How to beat the piano playing boss.
This portion of the Luigi's Mansion 3 guide contains The Great Stage walkthrough, all Great Stage gem locations (which cannot be completed until later in the game), and tips and tricks to defeat the piano playing boss at the end so you can rescue the trapped toad.
While The Great Stage is one of the smaller hotel floors, it has one of the harder boss battles in the game. Unlike the last few bosses, this piano player can't be approached directly or immediately. Still, there are some attack patterns to learn and methods to try out that will have this classical musician switching to the blues in no time.
Below are the walkthrough sections and objectives. Please note we may have added a few objectives ourselves to indicate the steps you need to take to complete the main objective.
The Great Stage Walkthrough
- Explore the Great Stage
- How to beat the pianist boss
- Rescue the Trapped Toad
- Escort Toad to the Elevator
- Install the Button in the Elevator
The Great Stage Gems
One gem on The Great Stage cannot be collected until The Spectral Catch floor after getting an upgrade from E.Gadd. All gem locations will be written in a blue box so scroll through for them to see what you're missing or scroll past them if you'd rather discover the answer to those puzzles yourself. Once again, you will need to come back for the final gem.
Explore the Great Stage
Take the elevator to the 4th Floor to check out The Great Stage.
Walk to the left and over the carpet. Dodge the bumps in the rug coming towards you by using the burst move (ZR +ZL).
Burst over the bumps in the rug to avoid damage and engage the ghost at the end.
Once you get to the end of the carpet, capture the ghost who was causing the trouble.
When you’re done exploring, head through the main doors ahead to face the boss. Gem locations are noted below but scroll past them to the boss section if you’d rather find them yourself.
How to beat the pianist boss
The Pianist Ghost Boss is one of the more elaborate boss battles in Luigi’s Mansion 3 because this one has multiple waves of attacks and the battle area is bigger this time around. Here’s how to capture the piano boss.
Dodge the Seats
The seats will glow and then try to fall on you. Keep running around the auditorium to avoid them.
Keep running so you don't get hit buy the floating seats. They will keep coming until every single one is gone.
The seats fall is a cascading and consecutive manner so make sure you’re keeping an eye on where the first chair falls. You can also hear the sound of them being fired before they land.
Capture the Ballerina Ghosts
Suck up the masquerade masks so you can actually stun these ghosts. Remember, you can Slam a ghost into ghosts wearing masks to save time and make things easier.
Burst move the ghosts' masks off and capture them as normal.
Fighting the Pianist
Finally, you can actually fight the pianist. Here’s what you can expect from his piano possession.
Dodge the Piano Slam and Jump Over the Shock Wave
The piano will try to slam down on top of you, from above. To avoid this attack, look for the stage light on the ground and make sure you’re not standing in it.
Don't get in this spotlight. Avoid being hit by these slams and when the pianist appears, flash him with the strobulb.
The 3rd slam will create a shock wave. Jump over it with the burst move (ZL +ZR)
Shoot a bomb into the piano
When the piano jumps onto the stage it will dump out bombs. Avoid the red, blinking bombs and instead vacuum up an inactive one and shoot it into the piano. Note: you technically can use active ones if you’re fast enough but it’s really risky and hard to pull off.
Shoot bombs into the piano to get the ghost out.
Use the Suction Shot to Slam the Piano
Shoot the suction shot to slam the piano. To aim it correctly, make sure your light is shining on the sun-shaped icon.
Use the suction shot on the bottom of the piano to slam it on the ground.
Stun and Vacuum the Pianist
With the piano slammed open, the Pianist will come out and try to attack you directly. Stun and vacuum the pianist.
Avoid the Music Wave and Piano Keys
Keep your distance and the piano will screech a shock wave towards you. As long as you’re far away enough, it’s pretty avoidable because the range isn’t big.
Then the piano will spew keys out of it. As long as you’re standing back, you should be able to run between them because the keys spread out.
Repeat these waves until you capture the musician.
Once it’s done, grab the elevator button.
Rescue the Trapped Toad
Shine the dark light on the portrait to free Toad.
Walk up to the painting of toad and shine the Dark Light on it to free toad.
Escort Toad to the Elevator
Walk this adorable baby back to the elevator.
Install the Button in the Elevator
Install the button in the elevator and continue to Floor 6: Castle MacFrights.
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Janet Garcia is an editor and strategy guide writer at IGN. She has played both Luigi's Mansion, Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon, and now Luigi's Mansion 3. After speaking to Nintendo representatives about Luigi's Mansion 3 at E3 2019 and doing extensive research on Gooigi, she felt more than ready to take on every floor of this hotel. For more haunted content, you can follow her on Twitter @Gameonysus.
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