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Welcome to the Tips and Tricks section of the official IGN Battletoads Wiki Guide and Walkthrough. Here, we’ll break down every tip and trick you need to know to save the galaxy as the Battletoads. These tips and tricks will help longtime Battletoads fans and players who have no idea about these heroes. This game features many different genres and types of gameplay mechanics so keep this page at the ready for reference when you need it.

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  • If you feel the controller vibrating lightly while standing or simply walking around, this means a collectable is nearby. Look around for a yellow pyramid-like floating object and once found, use your tongue to collect it (LT then Y + direction of collectable).
  • Press start at the beginning of each stage and check out the requirement to obtain the sixth collectable. It will be something like “get A Rank on all fights” or “finish a level in 8:30 or less.”
  • If it looks like you can reach the background of a stage, you probably can. Look for a Tongue Ring to latch onto that will launch you into the background.
  • If something looks like a target of sorts, it probably is. Try punching or kicking it if you can and if that doesn’t work, try spitting on it. Some collectables are hidden behind targets that first need to be spit on.
  • If you fail enough during the hacking minigames, the game will allow you to automatically hack the system and complete the minigame. So, if you don’t feel like doing the minigame, just quickly fail a handful of times.
  • If you see a purple rat, enemies are about to appear. The rat will scurry away and the enemies will spawn on screen.

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  • If you see some NPCs in the background run away, that means some enemies are about to teleport in. Prepare for a fight.
  • Keep an eye peeled for posters or writing on the wall. They’ll often give you hints on how to solve the hidden puzzle that might be before you.
  • If there are extra flies flying around that the character you’re currently playing doesn’t need, tap-in your other characters as they might need the health.
  • As long as you’re not on the hardest difficulty of the game, if you die enough times, you’ll be given invincibility that lasts for about a minute and can be used by pressing Up on the d-pad. You can also turn it on permanently in the settings.
  • You cannot grab a collectable and quit the stage. The game will not record you as having found the collectable. You must complete the stage.
  • Background signs in stages will often warn you of impending danger so keep an eye out for those to help you prepare for what’s next.
  • If you mess up an area or want to redo it to get a better ranking, press start and hit reload checkpoint. This will usually only take you 20-30 seconds back in the stage as the game saves often.
  • When a toad goes down, another of the toad’s will spawn in. Quickly find the fallen toad and stand over them while pressing RB. This will revive the toad so that they’re back in your roster.
  • If you fail to revive a fallen toad, they’ll be put on a timer. They cannot be called upon while this timer is still ticking down.
  • Be wary of the difficulty you select: You will not be able to change the difficulty once you’ve begun a save file. In order to change the difficulty, you’ll need to start a new game.
  • You can have up to three save slots. If you want to start a new game on a different difficulty, you’ll need to do so in a new save slot.
  • For the most part, you can walk back to any part of a stage by heading back the way you came. Sometimes closed doors will prevent this but usually, you can walk all the way back to the start of the stage.
  • There are 78 collectables in the game. Most of these are found within the level but some of them must be earned by completing a stage’s optional objective (can be viewed by pressing start).
  • There are three difficulties in the game: Tadpole, Toad, and Battletoad. The difficulties don’t change the collectables or level layout but they do change things like enemy health and toad health.
  • The Tadpole difficulty is the easiest difficulty. It is for players who want minimal challenge and want to focus on the game’s story. Enemy health, enemy strength, and respawn time is low and invincibility is available.
  • The Toad difficulty is the middle difficulty and the default one. It is for players who want “a good amount of challenge.” Enemy health, enemy strength, and respawn time are higher than that found in Tadpole but lower than the hardest difficulty.
  • The Battletoad difficulty is the hardest difficulty in the game. It is for players who want “a more unforgiving experience.” Enemy health and enemy strength are maxed out and respawn time is very high.
  • PC players: Use a controller for this game if you can. You can, of course, use mouse and keyboard, but the game is optimized for play with a controller. It will even recommend using a controller when you boot the game up on PC.
  • Press LT + A to spit on the enemy in the direction you’re facing. When an enemy is hit by your spit, they’ll be stuck in place leaving them wide open for some kicks and punches.
  • Your goal in combat is to achieve the highest possible combo. To start and continue combos, press any combination of Y, B, and A. Keep an enemy shuffling between your moves and the combo will continue.
  • Look for exclamation marks over an enemy’s head. This means an attack is incoming. Press RT + directional input to quickly evade the attack.
