If you want to survive the spooky spirits infesting the dusty halls of Luigi’s Mansion 3, then you’re going to need more than some courage. This latest entry in the series sees the older brother scouring a ghost-filled hotel with the hope of rescuing his brother, Princess Peach, and some Toads that were unlucky enough to tag along. Despite the simplistic design, Luigi’s Mansion 3 has a few hidden mechanics and secrets it leaves the players to uncover.
Here are five essential tips to keep in mind during your stay in this tower of terror.
Don’t Just Mash A
While Luigi’s Mansion 3’s combat may seem quite easy, there’s a fair amount of nuance to how you capture ghosts. As you suck in a ghost, you’ll begin to fill up a circular progress bar that allows you to unleash a furious ghost slam attack that inflicts 20 damage. While it’s tempting to just keep mashing A and beat the ghosts into submission (who knew that was even possible), you can actually aim where Luigi slams the spectral foe down. This allows you to hit one ghost with another, draining the impacted spirit’s health and opening them up to get sucked into the Poltergust G-00!
Additionally, when fighting bosses make sure to not hit A right away. Unlike the basic ghosts, one barrage of ghost slams won’t defeat them. Instead, hold down ZR and pull with the left stick to deplete some of their health before you initiate a slam attack. This lets you pour on extra damage and will cut down the time you’re fighting bosses.
Strobe the Vermin
Outside of ghosts, Luigi will come across a variety of different pets including bats, rats, and spiders. Even though Luigi’s Mansion 3 gives you the option to suck them into the vacuum, these creatures can actually be defeated by hitting them with the flashlight strobe. This is terrific for taking down large hordes of the creepy crawlers without getting overwhelmed. Often the vermin will hide off-screen, so be prepared to quickly react otherwise you could take a fair amount of damage. However, we do recommend using the Poltergust G-00 on any gold variants, since you can catch them before they run away with the suck function.
Use Your Dark Light
One device that doesn’t get nearly enough love or explanation is the dark light. This alternative bulb allows Luigi to form objects that have vanished in the environment. A lot of secret passageways, puzzles, and gems are tied to uncovering items with the dark light. Because of this, make sure to give every room a quick once over with this device before moving on. Typically a room with a dark light puzzle will be missing a key piece of the environment such as a statue, faucet, drain, etc. Look for clues like a suspiciously barren wall or object that should be there, but isn’t.
Alternatively, you can also use the dark light to help your track certain ghosts. Throughout the game, you’ll come across spirits that decide to scare and dash rather than fight. Thankfully, your friendly Polterpup will chase after them, allowing you an easy way to track them down. If you ever lose sight of Polterpup, just activate the dark light and shine it on the floor to illuminate his tracks.
This might seem like an obvious tip, but making sure you give every room a thorough cleaning is at the heart of Luigi’s Mansion 3. The hotel is absolutely filled with coins, gold bars, and dollar bills, most of which can only be accessed by using the Poltergust G-00. Since you can purchase a variety of items from the shop, having some cash weighing down your overalls is always nice. Whenever you’re finished clearing a room of ghosts, start vacuuming up all the trash and objects. Usually, you can find some extra money stuffed into drawers, pipes, bathroom stalls, shelves, animals (ew), or virtually anything in this creepy hotel.
Burst is Perfect for Crowd Control
At first glance, Burst might seem like an odd skill that just lets you clear out a ton of trash in a room, but it’s a surprisingly effective combat technique. When you are surrounded by ghosts—which will happen often—hit both ZL + ZR to initiate an air Burst. This will knock back every ghost around you, briefly stunning them so you can reposition yourself. It’s a terrific way to isolate problematic ghosts, especially as you progress later into the game. Just make sure to follow up with a flashlight strobe to ensure that you can initiate a capture.
Burst also acts as a superb jump ability, allowing Luigi to jump over certain ghost attacks. Occasionally, you’ll encounter spirits who use area of effect attacks that can only be dodged by using Burst. It may take you a few tries to get the hang of this odd alternative jump. We recommend practicing against the ghost rolling the rug at you on the fourth floor.