In Mario & Luigi Dream Team, there’s a certain part in the game where you have to get through some fairly annoying ring puzzles by bouncing around in ball form and not landing on the same space twice. I even mentioned it in my ‘best and worst parts of Mario & Luigi Dream Team article’:
Above: Many people’s personal hell.
But while I struggled with them when playing the game the first time, I’ve now done a bit research and written down the answers to many of the puzzles instead. So if you’re having trouble with a certain puzzle (or ten) in Somnom Woods, here’s a nice page of solutions that should help you out:
It’s mostly based on watching different videos and writing down the solutions people took to solve them when they played, but it’s the first ever guide I can find that actually answers how to get past these damn things.
Hopefully this helps anyone who’s having trouble with the ring puzzles in Mario & Luigi Dream Team, and stops them spending any more hours stuck on this ridiculous game mechanic.
In Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon, there are five secret missions in the game. Unlocked by capturing all the Boos in each of the game’s mansions, these missions have you run around an already completed mansion capturing a ‘random’ set of ghosts as far as possible. They’re basically ghost busting time trials.
But unbeknown to many FAQ/guide writers, these missions have a lot things going on than they imagine. So here’s a guide to the secret missions in Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon, including things like what ghosts will spawn in every room, how the mission works and various other things of note. Enjoy!
Basic Mission Info
Each of these secret missions is basically a time trial run. You revisit each mansion, clear ‘random’ ghosts out of each room and get ranked based on how quickly you do it.
After clearing the first room of ghosts, two more rooms get filled with them. Then after clearing those, another three end up with ghosts in. You’ll notice this since the music speeds up at each of these points.
Here are some answers to some basic questions you may have about the secret missions in Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon.
Why does each room have three ghost lists?
Because each room has three possible sets of ghosts that may appear in it, and there’s no possible way to tell which set will show up.
So you can’t tell which set of ghosts will appear?
Nope. It’s not based on mission ‘phase’, I’ve had the exact same ghost combos show up at the start of the mission as at the end of it. It’s also not based on how many times you’ve cleared out a room, since I’ve had instances where I’ve revisited a room and had the same few ghosts reappear.
The three sets of ghosts aren’t equally common either, one or two seem to appear about 90% of the time whereas the other set is only encountered once in a blue moon.
Do all the ghosts appear at once?
No. For whatever reason, it’s random what order the ghosts appear in when it comes to room enemy combinations. So for one mission attempt you may have a Slammer and a Greenie appear instantly when you enter the room, and for another one the same Slammer and Greenie may only appear after some of the other ghosts are defeated. I’m not sure how the game chooses the order to spawn the different ghosts in.
Are the rooms picked randomly chosen?
Not quite. From what I can tell, the game tends to pick rooms that you can travel between fairly easily/quickly, as if some algorithm is working out which rooms can be visited/cleared by a normal player in the four/five/six-minute time limit.
However, the room order will always vary every time you play the mission, including if you choose to restart mid level.
How come not all rooms are listed?
Because not all rooms get infested with ghosts. In fact, these rooms never have ghosts in:
- Front Yard
- Forgotten Garden
- Any hallway/corridor
- Towers Entrance
- Secret Garden
- Hollow Tree
- Any lobby
- Any hallway/corridor
- Any stairwell
- Crow’s Nest
- Water Supply
- Clockworks Court
- Any corridor/hall/stairwell
- Storm Cellar
- Canyon/Ravine Narrows
- Pretty much any area in the ruins in general
- Any area in the right side of the mansion, such as the Service Elevator
- Front Entrance/Chalet Approach
- Far side of High Wires (near side can have ghosts)
- Workshop Landing
- Maintenance Room
- Slip Slope
- Pit Mine
- Deep Hall
- Coward’s Chasm
- Cinder Mine
- Crystal Quarry
- Absolute any area found in mission 1 (Bottom of Well, Cliffside, Guard Corridor, Ceremonial Chamber, Haunted Catacombs, Underground Lab, Dungeon Cells)
- Any Gallery room
- Grand East/Grand West
- Inner Courtyard
- Train Exhibit
- Outside of Nautical Exhibit
- Space Exhibit
Note that both upstairs corridors can and often will have ghosts in.
Does the time limit ever run out?
