When it comes to playing Kirby and the Forgotten Land, players are going to want to make sure that they are continuously upgrading their Weapons/Abilities to become the strongest they can be before getting too far into the game. Quite frankly, I was pretty shocked with how much more difficult the game became, especially when I got to the mid-to-late game.
The first three Worlds in Kirby and the Forgotten Land felt like a breeze and admittedly I was able to reply to messages on stream at the same time as playing, but the fourth World and beyond were more rough for me, even without a chat to read.
While I’ve completed Kirby and the Forgotten Land at this point, I imagine that I’m going to be playing the game much more in the future as not only do I need to repeat a couple of levels so I get a true 100%, but I’m actually very curious about how much more powerful I can make my Weapons as after the post game players will be able to further expand their abilities, though this will take a lot of grinding in order to do.
As most players will learn very early on, whenever it comes to powering up your abilities and skills, players will need two resources: Star Coins and Rare Stones.
Star Coins are the lesser currency, being available to players in every level that they complete, though Rare Stones are a bit harder to come by as players will only be able to farm them in particular ways.
Players should be able to grind enough Rare Stones simply by completing the different levels available to them on the map, though if players want to advance their abilities further than the their initial unlock they are going to need to repeat certain methods over and over again in order to actually get enough. I’m going to be honest with you, this is going to take you quite some time, though I have some tips for you for fast grinding.
The following guide will take you through everything you need to know about Rare Stones, how to farm them, how to best utilize them and strategies I have come up with and used to help make my journeys in Kirby and the Forgotten Land smoother.
As players go through the main story of Kirby and the Forgotten Land they will begin unlocking side maps called Treasure Roads. After completing any main story level players will unlock two of these Treasure Road maps which are essentially time trials that require you to use a particular ability to advance.
Treasure Roads are quite fun to complete, in my opinion, and I have been known to spend a good chunk of time playing them to relax while taking breaks from running the main story while writing guides.
For each Treasure Road completed players will receive a single Rare Stone, though after players complete the Treasure Road the first time they will no longer be able to get the Rare Stone from that map. Though this is true, players will only need to complete Treasure Roads soley in order to upgrade all of their abilities to the three tiers available with Blueprints. Admittedly, players will have a bit extra from the Treasure Roads and will be able to upgrade their abilities a bit further than this in the post-game, though players will need to go further if they hope to continue upgrading their abilities.
The nicest thing about Treasure Roads is that they have a recommended time to complete as well as a timer to complete the map overall.
If players are able to complete the Treasure Road in the recommended time players will receive extra Star Coins, receiving even more if they are in Wild Mode versus Spring-Easy Mode.
Don’t stress too much if you can’t beat a Treasure Road in the recommended amount of time, truthfully, it’s not a big deal and as I mentioned in my previous article about Star Coins, there are really easy ways to grind them that you should utilize.
Now, although two Treasure Roads are unlocked any time a player completes a main story level, players have the opportunity to unlock two other Treasure Roads per world by searching that World.
Essentially players will want to take their character and will want to float around the world until they see a Search prompt pop up. This prompt will either be a new Treasure Road or will be a bit of Star Coins. While the amount of Star Coins players will receive is not substantial, it does tend to help give a player a bit of extra cushion for their travels and can really help in the early game.
Typically for me, every time I unlock a new world, I will spend at least 2 minutes searching around the world to find the hidden Treasure Roads. As soon as I unlock them I will typically finish them immediately just so I have enough Rare Stones to upgrade my abilities as soon as I locate the Blueprints.
The nice thing about the hidden Treasure Roads is that they typically are associated with Mouthful Mode abilities, giving players a bit of extra time to play around with them while the Treasure Roads that are provided simply for completing a level will often be for a regular ability or its upgraded form. Players will want to note that if a Treasure Road is for an upgraded Ability they will need to unlock that ability before they can complete the Treasure Road.
In my opinion, it is always advisable that players upgrade every ability they have as soon as they have enough Rare Stones. You really don’t know what abilities you are going to get in a level and as mentioned, you shouldn’t run out of Rare Stones or Star Coins when it comes to getting the extra two tiers of abilities, so don’t fret too much.
COLOSSEUM BATTLES (MEGA KNIGHT CUP, ULTIMATE CUP, OR ULTIMATE CUP Z)
One of the best ways to get yourself some Rare Stones is by completing battles in the Colosseum. While after the first completion players will receive a Blueprint, the 500 Star Coin reward and the Rare Stone will always be provided to players no matter how many times they beat it.
In order to unlock the Colosseum players will need to clear the Wondaria Remains area. I would avoid grinding the Colosseum this early, though I would suggest beating it at least once upon unlocking it as it will give you a great Blueprint.
