Some Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope tips will do a lot to help ease you into the game, as there are many systems and strategies to keep in mind. Team builds, tactics for combat, using the various systems and abilities to your advantage – all of these are essential to surviving in Mario and Rabbids 2, and players without the basics internalised will find themselves struggling to squash a few Goombas, let alone the full force of Cursa. For that reason, we’ve listed some 9 tips to help you beat Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope below, with an emphasis on new players to help them really get to grips with the mechanics.

1.  You should ALWAYS end a turn in cover

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Being out of cover when your turn ends is a recipe for disaster – enemies tend to prioritise the foe they can most easily hit, so if your characters are standing out in the open, all the foes around you (at least those with guns) will make use of the advantage. This can mean getting shot multiple times with no chance of evasion, shredding a character’s health bar in an instant. Don’t let it happen! Before shooting or using your last action point, make sure you’re in cover, ideally a full block, with it positioned between you and your opponents (it won’t matter if they can just walk around it and shoot you).

2. Pick complementary teammates with objectives in mind

Mario Rabbids Sparks of Hope tips

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Not every encounter is focused on combat, and not all combat works the same way. When a fight starts, you’ll have a chance to survey your enemies, the arena, and pick your teammates accordingly based on what you see up ahead. Big, melee focused enemies? Grab a long-range fighter like Luigi. Hordes of low-level minions? It’s Rabbid Mario’s time to shine. Those Goombas with pots on their heads? Grab some Splash damage water attacks and characters who can dash multiple times.