Isabelle is the second playable Animal Crossing character to appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, having debuted as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. If you own a copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and want to cut to immediately playing as Isabelle, look no further than this guide!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate boasts its “streamlined” way of unlocking characters, which is probably appropriate given players only start with eight. That means a whopping 69 characters must be unlocked before a player can enjoy the game’s full roster. That being said, like for all other characters, there’re three different ways to unlock Isabelle.

Through the first and second unlock methods, when players fight Isabelle, it’ll be on the Town and City stage with “Plaza / Title (Animal Crossing: City Folk / Animal Crossing: Wild World)” music playing. Once she’s successfully defeated, Isabelle’ll be added to the roster. If a player loses, Isabelle’ll be waiting for a rematch in the “Challenger’s Approach” menu under “Games & More.” Note that you may have to play a few other modes before she’ll appear for a rematch.

1. Classic Mode unlock method

This is the fastest way to unlock Isabelle in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there’s a set “path” to unlocking characters through Classic Mode — playing a specific character will always unlock another specific character.

To unlock Villager, simply complete Mega Man’s Classic Mode route. In order to unlock Mega Man, players can do a Classic Mode run of Pikachu, Villager, Shulk, and R.O.B., unlocking each succeeding character in that list starting with Villager along the way. Mega Man’s Classic Mode, “Variable Weapons System: Online!”, has players going up against fighters themed after Mega Man series Robot Masters, ending with a fight against Dr. Mario and Mewtwo. After finishing with Mega Man, Isabelle will challenge the player.

2. Timed encounter unlock method

The seemingly fastest way to unlock all fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is simply by fighting. Whenever a player finishes a VS. match, a Mob Smash, a Spirit Board fight or exits the World of Light mode, a new character will challenge the player. After this, a player must then wait 10 minutes before being able to unlock another character.

Isabelle is the 21st character to be unlocked through this method. Before unlocking Isabelle through this method, players will encounter Ness, Zelda, Bowser, Pit, Inkling, Villager, Marth, Young Link, Wii Fit Trainer, Ice Climbers, Captain Falcon, Peach, Ryu, Ike, Jigglypuff, King K. Rool, Sonic, Simon, Zero Suit Samus and Little Mac.

3. World of Light unlock method

Lastly, players can unlock Isabelle by playing the “World of Light” Adventure Mode and having her join their party. Depending on your level of skill, this may take you a longer or shorter amount of time than the Classic Mode unlock method. Isabelle’s able to be added to the player’s World of Light party in the Light Realm by taking Kapp’n’s bus from the northwest town area. Simply fight and defeat Isabelle to add her to both your World of Light party and your overall game roster. If you lose, no worries: Simply rematch until you win.

That’s it for our Isabelle unlock guide! Have any other questions? Leave a comment, or pose it on our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate forum!

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