When playing ARMS, knowing how to beat each opponent in the game’s Grand Prix mode is crucial. While ARMS is primarily a competitive fighting game at heart, the single-player Grand Prix mode is available for players who want a campaign to work through when they don’t have anyone else around to play with.
The Grand Prix mode in ARMS pits players against a series of opponents that are pulled from the game’s roster (along with some Grand Prix-specific boss encounters). As you might imagine, each opponent has their own unique fighting style and combat strategies.
Below, we’ve put together a guide that will help you beat each opponent in the Grand Prix mode of ARMS!
How to Beat Barq & Byte
The first opponent you’ll need to beat in the Grand Prix mode of ARMS is Barq & Byte. Trying to attack both Barq and Byte interchangeable can be a real nuisance, so ignore Barq and focus on taking his master down.
The pair’s Seekie Arm is fairly easy to dodge once you know when to expect it, and you can even land a quick counterattack in some cases as well. The pair’s other Arm, Cracker, is deceptively fast. However, if you dodge in the direction of the Cracker when it’s thrown, you should be able to avoid it. Other than that, just keep the pressure on them and the pair should fall soon enough.
How to Beat Helix
The second opponent you’ll need to beat in the Grand Prix mode of ARMS is Helix. Normally, throwing the first punch in ARMS isn’t such a great idea, but against Helix it can actually be a viable strategy as he tends to transition into his stretched stance often and stay in it for a good bit of time.
Otherwise, just stick to the usual routine of waiting for him to attack and then counterattacking as necessary. If Helix has his Guardian Arm equipped, make sure to always dodge in the opposite direction of Guardian punches if you’re far away from Helix and in the same direction if you’re close to him so that you can better set yourself up for a follow-up attack.
How to Beat Kid Cobra
The third opponent you’ll need to beat in the Grand Prix mode of ARMS is Kid Cobra. With Kid Cobra, you’ll want to get in close and stay there since he’ll often punish you at range using his Slamamander or Coolerang Arms.
Also, try not to jump too much if he has his Hydra Arm equipped. Other than that, just stick to your routine of dodging/blocking his attacks and countering when you seen an opening.
How to Beat Master Mummy
The fourth opponent you’ll need to beat in the Grand Prix mode of ARMS is Master Mummy. Note that Master Mummy likes to go in equipped with two Megaton Arms. In this instance, you’ll want to get in semi-close, wait for him to throw a punch, dodge in the direction of the punch (Megatons are slow and easy to dodge), then counterattack as necessary.
The same strategy can also work if he equips one of his other two Arm types, but they’re both faster than the Megaton so be on extra alert. Lastly, try to keep your Arms charged as often as possible so that you can negate the effects of Master Mummy’s super armor.
How to Beat Mechanica
The fifth opponent you’ll need to beat in the Grand Prix mode of ARMS is Mechanica. Like Master Mummy, Mechanica also has super armor, so keep your Arms charged as often as you can. If she’s sporting her Revolver Arm, you’ll want to keep some distance (but not too much), dodge in the direction of the Revolver Arm whenever she attacks with it, and then counter.
Not only will this negate her Revolver Arm’s power, it will also make it harder for her to hit you with her other arm. Speaking of which, if she also has her Homie or Whammer Arm equipped, make sure to dodge in the direction of her Arm’s attacks and get in close when you want to counter with a punch of your own.
How to Beat Min Min
The sixth opponent you’ll need to beat in the Grand Prix mode of ARMS is Min Min. The key to taking down Min Min is getting as close to her as you comfortably can (to the point where you can still dodge and block effectively) and staying there.
If you try to fight a long-range battle with her, she’ll just roast you with her Dragon Arm. She can still deploy the Dragon Arm up close, but its effects will be severely hampered.
How to Beat Ninjara
The seventh opponent you’ll need to beat in the Grand Prix mode of ARMS is Ninjara. Beating Ninjara is also about anticipation. Whenever he jumps, you can rest assured he’ll quickly teleport and then go for an attack. If you time your punches just right, you can actually score a free hit on him as he’s coming out of his teleport, negating the attack he otherwise would have thrown at you.
One thing you should never do against Ninjara, especially in the higher difficulty levels, is attack him first since he’ll pretty much always just dodge and go for a grab attack. If he has his Triblast Arm equipped, move in close and dodge in the direction of the Triblast to avoid its attacks.
How to Beat Ribbon Girl
The eighth opponent you’ll need to beat in the Grand Prix mode of ARMS is Ribbon Girl. When fighting Ribbon Girl, move in close and keep the pressure on her, especially if she has her Slapamander Arm equipped (she’ll use the Slapamander to trounce you from afar if you try to fight her at range).
Her enhanced agility makes it all but impossible to hit her when she’s jumping so don’t bother. If she has her Popper Arm equipped, make sure to dodge in the direction of its attacks. As long as you can reliably avoid her attacks and stay in close, she shouldn’t prove to be too hard.
How to Beat Spring Man
The ninth opponent you’ll need to beat in the Grand Prix mode of ARMS is Spring Man. The ideal strategy for beating Spring Man is using the same old routine of moving in close, waiting for his attacks, dodging, and countering with a single punch of your own.
The one major element of the fight you should watch out for is if he has the Tribolt Arm equipped. If he does, just dodge in the direction of its attacks and you should be good.
How to Beat Twintelle
The tenth opponent you’ll need to beat in the Grand Prix mode of ARMS is Twintelle. When facing Twintelle, remember that her Chilla Arm can negate your ability to dodge if it hits. However, you can still block and attack while frozen, so be sure to block and wait for her next attack.
If it’s a grab, you can interrupt it by throwing a quick single punch of your own. If she also has her Parasol Arm equipped, dodge in the direction of its attacks. Much like with Ribbon Girl, don’t bother trying to attack Twintelle when she’s jumping, wait to attack her while she’s on the ground and only after she tries attacking first.
How to Beat Max Brass
The next opponent you’ll need to beat in the Grand Prix mode of ARMS is Max Brass. The first boss encounter you’ll have in Grand Prix is with Max Brass. This boss has a few interesting tricks which can make him seem intimidating at first, but sticking to the old routine of waiting for him to attack, dodging, and responding with a single punch works just as well here as it did with earlier opponents.
Make sure to keep your Arms charged as often as you can since Max Brass will gain super armor whenever he charges up and grows bigger. If he has the Hammer Arm equipped, dodge in the direction of its attacks. Lastly, whenever he charges up his Fist Arm, you can score some major damage by throwing a quick punch and hitting the charged Fist Arm near his body and causing it to explode.
How to Beat Hedlok
At the Level 4 difficulty level, Max Brass will transform into the final boss Hedlok when he’s defeated. Hedlok will use the same abilities and Arms as Max Brass, so remember how best to avoid the different attacks he throws at you.
The safest strategy for beating Hedlok is to stay as far away from him as you can and continue counterpunching with a single Arm whenever he tries to attack you. This will allow you to quickly build up your Rush meter. Once the meter is full, move in, wait for him to attack, dodge the attack, and then trigger your Rush Attack for a guaranteed hit. Once the Rush Attack is over, move back, rinse, and repeat.
There you have it, a look at how to defeat each and every opponent in the Grand Prix mode of ARMS. Which opponent gave you the most trouble? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!
By reading through this guide, you should know how to defeat every opponent in the Grand Prix mode of ARMS.