13 Things Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Players Should Master

Mario and the Rabbids gang in the Nintendo Switch exclusive, Sparks of Hope.

Screenshot: Ubisoft

Don’t be fooled by the ridiculously stupid Rabbids. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is a formidable tactics game that can and will kick your ass if you’re not careful. Fortunately, the game also gives you a wide variety of mechanics and tools that come together in complex and satisfying ways. Here’s what you need to know.

It is called Mario PLUS Rabbids for a reason…

Sparks of hope lets you choose your team, and technically you can spin around with only members of the original Mario cast if you’d like. But if you don’t give in to the absurdity of the Rabbids, what are you doing here anyway? The best team is the one that does what it says on the tin.

But you have to try different characters

It’s easy to hold on to what you know, especially when it works. But each new character you gain has different abilities that can be useful in the specific battle you’re in. You may be struggling to stay alive, in which case a healer may be the way to go. Perhaps this battle will require you to get to the end of the map as quickly as possible, so your mobile characters are important now. Don’t keep using a character just because; the game takes everyone to a higher level as you go. Plus, you might discover a new favorite. Not liking the way someone plays isn’t really an excuse either, as the game lets you undo all the skill points you spend!

Change the difficulty as needed

Rabbids features an open world where you can traverse a map full of characters, points of interest and secrets. It is possible to walk into a level before you are ready. And honestly, some levels are just hard! When you start a battle, the game asks if you want to adjust the difficulty. If you find yourself in trouble, there’s no shame in tweaking the experience so you’re having fun rather than banging your head against the wall repeatedly.

Set waypoints

When you open your map, you can see where characters are, along with levels and other helpful landmarks. You can mark them all and press them so that your radar will tell you where to go to start the quest. Some places also allow you to travel quickly after selecting them.

Exploring the world

Mario, Bowser and Rabbid Peach exclusively for the Switch, Sparks of Hope.

Screenshot: Ubisoft

You can go straight to the next mission, but that would be a shame. One of the most charming things about Sparks is that Ubisoft has filled the game to the brim with little details and secrets, whether that be silly dialogue, red coin challenges, or blue coin levels. Some of this will mark the deck on your map as you walk past it, even if you didn’t know it was there. Other things you’ll want to remember because you won’t be able to handle them the first time you see them. But you won’t see it at all if you don’t take a walk.

Later in the game you unlock the ability to scan things. You’ll want to scan vortices on the ground, footprints, glints, invisible objects and cracked walls with your trusty robot buddy Beep-o if you want to give it a thorough try.

Prepare for battle

First of all, you should always pass by a store before entering the battle so that you enter with enough mushrooms and the like. Once you’re in the pre-battle screen, you can look at your enemies and their weaknesses and customize your gear to your liking. Just as you experiment with different characters, you should feel comfortable changing Sparks as needed.

It can also be tempting to tell the game to heal your characters for that small amount, but I encourage you to gamble a little. Can you get into a healing early? Do you think you can beat the level without taking much damage and just enjoy the rejuvenation after the match? Finally, you unlock the revive ability. Don’t waste the money just because you have it.

Spend the money, that’s why you got it

lol okay but HEAR ME OUT, you’re saving the money for other things! Instead of spending money on healing, you can instead stock up on things like POW blocks and reset timers that instantly regenerate your skills. Healing is a built-in mechanism, but not everything is. Save your money for the things you couldn’t do otherwise. Likewise, instead of hoarding them, you should use your items until they are no longer useful.

Speed ​​up

Press Y during the enemy turn. That’s it, that’s the tip.

Throw your enemies AND friends

Rabbid Mario drops a bomb in the Switch exclusive, Sparks of Hope.

Screenshot: Ubisoft

You want to move your characters as far as possible while still within reach of each other so they can jump and slide to new areas (or heights). Watch out for fall damage – going down a pit will hurt! But you can also barge into things like Bob-ombs, activate them, then throw them into the other baddies to blow everything up. You should always run at every turn and look out for pipes and other transport shortcuts, but if you can sprint, slide, teleport, and throw, that’s even better.

Be careful with your shots

For example, characters like Mario will shoot twice. When you kill an enemy, sometimes you have to return your shot to the first man, as they will automatically find another target for the second bullet. Unless of course you certainly that you have a clean shot and want to have two targets. However, don’t assume you’re going to hit just because you pull the trigger. Sometimes it’s best to double tap to kill something rather than hurt just two enemies and kill neither of them.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope – Gameplay Presentation – Nintendo Switch

Line of sight is important

For shooting, the way this works is obvious. If you can’t see it, you can’t touch it. But it also matters for things like dashes and skills. If you’re not in the right place, it’s possible that your dash will miss the entire Goomba line, so make sure the game says your enemies will actually take damage, not just that they’re currently the target. However, don’t be discouraged if you don’t have access to an enemy. Destroy the barriers and leave them open!

Know your attack priority

If you do your main attack, that’s it. You can do nothing else. Your secondary ability can sometimes gray out other choices too, so pay attention to what does what.

Play the target

At the start of a fight, Sparks of hope will tell you to reach a certain part of the map, or to defeat a specific enemy. Do not ignore the guideline. The map will likely be swarming with enemies that weren’t there before, which can be scary, and you’ll probably want to take care of that. But the level ends as soon as you meet the conditions, so it doesn’t matter how outnumbered you are at the time. Everything else is a distraction that can trick you into fighting an impossible battle, and restarting a match can be hugely annoying.

Good luck over there!

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