Spirit Board

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The Spirit Board with 6 out of 10 unlocked spots. It also has the spirits: Dr. Lobe, Slash Man, Hammer Bro, Purple Pikmin, Rosemary, and Silver the Hedgehog.

The Spirit Board (スピリッツボード, Spirit Board) is a sub-menu within the Spirits single-player mode of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It contains a random, periodically refreshed collection of Spirit Battles, which pit the player against Spirit-possessed fighters under special conditions. Spirits ranked Novice, Advance, and Ace will remain on the spirit board for five minutes, but Legend spirits will stay for fifteen minutes. The board starts off with six available choices but more slots are unlocked as the mode is played up to a maximum of ten. Many of these Spirits can also be obtained through World of Light.

Bowser attempting to get Magneton.

After completing the Spirit Battle, a scene ensues where the player must shoot the possessed fighter (who is shown with one frame of their stun animation) with a special gun to obtain the Spirit. The shot must be correctly timed to avoid hitting a rotating shield protecting the enemy fighter; the higher the rank, the faster the shield will rotate and the smaller the gap. If the player hits the shield, they can spend Spirit Points (proportional to the Spirit's rank) to take a second shot; if they fail this shot as well, don’t have enough Spirit Points or decline to pay, they will be returned to the Spirit Board without obtaining the Spirit. However, hitting the shield will destroy part of it, and this damage will be retained when the player finds the Spirit again. There are items that can make the timing of the shot easier by enlarging the gap in the shield or slowing its rotation.

Aside from Fighter Spirits, Master Spirits, and Spirits of Bosses, all Spirits can be obtained from the Spirit Board, including those found in World of Light; however, Spirits that can be found via summoning will not appear unless they have been previously summoned. Spirits that are obtained from a challenge will not appear on the Spirit Board until their challenges are completed. Additionally, spirits that must be summoned via evolution of another spirit do not have a spirit battle. Numerous Spirits can only be obtained exclusively from the Spirit Board. Spirits seem to be more common if the player doesn't have them.[citation needed]

As of Ver. 2.0.0, up to four players can participate in Spirit Battles offline. The number of players can be changed after selecting a challenge from the Spirit Board. However, if any of the players are KO'd, it counts as a defeat. Opponents will also have limited super armor.

In Ver. 3.0.0., a Spirit Board with DLC spirits was added. Unlike the regular one, winning a Spirit Battle always awards the player with a Spirit without requiring the player to free it first, and all Spirits corresponding to the selected DLC will be present. These Spirits won't temporarily be removed from the board after time passes or if the player wins or loses, and obtaining all Spirits from the DLC Spirit Board will grant bonus Gold. Spirits in this section can be obtained via regular means (e.g. as Classic Mode prizes or in the Shop) even if the corresponding DLC has not been purchased. This Spirit Board also has its own unique theme, with a different background and music than the regular Board. Joker's, for example, is based on Mementos and plays Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There.

List of Spirit Board events[edit]

Occasionally (each week or so), special events involving Spirits fitting a specific theme will occur. When this happens, certain spirits who fit the theme will spawn with the word "Event" displaying on their cards and defeating spirits that match the theme will grant bonus rewards. Most spirit board events have periodically appearing spirits where certain spirits, generally Legend class spirits, or in rare occasions, newly released spirits appear at certain time intervals and stays on the board for one hour unlike other spirits. These spirits have unlimited tries whenever the player loses and will only disappear when the player wins the battle or the given hour expires.

