Dust off your cleats, throw on some sleek-looking armor and load up on red shells because Mario Strikers: Battle League has released. The third entry in this sports series, players assume the role of various Nintendo characters as they try to prove who’s best at football. Along with the basics such as passing, shooting, and blocking, Mario Strikers: Battle League also lets you hurl giant banana peels or even your ally at opponents. While you will spend your first couple of hours practicing your fundamentals, eventually you’ll want to start purchasing gear for your favorite characters. One secret gear set worth saving up for is the Bushido armor, which offers some major stat boosts.
How to Unlock the Bushido Gear
To unlock the Bushido gear in Mario Strikers: Battle League you will need to complete all of the Cup Battles on Normal difficulty. This means you have to win the Cannon, Chain, Turbo, Muscle, Trick, and Championship Cups with any characters to unlock this armor. Keep in mind, that the Championship Cup is only unlocked after you complete all the other cups on Normal difficulty so this will take a bit of time. Once you finish every cup on Normal, you will unlock the Bushido gear set for all 10 characters.
There is no other way to unlock this set and each piece will still need to be individually purchased. The problem is the Bushido gear costs a whopping 300 coins a piece, making it far more expensive than normal gear. This means it will cost you 12,000 coins if you want to buy all of the Bushido pieces across every character. Obviously, this will be a lot of work and coins so I recommend only getting some for your favorite players first.
Here’s a breakdown of each Bushido gear piece and the stats they impact:
Bushido Helmet – +4 Passing, -1 Strength, -1 Speed, -1 Shooting, -1 Technique
Bushido Bracers – +4 Technique, -1 Strength, -1 Speed, -1 Shooting, -1 Passing
Bushido Armor: – +4 Strength, -1 Speed, -1 Shooting, -1 Passing, -1 Technique
Bushido Sandals: – +4 Speed, -1 Strength, -1 Shooting, -1 Passing, -1 Technique
Notably, wearing the entire Bushido set will effectively give you +1 to each stat and that’s it. Since the others negatively impact each stat by 1, you won’t gain a ton of advantages by wearing the entire thing. Additionally, the Bushido gear doe not improve your Shooting stat. Personally, I like to wear one or two specific pieces of the Bushido set to boost a couple of attributes of a character. For example, you can turn Bowser into an absolute powerhouse by giving him the Bushido Armor and then something like the Muscle Gauntlets to improve his shooting.
While you definitely can wear an entire set of armor, I like to mix and match to ensure that my characters don’t have stats that are too penalized. It’s a balancing act and as you play more of Mario Strikers: Battle League you will learn what specific characters and stats suit your style of play. It’s important to tailor your team and gear to this, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different gear pieces.