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How to Update ARMS

Instructions on installing the update for ARMS.

On 19 September 2018 a new software update for ARMS became available for download. Please take a moment to download and install this update while your Nintendo Switch console is connected to the internet.

Additional Information:

  • This update must be applied in order to use the game’s online features.
  • Save data will still be available for use after downloading the update.
  • If the console is connected to the internet, the update will download and install automatically.
  • Once you have updated the game, you will no longer be able to participate in Local or LAN Play with players using an earlier version.

Complete These Steps:

  1. Connect your Nintendo Switch console to the internet.
  2. Return to the HOME Menu and launch the game.
  3. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically.
  4. Once the update is installed, the newest version number will be displayed on the title screen.

Update Details:

Click the version number below for information about the update. Each update also includes all previous updates.


Version 5.4

  • The Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app is now supported.
    • If matched with someone in online play, you can automatically match with them on the app as well to engage in voice chat.
    • Party Match, Ranked Match, Friends, and Party Crash are supported.
  • Video playback from the Dashboard is now smoother.
  • The following ARMS have been adjusted.
    ARM Name Changes

    Toaster

    Roaster

    • Reduced extension speed.
    • Increased speed of charge attacks.

    Sparky

    Chilla

    • Reduced extension speed.
    • Increased speed of charge attacks.
    • Decreased homing.

    Bubb

    Buff

    • Increased homing.

    Nade

    • Decreased extension speed.
    • Increased speed from extension to retraction.

    Tribolt

    Triblast

    • Decreased speed of charge attacks.
    • Widened area of effect of charge attacks.

    Revolver

    Retorcher

    • Increased curving.
    • Decreased rush damage.

    Hydra

    Biffler

    • Increased curving.
    • Increased time from drop to retrieval.

    Popper

    • Increased curving.
    • Decreased retraction speed.
    • Decreased rush damage.

    Cracker

    • Widened area of effect of charge attacks.
    • Decreased rush damage.

    Boomerang

    • Decreased speed when thrown with an outside curve.
    • Increased extension speed of throw attacks.

    Coolerang

    • Decreased speed when thrown with an outside curve.
    • Increased extension speed of throw attacks.
    • Increased homing.

    Chakram

    Ramram

    • Increased flotation for jump attacks.
    • Decreased homing.

    Phoenix

    Thunderbird

    • Increased extension speed of throw attacks.
    • Decreased rush damage.

    Megaton

    Megawatt

    • Increased expansion rate for charge attacks.
    • Decreased time from drop to retrieval.

    Homie

    Seekie

    • Decreased time from drop to retrieval.

    Slapamander

    Slamamander

    • Decreased retraction speed.
    • Increased homing.

    Whammer

    Kablammer

    • Increased retraction speed.

    Parasol

    • Increased extension speed of throw attacks.
    • Decreased rush damage.
    • Increased flotation for jump attacks.

    Parabola

    • Increased extension speed of throw attacks.

    Dragon

    Ice Dragon

    • Changing the angle when firing the laser is now slower.
    • Increased rush damage.

    Blorb

    Glusher

    • Increased speed of charge attacks.
    • Increased expansion rate for charge attacks.
    • Increased flotation for jump attacks.
    • Adjusted pathing for rush attacks.

    Funchuk

    • Decreased speed of charge attacks.
    • Increased speed of jump attacks.

    Brrchuck

    • Decreased speed of charge attacks.
    • Increased curving for jump attacks.

    Scorpio

    • Reduced extension speed.
    • Increased retraction speed.
    • Increased time from drop to retrieval.

    Skully

    • Increased homing.

    Lokjaw

    • Increased curving for projectiles launched from charge attacks.
    • Increased homing.

    Guardian

    • Increased expansion rate while extending.
    • Increased expansion rate for charge attacks.

    Clapback

    • Increased expansion rate while extending.
    • Increased expansion rate for charge attacks.
    • Decreased rush damage.
    • Decreased time necessary to fire a rush attack.

