Cuphead is no walk in the park. Even the game’s earliest levels have given players trouble, so it’s no surprise that the boss fights in its Finale world are even more challenging. One of the most difficult boss fights in the entire game is in that Finale, and it’s against the absolutely ruthless King Dice.
Arguably even more difficult than the final battle against the Devil, the fight against King Dice is enough to make some gamers rip their hair out. However, there are some tricks to the fight that make it a little less frustrating. For those having trouble with the King Dice boss battle in Cuphead, read on to learn the best strategies for defeating him.
Since the battle with King Dice is one of the hardest boss fights in the entire game, Cuphead players will want to properly prepare themselves beforehand. This will include equipping the best weapons, supers, and charms to make the fight a little easier. Luckily, by the time players reach this fight, they should have quite a hefty chunk of change, so purchasing and equipping whatever they need shouldn’t be an issue. Anyone missing a few coins should return to previous worlds and collect the hidden coins that are scattered around the world maps.
For the fight with King Dice, we recommend players use a combination of the Peashooter weapon and the Charge weapon. Those that are having difficulty landing accurate shots may want to swap the Peashooter for the Chaser. Those three weapons are generally going to be one’s best bet at beating King Dice, but if players are more comfortable with other weapon combinations, then they should feel free to try those instead.
When it comes to supers, players will want Energy Beam or Giant Ghost equipped. The Invincibility super is far more useful for the game’s Run and Gun stages than it is for boss fights, and that holds true for the lengthy fight against King Dice as well. To earn supers, players will need to complete the three mausoleum challenges that can be found in the game’s first three worlds.
Finally, players will need to decide which charm to have equipped. Now, this is going to be mostly up to how players play Cuphead, as they should select charms that compensate for their weaknesses. So someone that has difficulty parrying (which is very important for this fight), may want to have the Sugar equipped, as it automatically parries the first in a combo. Those satisfied with their parrying abilities may want to consider having Coffee equipped, as it will continuously fill their super meter. And finally, players that tend to die a lot should have Twin Hearts equipped, even though it comes with a slight damage reduction.
Once players are properly equipped, they should be ready to enter the casino and begin the fight against King Dice.
The boss fight against King Dice is not only one of the most difficult battles in the game, it’s also one of the most unique. The premise of it is that Cuphead and Mugman need to make their way across a board to a tile marked “FIN.” Like a board game, the amount of spaces Cuphead and Mugman can move are determined by the number they roll on the die. Besides FIN, players can land on safe spaces that let them skip mini-boss fights, a number that represents a mini-boss battle (there are nine total and players have to defeat at least three to move on to King Dice himself), a boss battle that includes an extra hit point, and START OVER, which puts players back at the beginning of the board.
By hitting the die at a certain time, players can determine which number it will land on. It may take a few times against King Dice to nail the rhythm, but this way players can determine exactly where they are going to land on the board. We recommend trying to fight the same three bosses every time to master their patterns and hopefully with enough practice, players will be able to reach the actual King Dice battle with full health.
Before taking on King Dice directly, Cuphead and Mugman have to face off against his underlings, which include nine mini-bosses total. Players only have to fight and defeat three of the mini-bosses to proceed to the King Dice encounter, and while they are simpler than many of the bosses encountered elsewhere, they are still fairly challenging.
Below is a list of the possible mini-bosses and quick tips on how to beat them.
Upon defeating three bosses and reaching the FIN space, players will be ready for the final showdown against King Dice.
The final fight with King Dice, like the mini-bosses before him, is relatively simple in mechanics compared to previous boss battles in the game. However, it’s easy to take damage here, and the difficulty comes from lasting long enough to survive this endurance test of a boss fight.
King Dice has one move, but it is deadly for those that aren’t good at parrying. He will make playing cards walk across the table, and touching any of these playing cards means damage for Cuphead and Mugman. However, it’s possible to parry the pink ace cards, which is necessary to survive the attack. Those that aren’t great at parrying may want to consider equipping the Sugar charm to make this stage of the boss fight a little easier.
While parrying from one pink ace to the next, players should constantly be pummeling King Dice’s head. With enough perseverance, King Dice will be defeated, and players will be one step closer to completing the critically-acclaimed platformer.
After defeating King Dice and his mini-bosses, Cuphead and Mugman still have to tangle with the Devil himself. While players still have a challenging fight ahead of them, the defeat of King Dice means that one of the game’s hardest levels has been conquered. Anyone still having trouble may want to consider finding a co-op partner or trying out a different control scheme to make things a little easier.
Cuphead is available now for PC and Xbox One.