Street Fighter 6: How to Unlock Alternate Costumes for Each Character in SF6

Here's how to unlock alternate costumes for your favorite characters in Street Fighter 6.

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Unlocking Street Fighter 6 alternative costumes isn’t as simple as completing the Arcade mode. It will take a bit of a grind to get a character’s Costume 2 variant if you don’t want to pay real money. But it can’t be understated how impactful it is to see so many iconic characters with updated designs. Those who prefer that their character dresses in something a little more classic — or different — aren’t out of luck. Our guide will go over how to unlock the alternative costumes for each character in SF6.

How to Get Alternate Costumes in SF6

You initially only have the option to use the default Costume 1, but every character also has a Costume 2 variation. It’s a classic outfit for returning characters and simply a second outfit for new characters. There are two methods to unlock these secondary costumes: using real money and grinding bond levels with specific fighters in World Tour Mode.

How to Use Fighter Coins to Unlock SF6 Costume 2

The fastest method of getting Costume 2 for your characters is by purchasing them for 50 Fighter Coins each. Fighter Coins are the premium currency in Street Fighter 6 that can be used toward DLC content, fighting passes, and alternate costumes. The only catch is that they need to be bought with real money, and there’s currently no way to earn this currency in-game.

With 18 characters making up the base roster, you’ll need a minimum of 900 fighter coins to unlock all of their costumes. Here is the breakdown of the Fighter Coin bundles:

  • 250 Fighter Coins – $4.99
  • 610 Fighter Coins – $11.99
  • 1,250 Fighter Coins – $23.99
  • 2,750 Fighter Coins – $49.99

How to Unlock SF6 Costumes for Free — Level Up Bonds in World Tour

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There’s also a free method to get Costume 2 for fighters for those who’d rather not spend money. Each alternate costume can be unlocked in World Tour mode. All you have to do is take on a fighter as your master and then level up your bond with them.

Your bond will naturally rise over time from sparring with them, completing unique Master Quests, and simply choosing correct dialogue choices while talking with them. This can still be quite grindy, and it will take a while to do it for each character individually.

Thankfully, we’ve found the fastest way to bypass the grind is to buy gifts (typically from Merchant Hawker). The RPG-like World Tour mode has a lot of items to find and purchase, including gift items to give to your favorite master. Most gifts will increase your bond level by one to three points, but every character has at least one unique gift paired with them that will reward five points. Most of these special gifts cost around 4,000-5,000 of the in-game Zenny currency, so you’ll need to have a lot to spend.

How to Farm Zenny Fast in World Tour Mode

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The most consistent way to farm Zenny is to play the part-time job minigames, and the best one for this is Scrap Heap. Even on Easy difficulty, which you’ll be stuck with for quite a while, it’s possible to earn a minimum of 5,000 Zenny for each attempt. Given that you can complete an Easy round in about 10 seconds, this can provide more Zenny for your time than other minigames at their hardest difficulties.

Feel free to really explore your character’s movelist and find the best combos and attacks to finish each round quickly. Alternately, you can also just mash some heavy attacks together and still end up with a decent chunk of money in no time at all.

Related: The Complete List of All Street Fighter 6 Moves for Every Character

If you want to earn more, make sure to acquire the Pay Day skill on the fourth page of the skill tree. This will boost the amount of Zenny you receive from completing part-time jobs. Once you’ve unlocked the Deliveries App, you can also order the Corn Flex food, which will boost your income as well for 300 seconds. I was able to earn a minimum of 6,000 Zenny per attempt when using both of these. Tackle the harder difficulties as soon as you can with the above strategies, and you’ll earn multitudes more.

Best Gifts to Level up Master Bonds Fast in World Tour Mode

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The maximum bond level for each World Tour master is 100, so you’ll need to bring a minimum of 20 unique gifts to build it all the way up. Some have additional gifts that can be earned from various Master Quests, but here’s a list of the associated gifts you can purchase.

CharacterUnique GiftLocation
BlankaKnock-Off Blanka ChanBather’s Beach
CammyJellied EelBather’s Beach
Chun-LiCanned HerringOld Nayshall
Dee JayLukewarm BeerRanger’s Hut
DhalismInstant Curry (Ultra Mild)Old Nayshall
E.HondaRubber DuckiesColosseo
GuileNattoGenbu Temple
JamieBao Bao Bro StickerBather’s Beach
JPAntique Playing CardsBather’s Beach
JuriWrenchDhalsimer Temple
KenCookbookThunderfoot Settlement
KimberlyThe Answer Lies in the Heart of LoveBather’s Beach
LilyCelery ChipsBather’s Beach
LukeRed Elevator 8Bather’s Beach
ManonBeaujolaisBather’s Beach
MarisaCold Tomato SoupFete Foraine
RyuInstant SobaMetro City
ZangiefWooden BearBarmaley Steelworks

How to Choose Classic Costumes in Street Fighter 6

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All that’s left is to choose the costumes to play with. You might have noticed a Costume toggle when picking a fighter on the Character Select screen. Simply switch that to Costume 2 when choosing your character, and you’ll be all set to fight in your new wardrobe.

That covers all you need to know about how to quickly unlock each character’s Costume 2 in Street Fighter 6. If you find yourself having trouble landing some attacks when playing online, it could be beneficial to learn about Negative Edge Inputs. For other tips and fun breakdowns, check out our Street Fighter 6 guides hub.

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Samuel Moreno

Samuel is a freelance writer who has had work published with Hard Drive, GameSkinny, Otaquest, and PhenixxGaming. He's a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil series, but truth be told he'd sell his soul simply for a new Ape Escape game.