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For other uses, see Spirit (Disambiguation).
Spirits are beings whose bodies have been claimed by Galeem, the lord of light. Galeem traps the spirits within puppet fighters and forces them to do his bidding.

—Tutorial

Metroid in Spirits SSBU

A number of Spirits, including a Metroid

Spirits are a power-up in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. They play a major role in the adventure mode, World of Light, where they assist the fighters in defeating Galeem, the main antagonist.

After being hinted at in the August 11, 2018 Nintendo Direct, and following speculation, Spirits were unveiled in the November 1 Direct the same year.

DescriptionEdit

Metroid Spirits in Smash Ultimate

Spirits are non-playable characters from Nintendo and third-party franchises who have lost their physical forms because of Galeem's attack, and have been turned into souls. This even includes characters who appear in Ultimate as Assist Trophies, such as Mother Brain. Some Spirits are not even of characters, but equipment, such as Samus Aran's Gunship. There are also Spirits depicting playable fighters in other forms or outfits (such as Omega Ridley from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption).

Spirits take the place of the Trophies, Stickers, and Equipment from the previous games in the Super Smash Bros. series. There are 1,297 Spirits included in the base game. They are separated into Novice, Advanced, Ace, and Legend classes, based on strength. They also have four types for a rock/paper/scissors style system: Attack (strong against Grab, weak against Shield), Shield (strong against Attack, weak against Grab), Grab (strong against Shield, weak against Attack), and Neutral (neither strong nor weak against other types); for non-Primary Spirits, these types may only be assigned to CPUs during Spirit Battles.

A Primary Spirit is directly equipped by a fighter and enhances the fighter's stats. Some Primary Spirits also have passive bonuses, such as increasing the power of shooting items. Primary Spirits are leveled up when used in battle, and some can even be enhanced at Lv. 99 to a more powerful Spirit (although this resets the level back to 1).

A Support Spirit can be equipped alongside a Primary Spirit with enough available support slots. These Support Spirits give passive bonuses to the fighter, such as having them start with an item or resist certain status effects.

A Fighter Spirit depicts a playable character or, in certain cases, an alternate costume (such as Meta Ridley). However, these cannot be equipped at all and do not serve a gameplay purpose. These only exist to display art for nostalgia purposes, and are earned by completing Classic Mode.

A Master Spirit is a rare, fourth type of Spirit. Master Spirits run activities, such as Explore and Dojos, for other Spirits to participate in when not in battle. Other Master Spirits, such as Sheldon and Funky Kong, run Shopping facilities that can be used to purchase exclusive Spirits (such as the Mech and Gunship) that cannot be obtained through Spirit Battles. The only Metroid Master Spirit is Kraid, who runs a Dojo that teaches the Tank Style, increasing offense and defense while reducing move speed and jump.

Spirits are consumed if equipped to an amiibo Figure Player. Alternatively, Spirits can be sent to the real world, leaving behind their cores for summoning other Spirits. For example, the Fusion Suit spirit can be summoned by combining the cores of a Metroid spirit and a Chozo Statue spirit.

Certain amiibo figures can immediately unlock a corresponding Spirit. For example, the Metroid spirit can be unlocked by scanning the Metroid: Samus Returns Metroid amiibo.

Metroid SpiritsEdit

PrimaryEdit

SupportEdit

FighterEdit

MasterEdit

Other SpiritsEdit

These Spirits use Metroid characters as Puppet Fighters in the World of Light and/or Spirit Board.

SamusEdit

  • Flare (Custom Robo V2)
  • Skull Man (Mega Man 4)
  • ST Falcon (Battle Clash)

Dark SamusEdit

  • Gekko (Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots)
  • Gravity Man (Mega Man 5)
  • Zekrom (Pokémon Black and White)

Zero Suit SamusEdit

  • Alexandra Roivas (Eternal Darkness)
  • The Boss (Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater)
  • Chun-Li (Street Fighter Alpha)
  • EVA (Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater)
  • Jody Summer (F-Zero)
  • Lyn (Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade)
  • Mega Man Zero (Mega Man Zero 2)
  • Meryl Silverburgh (Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots)
  • Mimicutie (Kid Icarus: Uprising)
  • Rosemary (Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots)
  • Shantae (Shantae: Half-Genie Hero)
  • Sharla (Xenoblade Chronicles)
  • Urbosa (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)

