Spirits are a feature and new collectibles introduced in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and are a replacement of trophies, so to bring more representation of numerous game series in Ultimate. These representatives once converted as a spirit will affect battles by providing either power or various different effects. They are similar to the stickers in Brawl.
Types of spirits
- Primary Spirits: These spirits can be equipped by the character to increase their attack power, and they mimic the characteristics of the spirit's character in special spirit matches. Only one can be equipped by each character. Each primary spirit has one of four types: Attack, Grab, Shield, and Neutral.
- Attack is strong against Grab.
- Grab is strong against Shield.
- Shield is strong against Attack.
- Neutral is balanced against all types.
- Support Spirits: These spirits give additional effects to the characters, and are equipped alongside a primary spirit. Up to three of them can be equipped by each character. They are especially helpful for impossible conditions, like immunity from the fire floor.
- Fighter Spirits: These spirits are based on the fighters' other appearances itself, so they cannot be equipped. They are just there to enjoy the artwork.
- Master Spirits: They are also can't be equipped by the player. Rather than that, they run other services that help the player's spirits to do various activities.
Spirits are sorted out by 4 classes depending on their strength:
- Novice: ★
- Advanced (Hope in Japan): ★★
- Ace: ★★★
- Legend: ★★★★
Spirits can be used to aid in spirit battles by raising the fighters' attack power or providing passive effects like providing an item or resistance to spirit mode's stage hazards.
In single-player spirit battles, the characters will simulate their respective spirit's characteristics. For example, to acquire Lakitu & Spinies spirit, you have to fight Iggy with several small red Bowsers.
Spirits can also be used to summon other spirits by dismissing them to the real world, which will leave spirit cores that are used to summon the spirits. They can also be used to power up any amiibo compatible as a figure player, leaving spirit cores behind, and can be sent at expeditions to collect coins, spirit points, and spirit snacks.
Spirits can gain experience by using them in spirit battles. They can also be sent at the dojo to level up by itself. They can be fed spirit snacks to immediately gain experience.
Spirits can be acquired as the main reward in single-player spirit battles, and also in Classic Mode, challenges and in World of Light. They can also be collected by buying them from the shop. Spirit cores can be used to summon spirits. Some spirits can also be levelled at max to evolve them into their enhanced forms. Scanning specific amiibo of any series can summon the spirit of the respective amiibo's character.
In the story mode
Spirits are considered as characters who lose their physical form due to the destructive light. These spirits infuse themselves on the fighters' trophies to become puppet fighters, while still retaining some of their characteristics. Once defeated, they are ready to assist the fighters.
List of spirits
Main article: List of spirits
- Galeem and Dharkon are tied with the highest power (13,640 at lv 99).
- Akuma has the highest Attack stat of any spirit (3,176 at lv 1).
- Absolutely Safe Capsule has the highest Defense stat of any spirit (4,886 at lv 1; 10,000 at lv 99) but is the only spirit with 0 Attack stat (at any level) and is the only stat in the game that cannot be increased.
- Dan Hibiki has the lowest total power of any Spirit (378 total power at lv 1): Dan also has the lowest Defense stat (189 at lv 1).