Version 5.3

  • New “Dashboard” feature added.
  • Check out the latest rankings, and tons of useful videos!
  • From Dashboard you can see the following.
    • Latest Worldwide & Regional Rankings
    • Party Crash Ranking by time slot
    • ARMS “Tips & Techniques” video collection
    • “Fighter Focus” video collection with tips for each fighter
    • “Tournament Clips” to so you can learn from the best
  • 15 images added to the art gallery.
  • Korean language is now supported.
  • Adjusted abilities of some fighters and ARMS as follows.
    Fighters/ Arms Adjustments
    Ribbon Girl Freshening up lightens your heart and your feet. Ah, Spring! Increased air dash movement speed.
    But it feels like her feet don’t quite touch the ground properly… Decreased dash movement speed.
    Misango Increased rush gauge fill rate when in red and blue spirit form to be equal to that of other characters.
    Coolerang Increased extension speed.
    Increased retraction speed.
    Lokjaw Increased retraction speed.
    Fixed issue where under certain conditions the ARM would not recover for an extended time.
    Scorpio Increased charge attack damage.
    Decreased retraction speed.
    Skully Increased charge attack damage.
    Decreased homing.
    Glusher Increased charge attack damage.
    Parabola Increased expansion rate while extending. No change to expansion during charge.
    Nade Decreased retraction speed.
    Chakram Decreased charge attack speed.

Version 5.2

  • The Party Crash mode “Big Time ARMS” can now be selected in regular battle as well, so you can try something a little different. Feel free to use it as a handicap!
    • Prior to battle, when selecting ARMS, you can toggle this on and off with the Y Button.
    • This feature can be used in Versus - Fight.
    • Can’t be used in online battles.
  • Added 15 new images to the art gallery.
  • Fixed issue where fighters with super armor would not have their ARMS disabled by electric attacks during a rush attack.
  • Fixed issue where a noise would repeatedly play if communication was lost while Dr. Coyle had her extra ARMS out.
  • Adjusted abilities of some fighters and ARMS as follows.
    Fighters/ Arms Adjustments
    Springtron Specs improved thanks to a certain girl genius! Movement during a super charge has been greatly increased.
    He’s a little heavier now, but that’s fine!
    Movement speed for normal jumps has decreased.
    Lola Pop Increased movement speed when jumping.
    Misango Rush gauge now fills at a rate equal to other fighters during normal times.
    Also made it somewhat less difficult for the rush gauge to fill when blue or red.
    Byte & Barq When jumping while on top of Barq, fixed an issue where a shockwave could be seen emanating from Byte as well.
    Fixed an issue where, under certain conditions, the switch on Barq's head would stay pushed in.
    Dr. Coyle Fixed an issue where, under certain conditions, extra ARMS would appear while firing ARMS.
    Nade Fixed issue where self-destruct could occur during rush.
    Bubb Increased charge attack speed.
    Parasol
    Parabola
    Increased rush attack speed.
    Glusher
    Blorb
    Decreased time from drop until collection.
    Skully Increased rush damage.
    Lokjaw Increased retraction speed.
    Clapback Decreased retraction speed.
    Decreased time until automatic retraction after placement.
    Popper Decreased extension speed.
    Decreased retraction speed.
    Chakram Decreased expansion rate for charge attacks.

Version 5.1

  • Added new “Gallery” feature. Unlock amazing illustrations using in-game currency, or by fulfilling certain conditions.
  • Added new badges.
    • Added badges earned when certain pairs of fighters rack up battles together.
    • Added badges earned by repeatedly using each ARM.
    • And so many more!
  • New additions to Party Crash.
    • ARMS Labs have manufactured the ultimate version of Hedlok. It will appear only in Party Crash.
    • ARMS Labs have thought up some new bonus periods. Look out for them!
    • If a featured fighter is losing by more than 1000 points in the current lobby, the bonus for using them will increase from 1.5x to 2x. Time for some comebacks!
  • Added Tournament mode.
    • A mode made for tournaments with all ARMS unlocked.
    • When in Tournament mode you will be unable to play other modes such as Grand Prix or Ranked Match, and you won’t receive badges or in-game currency. Records will also not be recorded.
    • You can switch between Normal mode and Tournament mode on the Main Menu by holding in the Right Stick and pressing L and R.
  • Fixed an issue where Dr. Coyle’s extra ARMS would not fire correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where the Ramram would stop moving in mid-air.
  • Fixed an issue in Skillshot where the Tribolt would fail to return after punching.