Super Mario Odyssey Beginner's Guide: Tips for Finding Power Moons

Tips and tricks for locating Power Moons across every Kingdom of Super Mario Odyssey.

In Super Mario Odyssey, you go on a world-trekking journey to stop Bowser from marrying the again-kidnapped Princess Peach. As you chase Bowser from Kingdom to Kingdom, you must collect a bunch of Power Moons to use as fuel for your snazy hat-ship called the Odyssey.

Power Moons may seem rather sparse to the naked eye, but they're actually hidden all over the place if you know where to look. In this beginner's guide, we'll outline all the tips and tricks you need to know in order to find heaps and heaps of Power Moons.

Tips for Finding Power Moons in Super Mario Odyssey

Power Moons are lurking around every nook and cranny for those observant enough to find them. They're found by searching for hidden areas, completing challenges, breaking sparkling objects, ground pounding suspicious spots, and observing potential captures.

Stay Observant, Explore Every Nook and Cranny

The levels in Super Mario Odyssey are packed to the brim with moons. There is something around each corner, and if you hope to find every Power Moon, you have to comb through absolutely everything. Make sure to turn the camera around frequently to examine your environment -- you never know when a Moon might be hiding right underneath your feet.

Explore Every Nook and Cranny for Power Moons in Super Mario Odyssey Beginner's Guide

Search for Hidden Areas

There are hidden areas and paths all over the place if you can spot them. Whether it's a short passage hidden behind a wall, a secret level, or a painting that takes you to another world, there are absolutely hundreds of opportunities to find Power Moons everywhere.

Complete Challenges

Scattered all across various Kingdoms are Challenges that, if completed, reward the player with a Power Moon. You'll find all sorts of challenges, like jump roping, racing, slots, musical notes, and more. They can really put your motor skills to the test, but with enough practice, you'll earn their Power Moons before too long.

Break Sparkling Objects

While exploring Super Mario Odyssey, you'll occasionally stumble across something that sparkles. It might be a small rock, it might be a wooden crate, or it might be a tough stone cube. Whatever it is, you should do everything within your power to break it -- anything that sparkles is definitely hiding a Power Moon.

Ground Pound Suspicious Sparkling Spots Tips for Finding Power Moons in Super Mario Odyssey Beginner's Guide

Ground Pound Suspicious Spots

There are suspicious spots and objects all over the place just begging for a slice of Mario's signature butt-slam. You'll find bits of raised ground -- sometimes sparkling -- that will pop out rewards if you use a Ground Pound on it. Sometimes you'll find a Power Moon for your troubles, so it's definitely worth checking out.

It's not always raised ground, however. Sometimes the controller will rumble when you near a Moon and the only way to reveal it is by performing a Ground Pound on top of the spot that rumbles the most. Other times, you'll come across various objects that don't look super steady, and Ground Pounding them may reveal yet more Power Moons.

Observe Potential Captures

Often, the capturable objects or enemies in the area are instrumental in finding many of the Power Moons in a Kingdom. Each creature has its own set of abilities that are useful for solving various puzzles while capturable objects often help you reach otherwise inaccessible areas. You need to be intimate with all possible captures if you hope to find every Power Moon in the game.

All in all, Power Moons are littered absolutely everywhere. For additional hints, remember to use the amiibo function or even the Hint Toad when it unlocks after initially clearing a Kingdom. Be sure to check out some more of our Super Mario Odyssey guides while you're here.

Published Oct. 27th 2017

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