Smash Ultimate: Full Challenges Unlocks and Guide

Challenges Guide, Tips, and Unlockables

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January 4, 2019 at 8:38 PM

Similar to Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, Smash Ultimate features a list of Challenges that can be unlocked through various means that will offer rewards in exchange for completed tasks.

These challenges come in a variety of categories from single player modes to online, and some parameters are hidden due to story spoilers.

As you complete challenges, you’ll build a meter that will allow you to use Hammers to break a challenge without having to actually complete it, letting you get the rewards – however some challenges must be completed and cannot be broken.

For a list of Challenges and what the unlock, see the lists below by category – unbreakable challenges are marked in purple. You can also view guides for some of the harder challenges at the bottom of the page.

Smash Challenges[edit]

Challenge – Smash Reward
As Incineroar, deal 40% or more damage to an opponent with a single attack Mecha Suit Mii Outfit
Finish a Squad Strike 800 Gold
Beat a Lvl 3 CPU in a 2-player battle. You must have a 300% handicap, the CPU must have a 0% handicap, and spirits must be off All Primaries Item
KO 3 people within 10 seconds of starting in Super Sudden Death Ninja Suit Mii Outfit
Beat a Lvl 9 CPU in a 2-player battle. This must be done with 2 or more stock remaining, with spirits off, and without handicap 2,000 GP
Reach 250% or more damage during battle Sandbag Spirit
As Little Mac, hit an oponent with a KO Uppercut in Boxing Ring Bear Hugger Spirit
As Robin, use a flurry attack to KO a Lvl 9 CPU in a 2-player battle. This must be done within 3 minutes, with spirits off, and without handicaps. Duty (Ablaze) Music
As Simon, use a Final Smash Yoko Belnades Spirit
Beat a Lvl 3 CPU by at least 3 points in a 2-player battle. This must be done within 3 minutes, with spirits off, and without handicaps 1,000 SP
Finish a 32-participant Tourney with a human player as the winner 1,000 SP
As Isabelle, damage an opponent 5 times in a single battle with her side special, Fishing Rod Isabelle Hat Mii Headgear
Get 3 KOs within the first minute of a battle Goo-Goo Buggy Spirit
Beat a Lvl 9 CPU by at least 3 points in a 2-player battle. This must be done within 3 minutes, with spirits off, and without handicaps Shield Spacer
Beat a Lvl 5 CPU by at least 3 points in a 2-player battle. This must be done within 3 minutes, with spirits off, and without handicaps 1,500 GP
As Inkling, bury a Lvl 9 CPU opponent into the ground 3 times with the side special, Splat Roller Inkling (Boy) Spirit
Beat a Lvl 5 CPU in a 2-player battle. This must be done with 500 stamina, with spirits, off, and without handicaps 1,500 GP
Beat a Lvl 9 CPU in a 2-player battle. Thist must be done with 500 stamina with spirits off, and without handicaps 4,000 GP
Play Custom Smash with 5 or more special conditions Health Drain
Beat a Lvl 5 CPU in a 2-player battle. This must be done with 2 or more stocks remaining, with spirits off, and without handicaps 1,200 GP
As PAC-MAN, get a score of 7650 with his Final Smash Namco Arcade ’80s Retro Medley 1 Music
KO an opponent by using an item Snack (M)
KO an opponent by hitting them with a 9 from Mr. Game and Watch’s side special, Judge Flagman Spirit
Battle with eight fighters 3,000 Gold
As Cloud, hit an opponent with his side special, Cross Slash, while the Limit Gauge is charged Cloud (Advent Children) Spirit
Beat a Lvl 5 CPU in a 2-player battle. You must have a 300% handicap, the CPU must have a 0% handicap, and spirits must be off Aryll Spirit
Against 4 Lvl 9 CPUs, KO 3 opponents with a meteor smash. This must be done within 3 minutes, with spirits off, and without handicaps Classic Ticket
Use Ridley‘s special, Skewer, for a critical hit on an opponent 4 times within a single battle. Meta Ridley Spirit

Adventure Challenges[edit]

