ScareScraper Tips

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is such a fun game to play, though the main story can feel quite short. The multiplayer modes like ScreamPark and ScareScraper can add much welcome longevity and replayability. The local multiplayer ScreamPark can be fun but for players looking for more challenge, ScareScraper is where it’s at. However, it can be quite daunting for anyone who doesn’t know what they are doing. Luckily for you, we have some extremely helpful Luigi’s Mansion 3 ScareScraper Tips & Tricks that when used to their full potential will have you beating ScareScraper in no time!

The following Luigi’s Mansion 3 ScareScraper Tips & Tricks are broken into sections. You can jump to a particular section you are interested in using the table of contents. 



First Things First, Local Play Or Online?

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When you start playing ScareScraper, you will be given multiple options. The first two are Local Wireless and Online Play which both can be played solo or with a buddy on the same console in co-op. In Local Wireless Mode, Up to four Switch consoles can be connected wirelessly. Online Play will allow you to play with friends or anyone online. You also have the option to start a new game or join one in progress.

After choosing which mode you wish to play, you then have to choose how many floors you want to play through. The options are 5 floors, 10 floors, 20, floors, and Random.

The final floor consists of a boss fight against Boolossus. If playing 10 floors, you will have an opportunity to fight rare ghosts on Floor 5. When playing on 20 Floors, you will fight rare ghosts on Floor 5, 10, & 15.

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Go it alone or safety in numbers?

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There is a benefit of playing with others that allows you all to cover more areas at the same time. If playing alone, you will have to move swiftly from room to room and when there is little time left on the clock, you will have to find stop watches to add an extra 30 seconds to your timer.

Another benefit of playing with others is if you get trapped, you can call out for help so a fellow player can rescue you. If you are playing solo and get trapped, you will have to wait for the trap to disarm itself (more on what traps you should look out for later).

Communication Is Key

When playing with others requires good communication. Luigi has 3 in-game phrases he can use when you press on the D-pad/Directional-buttons.

D- Left – “Thank You!”
D- Down – “Help!”
D-Right – “Over Here!”

If you get in trouble or are stuck in a trap, you can call for help. You can then thank your savior to show your appreciation. On some floors, there are rooms with a large green platform. These platforms require everyone in play to stand on it, including Gooigis. These platforms open a locked door that could well have ghosts in rooms on the other side.

For anyone who has the Nintendo Switch Online app on their smart device, you can use voice chat to communicate vocally with other players. Voice chat makes it that much easier to converse and co-ordinate yourselves, providing a play by play of what everyone’s status is and what they are doing next. Discord is also a good alternative if not everyone has the NSO app.

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Key components on each floor

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On each floor, you can find any and all of the following components:

  • Locked door
  • Key
  • Floot Switch
  • Circuit Breaker Box
  • Traps
  • Items
  • Secret Treasure Room
  • Secret Ghost Room (DLC)

Locked Doors and Keys

Make it an important objective to enter every room, no matter how small and to check the terraces as well. On some Floors, they could have a locked door that requires a key to open it. The key can literally be anywhere. In a box in a storeroom, in a side unit by a bed, concealed in a Boo Statue or even in the toilet! The last thing you want is to find a locked door and the key to open it happens to be on the other side of the floor. You then have to make your way over there, costing valuable time, search for it and then run as fast as you can back to the locked door.

Floor Switch

The Floor Switch is a green platform that has a pressure mechanism to unlock a special door. It requires all Luigi’s present and their Gooigi counterparts to stand on top of it in order to deactivate the lock. All players must be attentive to their maps at all times and respond as soon as possible should someone be repeatedly calling “Over Here!”

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Circuit Breaker Box

Inside the storerooms, there is a circuit breaker box that can come in handy when the power goes out. If the power cuts out (and it will happen) remember where the nearest circuit breaker is to turn the power back on. The power cut also renders the map temporarily useless, leaving you completely unaware of your surroundings. Though you can power through a blackout, you are more at risk of falling into traps.


There are three kinds of traps that you can find on each floor in ScareScraper. These are Cursed Closets, False Doors, and Rug Traps. With a keen eye, you can avoid most of these easily. The Cursed Closets can simply be avoided completely. there is no need to search them unless looking for gold and the risk for a low payout is just not worth it. You can test if a Closet is cursed by firing a plunger at it. If it sticks, it is cursed. If it doesn’t, you are free to open it.

