Mario Strikers Battle League Cups: Types, Modes & Reward

Mario’s new sports game Mario Strikers: Battle League, was released on June 10, 2022, making it the third game of the Mario Strikers series. It is developed by Next Level Games and published by Nintendo. The Strikers Club Mode and Cup Battles Mode are this guide’s centerpieces; both are two of the five Mario Strikers Battle modes.

There are options for customization in the game as well. Players can op for Mario Strikers Battle League Builds and gear to fine-tune the playstyle. Moreover, read our Mario Strikers Battle League tips which will help you get ahead of others in multiplayer mode.

Cup Battle Mode in Mario Strikers

This mode is basically a tournament against CPU teams. You can play this solo or get up to 4 players to play against the CPU. The tournament has a double-elimination format, so even if you lose a game, you are still in the tournament. Just make sure you don’t lose two, or else you are out of the tournament.

Brackets of Double-Elimination Tournament

The tournament is bifurcated into two brackets: upper bracket and lower bracket. All of the teams at the beginning of the tournament will be in the upper bracket. However, if a team loses a match, it gets placed in the lower bracket. Once the team in the lower bracket loses again, it will be eliminated from the tournament.

Finals in Cup Battle Mode

The teams which reach the end of their respective brackets feature in the finals, one from each bracket. The team in the lower bracket competes against the teams which lose one game. On the other hand, the team in the upper bracket competes against the teams which have defeated the lower bracket teams.

It shows that it is harder for the upper bracket team to reach the end of their bracket relative to the lower bracket team. Therefore, the upper bracket team only has to win once, while the lower bracket team has to win twice to win the finals.

Revenge Match

It can be possible that you lost your second game, and your team is about to be eliminated from the tournament. But now your team is thinking that the last opponent was easy, and you all can beat them if there is a rematch.

Well, there is an option for a rematch if you have lost the second match and you have enough coins. The first rematch will cost you 100 coins which will be against your last opponents. Moreover, there is no limit on rematches, although the more you rematch, the more cost increases.

You can also read Mario Strikers Battle League Unlockables guide to earn more cash and unlock items as you progress.

Difficulty Options in Cup Battle Mode of Mario Strikers: Battle

You can play this tournament in two modes, which are:

Normal Mode

It is the default mode, it does not have that many technicalities, and the gameplay is simple. Once you win all Cups in Normal mode, then only you can unlock the Galactic mode.

Galactic Mode

If you haven’t completed all Cups in Normal mode, the Galactic Mode will remain locked. However, once it’s unlocked, you can press X in the Cup Battle Menu of Mario Strikers: Battle League to switch between modes. Here the difficulty level will be much harder, but the reward will be greater too.

Cannon Cup

Mario Strikers Battle League: Canon Cup
Cannon Cup

There are a total of six different cups in Mario Strikers Battle League, each having a normal mode and galactic mode along with its rewards.

In this cup, you will play against teams that focus on shooting from a range. It is recommended to have a high-speed team composition which will allow you to be more agile while switching sides, attacking, and defending.

Read Mario Strikers Battle League: All Unlockable Characters guide to know how the character mechanism works in the game.

Normal Mode: Team Composition

Keep Rosalina as a Team Scorer as she has strong shooting ability. Her high base strength lets her give tough times to opponents. Peach will be the dribbler and playmaker as the hyper strike is easy to score with her. She has the technique and high speed, which makes her a great ball-handler and a team player.

For alternate scorer and dribbler, choose Mario as he has good shooting stats, and he is fast. Based on his high technique and speed, he can be given the dribbler role. Waluigi, as a supporting defender, makes sense as he has good strength to defend against any striker along with a good range.

This team is very agile and can press players so much so that they might go back to their half. However, the composition is more on the defensive side as all the opponent teams possess good shooting skills.

Normal Mode: Tips

Make sure the opponents don’t get in a position where they can hit a long-range shot. The teams in the Cannon cup are best in shooting and so leaving them open in any area will be deadly. Keep pressing higher, so they focus on dribbling and passing more than shooting.

