 1 2 9%
Boomerang Equipped Start battles with a Boomerang. Deal damage when you throw it and when it returns. 1 1 4%
Beastball Equipped Start battles with a Beastball. Throw it, and it will warp toward a nearby opponent. 1 1 4%
Unira Equipped Start battles with a Unira. Attack it to make spikes come out. 1 1 4%
Mr. Saturn Equipped Start battles with a Mr. Saturn. Break enemies' shields easily. 2 1 6%
Bob-omb Equipped Start battles with a Bob-omb. Launch foes with its powerful blast. 2 1 6%
Bomber Equipped Start battles with a Bomber. Raise it up to cause a huge explosion. 2 1 6%
Black Hole Equipped Start battles with a Black Hole. Activate it, and it'll pull in nearby fighters. 3 2 13%
Super Launch Star Equipped Start battles with a Super Launch Star. Touch it and get launched. 2 1 6%
Fairy Bottle Equipped Start battles with a Fairy Bottle. Heal when at least 100% damage is taken. 2 1 6%
Made of Metal Start battles in metal form. Become harder to launch. 3 1 8% 13 seconds All transformations are applied at the start of the match. Having multiple of one transformation skill equipped multiplies the duration to the left by the number equipped.
Mouthful of Curry Start battles with Superspicy Curry breath. Continuously spit out fire. 2 2 11% 12 seconds
Bunny Hood Equipped Start battles with a Bunny Hood. Move faster and jump higher. 1 1 4% 12 seconds
Back Shield Equipped Start battles with a Back Shield. Guard against attacks from behind. 2 1 6% 30 seconds
Franklin Badge Equipped Start battles wearing a Franklin Badge. Reflect enemy projectiles. 3 2 13% 23 seconds
Super Leaf Equipped Start battles with a Super Leaf. Press and hold the jump button to float through the air. 1 1 4% 25 seconds
Rocket Belt Equipped Start battles with a Rocket Belt. Fly around until it runs out of fuel. 1 1 4% 25 seconds
Screw Attack Equipped Start battles with a Screw Attack. Attack with your jumps. 1 2 9% 18 seconds
Stats ↑ after Eating Slightly increases attack, defense, and move speed after eating food. 2 1 6% 1.1× damage dealt
1.3× defense
1.2× dash, walk, & air speed
5 seconds
1.18×
1.38×
1.3×
6
1.26×
1.46×
1.4×
7
1.3×(*)
1.5×
1.5×
8
Stats ↑ ↑ after Eating Greatly increases attack, defense, and move speed after eating food. 3 2 13% 1.18× damage dealt
1.38× defense
1.35× dash, walk, & air speed
7 seconds
1.26×
1.46×
1.5×
8
Invincibility after Eating Become invincible for a while after eating food. 4 2 15% 4 seconds

† Only found on the Mini Mario & Hammers Primary Spirit

‡ Rank 3 for the Lip Spirit

Hazard Skills[edit]

Abilities that mitigate or nullify the effects of hazards that may be encountered in the Spirit Board and World of Light. Some of these may negate normal stage hazards and certain attacks as well. Hazard skill spirits are indicated by a stage with a hazard it counters against.

Skill Description Rank Cost Power Effect Notes
1x 2x 3x 4x
Poison Damage Reduced Reduces the damage taken from poison. 2 1 6% 0.4× damage received 0.1× Immunity
Poison Immunity Grants immunity to poison.* 3 2 13%
Poison Heals Poison heals instead of harms.* 4 3 20% Heals damage×0.15 Lasts the full duration of poison.
Poison Power Up Being poisoned greatly increases your power, defense, and speed. 4 3 20% 2.0× damage dealt
1.5× defense
1.5× dash, walk, and air speed
Lasts the full duration of poison.
Lava-Floor Resist Reduces damage taken from lava floors. 2 1 6% 0.4× damage received 0.1 0.01 0.01(*)
Lava-Floor Immunity Grants immunity to lava floors.* 3 2 13%
Ice-Floor Immunity Grants immunity to ice floors and freezing attacks. 3 2 13%
Zap-Floor Immunity Grants immunity to zap floors and stun attacks. 3 2 13% Not to be confused with the attack effect stun.
Slumber Immunity Grants immunity to slumber floors and sleeping in general. 3 1 8%
Sticky-Floor Immunity Become immune to sticky floors. 2 2 11%
Strong-Wind Resist Reduces the effect of strong winds. 2 1 6% 0.4× influence 0.1× Immunity Does not apply to windboxes generated by Gust Bellows.
Strong-Wind Immunity Become immune to strong winds. 3 2 13% Does not apply to windboxes generated by Gust Bellows.
Fog Immunity Removes fog from the stage. 2‡ 2 11% Also applies to poisonous clouds.
Screen-Flip Immunity Stops the screen from flipping upside down. 2 2 11% Also applies to Skull Kid's effects.
Irreversible Controls Become immune to left-and-right control reversal. 2 2 11% Also applies to Skull Kid's effects.
Gravity-Change Immunity Become immune to changes in gravity. 3 2 13%

‡Rank 3 for the Tockles Spirit

Other Skills[edit]

Abilities with unusual effects or otherwise do not fit into any other category. May be used to counter certain stage hazards or conditions. Spirits with other skills are indicated by a diamond with an inscribed "X".