Fake doors are easy enough to avoid but you can easily forget when you are in a hurry. Firstly, fake doors do not have a doormat in front of them. You can also fire a plunger at it and see if it sticks. If it sticks, the door is fake. Fake doors do not appear on the map either so now that you know what to look out for, you can give these tricky traps a wide berth.

Rug Traps are sections of carpet that in truth are relatively easy to spot but not so easy to avoid in a hurry. If you run through the center of it, it will trap you and you will be stuck until freed or the trap deactivates. There are two ways to beat the rug. you can simply run around the outside of the rug, which seems reasonable enough but it could catch you or somebody else later. The other method is to find the upturned corner of the rug and just suck it up. This gets rid of it completely and it can no longer trap anybody else.

Another couple of traps are events that happen at random. They can be if the lights go out causing a blackout or if your Poltergust vanishes. If the lights go out, it isn’t the end of the world but it does make it harder to navigate (See Circuit Breaker on how to resolve this issue). If your Poltergust vanishes, you must relocate it somewhere on the floor. Everyone’s Poltergusts will appear as grey icons on the map until somebody enters the room the Poltergust is in. The icon will then turn into the respective colour of its owner. Hurry to it to retrieve it so you can get back to busting ghosts or whatever else you were doing.

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On each floor you can find any or all of the following upgrades and power-ups:

Map – Reveals the whole floor plan. Ghost rooms, Toad Rooms, Crow Rooms, Locked Doors, etc.
Super Star – Makes Luigi temporarily invincible and can kill ghosts with a single touch.
Hyper Strobulb – Makes the torch super powerful, a charge attack will flash the whole room.
Super Poltergust – More powerful suction, Slams do double damage.
Dark-Light Goggles – Allows you to see invisible objects and ghosts. (Take that Slinkers!)
Trap Detector – Warns you when near traps. The siren gets louder as you get closer.
Stop Watch – Adds 30 seconds to your timer.

Secret Ghost Room (DLC)

These rooms can sometimes appear on themed floors. They have an invisible door that must be revealed using the black light. Inside the room, there can be around 6 themed Hammer Ghosts with 300 health waiting for you. There are exceptionally tough to take out singularly and may require power-up items or backup to take them on. Once you have defeated one, continue to complete the floor’s objective to save the ghost you have captured to your Gallery.


Secret Treasure Room

You won’t find these on every floor but if you do happen to find one, you are in luck! To get inside the room, you have to find the invisible door. They can be hard to find inside another room but if the door is in the corridor, it will have light fixtures either side of it. Use the black light to reveal the door and go inside. In this room, you will find a chest that contains 4 power-ups and some gold.

If you are playing with strangers (or so-called “friends”), a good tip would be to reveal the door while the other players are far away. It can be a kick in the teeth if you reveal the door, open the chest and the other players come storming in and collect all the power-ups. They then add salt to the wounds by not even saying “Thank You!”

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Floor Objectives

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There are four types of floor objectives. They include the following:

  • Capture The Ghosts
  • Find The Money
  • Rescue The Toads
  • Defeat The Crows

The most common objective is Capture the Ghosts. The objective will be chosen at random before you start each floor and may appear more times than the others. You can check out tips for each objective below.

Capture the Ghosts

When entering a room with multiple ghosts, like Goobs for example, try to flash as many as you can and suck them up with a single attack. Slam the ghosts as soon as you can to do more damage. Slam them on top of other ghosts to damage them as well.

Use the Slam attack to full effect by pressing the A button rhythmically instead of just mashing it. The animation will be quicker and you can get up to seven swings, dealing up to 140 damage.

When tackling the Hammer Ghosts (AKA Big Reds) flash them with your torch and run behind them quickly. Suck them up with your Poltergust but don’t slam them just yet. Get their health down to 140 if you can and then slam them with the rhythmic slamming to finish them in one go.

The Slinker ghosts (AKA Sneaky Purples) like to go invisible and sneak up behind you. If you are in a room on your own, switch to Gooigi and leave Luigi limp. The Slinkers will come up behind Luigi to grab him. As Gooigi, you can easily flash the ghost and then suck him up with the Poltergust. Slam near Luigi to potentially hit another Slinker looking to take advantage of the situation. Repeat this process until they are defeated.