Galactic Mode: Team Composition

For fast item collecting in front, you will need Peach due to high speed in getting items midfield and a technique stat of 22. You will need two hyper-strike shooters: Luigi and Rosalina, for their high technique for a favorable hyper meter, with a technique stat of 24 and 23, respectively. On the back, you will need Waluigi for fast item collecting because of the high speed for getting the items near to the team’s goal, with a technique stat of 21.

Having a high technique stat team will give you a better chance during the Hyper Strikes of hitting the blue areas of the Hyper Meter. It will improve the success rate of the shots.

Galactic Mode: Tips

You will also notice that the opponent will not pass frequently. Take advantage of it and focus on tackling to take the ball away from them. Whenever you get the ball, focus on counterattacks so you can take the lead by scoring.

They will not pass, but it does not mean they won’t dodge, look out for that. Don’t let them do a perfect shot that will be fatal to your team. When necessary, use items to stop them from scoring perfect shots.

The Reward of Cannon Cup

If you are winning the Cannon Cup for the first time, you will get 400 coins in normal mode and 1,000 coins in galactic mode. However, each time you win the tournament again, the reward will decrease by 50 coins and 100 coins, respectively.

Chain Cup

Mario Strikers Battle League: Chain Cup
Chain Cup

In this cup, the teams you face will have the best passing in Mario Strikers Battle League. To counter their passing, you will need to set up a team with high strength and speed.

Normal Mode: Team Composition

You can keep Rosalina as the goal-getter since she can curve shots pretty easily along with high strength and shooting. Peach can be your high-speed chaser as she can chase down opponents with a good pace, and above all, she is an excellent passer.

Due to his high strength and speed, Waluigi will be a Nimble Defender as he can also pass the ball to Rosalina after quick tackles. Donkey Kong will be the Iron Defense due to his high strength and passing. But most importantly, his big frame increases the defensive range, limiting the successful shots scored by opponents.

Normal Mode: Tips

The opponents will be passing the ball consecutively, usually on the first touch. This will keep the ball possession on their side, giving you a very limited time to score. You need to have players with high strength who will be able to tackle the opponents to take possession. Once you have the possession, pass the ball to the agile players so they can run towards the goal and land a shot.

Galactic Mode: Team Composition

Peach will be in front for fast item collection, as she has a quick speed in midfield to get items; her technical stat is 22. Hyper Strike Shooters will be Rosalina and Luigi as both have a high technique for favorable Hyper meter. Their technical stat is 23 and 21, respectively. Waluigi will be on center back for fast item collection, as he can get items close to the team’s goal faster and has a technical stat of 21.

As mentioned earlier, the high technique stat will allow your team during Hyper Strikes to hit the blue areas of the Hyper Meter.

Galactic Mode: Tips

You can take advantage of opponents passing gameplay. Wait for them to stop passing, and during this time, press high with the high strength to tackle your opponents; you can also use items to win possession.

The Reward of Chain Cup

If you are winning Chain Cup for the first time in normal mode, you will get 400 coins. On the other hand, winning the first time in Galactic mode will get you 1,000 coins. However, after each successive win, the reward of winning the Chain Cup will reduce by 50 Coins and 100 Coins, respectively.

Turbo Cup

Mario Strikers: Turbo Cup
Turbo Cup

As the name suggests, in this tournament, you will play against CPU teams that specialize in speed. Turbo Cup will have Mario Strikers: Battle League’s fastest and quickest teams.

Normal Mode: Team Composition

Keep Peach as a dribbler and playmaker on center forward due to her high speed and technique. They will allow her to make good plays, scoring Hyper Strike relatively easier. The main scorer on the right will be Rosalina due to her strong shooting ability along with the curve in shots.

Yoshi, on the left, will play as a substitute scorer and playmaker. His shots are faster and stronger due to his high shooting stat, and his high passing stat lets him make chances for others in tight spaces, making him a good playmaker. Waluigi will be the defender due to his high speed and strength, making him defend with ease along with a good range.

Passing and taking quick shots for goals is the best strategy for this team. Your team will be able to keep possession for a longer duration while confusing Boom Boom effectively by shooting from different angles effectively.

Normal Mode: Tips

Your team might tackle them aggressively since the pace of the game is fast due to their speed. Always avoid these tackles unless required. If you do, make these tackles, and they manage to dodge, then they will easily speed their way to the goal.

