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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: How to Get 9.9 Difficulty in Classic Mode

It takes more than winning.

by Kyle Hanson


While World of Light gets all the attention, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has one of the better Classic Mode options in the entire franchise. Pitting fighters against an increasingly difficult line of challengers, even seasoned Smashers can have some trouble in the higher difficulty ranges. But that’s where you need to be if you want to complete all the game’s many achievements. To help, here’s some tips for how to get 9.9 difficulty in Classic Mode for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The basics of this are that each win in SSBU Classic Mode propels you into tougher and tougher fights, raising the difficulty number, with 9.9 representing the top of the heap. You will need to start at the highest level you can, which is 5. After that you need to win every single game. If you fail even once you will lower your current level and make 9.9 impossible to achieve. That is, unless you have tickets for your continue, so use them if you do fall.

So that’s the very beginning, but what fighter should you pick to take on this challenge? Honestly, if you’re great with someone, you should try them out first. Few fighters will be better at this than the one you are most comfortable using. Of course, given the nature of SSBU’s Classic Mode, there are some better options.

Ganondorf is a great one, with his Smash attacks dealing tons of damage with lots of energy behind them to send your opponent flying. Captain Falcon is also a great choice, especially since many of his levels allow you to force the AI opponent to walk off the stage. Watch for these opportunities and plant yourself near the edge, where you can lightly attack them for the KO. King K Rool is another good choice, with his foes not representing the toughest fighters in the game. Finally Donkey Kong is another good choice, using his B attacks to deal damage and go for KOs.

A few things to keep in mind here is that a simple win does not guarantee raising your level to 9.9. You need to finish matches quickly and with a lot of action. Deal damage as fast as you can, and go for those quick and easy KOs. Otherwise you now know how to get 9.9 difficulty in Classic Mode for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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