No. Besides, the time ticks up not down, it’s recording your fastest time overall.
Can I go wherever I want in these missions?
Yes. In fact, the other major benefit of playing these missions is that you can explore the whole mansion without having to worry about the obstacles or puzzles, meaning it’s the perfect time to find any missing gems you may have to collect.
It’s also the only time in the game in which you can explore the east side of the Old Clockworks as well as the rest of the building without leaving the mission.
Here are all the ghosts found in each room of each Secret Mission. They’re not technically random like some people online think, but there are an awful lot of factors that go into deciding what set of ghosts you get in each level set up.
Also, I will be adding to these lists as I record what ghosts appear. This is because some ghost combos seem to be much, much more common in these missions than others, and I tend to end up facing the same one or two enemy combos per room most of the time. So this isn’t quite a full list (it won’t be complete until I’ve recorded all three possible sets of ghosts for each room), but it should help some people know what’s ahead. And it’s trivia I guess.
So let’s begin.
Gloomy Manor – Gradual Infiltration
- 1 Greenie, 1 Greenie with Armour, 1 Hider
- 2 Greenies, 1 Greenie with Armour
- 1 Greenie, 1 Poltergeist/Boffin
Trivia: This is a rare occurrence of a Poltergeist/Boffin as a normal enemy rather than a mini boss.
- 1 Slammer, 1 Greenie with sunglasses, 1 Greenie
- 2 Slammers, 2 Greenies with sunglasses
- 2 Greenies, 1 Greenie with sunglasses, 1 Slammer
- 1 Greenie with Armour, 3 Greenies
- 2 Slammers, 2 Greenies with sunglasses, 1 Greenie
- 1 Greenie with sunglasses, 1 Slammer, 1 Greenie
- 1 Greenie with sunglasses, 2 Greenies, 1 Slammer
- 1 Slammer, 1 Greenie, 1 Hider
- 2 Greenies, 1 Hider
- 1 Slammer, 1 Greenie, 1 Hider
- 2 Hiders, 1 Slammer
- 2 Slammers, 1 Greenie
- 4 Greenies, 1 Slammer
- 1 Greenie, 1 Greenie with sunglasses, 1 Slammer
- 2 Slammers, 2 Greenies
- 1 Slammer, 3 Greenies
Take more than 5 minutes:
That’ll do Luigi! You weren’t exactly quick about it, but you caught ’em all. Anyhoo, let’s bring you back!
Take less than 5 minutes:
Excellent, Luigi! You got the lot of ’em! Nice and quick, too! The very definition of post-haste! Heh heh… Let’s bring you back!
Haunted Towers – Hostile Intrusion
- 2 Greenies with shovels, 1 slammer
- 1 Creeper, 1 Greenie with shovel, 2 Greenies
- 1 Creeper, 1 Greenie with shovel, 1 Greenie
- 1 Gobber, 1 Sneaker, 1 Greenie with Shovel
- 1 Gobber, 1 Creeper, 1 Greenie with shovel
Trivia: You can completely cheese the battle with this Gobber by attacking it from behind the wall to the left. This is because Gobbers cannot shoot projectiles through walls or solid objects.
- 2 Slammers, 1 Greenie with shovel
- 1 Slammer, 2 Greenies
- 1 Gobber, 1 Slammer, 2 Greenies
- 1 Gobber, 1 Greenie
- 1 Gobber, 1 Greenie with shovel
- 2 Creepers, 1 Hider
- 2 Hiders, 1 Creeper
- 1 Greenie, 1 Gobber
- 1 Gobber
- 1 Gobber, 1 Creeper
- 1 Greenie, 1 Greenie with shovel, 1 Creeper
Take less than 4 minutes:
Attaboy, Luigi! That’s the last of ’em. You really caught those ghosts quick! The Parascope could hardly keep up! You ready to come on back? Hold on.
Take more than 4 minutes:
That’s the last of ’em, Luigi! Hopefully you did it fast enough so we don’t get another event like this anytime soon. Come on back now.
