Battle in Bubblaine: Rematch
Check out the pipe underwater beneath Dorrie in the Mushroom Pond to find the painting that allows a rematch with Seaside Kingdom’s head octopus. Capture the Gushen near the entrance pipe and proceed to jet upward to Lanceur’s altitude. This battle occurs during a rainstorm, which results in a much improved Gushen—you won’t need to land in water to replenish propellant as the bubble diminishes, so jet around freely.
If Lanceur spins around rapidly at Gushen’s altitude, dodge it with horizonal jetting. While Lanceur spins about at a lower altitude, jet above and then jet upward in place to spray a high-pressure stream of water straight down onto Lanceur’s head. Keep up the waterspray onslaught for several seconds to build up enough pressure to qualify as a hit, damaging the king. Dodge its spinning and its drill projectile shots and continue spraying it when possible, either flying up close to it then jetting directly away for lateral shots, or flying above and jetting upward to shoot down.
Blowup at Mount Volbono: Rematch
The reprise of the Cookatiel recipe atop Mount Volbona adds a few twists. Three Moonsnakes now spin in the stew, adding extra obstacles to dodge while swimming through the hot liquid as a Lava Bubble. Meanwhile, Cookatiel hovers above and tosses out spike pods, which are not a good addition to this broth at all. Dodge them falling and avoid them while swimming, these unpleasant seeds sink eventually. Cookatiel eventually tires of spitting out spiky seeds, and starts barfing out a nasty stew of its own—which is actually your ticket up to its vulnerable forehead! Swim up the muck with the Lava Bubble, waggling motion control repeatedly to speed burst upward, and run right into Cookatiel’s head to register a bubble stomp.
The second time Cookatiel commences to spitting up at Mario, the descending liquid wobbles back and forth in midair, forcing corrections left and right up the stream. The third time, Cookatiel wises up a bit and breaks up the chunks, spitting out only a glob of liquid at a time. This doesn’t account for jumping, though. Leap from glob to glob on a path up to a final hit on Cookatiel’s cranium.
If health gets low, swim around in the stew and break up chunks of food, which potentially uncover Hearts.
Rumble in Crumbleden: Rematch
It takes a little uncovering to reveal the path to this fight. First, drain the castle’s moat by popping out all the wooden pegs at the bottom. Next, climb to the castle roof (via the staircase produced by the scarecrow to the west) and capture Yoshi. Return to the drained moat and find a pipe clogged with a Fruit. A certain dinosaur adores Fruits, so scarf it down (which counts toward Power Moons #13-15) then climb inside.
Inside, Yoshi will be gone, unfortunately. Hop into the painting here to revisit the Ancient Dragon. Early on, the huge beast is much the same as before, in the Ruined Kingdom. After it slaps its head on the ground, you find more intricate electric wave patterns along the ground. These have gaps that can be run underneath, rather than jumped over. Instead of having to dodge waves on the ground, you’ll have to gauge whether it’s better to run underneath tall gaps in the waves, or to jump over toe-level waves. Once the dragon has taken a couple of hits, the homing electric rings it shoots out are also more numerous and aggressive.
Secret Path to Peach’s Castle!
A taste of Mushroom Kingdom can be had much earlier in the game, thanks to a secluded part of Luncheon Kingdom. Capture a Lava Bubble in the vast eastern lava ocean around Mount Volbono, then swim northeast to find an island containing a warp painting. Jump into this image to end up here, on a floating cottage island with a terrific view of Mario’s home region.
Touch the flag checkpoint here to make it easy to return (well, once you can access Mushroom Kingdom at will). Use Cappy to extinguish the fire burning in the fireplace, then step inside and wall jump all the way up the chimney to find a Power Moon perched on the top of the small smokestack.
A Tourist in the Mushroom Kingdom!
Once the tourist gets around to the Mushroom Kingdom, he is found near the store. There’s a Tostarenan tourist who takes off on his own world tour the instant the taxi ice is melted enough for movement. This chap sets out on his vacation once you visit him in Sand Kingdom after the main adventure is complete and the immediate threats in each kingdom are fully quelled. He’ll visit several kingdoms each in turn, with his visit to Mushroom Kingdom taking place after he and the cabbie somehow end up on the moon!
Found with Mushroom Kingdom Art
The Mushroom Kingdom’s Hint Art is mounted handsomely inside Peach’s Castle, to the right of the central stairs. Examine the painting to get an idea of where it might be. Keep this clue in mind while exploring the world. This clue is illuminating. Where does something look like the image? Cap Kingdom, perhaps? Find the place in Cap Kingdom where the looming moon and the cap tower can be positioned just like the Hint Art, and you find the place where a Power Moon can be sprung from the ground with a firm ground pound stomp.
Hat-and-Seek: Mushroom Kingdom
Speak to the concerned Bonneter found left of the entrance to the castle, and he shows concern for a friend he hasn’t seen in an uncomfortably long time. He thinks this missing Bonneter is probably just spending some time as the hat of a local, but isn’t sure. As with Cappy, a sure sign that someone is wearing a Bonneter are the eyes that pop out.
Take a little stroll around Mushroom Kingdom, keeping a keen eye out for any strange-looking headwear. The missing Bonneter can finally be found atop a Toad in northwest Mushroom Kingdom.
Princess Peach, Home Again!
Completing the adventure and restoring peace and order to the kingdoms doesn’t satisfy Peach’s own curiosity to see the world. She sets off with Tiara and a suitcase full of region-appropriate outfits to explore all the kingdoms. Not until Mario has visited Peach and Tiara in each kingdom does Peach return home to her castle, the travel itch scratched. Once she’s back, she and Tiara can be found on the balcony outside, just in front of the gorgeous stained glass portrait window of Peach. Pay them a visit to reflect on what a long, amazing trip it’s been, and to snag a final Power Moon.