As you can tell in the screenshot above, players will be able to complete the Meta Knight Cup fairly quickly, especially if they have upgraded abilities. While my first run was almost 8 minutes long, by the time I had tier 3 abilities it was cut to 4 minutes and 30 seconds.
For players who want to speed run the Meta Knight Cup, I would strongly recommend that you take in your tier-3 Sword ability and upgrade it beyond this so it deals some extra damage. You can also take some Attack Up upgrades to make these battles faster (being able to stack 5 of these and hold an extra one in your inventory.) This method doesn’t fully pay itself off until players have enough damage, but the Rare Stones are going to become extremely important beyond the end-game so get ‘er started!
Players will have access to the Ultimate Cup and Ultimate Cup Z as they continue to progress to and beyond post game.
While the Ultimate Cup and Ultimate Cup Z provide players with more rewards, they are typically less useful to grind until you have upgraded your abilities far enough.
Even though you only get 500 Star Coins and 1 Rare Stone from the Meta Knight Cup, completing it over and over until you have upgraded your abilities far enough is still going to be more profitable.
To avoid further spoiling in this post I will end up writing a guide about Ultimate Cup and Ultimate Cup Z in the future.
HIDDEN RARE STONE!
Players at this point are aware of the Search function in the world map, but many players may not be aware that there are actually Star Coins hidden in Waddle Dee Town. Now, there is also a Rare Stone hidden in Waddle Dee Town.
Just head to the top of the Waddle Dee’s Weapon Shop and it should appear immediately!
I’m a massive fan of freebies and I would yell at you and call you a liar if you were to tell me that you weren’t interested in codes.
Luckily for players there are a few codes hidden around their Waddle Dee Town that they can exchange for rewards at the Waddle Dee-livery, though players should note that they do not need to find these codes to actually unlock them. Players should also take note of Nintendo’s social media as they are already known for dropping codes every so often to give some sweet rewards.
For those who are not interested in searching Waddle Dee Town or simply don’t want to keep track of Nintendo’s Social Media, you can check out my guide here which outlines all of the Codes available to you. It will regularly be updated whenever I find a new code, so make sure to keep your eyes on it!
[SPOILER] ISCOLATED ISLES: FORGO DREAMS
Many players are not aware that there is a whole post game world that they can explore called the Isolated Isles: Forgo Dreams. While I was a bit burnt out by the time this world appeared, as I’ve been playing Kirby and the Forgotten Land since release and have been spending my days writing guides in between, the reality is that this is by far the best area to farm period.
It is the most difficult of all the levels and truthfully players will gain rewards that they could not even imagine.
The most notable rewards players can find are Rare Stones which are hidden all over the levels.
As soon as I push out guides for these levels, I’ll reveal where these locations are, but for now if you’re already there keep your eyes peeled and make sure you look in every nook and cranny.
HOW TO SPEND RARE STONES & WHAT TO SPEND THEM ON
As players are not going to want to simply hoard Rare Stones they are going to want to spend them almost immediately, especially if you have not beaten the game yet.
Rare Stones can only be spent on upgrading abilities. At first players are only going to be spending 2 Rare Stones for all tier-2 abilities and 3 Rare Stones for tier-3 abilities.
After players defeat the final boss of the main story they will have the opportunity to Power Up their Weapons beyond these tiers, though this will not change the way that the ability functions, but will simply increase the amount of damage and stats of the ability.
Now, it should be noted that these upgrades are going to be VERY PRICY. Depending on what ability it is that you want to power up, costs can start as high as 5 Rare Stones, though there are a few that will start as cheap as 2 Rare Stones.
Players are really going to want to grind out that Colosseum to upgrade their abilities to max and admittedly, this is going to make going back and completing Missions that are based on not taking damage a lot easier. Yes…. I’m talking to myself about this, because I suck at dodging!
I would strongly recommend that players begin with upgrading their Sword Ability, especially if they are going to grind the Meta Knight Cup as you are forced to use the Sword in the final battle, though players can make the decision to upgrade whatever they like, especially if they are grinding other cups.
So while Rare Stones feel like they are not easily farmable, the reality is that they are actually quite accessible. At first I would always recommend that players focus on the Treasure Roads and as soon as players complete the main story I would take some time before you grind out the post game to play the Colosseum over and over until you have upgraded your abilities to a tier that you find acceptable or enjoyable.
Beyond this players can simply repeat levels to get some extra Star Coins, but how a player progresses is going to be based on their playstyle and what they enjoy.
Though I’m curious, how do you grind out Rare Stones? Which Colosseum battle do you prefer the most? What’s your favourite ability and which did you end up maxing out first? Let me know in the comments below!