Event Name Poster Starting Day Finishing Day Themed after Bonuses
PT ET PT ET
Spectacled Spirits Flag of North America.svg
A Spectacle to Behold! Europe
Spectacled Spirits.jpg Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Dec 16, 2018 Dec 17, 2018 Spirits with glasses. Gold
Fire Emblem Fest (Part One) Flag of North America.svg
Fire Emblem Fest - Part 1 Europe
Fire Emblem Fest (Part One).jpg Dec 20, 2018 Dec 21, 2018 Dec 23, 2018 Dec 24, 2018 Spirits from the Fire Emblem universe. Spirit Points
Oh Yeah! Mario Time! Oh Yeah! Mario Time!.jpg Dec 27, 2018 Dec 28, 2018 Jan 1, 2019 Jan 2, 2019 Spirits from the Mario universe. Gold
Classics! Flag of North America.svg
Now You're Playing with Spirit Power! Europe
Classics!.jpg Jan 3, 2019 Jan 4, 2019 Jan 6, 2019 Jan 7, 2019 Spirits related to games from the NES/Famicom. Snacks
Double XP and SP! Flag of North America.svg
Double EXP and SP! Europe
Double XP and SP!.jpg Jan 10, 2019 Jan 11, 2019 Jan 13, 2019 Jan 14, 2019 N/A XP & SP earned would be doubled
Fire Emblem Fest (Part Two) Flag of North America.svg
Fire Emblem Fest - Part 2 Europe
Fire Emblem Fest (Part Two).jpg Jan 17, 2019 Jan 18, 2019 Jan 20, 2019 Jan 21, 2019 Spirits from the Fire Emblem universe. Gold
The More the Merrier The More the Merrier.jpg Jan 24, 2019 Jan 25, 2019 Jan 27, 2019 Jan 28, 2019 Spirits with multiple characters in them. Snacks
MEGA SPIRITS! Flag of North America.svg
Metal Heroes, Unite! Europe
MEGA SPIRITS!.jpg Jan 31, 2019 Feb 1, 2019 Feb 3, 2019 Feb 4, 2019 Spirits from the Mega Man universe. Gold
Well-Rounded Spirits Well-Rounded Spirits.jpg Feb 8, 2019 Feb 9, 2019 Feb 11, 2019 Feb 12, 2019 Spirits with a round shape. Spirit Points
Power, Wisdom, and Courage Flag of North America.svg
Power, Wisdom and Courage Europe
Power, Wisdom, and Courage.jpg Feb 15, 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Feb 18, 2019 Feb 19, 2019 Spirits from the Zelda universe. Gold
Kong Family Reunion Kong Family Reunion.jpg Feb 22, 2019 Feb 23, 2019 Feb 25, 2019 Feb 26, 2019 Spirits from the Donkey Kong universe. Snacks
Hard 'n' Heavy Metal Hard 'n' Heavy Metal.jpg Feb 28, 2019 Mar 1, 2019 Mar 3, 2019 Mar 4, 2019 Spirits with metallic bodies. Gold
Taking the Lead Taking the Lead.jpg Mar 7, 2019 Mar 8, 2019 Mar 11, 2019 Mar 12, 2019 Spirits from racing games. Spirit Points
Green Is the New Black Green Is the New Black.jpg Mar 14, 2019 Mar 15, 2019 Mar 17, 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Green colored spirits. Gold
Spring Snackfest! Spring Snackfest!.jpg Mar 21, 2019 Mar 22, 2019 Mar 24, 2019 Mar 25, 2019 N/A High number of snacks
Snack (L) obtained after battle
SP earned would be tripled
Kings & Queens of the Sky Kings & Queens of the Sky.jpg Mar 28, 2019 Mar 29, 2019 Mar 31, 2019 Apr 1, 2019 Spirits with wings. Spirit Points
Cruisin' for a Bruisin' Cruisin' for a Bruisin.jpg Apr 4, 2019 Apr 5, 2019 Apr 7, 2019 Apr 8, 2019 Hand-to-hand combat spirits. Gold
The Right Staff The Right Staff.jpg Apr 11, 2019 Apr 12, 2019 Apr 14, 2019 Apr 15, 2019 Staff-wielding spirits. Spirit Points
Castlevania: Spirit Nocturne Castlevania Spirit Nocturne.jpg Apr 18, 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Apr 22, 2019 Spirits from the Castlevania universe. Gold
Nintendo Labo SMASH KIT Flag of North America.svg
Nintendo Labo: Smash Kit Europe
Nintendo Labo SMASH KIT.jpg Apr 25, 2019 Apr 26, 2019 Apr 30, 2019 May 1, 2019 Spirits from the Nintendo Labo universe. EXP earned would be tripled
Tall Tails Flag of North America.svg
Tails You Win Europe
Tall Tails.jpg May 2, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 5, 2019 May 6, 2019 Spirits with tails. Spirit Points
Mum's the Word! Mum's the Word!.jpg May 9, 2019 May 10, 2019 May 12, 2019 May 13, 2019 Motherly spirits. Health drain obtained after battle
SP earned would be tripled
Suit Up! Suit Up!.jpg May 16, 2019 May 17, 2019 May 19, 2019 May 20, 2019 Spirits wearing ties or bow ties. Snacks