Old Clockworks – Outlandish Interruption
- 3 Greenies, 1 Greenie with hammer and shield, 1 Sneaker
- 1 Greenie, 1 Greenie with hammer and shield, 1 Slammer
- 1 Greenie with shovel, 1 Greenie with welding mask, 1 Slammer, 1 Greenie
- 1 Greenie with shovel, 1 Sneaker, 1 Slammer
Clock Tower Gate
- 2 Greenies, 1 Mummy
- 2 Greenies, 1 Hider, 1 Greenie wearing glasses and fake nose, 1 Greenie with shield and hammer
- 1 Slammer, 1 Greenie with shield and hammer, 1 Greenie wearing glasses fake nose
- 4 Greenies, 2 Slammers
- 1 Greenie, 3 Slammers
- 5 Greenies
- 2 Slammers, 1 Greenie with hammer and shield, 1 Sneaker
- 1 Poltergeist, 1 Slammer
- 1 Poltergeist, 1 Greenie
Trivia: It seems all rooms with Poltergeist mini bosses have you face a normal Poltergeist/Boffin instead. This one replaces the Ancient Poltergeist/Boffin Elder from the main story.
- 1 Hider, 2 Greenies with sunglasses
- 2 Greenies with sunglasses, 2 Greenies, 1 Hider
- 2 Hiders, 1 Sneaker
- 2 Tornado Greenies, 1 Mummy
- 3 Greenies
Trivia: This is the only room in which a Mummy MIGHT appear as an enemy, but in which its appearance isn’t certain.
Took more than 5 minutes:
That’ll do, Luigi! I think that was the last one! Come on back now.
Took less than 5 minutes:
Great work, Luigi! You sent those ghosts packing, and very quickly, I should add! Let’s bring you back now.
Secret Mine – Severe Infestation
- 2 hockey Greenies, 3 Greenies
- 1 Strong Slammer, 2 hockey Greenies, 1 Greenie
- 1 hockey Greenie, 1 helmet Greenie, 1 Strong Greenie
- 2 hockey Greenies, 1 Greenie, 1 Strong Greenie, 1 helmet Greenie
- 1 Greenie with crystal, 1 helmet Greenie, 1 hockey Greenie
- 1 Greenie with crystal, 1 Greenie, 1 Strong Greenie
- 1 Greenie with crystal, 1 Greenie, 1 helmet Greenie
Under the Ice
- 1 Strong Slammer, 1 Greenie with crystal, 1 Greenie
- 1 Slammer, 2 Greenied with crystals
- 1 Slammer, 1 Strong Sneaker, 1 Greenie
- 1 Strong Sneaker, 2 Greenies
- 1 Greenie with helmet, 1 hockey Greenie, 1 Hider
- 1 Strong Sneaker, 2 Greenies
- 1 Strong Sneaker, 1 Sneaker, 1 Greenie
- 1 Strong Sneaker, 1 Strong Greenie, 1 Greenie
- 1 Strong Slammer, 1 Strong Greenie, 1 Greenie
Took more than 6 minutes:
All right, Luigi. You got ’em all. I could have done it a bit quicker myself, but at least you got the job done. Besides, I’m too old for this ghost-catching tomfoolery. Anyhoo, let’s bring you back.
Took under 6 minutes:
Whoa there, Luigi! You’re one lean, green, ghost-catching machine! Nice work. Sit tight and I’ll bring you back.
Treacherous Mansion – Terrifying Invasion
- 2 Sneakers, 1 Strong Greenie with spear
- 1 Sneaker, 1 Strong Greenie with spear, 1 Greenie
- 1 Slammer, 2 Sneakers, 1 Strong Greenie with spear
Dark Ages Exhibit
- 2 Strong Greenies with swords and shields, 1 Strong Slammer, 1 Sneaker
- 1 Strong Slammer, 1 Strong Greenie with sword and shield, 1 Slammer
- 1 Strong Sneaker, 2 Strong Greenies with swords and shields, 1 Greenie
- 2 Mummies, 1 Slammer, 1 Greenie
- 2 Mummies, 1 Slammer
- 1 Mummy, 1 Sneaker, 1 Slammer
Ice Age Exhibit
- 1 Greenie, 3 Greenies with diving helmets, 1 Sneaker
- 2 Greenies, 1 Greenie with diving helmet, 1 Sneaker
- 2 Greenies with diving helmets, 1 Sneaker
- 1 Strong Slammer, 1 Greenie, 1 Greenie with diving helmet
- 2 Hiders, 1 Strong Greenie with sunglasses, 1 Sneaker
- 1 Strong Slammer, 1 Strong Sneaker, 1 Greenie
- 1 Slammer, 2 Sneakers, 1 Strong Greenie
Trivia: This is the only room in the game which has no ‘real’ enemies (bar a Gold Greenie) in the main story but which still ends up infested with ghosts in the secret mission.