Oozers (AKA Crafty Yellows) can be the absolute worst. They hide in the furniture and through objects at you. They even throw banana peels that Luigi can slip on. A divide and conquer approach is best for these pesky ghosts. Get out Gooigi and put him near a furniture that can hide an Oozer (this furniture is something you can interact with by pressing the X button). Interact with the furniture and if an Oozer appears, flash it, suck it up and slam that sucker.

To increase your time, you can find stop clocks that will add an extra 30 seconds to your timer. To increase the chance of finding them, do not open up every cupboard, side unit, or desk that you come across until there is less than 2 minutes left on the clock. Even though they can spawn regardless of your current time, the spawn rate is much less when you have more time in the timer.

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Collect The Money

This can be really easy or really tough depending on how many of you are playing and the ghost spawns in each room. There is also a different goal depending on how many players are playing as Luigi (Players as Gooigi are not counted).

1 Luigi – 4,500 coins
2 Luigis – 6,000 coins
3 Luigis – 7,500 coins
4 Luigis – 10,000 coins

The Value of Money

There are 4 types of currency you can collect in the game that have different values. They are as follows:

Gold Coin – 1 coin
Green Bill – 5 coins
Gold Bar – 20 coins
Pearl – 100 coins

When you start in a bathroom or store room, get out Gooigi and get both Luigi and Gooigi sucking up everything they can find. You can find between 300-500 coins in these rooms. Look for rooms that don’t have too many ghosts in them or only have a box with two loose ropes. Work together with a friend to open the box or alternate between Luigi and Gooigi.

Once the box is open, two Gold Goobs will escape and can either be alone or with other ghosts. The priority is the Gold Goobs. Beat them and take all the coins, gold bars and pearls you can find. Ignore any other ghosts unless they are a hindrance. Check any furniture in the room that you can Interact with, you can find extra coins and gold in them as well. Once clear, move on to the next room.

Treasure chests and invisible furniture can also carry coins and gold, sometimes more than most furniture. Some rooms also have safes hidden behind a painting. Have Gooigi use the vacuum on the fan to reveal the safe and then have Luigi flash the safe to open it. It’s contents will eventually spill out and can include coins or a hand power-up.

Over a short period of time, any coins, bills, gold bars and pearls on the floor will start to disappear. Make sure to collect the pearls first as they are worth much more coins. Then make gold bars a priority and so on. Losing a couple of gold coins is not the end of the world but losing a couple of pearls will make your task that much harder.

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Rescue The Toads

Rescuing the Toads can be an extremely easy affair or an absolute struggle depending on the floor layout. The Toads are usually in rooms occupied by ghosts that need to be defeated first before the Toad will follow you.

First and foremost, get the lay of the land by either finding a map or searching each room one by one. If you find a room with a Toad, ignore them for now and check out another room (unless the Toad is in a room close to the Toad Transporter and you take them to it immediately after clearing the ghosts in the room).

More often than not, there are Slinkers in the rooms with Toads. As well as being a particular nuisance, they can even transport Toads to other rooms. Get up close and use a burst attack so the Slinker will drop the Toad. This objective is hard enough fighting Slinkers without them transporting Toads to other rooms that could have even more pesky Slinkers.

Once you have found the locations of each of the four Toads, you can then plan a route to rescue each of the Toads without stumbling into a room full of ghosts unnecessarily. With Toads in tow, avoid any traps and make your way to back to the Toad Transporter. Make sure you have plenty of time as it takes each Toad at lead 3 seconds to say goodbye and use the Toad Transporter. If the timer runs out before the last Toad disappears, it’s game over.

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Defeat The Crows

This is another objective that can be quite straightforward. You only have to defeat the Crows that you find in the rooms. Completely ignore the ghosts where possible and use either the Flash on the Crows or even suck them up with the Poltergust.

You can sometimes find a very helpful item in the form of the Hyper Strobulb. It can be found literally anywhere and everywhere and can make defeating Crows 1000% times easier. If you happen to find a Hyper Strobulb power-up, fantastic but don’t make it a priority as you could lose valuable time with a potential fool’s errand. Should you acquire the Torch power-up. You can simply clear a whole room of Crows by holding down the torch button until it is fully charged and then let go. You can simply move onto the next room.