RidleyEdit

  • Aparoid (Star Fox: Assault)
  • Arbok (Pokémon Red and Blue)
  • Bugzzy (Kirby Super Star Ultra)
  • Condor (Ice Climber)
  • Dark Emperor (Find Mii II)
  • Devil (Devil World)
  • Flygon (Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire)
  • Hewdraw (Kid Icarus: Uprising)
  • Lunala (Pokémon Sun and Moon)
  • Master Beast (Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U)
  • Medeus (Fire Emblem)
  • Peckish Aristocrab (Pikmin 3)
  • Pinsir (Pokémon Red and Blue)
  • Rayquaza (Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire)
  • Steelix (Pokémon Gold and Silver)
  • Sudowoodo (Pokémon Gold and Silver)
  • Tamagon (Devil World)
  • Vaati (The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords)

Spirit BattlesEdit

Spirits are primarily unlocked through Spirit Battles, which can be accessed in the World of Light and on the Spirit Board. In Spirit Battles, a Spirit is equipped by a relevant Puppet Fighter (with a matching alternate costume) on a predetermined stage, with additional rules and conditions intended to simulate the experience of fighting that particular Spirit. In the World of Light, a Spirit is automatically unlocked when the Puppet Fighter is defeated. On the Spirit Board, the Puppet Fighter must be shot with a special type of gun in order to free the Spirit.

