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Assist Killer: How to Get the Sheriff Support Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Pikachu

Assist Trophies can be a real bummer in the heat of a Spirit Battle. Many a bro-smasher has gotten close to victory against a particularly tough Spirit, only to be brought down by an Assist Trophy at the last minute. Thankfully, there are a couple Support Spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that come with the Assist Killer skill, which lets you do extra damage against Assist Trophies.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Sheriff Spirit

The easier one to get is Sheriff. You’ll find the Sheriff Support Spirit in a chest in World of Light, so you won’t even have to win a Spirit battle to obtain it. (You will, however, have to win several Spirit battles in order to clear the pathway there.)

This chest is located on the far left-hand edge of the map, north of the jungle and west of where you board the bus. The Kirby icon in the map below shows the exact location:

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - World of Light

In order to reach the chest, you’ll have to blow up a rock that’s in your way. You can do so with an explosive Spirit, such as Poppy Bros. Jr. or Bomberman. Once you blow up the rock, simply pop open the chest and claim your prize: the Sheriff Support Spirit, complete with the valuable Assist Killer skill.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - World of Light

If you’re curious about other chests in World of Light, by the way, you can check out my full guides to every chest in the Light Realm and every chest in the Dark Realm.

The other Assist Killer option is Pyra, but she pretty much comes down to luck. The Pyra Support Spirit is sometimes available at Anna’s Emporium, the shop in the bottom portion of the Light Realm in World of Light. She costs a whopping 10,000 SP, so you’d better come prepared! (Sometimes, you can get the Spirit in a sale if you’re really lucky.)

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Anna's Emporium

Pyra can also be obtained on the Spirit Board, but with almost 1,300 possible Spirits on the Board, your chances of finding her there are pretty small. The fight is brutal as well.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Pyra Spirit

There’s a third option for getting the Assist Killer skill: the Zelda (Ocarina of Time) Spirit. This is actually a Primary Spirit that has the Assist Killer skill built into it, so you won’t even have to burn a slot on adding the skill (though she does only have two slots instead of three). Or, you could use this Zelda Spirit as your Primary, then slot Sheriff and Pyre as your Supports to really deal some serious damage to Assist Trophies.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Zelda Spirit

You can get the Zelda (Ocarina of Time) Spirit by Enhancing a Young Zelda Spirit. You’ll need to get Young Zelda to Level 99, then you have the option to Enhance the Spirit. By Enhancing it, you reset it back to Level 1, but you’ll upgrade it from Advanced to Legend. It’s worth it.

So where do you get the Young Zelda Spirit? Currently, the only place I know for sure she shows up is the Spirit Board. Good luck!

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Spirit Board

All three of these Spirits — Zelda, Sheriff, and Pyra — are Legend Spirits.

Hopefully, with the help of this guide you’ll have a fighting chance against some of the tougher Assist Trophies in the game. The Sheriff Assist Trophy is especially devastating, and it was a devious move on Nintendo’s part to make his Spirit an Assist Killer.

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