Challenge – Adventure Reward
Win against The Final Boss Final Boss Music
Unlock a Dojo 800 SP
Unlock the Gym Minor Circuit Music
Open 20 treasure chests Putty Spirit
Win in the final round without being KO’d Mew Spirit
Remove all obstacles in the Light Realm Clip and Snip Spirit
Obtain all Adventure Skills Classic Ticket
As Ganondorf, clear the first stage of the final battle without being KO’D Majora’s Mask Mii Headgear
Start New Game+ 20,000 SP
Obtain an Adventure Skill Snack (M)
Rescue 30 Spirits in Adventure Mode Toy-Con Visor Mii Headgear
Awaken all fighters Manaphy Spirit
Clear Adventure Mode Masked Man Spirit
Awaken 50 fighters Elma Spirit
See the True Ending Galeem / Dharkon Music
Remove an obstacle on the map using a spirit’s abilities 2,000 G
Unlock all facilities Classic Ticket
Win Against Galeem Galeem Music
Win in all the battles Dragon Spirit
Awaken 25 fighters Geo Stelar and Omega-Xis
Unlock a Store 1,200 SP
Rescue 60 spirits in Adventure mode Mii Toy-Con Outfit
Unlock Explore 800 SP
Awaken a fighter Mappo Spirit
Battle in Adventure Mode and rescue 100 spirits 5,000 SP

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Challenge – Spirit Board Reward
Win against a Legend class Increase Spirit Board Targets
Use 10 board items on the Spirit Board Weak Minions Items
Win against an Advanced class 3 times without using a spirit team Karin Spirit
Use a battle item 10 times Weak Minions Item
Win against a Legend class 10 times Classic Ticket
Have 4 or more bounties waiting to appear Filler Item
Win against a Novice class 20 times Snack (M)
Use a spirit team in a battle against a Spirit Board opponent Rematch Item
Free 10 spirits in a row without hitting the shield or using Free the Spirit Items Zero (Metal Gear Solid 3) Spirit
Seek out a bounty target 30 times Increase Spirit Board Targets
Win against an Ace class Sluggish Shield
Challenge an Advanced class 10 times Shuffle All Item
Get 3,000 Spirit Points Jelfonzo Spirit
Challenge – Spirits Reward
Enhance a spirit 5 times in Level Up 10,000 SP
Get 10 cores from dismissing spirits in Dismiss Damage 50% Item
Obtain a Legend class by using Summon Snack (L)
Leave a spirit at the Dojo 3 times 2,000 Gold
Leave a spirit at Explore 3 times Snack (M)
Collect 10 unique spirits Agitha Spirit
Collect 777 unique spirits Dr. Wright Spirit
Sell items 5 times in Items Snack (M)
Leave a spirit at the Gym 3 times 1,500 SP

Classic Challenges[edit]

Challenge – Classic Mode Reward
Clear Intensity 9.9 Regal Crown Mii Headgear
Play a total of 8 rounds of Team Battle Snack (M)
Defeat Dracula Black Night Music
As Mega Man, clear Classic Mode Mega Man Retro Medley Music
Get 1,400,000 or more points in the credits Classic Ticket
As Greninja, score 98,000 points or more in Bonus Game Lugia Spirit
Use a ticket 3 times Cappy Hat Mii Headgear
KO giant fighters 5 times Sluggish Shield Item
As Snake, clear Intensity 5.0 without using any continues Calling to the Night Music
As King K Rool, reach the goal in Bonus Game within 45 seconds Klaptrap Spirit
Defeat the Demon King, Ganon Champion’s Outfit Mii Costume
KO a total of 15 opponents in Horde Battles 1,500 Gold
As Palutena, clear Classic Mode Daybreak Spirit
Clear Clasisc Mode with an Intensity of 3.0 or higher 2,500 Gold
Obtain 5 recovery items and clear Classic Mode Pig Spirit
KO fighters from Fire Emblem 20 times Ike (Path of Radiance) Spirit
KO fighters from Pokemon 20 times Music: Battle! (Wild Pokemon) – Pokemon Diamond / Pokemon Pearl

Games and More Challenges[edit]

Challenge – Games and More Reward
As Luigi, play solo All-Star Smash and deal damage with a taunt 3 times Mario (Wedding) Spirit
As Ken, clear Century Smash alone using only special moves Classic Ticket
As Wolf, clear Century Smash alone within 5 minutes 2,500 GP
Play All-Star Smash alone, and KO an opponent with a meteor smash Snack (M)
Play Century Smash alone on Great Plateau Tower, and clear it within 5 minutes Champion’s Wig Mii Headgear
Get 20 continuous hits in Training Lion Spirit
Play All-Star Smash alone and KO an opponent 3 times 1,000 SP
Play Century Smash alone and clear it within 4 minutes Masked Lumen Spirit
Play Cruel Smash alone, KO 3 opponents 3,000 GP

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Challenge – Online Online
Complete 200 Quickplay Battles 2,400 G
Use at least 10 different fighters in Quickplay Disable Items Item
Get 3 KOs in a single Quicklplay battle Snack (M)
Complete 50 Quickplay Battles 600 G
Claim 10 Smash Tags 2,000 SP
Defeat an opponent with a higher Global Smash Power than you 10 times in Quickplay Shield Spacer
Claim 5 Smash Tags 1,000 SP
Use at least 30 different fighters in Quickplay Rematch Item
Defeat an opponent with a higher Global Smash Power than you 5 times in Quickplay Slow FS Charging Item
Get a total of 100 KOs 3,000 G
Participate in 10 arena battles Snack (M)
Complete 100 Quickplay battles 1,200 G
Claim 50 Smash Tags 3,000 SP

