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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s greatest addition to the brawler franchise (at least, in our opinion) has been Spirits. These support characters have added a wonderful role-playing element to the standard fighting format and makes the World of Light story mode a wild ride.

Of course, with the introduction of more ways to be powerful and strategic, Nintendo also threw in some rather challenging Spirit battles to put players to the ultimate test. While the story mode is full of hundreds of these challenges, there are four in particular that have been giving players trouble. We’ve provided the best ways to overcome these battles, including the support Spirits that make them much more manageable. While there may be a few more that are giving you trouble, the tips described below should help you learn how to build the right Spirit team for any fight.

Pauline

Suggested Spirit Abilities:

  • Staff Equipped: Start battles with a Staff. Fire at faraway opponents to deal more damage.
    • Cupid, Centurion
  • Shooting Attack: Slightly increases the power of projectile weapons such as bows or guns
    • Revali, Chozo Statue, Pigma Dengar
  • Shooting Items: Increases the power and ammo of shooting items
    • Malon, Pocket Football Player, ROB 64, Jenna

This fight takes place on the 75 m Donkey Kong-themed map. You have to go up against Peach, Mario, and Donkey Kong, but the catch is that it’s a timed battle, Mario and Donkey Kong will come at you with Hammers, and Peach will avoid you at all costs. However, if you quickly climb up the ladder from where you start the match and just unload Staff shots on Peach across the screen, your Staff Equipped Spirit, along with the Shooting Attack and Shooting Items supporters, will take her out in one or two hits.

Dr. Wily

Suggested Spirit Abilities:

  • Slow Super Armor: Makes it more difficult to flinch or be launched, but decreases move speed
    • Walhart, Regigigas
  • Fist Attack: Slightly increases the power of punches and elbow strikes
    • Ricky, Fei Long, Urban Champion Fighter
  • Physical Attack: Slightly increases the power of punches, kicks, and bites
    • Rock Mario, Madame Couture
  • Metal Killer: Increases damage dealt to metal opponents
    • Viridi

Similar to the Pauline Spirit fight, players have been intimidated by the sheer amount of modifiers in the enemy’s favor here. In Dr. Wily’s fight, players must go up against eight metal Mega Mans and one Dr. Mario in a stamina battle. While that might already sound like a crazy mess, it’s also a headache, as Mega Man’s many attacks can make you flinch easily. Combine this with the opponent’s increased defense as a metal character and the many required to defeat, and you’ll quickly see how hard this fight can get.

The trick is to use the Slow Super Armor ability, which makes it almost impossible for you to flinch, letting you unload attacks as quickly as possible. Combine that with an increased weapon, fist, or physical attack Spirit, and you can make the fight a breeze. For example, Captain Falcon’s dash punch is a great choice with these support Spirits, as you can deliver fast blows and keep the Mega Mans flinched.

Shine Sprite

Suggested Spirit Abilities:

  • Weapon Attack: Slightly increases the power of swords, whips, hammers, etc
    • Luigi (Mario Tennis Aces), Robobot Armor, Karel, Hard Man, Harriet, Goligan
  • Armor Knight: Reduces move speed, but greatly increases defense and slightly increases attack
    • Halberd

The Shine Sprite battle throws a rather interesting modifier at players, as Rosalina and three Kirbys can access their Final Smashes at a moment’s notice. Plus, they can go invincible for a time, making it extremely difficult to land a hit on them. The size of Rosalina’s Final Smash star is huge, too, so it only takes a few moments for players to get overwhelmed and lose.

Using a similar strategy as the Dr. Wily battle, players should head in with increased defense and attack. When you take damage, it won’t kill you quickly, and once the opponents’ invincibility ends, your increased attack power lets you get more damage on them. The best way to go about this is to pick a sword or whip user, such as Link or Richter, avoid Rosalina’s opening Final Smash, then pick a spot and wait for the enemies to come to you. Unload your best side specials that use a sword or whip and watch the damage rack up.

The Boss

Suggested Spirit Abilities:

  • Poison Heals – Poison heals instead of harms
    • Madama Butterfly

At first, the Spirit battle for The Boss seems downright impossible. The fight takes place on an Omega version of a Pikmin stage, which means it’s one strip of land for both fighters to share. If that’s not hard enough, the stage is covered in poison that quickly chips away at your stamina. To make matters worse, your opponent—Zero Suit Samus—resists poison, so she’ll have no problem knocking you out within seconds.

The easiest way to outdo Samus’ challenge is to equip the Madama Butterfly Spirit. This Bayonetta-themed supporter has the amazing ability Poison Heals, giving you health back when near poison. While the support Spirit takes up three slots on your primary Spirit, you won’t need much more help. Getting healed every few seconds turns the tide of the fight significantly.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available for Nintendo Switch.

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About Evan Slead

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Evan has been loving games since he could hold a controller. When not replaying Megaman X or Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for the 100th time, he also has been writing about entertainment, from horror movie reviews for Bloody Good Horror to TV recaps and general news for Entertainment Weekly, and now all things gaming. Say hello on Twitter at @EvanSlead.

How to beat Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s hardest Spirit battles

There are a few tricks players can use to overcome Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's most difficult Spirit battles.

