Boss Tricks: Ridley Ground FormDiscovered by
- Ridley's ground form is easily beaten with rapid missiles. Once you've ended the air form by boosting into him, stand in front of him while charging a power shot and waiting for the ground form to actually begin. In this form, Ridley can only do two things; either he opens his mouth or attempts to dash into you. Whenever he opens his mouth, just release a charged shot to stun him, then hit him with 4 missiles before charging another shot. Repeat this twice to bring Ridley to his last phase (signaled by an explosion).
- In his last phase, simply repeat the whole process again, except now you can only hit him with 3 missiles each time he's stunned. That's 21 total missiles used to beat him, but 20 works just as well, because it only takes a few uncharged power shots to finish him off after the 20th missile (as seen in the video).
- If Ridley ever tries to dash into you, it's possible to stop him even at such short range, but it takes a perfectly timed (and aimed) charged shot, like in the video. The shot doesn't register until his mouth is actually open, and it also has to get there before his hand covers the mouth. If you don't think you're good at this, it's possible to get a fight where he never attempts a dash, but it takes some luck since he takes six actions in each fight; six times he has to decide to open his mouth over dashing.
- When playing on Hard, very little is different aside from needing more missiles. It still only takes one charged shot to stun him, but you'll need to hit him with 8 missiles each time instead of 4. In the last phase, it takes 6 missiles the first two times you stun him, then 5 on the very last time (or 4 and finish him off with uncharged power shots).