Skill Description Rank Cost Power Effect Notes
1x 2x 3x 4x
Falling Immunity Grants immunity to tripping from earthquakes, Banana Peels, etc. 2 1 6% Attacks and items that deal damage and also trip will still deal damage.
Bury Immunity Grants immunity to being buried by Pitfalls, bury attacks, etc. 2 1 6% Attacks and items that deal damage and also ground will still deal damage and knockback, with the exception of Pitfall seeds.
Swimmer Grants the ability to stay in water indefinitely. 1 1 4% Charizard, Incineroar, Inkling, and Sonic still take damage while swimming
Improved Escape Makes grabs and stuns easier to escape. 1 1 4% 0.6× grab/stun duration 0.4× 0.2× 0.1×(*) Applies to grabs, burying, sleeping, freezing, stunning, paralysis and crumpling. Does not apply to throw burying, command grabs or character specific effects such as Egg Lay's eggs.
Transformation Duration ↑ Extends the amount of time transformation items like the Super Mushroom last. 1 1 4% 1.5× transformation time 1.8× 2.0×
Critical-Health Attack ↑ Increases attack power for a while when badly damaged. 1 1 4% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26× 1.3× Activates once per stock when above 80% damage or below 30% health in Stamina.
Lasts 20 seconds
Critical-Health Defense ↑ Increases defense for a while when badly damaged. 1 1 4% 1.3× defense 1.38× 1.46× 1.5×(*)
Critical-Health Stats ↑ Slightly increases attack, defense, and move speed for a while when badly damaged. 2 1 6% 1.1× damage dealt
1.3× defense
1.3× dash, walk, & air speed
1.18×
1.38×
1.6×
1.26×
1.46×
1.9×
Critical-Health Stats ↑ ↑ Increases attack, defense, and move speed for a while when badly damaged. 3 2 13% 1.18× damage dealt
1.38× defense
1.4× dash, walk, & air speed
Activates once per stock when above 80% damage or below 30% health in Stamina.
Lasts 25 seconds
Critical Immunity Become invincible for a while when badly damaged. 4 2 15% 7 seconds Activates once per stock when above 100% damage or below 20% health in Stamina.
Trade-Off Attacks ↑ Start battles with 30% damage and higher attack power. 2 1 6% 1.23× damage dealt
30 starting damage
1.34×
60
1.41×
90
Trade-Off Defense ↑ Start battles with 30% damage and higher defense. 2 1 6% 1.4× defense
30 starting damage
1.7×
60
2.0×
90
Trade-Off Speed ↑ Start battles with 30% damage and increased move speed. 1 1 4% 1.4× dash, walk, & air speed
30 starting damage
1.8×
60
2.2×
90
Trade-Off Ability ↑ Start battles with 30% damage and slightly increased attack, defense, and move speed. 3 1 8% 1.18× damage dealt
1.2× defense
1.2× dash, walk, & air speed
30 starting damage
1.29×
1.4×
1.4×
60
1.36×
1.6×
1.6×
90
Undamaged Attack ↑ Increases attack power while at 0% damage. 2 1 6% 1.1× damage dealt 1.18× 1.26×
Undamaged Speed ↑ Increases move speed while at 0% damage. 1 1 4% 1.5× dash, walk, & air speed 2.0× 2.5×
Undamaged Attack & Speed ↑ Slightly increases attack and move speed while at 0% damage. 3 1 8% 1.1× damage dealt
1.3× dash, walk, & air speed
1.18×
1.6×
1.26×
1.9×
1.3×(*)
2.2×
Running Start Increases attack, defense, and move speed for a while at the start of the battle. 4 2 15% 1.1× damage dealt
1.3× defense
1.3× dash, walk, & air speed
1.18×
1.38×
1.4×
First-Strike Advantage Become invincible for a while after landing the first hit of the battle. 3 2 13% 5 seconds 7
Fast Final Smash Meter Increases FS Meter charging speed. 4 2 15% 1.3× charge rate 1.35× 1.4×(*)
Chance of Double Final Smash Sometimes grants a second Final Smash after using a Final Smash. 3 2 13% 50% chance 60%
Double Final Smash Grants a second Final Smash after using a Final Smash. 4 3 20%
Jam FS Charge Slows down the charge rate of the opposition's FS Meter. 4 2 15% 0.6× charge rate 0.4×
Weapon Attack & Move Speed ↑ Increases the power of melee weapons, and slightly increases move speed. 4 2 15% 1.1× weapon damage dealt
1.1× dash, walk, & air speed
1.18×
1.2
Energy Shot Attack/Resistance ↑ Slightly reduces damage taken from energy attacks, and slightly increases energy attack power. 2 2 11% 1.1× energy damage dealt
0.6× energy damage received
1.18×
0.55×
Armor Knight Reduces move speed, but greatly increases defense and slightly increases attack. 4 2 15% 1.15× damage dealt
1.8× defense
0.7× dash, walk, & air speed
1.25×
2.6×
0.7×
Stamina ↑ Start battles with extra stamina when fighting in stamina battles. 1 1 4% +25 starting health +50 +75 +100
Item Autograb Automatically pick up nearby items when not running. 4 1 4%
Team Power Up Increases power and defense when in a team. 4 2 3% 1.26× damage dealt
1.38 defense
Critical Fast Final Smash Meter ↑ ↑ FS Meter will charge quickly for a while when badly damaged. 4 3 20% Charge 10% meter per second
Activates once per stock when above 80% damage or, in Stamina, below 30% health.
Lasts 25 seconds

