Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: What Are Spirits and How to Use Them

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirits guide

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate already offers a lot of chances for collectors to do what they do best, allowing players to unlock every character from franchise history. In case that wasn't enough, the Nintendo Switch-exclusive fighting game also introduces spirits.

What Are Spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, spirits are collectibles that can be equipped to fighters to give them some a sort of buff. There are two kinds of spirits, including primary spirits and support spirits. A primary spirit will have an element (either Attack, Grab, Shield or Neutral), and if this counters an opponent's spirit element, the player will get an increase to their character's stats.

A primary spirit may also have an additional slot for spirits and this is where one will equip support spirits–players will get their perks rather than their stat increases. For example, the Pikachu support spirit gives players a boost to damage and speed when they remain undamaged.

It should also be noted that players can upgrade their spirits and make them even more powerful. This can be done by feeding them with consumables being dropped at the end of a match. They can also be sent off to explore, or can be trained in the game's dojo.

How to Unlock Spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features more than 1,000 spirits for players to unlock and these have different rarities. Spirits are all kinds of characters, ranging from the Stork from the Yoshi series, Fiora from Xenoblade Chronicles, and the Gunship from Metroid.

Players can collect spirits by playing through Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's World of Light mode. Upon defeating a spirit players will get a chance to unlock it. Alternatively, one can go to the Spirit Board mode in which to choose a spirit and can take it down to unlock it. However, tiles on the Spirit Board rotate out (this is timed) and should one miss a particular spirit, the player will have to wait until it comes back in order to get another chance.

Spirits can also be sent back for a chance to summon a different one. So, for example, if a player had two Yarn Poochy spirits, they could send one back and retain its "core." This core can then be used in order to summon another (and hopefully different) spirit.

How to Choose the Best Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


It should be noted that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirits are only really useful in World of Light and the Spirit Board. They can be taken online, as they can be toggled on or off in Battle Arenas. So for those stressing about online matchups and whether other players have more or even better spirits than them, just pick the most suitable and desirable mode/condition.

Choosing the best spirit in World of Light and the Spirit Board is pretty important, though. Certain enemy spirits will have conditions that are especially tough, and players will need to have a spirit that counters that–without it, it may be difficult to beat that spirit/fighter.

The element of the spirit (Attack, Grab, Shield, Neutral) is also important. Attack beats Grab, Grab beats Shield, Shield beats Attack, and Neutral doesn't have a counter nor does it counter anything. So, players want to factor all of this in when putting together their ultimate strategy.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available on Nintendo Switch.

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