Unlockable refers to any element of the Super Smash Bros. games that is not available from the start, but must be earned by completing some task. A task often requires the player to complete a game mode with a particular character or difficulty level.
Unlockable can refer to:
A unique criteria must be met in order to unlock a certain character. Typically, the player must accomplish a particular in-game feat. Once complete, a message will display: "Warning! Challenger Approaching!" or "Challenger Approaching! A new foe has appeared!" with a silhouette of the character the player is about to face. The unlockable character will then be fought by the last character Player 1 had used. By winning the challenge and defeating the opponent, the character becomes playable and the notice will appear informing them it's been unlocked and logged into the notices.
|Character||How to Unlock|
|Captain Falcon||Beat the Single Player mode with any character on any difficulty in less than 20 minutes on any stock.|
|Jigglypuff||Beat the Single Player mode with any character on any difficulty or stock.|
|Luigi||Complete Bonus 1 (Break the Targets!) with all 8 starting characters.|
|Ness||Complete the single player game on Normal difficulty with three stocks and without continuing.|
|Character||How to Unlock||VS Matches Required|
|Jigglypuff||Complete Classic or Adventure Mode on any stock or difficulty.||50|
|Dr. Mario||As Mario, complete Classic or Adventure Mode on any difficulty without continuing.||100|
|Pichu||Complete Event Match #37: Legendary Pokémon.||200|
|Falco Lombardi||Complete 100-Man Melee.||300|
|Marth||Play Classic Mode with all 14 starter characters, or use them all in VS. mode.||400|
|Young Link||Complete Classic Mode with 10 characters including Link or Zelda.||500|
|Ganondorf||Complete Event Match #29 Triforce Gathering.||600|
|Mewtwo*||Play VS. mode for a combined total of 20 hours.*||700|
|Luigi||Complete Stage #1 of Adventure with time ending in a "2" in the seconds meter. After that, beat Luigi and Peach in less than a minute, and then complete the Adventure mode.||800|
|Roy||As Marth, complete Classic or Adventure Mode without continuing.||900|
|Mr. Game & Watch||Clear Classic, Adventure, or Target Test with all other 24 characters.||1000|
*The time required to unlock Mewtwo is calculated in "player-hours" (e.g. 2 human players gives 2 hours for every hour of game-time, 3 human players give 3, and four players give 4).
Masahiro Sakurai once stated that he feels that it would be appropriate that third-party, or "guest" characters, like Solid Snake or Sonic the Hedgehog, would be unlockable. This became true when Super Smash Bros. Brawl came out on March 9, 2008.
Also, all unlockable characters can be unlocked by playing through The Subspace Emissary, some just by playing through, while others involve completing the mode, and returning to specific zones and going through previously absent doors to a playable stage where, after a short cutscene, the player will be able to fight and unlock the character. Once a character joins a group of playable characters, the character will be instantly unlocked for normal play, without requiring a "Challenger Approaching" battle. However, some characters, as per the SSE's story, must be battled to before they will join the party.