Special Skills[edit]

Especially rare abilities only found on a select few Rank 3 and 4 Spirits. Though they can feasibly be categorized elsewhere, they were considered by the developers to be powerful enough to warrant a category all to themselves. Special skill spirits are indicated by a star.

Skill Description Rank Cost Power Effect Notes
1x 2x 3x 4x
Metal and Giant Become giant and metal for a while at the start of the battle. N/A N/A† 20% 8 seconds
Giant Become giant for a while at the start of the battle. 3 2 13% 8 seconds 16
Critical Hit ↑ ↑ Grants a 12% chance to land a devastating critical hit. 4 2 15% 12% chance 24% Critical hit deals 1.3× damage
Similar to the 1v1 multiplier the extra damage doesn't affect knockback or shields

† Only found on the Metal Face and Sahelanthropus Primary Spirits

Primary Spirit Traits[edit]

Abilities found on Primary Spirits that cannot be enhanced. Unlike skills, these traits aren't always necessarily beneficial, though Spirits with negative traits might make up for it with greater stat boosts than usual for their rank or additional slots for support Spirits. When applicable, these traits can also stack with skills with similar effects. In addition to other symbols, spirits which start the player with damage are indicated by a percent symbol and the Galeem and Dharkhon spirits have exclusive usage of the "World of Light" symbol.

Skill Description Power Effect
Fist Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of punches and elbow strikes. 4% 1.1× damage dealt
Foot Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of kicks and knee strikes. 4%
Throw Power ↑ Slightly increases the power of grabbing and throwing attacks. 6%
Sword Attack ↑ Slightly increases sword-attack power of fighters like Link and Marth. 10%
Magic Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of magic attacks, such as Zelda's and Robin's spells. 6%
PSI Attack ↑ Increases the power of Ness's and Lucas's PSI attacks. 10%
Fire Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of fire-type attacks. 10%
Water Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of water attacks. 8%
Electric Attack ↑ Slightly increases the power of electricity attacks. 6%
Shooting Items Power ↑ Slightly increases the power of shooting items. 8%
Battering Items Power ↑ Slightly increases the power of battering items. 4%
Item Throw ↑ Slightly increases damage dealt by throwing items.* 5%
Weight ↑ Become slightly more difficult to launch, but movement speed decreases. 6% 1.1× weight
0.8× dash & walk speed
0.9× ground jump height
Weight ↑ ↑ Become more difficult to launch, but movement speed is greatly decreased.* 8% 1.2× weight
0.6× dash & walk speed
0.8× ground jump height
Weight ↓ Become faster, but also easier to launch. 4% 0.8× weight
1.4× dash & walk speed
1.1× ground jump height
Speed ↑ Slightly increases run speed. 4% 1.1× dash speed
Speed ↓ Slightly decreases run speed. 8% 0.9× dash speed
Jump ↑ Slightly increases jump height. 6% 1.1× ground jump height
Jump ↓ Slightly decreases jump height. 4% 0.9× ground jump height
Fire Weakness Increases the damage taken from fire and explosion attacks. 4% 1.2× damage received
Water Weakness Increases the damage taken from water attacks. 8%
Electric Weakness Increases the damage taken from electricity attacks. 6%
Initial Damage 30% Start each battle with 30% damage. 6%
Bane of Light Increases the damage dealt to and the damage taken from enemies controlled by light in Adventure mode.* 10% 1.5× damage dealt
1.3× damage received
Bane of Darkness Increases the damage dealt to and the damage taken from enemies controlled by darkness in Adventure mode.* 10%