  • Breaking an enemy’s defense is key to your combative success. If an enemy continues to block your strikes, hold B to use a Smash Hit move. When the move is fully charged up, release B and the attack will break through their defenses.
  • If you see an enemy wearing armor on their forearms, they will likely be able to block your attack. Break through their blocking maneuvers by using a Smash Hit move.
  • When an enemy has floating skulls around their head, that means they’re about to die. Press Y to finish them off.
  • When an enemy has floating yellow birds circling above them, they are stunned. Attack relentlessly at this point.
  • At the top of the screen, under your character’s health bar, you’ll see a smaller bar. This is your combo meter. If it runs out, the combo will end.
  • Tag in other toads by pressing left, down, or right on the d-pad. Doing so allows you to switch things up in terms of moves which allows for bigger combos and a bigger chance to increase your combat rank.
  • Use tag-ins to your advantage: When Pimple is tagged in, his body will slam into the ground, damaging and pushing all enemies around him away.
  • Use tag-ins to your advantage: When Zitz is tagged in, he’ll damage and uppercut all enemies into the air, which sets you up for a great combo.
  • Use tag-ins to your advantage: When Rash is tagged in, he’ll rush forward and kick a nearby enemy backwards, essentially eliminating them from play.
  • The easiest way to get an S Ranking in an encounter is to hit an enemy once or twice, tag in a different toad, hit an enemy once or twice, tag in another toad, then rinse and repeat. Doing this will keep an excellent combo flowing making it easier to get the S rank.
  • It’s really, really difficult to get an A or S ranking while playing as just one character. Switching toads in and out is key to continuing your combo and subsequently raising your ranking.
  • Line your enemies up. When you throw a punch, any enemy within the punch’s range will take damage, even if it looks like enemies are on top of each other. Utilize this to your advantage.
  • If you see an enemy charging up an attack and you don’t think you can get away in time, try attacking the enemy with Y. This will often end their attack animation. This move is especially helpful when dealing with the walking popcorn machine-like enemies that deal electrical AOE damage.
  • If you see an avatar of a toad appear above an enemy’s head, it means that the enemy is about to throw a projectile at the toad whose avatar is showing. This is especially important to watch for when playing co-op as different enemies will target different players.
  • Some enemies can teleport out of the way of your attacks. If they do this, use a charged up B attack to hit them.
  • Experiment pressing buttons with directional inputs. Pressing B does one move while pressing B and down on the left stick does a totally different move. Pressing B while left or right on the left stick is its own move as well. You’ll learn what each does by experimenting with different inputs.
  • Each of the toads’ Y move will uppercut enemies into the air. If you’re surrounded by enemies and need a way out, pressing Y is the quickest way to make an exit.
  • You can’t exit a stage screen with enemies unless you defeat the enemies first.
  • There aren’t checkpoints within a combat encounter. If all three toad’s die, you’ll be brought to a game over-like screen and forced to retry the entire encounter.
  • Turbo Bikes: Dashing moves you exactly one third of the lane over. If you’re all the way on the right and dash once left, you’ll be in the middle of the land. Dash again and you’ll be on the far left side of the land. Knowing this about dashing on Turbo Bikes will make dodging hazards much easier.
  • Turbo Bikes: When on Turbo Bikes, look for hazards next to each other with just a little bit of space in between the two. That space should be just enough for you to ride through unscathed. Do so to get some bonus points added to your total score.
  • Turbo Bikes: You can dash left or right while in the air after jumping up.
  • Turbo Bikes: Yellow zig-zag lines indicate a gap is coming up. Get ready to jump.
  • When grinding on a rail, the more toads that do it at once, the faster Jeff (the slide) will travel.
  • When doing a ship level, know that bullets and lasers only damage you if they hit the highlighted cockpit region of the ship. Things that hit your wings and ship nose won’t cause you damage.
  • Get in the habit of jumping into walls or dropping down to the unknown below you. Oftentimes, this will lead to hidden areas where a collectable can be found.
  • When presented with the opportunity to play as characters other than the Battletoads, feel free to choose one of the other characters. Unlike the Battletoads, there aren’t any functional differences between these other characters.
  • When you first launch into a stage, go left before going right. Proceed right to get on with the stage but sometimes, hidden things like collectables can be found to the left.
  • Don’t worry about trying to win Ro Sham Bo. Winning or losing doesn’t affect what comes after this minigame.