  • Adam Malkovich: Snake (in his white costume) is fought on Shadow Moses Island, with Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior as the background music. He is accompanied by Zero Suit Samus (in her white costume), but only Snake needs to be defeated.
  • Alexandra Roivas: Zero Suit Samus (in her black costume) is fought on Luigi's Mansion, with Main Theme - Luigi's Mansion (Brawl) as the background music. The Screen Flip hazard comes into play when she is at a high damage percentage.
  • Allen: Although not an actual puppet fighter, Ridley (in his red costume) does aid the puppet fighter housing Allen's spirit, Shulk (in his black costume).
  • Aparoid: Metal Ridley (in his purple costume) is fought on the Venom stage, with Space Battleground as the background music. His jump power is increased, while the player's jump power is decreased by High Gravity.
  • Arbok: Ridley (in his bright purple costume) is fought on Yoshi's Island (Melee), with Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (Brawl) as the background music. The Poison Floor stage hazard is in effect, and the player's attack power is reduced.
  • The Boss: Zero Suit Samus (in her white costume) is fought in a timed stamina battle on the Garden of Hope (Omega Form) with a poisonous floor and Snake Eater as the background music. When taking damage, her defense increases.
  • Bugzzy: Ridley (in his bright purple costume) is fought on Green Greens, with Forest/Nature Area as the background music. His Space Pirate Rush, as well as his overall attack power, has increased power.
  • Chun-Li (Street Fighter Alpha): Zero Suit Samus (in her dark blue costume) is fought in a stamina battle on Onett (Omega form), with Chun-Li Stage Type B as the background music. Her kicks and knee strikes have increased power, and all fighters have reduced jump power.
  • Chozo Statue: Samus (in her Dark Suit costume) is fought on Planet Zebes: Brinstar, with Brinstar Depths (Melee) as the background music. She begins the battle equipped with the Screw Attack. Screw Attack is the only item that spawns during the match. The Chozo Statue is treated as a Grab type.
  • Condor: Ridley (in his red costume) is fought in a timed stamina battle on the Omega version of Summit alongside the Ice Climbers, with Ice Climbers (Brawl) as the background music and the Ice Floor hazard in play. Only Ridley is required to be defeated, although he tries to avoid combat and keep his distance.
  • Dark Emperor: Giant Ridley (in his green costume) is fought at the Find Mii stage with Dark Lord as the background music. He wields super armor that makes him hard to launch or flinch.
  • Dark Man 4: Although not an actual Puppet Fighter, Samus (in her Dark Suit costume) appears as three reinforcements who must be fought and defeated one at a time before the Spirit's Puppet Fighter, Mega Man, can be fought.
  • Devil: Ridley (in his green costume) is fought at the 75m stage (Omega version) with 25m as the background music. Hostile assist trophies are utilized during the match. Two Kirbys assist him during the fight.
  • Diggernaut: Giant R.O.B. (in his yellow costume) is fought at The Great Cave Offensive (Battlefield form), with Magmoor Caverns as the background music. R.O.B. starts off with a Drill, which is also the item that spawns frequently throughout the fight. Diggernaut is treated as an Attack type.
  • EVA: Zero Suit Samus (in her green costume) is fought on Garden of Hope, with Snake Eater as the background music. Food spawns frequently during the battle, and she becomes stronger after eating. Snake (in his lime green costume) also appears as an enemy, but only Zero Suit Samus is required to be defeated.
  • Flare: Samus (in her Super Metroid Gravity Suit costume) is fought in a stamina battle on Pokémon Stadium. She begins the battle equipped with a Ray Gun and Rocket Belt.
  • Flygon: Ridley (in his green costume) is fought at Gerudo Valley with Victory Road ~ Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire as the background music. There are periodic earthquakes on the stage.
  • Gandrayda: Dark Samus (in her purple costume) and Pikachu (in his blue party hat costume) are fought on Frigate Orpheon, with Multiplayer as the background music. Gandrayda is treated as an Attack type.
  • Geemer: Ivysaur (in its yellow costume) is fought on Brinstar (Battlefield Form) with Brinstar (Melee) as the background music. Ivysaur has increased movement speed and is easily distracted by the frequently-spawning Unira items. The Sticky Floor hazard is in play.
  • Gekko: Giant Dark Samus x2 (in her silver costume) are fought together in a stamina battle on Shadow Moses Island, with MGS4 ~Theme of Love~ as the background music. They prefer not to jump much during the match.
  • Gravity Man: Dark Samus (in her pink costume) is fought in a stamina battle on Mario Galaxy with Gravity Man Stage as the background music. The battle has reduced gravity, with jumps also being reduced after a while.
  • Gravity Suit: Samus (in her Metroid Prime Gravity Suit costume) is fought on Castle Siege's underground cavern, with Sector 1 as the background music. The player's jump power is decreased by High Gravity. The Gravity Suit is treated as a Shield type.
  • Hewdraw: Three Ridley puppet fighters (in their bright purple, red, and blue costumes) are fought at Skyworld, with Boss Fight 1 from Kid Icarus: Uprising playing in the background. Each Ridley favors using Plasma Breath.
  • Jody Summer: Zero Suit Samus (in her red costume) alongside Captain Falcon (in his pink costume) are fought on Big Blue, with the Brawl remix of White Land as the background music. Zero Suit Samus and Captain Falcon have increased movement speed and reduced gravity. Both are required to be defeated.
  • Kanden: Samus (in her Green Samus costume) is fought on Brinstar, with Psycho Bits as the background music. She is easily distracted by the frequently-spawning Motion-Sensor Bombs. Kanden is treated as an Attack type.
  • Kraid: Giant King K. Rool (in his teal costume) is fought in a stamina battle on Planet Zebes: Brinstar Depths (Omega form), with Brinstar Depths (Melee) as the background music. His jump power and movement speed are reduced. Kraid is treated as a Neutral type.
  • Little Birdie: Tiny Ridley (in his yellow costume) is fought on Distant Planet, with Vs. Ridley as the background music. While he initially starts off tiny, as the match progresses Ridley grows to giant size, with his attack and defense increasing in tandem. Little Birdie is treated as a Shield type.
  • Lunala: Gold Ridley (in his default costume) is fought in a stamina battle on Luigi's Mansion with Battle! (Elite Four) / Battle! (Solgaleo/Lunala) as the background music. He sends out the Pokémon Lunala at the initial stage of the fight.
  • Lyn: Zero Suit Samus (in her Fusion ending outfit) is fought on Gaur Plain (Battlefield form), with Attack - Fire Emblem as the background music. She starts the battle with a Killing Edge, and her attack power increases when she is at high damage. She is accompanied by Lyn as an Assist Trophy.
  • Lyon: Although not an actual puppet fighter, Ridley (in his default) does aid the puppet fighter housing Lyon's spirit, Robin (in his white outfit).
  • Master Beast: Giant Ridley (in his silver Meta Ridley costume) is fought in a stamina battle on Final Destination, with Master Core as the background music. Ridley deals damage while falling. After a certain amount of time, Ridley is joined by a hostile Chain Chomp Assist Trophy.