Trivia[edit]

  • Despite the lore referring to spirits as characters, some spirits (such as Samus' Gunship, the Shine Sprite, and Snake's cardboard box) are based on inanimate objects instead of characters.
  • Toss & Meteor is the only spirit ability which factors its increased damage into the knockback formula, hence the description referencing launch power.
  • Falling Immunity, Bury Immunity, Swimmer, and Item Autograb are the only stackable spirit abilities which yields no additional benefit when stacked.
  • Alter egos and other versions of playable characters, such as Kaptain K. Rool, Mario and Luigi in their Mario Tennis Aces outfits, and various yoga poses being performed by Wii Fit Trainer, also appear as spirits, despite not being separate characters.
  • There are also spirits based on groups of characters, such as Piantas and the Tiki Tak Tribe, although by definition, each spirit should represent one individual character.
  • The highest value for a single stat is possessed by the Absolutely Safe Capsule, which has a defense stat of 10,000, but 0 for attack.
  • With 1,297 Spirits contained within the base game of Ultimate, it surpasses the amount of Stickers in Brawl by 597, as there were only 700; it even surpasses the number by 53 when combined with the Trophies from Brawl, as there were 544 Trophies, for a total of 1244 in Brawl.
    • The first spirits to be added to the game as DLC were the Partner Eevee and Partner Pikachu, while the first spirits to be added via the Spirit Board were Dice Block, River Survival and Golden Dash Mushroom.
  • There are only 7 support spirit effects that cost three support slots, those being Super Armor, Great Autoheal, Ore Club Equipped, Poison Heals, Double Final Smash, Poison Power Up, and Critical Fast Final Smash Meter ↑ ↑.
    • Among these effects, Ore Club Equipped is the only effect that doesn't pertain to a Legend class spirit (being for Ace class spirits). It is also the only three-slot effect used by multiple spirits.
  • Timmy and Tommy is the only master spirit that can be obtained via amiibo.
  • Out of all of the Fighter Spirits, 11 of them do not use artwork from their original games to swap out with their Ultimate artwork, with them solely using their Ultimate artwork instead. These Spirits are the male and female Pokémon Trainer, the male and female Robin, the female and male Wii Fit Trainer, the default and Advent Children versions of Cloud, and the Mii Fighters.
  • Despite the fact that the original fighter is trapped while the fighters in Spirit battles use their alternate costumes, many characters use their default outfit in certain Spirit battles:
    • Mr. Game & Watch uses his default appearance in every Game & Watch series Spirit battle, as well as several other Spirit battles.
    • While the Koopalings usually substitute in place of Bowser Jr. in most battles featuring him, Bowser Jr. himself appears in the Shadow Mario and Toy-Con Car Spirits.
    • Yoshi uses his default appearance in the Baby Mario Spirit battle.
    • R.O.B. in a number of Spirit battles uses his NES colors in Asian territories, which is changed to his Famicom costume in international versions. However, a minion R.O.B. in the Ancient Minister Spirit battle uses his default costume of the respective region.
    • Joker uses his default appearance in the DLC Phantom Thieves of Hearts Spirit battle.
    • Robin uses his default appearance in the DLC Igor Spirit battle.
    • Inkling uses her default appearance in the DLC Futaba Sakura Spirit battle.
    • Peach, Mario, and Luigi use their default costumes in the Peachette Spirit battle.
    • Hero uses his default Luminary appearance in the DLC Cetacea Spirit battle.
    • Banjo & Kazooie use their default appearance in the DLC Tooty Spirit battle.
    • Fox uses his default appearance in the DLC Andy Bogard Spirit battle.
    • Wolf uses his default appearance in the DLC Iori Yagami Spirit battle.
    • Pikachu uses its default appearance in the DLC Kyo Kusanagi and Morpeko Spirits battles.
    • Squirtle uses its default appearance in the Grookey, Scorbunny & Sobble Spirit battle.
    • Wii Fit Trainer uses their default female appearance in the Jill Spirit battle.
    • Villager uses their default male appearance in the Leon Spirit battle.
    • Zero Suit Samus uses her default appearance in the ASTRAL CHAIN Hero (Female) Spirit battle.
    • Chrom uses his default appearance in the ASTRAL CHAIN Hero (Male) Spirit battle.
    • Cloud uses his default appearance in the Kyle Spirit battle.
    • Palutena uses her default appearance in the DLC Rhea Spirit battle.
    • Alph, female Corrin, Villager, Robin and male Inkling technically use their default appearances in some Spirit battles. However, they themselves are alternate costumes to Olimar, male Corrin, Vilager, Robin and female Inkling respectively.

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