The Fighters Pass is a collection of downloadable content for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that allows players to buy bundles called Challenger Packs containing multiple fighters, multiple stages, and various music tracks associated with each individual DLC fighter. Players can also buy the packs individually for $5.99 US and $7.55 CA.
Fighters Pass Volume 1 was first made available on December 7, 2018, began rolling out on April 17, 2019, and completed on January 28, 2020. The price is $24.99 US and $31.49 CA.
Fighters Pass Volume 2 was first made available on January 28, 2020, began rolling out on June 22, 2020, and is expected to complete sometime before December 31, 2021. The price is $29.99 US and $37.79 CA.
Fighter Pass Volume 1
The original Fighters Pass was announced on November 1st, 2018. Volume 1 of the Fighters Pass contains five fighters, five stages, various music tracks, and a new Spirit Board associated with each individual DLC fighter.
All of the Challenger Packs in Volume 1 have since been released as of January 28, 2020.
|Challenger Pack 1|
|Challenger Pack 2|
|Challenger Pack 3|
|Banjo & Kazooie||Spiral Mountain||
|Challenger Pack 4|
|Terry||King of Fighters Stadium||
|Challenger Pack 5|
|Byleth||Garreg Mach Monastery||
Note: Bold denotes remix
Fighters Pass Volume 2
While future downloadable content was announced during the September 4th, 2019 Nintendo Direct, Fighters Pass Volume 2 was formally announced in Byleth's character presentation on January 16th, 2020. It will contain six fighters, six stages, and various music tracks, and new Spirit Boards associated with each individual DLC fighter.
From January 28th, 2020, buyers will also receive a downloadable Mii Fighter Costume for the Mii Swordfighter based on the Ancient Soldier Gear, an outfit set that can be worn by Link in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
All of the Challenger Packs are expected to be released by December 31st, 2021.
|Challenger Pack 6|
|Min Min||Spring Stadium||
|Challenger Pack 7|
|Challenger Pack 8|
|Challenger Pack 9|
|Pyra/Mythra||Cloud Sea of Alrest||
|Challenger Pack 10|
|Challenger Pack 11|
Note: Bold denotes remix. Bold Italics denotes Spirits that were in the game prior to the Fighters Pass
- Each fighter has received a special codename in the game's files to conceal their identity and prevent leaks:
- Joker is "jack", a possible reference to Jack Frost, one of the many demons found in the Megami Tensei series, one of the Personas the protagonist can acquire in the Persona series, and the mascot of Atlus. It could also be a reference to playing cards, which tend to have both jack and joker cards, as well as Joker's Wild Card ability that allows him to obtain and use multiple Personas, making him a "jack of all trades".
- Hero is "brave", the direct translation of their Japanese name Yūsha.
- Banjo & Kazooie are "buddy", due to being the only duo so far in the Fighters Pass.
- Terry is "dolly", a reference to his Transcontinental Railroad stage in Fatal Fury 2 / Fatal Fury Special and The King of Fighters XIV, all of which take place on the dolly of a train.
- Byleth is "master", a reference to their role as a Professor in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
- Min Min is "tantan", the Japanese pronunciation of Dandan, a type of ramen noodles.
- Steve is "pickel", a Japanese word that refers to ice axes. Though ice axes are not tools in Minecraft, the name could've been chosen for the "pick-" prefix as to reference Pickaxes as well as the nature of the tool itself.
- Sephiroth is "edge", a reference to either his sword Masamune or the city named Edge prominently featured in the movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
- Pyra and Mythra's are "flame" and "light", respectively, which are the literal translations of their Japanese names (Homura and Hikari), and "element" for when referring to both.
- Kazuya is "demon", a reference to the Devil Gene and the Devil powers it gives him, as well as what he inherited from his mother Kazumi Hachijo and later passed on to his son Jin Kazama.
- Currently, all fighters in the Fighters Pass have cinematic Final Smashes that involve trapping opponents.
- Terry, Sephiroth, and Kazuya are currently the only characters out of the ten to not receive any assistance in their Final Smash.
- Currently, all stages included in the Fighters Pass except Northern Cave have featured characters from their respective series making background cameo appearances.
- All of the reveal trailers for the fighters in the Fighters Pass have the logo of their respective games being shown alongside the logo for Ultimate at the end (i.e. "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate x Persona 5" and etc.).
- Joker, Hero, Steve, and Sephiroth are the only fighters to have their victory fanfares be direct rips.
- Joker is the only character of the four to have three different victory themes.
- Kazuya is the only character in the Pass to not have one at all.
- Hero's Challenger Pack is currently the only one with no remixes whatsoever.
- Banjo & Kazooie and Min Min are currently the only characters in the Fighters Pass to use voice clips repurposed from their original games as opposed to new lines recorded specifically for Ultimate.
- Terry's Challenger Pack currently has the most amount of music, at 50, while Steve's has the least amount, at 7.
- Terry and Sephiroth are the only characters to not be fought against in any Spirit Battles on their respective Spirit boards.
- This also makes them the only two characters out of the entire roster to not be an opponent in any Spirit Battles in the whole game.
- Byleth is currently the only fighter from a second-party series. Min Min and Pyra & Mythra are currently the only fighters from first-party games.
- Byleth is currently the only fighter to be announced in their presentation as all other characters were announced prior in Nintendo Directs (or in separate events, as is the case for Joker and Sephiroth in the 2018 and 2020 Game Awards respectively and Steve in a separate trailer reveal)
- While Min Min herself was also revealed in her presentation, the announcement of the inclusion of an ARMS character was announced prior in the March Nintendo Direct Mini.
- Steve is currently the only fighter in the Fighters Pass to lack any voice clips.
- Sephiroth and Kazuya are the only ones to feature other Fighters Pass characters in CGI in their reveal trailers; Hero and Banjo & Kazooie appear in Sephiroth's, and Min Min appears in Kazuya's.
- Sephiroth's Challenger Pack currently has the most Spirits, at 13.
- Pyra and Mythra's trailer is the only one to not be entirely written by Masahiro Sakurai, as the cinematics was outsourced to Monolith Soft themselves.