|Character||How to Unlock||Subspace Emissary||VS Matches Required|
|Ness||Reflect 10 Projectiles.||Complete Subspace (Part I).||5|
|Marth||Complete Classic Mode.||Complete Battlefield Fortress.||10|
|Luigi||Complete Classic Mode using no continues.||Complete Subspace (Part I).||22|
|Falco||Complete 100-Man Brawl.||Complete The Swamp.||50|
|Captain Falcon||Play through Classic Mode on Normal or higher and beat it in 12 minutes or less.||Complete Outside the Ancient Ruins.||70|
|Lucario||Clear Target Smash!! on levels 1-5 with any single character.||Complete Glacial Peak.||100|
|Snake||Play 15 Vs. Matches on Shadow Moses Island.||Complete Battleship Halberd Interior.||130|
|R.O.B.||Collect 250 different trophies (If done in Coin Launcher, play a vs. match with any character).||Complete Subspace Bomb Factory (Part II).||160|
|Ganondorf||Clear Classic on Hard with Link or Zelda/Sheik without continuing.||Collect both Link and Zelda's trophies in Subspace (Part II).||200|
|Mr. Game & Watch||Clear Target Smash with 30 different characters on any single difficulty level.||Complete Battleship Halberd Bridge.||250|
|Sonic***||Brawl 300 times, complete Classic Mode with 10 characters, or Brawl for 10 combined total hours.||Complete The Great Maze.||300|
|Jigglypuff**||Beat 20 or more events after beating the Subspace Emissary. (video)||After completing The Great Maze defeat it in a secret room in The Swamp.||350|
|Toon Link**||Complete Classic Mode after beating the Subspace Emissary.||After completing The Great Maze defeat him in a secret room in The Forest.||400|
|Wolf **||Complete Boss Battles mode with Fox or Falco.||After completing The Great Maze defeat him in a secret room in The Ruins.||450|
** Because Toon Link, Jigglypuff and Wolf are not part of the main plot of Subspace Emissary, players must beat the main story first, then revisit certain stages to find them.
***Sonic is the only character who can be unlocked 4 different ways.
|Stage||How to Unlock|
|Mushroom Kingdom|| Beat 1P Game with all 8 starter characters and play each starter stage in VS Mode at least once.
|Stage||How to Unlock|
|Planet Zebes: Brinstar Depths||Play 50 VS. matches.|
|Eagleland: Fourside||Play 100 VS. matches.|
|F-Zero Grand Prix: Big Blue||Play 150 VS. matches.|
|Kanto Skies: Poké Floats||Play 200 VS. matches.|
|Mushroom: Kingdom II||Obtain either the Birdo or Pidgit trophies.|
|Past Stages: Dream Land||Complete Target Test successfully with all 25 characters.|
|Past Stages: Congo Jungle||Complete 15-Minute Melee.|
|Past Stages: Yoshi's Island||Hit more than 1350 ft/400m in Home Run Contest with any character.|
|Special Stages: Battlefield||Clear All-Star Mode once.|
|Special Stages: Final Destination||Clear all 51 Event Matches.|
|Superflat World: Flat Zone||Complete Classic Mode with Mr. Game & Watch.|
|Stage||How to Unlock|
|75m||Play as Donkey Kong 20 times on Vs Mode.|
|Big Blue (Melee)||Play as Captain Falcon 10 times on Vs Mode.|
|Hanenbow||Complete Event 28: Flower Blooms in the Echoes.|
|Flat Zone 2||Unlock Mr. Game & Watch.|
|Pirate Ship||Unlock Toon Link.|
|Green Greens (Melee)||Play 20 Vs. Matches using Kirby.|
|Green Hill Zone||Unlock Sonic.|
|Jungle Japes (Melee)||Play 10 Vs. matches on Melee stages.|
|Luigi's Mansion||Play with Luigi in 3 Vs. matches.|
|Mario Bros.||Complete Event 19: Wario Bros.|
|Pokémon Stadium (Melee)||Play on Pokémon Stadium 2 in 10 Vs. matches.|
|Spear Pillar||Complete Event 25: The Aura Is With Me.|
- Donkey Kong (NES) (75m level)- 0:30 - have 10 hours of play time.
- Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES) (World 1-1 with Peach) - 1:30 - Win five Brawls with Peach.
- Super Mario World (SNES) - 2:00 - Play on the Yoshi's Island stage three times.
- F-Zero (SNES) (Mute City course with Blue Falcon) - 0:40 - Have Captain Falcon join the party in The Subspace Emissary.
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) (Save files for beginning of Young Link and Adult Link sections)- 5:00 - Use Toon Link in 10 Brawls.
- Luigi and Jigglypuff are the only characters to be unlockable in every Super Smash Bros. installment.
- In Brawl, whenever you fight a hidden character, your character always uses their default palette swap.
- Ness and Captain Falcon are the only characters to have their unlockability status change between games, specifically in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
- Super Smash Bros. is the only game not to use silhouettes of the characters before fighting them.