- 1 Strong Gobber
- 1 Strong Gobber, 1 Greenie
- 2 Mummies, 2 Greenies
Trivia: This is the only place you can find Mummies as enemies which doesn’t have sand and isn’t located on the ground floor.
- 2 Sneakers, 1 Strong Sneaker, 1 Greenie
Took more than 6 minutes:
Nice work, Luigi. You sure took your sweet time, but you’ve prevented a major catastrophe. Sit tight — I’m firing up the Pixeshifter.
Took less than 6 minutes
Amazing, Luigi! Simply amazing! You’re the finest ghost hunter I’ve ever laid eyes on! They didn’t even know what hit ’em! Sit tight – I’m firing up the Pixelshifter.
And that’s my Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon secret mission guide so far. It’s not 100% complete (I’m still missing quite a few rooms and ghost combinations), but it’s by far and large the most detailed walkthrough of its sort online in that it actually gives information about what enemies you’ll face rather than just saying it’s random.
In Luigi’s Mansion 2/Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon, each mansion has a set of gems you can find and collect. These are colour coded to fit the mansion and unlock various rewards, but they’re not easy to hunt down. So here are all the locations you can find the gems in as well as their rewards.
Here’s where you can find the gems, as sorted by mansion.
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Unlockables from collecting Gems
Collecting all the gems in a mansion will get you a statue of Luigi that you can view in the Vault. These statues have the gems embedded in the statue base and gradually get happier and happier as you progress (hence the one in Gloomy Manor shows a terrified Luigi and the one in Treacherous Mansion shows a happy one). Here are all the statues:
Gloomy Manor Luigi Statue
Haunted Towers Luigi Statue
Old Clockworks Luigi Statue
Secret Mine Luigi Statue
Treacherous Mansion Luigi Statue
Additionally, getting the gems fills up part of the vault. Once the entire thing is full (including all ghosts, ScareScraper ghosts, upgrades and gems), you get another E Gadd medal on the file select screen and next to your name online.
Hopefully this gem guide helped you find any gems you were missing and fill out the vault in Luigi’s Mansion 2/Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon. If you need any more specific advice, either ask on the Nintendo 3DS Community forums (see http://nintendo3dscommunity.com to find them) or comment below, I’ll then post a screenshot/video showing where any missing gems are.
In Luigi’s Mansion 2/Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon, each mission gives you a rank from 1-3 stars at the end of the level, with 3 stars being the best you can get. But getting these ranks isn’t always easy, and the requirements are never told to you in game or in the instruction manual. So here’s my guide to getting three star ranks in Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon so that hopefully everyone else can get them as well.
The Criteria for a 3 Star Mission Rank
As far as criteria go, there are theoretically three. Namely:
- The amount of gold (bills, coins and bars) collected in a level
- How quickly you beat the mission
- How much health you lose (the less health lost the better)
But these aren’t equal. No, in 99% of cases, the amount of gold is the most important thing in determining what rank you end up with at the end of the level. Heck, in a lot of cases, there’s basically a minimum threshold in amount of money you need to get a 3 star rank, with anything below this immediately disqualifying you from it.
Of course, this is slightly less the case in boss battles where gold is severely limited, so in those cases it seems like time is the most important factor and not wasting any by missing attacks or aimlessly wandering around is your key to a good rank at the end of the mission. Still, keep in mind that the amount of gold gotten in a mission is usually the most important thing to consider.
Tips for getting a 3 Star Rank
In a normal mission, get as much money as you possibly can. Really, the money is far more important than the time taken in terms of ranking critieria, and it’s even a tad more important than not getting hit by enemies. So if you ever have the choice between ‘quickly finishing the level’ and ‘padding out your wallet’, always choose the latter.