By Evan Slead | 12/24/2018 11:00 AM PT

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s greatest addition to the brawler franchise (at least, in our opinion) has been Spirits. These support characters have added a wonderful role-playing element to the standard fighting format and makes the World of Light story mode a wild ride.

Of course, with the introduction of more ways to be powerful and strategic, Nintendo also threw in some rather challenging Spirit battles to put players to the ultimate test. While the story mode is full of hundreds of these challenges, there are four in particular that have been giving players trouble. We’ve provided the best ways to overcome these battles, including the support Spirits that make them much more manageable. While there may be a few more that are giving you trouble, the tips described below should help you learn how to build the right Spirit team for any fight.

Pauline

Suggested Spirit Abilities:

  • Staff Equipped: Start battles with a Staff. Fire at faraway opponents to deal more damage.
    • Cupid, Centurion
  • Shooting Attack: Slightly increases the power of projectile weapons such as bows or guns
    • Revali, Chozo Statue, Pigma Dengar
  • Shooting Items: Increases the power and ammo of shooting items
    • Malon, Pocket Football Player, ROB 64, Jenna

This fight takes place on the 75 m Donkey Kong-themed map. You have to go up against Peach, Mario, and Donkey Kong, but the catch is that it’s a timed battle, Mario and Donkey Kong will come at you with Hammers, and Peach will avoid you at all costs. However, if you quickly climb up the ladder from where you start the match and just unload Staff shots on Peach across the screen, your Staff Equipped Spirit, along with the Shooting Attack and Shooting Items supporters, will take her out in one or two hits.

Dr. Wily

Suggested Spirit Abilities:

  • Slow Super Armor: Makes it more difficult to flinch or be launched, but decreases move speed
    • Walhart, Regigigas
  • Fist Attack: Slightly increases the power of punches and elbow strikes
    • Ricky, Fei Long, Urban Champion Fighter
  • Physical Attack: Slightly increases the power of punches, kicks, and bites
    • Rock Mario, Madame Couture
  • Metal Killer: Increases damage dealt to metal opponents
    • Viridi

Similar to the Pauline Spirit fight, players have been intimidated by the sheer amount of modifiers in the enemy’s favor here. In Dr. Wily’s fight, players must go up against eight metal Mega Mans and one Dr. Mario in a stamina battle. While that might already sound like a crazy mess, it’s also a headache, as Mega Man’s many attacks can make you flinch easily. Combine this with the opponent’s increased defense as a metal character and the many required to defeat, and you’ll quickly see how hard this fight can get.

The trick is to use the Slow Super Armor ability, which makes it almost impossible for you to flinch, letting you unload attacks as quickly as possible. Combine that with an increased weapon, fist, or physical attack Spirit, and you can make the fight a breeze. For example, Captain Falcon’s dash punch is a great choice with these support Spirits, as you can deliver fast blows and keep the Mega Mans flinched.

Shine Sprite

Suggested Spirit Abilities:

  • Weapon Attack: Slightly increases the power of swords, whips, hammers, etc
    • Luigi (Mario Tennis Aces), Robobot Armor, Karel, Hard Man, Harriet, Goligan
  • Armor Knight: Reduces move speed, but greatly increases defense and slightly increases attack
    • Halberd

The Shine Sprite battle throws a rather interesting modifier at players, as Rosalina and three Kirbys can access their Final Smashes at a moment’s notice. Plus, they can go invincible for a time, making it extremely difficult to land a hit on them. The size of Rosalina’s Final Smash star is huge, too, so it only takes a few moments for players to get overwhelmed and lose.

Using a similar strategy as the Dr. Wily battle, players should head in with increased defense and attack. When you take damage, it won’t kill you quickly, and once the opponents’ invincibility ends, your increased attack power lets you get more damage on them. The best way to go about this is to pick a sword or whip user, such as Link or Richter, avoid Rosalina’s opening Final Smash, then pick a spot and wait for the enemies to come to you. Unload your best side specials that use a sword or whip and watch the damage rack up.

The Boss

Suggested Spirit Abilities:

  • Poison Heals – Poison heals instead of harms
    • Madama Butterfly

At first, the Spirit battle for The Boss seems downright impossible. The fight takes place on an Omega version of a Pikmin stage, which means it’s one strip of land for both fighters to share. If that’s not hard enough, the stage is covered in poison that quickly chips away at your stamina. To make matters worse, your opponent—Zero Suit Samus—resists poison, so she’ll have no problem knocking you out within seconds.

The easiest way to outdo Samus’ challenge is to equip the Madama Butterfly Spirit. This Bayonetta-themed supporter has the amazing ability Poison Heals, giving you health back when near poison. While the support Spirit takes up three slots on your primary Spirit, you won’t need much more help. Getting healed every few seconds turns the tide of the fight significantly.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available for Nintendo Switch.

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About Evan Slead

view all posts

Evan has been loving games since he could hold a controller. When not replaying Megaman X or Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for the 100th time, he also has been writing about entertainment, from horror movie reviews for Bloody Good Horror to TV recaps and general news for Entertainment Weekly, and now all things gaming. Say hello on Twitter at @EvanSlead.