Make sure your team keeps an eye on items and striker orbs. Get or steal an item box always as soon as they come on the pitch. You will have to be fast as the opponents have a higher speed. Prevent them from scoring by taking as many striker orbs as you can.

Galactic Mode: Team Composition

Peach will be in front for fast item collecting as she has high speed in getting items midfield, along with a technique stat of 22. Luigi will be on the right as a Hyper Strike shooter due to his high technique for favorable Hyper Meter with a technique stat of 24.

Hyper Strike shooter on the left will be Rosalina as she also has favorable Hyper Meter with a technique stat of 23. Waluigi will be in the center back for fast item collection with a technique stat of 21.

Galactic Mode: Tips

Whenever your team loses possession, immediately fall back to defend the goal. Due to their high speed, they will always look for counterattacks to catch you by surprise and score a goal. If at the start of the round they have the ball, try to take it from the captain; if you fail to do so, just fall back and defend the goal.

Keep the end in mind! If you are attacking, always think, what if the defender stops the ball and passes on forward. If that happens, they will easily score since you cannot outrun them. Take long shots as soon as you enter their side of the field, and if they get possession after it, it will be easier for you to get back in defending position.

Apart from the soccer tactics, use items to slow them down. You can use Red Shells or Bananas to slow them, or you can use Mushroom, so you get high speed temporarily.

The reward of Turbo Cup

You will receive 400 coins for winning the normal mode for the first time and 1,000 coins for winning the Galactic mode for the first time. However, after successive wins, you will get 50 coins and 100 coins lesser reward, respectively.

Muscle Cup

Mario Strikers: Muscle Cup
Muscle Cup

This tournament will have CPU opponent teams being the best in strength. Since you will be facing big and heavy opponents such as Wario, Bowser, and Donkey King, you will also need a strength-heavy team. However, make sure there are players in your team who are agile and can take a shot from a distance.

Normal Mode: Team Composition

In center forward will be Rosalina as the goal-getter. Her curve shots with strong shooting ability will make it easier to score goals. On the right will be Donkey Kong as a big man passer. His strength and passing will contribute to forward moves, while his big frame will help in defense.

Waluigi will be the Nimble Defender on the left for high strength and speed. He can also get the ball to Rosalina after quick tackles easily. Bowser will be in center back as Iron Defense due to his high strength stat and strong clutch tackles.

Normal Mode: Tips

In Muscle Cup, all you need to do is avoid hard-hitting tackles. Having these heavy-strength stat players will counter those heavy tackles to an extent so you can dodge their attacks.

Galactic Mode: Team Composition

For fast item collection, choose Peach in the center forward. She has high speed on midfield for collecting items and a technique stat of 22. The Hyper Strike shooters will be Luigi and Rosalina due to their high technique for favorable Hyper Meter along with a technical stat of 24 and 23, respectively. In the center back will be Waluigi to get items that are close to the team’s goal, and he has a technique stat of 21.

Galactic Mode: Tips

Play their game on themselves while defending, tackle the players with high strength to get the ball easily, and pass it to the shooter afterward. Players with lower strength will have to charge their tackle meter fully; otherwise, they will fail in re-gaining possession.

Since they have so much strength, most of them will not be agile. Don’t take those opponents head-on; rather, dodge or run away from them. Outpacing them is also easier.

The Reward of Muscle Cup

Winning this Cup in Normal Mode will also give you 400 Coins for the first time and 1,000 in Galactic Mode. For each successive win, 50 Coins and 100 Coins will be deduced, respectively.

Trick Cup

Trick Cup Trophy
Trick Cup

In the Trick Cup tournament of Mario Strikers: Battle League, you will be up against CPU teams best in technique in Mario Striker: Battle League. We will recommend that your team has high-strength characters since the opponents have high techniques. Your team will be able to intercept the perfect passes and Hyper Strikes, as well as high-speed characters who can tackle and win the ball.

Normal Mode: Team Composition

The goal-getter in the center forward will be Rosalina due to her strength and curved shots. Peach will be the high-speed chaser to chase down the opponents and tackle them during Hyper Strikes.