Spirit Shield Slowdown Spirit Shield Slowdown.jpg May 23, 2019 May 24, 2019 May 26, 2019 May 27, 2019 N/A Spirit Shields spin slower
SP earned would be tripled
Super Smash Sisters Super Smash Sisters.jpg May 30, 2019 May 31, 2019 June 4, 2019 June 5, 2019 Heroines of their respective games. Gold
Making a Splash Making a Splash.jpg June 6, 2019 June 7, 2019 June 9, 2019 June 10, 2019 Aquatic-themed spirits. Gold
Return to Koholint Return to Koholint.jpg June 14, 2019 June 15, 2019 June 19, 2019 June 20, 2019 Spirits from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. EXP earned would be doubled
Talk to the Cape! Talk to the Cape!.jpg June 20, 2019 June 21, 2019 June 23, 2019 June 24, 2019 Spirits wearing capes. Gold
Metroid Mania Flag of North America.svg
Metroidmania Europe
Metroid Mania.jpg June 27, 2019 June 28, 2019 June 30, 2019 July 1, 2019 Spirits from the Metroid universe. Spirit Points
Beware of Spikes Beware of Spikes.jpg July 5, 2019 July 6, 2019 July 8, 2019 July 9, 2019 Spirits with spikes and thorns. Snacks
Squid Pro Quo Squid Pro Quo.jpg July 11, 2019 July 12, 2019 July 14, 2019 July 15, 2019 Spirits from the Splatoon universe. Spirit Points
Triple EXP and SP! Triple EXP and SP!.jpg July 18, 2019 July 19, 2019 July 21, 2019 July 22, 2019 N/A EXP & SP earned would be tripled
Mother Series 30th Anniversary Mother Series 30th Anniversary.jpg July 26, 2019 July 27, 2019 July 29, 2019 July 30, 2019 Spirits from the Earthbound universe. Gold
Step on the Gas! Step on the Gas!.jpg August 15, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 18, 2019 August 19, 2019 Spirits with speed-boosting skills. Gold
Change Your Fate! Change Your Fate!.jpg August 30, 2019 August 31, 2019 September 2, 2019 September 3, 2019 N/A Shuffle All obtained after battle.
SP earned would be tripled.
Experience before Youth! Flag of North America.svg
Wisdom Comes With Age! Europe
Experience before Youth!.jpg September 12, 2019 September 13, 2019 September 15, 2019 September 16, 2019 Elderly spirits. Snacks
Arsenals at the Ready! DAEMON X MACHINA Flag of North America.svg
Arsenals at the ready! DAEMON X MACHINA Europe
Arsenals at the Ready! DAEMON X MACHINA.jpg September 27, 2019 September 28, 2019 October 2, 2019 October 3, 2019 Spirits from the Daemon X Machina universe. Spirit Points
Autumn Snackfest! Autumn Snackfest!.jpg October 10, 2019 October 11, 2019 October 13, 2019 October 14, 2019 N/A High number of snacks
Snack (L) obtained after battle
EXP earned would be tripled
Attack of the Tetriminos! Attack of the Tetriminos!.jpg October 25, 2019 October 26, 2019 October 30, 2019 October 31, 2019 Spirits from the Tetris series. Gold
Smash by the Sword Smash by the Sword.jpg November 1, 2019 November 2, 2019 November 4, 2019 November 5, 2019 Spirits that wield swords Gold

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Trivia[edit]

  • The possessed fighters encountered on the Spirit Board have their normal appearances, as opposed to the Puppet Fighters in World of Light that have red or purple eyes (depending on whether they are controlled by Galeem or Dharkon, respectively).
  • If the player wins a regular Spirit Battle as Joker, his unique screen transition (similar to when he wins a VS match) plays before the spirit freeing screen.
  • Due to being composed of two active characters, the Ice Climbers' models behave strangely on the spirit freeing screen. When the player-controlled Ice Climbers enter the minigame, the partner climber's model will slide upon landing and touching the leader. On the other hand, beating a spirit battle against an Ice Climbers puppet fighter will seemingly show the lead climber only, but close observation shows that the partner is behind the leader with the same pose, and both Ice Climbers will separate upon being shot.
  • The character's falling speed actually effects how long the player has to wait before they can shoot the spirit in the minigame.