List of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate glitches

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This is a list of glitches in Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

Note: All names are conjectural unless otherwise specified.


Indefinite Assist Trophies

To use this glitch, both the player and at least one opponent has to be playing as Isabelle. Then, they need to wait for an Assist Trophy to appear, and both grab it with their Fishing Rod special move at the same time. If done correctly (with one character reeling it in while the other's line is still attached), the player who successfully reeled in the Assist Trophy will continuously keep spawning copies of the character until they get hit, pushed into a blast zone or KO'd.[1][2]

This does not work with a few Assist Trophies (like the Squid Sisters) and does not spawn in clones of a few others (like the Moon from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask).

The glitch can also be done with other items too. If the player does the same thing with a Warp Star, they'll be trapped and unable to take damage, whereas doing the same trick with a Hammer causes it to do no damage and removes the effect of the lower blast zone.

As of the version 2.0 update, this glitch has been patched.

Shadow Characters

This glitch turns playable characters, Assist Trophies and items into shadows, reminiscent of Dark Link from Super Smash Bros. Melee. To use it, the player needs at least one third party controller without gyro/motion control functionality, and to pull off one of the two methods outlined below:

The Original Method

  1. Make the Pro Controller player one, and the third party one player two.
  2. Start the game and begin a Sudden Death Match with the third party controller
  3. Do the same with the stage and character selection
  4. Once the match starts, go to the Home menu and select Controllers
  5. Now, change the order and make the third party controller player one
  6. Go back to the game, and use the third party controller to select a character
  7. Back in the game, pause and press down on the right joystick. This turns the screen black or blue

Then simply press down again to activate the glitch.[3]

The Simplified Method

  1. Start Smash with either the Joy-Con or Pro Controller
  2. Then return to the Home menu, and select Controllers icon
  3. Choose Change Grip/Order
  4. Connect a third party controller without motion control but with clickable Control sticks (like Hori's Wired GameCube controller) in the first slot
  5. Then go back to the game
  6. Begin a match in any mode
  7. Then pause the game, and choose Camera Control
  8. And click the left stick

If done correctly, everything will turn black and the glitch will be activated.[4]

As mentioned, this will turn all characters, assist trophies and items into shadows, while leaving backgrounds and stages untouched.

Slingshot Crash

For this glitch, the player has to use either Villager or Isabelle, with their opponent using the other character. Then, they need to use their Slingshot special attack on their opponent, and their opponent needs to catch it with Pocket. Once that is done, if the other player releases the Slingshot attack afterwards, the game will crash.[5]

This glitch has been patched as of update 2.0

Gale Stab Crash

If the player uses a Mii Swordfighter with the following moveset:

  • Neutral Special: Shuriken
  • Side Special: Gale Stab
  • Up Special: Stone Scabbard
  • Down Special: Reversal Slash

Then uses Gale Stab while Duck Hunt's Wild Gunman move is active, the game will crash and reset to the home menu.[6][7][8]

This glitch has been fixed in version 2.0.

Joker Classic Crash

In Joker's Classic Mode, if Joker finishes a battle with his Final Smash, the game will crash. This is because Joker's Final Smash usually creates a separate victory screen if he ends with his Final Smash, however, the screen doesn't appear in Classic Mode.

Data Corruption

Warning! Performing this action may corrupt your game's save file.

Piranha Plant Single Player Data Corruption

If the player plays as Piranha Plant on a digital copy of the game, then sets a record in All Star Smash, there's the possibility the game will crash and erase all the save data. This has also been reported in other single player modes like Classic Mode, and may come from the game not expecting an additional character to have data associated with it.


Century Smash Data Corruption

Similar to the above, the same type of issue has also been reported with Duck Hunt and Mii Swordfighter.




If the player throws Pikmin at an opponent's Mother Brain Assist Trophy as Olimar, the Pikmin will grow in size along with Mother Brain.[11] However, these giant Pikmin are only different on a cosmetic level, and will return to normal size once they either fall off Mother Brain or Mother Brain vanishes.


  1. ^ SmashWiki. (December 17, 2018). Infinite Assist Trophy Glitch SmashWiki. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  2. ^ Prosafia Gaming. (December 17, 2018). Infinite Assist Trophies Glitch in Super Smash Bros Ultimate YouTube. Retrieved January 26, 2018
  3. ^ Octavio Galicia. (January 3, 2019). Smash Bros Ultimate: Black-out Glitch Discovery & Tutorial YouTube. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  4. ^ GameXplain. (January 18, 2019). Play as Shadow Fighters in Newly Discovered Smash Ultimate Glitch YouTube. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  5. ^ GameXplain. (December 16, 2018). Game Breaking Glitch Discovered with Isabelle & Villager in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate YouTube. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  6. ^ FlamingOranges. (January 3, 2019). New Smash Ultimate Game Crashing Glitch Discovered - Details in comments! Reddit. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  7. ^ FlamingOranges. (January 24, 2019). Super Smash Bros Ultimate New Glitch - Mii Swordfighter/Duck Hunt Game Crash YouTube. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  8. ^ Gaming Reinvented. (January 26, 2019). A New Game Crashing Glitch Has Been Found in Super Smash Bros Ultimate Gaming Reinvented. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Nico_is_not_a_god. (January 30, 2019). PSA: using Piranha Plant in All-Star Mode has been reported to potentially cause save file corruption. Be careful! Reddit. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  10. ^ Nico_is_not_a_god. (January 30, 2019). PSA: using Piranha Plant in All-Star Mode has been reported to potentially cause save file corruption. Be careful! (follow up comment) Reddit. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  11. ^ GameXplain. (January 11, 2019). Honey, I Blew Up the Pikmin! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Glitch Turns Pikmin Giant! YouTube. Retrieved January 27, 2019.