How to level up in Super Mario RPG

Mario RPG characters Mario, Bowser, Mallow, Geno, and more celebrating a victory
Credit: Nintendo

Mario RPG characters Mario, Bowser, Mallow, Geno, and more celebrating a victory
Credit: Nintendo

Like other games in the genre, Super Mario RPG offers a levelling system. This one's rather straightforward but still hides a bit of nuance which is why we're here to help you know how to level up fast in Super Mario RPG.

Levelling up in Mario RPG is extremely easy as there's only one way to do it - battling enemies. The stronger they are (like Special Enemies), the more EXP they'll hand out. That doesn't mean there aren't ways to circumvent the grind.

In this guide, we'll explain everything you need to know about levelling up characters in Super Mario RPG, which will grant you access to all abilities from Mario, Mallow, Geno, Peach, and Bowser. We'll tell you how to make the process faster, and which stat boosts should you select.

How to level up fast in Super Mario RPG

Bowser's stats in Super Mario RPG
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Levelling your characters is rather easy in Super Mario RPG

In short, you need to grind. Battling enemies is the only way to level up in Super Mario RPG; however, there is an item that will expedite the process although there's not a guaranteed way of getting your hands on it: stars.

Stars are one of the many boons that can drop from chests scattered throughout the world. They do exactly what you imagine, giving you an invulnerability period in which you can stomp enemies instantly winning any battle encounter, and retaining all the EXP in the process. If you're lucky you can get a star from a chest in a location filled with enemies and can immediately level up all your characters.

Is there a level cap in Super Mario RPG?

Yes, there is. As we mentioned in our review, the Super Mario RPG remake aims to be as faithful to the original as possible. Thus, the level cap remains the same, sitting at 30.

Best bonus stats in Super Mario RPG

The cool thing about levelling characters in Super Mario RPG is that on top of a base stat growth, the game will give you the option to enhance a certain aspect of your character further, whether that's more HP, physical defence/attack, or magical defence/attack.

There's a neat system if you're looking to min-max all your character's stat growths. We're not going to bore you with the math but essentially you'll need to be rotating which boost you'll want to pick if you want to reap the most benefits.

Upon each new level gained, one of the three extra stat increases will give you a bigger boost than the other two. We've come up with this nifty table to save you trouble and help you choose the option that gives better growth.

Level
EXP required
Best stat boost
1
0
None
2
16
Magic
3
48
Attack
4
84
HP
5
130
Magic
6
200
Attack
7
290
HP
8
402
Magic
9
538
Attack
10
700
HP
11
890
Magic
12
1,110
Attack
13
1,360
HP
14
1,640
Magic
15
1,950
Attack
16
2,290
HP
17
2,660
Magic
18
3,060
Attack
19
3,490
HP
20
3,950
Magic
21
4,440
Attack
22
4,960
HP
23
5,510
Magic
24
6,088
Attack
25
6,692
HP
26
7,320
Magic
27
7,968
Attack
28
8,634
HP
29
9,315
Magic
30
9,999
Attack

And that's it, that's all there is to know about levelling up fast in Super Mario RPG. For more on Super Mario RPG check out how long it takes to beat.

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