why did i make this? (why not)
there are SPOILERS in this thread - dont read if you havent beaten the game!
or do i'm not a cop
so i beat the adventure mode normally then i wondered - whats the hardest this experience can be made?
so i tried making a new file, hard mode, and never using any spirits, ever (not counting using them in the overworld to remove obstacles) everyone dies except kirby (again) and so it begins
first spirit is that metal mario, no problems, then you keep going and save the first of 73 fighters, mario
from there there's a choice of 3 characters, marth sheik and villager - i went sheik for some reason (i went marth on my first playthrough so i guess it makes sense)
then i already encounter my first nightmare battle - mike. three opponents against you, with a lot of items that the opponents can very easily grab. after an hour of attempts, a lucky bomb appeared that killed the main target, ending the battle
i continued to free spirits and gain some skill spheres, but the skills werent very good. at one point i saw a trapped fighter with a spirit in its way, and i was met with many marios and severe wind - with no spirit to counter this wind, recovery was near-impossible and the items didnt make it better. but after a long long time i finally pulled through and saved... jigglypuff. wow
i later got the strong wind resist skill which reduced the impact of windstorms from now on
eventually i saved the first fighter that would be very important - lucario. lucario has an aura mechanic that makes him 2.5 times as strong at very high damage which was frequently reached because a single hit would often deal 40 damage or so to me. he also has a very good final smash. as i continued my journey i saved even more spirits and fighters including another very important fighter
DONKEY KONG IS HERE
dk has one extremely powerful tool - cargo throw. he can grab opponents, go towards the edge, and throw them to the blast zone. especially useful in stamina battles. even the infamous pauline battle was no match for dk. with dk i reached the lava castle, and found giga bowser. i used lucario for this fight because of his aura, and in the end (after almost two hours) i knocked down giga bowser, while at 488% damage. the first of 3 bosses is gone and galeem's shield is weakened. i also saved peach, who will be important later
i then made my way to the base, but this spirit blocked my way. defeat dr mario and EIGHT snakes. many bombs and explosions everywhere, near impossible to dodge them all. eventually i just gave up and went to the temple of light where i went through everything without too much trouble - simon belmont had a power level of 9000 but it didnt seem like it - he sd'd after i hit him once
then i went to the right side of the map going through many other challenges and saving other characters. one interesting battle was the camilla spirit - a poison cloud constantly does damage, so you usually end up at over 300 damage. it took me a while. i then made my way to rathalos. he was quite troublesome but eventually i learned his attack patterns and destroyed him with many bowser dropkicks. by then i had many more skill orbs and so i could get air attack up and landing lag down
then i returned to that troublesome fight, but with my super strong throw and extra jump, along with fire/explosion resist, it was no problem for dk. i saved some more stuff, got to galleom and after way more time than it should have taken, he fell to bowser's dropkicks. i initially used fox, but his reflector didnt work very reliably, by this time i had sunk 22 hours into the run. and now, the shield protecting galeem IS GONE! so i made my way up to galeem
but what about the fighters i hadnt saved?
saving zss was problematic - giant bowser stood in my way, i tried many strategies, but in the end bowsers greatest enemy... is himself. spamming nairs
little mac required me to go through the power plant - the giant zapperfish was really hard but lucario did the job with double final smash
remember when i said peach was important? well she is
i had enough skill spheres to get double final smash and fast final smash as well as healing boost. one peach fs heals 60 on its own so a double heals 120. with the healing boost that becomes a massive 180 healing - extremely useful in a lot of battles (not stamina battles tho) and with her a lot of obstacles fell such as the nikki miis and the star rod kirbies (why are there kirby clones if he survived the attack?) i went through the street fighter world tour with none other than dk and saved ryu, and with that only one character remained.
this really annoying stamina fight was in my way, even though it was just a two star. the enemies (ganon and charizard with 80hp each) had extreme defence and i tried many, many things - but in the end spamming dedede fsmash did the trick after i footstooled zard to oblivion
with everyone in the light realm saved i beat the master hand with ease, and then destroyed galeem with none other than captain falcon, taking "just" 106% damage. 33 hours in, 42 out of 73 saved. DHARKON TIME
i had a choice of 3 - mysterious dimension, sacred land (zelda) or dracula castle. i initially went for mysterious dimension, but backtracked and went to sacred land instead. it wasnt too problematic, although i wasnt able to save bowser jr or mii brawler at the time. i also unlocked zelda in the process, who was incredibly useful against the ganon boss fight. zelda has lightning kicks which can do massive damage quickly. 40 hours in, 51 out of 73 saved
then i went to the mysterious dimension, nothing got in my way until TABUU. a giant bayonetta in a stamina fight where you sometimes take sudden damage (which can kill you) i found no way to get my damage output high enough, even with all the good skills. eventually when i wanted to get her offstage with dk, she just killed herself instead. time for marx. marx wasnt too bad, not many dangerous attacks at all, and with zelda being able to teleport, he went down. i also encountered regigigas (giant rob stamina battle), and i tried many many different characters and eventually found ness can combo lots of fairs, but that wouldnt work. maybe i had to use palutena or something? i didnt come back for a while
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