To aid in this, you will need to find at least 50%-80% of Gold Greenies (gold ghost enemies that drop a ton of money on death) in the mission wherever possible. So if you’re getting a two star rank in a mission over and over, there’s a 99% chance you’re missing a Gold Greenie somewhere along the line and that’s causing you to just miss the minimum money threshold. Some Gold Greenies you may be missing are the following:
- The one hidden underneath the bear rug in the first mission of the Secret Mine. Pull on the bear’s tail with the Poltergust while in the Chalet to make it appear.
- The hockey greenies in the same mission. Find the hockey puck near the Fishing hut door and shoot it into the goal to make them both appear.
- The Gold Greenie found in the Deep Hall (room before the Crystal Quarry in the Secret Mine). Look into the hole in the wall to the left to make both him and a Sneaker appear.
- The one in the dresser in the Treacherous Mansion Grand West (hallway connecting the Dark Ages Exhibit with the Ice Age one). Shine the Dark Light to the left to make a dresser appear, then open it to find a Gold Greenie.
Above: These ghosts are probably why you don’t have three stars in D-1 Cold Case. Thanks Pheonixmaster1 for the screenshot
Those are some of the commonly missed ones that might just be the reason you don’t have a three star rank on these missions yet.
Gold Bats, Spiders, Mice and Beetles also exist and always drop a gold bar upon being defeated with the Strobulb. So defeat as many of these as possible, although they’re very much not required for a three star ranking.
Also, get the gold dog bones in each mission. These will not only revive you upon death, but also give you a nice extra 200 gold at the end of the level if you don’t end up using them before then. They appear in the first object you check after getting 200 gold in a level, so once you’ve passed that threshold, check the nearest object you can find.
Above: Get any Gold Bones you can find.
In Polterpup missions on the other hand, you need to be pretty fast in general. Don’t stray too far from the main route, try not to wander around aimlessly and follow a walkthrough if necessary, since time seems to be much more important here than it is elsewhere.
Finally, for boss battles, it’s usually a matter of finishing quickly with minimal mistakes. So don’t miss too many shots in the Shrewd/Scornful Possessor (ice) battle, don’t get stuck and hit by King Boo in the final battle chase scenes and generally don’t screw up in the others. You’re near enough guaranteed to have three stars on the battle with the staircase though, 90% of players end up doing well enough on the first try due to the low boss difficulty, and messing up on the stairs doesn’t hurt your rank too much.
How do you know this?
I did a few tests a while back to verify what causes you to get a three star ranking. First I speedran the entire level with a walkthrough and got a record quick time with no health lost. The result? Two stars. Then I collected as much money as possible, got hit a few times and took much longer, with the end resulting being a nice neat three star rank.
Seems like pretty good evidence that money is the main contributing factor here.
Some Personal Records
These are from missions I have a three star ranking on. Hopefully this gives people some rough idea of what amount of money is recommended for each mission.
D-1 Cold Case
- Time: 00:08:37
- Least health lost: 5
- Most treasure collected: 1614
D-2 Hit Rock Bottom
- Fastest clear time: 00:09:29
- Least health lost: 5
- Most treasure collected: 1147
E-1 Front Door Key
- Fastest clear time: 00:05:16
- Least health lost: 0
- Most treasure collected: 1738
E-2 Double Trouble
- Fastest clear time: 00:21:56
- Least health lost: 60
- Most treasure collected: 2356
E-5 Paranormal Chaos
- Fastest clear time: 00:11:12
- Least health lost: 80
- Most treasure collected: 2803
I know these records are from fairly late in the game, but I thought these would be the most useful ones to post in this article. Why? Because these were some of the missions I was having most trouble getting three stars on due to money collected, so hopefully people can compare their records and figure out whether they’re missing anything.
The Reward for getting Three Stars
For getting three stars in all missions, you get another E Gadd medal on the file select screen and next to your name online. In case you were wondering, the first one is gained from beating the final battle and the last is for filling up the Vault entirely (including all ScareScraper specific bosses).
I don’t personally have this medal yet (still need to get three stars on the Shrewd/Scornful Possessor, Big Boo and final boss). Hopefully this shouldn’t take me too long, since I’ve only got three missions and one ScareScraper boss left before I’ve completed everything in the game.
Either way, there’s my guide to getting three stars in Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon. I hope it helped some people, I know it’s not easy to find the real requirements for getting high ranks online.
And if you have any questions about the guide, just ask them in the comments section below!