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How to Defend in Super Mario RPG Combat

Seren Morgan-Roberts

This is a quick and easy guide on how to defend in combat scenarios in Super Mario RPG. To defend an attack, you’ll need to time the perfect shield by pressing “A” at the perfect time. Defending attacks is super important in combat and will save your character from incoming damage and/or knockouts, so learning how to master the Defend mechanic is vital to your playthrough!

Defense Shield in Super Mario RPG

In concept, defending against an attack is pretty easy - all you need to do is hit Joy-Con-ButtonA on your joycon/controller when an enemy is attacking. However, you will need to time it perfectly to actually trigger the defense shield that negates the attack, and to do so you’ll want to press Joy-Con-ButtonA when the Exclamation mark comes up above your character’s head.


This can be tricky to hit at first, but with more and more encounters with different monsters, you’ll get used to their different attacks. For example, some enemies will have ranged attacks, and blocking them might not come as naturally as melee attacks. Practice is key here and the more you play and encounter enemies the more you’ll be able to time the perfect defense shield!

To defend an enemy's attack press the A or B button!

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    17 November 2023
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    28 November 2023
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Super Mario RPG is a wonderful and whimsical remake of the 1996 classic Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. You’ll need to assemble a group of heroes (starting with Mario of course!) to embark on a quest to repair the wish-granting Star Road! Along the way you’ll encounter enemies from the Smithy Gang, and you’ll unlock access to a whole cast of nostalgic playable characters, from Princess Peach to Geno the puppet to the adorable Mallow.

This guide includes everything you need to make your way through the Super Mario RPG remake. Whilst this game is a faithful remake of the original, the game developers, ArtePiazza, have also included some fun post-game match-ups for those who are looking for an extra challenge and a departure from the OG game! We’ve got walkthroughs for the following:

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