Other Challenges[edit]

Challenge – Other Reward
Purchase an item during a Sunday sale in the Vault shop Piantas Spirit
Acquire a total of 5,000 Gold or more Yakuman Player Spirit
Acquire a total of 7,777 Spirit Points or more Snack (M)
Create 3 Mii Fighters Business Suit Mii Outfit
Create a playlist in Sounds Vault Music
Have the game powered on for a total of 20 hours Prince’s Crown Mii Headgear
Get 10 type of Mii Headgear Cat Hat Mii Headgear
Unlock 10 Fighters, other than Mii Fighters 1,500 Gold
Have access to 750 or more music tracks in Sounds Final Destination Ver. 2 Music
Get 10 Types of Mii Outfits Cat Suit Mii Outfit

Challenges Guide[edit]

Having trouble taking on some of the tougher challenges? Get some help with these guides!

As an important note: Unless the challenge specifically states you must win against a CPU opponent, many challenges can be won against another player – even if that player isn’t doing anything.

  • Challenge – Beat a Level 9 CPU in a 2-player battle without spirits or handicaps.

There are a few Smash Challenges that involve these parameters – whether beating them with 2 stock remaining, or by at least 3 points, or in Stamina mode. The most important thing about these challenges is that it does not specify who your opponent must be, or who you need to play as. Because of this, we recommend picking a character you are good at, and then train against different level 9 opponents until you find a character that you can counter more easily than others.

For example – a character with a built in counter, like Ike or Marth, may have an easier time baiting a level 9 opponent who favors close range attacks. On the other hand, someone like Fox or Ness may find it easier against opponents they can reflect or absorb projectiles, like Samus. Once you find that opponent, train against them until you are able to anticipate the moves they will use, and then try to fight them using the parameters that will unlock the chosen challenge.

  • Challenge – Beat a Level 5 CPU in a 2-player battle. You must have a 300% handicap, the CPU must have a 0% handicap, and spirits must be off.

This challenge sounds more intimidating than it is. While its true that having a 300% handicap is a big deal, you still get to choose who your opponent is, and more importantly where you fight. This means you can have a 1v1 stock match and wait at the edge of a stage like the Wii Fit Studio or Mushroom Kingdom 2, and bait your opponent into attacking – shield – and then grab and toss them into the blast zone.

  • Challenges – Awaken all Fighters and Win all battles in Adventure Mode

These challenges may be time-consuming, but certainly do-able, even if some Spirits and Captive Fighters may be hiding in hard to reach places. Be sure to see our Guide to the World of Light Adventure Mode for the locations of all Spirits and Fighters, and how to find and unlock them.

  • Win against Legend Class Spirits

If your having trouble taking on Legend tier Spirits on the Spirit Board, you’ll want to have the right gear. You’ll likely want to get a Legend tier Spirit yourself before challenging another one, and if you can’t beat one in the Adventure Mode, you can also sometimes find them for sale in the shops in Adventure Mode. You can also make sure they’ve been trained to the fullest extent, and use the right Items to weaken a potential conflict by checking the parameters beforehand.

Unfortunately there’s no real trick to clearing Classic Mode other than learning how to play your chosen fighter well, and getting better at the matchups presented. Luckily – every fighter’s Classic Mode path is unique, so you can keep training against the encounters presented and slowly raise the difficulty over time. Remember that each win will raise the intensity a bit, and even more if you have a perfect or near-perfect match. Find a character you’re good with, but also make sure their matchups seem reasonable – if you have trouble against multiple opponents, try to find a fighter who only has fights against single foes.

  • Play Cruel Smash, and KO 3 Opponents

A recurring challenge from previous iterations, and one of the hardest ones, surviving Cruel Smash while also KO’ing at least 3 enemies can be very frustrating. Luckily, the Mii fighters in Cruel Smash are still notoriously bad with ledges, and have trouble effectively edge-guarding, or using recoveries once the fall off the stage. You can use this to your advantage by using a fighter with a good recovery special and repeatedly falling off the side of the stage and recovering back to grip the ledge, then either fall back down or jump to the side to goad them into chasing you. If you spot a fighter jumping down below you, try jumping off them as a footstool to send them into freefall. Certain fighters like Kirby or Ike can have an easy time KO’ing fighters who linger near the ledge by repeatedly using their recovery special to slam down on opponents and send them falling down – just be sure you’re always in reach of the stage.

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