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Rare Ghost Showdown

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On floor 5 of a 10- floor ScareScraper or rooms 5,10 & 15 of a 20-floor ScareScraper, you will have a rare ghost Showdown. Before you can enter the Showdown room, you will need to find a key. It can literally be anywhere so be sure to search every single storeroom, bedroom, bathroom, and terrace.

Whilst looking for the key, be on the lookout for invisible furniture or secret treasure rooms to find some essential power-ups. If on a terrace, shine the Boo statues as they too could hold a useful power that could swing the rare ghost fights to your favor.

Once you or someone else has the key, make a beeline to the locked door and have everyone (Gooigi’s and all) stand on the central platform to open the portal containing the rare ghosts.

Depending on what power-ups everyone has, you can work together to make short work of these ghosts. The Hyper Strobulb and the Super Poltergust are the most useful. The Hyper Strobulb can flash all the ghosts in the room when charged, stopping them in their tracks temporarily. The Super Poltergust does double damage (40 as oppose to 20) and can make short work of the rare ghosts, even those that have 300 health.

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Defeating Boolossus

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Boolossus awaits those who make it to the top floor. He has similar attacks to King Boo but has a few tricks of his own. His attacks include electrifying the floor, using his tongue to sweep you, pounding the ground from above and causing a shockwave, swimming through the floor or as I like to call it, Boo Shark), and firing arrows at you.

The burst attack is extremely useful for avoiding the shockwave or jumping over Boolossus’ tongue. After three attacks, Boolossus will spit bombs out at you. Let them fall to the floor to avoid getting hit by them. Suck up the bombs and launch them back at Boolossus. He will break up into smaller Boos which you can suck up and slam. When playing on your own, prioritise sucking up the large blue bombs first as they will stun the smaller Boos for longer, allowing you more time to suck up more Boos.

When it comes to dodging arrows, you can simply outrun them in a clockwise motion, if you time the moment right. Alternatively, you can use the blow function on the Poltergust to stop the arrows in their tracks. This is a more effective than running, especially if there are more people playing.

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Add More Variety with DLC

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By purchasing the Scare Pass DLC, you will have access to new outfits for Luigi. These outfits have an added benefit that can influence the theme of the floors. For example, when wearing the Cap’n Weegie outfit, you will occasionally find yourself on Pirate-themed floors. You can also find themed ghosts exclusive to the floor. Those that don’t have the DLC can still play on themed floors as long as someone on the team is wearing an outfit. The more players that wear outfits will add more variety to playing on a themed floor.

The Outfits and themes can be as follows:

Mummigi – Egyptian Temple Theme
The Green Knight – Medieval Theme
Groovigi – Disco Theme
The Amazing Luigi – Magician Theme
Paleontoluigist- History Museum Theme
Cap’n Weegie – Pirate Theme

As mentioned before, along with each themed floor, you can find themed ghosts. There are 12 different types in total with two types relative to each outfit and theme. You can see them for yourself in the video below.


The Ultimate Challenge

If you really want to put everything you have learned here to the test, you should set yourself the Ultimate Challenge: Taking on the 20-floor Scarescraper in Solo Mode. It is a true challenge that can take about 2 hours complete, if you are lucky enough to find Stop Clocks and complete all the objectives in time. It is particularly tough but not impossible. I have succeed in doing it myself and have recorded gameplay to prove it. You can watch the video below to see my own Solo run.


Though you won’t be awarded anything in game for beating 20-floor ScareScraper on your own, please share a screenshot of your final score upon completion to be added to our Luigi’s Mansion 3 ScareScraper Ultimate Challenge Hall of Fame. To prove authenticity, you would need a score of at least 70,000 points. Anything less could mean that you had help from others previously. To make sure that no one joins your Ultimate Challenge Run, you can choose to play Local Wireless and set recruit team to ‘Off’.


Thank you for reading our Luigi’s Mansion 3 ScareScraper Tips & Tricks guide. We hope you have found it a great help and may what you have learned, see you to victory. They may even help you with earning some of the game’s achievements. If you would like to know what the achievements are, be sure to check out our Luigi’s Mansion 3 Achievements Guide here.

Learn more about Luigi’s Mansion 3 on the official Nintendo website.


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