Waluigi will be the Nimble defender for high strength and speed, as well as passing the ball to Rosalina after quick tackles. Donkey Kong will be in the center back as Iron Defense as he has a big frame, high strength, and good passing.

It is recommended that your team alternates high-speed and high-strength players in this tournament. It will serve as two tiers of defense and a faster way to reach the goal.

Normal Mode: Tips

Since the opponent will be doing perfect passes and landing accurate shots, your team will have a hard time tackling and blocking their attempts. Keep high-speed and high-strength characters in your team so you can run with the ball straight to the goal after a tackle. Try to score as many times as possible when you go near their goal.

Galactic Mode: Team Composition

Peach will be in the center forward for fast item collection with a technique stat of 22. Luigi and Rosalina will be Hyper strike shooters due to their high technique for favorable Hyper Meter. They have technique stat of 24 and 23, respectively. Waluigi will be in the center back for fast item collection with a technique stat of 21.

This High Technique team will improve your chances during Hyper Strikes of hitting the blue areas of the Hyper Meter.

Galactic Mode: Tips

In galactic mode, the opponent passes, and shots will be even deadlier. Avoid letting them inside your half, as they will use quick combos, and they will have scored before you even realize it. Use high-strength characters to break those plays and clear the ball for safety.

Don’t commit to charged tackles; doing basic tackles will allow you to stop the opponent’s momentum and advancement. Once you are in point-blank range, they will not have enough time to dodge. However, this tactic will not work against characters with higher strength.

The Reward of Trick Cup

The tournament will reward you with 400 Coins and 1,000 Coins after winning Normal mode and Galactic mode for the first time, respectively. With every successive win, the reward will reduce by 50 Coins in normal mode and 100 Coins in Galactic mode.

Championship Cup

Championship Cup Trophy
Championship Cup

This is the ultimate Cup tournament in Mario Strikers: Battle League. The CPU teams specialize not only in one or two attributes but all. To unlock this tournament, you will need to win all previous five Cup battles. If you haven’t won all five tournaments, you will not be able to see the option of the Championship Cup.

Normal Mode: Team Composition

In the center forward will be Rosalina as the goal-getter. She has high strength and can shoot curved shots easily. Peach on the right will be the high-speed chaser, as he will chase opponents with high speed, and she is good at tackling during Hyper Strikes.

Waluigi will be on the left as a Nimble defender for high-strength tackles and to keep the ball forward. Donkey Kong, due to his big frame, will be in the center back.

The team composition has high speed and high strength, which we recommend as it will allow you to defend effectively and make runs for counterattacks. Since the opponents have ace-like nature, they will make perfect passes and Hyper Strikes. Keep high-strength characters that will easily target opponents to intercept passes and block the shots.

Normal Mode: Tips

All the opponents will be performing aggressively, whether they pass, shoot, or defend. All you have to do is the charge, tackle enemies, and run the ball straight towards their goalpost—land as many shots as you can with higher frequency, so the ball remains in its half.

Galactic Mode: Team Composition

In the center forward position, keep Peach for fast item collection with a technique stat of 22. Rosalina and Luigi will be Hyper strike shooters due to their high technique for favorable Hyper Meter. They have technique stat of 23 and 24, respectively. Waluigi will be in the center back for fast item collection close to the team’s goal with a technique stat of 21.

Galactic Mode: Tips

Don’t let your opponents roam freely in your half; always cover them. They will be passing on one touch and shooting immediately. Cover all free players, so they don’t get an open chance to score.

The Reward of the Championship Cup

Winning the Normal mode for the first time will get you 400 Coins and the Galactic Cup 1,000 Coins. After that, every time you win, 50 Coins will be reduced in Normal mode’s winning reward and 100 Coins in Galactic mode. Moreover, you will also be awarded 500 Coins first time for clearing all the Cups that led up to the Championship Cup.

Apart from the Coins, you will also be able to purchase the Bushido Gear Set. Apart from that, you will now be able to view the Staff Credits, which you couldn’t before.

That is all from our side; these team compositions and tactics will get you all these Cups of Mario Strikers: Battle League in no time. You can also read Mario Strikers Battle League Football Best Team guide to get a better idea of team compositions that play a vital role in this game.

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