  • Mecha Ridley: Giant Ridley (in his silver Meta Ridley costume) is fought in a stamina battle on Norfair (Omega Form), with Vs. Meta Ridley as the background music. His smash attacks have increased power, but his movement speed is decreased.
  • Medeus: Ridley (in his blue costume) is fought in the underground portion of the Castle Siege stage in a stamina battle with Lords-Showdown as the background music. Ridley will occasionally grow giant.
  • Mega Man Zero: Zero Suit Samus (in her red costume) is fought in a stamina battle on Midgar (Battlefield Form), with Zero (Theme of ZERO) as the background music. She begins the battle with a Beam Sword. Zero appears as a hostile Assist Trophy.
  • Meryl Silverburgh: Zero Suit Samus (in her black costume) is fought on Shadow Moses Island, with Encounter as the background music. Both combatants occasionally take sudden damage.
  • Metroid: Ridley (in his green costume) is fought on Planet Zebes: Brinstar (Omega Version) with a sticky floor and Title Theme - Metroid as the background music. Ridley has the ability to heal himself after landing hits. Metroids spawn as hostile Assist Trophies.
  • Mimicutie: Zero Suit Samus (in her Fusion Ending Outfit) is fought on Skyworld, with In The Space-Pirate Ship as the background music. Her kicks and knee strikes have increased power, and she favors Side Smash Attacks. After a little while, an Item Tidal Wave will occur: certain items begin spawning in large numbers.
  • Mother Brain: Dark Samus (in her red costume) is fought on Brinstar Depths (Omega Form), with Escape as the background music. She frequently summons Mother Brain assist trophies to aid her, while she herself favors using the Charge Shot. All fighters involved have an increase in potency of their energy attacks.
  • Omega Ridley: Metal Ridley (in his Meta Ridley costume) is fought in a stamina battle on Norfair, with Vs. Meta Ridley as the background music. In addition to being Metal, he has Spicy Curry effects during the battle.
  • Parasite Queen: Giant Ridley (in his blue costume) is fought on Frigate Orpheon, with Vs. Parasite Queen as the background music. He has increased attack power and shields frequently. Parasite Queen is treated as an Attack type.
  • Peckish Aristocrab: Giant Ridley (in his bright purple costume) is fought in a stamina battle on Garden of Hope, with Garden of Hope as the background music. He favors using Space Pirate Rush.
  • Phantoon: Clear Inkling (in her yellow costume) is fought on Frigate Orpheon, with Lockdown Battle Theme as the background music. Due to being clear, she is always invisible. Hotheads spawn frequently during the battle. Phantoon is treated as a Shield type.
  • Pinsir: Ridley (in his red costume) is fought in the Garden of Hope, with Road to Viridian City as the background music. He favors using Space Pirate Rush, which has increased power. Beetle is the only item that spawns during the match.
  • Queen Metroid: King K. Rool (in his brown costume) is fought in a stamina battle on Brinstar (Battlefield Form), with Boss Battle 4 as the background music. After a certain amount of time, his attack power increases and he becomes giant.
  • Rayquaza: Ridley (in his green costume) is fought on Kalos Pokémon League, with Battle! (Lorekeeper Zinnia) as the background music. The Heavy Wind hazard comes into effect after a while.
  • Rosemary: Zero Suit Samus (in her white costume) is fought on Living Room, with MGS4 ~Theme of Love~ as the background music. Both fighters have reduced defense after a certain amount of time, and food spawns frequently during the match.
  • Shantae: Zero Suit Samus (in her Zero Mission Ending Outfit) is fought on Pirate Ship. She begins the battle equipped with a Killing Edge, and her battering items have increased power. Items of the transforming type will spawn during the match.
  • Sharla: Zero Suit Samus (in her green costume) is fought on Gaur Plain, with Gaur Plain as the background music. Her shooting items have increased power and she begins the battle with a Ray Gun, which also spawns frequently during the match.
  • Skull Man: Reflect Samus (in her Light Suit costume) is fought in a stamina match at Wily Castle with Mega Man 4 Medley as the background music. All reflected projectile attacks are increased in strength.
  • Slippy Toad: Greninja (in its green costume) alongside Fox McCloud (in his black costume) are fought in a timed match on Frigate Orpheon with Corneria (Star Fox) as the background music. Greninja is required to be defeated, although he tends to avoid conflict.
  • ST Falcon: Samus (in her Fusion Suit costume) is fought on Port Town Aero Drive, with Marionation Gear as the background music. She starts the battle equipped with a Nintendo Scope, which also spawns frequently as an item.
  • Steelix: Metal Ridley (in his silver Meta Ridley costume) is fought in a stamina battle on Kalos Pokémon League, with Pokémon Gold / Pokémon Silver Medley as the background music.
  • Sudowoodo: Ridley (in his green costume) is fought on Green Greens, with Pokémon Gold / Pokémon Silver Medley as the background music. He favors smash attacks, but is weak to water attacks. Two smaller Ridley fighters (both in their red costumes) join the match, but only the green Ridley Puppet Fighter is required to be defeated.
  • Tamagon: Tiny Ridley (in his green costume) is fought on Mario Bros., with Clu Clu Land as the background music. He favors using Plasma Breath. He is also joined by an invisible Richter (in his green costume), but only Ridley is required to be defeated. All items during this match are throwing types.
  • Trace: Samus (in her Super Metroid Gravity Suit costume) is fought at Norfair, with Psycho Bits as the background music. She periodically turns invisible during the battle.
  • Urbosa: Zero Suit Samus (in her Fusion Ending Outfit) is fought in a stamina battle on Gerudo Valley (Battlefield Form), with Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as the background music. She begins the battle equipped with a Killing Edge. The Zap Floor hazard is in play. Lightning is the only item that spawns during the match.
  • Vaati: Ridley (in his bright purple costume) is fought on Hyrule Castle, with Dark World (Brawl) as the background music. He carries an Ore Club. After some time, the Heavy Wind hazard comes into play.
  • X Parasite: A Kirby Team (in his Keeby costume) is fought on Lylat Cruise, with Sector 1 as the background music. Each Kirby favors using his Neutral Special, using Inhale to copy the player's character. The Kirby Team consists of ten fighters, with four appearing at a time.
  • Young Samus: Zero Suit Samus (in her Zero Mission ending outfit) is fought on Frigate Orpheon, with Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior as the background music. She falls slowly while in midair. She is also accompanied by Snake (in his white costume), and both fighters must be defeated.
  • Zebesian: A Dark Samus Team (in her purple costume) is fought on Planet Zebes: Brinstar with Brinstar (Melee) as the background music. Each Dark Samus has their Charge Shot increased in power. The Dark Samus Team consists of four fighters.
  • Zekrom: Dark Samus (in her black costume) is fought on Unova Pokémon League, with Battle! (Reshiram / Zekrom) as the background music. Her electric attacks have increased power, and she favors using her special moves.
  • Zelda (Breath of the Wild): Although not Zelda's actual Puppet Fighter, Zero Suit Samus (in her Fusion Ending Outfit) is one of four opponents who must be defeated in a stamina battle before Zelda (in her blue costume) herself will appear. This references the use of Zero Suit Samus as Urbosa's Puppet Fighter.

