Mario & Luigi Dream Team; Ranks Guide

Unlike in the past Mario & Luigi games, Dream Team not only includes a certain set of ranks you achieve, but also various ‘abilities’ you can give each brother when they reach a new rank.  These let them equip more gear, level up quicker and all kinds of other stuff, so here’s a guide to each and every rank option.

Rank List

  1. Mushroom Rank
  2. Shell Rank (gotten at level 8)
  3. Flower Rank (gotten at level 16)
  4. Star Rank (gotten at level 26)
  5. Rainbow Rank (gotten at level 40)

By themselves, these ranks don’t mean much.  However, you’ll need a Rainbow Rank to shop in the high end gear shop in Driftwood Shore, so it does have some use.

Rank Bonuses

And here’s a list of all the possible bonuses you can give each brother for reaching a new rank:

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My Recommendations

So that said, what bonuses do I recommend?  Personally, I’d say the following are most useful:

  • Gear Slot + 1
  • Badge Stock + 1,
  • Iron Body,
  • Quick Healer
  • Casual Bros

Since they can’t be mimicked using items.

The following are potentially useful, but can be copied with gear:

  • Quick Level
  • Jump Man
  • Hammerhead

These ones are debatable:

  • Counterer (since counter attacks do very little damage anyway, and shouldn’t be your primary means of attack).
  • Shroom EXP (apparently the effect is tiny, and not really worth it)

And these ones are entirely pointless, since you can get infinite amounts of beans to boost stats

  • POW Up+
  • BP Up+
  • HP UP+

In theory, you can just use the Wellington Boots in Neo Bowser Castle and kill hordes of enemies to get a ton of POW/BP/HP boosting beans and use them instead.  Heck, you could theoretically boost all your stats to 999 before level 30 with beans…

So that’s a guide to ranks and rank bonuses, as well as my recommendations for what ones to pick.  Hope it was useful!