EventsEdit

SSBU Well-Rounded Spirits

Well-Rounded Spirits promotional artwork

For a few days each week, the Spirit Board has themed Events. Certain Spirits matching that theme will appear more frequently during that Event and will provide a greater reward when defeated. Legendary Spirits are also guaranteed to appear at specific times.

The following Events have featured Metroid Spirits:

TutorialsEdit

"When you defeat a puppet fighter, you'll free the spirit trapped within it. Free as many spirits as you can!"

"Primary spirits can raise your fighters attack and defense stats. You'll want to first select your primary spirit."

"Rescued spirits will join your cause! Each spirit is different, and each can help you in its own way."

"If a primary spirit has an open slot, you can attach a support spirit to it."

"Supports have special skills, so experimenting with different spirit combinations is in your best interest."

"The captive fighters are being copied to create puppet fighters. The only way to free them from Galeem's control is to defeat them in battle!"

TriviaEdit

  • The artwork used for the Geemer Spirit is actually a Zoomer. This is because the two species are considered the same in the Japanese versions of the non-Metroid Prime games.
  • Unlike most other Spirits, which use stock art from their home series, the Parasite Queen apparently uses original artwork based upon its appearance in Ultimate.
  • Nightmare's Spirit uses artwork that has never been released before, more closely resembling its final design in Other M than the concept art previously seen in the Gallery Mode.
  • As a Master Spirit, Kraid is given dialogue for the first time in a videogame. However, it consists entirely of roars and grunts, with uncertain translations provided in parentheses.

GalleryEdit

SpiritsEdit

Other imagesEdit